Justice for Street Vendors Large numbers of the Worker Collaborative's members have lost jobs over the last three years. In order to feed their families, many workers b egan to sell food such as tamales, elotes (corn) and fresh cut fruit from pushcarts on the street. In the summer of 2008, the Chicago Police began a crack-down on los Vendadores Ambulantes (street vendors). Low-income vendors were forced to pay fines of as much as $2,500. The Chicago Street Vendors Association had already formed more than a decade ago, but needed assistance in fighting back the attacks from the Police. Since the Workers Collaborative had members who had become Vendadores Ambulantes, the Street Vendors Assocation asked the Collaborative to join them in the struggle to obtain a license from the city and respect from the Police. The Workers Collaborative helped to build the Association's leadership so the Vendors can organize to stop repressive police action and convince the City to adopt an Ordinance that would enable them to obtain a license to legally prepare food. In 2009, a new organization formed called Chicago Community and Worker Rights (CCWR). Located in Little Village, CCWR focuses much of its organizing work on the struggle of the street vendors. The Workers Collaborative continues to support the Street Vendors Assocation as a community ally. [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]We call on the City of Chicago to stop the unjust fines and create a license that Vendors can obtain so they can have a life with dignity[/FONT] Worker rights for Chicago area immigrants, street vendors, cleaning cooperative ------------------------------------------------------- How do you know that meat in your burrito didn't come from your neighborhood rat? This stuff is just to serious to allow Mexicans who handle your food to claim that the police are just racist. This is just another example of Mexico trying to drag the United States into the third world.