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Date Friday March 08
Time 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location Details
We will meet at 4:30pm for a protest and rally at the Taco Bell at Mission and Valencia. At 5:30pm we will march to the Taco Bell at 16th and Mission for another protest and rally at 6:00pm.
Event Type Protest
The Bay Area is one of the stops of the exciting and inspiring cross-country caravan---the TACO BELL TRUTH TOUR---which will visit fifteen cities after leaving Florida in just a few weeks. We are planning a great rally and march with speaches from the Immokalee Workers, UFW co-founder, DOLORES HUERTA, members of local communities fighting similar struggles and many others. The rally will be followed by a benefit social event featuring music, food, and more great speakers. The benefit will start at 7 pm at 255 Potrero St. +++JOIN THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE SF ACTION+++ We need your help to pull this event off. Our next planning meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20th at 7 pm @ Global Exchange (2017 Mission St. #303). +++TRAVEL TO LA AND IRVINE FOR THE NATIONAL CONVERGENCE+++ The Taco Bell Truth Tour will culminate on March 10th and 11th in LA and Irvine for a major convergence to protest at the Corporate Headquarters of Taco Bell. Buses will be organized to transport people from the Bay Area down to LA/Irvine for the convergence. Housing will be provided. For more info on the buses, please email or call (510)646-1887. ++++Worker Solidarity!++++Justice For Farm Workers!++++ *Why we protest Taco Bell? Taco Bell is one of the principal buyers of the tomatoes picked by the farmworkers in Immokalee, Florida. They buy the tomatoes from the local contractors only paying 40 cents for every 32 lb. bucket of tomatoes to the migrant workers, the same rate paid in 1978. "The tomatoes Taco Bell buys for its tacos and Chalupa's are produced in what can only be described as sweatshop conditions," said Lucas Benitez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), one of the tour's organizers. "Twenty years of picking at sub-poverty wages, no right to overtime pay, no right to organize or join a union, no health insurance, no sick leave, no paid holidays or vacation, and no pension is a national disgrace." The CIW is proposing that through negotiations Taco Bell pay 1 cent more per pound of tomatoes, passing the extra penny on to the pickers, which would nearly double their pay. The CIW is organizing a cross-country tour to bring attention to and drum up support for their struggle. The Taco Bell Truth Tour will be stopping in San Francisco on March 8th and will culminate with a major convergence in LA/Irvine to protest the Corporate Headquarters of Taco Bell on March 10th and 11th. And you are invited to be part of this historic caravan! There are a number of ways that you can participate -- you could join the Immokalee workers for the entire two-week tour, or you could jump into the caravan at any point along the way (we are especially encouraging people to join us on the California leg from San Francisco to LA/Irvine), or you could come for an exciting two days of action at the national convergence in Los Angeles/Irvine, CA, on March 10 and 11 as we march on Taco Bell. Who is Coalition of Immokalee Workers? 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. for more information, please visit: for questions about the Bay Area action, email or call (510)649-1887
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