Todos Somos Lideres, We Are All Leaders will be a bilingual illustrated children’s book developed in collaboration between author Youme Nguyen Ly, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and the Alliance for Fair Food. Through visits, interviews, dialogue, and collaborative art production, Todos Somos Lideres, We Are All Leaders will introduce and celebrate the powerful transformative work of implementing workers rights, coalition building, and using art to educate. Funding generously awarded by the Panta Rhea Foundation.
Youme (Nguyễn Ly née Landowne) is an author, illustrator, and community based artist who has worked internationally in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Winner of the 2005 Jane Addams award for her first book Selavi (That is Life) A Haitian Story of Hope and recipient of the YALSA Top Ten Great Graphic Novels in 2009 for Pitch Black (Don’t Be Skerd) with Anthony (Tone of the World) Horton and in 2010 for Mali Under the Night Sky, A Lao Story of Home.
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. The Alliance for Fair Food is a national network of people working in partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers for farmworker justice.
In 2011, CIW launched the Fair Food Program, a groundbreaking model for Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) based on a unique partnership among farmworkers, Florida tomato growers, and participating retail buyers, including Subway, Whole Foods, and Walmart. In 2015, the Program expanded into tomatoes in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey, as well as Florida strawberries and peppers.