Why in the world is Sesame Street partnering with Stemilt Cherries? Stemilt's website touts the partnership and you can find displays of Elmo saying, "Cherries put the bling in Elmo's Spring!" in your local supermarket.
More than one hundred cherry pickers were evicted after talking to news media about their working and living conditions at Kyle Mathison Orchards. Kyle Mathison is part of the Stemilt Growers Company - the largest sweet cherry producer in the world. Besides being a partner of Stemilt, Kyle Mathison's cherries are sold under the Stemilt label.
The workers were forced to travel from Oregon and Washington to California to pick cherries by Stemilt representatives. When they arrived, some were given jobs while others were told to wait for work. While they were promised housing, none was provided. They had no choice but to sleep in the fields. Some stayed in tents, others in cars and still others slept on cardboard or simply the dirt. When workers went public, things only got worse. Stemilt company representatives called the sheriffs to have the 100 plus workers and their property evicted from the orchard.
Contact Sesame Street and tell them to drop the partnership. Brought to you by the letter "C" for "Compassion."