Chicago, April 17, 2003 — More than 150 activists crowded the sidewalk in front of the
Jewel Grocery Store on Wabash Ave. in Chicago during the noon hour on Wednesday in a spirited rally held to demand that Jewel support
the national consumer boycott of Azteca tortillas, tortilla shells, chips and Buena Vida brand tortillas. Jewel is one of Chicago’s
largest grocery store chains.
With Chicago media looking on, the lively crowd rallied in front of the store’s main entrance and parking lot.
Azteca strike supporters could be heard shouting chants in support of the Azteca boycott over the noisy grind of the windy city's
elevated train system.
MEETS WITH STORE MANAGER
Representatives of Chicago Jobs with Justice, Norway’s Hotel and Restaurant Workers and Transport Workers
unions, Rogers Park Community Action Network, Seminarians for Worker Justice, ACORN, health care reform activists and a sizeable group
of labor unions were on hand to support the 63 Azteca strikers. The strikers have been on the picket line for over 195 days.
A community delegation led by Chicago Alderman Ricardo Munoz met with the Jewel Stores’ manager and expressed
his support for the boycott and encouraged Jewel to take a leadership in Chicago’s Mexican-American community by support the growing
national boycott of Azteca Foods products.
Demonstrations will continue in the Chicagoland area as well at other national chains.