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Cosecha GR escalates Turkey Boycott Campaign, invites others to join

November 21, 2017

Over the past fews days Movimiento Cosecha GR has escalated their turkey boycott campaign by holding actions at places where people go to buy turkeys and turkey products.

On Sunday, several members of Cosecha GR went to one of the local Gordon Foods stores, holding signs and passing out information on the boycott. The flyer they were handing out read:

Why boycott turkey this holiday season?

1. Many immigrants in the poultry industry work in harsh conditions and make poor wages. Their status often means that their labor is exploited and their rights are abused.

2. Immigrant families are living in fear: disrupted, detained and deported. A small disruption in your holiday traditions this year can be a powerful move for solidarity.

3. When we stand together we can impact the economy. In turn, we can demand changes in working conditions.

Movimiento Cosecha demands dignity, respect and permanent protection for all immigrants.

Last night othe members of the immigrant led group went to the Meijer store on Alpine to do the same thing and demonstrate the collective economic power that immigrants and allies can have in order to make change,

Cosecha GR also recently made a video that communicates the spirit and intent of the Turkey Boycott, which you can watch here below. The group has produced videos in both Spanish and English to reach as many people as possible.

An Invitation to Participate in the Turkey Boycott

Here is a list of a few things that people can do to support the Cosecha GR Turkey Boycott Campaign.

  1. Sign the pledge to be part of the campaign.  Part of the language from the pledge makes it clear about why Cosecha GR is calling for the boycott.

    Recognizing that all the food that is on our tables during these end of the year festivities has been cultivated, harvested and processed by immigrant hands, we invite you to make the sacrifice of not eating turkey to honor the work of immigrant workers and we invite, when you are together with your families at the Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas or New Year to remember that our immigrant brothers and sisters whose families may not be together because they have been separated and won’t be able to celebrate because their family members have been deported.

  2. You can become involved in the turkey boycott campaign and assist in organizing actions. Contact Cosecha GR by going to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cosechagr/.
  3. You can have the important conversations with family at holiday meals about the Turkey Boycott.
  4. Encourage your faith community to participate in the Cosecha GR Turkey Boycott. They have put together an invitation to the faith community, which reads as follows:

    Invitation to the Faith Community to Boycott Turkey

    PROBLEM:

    For the past year, the immigrant narrative in our country has been of the negative connotation and for the immigrant community way of life has been full of fear, persecution and exploitation. One of the issues that we are highlighting on this campaign is the abuses in the poultry industry.

    The turkey production line is constantly producing more than one bird per second and the workers are not being replaced in their work stations to go use the restroom so they have reached the point that they have to go to work wearing adult diapers because they are being exploited and violated on their basic rights.

    CALL TO DO JUSTICE:

    We are called to welcome the stranger, to stand by their side and to shine the light on the immigrant injustices. Recognizing that all the food that is on our tables during these end of the year festivities has been cultivated, harvested and processed by immigrant hands. We invite you to make the sacrifice of not eating TURKEY to honor the work of immigrant workers and we invite you, when you are together with your families and in your congregations at the Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas or New Year to remember that our immigrant brothers and sisters whose families may not be together because they have been separated and won’t be able to celebrate because their family members have been deported.

    IMPACT:

    This is the time for immigrants to be recognized for their contributions to the US economy and to West Michigan in particular, so by participating in the TURKEY BOYCOTT we are accompanying them on their struggle and bring to light that their consumer power is worthy and their labor power counts.

  5. You can share all of this information through your social media networks.

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