"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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of Immokalee Workers
1995 General Strike
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,
1997 General Strike
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!:
What, exactly, is this? It's a pyramid, actually, of 120
tomato buckets, over two stories tall and more than 20 feet
wide at its base.
To make $48 in a day at 40 cents per
bucket, farmworkers have to pick, haul, and throw 120 of these
buckets, which weigh 32 pounds when full of tomatoes -- about
two tons of tomatoes, in all.
To give you some perspective
on that, $48 is what most fast-food CEO's probably make before
their butts hit the leather on their big comfy CEO chairs
in the morning.
CIW members took time to build the pyramid right, screwing
buckets to boards...
... and taking care to set row upon row of buckets on the
The pyramid slowly took form, with each subsequent row taking
longer than the last...
... and as it grew, several members took up residence behind
the wall of buckets, fighting a wind that threatened to
bring the whole thing down at any minute...
But finally, the pyramid reached nearly three stories, and
there were no longer any ladders tall enough to add the
And so, with 10 buckets in a mini-pyramid still on the ground
(memo to California organizing crew: find two VERY
tall ladders for the 5th!), CIW members took a minute
to celebrate what is definitely a first - - workers building
a pyramid, not to give praise to those in power, but to build
power for their own fight for justice. See you soon in California!