I am the CIW!
¡Soy yo la Coalicion!

Julia Gabriel:
"Como trabajadores y mujeres, tenemos que luchar por nuestros derechos y contra la violencia tanto en la labor como en la casa"
"As women and as workers, we have to fight for our rights and against violence both in the fields and in our own homes"

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You and your friends -- your fellow students, neighbors, co-workers, or members of your church -- are the very heart of this campaign!

If you have come to this site because you want to help make FAIR FOOD a reality, you can use the tools below to bring the Taco Bell boycott to your community.

But, first... Please consider donating to the CIW! We need your support to keep the boycott, the anti-slavery campaign, and everything else we do going strong!

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Now, here are some great tools for organizing at home:

CIW Listserve
join and stay updated on the boycott

Action Alert
a concise explanation of the boycott with contact info for TB

Sample Press Releases
use them as a model for your own actions at home

post 'em everywhere, they really do work

E-mail Petition
send an email to Emil (Emil Brolick, TB's CEO)

Or, send an automated fax to Emil Brolick, Taco Bell CEO, from this link on the United Church of Christ web site - It's easy and a great way to support the boycott without even getting up from your seat!

Thanks for joining us, and don't forget to send us any news, photos, or media reports on actions in your community -- we'll post them as soon as we can and your action can help motivate thousands of visitors to the site across the country!

Coalition of Immokalee Workers


1995 General Strike
Immokalee, Florida

The CIW is today spear-heading the Taco Bell boycott. But before we launched the national boycott in April of 2001, we had been organizing locally for many years in an effort to modernize labor relations in Florida's fields, improve wages and working conditions for our members, and eliminate modern-day slavery.

To learn more about the history of the Coalition, you can go to the CIW site where you'll find all the non-Taco Bell info on the Coalition from 1995 to 2001, including past CIW campaigns, Press Archives, Photo Galleries, and more!

1997 General Strike
Immokalee, Florida

Or, you can simply click on some of the links here below to go directly to the pages from the CIW site that interest you... just remember to hit the back button on your browser to return to the boycott site!:








WHEREAS, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers advocates for human dignity through just wages, democratic participation, solidarity with the poor, and the elimination of slavery and trafficking in human persons; and

WHEREAS, by calling attention to the structure of our food system, in which international trade practices and large corporate buyers constrain both farmers and workers, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers promotes the principle that economies must exist for people, not the other way around; and

WHEREAS, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers does not ask that farmers earn less for their labor, but rather, that wholesale and individual consumers pay more fairly for the fruits of others' labor, and thereby, offers grounds for finding common ground, where there has been so much mutual distrust; and

WHEREAS, the Catholic Church, through the Dioceses of Venice and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, has supported the Coalition of Immokalee Workers from its foundign and applauds the organization's growth, courage, and commitment to peace and justice; and

THEREFORE, the bishops of the Florida Catholic Conference offer warm congratulations to Lucas Benitez, Julia Gabriel, and Romeo Ramirez, recipients of the 2003 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award issued by the RFK Memorial Center for Human Rights, and to all members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, whose work for human dignity is recognized by the award.

In Venice, Florida, December 10, 2003

Archbishop John C. Favalora, Archdiocese of Miami
Bishop John J. Nevins, Diocese of Venice
Bishop Norbert M. Dorsey, CP, Diocese of Orlando
Bishop John H. Ricard, SSJ, Diocese of Pensacola/Tallahassee
Bishop Robert N. Lynch, Diocese of St. Petersburg
Bishop Victor Galeone, Diocese of St. Augustine
Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito, JCL, Bishop of Palm Beach
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, Coadjutor Bishop, Diocese of Orlando
Bishop Felipe J. Estevez, Auxiliary Bishop-Elect, Archdiocese of Miami



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