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News :: Human Rights : Labor : Organizing
Coalition of Immokalee Workers calls on your support!
13 Feb 2007
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is gearing up for a major escalation
in our campaign against McDonald's and for fair food. The CIW has called for
two national days of action this April 13 and 14 in Chicago...
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Dear Boston Supporters of the CIW-

We expect these events to be of historic proportions. That may seem to be
hyperbole. Yet, as we pressure McDonald's to join the Coalition in its demands
for fair food, we are securing one more piece in the fast-food industry puzzle
for farmworker justice.

We are currently organizing with communities outside of Chicago to mobilize
themselves to Chicago for the Days of Action. See sfalliance.org for an extensive listing of
mobilization resources and tools.

MARC RODRIGUES, STAFF MEMBER OF STUDENT/FARMWORKER ALLIANCE, WILL BE IN BOSTON THIS WEEKEND.

Come join Marc and Boston-area allies of the CIW for an informal campaign update and chat about the Chicago mobilizations.

This will take place this Friday, Feb 16, at 8pm, location TBA.

For more info, contact marc at marc (at) sfalliance.org or mike at shadowboxer (at) riseup.net.

Thanks for your support and solidarity.

www.sfalliance.org

--

Background/Call to Action:

SAVE THE DATE:

Historic mobilizations will usher in "new phase" in Campaign for Fair Food!

PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY!

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers announces a major mobilization for farmworker
justice, April 13 14, 2007, in the greater Chicago area. Make your plans to join
us for historic actions that will usher in a new phase in the Campaign for Fair
Food.

CIW: "Today, we are tired, in the words of Martin Luther King Jr., of`relying on
the good will and understanding of those who profit by exploiting us.'"
PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY!

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers announces a major mobilization for farmworker
justice, April 13 14, 2007, in the greater Chicago area. Make your plans to join
us for historic actions that will usher in a new phase in the Campaign for Fair
Food.

CIW: "Today, we are tired, in the words of Martin Luther King Jr., of`relying on
the good will and understanding of those who profit by exploiting us.'"
___________________________

Nearly two years have passed since Taco Bell and the CIW announced an historic
initiative to address the ever-deepening poverty and decades of degradation
faced by farmworkers in Florida. At that time, Taco Bell challenged its
fast-food industry counterparts to join in demanding fair wages and humane
treatment for the workers who pick their tomatoes.

McDonald's, the undisputed leader of the $100 billion fast-food industry, has
refused to meet that challenge. Despite increasing public pressure on the
fast-food giant, McDonald's has refused to recognize the seriousness of the
exploitation of tomato pickers exposed through the Taco Bell boycott, and
refused to work with the CIW to address that exploitation. Instead, it has
taken measures that appear aimed at undermining the hard-won advances in wages
and working conditions established in the agreement with Taco Bell.

Today, after nearly two years of waiting patiently for McDonald's to join us in
addressing the crisis of human rights abuses and sub-poverty wages in its
tomato supply chain, we are tired of waiting. We are tired, as Martin Luther
King Jr. said, of "relying on the good will and understanding of those who
profit by exploiting us."

Our members and allies feel that it is now time to intensify our efforts. As
such, the campaign is entering a new phase this year, and support from our
allies across the country will be more important than ever. The action in
Chicago this April will mark the first major engagement in this new phase of
the Campaign for Fair Food.

Mark your calendars today and start organizing to bring members of your
community to McDonald's backyard this April to join us in a:

•Major rally outside McDonald's global headquarters in Oak Brook, IL, Friday,
April 13, 2007.

•Carnaval and Parade for Fair Food, Real Rights, and Dignity - Saturday, April
14, 2007 in downtown Chicago.

We strongly encourage our allies from across the country to join us in Chicago
this April and to participate in the colorful carnaval and parade action.
Groups are encouraged to organize their own floats and delegations for this
action. Contact workers (at) ciw-online.org for more info.

For background, campaign and action updates, and more information, visit
www.ciw-online.org .

See you in Chicago!

Thanks,
Coalition of Immokalee Workers

En español:

¡Guarde la fecha! 13 y 14 de abril, 2007, Chicago…

¡Marquen sus calendarios hoy y comienzen a organizar para traer miembros de su
comunidad a McDonald's en Abril!

10 de enero, 2007 - La Coalición de Trabajadores de Immokalee (CIW) anuncia una
grande movilización por la justicia para los trabajadores agrícolas, el 13 y 14
de Abril, 2007, en el área de Chicago. Hagan planes para unirse a nosotros para
estas acciones históricas que son el inicio de una nueva fase en la Campaña for
Comida Justa.

CIW: "Hoy, estamos cansados, en las palabras de Martin Luther King Jr., de
`depender en la buena voluntad e entendimiento de aquellos que se benefician
explotándonos."

Casi dos años han pasado desde que Taco Bell y la CIW anunciaron una iniciativa
histórica para responder a la pobreza, que cada día es peor, y décadas de
degradación enfrentada por los trabajadores agrícolas en la Florida. En ese
tiempo, Taco Bell retó a otros en la industria de comida rapida para unirse a
demandar salarios justos y trato humano para los trabajadores que piscan sus
tomates.

McDonald's, el lider indiscutible de la industria de comida rápida de $100
billones, se ha rehusado a aceptar ese reto. Apesar de presión publica
cresciente, el gigante de la comida rapida, McDonald's se ha
rehusado a reconocer la seriedad de la explotación de los piscadores de tomate
expuesta a través del boicot de Taco Bell, y se ha rehusado a trabajar con la
CIW para responder a la explotación. Más bien, ha
tomado pasos que aparecen estar enfocados en echar para atrás los avances
ganados con mucho trabajo en salarios y condiciones de trabajo establecidos en
el acuerdo con Taco Bell.

Hoy, después de casi dos años de esperar pacientemente para que McDonald's se
una a nosotros en responder a la crisis de abusos de derechos humanos y
salarios de miseria en su cadena de surtidores de tomate, estamos cansados de
esperar. Estamos cansados, como Martin Luther King Jr. dijo, de "depender en la
buena voluntad e entendimiento de aquellos que se benefician explotándonos."

Nuestros miembros y aliados sienten que ahora es tiempo de intensificar nuestros
esfuerzos. Como tal, la campaña está entrando una nueva fase este año, y apoyo
de nuestros aliados en todo el páis va ser más importante que nunca. La acción
en Chicago en Abril va a marcar el primer gran compromiso en esta nueva fase en
la Campaña por Comida Justa.

Marquen sus calendarios hoy y comienzen a organizar para traer miembros de su
comunidad a McDonald's en Abril para unirse a nosotros en una:

* Manifestación grande afuera de las oficinas globales de McDonald's en Oak
Brook, IL, el Viernes, 13 de Abril, 2007.

* Carnaval y Desfile por Comida Justa, Derechos Reales, y Dignidad - el Sábado,
14 de Abril, 2007 en el centro de Chicago.

Motivamos fuertemente a nuestros aliados en todo el páis a unirse con nosotros
en Chicago en Abril para participar en el colorido carnaval y desfile.

Grupos son invitados a organizar sus propios carros alegóricos y delegaciones
para esta acción.
Contáctanos para más información.
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See also:
http://sfalliance.org
http://www.ciw-online.org

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correction / Location
14 Feb 2007
Correction: it's going to be THIS FRIDAY the 16th, NOT the 15th, at 8pm.

And we have the location confirmed:

Ticknor Lounge
in Boylston Hall
Harvard Yard

Directions:
1 block away from the Harvard Square T
Steps away from the terminus of the #1 Bus

From the main Harvard Square T Stop,
Walk one block up Massachusetts Ave. to Holyoke Street
Turn left and cross the street
Enter Harvard Yard through the gate (by the #1 bus stop)
Boylston is the gray building on your right
See also:
http://sfalliance.org
http://www.ciw-online.org
Riiight.
15 Feb 2007
Yeah, those farmworkers sure are cynical hacks alright. Fighting against some of the biggest corporations in the world, and winning.

http://www.ciw-online.org