Coalition of Immokalee Workers 2005 Taco Bell Truth Tour

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Victory Celebration & Rally for Farmworker Justice

"Our World, Our Rights" Conference on Global Justice

Day 9: Press Conference @ Yum Brands

Day 8: Louisville, KY

Day 7: Louisville, KY

Day 5: Ohio & Chicago

Day 4: Ohio & Indiana

Day 3: Cincinnati & Memphis/St. Louis

Day 2: Atlanta/Nashville & Montgomery/Memphis

Day 1: Departure from Immokalee & Tallahassee



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Arrival in Louisville

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For both the East and West legs, excitement among tour participants had been building since the buses rolled out of Immokalee, and now it was reaching a fever pitch. Everyone knew that by the end of Day Six both caravans would arrive in Louisivlle, KY and the next phase of the Truth Tour would begin. (Above, members of the West leg gather in the morning to reflect on the high-points of the first portion of the Truth Tour.)

Before the buses could reach Louisville, they both had one last stop to make. For the East leg, that stop was in Lexington, KY where members of the CIW met with local peace and justice activists in a community forum. While the forum covered many topics, the discussion largely focused farmworker poverty and the role of informed consumers in challenging the status quo of the agricultural and fast-food industries, a status quo predicated upon farmworker exploitation.

In Chicago, the West leg of the tour took notions of corporate responsibility into the streets, joining local members of the union UNITE HERE who have been protesting outside the Congress Plaza Hotel for 18 months in pursuit of a fair contract. Like the previous day's visist to the workers center, the demonstration created a space for the workers to learn from and about each other as equals in a larger movement for social and economic justice.

The protest was also a great opportunity to explore the rhythmic potential of tomato buckets in picket lines. Judging by the looks of this happy drummer, the experiment was a success.


Continuing on through Chicago, the West tour held a forum on working conditions in the fields and farmworker justice. Students emphasized the power they have as consumers to demand respect for human rights in the supply chain.

For the tour's final stop in Chicago, San Lucas Church provided a delicious dinner (Puerto Rican style!) and then hosted a send-off mass, blessing our struggle and wishing us safe travels on to Louisville. The outpouring of religious support for the CIW continues to enspire and empower us. The tour stop in Chicago was certainly no exception.

As the East tour heads to Louisville, Rolando builds momentum for the upcoming week of education and action through music. The bus provides a space for riders to absorb the day's events and focus on the next day's journey.

Around 1:00 AM, the West leg pulled into the Louisville headquarters, where they reunited with their companeros and companeras from the East Leg. The evening was full of excitement, and even some exhaustion. Before bedding down for the evening, riders were briefed on the next day's visits to 17 Louisville churches in solidarity with the campaign.

At the end of Day Six, friends reunite and swap tales from their side of the tour. Riders were eager to hear about their companer@s' impact on the communities they visited and to learn how the tour changed their perspective on the campaign.

Romeo, CIW staff member, along with the Louisville organizing committee, welcomed us to our temporary headquarters in Louisville, courtesy of our friends at Urban Spirit. It certainly promises to be a memorable week!

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Click here for photos & reports from Day 7, the beginning of an extensive week of education and action in Louisville, KY leading up to the March 11-12 national convergence.