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Boycott Driscoll's at Fairfield Costco - International Day of Action
Date Saturday May 07
Time 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location Details
WHERE: Costco in Fairfield, CA (5101 Business Center Dr, Fairfield, CA )

Note: We will meet in the Goodwill (5081 Business Center Dr, Fairfield, CA 94534) parking area, a 2 minute walk
Event Type Protest
Organizer/AuthorSarah Cain
Emailsarahsolanocoboycottcommittee [at] gmail.com
Sat, May 7, 1pm – 2:30pm
Where: Costco Wholesale, 5101 Business Center Dr, Fairfield, CA
**Note: We will meet in the Goodwill (5081 Business Center Dr, Fairfield, CA 94534) parking area, a 2 minute walk**

Familias Unidas has returned from their West Coast Tour. The tour was an amazing success with 18 new boycott committees formed bringing the total to 41 boycott committees across North America! The workers have built a groundswell of grassroots energy with people all over the country ready to fight and pressure Driscoll's until they get Sakuma and the growers in San Quintin to negotiate historic union contracts!

To build upon this incredible momentum Familias Unidas is now calling for an international day of action on May 7th to demonstrate the unified strength of the boycott movement, and show Driscoll's that people everywhere will not stand for the injustices they are perpetuating and profiting off of.

Stay tuned for more details!

Hosted by Solano County Boycott Committee.
Email Sarah for more information sarahsolanocoboycottcommittee [at] gmail.com
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The injustices in the Driscoll's supply chain were well documented in the LA Times series "Product of Mexico," as well as the book "Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies" by Dr. Seth Holmes. And they continue to be documented. These include but are not limited to: Inhumane working conditions including lack of bathrooms and clean water for washing hands and drinking, below poverty wages that include very unrealistic production expectations to make minimum requirements, systemic wage theft, sexual harassment & abuse of women, underage children working in the fields, and inadequate protection from and ongoing exposure to very dangerous pesticides. Strawberries just made this year's "Dirty Dozen" list, imagine what levels the farmworkers are exposed to.

Driscoll's is the largest distributor of strawberries in the world, with over 700 farms supplying them. We feel they have the power to convince their growers to negotiate a legally binding contract with the two independent farmworker unions from Washington State and San Quintin, Baja, Mexico - but they refuse. Costco is one of Driscoll's biggest buyers, and so has the buying power to encourage Driscoll's to do this, so this is why Costco is where we will be!

You may try to buy local when you can, but sometimes you just need another pint of strawberries, and Driscoll's is in every store... People see the Watsonville address and think well that's not too bad, or they see the Certified Organic Driscoll's and think that's ok. In reality, they are a vertically integrated multinational company with farms all over the world, and have even used their power to gut Certified Organic standards for strawberry production.
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Added to the calendar on Thursday Apr 28th, 2016 6:47 PM
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by Sarah Cain Thursday Apr 28th, 2016 6:47 PM
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