Coalition of Immokalee Workers

McDonald's Truth Tour 2006:
The Real Rights Tour!

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There are several ways you can ensure that the McDonald's Truth Tour 2006 is a smashing success:

Join us and our allies in Chicago on SATURDAY, APRIL 1st for a day of marching, music, and protest!

Volunteer to help with meals, shelter, supplies and event planning in tour cities and in Chicago. Please contact workers(at)ciw-online.org for more info.

Make a financial contribution. There are many expenses (travel, food, lodging, and supplies) in an undertaking of this size. We appreciate any amount you are able to contribute at this time. Please click here for information on how to make a donation to the CIW.

Participate in a National Day of Prayer and Meditation to Advance Real Rights for Farmworkers.  On Friday, March 31st, people of faith across the country will pray and meditate that McDonald’s Corporation will work with the CIW to advance the real rights of farmworkers in its tomato supply chain.  This observance is set to coincide with a prayer vigil and peaceful demonstration led by the CIW and religious leaders outside of McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, IL.  Please click here for more information.

Organize a solidarity action or educational event in your community! If you don’t live in Chicago or a tour city, and are unable to join us for the April 1 march and rally, there are still a number of ways to participate in the Truth Tour. Similar to previous years, we are asking our allies around the country to hold events in their communities between March 26 and April 4. From Texas to California to New York, over a dozen actions are already being planned. For more information, visit the Student/Farmworker Alliance website. In the meantime, here are some ideas for actions:

* Drop a letter at your local McDonald’s calling on the fast-food giant to stop sidestepping the real issues and work with the CIW for real farm labor reform, and ask the manager to make your feelings known to corporate headquarters in Chicago. Click here to download the letter.

* Organize a protest outside of your local McDonald's. Distribute flyers and postcards to educate people in the community about the campaign, and use colorful signs, art, banners and/or street theater to communicate your message and draw attention to the protest. For free materials, contact us at workers(at)ciw-online.org

* Hold an educational event in your community. Show the 15-minute, Emmy-nominated documentary about the success and future of the CIW campaign produced by the PBS news series "NOW with David Brancaccio." Ask participants to drop off a manger letter or send a postcard to Jim Skinner, CEO of McDonald's. Contact workers(at)ciw-online.org for postcards.