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In Search of a few good teachers and Students

by Chantel Tuesday, Feb. 05, 2002 at 10:56 AM
Cherrysweet@hotmail.com

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 Hi thanx for reading this Im bottom lining Student/Youth outreach for the OC Boycott Taco Bell team along with 2 other people.

The Taco Bell Truth Tour will be arriving with farm workers, students, and activist from all over the country on March 10 in LA for huge teach-in conference and concert, and on March 11 they will be heading to Irvine CA for a huge march and protest at the Taco Bell Headquarters.

So in doing outreach for this event we have decided to take a hands on approach, and what we are seeking are High School, Colleges, and Universities to get involved.. we are asking for teachers/professors who are interested and willing to lend about 10 min. of their class time to us. Myself and a few others would like to come to your class room for about 10 min to give a brief presentation on the national boycott against Taco Bell. We will show a 6 min. video that breaks down in news clips and actual video of farms, farm life, and the Florida Tomatoes pickers plight and struggle in seeking a living wage. This video explains why there is national boycott against taco bell, and shows in simple ways why we should all take on this human rights, immigrants rights, and farm workers rights issue on as a personal struggle. The next 4 min that we'll be in your classroom we'll give quick basic flyers that show our peaceful and non-violent cause that we are fighting for.

We think that this is the best form of outreach that we can do, to directly talk to students and allow them to ask us questions regarding this issue. So if you are a teacher/professor or know of any teachers or professors.. OR if you are student that thinks this would be something you would like to see happen in your classroom at your school please email me. Right now we are setting up a sched for OC and LA schools that would like this presentation given at in their classrooms, so please let me know what days would be best for you and what city your school is located in you can email me at either

Cherrysweet@hotmail.com

OR

MandarinOrangeEssence@yahoo.com

Below is a basic overview on why there is a National Boycott against Taco bell, if you would like to find out more information please go to http://www.ciw-online.org.. Please feel free to print and FWD this email to as many people as you think would be intrested in helping us do this form of Student and youth outreach

thank you

Chantel

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a farmworker organization based in Immokalee, Florida, has asked to meet with Taco Bell representatives to discuss the working and living conditions of the farmworkers who pick Taco Bell's tomatoes. Farmworkers who pick tomatoes for the Immokalee-based "Six L's, Packing, Co., Inc.", one of the nation's largest tomato producers and a contractor for Taco Bell, are paid 40 cents for every 32-pound bucket they pick. That is the same per bucket rate, or "piece rate", paid in 1978. At that rate, workers must pick and haul 2 TONS of tomatoes to make in a day. [According the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual income of farmworkers today is ,500.] Workers picking for Six L's are denied the right to organize and the ri! ght to overtime pay for overtime work. They receive no health insurance, no sick leave, no paid holidays, no paid vacation, and no pension. Taco Bell has refused to discuss these conditions with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Taco Bell reported system-wide sales of more than billion in 1999, while Tricon, Inc., Taco Bell's parent corporation (together with Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken), reported worldwide system sales of over billion last year. Taco Bell could double the picking piece rate paid to farmworkers by agreeing to pay just one penny more per pound for the tomatoes it buys from Six L's. We believe that Taco Bell, as part of the "world's largest restaurant system", can easily afford to pay one penny more. But even if they passed the cost on to YOU, the consumer, it would still be less than 1/4 of 1 cent more for your Chalupa. Would you be willing to pay 1/4 of 1 penny more for your Chalupa if it meant that farmworkers could earn a living wage? we thought you would

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