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As LA Teachers Go Into The Second Day Of Their Strike, A GoFundMe Campaign Is Bringing Taco To The Picket Lines

Los Angeles teachers are on strike for the first time in 30 years demanding smaller class sizes, more support staff, and pay raises. The teachers are part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), which is the second largest school district in the nation. As teachers strike for better conditions for their students, a GoFundMe campaign made sure they will stay fed to continue their fight. The campaign, called Tacos for Teachers, brought taco trucks to various United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) picket lines across Los Angeles County Monday, Jan. 14, the first day of the strike.

Thousands of teachers in the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union are on strike demanding better conditions for them and their students.

The strikes are impacting more than 900 schools and about 500,000 students. Schools are still open and students are being supervised as teachers strike and protest against Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Students, parents, and Los Angeles residents have been showing support for the teachers by joining the protests and through social media posts.

According to USA Today, some teachers are more concerned with class sizes as they are trying to manage classes with 50 students.

Parents who can have chosen to keep their student shome during the strike in solidarity with the teachers.

The LA teachers strike comes just one year after major teacher strikes throughout West Virginia. In the end, the state of West Virginia raised wages for teachers to end the strike, which gave hope to other teacher strikes throughout the country. However, the LA teachers strike is the biggest protest of educators.

Tacos for Teachers!, a GoFundMe page raised money to make sure teachers are fed and energized for their fight.

CREDIT: UTLA GoFundMe

The campaign was started by Democratic Socialist of Los Angeles (DSA-LA) and the Los Angeles International Socialist Organization (ISO-LA) to show solidarity with the teachers and staff who are on strike. Max Belasco, a community organizer for DSA-LA, says the campaign took off after collaborating with ISO-LA and agreed they wanted to create an avenue for support for teachers. He notes that many of his colleagues are part of the UTLA union so this issue hit close to home for him. Many people have asked about ways they can give back to instructors and Belasco thought that food was the best option here.

“Obviously we want people to come out and support but many work during the hours they’d be striking so why not show solidarity in the form of tacos,” Belasco said. “Everyone in LA loves tacos and if it helps feed our hard-working teachers even better.”

Belasco says the contributions have been much larger than originally anticipated as he expected to receive about $1,000 to have one taco truck. However, donations have surpassed its campaign goal of $5,000. By Tuesday, the second day of strikes, the campaign has raised over $22,000 to feed teachers on strike.

The strike has gotten national attention and support from teachers across the country who have contributed to the campaign.

“What’s cool is we’ve gotten support from teachers across the country in places like Chicago and even Virginia,” Belasco said. “The country is watching the strike and they’re giving to a good cause as well.”

The LAUSD is nation’s second largest school district and stretches across 710 square miles across LA county. Seventy-three percent of its students are Latino and are low-income as more than 80 percent of its students get free or reduced-price lunches. Belasco says these teachers are striking for more than just pay raises but better teaching environments that include smaller classrooms and new materials.

“These teachers are fighting for the future of these kids and are taking leave without pay because they believe its a fight for not only for public schools in LA but for education,” Belasco said.

Teachers are being treated to more than just tacos as students and community members pitch in to feed the teachers.

These small gestures from students have kept teachers energized in their battle for better teaching conditions.

It’s clear that the communities they serve are behind them and their fight.

Parents of LAUSD students are posting photos and messages of support calling on others to get behind the teachers who educate and care for their children.

As the strike enters its second day, teachers are standing firm in their fight.

Red is the color of solidarity for the teachers strike. #RedforEd

Only time will tell if the strike initiates the change that teachers are demanding.

Do you stand with the teachers on strike? Let us know.


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Taco Bell Is Celebrating The ‘Taco Moon’ With A Free Taco Giveaway Around The World

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Taco Bell Is Celebrating The ‘Taco Moon’ With A Free Taco Giveaway Around The World

We’re only a few months into 2021 and we’ve already seen several special moons. We’ve had the “wolf moon,” the “snow moon” and even the “pink moon,” but the next moon may be the tastiest one yet.

In what maybe one of the best marketing campaigns in a generation, Taco Bell recently announced its plans to take over the night sky on May 4 during the crescent moon phase with its very own “taco moon.” And people around the world will be able to celebrate.

Taco Bell announces free giveaway to celebrate the upcoming ‘Taco Moon.’

“On May 4, the world’s largest and brightest object in the night sky will resemble a favorite indulgence, the taco — a new lunar phase* we are affectionately calling the ‘Taco Moon,'” the company shared in a statement.

It added that important asterisk to note while Taco Bell “does not claim to own copyrights to a lunar phase of the moon,” it “stands behind the fact this really does look like a Taco Bell taco.”

And, when the Taco Moon arrives on May 4, hungry fans in the U.S. craving a treat can score a free Crunchy Taco between 8-11:59 p.m. in-store or all day through the app or online.

Fans will need to head to their local Taco Bell restaurant and simply mention the ‘Taco Moon’ or say ‘I saw the Taco Moon’ to claim a free Crunchy Taco Supreme. This fan-fave Taco features a crunchy shell filled with seasoned beef, sour cream, fresh lettuce, tomato, and cheese. No stress for vegetarian taco-lovers, the Taco Supreme can also be made with black beans.

To help keep track of the special lunar phase, Taco Bell even released a helpful chart.

taco bell graphic

And Americans aren’t the only ones who can score a freebie. Some international locations are getting in on the action, too.

“Taco Bell has been an established brand in the U.S. for nearly 60 years and we are thrilled by the accelerating fandom we’re seeing globally,” Julie Felss Masino, president of Taco Bell, International, shared. “As we’re opening more and more restaurants internationally, we know the May 4 moon will take us to new ‘heights’ as we introduce ourselves to new future fans in a delicious way.”

Participating Taco Bell restaurants include some locations in the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Puerto Rico, however, in those markets, guests will get a local favorite like a free Crunchy Taco with the purchase of a beverage in Guatemala and the option of a free black bean or seasoned chicken Crunchy Taco in India.

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Family Of Man Who Died From Taco Eating Contest Sue Fresno Grizzlies Owner

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Family Of Man Who Died From Taco Eating Contest Sue Fresno Grizzlies Owner

Dana Hutchings, 41, entered a taco eating contest during a Fresno Grizzlies game in 2019. He choked and died during the contest and now his son has filed a lawsuit against the baseball team.

The son of a man who died from a taco eating contest is suing for wrongful death.

Dana Hutchings, 41, died after choking during a taco eating contest during a Fresno Grizzlies game. His son has filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the event organizers were not equipped to host the event. Furthermore, the lawsuit claims that the organizers failed to provide a medical response team.

“People say all the time he knew what he was getting into, well clearly he didn’t,” Martin Taleisnik, an attorney representing Hutchings’ son, Marshall told CBS17.

Marshall and his attorney are pushing back at the notion that Dana should have known better.

People have sounded off on social media criticizing the family for filing the lawsuit. Yet, the family and their attorney are calling attention to the lack of information given to contestants.

“If you don’t know all the pitfalls, how can you truly be consenting and participating freely and voluntarily? It’s a risk that resulted in a major loss to Marshall,” Taleisnik told CBS17.

Dana’s family is seeking a monetary settlement from the Fresno Grizzlies owners.

The wrongful death lawsuit names Fresno Sports and Events as the responsible party. The lawsuit also notes that alcohol was made available to contestants and added to the likelihood of the tragedy.

“We are devastated to learn that the fan that received medical attention following an event at Tuesday evening’s game has passed away. The Fresno Grizzlies extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family of Mr. Hutchings,” a statement from the Fresno Grizzlies read after the death in 2019. “The safety and security of our fans is our highest priority. We will work closely with local authorities and provide any helpful information that is requested.”

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