Taco Bell Updated Action List

ACTIONS TO DATE IN THE TACO BELL BOYCOTT!!

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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 a first-hand account of the demonstration

Early Jan. Tallahassee, FL During the March for Farmworker Justice from Quincy to the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee, the 200 marchers stopped for a protest in front of a Taco Bell. Feb. 3-4 UF — Gainesville, FL The Taco Bell Truth Tour arrives at the University of Florida. The two days included interactive workshops and activities with students and community activists as well as a demonstration in front of a local Taco Bell with around 150 protestors. Feb. 10-11 New College — Sarasota, FL The Taco Bell Truth Tour arrives at New College. The two days included interactive workshops and activities with students and community activists as well as a demonstration in front of a local Taco Bell with around 150 protestors. Mid-Feb. Gulfport — Sunflower School The Sunflower School decides to stop using Taco Bell as their source for a special lunch for around 60 students every Friday. Feb. 17-18 Eckerd College — St. Petersburg, FL The Taco Bell Truth Tour arrives at Eckerd College. The two days included interactive workshops and activities with students and community activists as well as a demonstration in front of a local Taco Bell with around 200 protestors. Feb. 24-25 FSU — Tallahassee, FL The Taco Bell Truth Tour arrives at Florida State University. The two days included interactive workshops and activities with students and community activists as well as a demonstration in front of a local Taco Bell with around 100 protestors. March 3-4 UM — Miami, FL The Taco Bell Truth Tour arrives at the University of Miami. The two days included interactive workshops and activities with students and community activists as well as a demonstration in front of a local Taco Bell with around 200 protestors.

April 1 OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE NATION-WIDE BOYCOTT!!!!! Orlando, FL After a festive demonstration in front of a local Taco Bell with over 250 protestors, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, officially announces the nation-wide boycott.

Early April University of Miami — Miami, FL Amnesty International at UM holds a petition-drive to raise awareness about the boycott and gather signatures of students who support the boycott. April 4 UT — Nashville, TN Students, community activists and local labor organizations organize a demonstration in front of a local Taco Bell. April 5 UF — Gainesville, FL The Student / Farmworker Alliance (SFA) at UF spends several hours in front of the campus Taco Bell passing out “taco” flyers along with free burritos made from organically grown produce from local small farmers in order to raise awareness about the boycott and encourage potential customers to no longer eat at Taco Bell April 8 University of Notre Dame — Indiana The SFA at UND organizes a demonstration in front of a local Taco Bell. April 12 UF — Gainesville, FL Pax Christi stages a sit-in on campus called “Unveiling consumerism” to raise awareness about the conditions under which our food and clothing are produced. One of the central topics is the Taco Bell boycott. Mid-April CSU — Fresno, CA Students set up an information table to raise awareness about the Taco Bell boycott on campus and gather signatures on petitions. April 22 Gainesville, FL In celebration of Earth Day, members of the North Central Florida Green Party pass out handbills about the Taco Bell boycott in front of a local Taco Bell. April 23 UCLA — Los Angeles, CA “Who’s Working for you” action — Students at UCLA organize an interactive activities to raise awareness about the conditions under which our food and clothing are produced. One of the central topics is the Taco Bell boycott. April 23-28 FGCU — Ft. Myers, FL The SFA at FGCU organizes a “Farmworker Awareness Week” centered around the Taco Bell campaign with workshops, flyering, tabling and petition signing. April 23-28 University of Notre Dame — Indiana The SFA at UND organizes a “Farmworker Awareness Week” centered around the Taco Bell campaign with workshops, flyering, tabling and petition signing. April 26 UCLALos Angeles, CA Students sell “Boycott the Bell” t-shirts to raise awareness about the Taco Bell boycott. April 29 UF — Gainesville, FL The SFA at UF organizes a benefit concert with three bands, raising money to support the Taco Bell boycott. April 30-May 4 New College — Sarasota, FL The SFA at New College organizes a “Farmworker Awareness Week” with the Taco Bell boycott one of the central focuses.

May 1 MAY DAY OF ACTION IN THE TACO BELL BOYCOTT!!!

DeLand, FL

The National Farmworker Ministry organizes a protest in front of a local Taco Bell. Ft. Myers, FL The SFA at FGUC organizes a protest at a local Taco Bell combining members of faith communities, unions, community organizations and students. Gainesville, FL All morning, members of the SFA at UF pass out flyers in front of all five Taco Bells in Gainesville. At 2:00 PM, activists stage a remake of the “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” in front of a local Taco Bell. In the middle of the protest, around 30 demonstrators dressed as tomatoes ride in on bikes to join the demonstration. This is followed by “Tomato-tron”, a six-foot tall angry tomato on wheels. Miami, FL Local organizers hold a protest in front of a Taco Bell and deliver a formal petition to the manager to be eventually passed on to the CEO of Taco Bell in CA. Naples, FL Naples High students stage a protest in front of a local Taco Bell. Orlando, FL The Stone Soup Collective organizes mobile teams to pass out flyers and speak with managers at all 8 Taco Bells in the immediate Orlando area. Safety Harbor, FL Members of the Church of the Holy Spirit leaflet outside of a local Taco Bell. Sarasota, FL The SFA at New College organizes a protest in front of a local Taco Bell. Tallahassee, FL USAS at FSU organizes protests in front of two Taco Bells San Francisco, CA Farmworker Support Committee at UC Berkeley presents: “hip hop 4 respect”, a benefit concert for farmworkers rights centered around the Taco Bell boycott. West Palm Beach, FL Local organizers stage a protest in front of a Taco Bell. Winter Haven, FL Local organizers hold a protest in front of a Taco Bell
Early May UCLA — Los Angeles, CA International Workers’ Week on campus which culminated on May 3, where Conciencia Libre had a Worker’s Justice Forum: Panelists included workers from Justice for Janitors, AFSCME, homecare workers, and the CIW. Early May UCLA Los Angeles, CA Students organize a protest in front of a local Taco Bell May 4 UW — Madison, Wisconsin MEChA, Greens and SLAC stage the first protest in front of the campus Taco Bell. Late May University of Notre Dame — Indiana The SFA at UND organizes a series of teach-ins about the Taco Bell boycott. May 22 UC Berkeley — San Francisco, CA The Farmworker Support Committee organizes a protest in front of a local Taco Bell. Students and community activists hand out hundreds of flyers and speak with potential customers about the boycott. Together they sound off on trumpets and drums to confront the “Tomato of Doom.” June 7 Naples, FL Students from Fordham College (NYC) organize a protest at a local Taco Bell after spending two weeks in Immokalee and learning of the situation of farm work. June 4-8 UCLA — Los Angeles, CA Week of consciousness-raising activities: a petition-drive, flyering and tabling to spread word about the campaign. June 8 Charlottesville, VA Protest at a local Taco Bell June 21 Pasadena, CA Protest at a local Taco Bell with around 70 people, organized by the Students for Social Justice at Pasadena College and the Farmworkers Support Committee at UC Berkeley. June 24 Tampa, FL Protest at a local Taco Bell with over 50 people July 3 Los Angelos, CA The “Little Yellow Schoolbus” passes through LA on its way to Chiapas, Mexico to help build schools. They were greeted by supporters of the boycott in LA. Inspired by the struggle of Florida farmworkers, they took information and supplies with them to spread word about the boycott in Mexico. July 4 Los Angelos, CA California supporters spread the word on the boycott to hundreds of participants in the “Farce of July,” stirring up enough excitement to turn the concert into a rally in support of the Taco Bell boycott. July 11 UCLA — Los Angelos, CA UCLA students spend the day passing out flyers on campus to raise awareness about the Taco Bell Truth Tour. July 14 St. Pete, FL Protest at a local Taco Bell with over 40 people, organized by the Center of Radical Empowerment (C.O.R.E.) July 17 UCLA — Los Angelos, CA Protest at the Taco Bell on UCLA campus July 20 Knoxville, TN Protest organized by Jobs with Justice and UNITE! with over 40 people in front of a local Taco Bell. July 20 Cal State University — Los Angelos, CA Protest at the Taco Bell across from East LA City College. July 21 Miami, FL “Raise the Wage” rally in front of a local Taco Bell. This dynamic protest combined fast-food workers (including employees of Taco Bell), agricultural workers and other low-wage workers to push for an increase in the federal minimum wage and support the Taco Bell boycott. The protest began with an invasion of the Taco Bell by over 60 participants. July 21 Auburn, AL A spontaneous Take Back the Streets action put together by 70 participants of the Southern Girls Conference who took over a local Taco Bell and led several radical cheers inside. July 27 Los Angeles, CA Protest at the Taco Bell at the corner of Pico and Bundy in LA July 28 Orlando, FL Protest at the Taco Bell at 4225 W. Colonial Dr. with over 30 demonstrators. July 28 Los Angeles, CA Party / Fundraiser to support the boycott. July 29 Berkeley, CA Protest at a local Taco Bell