This Saturday, at the Taco Bell at NE Broadway and 8th, there will be a picket in solidarity with the Florida tomato pickers' boycott that is calling for a one-cent per pound raise. After a rest from his defeat on May Day, the infamous "Mr. Taco Hell" and his teethed-tacos will take to the sidewalks again as we march to demand that Taco Bell management to sit down with farmworkers and respect their demands for decent working conditions.
The Coalition of Immokalee workers in Florida has called on national and international support in their struggle for a raise from the same piece rate ($50 for picking and carrying 2 tons of tomatoes) that they've been payed since 1978. Here in Portland we have been picketing outside Taco Bells around the city for the last 4 months, each first and third Saturday of the month. At the last two pickets - on N Interstate and on W Burnside - the consumer support was so strong that the Taco Bells were nearly empty for the whole time we were picketing outside. Come to the streets, grab a killer taco, and support farmworkers' right to organize.
For more information, contact Krista Hanson with the Cross Border Labor Organizing Colation (CBLOC), at 503-236-7916.