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    TACO BELL TRUTH TOUR! March 1-17, 2002 The Coalition of Immokalee Workers needs your help to make Taco Bell a part of the solution in Florida s farmworkers
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      TACO BELL TRUTH TOUR!
      March 1-17, 2002

      The Coalition of Immokalee Workers needs your help to make Taco Bell a part
      of the solution in Florida's farmworkers' fight for dialogue and a fair wage

      By contracting for cheap tomatoes grown and picked by farmworkers paid
      sub-poverty wages in Florida, Taco Bell contributes significantly to the
      continued misery of farmworkers and their families. We believe that the
      large corporations that buy Florida tomatoes must step up to their
      responsibility by demanding, and obtaining, changes in the shameful pay and
      working conditions suffered by the men and women who pick their tomatoes.

      IRVINE CA, Monday, March 11
      March on Taco Bell Corporate Headquarters!!

      The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a farmworker organization based in
      Immokalee, Florida, has asked to meet with Taco Bell representatives to
      discuss the working and living conditions of the farmworkers who pick Taco
      Bell's tomatoes. Farmworkers who pick tomatoes for the Immokalee-based "Six
      L's, Packing, Co., Inc.", one of the nation's largest tomato producers and a
      contractor for Taco Bell, are paid 40 cents for every 32-pound bucket they
      pick. That is the same per bucket rate, or "piece rate", paid in 1978. At
      that rate, workers must pick and haul 2 TONS of tomatoes to make $50 in a
      day. [According the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual income of
      farmworkers today is $7,500.] Workers picking for Six L's are denied the
      right to organize and the right to overtime pay for overtime work. They
      receive no health insurance, no sick leave, no paid holidays, no paid
      vacation, and no pension. Taco Bell has refused to discuss these conditions
      with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Taco Bell reported system-wide
      sales of more than $5 billion in 1999, while Tricon, Inc., Taco Bell's
      parent corporation (together with Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken),
      reported worldwide system sales of over $22 billion last year. Taco Bell
      could double the picking piece rate paid to farmworkers by agreeing to pay
      just one penny more per pound for the tomatoes it buys from Six L's. We
      believe that Taco Bell, as part of the "world's largest restaurant system",
      can easily afford to pay one penny more. But even if they passed the cost on
      to YOU, the consumer, it would still be less than 1/4 of 1 cent more for
      your Chalupa. Would you be willing to pay 1/4 of 1 penny more for your
      Chalupa if it meant that farmworkers could earn a living wage? we thought
      you would

      BOYCOTT TACO BELL & JOIN THOUSANDS FROM ALL OVER THE NATION IN THE TACO BELL
      TRUTH TOUR!

      Here are the dates and locations for the re-scheduled Truth Tour (stay tuned
      to the CIW site http://www.ciw-online.org for exact details and contacts for
      each stop on the tour as they become available!):

      TAMPA, FL Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002

      ATLANTA, GA Friday, March 1

      SOUTH BEND, IN Saturday, March 2

      CHICAGO, IL Sunday, March 3

      MADISON, WI Monday, March 4

      DENVER, CO Wednesday, March 6

      SAN FRANCISCO, CA Friday, March 8

      FRESNO, CA Saturday, March 9

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      TWO DAY CONVERGENCE IN SO CAL

      Los Angeles Sunday, March 10
      * Day of music, workshops, and ACTION!

      IRVINE, Mon. March 11
      * March on Taco Bell Corporate Headquarters

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      FLAGSTAFF, AZ Tuesday, March 12
      ALBUQUERQUE, NM Wed., March 13

      OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Thurs., March 14

      LITTLE ROCK, AR Friday, March 15

      MEMPHIS, TN Saturday, March 16



      Please consider the situation of the farmworkers that picked the tomatoes
      you will eat today and let Taco Bell know that you expect them to meet with
      the farmworkers' representatives. Call or write:

      Emil J. Brolick
      President and Chief Concept Officer Taco Bell Corp.
      17901 Von Karman Irvine, California 92614 tel. (949) 863-4500

      Your support can really help.

      HELP ORGANIZE AND JOIN IN ON MARCH 10 IN LOS ANGELES AND MARCH 11 IN IRVINE
      AT THE TACO BELL CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS

      To plug into the National Taco Bell Boycott in your town please contact the
      Coalition of Immokalee Workers at website: http://www.ciw-online.org

      Phone #: (941-821-5481) OR (941-285-2368)
      or Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida (941- 839-3970)

      For More information in Southern CA please contact

      Phone # TOLL FREE: 866.206.9073 x3706

      Website: Http://www.boycotttacobell.org

      Email: tbboycott@...

      For local Southern CA organizing for this campaign please come to our
      Orange County Meetings that are held in Santa Ana on Thursdays at 7pm at the
      SEIU office located on 1651 4th St. (on corner of 4th and Lyon), Suite #120.

      Los Angeles Meetings are held on Monday nights at the CHIRLA office in
      downtown LA, please email us for more information


      BOYCOTT THE BELL!!



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