Thursday, November 13, 2003This email is being circulated by some political campus organizations:
"URGENT ACTION NOW! Yo no quiero Taco Bell!
Email MSA and tell them you'll take human dignity over a chalupa!
Across the country, labor and farmworker activists have been taking part in a Taco Bell boycott in response to Taco Bell's use of veritable slave labor. According to the Dept. of Labor, the workers that pick Taco Bell tomatoes make an average wage of 40 cents per 32-pound bucket, a number hasn't changed in more than 20 years. This number translates to wages so substandard that they are comparable to slave labor. United Students Against Sweatshops, of which SOLE is an affiliate, is a part of the nationwide Boot the Bell campaign, which has booted Taco Bell from 17 campuses, including Notre Dame, Duke, UPenn and Central Michigan University. The boycott is endorsed by everyone from Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich and Howard Zinn to the American Friends Service Committee, the National Council of Churches and the National Lawyers Guild.
On Tuesday, Nov. 18, the Michigan Student Assembly will be voting on a resolution that requests that a Taco Bell specifically be the new restaurant in Pierpont Commons. That's right-while student activists across the country fight to "boot the Bell", we at Michigan may actually invite them in!
What can you do?
#1-Email firstname.lastname@example.org now and tell them that human rights matter to Michigan students and we will not invite Taco Bell to our campus!
#2-Show up at MSA chambers, 3rd floor union, Tuesday 11/18 at 7:30 pm.
for more information, check out: Coalition of Immokalee Workers website"
Posted by Rob at 12:54 AM