55 Actions (and counting)...

The "Summer of Action" in the Taco Bell boycott

is moving forward stronger than ever...two weekends in a row have had four energetic actions in cities across the United States, including Los Angeles, CA (3), Berkeley, CA, Auburn, AL, Knoxville, TN, Orlando, FL and Miami, FL! (Click here to see the complete list)

The protest in Los Angeles on July 20 went so well that demonstrators "decided to do the pickets every Friday at 6pm from now until the CIW truth tour arrives in LA in late September!" Read the following first-hand accounts of all of the actions and keep posted for new photos...

In addition to these actions, endorsements of the Taco Bell boycott continue pouring in. Here is a sampling of just a few:

Read an account of how The United Church of Christ voted to endorse the boycott at the 23rd General Synod

The San Francico Labor Council voted unanimously to endorse the boycott as well as the upcoming protests at Taco Bell headquarters, and "urges all of its affiliated unions and members to refrain from patronizing Taco Bell Restaurants in observance of this boycott"

 The Miami Workers Center sends out a shout: "RAISE THE WAGE!" in Miami, FL (7/21/01)

  On the picket line in Pasadena, CA (6/21/01)

   MEChA students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison demand justice for Florida tomato pickers (5/4/01)

For more of a taste of the not so zesty feeling the "Summer of Action" has left on Taco Bell, check out the following photos (for more pics, click here):



May Day of Action!!!

...12 protests throughout the state of Florida in one day!

From Tallahassee to Miami, and just about everywhere in between
(including West Palm Beach, Orlando, Ft. Myers, Naples, Deland, Winter Haven, Sarasota, and more),
students, workers, community, labor and church activists gathered to
Boycott the Bell!

For news links, click here
For reports from participants, and photos from May Day actions, click here

But first, here are a few photos to get you started:

Masks in Sarasota...

 ... In West Palm Beach, Alice Jarvis, 92, told the Palm Beach Post, "Till the day I die, I'll be marching... Seven thousand dollars a year? What's that? As a human being you can't stand by."

 ... and in Gainesville, Taco Bell's tomatoes were revolting, as angry Mr. Tomato-tron chained himself to the drive-thru lane, glared menacingly at the window, and led the "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"



 

IT'S OFFICIAL! on april 1, 2001, THE YELL WENT UP...

...BOYCOTT!

EXCERPT FROM CIW PRESS RELEASE on boycott announcement:

"When you look at the difference in power between us as farmworkers and Taco Bell as a billion dollar corporation ...," said Romeo Ramirez, also of the Coalition. "They have all the wealth and political power, and we have only one weapon. But that weapon -- the truth -- is the most powerful thing on earth," continued Ramirez, "so we are certain that we will prevail."
(click here to see the rest of the 3/28/01 press release)


ONE PHOTO GALLERY ALONE COULDN'T CAPTURE THE SPIRIT OF THE ORLANDO ACTION ANNOUNCING THE BOYCOTT, SO WE MADE FIVE
(CLICK ON LINKS BELOW FOR GALLERIES FROM ORLANDO PROTEST):

Taco Bell gets Golden Bucket Award... Stilt-walkers & more great art... pinata party... The announcement ... and the crowd!