Remember Taco Bell?

The UCC (and many other denominations) rallied around the tomato pickers of Immokalee, Florida to ensure that justice was realized. Taco Bell was the culprit. They were underpaying -- to the point of near slavery (and "near" could be erased) -- their workers. Justice was realized and the workers were compensated for their losses. I admit that I do not remember all of the details. But, it's an amazing story. This I can promise. Just remember Margaret Mead's words.

Now, the problem is not over. Another small group of people is needed, as justice is still a dream. This time, it's McDonalds and their tomato pickers. They earn 40 to 50 cents for every 32-pound bucket of tomatoes they pick, a rate that has not risen significantly in nearly 30 years. It actually makes me sick that this is possible. A good day offers a payment of $50 for two tons of tomatoes. Remember that story in Matthew 20 with the workers in the field? This isn't a question of genorosity. This is a matter of justice. A small group of loving people is required for the support of these workers where slavery is a true reality.

Sigh. So, what can a small group of people do? We can only ask. And we must turn to the Immokalee workers themselves, as they are the true visionaries of justice for their own reality. Check out what they have to say and take a step to remember the least of these: http://www.ciw-online.org/tools.html.

1 comment:

Mystical Seeker said...

I don't patronize McDonald's as a rule anyway, but this just serves as reminder of what is going on in the fast food industry and is yet another reminder of one of the economic injustices that is happening in the US.