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Friday, 21 May 2004 01:38
Victoria Peace Coalition: THIS IS YOUR INVITATION TO JOIN THE WORLDWIDE BOYCOTT FOR PEACE. (Also known as Boycott Bush see wwwboycottbush.org.) Our first local action will be o­n Saturday, May 29, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Esso (Douglas and Saanich, near Town and Country). We will talk to the manager and employees first and explain why we are there. We will not prevent cars from gassing up. We will leaftlet and have a banner.

Please join us for the launch of the boycott. If we have enough people, some can move to another Esso station. The plan is to have at least o­ne station leafletted each Saturday throughout the summer.

BOYCOTT FOR PEACE

At the 2004 World Social Forum in Mumbai, India, two superpowers were identified - the United States and the people of the world. While the US has all the military might of a superpower, the people have control of consumer spending. Focused and effective boycotts can have a strong political influence when other forms of protest don't work.

Six corporations were selected for international boycott based o­n their history of environmental devastation, human rights abuses and their role in increasing poverty.

These corporations depend o­n the strength of the most colossal war machine in history to open up markets to free trade and globalization. Not surprisingly, these corporations are major contributors to the Republican Party of George W. Bush, the president who depends o­n war and military occupation for his political and personal fortunes.

How much did they contribute?

Altria (Kraft/Philip Morris) $6,529,524

Mr. Louis C. Camilleri, Chairman and CEO 120 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017

Exxon-Mobil (Esso) $2,470,014

Mr. Lee R. Raymond, Chairman and CEO 5959 Las Colinas Blvd, Irving, TX 75039-2298

Chevron-Texaco $2,213,241

Mr. David O'Reilly, Chairman and CEO 6001 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94583

PepsiCo $1,938,141

Mr. Donald M. Kendall, Co-founder (USA) 700 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577

Coca Cola $863,938

Mr. Douglas Daft, Chairman and CEO P.O. Box 1734, Atlanta, GA 30301

McDonald's Corporation $636,358

Mr. Charles Bell, Chairman and CEO, McDonald's Plaza, Oak Brook, ILL 60523

(Figures are from January 1, 2000 to March 1, 2004, by the Center for Responsive Politics www.opensecrets.org)

 

THE BOYCOTT CAMPAIGN IN VICTORIA

The Victoria Peace Coalition urges individuals and organizations to get behind this worldwide effort to flex our collective consumer muscles and pressure the United States administration to abandon its destructive foreign policy that has destroyed Afghanistan, Iraq and promises to dominate the globe with military bases and corporations.

Locally, we will begin the boycott by alternating demonstrations at selected ESSO gas stations. With support from the rest of the community, we can organize an effective awareness campaign.

How you can get involved

Email us if you would like to be called for a demonstration at a selected site.

Write to the six companies to inform them of your choice to boycott. Copy a form letter from our website (www.vicpeace.ca) or compose your own letter. You can keep it brief, but let them know you are part of an international effort to boycott their products until measures are taken by the US administration to:

? Withdraw all foreign military occupation forces from Iraq, respect the sovereignty of the Iraqi people and provide appropriate compensation

? Refrain from acts of aggression against all sovereign states and any nation or people

? Stop the double standards and submit to UN weapons inspections and eliminate ALL weapons of mass destructions

? Close the School of the Americas training camp for terrorists

? Ratify the International Criminal Court Treaty

? Ensure that corporations comply with international law or have their charters revoked

? Support the development of technologies that move US foreign policy away from oil exploitation and toward safe, secure, renewable energy sources as advocated by the Kyoto Accord

-- Susan Clarke Ph: 250-478-6906 28 Marlborough Street Fax: 250-478-0367 Victoria, BC Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it V8V 4A5

Last Updated on Friday, 21 May 2004 01:38
 

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