Rarely is it within the consumer’s power to right a great wrong, but today Familias Unidas por la Justicia (United Families for Justice) is making that possible. Calling for a boycott of products that you help produce—and earn a living from—is not something that is done lightly. The leadership of Familias Unidas por la Justicia made sure to get permission from 219+ farmworkers a day before authorizing a boycott against poor wages and mistreatment and for a legally binding labor contract.Many of the leadership and membership of Familias Unidas por la Justicia have worked for Sakuma Brothers Farms for over a decade, some families contributing three generations of labor to Sakuma Brothers farm. Almost every year, there has been a labor dispute, some end in firing and evictions, while others have been full on work stoppages with only one in 2004, resulting in minor temporary concessions. Farmworkers say that they are struggling for the future of their families and for justice. Visit boycottsakumaberries.com for more information.
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. Built on a foundation of farmworker community organizing starting in 1993, and reinforced with the creation of a national consumer network since 2000, CIW’s work has steadily grown over more than twenty years to encompass three broad and overlapping spheres: The Fair Food Program, The National Campaign for Fair Food, and the Anti-Slavery Campaign. Visit them at www.ciw-online.org
The Southeast Arizona land exchange was one of the bills that was attached to the National Defense Authorization Act and passed by the U.S. House and the Senate. It is a bill pushed by Arizona Representatives Gosar & Kirkpatrick and Arizona Senators McCain and Flake which for over the past 10 years has not been able to get enough votes for passage in either the House or the Senate. The Arizona Congressmen could not get the bill to pass using the normal Congressional procedures because the bill gives land at Apache Leap and Oak Flat in southeastern Arizona to a foreign Mining Company, Resolution Copper. Without any environmental impact studies or without consultation with San Carlos Apache and Tribes that consider the area sacred, the land has been given to foreign interests. Found out more at www.apache-stronghold.com
Fast food workers are coming together all over the country to fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. They work for corporations that are making tremendous profits, but do not pay employees enough to support their families and to cover basic needs like food, health care, rent and transportation. Too many of them are forced to rely on public assistance to scrape by. These are billion-dollar companies that can afford to pay their employees better. Low-wage jobs are the fastest growing jobs in the nation, and they need to pay more so that workers like them can make ends meet, and rebuild the middle class and get the economy working again. Visit fightfor15.org
The South Central Farmers have been fighting to preserve 14 acres of what used to be open green space in the middle of South Central Los Angeles. The South Central Farm, located at 41st and Alameda Streets in South Los Angeles, was thought to be the largest community farm in the United States. This land was originally mitigated to the community by Mayor Bradley after the 1992 uprisings. In the first 14 years this community had benefited by having access to fresh and healthy produce. A majority of these products are not available in local or major produce markets. Additionally, the farm provided access to many Mesoamerican traditional plants that are used for medicinal purposes. The community was composed of 350 families and benefited thousands in the surrounding community. Visit their website at www.southcentralfarmers.com
Jobs With Justice
Jobs With Justice believes that all workers should have collective bargaining rights, employment security, and a decent standard of living within an economy that works for everyone. We bring together labor, community, student, and faith voices at the national and local levels to win improvements in people’s lives and shape the public discourse on workers’ rights and the economy. Learn more at www.jwj.org
Pressure Costco and Whole Foods (as well as your local grocery store) to respect the boycott of Driscoll’s berries that farmworkers are calling for in both Washington State and San Quintin Mexico.
Driscoll’s is the largest berry distributor in the world with a history of unjust labor practices and repression of union organizing. The boycott will continue until the berry growers that Driscoll’s sources from sign union contracts with the independent and fighting unions such as Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ). Workers in FUJ and similar unions have been going on strike and demanding better wages and treatment in WA State and San Quintin. Companies like Costco and Whole Foods who claim to care about justice in their supply chain must be convinced to stop selling Driscoll’s Berries! We need to show them that consumers and farm worker allies are paying attention to these struggles all across North America and are demanding to see change.
Boot the Braids: Wendy's Fast Food
With the four largest fast-food companies (McDonald’s, Yum Brands, Burger King, and Subway) and three largest food service providers (Compass Group, Aramark, and Sodexo) having signed Fair Food agreements with the CIW, the focus now falls squarely on the $550 billion supermarket industry and the final major players of the fast food industry. In addition to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, who respectively joined the Program in 2008 and 2012, the CIW signed agreements with Walmart (2014), The Fresh Market (2015) and Ahold USA (2015). It’s time now for the country’s other major grocery chains and final fast food hold-outs to step up and bring their considerable purchasing power to the plate. Yet to sign onto this agreement? Wendy's Fast Food.