I have to confess that I miss the forbidden fruit. I pass by its stand in the supermarket and virtually salivate at its beauty. I want to forget why I stopped eating my oh-so-tasty favorite fruit. I want to lapse into some kind of temporary amnesia or lack of social consciousness, but I can’t. As much as I love them, grapes are off-limits. They have been for many years now and will continue to be so until the need for a boycott of non-UFW grapes is gone.
The United Farm Workers have recently launched a national campaign to improve the lives of 20,000 California strawberry workers. To support the campaign, individuals and leaders from more than 40 organizations — including the NAACP, the National Organization for Women and the Sierra Club — have formed the National Strawberry Commission for Workers’ Rights. I’m urging all of you out there to continue the grape boycott, but to also help the strawberry workers by doing your part. Let’s alert our grocers that we will not buy products that are offered to us by taking advantage of the hardworking masses.