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Whole Foods Gets Educated on Driscoll's Berry Boycott

by R.Robertson
The Raging Grannies formed a Boycott Driscoll's Berries Committee after extensive study of the issue and much discussion with the national Driscoll’s Boycott coordinators.

While we demonstrated in front of Whole Foods in Palo Alto to raise consumer awareness, we found ourselves educating management when they came out to talk to us; they called the issue a "complex Mexico problem." However, the union that is demanding recognition from Driscoll's berries is in Washington state. (A union in San Quintin in Mexico stands in solidarity with the Washington state union Familias Unidas por la Justicia).

Employees from the produce section came out to greet us and find out what our fuss was all about. They were curious to find out about the issue and sympathetic to the cause.
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The Raging Grannies formed a Boycott Driscoll's Berries Committee after extensive study of the issue and much discussion with the national Driscoll’s Boycott coordinators.

Today we demonstrated at Whole Foods in Palo Alto; we asked that Whole Foods pull the Driscoll’s label from shelves and endorse the boycott that farm workers have called on Driscoll's berries.

Whole Foods showed themselves to be woefully ill informed on the issue. In response to our inquiries a few days ago, they forwarded us a letter to consumers from their website in which they referred to the Driscoll's boycott as "a complex national issue in Mexico". However, the union that is demanding recognition from Driscoll's berries is in Washington state. (A union in San Quintin in Mexico stands in solidarity with the Washington state union Familias Unidas por la Justicia). Today, 3 Whole Foods managers got a quick lesson in distinguishing the two, and seemed surprised that Driscoll's and their supplier Sakuma Berries are refusing to negotiate a contract with a legitimate union within the US.
§passing out fliers to Whole Foods customers
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§message on a sandwich board
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§Curious employee
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There were many
§Singing our message
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§Whole Foods letter in response
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