Translation by Karani Medios:
The Alliance of National, State, and Municipal Organizations for Social Justice
The National Independent Democratic Union of Agricultural Laborers
San Quintin, September 7, 2016
To all organization
To all democratic unions
To all communities
To all autonomous comittee’s
To all Media
We Clarify and Reiterate that the Driscoll’s Boycott Continues in Full Force
The Alliance of National, State, and Municipal Organizations for Social Justice (AONEMJS) and the National Independent Democratic Union of Agricultural Laborers (SINDJA) declare the following:
After more than a year of struggle that we began in the Valley of San Quintín, when more than 80,000 farm workers rose up in protest in order to better their working conditions and living facilities we have remained in resistance and have denounced before the government several times, they have heard our voice in the clamor of officials, before the congress of the ONU and also have come to know the inhumane living conditions that our people, the farm workers, live every day.
We clarify and reiterate that the boycott against Driscoll’s continues in full force because we called for a boycott over a year ago and the consumers have backed us up here in Mexico and in the United States and other parts of the world. We recognize and are grateful to all the organizations, democratic unions, communities, the autonomous consumer committees who have supported us up to this point. The case of San Quintín has illustrated how slavery was never fully abolished in Mexico, we continue to live in the labor camps in the same inhumane conditions, the same negative treatment, the same discrimination and the lack of protection for farm workers, fields continue to have chemicals applied to them which contaminate the water and the fruit that is harvested; until now no company that sources the transnational corporation Driscoll’s nor their executive officers have wanted to legitimately recognize the union (SINDJA) that represents the farm workers in San Quintín or to negotiate towards a binding collective bargaining agreement. According to some misinformation where contradictory stories have cast doubt upon the general boycott, we continue with the same position but with further conviction that this boycott is significant to the wellbeing of farm workers in San Quintín.
We emphasize our commitment to continue our call for a boycott, and that in respect to this we will expand the boycott in more cities in Mexico and in the United States with much more tenacity this 2016 just as we have agreed to in the march of the two Californias; we will continue to open spaces to raise the consciousness of millions of consumers that by Driscoll’s products throughout the world; we will not abandon organizational work that has cost us much and is more than a year advanced; we will take the time that is necessary to continue pressuring through the boycott, we know that it will take a long struggle but we are convinced that we will be victorious with the support of the pressure that millions of consumers observing the boycott foster.
We will continue the resistance through the boycott of Driscoll’s for the dignity of thousands of farm workers that have supported the movement since March of the previous year, always with good will, cordiality and peace and in the effort to have a better life and a better future for the families of farm workers in San Quintín.
NO TO EXPLOITATION!
FOR A BETTER FUTURE AND TOWARDS A NEW COUNTRY!
The Alliance of National, State, and Municipal Organizations for Social Justice (AONEMJS) and the National Independent Democratic Union of Agricultural Laborers (SINDJA).