UCLA students are hunger striking as part of the national “Boot the Bell” campaign in support of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a Florida-based national farmworker movement that is leading a boycott of Taco Bell because of sweatshop-like conditions and human rights abuses in the fields of Florida. Students are saying that until Taco Bell can guarantee to its consumers that their supply chain is free of exploitation, Taco Bell does not deserve to do business on their campus.
Starting Wednesday, June 8th, UCLA students began a rotating fast with 45 students currently committed to fast and more continuing to sign up. They are sending a message to ASUCLA, the body of students and advisors that runs UCLA's restaurants, that Taco Bell cannot be allowed to remain on campus until there is real change in the subpoverty wages and inhumane working conditions in its supply chain! UCLA is the 6th university to be join the nationwide student hunger strikes in support of the CIW in the past 3 months, in addition to Norte Dame University, University of Florida, Grand Valley State University, Central Michigan University and Eckerd College.