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Joann Lo
Joann Lo is the Co-Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in Environmental Biology and has organized with both unions and a worker center. In 2000 Joann was one of two staff who started the Garment Worker Center, and she organized with garment workers in Los Angeles who led a successful campaign against retailer Forever 21, memorialized in the Emmy-winning documentary “Made in L.A.” In 2005 Joann joined Enlace, an alliance of worker centers and unions and a year later became Co-Director. Joann is Vice Chair of the Leadership Board of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and a member of the City of Los Angeles’ Sweatfree Advisory Committee and the Enlace Institute Advisory Board.

Entries by Joann Lo

New York Farmworkers Deserve Equality

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 12:33 PM

By Joann Lo, Food Chain Workers Alliance, and Katia Chapman, Rural and Migrant Ministry

There are few consumer opportunities to consider the origin story of an apple. As a consumer, we typically scan the bins in the grocery store, maybe...

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Walmart at the Crossroads: Live Better, Do Better for All of Us

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 3:42 PM

2015-06-04-1433440427-5146762-WalmartattheCrossroadsCover.jpg"With great power comes great responsibility." It's one of those truisms that's been echoed in various forms throughout the ages, from the likes of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and even the Spider-man comics. Unfortunately, powerful major corporations like Walmart don't often...

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Our Everyday Food Worker Heroes

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 2:43 PM

Co-authored by Jose Oliva

2014-11-19-2014IFWWposterFoodChainAvengerssmaller.jpgThese days, super heroes are all the rage, it seems. Most have supernatural powers to do good in the world. But we have people in our food system who don't need super powers to do...

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Food Day 2014: Food Justice = Worker Justice!

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 8:50 AM

Five years ago, the Food Chain Workers Alliance was founded as a national coalition of unions, workers centers, and non-profit organizations to work towards a sustainable food system that respects the rights of workers all along the food...

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On Labor Day, Let's Celebrate Farm and Food System Workers

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 12:06 PM

2014-08-25-ScottRobertsonImmokalee39.jpgOn Labor Day, Americans celebrate the achievements of workers and their contribution to our nation's prosperity. What's often overlooked are the continuing struggles of farm and food system workers, many of whom live below the poverty line, rely on government nutrition...

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Walmart Workers Win New Policies; Will They Extend to Workers Down Walmart's Supply Chain?

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 2:18 PM

As the saying goes, "When we fight, we win!"


Walmart workers who are members of the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) demonstrated this clearly with two recent victories. First, Walmart is instituting a new scheduling...

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Food Chain Workers Take Action on Cesar Chavez Day

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 1:59 PM

Even in this day and age, injustice remains an invisible ingredient in much of the food that we eat.

-- Cesar Chavez, co-founder of the United Farm Workers union

March 31 is Cesar Chavez Day. As you...

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Thank Food Workers This International Food Workers Week

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2013 | 12:02 AM


It's International Food Workers Week, November 24-30, 2013! This is the second annual week, organized by the Food Chain Workers Alliance every year around Thanksgiving, to lift up the importance of workers in our food system.


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Care About Food? Then Care About Immigration Reform Too!

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 3:28 PM

As you've probably heard, the Senate is now selling a new brand of immigration reform bill called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. Senators -- both Democrat and Republican -- have stirred together a complex and massive proposal that has potential to become law, driven...

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