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March Fri Feb27 against Taco Bell to support farmworkers

FEB. 27 Rally 3:30 PM at mission st. Taco Bell. To march to Pacific and Laurel Taco Bell. Check out sfalliance.org or for local contact peterasmussen (at) hotmail.com
Students to Protest Taco Bell in National Days of Action

Over 40 Actions Planned in Solidarity
with Farmworkers Struggling for a Living Wage;

Over 70 Universities and High Schools to Participate
in Taco Bell Truth Tour Events

Immokalee, FL – From February 27th to March 5th, students around the country will be holding protests, teach-ins, and demonstrations in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). The CIW, a farmworker organization from Immokalee, Florida, is spearheading the national boycott of Taco Bell, calling on the fast-food giant to take responsibility for the sweatshop conditions in the Florida fields where its tomatoes are picked. From Tampa to Texas, from New York to New College, students and young people are organizing over 40 Solidarity Actions, involving over 70 universities and high schools, in a week of solidarity actions timed to coincide with a cross-country tour by over 100 CIW members. Other students and youth will travel with the workers. The workers’ tour, dubbed the 2004 Taco Bell Truth Tour, is the latest national action in a boycott campaign that has become one of the fastest growing movements for social justice on campuses today.

The Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA) is coordinating the week of solidarity actions. The SFA is a nationally-networked coalition of independent student groups whose “Boot the Bell? campaign has successfully blocked or removed Taco Bell from 18 campuses across the country, and has been named one of the “Top Ten Activist Student Campaigns? by Mother Jones Magazine for 2003. The SFA works in alliance with farmworkers’ efforts to win improvements in farm labor conditions and to hold corporations like Taco Bell accountable for the exploitation behind the produce they buy.

“As students, we support the efforts of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and unite to demand that corporations like Taco Bell take responsibility for the conditions in their supply chain,? said Brian Payne of the Student Farmworker Alliance. “We demand that Taco Bell use the same market dominance that has lowered produce prices and pushed workers into poverty to instead improve conditions in the fields. We recognize our role as Taco Bell’s target market and declare our solidarity with workers in boycotting Taco Bell. Students demand fair food that respects human rights, not fast food that exploits human beings.?

Nick Laskowski, alum of the Georgetown (University) Solidarity Committee, explained, “We come to our work with the Student Farmworker Alliance with the same passion that we have brought to anti-sweatshop, global justice, and campus living wage struggles. We see Taco Bell and YUM! Brands as integral partners in the system of exploitation that keeps billions around the world locked in poverty, perpetuating conditions in the fields of Florida, fields which have become “ground zero? for the internationally-reported plague of modern-day slavery. We demand immediate and quick action on the part of these corporate giants to end these human rights abuses by increasing the produce piece rates that have plummeted 65% in buying power in the last 25 years?. [Tomato pickers earn 40-45 cents per bucket picked, the same rate paid to workers since 1978].

Student Farmworker Alliance’s Solidarity Actions will be focused on 2 National Days of Action. On February 27th as the CIW workers and their allies march to Yum! Brands headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, (the parent company of Taco Bell), students will be holding solidarity actions across the country, including a 300 person march in Santa Cruz, California. On March 5th, the CIW will finish its 44 mile march to Irvine, California from East LA to the global headquarters of Taco Bell, holding a mass rally featuring Tom Morello, formerly of Rage Against the Machine, and many others.
 
 


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updated press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20th, 2004

STUDENTS TO MARCH FROM MISSION STREET TO PACIFIC AVENUE TACO BELLS IN
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

Over 40 Actions Planned in Solidarity with Farmworkers Struggling for a
Living Wage; Over 70 Universities and High Schools to Participate in Taco
Bell Truth Tour Events


SANTA CRUZ, CA - On February 27th, the Taco Bell on Mission Street will be
the starting point for the National Day of Action in solidarity with the
Coalition of Immokalee Workers, to highlight the sweatshop conditions in
the Florida fields where Taco Bell's tomatoes are picked. This action is
expected to have over 300 participants, with speakers (TBA), music, and
art-in-action. This is the second largest planned action next to the
Coalition of Immokalee Workers' demonstration in Kentucky. Marchers will
gather at 3:30pm on Friday, February 27th at the Mission Street Taco Bell
and march to the Pacific Avenue Taco Bell. This will be a big,
action-oriented event that is not to be missed.

From February 27th to March 5th, students around the country will be
holding protests, teach-ins, and demonstrations in solidarity with the
Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). The CIW, a farmworker organization
from Immokalee, Florida, is spearheading the national boycott of Taco Bell.
From Tampa to Texas, from New York to New College, students and young
people are organizing over 40 Solidarity Actions, involving over 70
universities and high schools, in a week of solidarity actions timed to
coincide with a cross-country tour by over 100 CIW members. Other students
and youth will travel with the workers. The workers' tour, dubbed the 2004
Taco Bell Truth Tour, is the latest national action in a boycott campaign
that has become one of the fastest growing movements for social justice on
campuses today.

The Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA) is coordinating the week of
solidarity actions. The SFA is a nationally-networked coalition of
independent student groups whose "Boot the Bell" campaign has successfully
blocked or removed Taco Bell from 18 campuses across the country, and has
been named one of the "Top Ten Activist Student Campaigns" by Mother Jones
Magazine for 2003. The SFA works in alliance with farmworkers' efforts to
win improvements in farm labor conditions and to hold corporations like
Taco Bell accountable for the exploitation behind the produce they buy.

"As students, we support the efforts of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
and unite to demand that corporations like Taco Bell take responsibility
for the conditions in their supply chain," said Brian Payne of the Student
Farmworker Alliance. "We demand that Taco Bell use the same market
dominance that has lowered produce prices and pushed workers into poverty
to instead improve conditions in the fields. We recognize our role as Taco
Bell's target market and declare our solidarity with workers in boycotting
Taco Bell. Students demand fair food that respects human rights, not fast
food that exploits human beings."

Nick Laskowski, alum of the Georgetown (University) Solidarity Committee,
explained, "We come to our work with the Student Farmworker Alliance with
the same passion that we have brought to anti-sweatshop, global justice,
and campus living wage struggles. We see Taco Bell and YUM! Brands as
integral partners in the system of exploitation that keeps billions around
the world locked in poverty, perpetuating conditions in the fields of
Florida, fields which have become "ground zero" for the
internationally-reported plague of modern-day slavery. We demand immediate
and quick action on the part of these corporate giants to end these human
rights abuses by increasing the produce piece rates that have plummeted 65%
in buying power in the last 25 years". [Tomato pickers earn 40-45 cents per
bucket picked, the same rate paid to workers since 1978].

Student Farmworker Alliance's Solidarity Actions will be focused on 2
National Days of Action. On February 27th as the CIW workers and their
allies march to Yum! Brands headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, (the
parent company of Taco Bell), students will be holding solidarity actions
across the country, including the 300 person march in Santa Cruz,
California. On March 5th, the CIW will finish its 44 mile march to Irvine,
California from East LA to the global headquarters of Taco Bell, holding a
mass rally featuring Tom Morello, formerly of Rage Against the Machine, and
many others. Many students from Santa Cruz will be bussing down to this
mass rally.

For more information on the events contact: Pete Rasmussen,
peterasmussen (at) hotmail.com, 462-1053/345-6377
For more information on the CIW's movement, see the website:
_www.ciw-online.org.

We will walk in Unity. We will March in Solidarity

Love, Compassion, Strength, Change

Pete Rasmussen

831-462-1053 (home) 831-345-6377 (cell)
 

Re: March Fri Feb27 against Taco Bell to support farmworkers

This Friday, 2-27, come join the community of Santa Cruz as we Rally in Solidarity with exploited farmworkers who are struggling for living wages and an end to abuses of basic human rights.

This Huge Demonstration will be one of the largest rallys in the country, in which students from across the nation will take a stand to demand corporate responsibility .

See you at the Mission St. Taco Bell at 3:30 this Friday!!
 

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