Lying Media Bastards

November 28, 2007

Responsible Corporate Citizens

Christ, what scumbags.

I’ve written here and on other sites multiple times about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (and their allies) who have been campaigning for years to get better wages for Florida’s farmworkers. After lengthy struggles, they managed to get better wages by targetting the reputation of Taco Bell, then McDonald’s, and now Burger King. There will be a large protest this weekend outside Burger King headquarters in Miami, for those interested in participating.

But investigative journalists have discovered that Burger King has been working covertly to not only fight back against the farmworkers, but to smear them, and to try to roll back any progress their struggles have achieved. First Burger King and a tomato growers organization are threatening to impose a $100,000 “fine” any tomato growers who obey their higher-wage agreement with the farmworkers. In addition to this fierce attack, BK and the growers’ lobby are trying to convince the public that a) the higher-wage deals are illegal, b) the deals are “un-American”, and c) the farmworkers actually make tons of money, to try to mobilize resentment against the farmworkers.

Fucking jackals. Corporate profits are too important to let a few thousand brown people live above the poverty line.

Online actions to notify BK of your disgust are here and here. More info as I get it.

[sorry, no radio show today]

Posted by Jake on November 28, 2007 11:32 pm

3 Comments »

  1. “Corporate profits are too important to let a few thousand brown people live above the poverty line.”

    The vast majority of those brown people are illegal immigrants.

    There is a lot of money spent at every level (city, county, state and federal) of government supplying them with services they don’t deserve because they are ILLEGAL.

    I don’t know what your heritage is but everyone in my family came here legally and had to learn to speak English.

    Comment by Commander Coty — December 5, 2007 @ 8:36 am

  2. Right… First, unless you’ve spent time in Immokalee, Florida, Mr. Coty, I imagine you don’t actually know what you’re talking about. Second, I’d highly recommend you read the book “They Take Our Jobs!” and 20 Other Myths About Immigration. It shows that a) a lot of the concerns people have about immigration, legal and non, are not true, and b) that American immigration law has a long, exploitative, and racist history that continues along into the present. I need to post a review of the book on here one of these days.

    Comment by Jake — December 5, 2007 @ 10:21 pm

  3. “Illegal immigration” is a good way to pit American workers vs. immigrant workers. Looks like it’s working.

    Comment by Eric — December 9, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

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