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Taco Bell Boycott: Highlights from the final year

FARMWORKERS CELEBRATE DECISIVE VICTORY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS!

FORMER PRESIDENT CARTER COMMENDS CIW’S “PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP IN THIS VERY IMPORTANT CAMPAIGN… See all the statements of support for this historic agreement below! The four-year Taco Bell boycott is over! Click here for details on the precedent-setting accord. Click here for photos and reports from Saturday’s day-long Victory Celebration & Rally (3/12). And don’t miss the complete mulitmedia reports from the Truth Tour that turned out the lights on the Taco Bell boycott, including the boycott-ending press conference at Yum Brands (3/8) and the “Our World, Our Rights” Conference on Global Justice (3/11)! Boycott supporters are already gearing up for […]

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Taco Bell Agreement Analysis

On March 8, 2005, representatives of Taco Bell and its parent company Yum Brands (the world’s largest restaurant company) held a joint press conference with representatives of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers at Yum Brands headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Accord With Tomato Pickers Ends Boycott Of Taco Bell

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — A group of tomato pickers from Florida announced an end to a boycott of Taco Bell yesterday after the fast-food chain and its parent company agreed to meet demands to improve wages and working conditions for the farmworkers.

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COALITION OF IMMOKALEE WORKERS, TACO BELL REACH GROUNDBREAKING AGREEMENT

COALITION OF IMMOKALEE WORKERS, TACO BELL® REACH GROUNDBREAKING AGREEMENT

CIW to end Taco Bell boycott; Taco Bell to pay penny-per-pound surcharge demanded by workers, will work with CIW to raise farm labor standards in supply chain, across industry as a whole

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Immigrant Farmworkers Win Major Victory in Struggle with Fast-Food Industry

Louisville, KY—Today the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will announce with Yum Brands that it has reached an agreement that ends the CIW’s nearly four-year-long boycott of the restaurant giant and Yum Brands subsidiary, Taco Bell. This agreement—reached because of consumer demand—is a groundbreaking first step toward establishing socially responsible purchasing practices within the fast-food industry, while realizing concrete gains for the tomato pickers whose labor supplies Taco Bell’s nationwide franchises.

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Comments by Coalition of Immokalee Workers Co-Director Lucas Benitez at Press Conference, Announcing Settlement of the CIW’s Taco Bell Boycott

Comments by Coalition of Immokalee Workers Co-Director Lucas Benitez at Press Conference, Announcing Settlement of the CIW’s Taco Bell Boycott

Thank you, Jonathan. My name is Lucas Benitez, and I am a Co-Director of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. I’d like to begin by thanking everyone for coming, and to thank Jonathan Blum and everyone else here at Yum and Taco Bell whose hard work has helped make today possible.

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Christians to Fast, Pray during let for a just resolution of the Taco Bell Boycott

LOUISVILLE, KY – National and regional leaders of Christian churches have called upon their members to fast and pray each Friday during Lent for a just resolution of the Taco Bell boycott. Christians supporting the boycott have been calling upon Yum Brands, the world’s largest fast food company, to address human rights abuses in its supply chain in partnership with the (CIW). The boycott was called in April 2001 by the CIW, a community-based organization of workers that pick tomatoes for Florida-based growers.

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“Human Rights and the Struggle for Fair Food: Making Dr. King’s Dream Our Reality”January 15-16, 2005

January 15-16, 2005 The symposium was the realization of a dream, a dream deeply rooted in Dr. King’s dream… Workshops were standing room only… A walking tour left the visitors shaking their heads in disbelief over the conditions and the prices of rent… The evening’s service and community gathering had many moments that left all in tears…   And just as many that broght smiles to the faces of the more than 500 gathered… A local band provided energy throughout the evening… … which wrapped up with a candlelight vigil… … that symbolized the unity of souls that came together […]

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“Human Rights and the Struggle for Fair Food: Making Dr. King’s Dream Our Reality”

On Saturday, Jan. 15th, from 9:00am – 4:00pm, the Symposium will be held at: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church 207 South 9th St. Immokalee, FL 34142 Directions from 29 South: Once you reach Immokalee, pass through 3 traffic lights, turn right on 9th St. (which is at 4th traffic light), turn right into church, follow signs to Symposium. Directions from 29 North: Pass through center of town, turn left at 2nd traffic light (9th St.), turn right into church and follow signs to Symposium. On Saturday, Jan. 15th, from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, the Symposium will be held at: Coalition […]

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ALL KINDS OF GREAT NEWS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY!

From the Boot the Bell campaign… This month, Cal State University San Bernadino became the 21st school to “Boot the Bell”! Over the course of the last two years CSUSB campus activists organized campus-wide forums, gathered 1,500 signatures to send to their administration,

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