Los Angeles weekly Taco Bell pickets...
BOISTEROUS, LOUD AND BIG COMMUNITY SUPPORT!
Activists have been doing weekly pickets at a Taco Bell on Cesar
Chavez Blvd. in historically Chicano East LA for more than a month.
The community response? Si Se Puede! and a lot of honking horns!
Every Friday at 6 pm a diverse and rotating group of 20-25 people
gather for an hour or two to make life miserable for the local TB
manager, and to fight against the miserable conditions of farm
workers in Southern Florida.
Picketers hold up tomato-shaped picket signs with "Honk for Justice,"
"Boycott Taco Bell," and "Justicia para los trabajadores." Passerbys
get leaflets, brief explanations and usually walk away with a promise
to not eat at Taco Bell.
After weeks of protest many people already know about the boycott and
potential consumers are turned away regularly. Some pull up to the
drive-thru, get a flyer, hear the chants and drive on through honking
their support on their way to eat somewhere else. Many agree with the
Chihuahua on the protestors banner, "Yo NO quiero Taco Bell."
Protesters on the West side have launched their own weekly protest at
the corner of Pico and Bundy and are also getting a fantastic
response. A spirited and growing group, led by UCLA students, meets
every Friday at 5pm.
Other pickets are being planned, and protests are popping up around
the Southland. All are building for when the farmworker's Truth Tour
rolls into Los Angeles on September 23rd. A march is being organized
that will hit at least four Taco Bell stores between Hollywood and
The next day, September 24th is the day Taco Bell dreads, when months
of organizing will culminate in a protest at their World Headquarters
Get involved! Its easy, there are Taco Bells everywhere, and most
people immediately agree that a $5 billion a year company should be
able to pay more for tomatoes picked by workers that make $7,500 a
Join us at the weekly pickets:
corner of Pico and Bundy
Call Steve, 310-204-3995
Cesar Chavez and Atlantic
Call Fidel, 562-833-1012
For more information on the farmworkers and their struggle for humane
conditions, check out the website for the Coalition of Immokalee
Workers, at www.ciw-online.org. For more Los Angeles information