October 17th, 2004


Taco Bell Boycott Presentation - Monday @ ECC

Farmworker Poverty & the Taco Bell Boycott: A Presentation by the
Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Monday - October 18: 5-7 pm
Ethnic Cultural Center - Black Room
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE

For farmworkers who toil in the fields of the US, sweatshops and
modern-day slavery are grim realities. Farmworkers are among the
poorest, most vulnerable, and exploited class of laborers in the
country with no right to organize without fear of retaliation, no
right to overtime pay, no benefits of any kind, and sub-poverty
wages. In the most extreme cases, farmworkers are held in modern-day
slavery, as seen in five cases of slavery in the fields of Florida
that have been brought to justice in the past six years.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a community-based
farmworker organization in southwest Florida, is challenging this
system by making links between the exploitation of farmworkers and
the profits of the fast-food industry, the fastest growing consumer
of fruits and vegetables harvested in the fields of the US. Led by
members of the CIW, this presentation will explore the
relationship between farmworker poverty, fast-food profits, and young
consumers – the target market of fast-food corporations. Through this
event we hope to create a space for dialogue as to how we can help
eliminate human rights abuses in US agriculture.

Sean Sellers

UW Silent Auction Fundraiser?

I'm the fundraiser chair for a Seattle Children's Hospital Guild, and I'm thinking our guild (which is fairly small, under 15 people -- all UW students) could do a Silent Auction at UW to raise money for the hospital. Guilds are usually the cheerleaders for children's hospitals, and come up with fun and creative ways to raise money so that Children's can afford to never turn a child away from the medical attention they need. Because of guilds, Seattle Children's can operate a "sliding scale" somewhat for children in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington to be cared for, no matter their parent's financial situation. The guild system also allowed a brand new wing to be built, as well as a fantastic new facility for parents whose children are in the hospital. It's great - there's internet and easy instructions for parents to set up a website so that family and friends who can't come to the hospital to see their loved ones can be updated on the status, as well as coffee, comfortable couches,and lots of natural light.

Anyway, I'm wondering how interested you all would be in attending/bidding on items at a silent auction. We'd try and get someone to help cater it, so that there'd be free coffee and some food, and maybe a drawing so that people could win something, even if they don't end up bidding.

I'm thinking there would be items such as ipods, digital cameras, gift certificates from U-Village, maybe concert tickets or something, and the like. Fun stuff.

So, any takers if we could get this major project underway?

x-posted to my own journal.
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-----Green Day ticket for sale!------

Hey Everybody--
I was wondering if anybody wanted to buy my Green Day ticket off of me....

It's to the November 16th show at the Everett Events Center, it's at 7pm and the opening acts are New Found Glory and Sugarcult. It's a general admission floor ticket, and I'm asking for $40. I know that sounds like a lot, but after all of the taxes and fees and shipping, that's what it actually came out to. It really sounds like a good show =( Something came up, and I could really use that money. e-mail me back if you're interested!


(x-posted in uw08)
go Dawgs!

I need the money to put towards my books next quarter, as I will have to be paying for all of them.....stupid out of state tuition AND room and board AND books AND those stupid copy book things! (I'm sorry this doesn't have a whole lot to to with the UW!)

wanted: informatics subjects

Looking for two people to help me with a project for INFO 300. It should take an hour or less, but requires your physical presence to sort through a group of materials. I can meet people on or near campus (I prefer libraries or Ave coffeeshops), anytime Monday or Friday, and between 11:30 and 3:30 on Wednesday.

Email me at alacenski (at) gmail (dot) com, or post here.

The purpose of this is to observe how people make decisions to group things.
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