food chain workers
Hundreds Of Thousands Of Workers Will Strike May 1, Organizers Say
A major union local and a coalition of worker centers have voted to strike on International Workers Day, calling for others to join.
By Cora Lewis

Almost 350,000 service workers plan to strike on May 1, a traditional day for labor activism across the world, in the most direct attempt yet by organized labor to capture the energy from a resurgent wave of activism across the country since the election of Donald Trump.

Tens of thousands of members of a powerful California branch of the Service Employees International Union will participate in the strike, according to David Huerta, the president of the chapter.

“We understand that there’s risk involved in that,” Huerta told BuzzFeed News, “but we’re willing to take that risk in order to be able to move forward in this moment, while the most marginalized are in the crosshairs of this administration.”

Since Donald Trump’s election, there has been no shortage of wildcat strikes by groups disproportionately affected by his administration’s policies. But this time around, organized labor is driving the effort. According to a coalition of groups leading the strike, more than 300,000 food chain workers and 40,000 unionized service workers have said they will walk off the job so far.

Huerta’s union chapter represents tens of thousands of workers, including janitors, security officers and airport staff, while the Food Chain Workers Alliance, which represents workers throughout the food industry, says hundreds of thousands of its non-unionized members have committed to striking.

“We are a workforce made up mostly of immigrants, women, African Americans, and indigenous people….Without workers, who does Trump think will harvest the crops, craft the food, transport it to market, stock the shelves, cook in kitchens, and serve the meals?”

It’s on!
Decolonize Your Diet: Guidelines for Daily Living

Cook your own meals. Be creative and have fun in the kitchen.

Eat beans often, preferably every day.

Garnish your meals with slices of avocado and fresh salsa to add both nutrients and flavor.

Eat fresh fruit every day. Serve fruit with chile lime salt or make aguas frescas or smoothies.

Eat five servings of vegetables every day. Serve them in stews, in tacos, or in a chile-based sauces. Learn to grow or forage quelites and verdolagas as these are exceptionally healthy greens.

Eat native foods such as nopales, amaranth, chayote, squash, corn, chiles, beans, chia seeds, and berries. Work these foods into your meal plans as often as possible. Learn about what plants and vegetables are native to the region where you live.

Make your own corn tortillas and serve them instead of bread, store-bought, or flour tortillas.

Cook with herbs such as epazote, cilantro, mint, oregano, thyme, cumin, coriander, and cinnamon. Herbs and spices contain powerful phytonutrients and add complexity to flavors. If you can, grow herbs native to the Americas, such as Mexican oregano, hoja santa, papaloquelite, and epazote.

Try home remedies, such as herbal teas, when you have a minor illness (coughs, colds, headaches, nausea, cramps, stress, sleeplessness, etc.) Yerba buena (mint), canela (cinnamon), ginger, and manzanilla (chamomile) are easy ones to start with: they taste good and are comforting.

If you have access to land (your yard, a community garden, an empty plot you can claim, a balcony with large pots), grow some of your own food.

Practice gratitude and humility. Give thanks for your food and honor the knowledge, struggle, and recipes passed down to you by your ancestors.

Get involved in food justice issues in your community, extend solidarity and material support to indigenous groups where you live, honor boycotts (such as current boycott of Driscoll Berries), and support the labor activism of food chain workers.

To make room for these changes, minimize or eliminate processed foods, fast foods, white sugar, white flour, meat from CAFOs, and dairy from animals that are fed hormones.