Boycott Sakuma Berries

Action Alert: Support Farm Workers for Their Contribution to Farming!!

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Sunday, August 9, meet first at 1:30 pm, La Conner, at a small park just past the Calico Cupboard (720 1st St, La Conner) at the end of 1st Street, there is a small parking area or park along the street.

Action from 2 to 3 pm, Skagit Historical Museum, 501 South 4th Street, at the top of the hill in La Conner. If possible, bring boycott signs or signs will be provided.

Purpose: To Highlight that Farm Workers are important to the history of Skagit County. Skagit County Historical Museum’s event ‘Back to Our Roots’ leaves out the Farm Workers as gathers or producers even after many calls were made to the Historical Museum asking that Farm Workers be included in the ‘Back to Our Roots’ event.

This is insult to the Farm Workers to have an event that blatantly leaves out people who have gathered or produced food in Skagit Valley for generations and have contributed much to the history of Skagit Valley.

Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) and Community to Community are appalled that the museum is having Steve Sakuma speak in light of the ongoing labor conflict and especially since La Conner is the hometown of the Guillen’s—a well-established and respected family—Rosalinda’s family.

We need Solidarity in La Conner.

Steve Sakuma won’t meet to negotiate with the Farm Workers, so the Farm Workers will go to him.

This is gentle reminder for Steve Sakuma that the boycott is growing nationally and the FUJ still want to negotiate a contract.

Please come and support the Farm Workers for their contributions to agriculture and for their struggle for a fair contract at Sakuma Bros Farm.

From the Skagit County Historical Museum’s Website:
BACK TO OUR ROOTS:
The History of Farm to Table in Skagit County
June 11th to October 11th

For thousands of years, the people of the Skagit country have gathered or produced food from the rich resources of this valley direct to our tables.
From fishermen to farmers, and from the First Peoples to the pioneer settlers, we have harvested our own food from an area that contains some of the richest soils and most abundant waterways in the country.
“Back to Our Roots” celebrates this culture of hunting, gathering, growing, and preparing our own food from the headwaters of the Skagit River to the bays of the Salish Sea.

2 pm to 3 pm, SKAGIT TOPIC
Steve Sakuma, President
Sakuma Brother’s Farms
Sunday, August 9th
Learn about the history of Sakuma Brother’s
Farms – from internment to the present day.

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Photo: Eino Sierpe

Photo: Eino Sierpe

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22 Responses to Boycott Sakuma Berries

  1. Kelly says:

    Why should we not purchase these berries from these companies. What is going on?

    • necalli says:

      Dear Kelly,

      There has been a labor dispute at Sakuma Bros. Farms, Inc. that began in July of 2013. Since then, striking farm workers have formed a union called Familias Unidas por la Justicia. That worker organization represents the migrant labor force that has worked for the company for over a decade has led 8 strikes and launched an international boycott against Sakuma Berries until the farm owners do the right thing and negotiate a union contract with the workers. The farm has lost half a dozen lawsuits brought by the labor union over wage and hour violations, abuse, retaliation, and unlawful housing practices targeting the unionized farm workers. The workers continue their boycott against the company and it’s production contracts and request that any consumers that believe in justice for farm workers to observe the boycott. This page has a list of places where boycott volunteers have documented the selling of Sakuma Berries under different labels. Thanks for your support!

  2. Delaney Piper says:

    Also in Seattle, Central Co-op has been selling Driscoll.

  3. Thriftway on Vashon is selling Dirscoll’s Berries now having no more visible Sakuma boxes of berries since talking to the manager and owner. I will keep talking to them. Thanks for this great website. I will check IGA again as well which was selling Sakuma and Driscoll’s last we talked to the owner. Blessing upon your good work.

  4. La Stephanie says:

    Hi, Living in the Portland, Or area. Are Sakuma berries sold here?

    • necalli says:

      Yes, you will find Sakuma Berries processed and packaged into Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream, you may also find Sakuma Berries packaged in Driscoll’s labeled berries.

  5. Laura Friedman says:

    Is this boycott of Driscoll products and Hagen Das still in effect? I read about this from a FB post. I but Driscoll berries all the time and had no idea about the boycott. I live in NYC.

    • necalli says:

      Yes, the farmworkers confirmed that they are picking into Driscoll’s berry labels. Sakuma is also still selling processed berries to Haagen-Dazs. Thanks for supporting the boycott! Please write us and tell us where you find Sakuma Berries so that we can put it up on the website.

      • In early July, I checked with Trudy Bialik in administration at Puget Sound Consumers Coop (PCC) and she sent me an email emphasizing that the PCC does not and will not sell Sakuma Bros. produce. However, I see that they are selling produce in Driscolls’ boxes so they may not know that the farmworkers are picking in Driscolls’ label (all the boxes have a “Watsonville, CA” address).

      • necalli says:

        Thank you for keeping us updated. Yes, Driscoll’s sources its fruit from regional suppliers, Sakuma Bros Farms happens to be one of them. At the moment, Sakuma Bros is picking into blackberry clamshells with the Driscoll’s label. See the label on the front page of the http://www.boycottsakumaberries.com website. Thank you for observing the boycott!

  6. In Seattle, the Puget Sound Consumer Coop stores are selling Driscoll’s berries. I spoke to the Produce guy at the N.E. 65th and 40th N.E. store and he had not heard about a boycott. He wanted info. I’ll give him a flyer.

  7. L N says:

    Whole Foods Roosevelt Store Seattle is expecting Sakuma Brothers berries today, May 29. They have not carried them in past years. Produce Manager did not know of labor controversy.

  8. L N says:

    last week, Central Market Shoreline Store Manager Joel Larway stated that a conference call reported Town + Country Markets will NOT be carrying Sakuma Brothers berries in the “foreseeable future”

  9. Anita says:

    Is there an establish group at the University of Washington to fight for this cause? If so, I would like more information

  10. Anywhere in Yakima, Wenatchee, or surrounding communities that carry these products? We have a group of students here at Central Washington University who would like to organize a protest/boycott outside of a grocery store who carries these products.

    • necalli says:

      Dear Ms. Martinez,

      Thank you for moving forward with the CWU boycott committee. We will be updating you by e-mail soon!

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  12. Moderator says:

    FYI, Only California has a food chain transparency law.

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