Monday, May 18, 2015

Activism Opportunity

You'll see a lot of calls for boycotts on certain products sold by companies that abuse their workers. Unfortunately, a lot of these boycotts are called for by people who are not the workers being abused and without input from these workers, which is a huge problem because when a big corporation starts losing money, the first thing they do is take it out on the workers. That means lower wages, even worse working conditions, and mass layoffs of people who desperately need any income they can get.

That's another example of why it's so important to actually listen to the people being oppressed rather than assuming you know what's best for them. Boycotts can be effective, but there are almost always short-term consequences for the workers at the bottom. That's why you should only participate in a boycott if the workers who will be affected by it call for the boycott themselves.

This is one of those times.

Alleging Labor Abuses, U.S. and Mexican Workers Call for Boycott of Driscoll’s Berries

Driscoll's is a huge berry brand. This kind of sucks, actually, because I buy Driscoll's all the time because they're often the only option or the only brand on sale. But I have the luxury of being able to give up strawberries and raspberries to support workers. If you also have that luxury, consider going and getting your berries from farmer's markets instead until these workers call for the boycott to end. It's been going on for a couple months now, but as far as I can tell with Google searches, it's still going. Spread the word.

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