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The New York Times, "U. of Michigan Becomes 10th College to Join Boycott of Coke," By Melanie Warner, December 31, 2005
Our numbers show that 13 U.S. schools have removed Coke products from their campuses, 21 worldwide. The article also failed to note the important role that the India Resource Center played at U of M.
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University of Michigan's Coalition to Cut the Contract with Coca-Cola, "U of M Suspends Business with Coca-Cola"
Read letter from U of M Administration to Coke
Read press release from Coalition
Read AP story in ABC News
Read Article in The Michigan Daily
Read CNN story
Read the Campaign's Alert

National Post, "Coca Cola hits back as boycott picks up steam," by Colin Perkel, December 27, 2005
This article was also published today in other Canadian publications:Globe and Mail, Ottawa Sun, The London Free Press, Canadian Business, CBC News, 940 News, StarPhoenix, Brooks Bulletin, CanadaEast and CJAD.
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The Seattle Times, "Coke's swoon tough for Atlanta to swallow," By Jenny Jarvie, December 27, 2005
"Recently, when PepsiCo surpassed Coca-Cola in market value for the first time in 112 years, Parrish enjoyed a moment of vindication. 'I just regret it's taken so long,' he said. 'People here take Coke too seriously, absolutely too seriously.' "
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Business Week, "Why Coke Has Real Problems," By Dean Foust, December 12, 2005
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post-gazette.com, "Some companies shield executives from taxes," By Mark Maremont (Wall Street Journal), December 22, 2005
"Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Chief Executive J. Frank Harrison III has received more than $4 million since 2000 to cover taxes on a big restricted-stock grant. That's more than his total salary over the same period."
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Coke's New Ad Campaign: "The simple pleasure of drinking a Coke."
Atlanta Journal Constitution, "New Coke ads for 2006: Company hopes to draw young crowd to core soft drink," By Caroline Wilbert, December 23, 2005
"The company has plenty riding on its new advertising. Sales of sugary soft drinks are slipping in the United States. Recent advertising campaigns, including the current "Make it Real" campaign, have been lackluster."
Killer Coke Ad 1 from Italy
Killer Coke Ad 2 from Italy
Italian Boycott Coke Campaign

International Brotherhood of Teamsters, "Teamsters Win Executive Pay Reform at Coca-Cola: Company Adopts New Policy for Executive Severance Pay," December 21, 2005 Press Release
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The New York Times, "Severance Pay Doesn't Go Better With Coke, By Gretchen Morgenson, December 24, 2005
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Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Journal, "Make TIAA-CREF Ethical Coalition Makes Its Voice heard," December 21, 2005
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Times-Standard, "Coke boycott: it's the real thing," By Lisa Butterfield, December 21, 2005
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The Portland Alliance, "PSU student senate endorses Coke-Odwalla boycott," By Lew Church
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The Minnesota Daily (University of Minnesota), "MSA urges action on Coca-Cola," By JP Leider, December 14 , 2005
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The News-Gazette, "UI (University of Illinois) voices human right concerns," By Jodi Heckel, Decembe r 14, 2005
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This article states: "But officials from both Coca-Cola and the Colombian union say they also need to have an agreement that the findings of the assessment will not be admitted into evidence in a pending lawsuit filed against Coca-Cola bottlers."

This statement is in error! Coke officials have stated that they do not want the findings of the assessment admitted into evidence in the lawsuit. But, Terry Collingsworth, lawyer for SINALTRAINAL, the Colombian union, will not agree to bury evidence uncovered in an independent investigation.

OneWorld US, "Coca-Cola Faces Mounting Pressure over Abusive Practices at Plants Worldwide," By Haider Rizvi, December 14, 2005
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Union-Tribune, " A different sort of pop: Colombian Indians create soda made from coca," By Sergio De Leon (AP), December 14, 2005
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"Curtidor says the drink also is a political statement against transnational companies such as the Coca-Cola Co., which "symbolizes imperialist domination."

Times-Standard, "Is the Co-op ditching Coke?" by Ann Johnson-Stromberg, December 13, 2005
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The Emory Wheel (Atlanta, Georgia), "Coke University: Re-examining the company that built Emory," By Robbie Brown, December 9, 2005
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The Emory Wheel, "All Bottled Up," By Jessie Pounds and Robbie Brown, December 9, 2005
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The Emory Wheel, "Are We Still Coke U?," By Jeannie Tinkham and Robbie Brown, December 9, 2005
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On Dec. 12, New York City Council Member Hiram Monserrate held a press conference at New York University to celebrate the student Campaign to Stop Killer Coke victory at the campus. Present with the Council Member were members of the student group; Jose Schiffino, CSEA Local 1000 organizer and a member of Monserrate's factfinding mission to Colombia; USAS national organizer Camilo Romero, and Campaign Director Ray Rogers. Also present were striking members of the Graduate Student Organizing Committee (GSOC) - UAW. Speakers linked the two struggles in speeches and slogans including "GSOC in! Coke out!"

Dave Hancock, Crystal Yakacki, Hiram Monserrate

Ray Rogers, Hiram Monserrate, Dave Hancock, Jose Schiffino, Erin Keskeny

Brandweek, "Big Ban On Campus For Coke Products," December 12, 2005
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El Tiempo (Colombia), "Universidad de Nueva York veto a Coca-Cola por supuestas violaciones a derechos humanos en Colombia," Dec, 10, 2005
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Global Exchange, "'Most Wanted' Corporate Human Rights Violators of 2005," December 12, 2005
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AlterNet, "The 14 Worst Corporate Evildoers," A Gloabal Exchange Report, December 12, 2005
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WebIndia.com, "Protestors demanding lock out of Coca Cola plant arrested," December 12, 2005
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SINALTRAINAL, "Response from SINALTRAINAL to NUSSL (UK)," By Edgar Paez, National Executive of SINALTRAINAL
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CorpWatch, "US: Poll Shows Americans Distrust Corporations," By Claudia H. Deutsch, The New York Times, December 10, 2005
"Technology has given the angry voices a more public outlet. The blogosphere is rife with postings castigating Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart and other big companies, citing everything from unfair labor practices to dangerous smokestack emissions."
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DOSE, "Italy seeks to defuse protests near Olympic venue," Reuters, December 9, 2005
"The protests are the latest political tussle ahead of the Olympics. Supporters of a boycott of Coca-Cola, a top sponsor of the Games, have sought to disrupt the journey of the Olympic torch and ban Coke cans from public buildings in Turin.

"The Coca-Cola boycott network, which accuses the company of ignoring workers' rights in Colombia, has now expressed its support for the anti-train protesters and its opposition to the Olympics, Ansa news agency said."
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An Email from Kerala, India:

Although you may not be able to read Malayalam, we at Mathrubhumi ( 1 million circulation with readership in excess of 8.4 million), the crusading newspaper from Kerala, which has championed the cause of the indigenous peoples of Plachimada, in their just and non-violent struggle against this inhuman corporation, has carried the historic decision by NYU, as a very prominent news item, as well as on our portal — www.mathrubhumi.com

In solidarity

Washington Square News, "Killings Protested: Senate bans Coke from NYU's campus: Coke refuses independent investigation," by Victoria Foltz & Barbara Leonard, December 9, 2005
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Washington Square News, "Coke ban a principled stand," (Op-Ed) by Erin Keskeny, December 8, 2005
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Michigan Daily, "NYU cans Coke contract: Administrators say Coca-Cola violated an agreement by refusing to submit to an independent investigation of its practices," By Jeremy Davidson, December 12, 2005
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "New York University bans Coke products," By Caroline Wilbert, December 9, 2005
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WNYC News, "NYU Bans Coca-Cola on Campus," By Wilma Consul, December 9, 2005
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Asbury Park Press (Bloomberg News), "NYU will boycott sales of Coca-Cola products," December 9, 2005
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OneWorld UK, "New York University joins anti-Coke campaign," December 9, 2005
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Atlanta Business Chronicle, "New York University expels Coke from its campus," December 8, 2005
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New York University Student Campaign to Stop Killer Coke Press Release, "New York University Bans Coca-Cola for Its Human Rights Abuses in Colombia"
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Read Coke's Letter to NYU

Washington Square News, "Coke ban heats up across country," by Thomas Garry, December 8, 2005
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The Daily Press (Northland College), "Business group concerned over Coke referendum," By Andrew Broman, December 7, 2005
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The Michigan Daily, "Students criticize Coke's conduct in three countries," By Carissa Miller, December 6, 2005
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LSA sophomore and Coke Campaign Coalition member Lindsey Rogers protests University of Michigan's contract
with Coca-Cola in Regents Plaza, outside the Fleming Administration Building. (SHUBRA OHRI/Daily)

BuzzFlash, "An Invitation To a Tea Party," By Lucinda Marshall, December 5, 2005
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BusinessNorth.com, "Coke is no longer the real thing at Northland College: Students vote to end contract when it expires in 2008," Decembe 6, 2005
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The Daily Press (Northern Wisconsin, U.S.), "Northland students say 'no' to Coke," By Andrew Broman, December 5, 2005
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Rethink Coke! Wins Referendum at Northland

Today, in a campus-wide referendum, Northland College students voted overwhelmingly to endorse the resolution put forth to the student government by student group ReThinkCoke!. Over 50% of the student body turned out to this precedent setting referendum, and a full 84% of those voting voted to support the resolution! If this resolution is adopted by the administration it would mean:

  1. The administration would not enter into further contracts with Coca-Cola
  2. Northland College would adopt a business ethics clause specifying standards consistent with Northland's Sustainability Charter and reflecting the integrity of Northland's environmental mission, in order to establish guidelines for conducting future business dealings with corporations and organizations, and
  3. The college would amend the decision-making procedures to allow for greater transparency when making any business decisions that directly affect students, faculty, and staff, and to further open the process to the campus community in order to encourage community participation in making such decisions.

ReThinkCoke! views these as attainable goals which would not only serve for the college to end business with Coca-Cola once the contract expires, but change the way that Northland conducts business!
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AFL-CIO, "Nobel Laureates Back Right to form Unions"
Eleven Nobel Peace Prize Laureates called on all nations to honor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and protect workers' freedom to form unions in a joint statement running as a full-page newspaper ad this week in The New York Times, The Washington Post and the International Herald-Tribune.
See Ad

The Oklahoma Daily,Claims shake up Coca-Cola: OU's Coke contract ends in 2008, and officials are undecided on its renewal," By Melinda Roop, December 1, 2005
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Pravda, "Italians ban Coca-Cola on the eve of Winter Olympics in Turin," December 1, 2005
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Sequential Tart, "Making the World a Better Place One Organization At a Time," By MK Czerwiec
"The work of human rights is massive and diverse - from digging a well in Africa to speaking before international legislatures. Here is a far from comprehensive list of organizations that are working throughout the world to achieve human rights for every person."
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Coke Action at University of Birmingham, UK, November 2005
"It was a November lunchtime like any other. Students were chilling out in the Mason Lounge, checking their e-mail and doing last-minute reading for their next lecture. Suddenly, to the perplexion of all, the studious quiet was interrupted by the theme from Coca-Cola's Holidays are coming Christmas adverts. As everyone turned to look at the P&P boom-box, embarrassing the operator, the rear doors burst open and two heavily armed Coke paramilitary enforcers rushed in."
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Free-Market News Network, "PROPHET TALK: ANTI-ASPARTAME ARGUMENT IN FULL," November 29, 2005
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The Oxford Press, "Coke braces for suit akin to tobacco fight," By Caroline Wilbert, November 29, 2005
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Washington Squre News (New York University), "Ban to kick juice, water? If Coke ban takes effect, other Coca-Cola beverages will go too," By Brittani Manzo, November 28, 2005
"Coca-Cola spokesperson Kari Bjorhus said the company wants NYU to trust its business practices. "Regardless of whether or not we have a contract with NYU, we find it important to emphasize to the student body that the allegations are false and provide them with the information to prove so," Bjorhus said. "NYU is a trendsetting university, and that could greatly harm our reputation."
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Read the Article in the Daily Illini (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Colombia Spectator (College News Round-Up), "NYU to Ban Sale of Coca-Cola Products on Campus," November 28, 2005
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India Resource Center, "Major Protest Planned Against Coca-Cola in India, November 27, 2005
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The Michigan Daily, "Hillel votes to ban all Coke products," By Jeremy Davidson, November 23, 2005
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"Coca-Cola is also under fire at the University, where the campus chapter of Hillel voted last week to ban all Coke products at Hillel-sponsored events, saying Coke's labor practices in India and Colombia are not in line with Jewish values of labor rights and environmental justice."

USAS, "Coca-Cola Distorts the Truth on Union Busting and Violence in Turkey"
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Coke, Sponsor of the Olympics, "COCACOLA SPONSOR DELLE OLIMPIADI" — by juku — www.nococacola.info
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The Daily Northwestern, "NU activists follow call to action to Georgia protest," By Corrie Driebusch, November 22, 2005
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"When he returns to campus, Crain says his goals are fighting against Coca Cola's bottling factories in Colombia, a campaign mentioned often during the weekend."

International Labor Rights Fund Lead Counsel Terry Collingsworth's Exchange with Coca-Cola's Director of Global Labor Relations Ed Potter regarding their Nov. 11th meeting in New York City
Read Collingsworth Letter of Nov. 14
Read Potter Letter of Nov. 16
Read Collingsworth Letter of Nov 21

Scarlet & Black (Grinnell College), "Still no clear conclusion in Coke debate," By Katie Jares, November 20, 2005
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"…At least 20 percent of the student body must vote in favor, in addition to a SGA resolution, for a boycott to go into effect. The SGA standards for student initiatives are different. In order for an initiative to pass, 50 percent of students must vote, and two-thirds of student votes must be in favor of an initiative. Only 55 percent of students who voted cast their votes in favor of the Nov. 9 student initiative to boycott Coke. The initiative failed."

Scarlet & Black (Grinnell College), "Coca-Cola boycott must go on," Jenny Dale '06, Latona Giwa ' 09 and Anna Murphey '06, on behalf of Latin American Solidarity Group, November 18, 2005
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"Although the student initiative to reinstate the campus boycott of Coca-Cola fell short of the 66 percent needed to pass, LASG does not regard the vote as a failure. We believe it is significant that a clear majority of students-55 percent-voted in favor of the boycott. Over half the Grinnell campus has sent a message to Coca-Cola that its business practices contradict their values. Whether the boycott is officially recognized by campus or not, we encourage every student - and not just those who voted "yes"-to uphold socially responsible consumerism by reducing their consumption of Coke products."

Ledger-Enquirer.com, "Record number of protesters: 16,000 gather at post maintain peaceful vigil," By Harry Franklin, November 20, 2005
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Take a look at the SOA Watch website for up-to-date news

NYU inc., "Zealous Coca-Cola Supporters Target NYU inc. with Angry E-mails"
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Fox News, "NYU Seeks Campuswide Coca-Cola Ban, November 18, 2005
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The DoG Street Journal (The College of William and Mary), "Senate Tries to Ban Coca-Cola," By Jenn Sykes, November 18, 2005
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Daily Trojan (University of Southern California), "Coke employee tells of deaths," By Guensie Grecy, November 17, 2005
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Terry Collingsworth filed an Alien Tort Claims lawsuit in New York because of human rights and labor abuses in Turkey. Below are links to the text of the filed complaints in two parts:
Read the complaint, part 1
Read the complaint, part 2

Reuters, "Olympic host Turin's Coke boycott seen lacking fizz," November 16, 2005
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"Late on Tuesday, two Turin councillors, members of Italy's Communist party, called for a ban of Coke bottles and cans from vending machines in buildings owned by the city. They won a 12-11 majority, with 6 councillors abstaining and 20 absent."

Sidelines Online (Middle Tennessee State University), "MT Solidarity under fire for flyers,"By Wes Murchison," November 16, 2005
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The Daily Texan, "Standing up to Coca-Cola," By Sukant Khurana & Jordan Buckley, November 16, 2005
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All Things Considered, NPR News, "Mexico Slaps Record Fine on Coca-Cola," By Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, November 17, 2005
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The Sydney Morning Herald, "Shopkeeper battles Coke to $20m fine," By Jo Tuckerman, November 18, 2005
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Scotsman.com, "Proof you can beat the real thing," By Mark Stevenson, November 16, 2005 Read Article

SignOnSanDiego.com, "AP Exclusive: Shop owner beats Coca Cola, prompts largest Mexican antitrust rulings," By Mark Stevenson, AP, November 15, 2005
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"Everybody got scared and told me I was crazy and I'd be ruined," Raquel Chavez recalled. "I said I'd rather die with my dignity intact than be trampled on."

Newsday (AP), "Coca-Cola sued over Turkish labor dispute," November 15, 2005
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AScribe: The Public Interst Newswire, "Human Rights Group Sues Coca-Cola for Torture of Workers in Turkey," November 15, 2005
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The Brown Daily Herald (Brown University), "NYU may soon wash its hands of Coca-Cola," By Meryl Rothstein, Novembe 10, 2005
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Speak Left (Connecticut College), "Declaration of Connecticut College Students for a Coca-Cola BOycott," By Scott Borchert, October 7, 2005
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Read CCLeft's Website
See Connecticut College's Campaign Photos

East Valley Tribune, "The Bottom Line: Pepsi versus Coke: US Airways at a sticky crossroads," By John Yantis, November 11, 2005
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Write to US Air and urge them not to use Killer Coke

El Universal (The Miami Herald, Mexican Edition), "Activists: Firms getting rich off of selling water," By GUILLERMINA GUILLEN, November 11, 2005
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the stoney brook Statesman, (Stony Brook University-SUNY), "A Sense of Real Politics," By William James, November 10, 2005
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The Minnesota Daily, "University should cease partnership with Coke," By Vladimir Makarov, November 10, 2005
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EARTHtimes.org, "Study on BP: Women better off sipping coffee than cola," By Abdul-Salaam Masheeer, November 9, 2005
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"…those women who sipped a minimum of four cans of sugared cola suffered a 28 to 44 percent raised risk of high blood pressure as against those who drank little or not at all. Diet sodas were also found to raise risks though by a marginally lower percentage than non-diet drinks."

The Daily Vanguard (Portland State University), "Colombia and Coke: a bad mix at PSU," By Treasure Porth, November 9, 2005
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Washington Square News, "Senate finally gets it right," by WSN editorial board, November 8, 2005
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The Michigan Daily, "Viewpoint: The Coke Coalition responds," By The Coke Coalition, November 8, 2005
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New Democratic Party (Canada), "NDP URGES SCHOOL BOARDS TO RETHINK COCA-COLA DEALS"
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Corriere Della Sera.it, "Olympics and Coca-Cola Promote Clash on Left," By Alessandro Capponi, November 7, 2005
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Corriere Della Sera.it, "Si alla fiaccola olimpica griffata Coca Col" (In Italian), November 7, 2005
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Corriere Della Sera.it, "Olimpiade e Coca Cola, battaglia a sinistra" (In Italian), November 7, 2005
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The Olympic Flame's route
"The issue arose from a decision by Rome's eleventh municipal authority, which claims that the Olympic sponsor is breaching workers' rights in Colombia, and will not allow the flame to pass through its territory. It might sound like an isolated case, but it isn't. A similar decision was taken by another of the municipalities the flame was supposed to cross after a unanimous vote, with even rightwing National Alliance in favour…"

STUDENTS LEAVE COKE COMMISSION: Public Statement"
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Scarlet & Black, "Boycott Coca-Cola: Connect the dots and protest Coke's human rights abuses," By Latona Giwa, November 4, 2005
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Washington Square News, "Coca-Cola given ultimatum: Unless Coke complies, ban to be enacted Dec. 8," By Barbara Leonard, November 4, 2005
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Daily Illini, "Coalition Against Coke Contracts lecture sparks controversy," By Tatyana Safronova, November 4, 2005
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Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Turkish Coke bottler under fire," By Caroline Wilbert, November 3, 2005
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Seven Oaks Magazine, ""Killer Coke" struggle comes to Vancouver," By Chinmoy Banerjee, November 2, 2005
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In New York City, on October 26, 2005, a demonstration began at the New York City offices of Coca-Cola on 5th Ave. and marched down to the Colombian consulate on 46th Street. Herbert Allen, president & CEO of Allen & Co. and Donald Keough, chairman of the board of Allen & Co., who are on the board of directors of The Coca-Cola Co., also have offices in the building. SunTrust Banks, the bank of Killer Coke, leases offices in the building, which is owned by a Coca-Cola subsidiary.

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Queen's Journal, "Coke contract goes flat at Mac," By Janet Shulist, October 25, 2005
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Washington Square News, "It's time to kick out Coke," By WSN editorial board, October 24, 2005
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Washington Square News, "Coke and opposers face off," By Barbara Leonard, October 21, 2005
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The Ottawa Citizen, "Why we said no to Coke," By Michelle Peek and Adam Tracey, October 22, 2005
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The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), "McMaster students say no to renewal of Coca-Cola contract," October 24, 2005
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Cherwell Online (Oxford), "OUSU condemns Coke and urges NUS boycott," By Emily Gosden, October 21, 2005
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Campus Choice, "McMaster students vote "Yes" against Coca-Cola on all three propositions," October 21, 2005
See Referenda Results

Daily News (McMaster University), "Students oppose Coca-Cola contract," By Chantall Van Raay, October 21, 2005
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Globe and Mail, "Campus Coke-only deal fizzles," By Caroline Alphonso, October 22, 2005
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The referenda questions were as follows:

  1. Officially oppose the McMaster - Coca-Cola Exclusive Supplier Agreement
  2. Refrain from the renewal or renegotiation of a contract between the MSU and McMaster University for the exclusive provision of cold beverage products.
  3. Urge the University to not renew or renegotiate its contract with Coca-Cola for the exclusive provision of cold beverage products
  • Question 1: Yes (1492) No (533) Abstain (101) Spoiled (90) Declined (12) TOTAL (2228)
  • Question 2: Yes (1410) No (555) Abstain (139) Spoiled (89) Declined (35) TOTAL (2228)
  • Question 3: Yes (1513) No (511) Abstain (86) Spoiled (88) Declined (30) TOTAL (2228)

Campaign Director Ray Rogers interviewed on Report on Business TV in Canada, Oct. 20, 2005
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Ray was interviewed by a hostile team of broadcasters on Report on Business TV. To see the video, go down to Thursday, October 20 and click on the "Play" button. The interview with Ray begins at about 33:35 into the video. You should be able to move to that time.

Seven Oaks Magazine, "Stopping Killer Coke: Protests grow against Coca Cola," By Chinmoy Banerjee, October 19, 2005
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"Students at McMaster Univeristy in Hamilton (Canada) exchange flyers yesterday from the campaign against exclusive sale of Coke on campus."

Globe and Mail, "McMaster students to vote on Coke sales," By Caroline Alphonso and Colin Freeze, October 19, 2005
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Toronto Star, "Coca-Cola debate stirs McMaster: Human rights at center of vote, Exclusive deal worth $6 million, October 18, 2005
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Canada.com, "Activists take campaign against Coca-Cola to McMaster, campuses across Canada," By Colin Perkel, October 18, 2005
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The Silhouette (McMaster University, Canada), "Clearing the campus of Coke," By Rob Gillezeau, October 13, 2005
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The Silhouette (McMaster University, Canada), "COla controversey," By Meghan Waters, October 13, 2005
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The Silhouette (McMaster University, Canada), "Vote Yes on Oct. 19 and 20 to all three propositions," Editorial, October 13, 2005
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The Silouette (McMaster University, Canada), "Coke Don't Float," By Lauren Craig Stephen, Oct. 10, 2005
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The Silhouette (McMaster University), "The Real Thing," By MEGHAN WATERS, EXECUTIVE EDITOR, With reporting by Gillian Brooks, October 6, 2005
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Campus Choice

The Mac Weekly (Macalester College), "New Non-Exclusive Contract, Same Coke: Maclaester's Commitment to Social Justice is Still in Question," By SOphie Smith and Leah Grupp-Williams, October 14, 2005
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The Daily Journal (Venezuela), "Ex-Coca-Cola employees threaten occupation," October 12, 2005
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" 'Through a trick…(the company-COca-Cola) hasn't paid thousands of workers what they are owed,' Chirinos said."

The Michigan Daily, "Viewpoint: An open letter from the Coke-Campaign Coalition," October 19, 2005
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This letter is a strong analysis and response to the "University administration's continued dishonesty and evasiveness" in dealings with the students, stating that "The administration is failing to enforce its own Vendor Code of Conduct, and in the process, is complicit with Coca-Cola's crimes."

The Michigan Daily, "Letter to the Editor: The University responds to The Coke Coalition," October 26, 2005
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The University responds to the open letter from the Coke-Campaign Coalition

The Michigan Daily, "'U' favors Coke in contract decision," By Jeremy Davidson, October 14, 2005
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The Michigan Daily, "'U' has yet to decide on Coke," By Jeremy Davidson, October 11, 2005
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The News Record (University of Cincinnati), "Anti-Coke advocate: India harmed by Coca-Cola," By Felicia Brown, October 10, 2005
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The News Record (University of Cincinnati), "Anti-Coke advocate: India harmed by Coca-Cola," By Felicia Brown, October 10, 2005
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The Santa Clara Online, "Coke vs. Pepsi: Pepsi replaces Coke for financial, ethical reasons," By Amy Chan, October 6, 2005
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"Yet the switch signifies more than just having more options. The switch means Santa Clara, a Jesuit university built on Jesuit values and ethics, is not going to be contracted with a company that has contributed to the deaths of eight union leaders from Coca-Cola plants in Colombia. Earning over $4.85 billion in profits in 2004, Coca-Cola would like to ensure they are going to keep earning high profits every year. But the reality of those high profits is to keep wages in factories low.

"In order to keep wages low, Coca-Cola is participating in an act called "union busting." Since 1989, paramilitary forces in Colombia have murdered, intimidated, kidnapped, and tortured any workers attempting to unionize their factories."

The Phoenix (Swarthmore College), "Students campaign to eliminate Coke," By Martha Marrazza, October 6, 2005
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KeepMeCurrent.com, "Students learn about stopping sweatshops," By Ken Tatro, October 6, 2005
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"During the conference several success stories were shared with the students of other schools that were able to get their schools to stop purchasing goods made from sweat shops. Other students have been successful in stopping their schools from buying from companies that have a poor record for workers' rights, like Coca-Cola."

The Economist, "Coca-Cola: In Hot Water," October 6, 2005
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Michigan Daily, "'U' reviews Coca-Cola proposal for third-party audit," By Jeremy Davidson, October 3, 2005
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India Resource Center, "Election Results Sound Defeat for Coca-Cola Company: Village Council Opposed to Coca-Cola Resoundingly Re-Elected in India," Sept. 30, 2005
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The Eyeopener (Ryerson University, Canada), "Students urged to kick Coke habit," By Andre Voshart, September 27, 2005
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View Magazine, "ECONOMICS OR ETHICS? Coca-Cola Comes Into Question At Mac Campus and Around the World," By Sarah Cairns, Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2005
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Valley Advocate, "The Real Thing?: For some liberals, Baystate gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick´s campaign doesn´t go better with Coke," By Maureen Turner, September 22, 2005
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"But not everyone you might expect is rallying behind Patrick. For some progressive voters and activists, the candidate has an unforgivable blotch on his resume: his work for Coca-Cola, where he spent five years as general counsel and a member of its senior leadership team, and where he now holds a lucrative consulting contract."

Washington Square News, "Coke campaign to broaden its message," By by Anjali Srinivasan, September 15, 2005
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India Resource Center, "Kerala State Joins Community in Challenging Coca-Cola's Use of Water," September 15, 2005
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Armenia Diaspora, "Commission Fines Coca Cola," Sept. 14, 2005
Commission Fines Coca Cola

New York Teacher, "Union members choose the 'right one': Coca-Cola linked to human rights abuses" By Sylvia Saunders, Sept. 8, 2005
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EcologistOnline, "ASPARTAME," By Pat Thomas, September 2005
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Colombia Indymedia, "Ajinomoto, Aspartame & Brain Tumors: Recipe for Death," By Betty Martini, Sept. 3, 2005
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365Gay.com, "Coca-Cola Accused Of Bias In Gay Worker's Firing," Sept. 1, 2005
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Coca-Cola has a long history of discrimination lawsuits, despite its "non-discrimination policy." The Polaris Institute discusses Coke's racial discrimination in the workplace (page 40)
Other pieces highlighting the Coca-Cola system's racial discrimination: "Coca-Cola Bottling Co. settles La. discrimination case" and "How Credible is Coca-Cola?" (page 2)

This article states, "Coca-Cola Femsa is the largest bottler of Coke products in Latin America. Although it is not directly owned by Coca-Cola of Atlanta, Georgia, it accounts for about 10 percent of the giant soda maker's worldwide profits." The fact is Coca-Cola IS very much a direct owner of Coca-Cola Femsa.

The Coca-Cola Company owns 39.6% of the economic stock and 46.4% of the voting stock of Coca-Cola FEMSA, its largest Colombian bottler and a defendant in the Alien Tort Claims lawsuit regarding human rights abuses in Colombia. Many of Coca-Cola's highest-ranking executives serve as directors or alternate directors on Coca-Cola FEMSA's board (See relationship between Coke and Coca-Cola FEMSA).

In Dec. 2003, Forbes Magazine pointed out in an article entitled "Coke's Sinful World:"

"The biggest bottlers aren't subsidiaries of Coke, nor are they completely independent. Coke effectively controls them by maintaining big equity stakes and a heavy presence on their boards, and by providing their main source of business. Yet it keeps its stakes in the bottlers below 50% thereby avoiding getting hit with their piles of debt and any unpleasant liabilities."

Honduras This Week (A major online and print weekly), "Public Relations: It's the real thing," By Alex Ogle, August 29, 2005
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"'When Hondurans think of Coca-Cola,' he (Campaign Director Ray Rogers) continued, ' they should think of a company that has brought not optimism but hardship and despair to many people and communities throughout the world. When they think of Coke soft drinks, they should think of them as the sparkle of death, and therefore unthinkable and undrinkable.'

"'In a message to Hondurans experiencing the new "positive" Coca-Cola campaign, Rogers said 'Coke will steal your water, pollute your environment, ruin the health of your children and try to enslave the fathers and mothers who produce and distribute its soft drinks.'

"Rogers stated, 'Coca-Cola is a big backer of President George W. Bush's foreign policy in Central America, which supports governments and political leaders willing to suppress the masses in order to promote American corporate and military interests.'"

Asia Times Online, "Sludge dirt on Coca-Cola," By D Rajeev, August 23, 2005
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Mother Jones, "Our annual roundup of college campus activism," By By Michael Beckel, April Dembosky, Lisa Wong Macabasco, Jon Mooallem, and Jonathan Stein, Sept./Oct. 2005
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"Kicking the Can Things got shaken up at Coca-Cola's annual shareholders meeting in April when 15 students from Hofstra, Smith, Rutgers, Union Theological Seminary, and other schools challenged the company's human rights record. Speaking as shareholder proxies, the students demanded that Coke CEO E. Neville Isdell address a recent lawsuit linking the company to the murder and harassment of union leaders at its bottling plants in Colombia. Hofstra junior Vanessa Cudabac spoke for several minutes over Isdell's protestations. "And there was nothing [he] could do about it," she recalls. Like "Boot the Bell" before it, the "Killer Coke" campaign aims to get colleges to kick their Coke habits. Rutgers and UTS have already canceled their contracts; more campuses are expected to follow suit."

Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Mexico fines Coke, bottlers: Pepsi's antitrust complaint brings $54 million levy," By Caroline Wilbert, August 18, 2005
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Inter Press Service, "India: Everything Gets Worse With Coca-Cola," By D. Rejeev, August 22, 2005
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BizNewOrleans.com, "Coca-Cola Bottling Co. settles La. discrimination case," August 11, 2005
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Pulse of the Twin Cities, "Coke vs. World Protests: Macalester College hosts Colombian labor leaders," by Adrienne Urbanski, July 28, 2005
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Behindthelabel.com, "Workers Attacked At Coca-Cola Facility in Turkey"
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"It is apparent that Coca-Cola and their business partners in Turkey are undertaking an anti-union campaign within Coca-Cola's distribution network by seeking to thwart unionizing efforts through the firing of union members, an unlawful violation of international labor standards and of Turkish law that protect the rights of workers to join a union."

Commondreams.org, "Government Abandons Children to Big Food," By Michele Simon, July 21, 2005
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"Coca-Cola also took the opportunity to misrepresent itself. Abigail Rodgers, vice president of "Wellness Strategies and Communication" claimed that the company does not sell soda in elementary schools. Trouble is, a survey of Kentucky schools revealed that soda is sold in 44 percent of elementary schools. And Coca-Cola was a powerful lobbying force against four legislative attempts to pass a state bill to get soda out of schools. But Ms. Rodgers forgot to mention that, along with the other state bills Coca-Cola has helped kill or weaken, including those in California, New Mexico, Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, and Oregon."

amNew York, "Activists push TIAA-CREF to divest," By Chuck Bennett, July 20, 2005
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India Resource Center, "Indian State Takes Coca-Cola to Court; Sales Drop 14% in Summer, July 22, 2005
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The Telegraph (India), "Cola behind empty pots? Coke thirsts for a fight- No water, no problem?" By CHANDRIMA S. BHATTACHARYA, July 18, 2005
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Boston Independent Media Center, "Anti-Corporate Campaigners Call on TIAA-CREF to Dump Wal-Mart and Coke Stock as Unethical Investments," By Matthew Williams, July 11, 2005
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The New York Times, "Coke Is Urging Youths to Get Physical," By Melanie Warner, July 12, 2005
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"Gary Ruskin, executive director of Commercial Alert, a nonprofit group in Portland, Ore., that opposes many forms of corporate marketing, said that if Coke really wanted to be helpful, it could stop battling well-meaning state and local efforts to remove soda and junk food from schools. "They're lobbying as hard as they can against these things," he said.

"Ms. Wootan, who lives in Washington and has spent several years working with other parents to get schools in the District of Columbia to remove sodas and junk food, said she also faced considerable opposition from Coke. "Their representative fought us every step of the way," she said. "What they're doing is saying one thing at the national level and then doing something else locally."

"It has also been widely reported that the head of Coke's lobbying concern in Connecticut was a former aide to Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who last month vetoed the School Nutrition Bill, which would have prevented nondiet sodas and junk food from being sold in all Connecticut schools.

"Coke says that it opposes statewide bans because school administrators should have the ability to choose what is best for their students." (or best for their profits)

Coke Seeks Profits Over Health

The New York Times, "The Food Industry Empire Strikes Back: Lobbying Effort to Shield Companies From Court Action Is Gaining Ground," By Melanie Warner, July 7, 2005
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"…Twenty states have enacted versions of a "commonsense consumption" law. They vary slightly in substance, but all prevent lawsuits seeking personal injury damages related to obesity from ever being tried in their courts. Another 11 states have similar legislation pending.

"Restaurant owners and food company executives personally visited state lawmakers, testified at hearings and steered campaign contributions to pivotal lawmakers. Executives from Kraft and Coca-Cola showed up in Texas, for instance, to lobby for that state's commonsense consumption bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry last month."

The New York Times, "Girth of a Nation," By Paul Krugman, July 4, 2005
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"The Center for Consumer Freedom, an advocacy group financed by Coca-Cola, Wendy's and Tyson Foods, among others, has a Fourth of July message for you: worrying about the rapid rise in American obesity is unpatriotic."

India Resource Center, "Coca-Cola Led Commission Rejected by International Campaign Against Coca-Cola: Universities Becoming Complicit in Coca-Cola's Public Relations Strategy to Counter Opposition," July 5, 2005
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Finance24.com, "Coke banned from G8 rally," July 3, 2005
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Letter from the President Carol T. Christ of Smith College to Coke
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About Coca-Cola's Abuses on Pacifica Radio's WBAI, Three segments on "Wakeup Call" with Deepa Fernandes
The following links will guide you to the web page that lists all the segments of each show. Each of the segments on Coca-Cola can be found during Hour Two.

Thursday, June 30, 2005
HOUR TWO: In this hour of Wakeup Call, we take another look at Panama to investigate the status of the striking workers, but before that, we'll reflect on the change that student protests are making in the Coca-Cola consuming world. We'll bring you the final installment of our three part series on Killer Coke, taking a look at domestic campaigns to kick the soft drink giant off college campuses. And hear Wakeup Call listeners take a NO-Coke pledge!
Killer Coke: the Student Movement
GUEST: Ray Rogers, Director of the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke
GUEST: Vanessa Cudabac, member of Students Against Injustice at Hofstra University
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Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Hour Two: Killer Coca-Cola
CLIP: Interview with Adolfo Luis Cardona, former member of the Colombian food workers' union, Sinaltrainal
GUEST: Lesley Gill, American University professor of Anthropology and author of Labor and Human Rights: 'The Real Thing'
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Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Hour Two: This hour, we'll briefly highlight a conscientous objection meeting in Suffolk County and then jump to the first in a three part series about Killer Coca-Cola. Today, we'll look at how Coca-Cola plants in India have been depleting the local water supplies and producing toxic products. But before that, we look at what the City Council's been up to: a new prescription drug proposal, new rights for arrestees, new developments in tenants' rights - you'll get the latest, and find out where your elected officials stand on the issues. Finally, if you think that buffalo only roam in a home on the range, stay tuned. We'll hear a tale of intrigue, document destruction, and bison when we speak with the Buffalo Field Campaign.
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Portland Independent Media Center, A 37 minute interview with SINALTRAINAL Vice President Juan Carlos Galvis, in Spanish with English translation.
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Mother Jones, "Pirates of the Corporation: Holding American companies responsible for high crimes committed overseas," By Joshua Kurlantzick, July/August 2005
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This article discusses the importance of the Alien Tort Claims Act, a statute passed in 1789 to hold corporations, and perhaps government officials, accountable for crimes against humanity. The article highlights the work of Terry Collingsworth, Executive Director of the International Labor Rights Fund, who, along with Dan Kovalik of United Steelworkers of America, are lead counsels in the Alien Tort Claims lawsuit that charges that Coca-Cola bottlers in Colombia "contracted with or otherwise directed paramilitary security forces that utilized extreme violence and murdered, tortured, unlawfully detained or otherwise silenced trade union leaders."

Boston Independent Media Center, "International campaign against Killer Coke intensifies," By Bryan G. Pfeifer, June 28, 2005
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Commondreams.org, "Big Media Interlocks with Corporate America," By Peter Phillips, June 24, 2005
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"A research team at Sonoma State University has recently finished conducting a network analysis of the boards of directors of the ten big media organizations in the US. The team determined that only 118 people comprise the membership on the boards of director of the ten big media giants. This is a small enough group to fit in a moderate size university classroom. These 118 individuals in turn sit on the corporate boards of 288 national and international corporations. In fact, eight out of ten big media giants share common memberships on boards of directors with each other. NBC and the Washington Post both have board members who sit on Coca-Cola and J. P. Morgan, while the Tribune Company, The New York Times and Gannett all have members who share a seat on Pepsi. It is kind of like one big happy family of interlocks and shared interests."

FoodNavigator-USA.com, "FoodNavigator-USA.com, "Connecticut governor slammed for "siding with soda companies," June 24, 2005
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"By siding with soda companies, (CT) Governor Rell has undermined parents' ability to feed their children healthful diets. Perhaps this is not surprising, given that Coca-Cola's fight against this bill was led by a former top campaign advisor to Governor Rell. But it is a shame nevertheless."

BBC News, "EU makes Coke throw open fridges," June 22, 2005
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New York Teacher, "RA delegate walks the walk on cola ban," By Sylvia Saunders, June 20, 2005
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The Campaign congratulates Fran Hurwit and the staff of Westmere Elementary for their success in removing their Coke machine in solidarity with Colombian Coke workers. We also congratulate the NYSUT Headquarters in Latham, NY, for their removal of Coke products. The New York Teacher is sent to more than 500,000 people. Campaign members, including a NYSUT Member, were present at the NYSUT RA in April and distributed our materials to NYSUT delegates. The reception for the Campaign was supportive, many delegates asking for help to remove Coke from their schools.

Indymedia Ireland, "The People vs. Coca-COla," by Michael Lydon, June 20, 2005
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The Ann Arbor News, "U-M demands an audit of Coke," By Dave Gershman, June 25, 2005
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The New Standard, "Coca-Cola University Contract in Jeopardy Amidst Protests," By Brendan Coyne, June 21, 2005
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New York Newsday, "Coke to Examine Overseas Labor Practices," Associated Press, June 20, 2005
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The Michigan Daily, "'U' adjusts Coca-Cola contracts," By Jeremy Davidson, June 20, 2005
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The Detroit News, " Coca-Cola will explore U-M charges — Student group: Firm is draining water from India and harassing Colombian unions," By Marisa Schultz, June 20, 2005
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "University of Michigan seeks probe of Coke's Colombia operations," By Scott Leith, June 17,2 005
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University of Michigan News Service, "U-M committee recommends short-term extension of contracts pending followup by Coca-Cola," June 17, 2005
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(Full Report can be accessed from the News Release)

Resolution Passed by the 36th District Democrats in Seattle, Washington, on June 16
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Live 8 Considering Coke Sponsorship
Letter to Harvey Goldsmith, Promoter & Producer of Live 8
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Motion in Scottish Parliament Against Coke's Sponsorship of Live 8
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AdAge.com, "LIVE 8 AS AN ADVERTISING VEHICLE: Marketers Get on Board to Reach World's Largest Audience," By By Abbey Klaassen, June 30, 2005
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Coca-Cola controversy: Rumors of Coca-Cola Co.'s backing the London event set off a series of criticisms about the company's record with the environment and worker's rights. Critics claimed the beverage company's corporate values were at odds with the concert's poverty-fighting mission. A spokesman for the company said it wasn't involved with Live 8 at a corporate level.

The Denver Post, "Experts help wade through bottled-water choices," Dana Coffield, June 14, 2005
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"Consumers say convenience, taste and health concerns drive them to the bottled-water aisle, even though a liter of top-shelf spring water costs about as much as 1,000 gallons from the average kitchen sink."

"Waters sold by the big beverage companies - Dasani from Coca-Cola and PepsiCo's Aquafina - will taste different in different cities because they typically are filtered local municipal waters."

The Michigan Daily, "Students concerned over closed Coke meetings," By Christopher Zbrozek, June 13, 2005
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The Australian, "US activist slams nod for ex-Coke boss. By David Nason, June 13, 2005
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(Correction: In this article, Ray Rogers was erroneously identified as head of "Corporate Watch" instead of "The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke" or "Corporate Campaign, Inc."

India Resource Center, "Setting the Record Straight: India Resource Center Response to Wall Street Journal Article, June 13, 2005
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HindustanTimes.com, "'David' Srivastava versus 'Goliath' Coke," June 10, 2005
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Wall Street Journal, "How a Global Web of Activists Gives Coke Problems in India," By steve Stecklow, June 7, 2005, Released by India Resource Center
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Ireland On-line, "Rival brands 'gaining ground on Coca Cola's dominance'," June 13, 2005
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Coca-Cola heirs sue SunTrust," By Jill Lerner, June 12, 2005
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India Resource Center, "500 Arrested in Rally Against Coca-Cola in India," June 9, 2005
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Wall Street Journal, "How a Global Web of Activists Gives Coke Problems in India," By steve Stecklow, June 7, 2005, Released by India Resource Center
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Los Angeles Times, "Teamsters' Coca-Cola Contract Includes Better Pay, Benefits," By Ronald D. White, June 7, 2005
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BrandWeek.com, "False Consciousness: Coke And A Hard Place," By Matthew Grimm, June 6, 2005
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Cherwell Online (Oxford, UK), "Balliol bans Coca-Cola," By Neil Sroka, June 3, 2005
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India Resource Center, "Court's Decision Confusing, Anti-Coke Struggle to Intensify," June 3, 2005
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Los Angeles Times, "Teamsters Unit Rejects Coke Accord," By Nancy Cleeland, June 3, 2005
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KESQ News, "Coca-Cola bottlers and warehouse workers reject contract," Associated Press
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Miami Herald, "California Coca-Cola employees agree on contract at 11th hour," By Associated Press, June 1, 2005
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KPFA, Interview with a Chiapas activist, Gustavo Castro Soto, May 31, 2005
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Castro Soto's remarks about Coca-Cola and a local Coke boycott begin at about 18 minutes into the recording.

www.RightisWrong.org, "KillerCoke.org vs. CokeKills.org" and "Dow Chemical: Forgive Us Our Trespasses," By Chuck Zlatkin, January 2005
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Coca-Cola using up water, foes in India contend: 'We want Coke to go away'," By MONI BASU in Varanasi, India, Scott Leith in Atlanta, May 29, 2005
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The Valley Advocate, "Our Obama?" By Andrew Vamon, May 26, 2005
"No executive of Coca-Cola should be allowed to hold any office of public trust, especially that of governor," said Campaign to Stop Killer Coke Director Ray Rogers. Deval Patrick, who wants to be the Democratic Party's candidate for governor of Massachusetts, is one such executive. In this article, Patrick for the first time, after many months of denials, states that he quit his job at The Coca-Cola Co. because then-CEO Douglas Daft (unnamed in the article) refused to agree to an independent investigation of the labor and human rights abuses by Coke bottlers in Colombia.

However, his assertion that Coke CEO E. Neville Isdell is "getting behind it" is dishonest. We have exposed Isdell's bogus Cal Safety report that whitewashes Coke's abuses. A statement released by United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) ( Read USAS's statement on this subject) described that report as "not credible" and "entirely unacceptable." Cal Safety has also been totally discredited in reports by such publications as The Los Angeles Times and Business Week and in a recent book entitled "Monitoring Sweatshops" by Dr. Jill Esbenshade.

Patrick "agreed to serve as a legal consultant for Coca-Cola" (for $2.1 million this year). "Deval Patrick continues to make a lot of money to cover-up crimes and misdeeds of Coca-Cola and to keep his mouth shut," said Campaign Director Ray Rogers.

For nearly six years, on Patrick's watch as Executive VP, Secretary and General Counsel, Coca-Cola has been involved in massive tax avoidance, corporate welfare schemes and fraudulent business practices.

Patrick stated: "I am running in large part because I want to pass on a reason to hope." Hope for whom? During Patrick's tenure at Coca-Cola, the company's top executives gave themselves hundreds of millions in bonuses and stock options while laying off thousands of employees.

The Coca-Cola Co. and its executives are masters of deception. They spend billions of dollars to create a public image that has nothing to do with the reality behind this company.
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Los Angeles Times, "Teamsters Call Coke Boycott as Strike Continues in L.A.," By Nancy Cleeland, May 28, 2005
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SINALTRAINAL, "SINALTRAINAL Supports Teamsters Strike," By Edgar Paez
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Connecticut Post, "East Hartford Coca-Cola workers reach agreement, end strike," May 28, 2005
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PRNewswire, "Teamsters at Coca-Cola Stand Strong for Health Care: Los Angeles and Hartford Workers Expand Consumer Boycott," By International Brotherhood of Teamsters, May 26, 2005
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Teamster members in Los Angeles and Hartford, Connecticut began spreading the word about a boycott of Coca-Cola products today. Targeting consumers at Wal-Mart's Sam's Clubs, Teamsters began handing out fliers asking for a boycott of all Coca-Cola products including Coca-Cola, Dasani water, Dr. Pepper and Sprite.

MLive.com, "Workers at Coke bottling plants strike," By By KRISTEN WYATT, May 23, 2005
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The St. Petersburg Times, "Coca-Cola Staff Threaten Strike," May 24, 2005
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India Resource Center, "Water Wars and Bottle Battles," By Nityanand Jayaraman
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Forbes, "Workers Picket Coca-Cola Bottler in Russia," May 20, 2005
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(About 25 employees picketed a Coca-Cola bottling plant in St. Petersburg on Friday, demanding its management index their salaries to inflation, adhere to labor laws and observe the rights of trade unions. )

Washington Times/UPI, "Teamsters strike Coca-Cola plants," May 23, 2005
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("Instead of investing in the people who work hard every day to produce, package and distribute Coke products, both Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Enterprises have dug deep into corporate funds to reward poor-performing executives on their way out the door," said Jack Cipriani, director of the Teamsters Brewery and Soft Drink Workers Conference.)

PR Newswire, "Coca-Cola Teamsters Unite for a Fight," May 13, 2005
Read Article("Rather than lavishing millions on country club dues and other extravagant fringe benefits for outgoing executives, CCE should invest in the health and well-being of the workers who make Coca-Cola the number one selling soft drink in America," said David Laughton, Secretary-Treasurer of the Teamsters Brewery & Soft Drink Workers' Conference and former Coca-Cola driver. "This company has no shame. They will give lifetime health coverage for a departed CEO while gutting the medical plans for their workforce.")

("Of all of the mistakes and miscalculations Coca-Cola and its bottler have made in the past decade, underestimating these workers' commitment to health care could prove to be the most costly," said Jack Cipriani, Eastern Region Vice President for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Director of the Brewery and Soft Drink Workers' Conference.)

The London Line, "Taking the fizz out of Coke's image," By James Clasper, May 19, 2005
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The London Line

The Michigan Daily, "Kicking the Habit: University must terminate Coke contracts now," Staff Editorial, May 16, 2005
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(The Michigan Daily editorial notes that six U.S. colleges/universities have removed Coke from campuses. The number is now at least eight — Rutgers University and Union Theological Seminary have recently dumped Coke.

The Michigan Daily, "Evidence supports Coca-Cola allegations, "By Christopher Zbrozek, May 16, 2005
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The Star-Ledger, "At Rutgers, Pepsi's $17 million deal is the real thing," By Kelly Heyboer, May 14, 2005
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The Oberlin Review, "Obies meet with Coke execs," By Jake Grossman, May 13, 2005
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The following was one of 12 votes in an Oberlin referendum:
Question 12:
Should the College continue to ban Coca-Cola products as long as they are in violation of Oberlin College's purchasing code?

Yes: 860, No: 330, Abstain: 222
Passed

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Coke loses Rutgers contract to Pepsi," By Scott Leith, May 13, 2005
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Party People (UK), "Don't Drink Coke," Hear song on Indymedia
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Read Lyrics of "Don't Drink Coke"

Party People (UK) released a drum and bass tune celebrating the injustices and idiocies surrounding Coca-Cola's practices in Colombia and around the world.
Go to Stop Killer Coke Arts

ZNet, "International Solidarity for the Struggle for Water Justice in El Alto, Bolivia," By Susan Spronk, May 10, 2005
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The Salem News, "Column: Colombia provides a case study for evils of corporate globalization," By Brian T. Watson, May 10, 2005
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Atlanta Business Chronicle, "Coca-Cola faces class-action," May 9, 2005
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The Oregonian, "Soda pop industry helps kill junk food bill," By Brad Cain, May 7, 2005 (AP)
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The Chronicle (Hofstra University), "Univ. Votes 'No' to Coke," By Beth Goodbaum, May 5, 2005
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Inside Higher Ed, "Coke: the New Nike," By Doug Lederman, May 5, 2005
"Tomorrow…in Washington, executives from Coca-Cola will meet for the first time with a broad group of college administrators and students to discuss the issue. Student leaders and college administrators have somewhat differing takes on how meaningful the private meeting is and divergent expectations on what it might produce."
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Dailyprincetonian.com, "Transparent investing practices needed at University," by Freddie LaFemina, May 4, 2005
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The Michigan Daily, "Coke Coalition asks 'U' to drop contracts," By James Naqvi, May 3, 2005
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"Report: Hofstra Faculty Passes Resolution to End Coke Monopoly," By Vanessa Cudabac, May 3, 2005
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The Daily Targum (Rutgers University), "Coca-Cola contract still in air," By Julie Compton, May 2, 2005
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India Resource Center, "Campaign to Boycott Coca-Cola in Kerala Begins," May 2, 2005
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Indymedia, "Coke Workers Repaid For Loyalty To Company," May 1, 2005
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The Ventura County News, "School junk-food laws need to be enforced," By Gary Ruskin, May 1, 2005
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ChennaiOnline NEws, "Drawing ground water by Coke opposed," May 1, 2005
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The New York Sun, "Comptroller Asks Coca-Cola Co. To Probe Violence," By Jill Gardiner, April 29, 2005
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The Chronicle (Hofstra University), "SAI Crashes Coke Meeting," By Margaret Hawryluk, April 28, 2005
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El Espectador, "La compania defiende su prestigio a traves de la red: La batalla virtual de Coca-Cola," By Alfonso Rico Torres, April 28, 2005
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Read English Translation

Washington Square News, "Coke protesters unfurl 40-ft. banner in Bobst Library," By Anjali Srinivasan, April 28,2005
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India Resource Center, Press Release: "Village Council Rejects Coca-Cola's Application to Resume Operations," April 27, 2005
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India Resource Center, "University Demands Answers from Coca-Cola," April 26, 2005
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CBC Health & Science News, "'Say no to pop,' Nunavut residents told," April 25, 2005
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Washington Square News, "Editorial: NYU Senate is impotent,"By WSN Editorial Board, April 25, 2005
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News Today (India), "A fuss over the fizz," By G BABU JAYAKUMAR, April 23, 2005
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WebIndia123.com, "Shareholders accuse Coca Cola of misleading them on adverse India report," April 23, 2005
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KeralaNext.com, "Coca-Cola Challenged on Human Rights Abuses," April 23, 2005
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Straight.com, "Arts Notes: Et Tu, Coca-Cola?" By Colin Thomas, April 21, 2005
"Playwright and producer Sean Cook, who teaches English and creative writing at Coquitlam's Centennial secondary school, garnered national media attention last year when he drew a link between a multimillion dollar deal that Coca-Cola signed with the University of British Columbia and the removal or disabling of 44 percent of the drinking fountains on the UBC campus."
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The Christian Post, "Union Becomes First Seminary to Boycott Coca-Cola," By Marion Kim, April 21, 2005
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Union Theological Seminary - New York City, "Press Release: Union Theological Seminary Kicks Coca-Cola Off Campus, April 19, 2005
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Washington Square News, "Coke refuses NYU's requests," By Barbara Leonard, April 21, 2005
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Read Entire Letter to Coke CEO Isdell
Letter from Coke to NYU
Read USAS Report

The Phoenix (Swarthmore College), "Anti-Coke activists hold panel, pursue shareholder action," By ARTHUR CHU, April 20, 2005
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The Coca-Cola Co., 2005 Annual Shareowners' Meeting Webcast, April 19, 2005 (for as long as Coke has it on its web site)
Hear webcast of the annual meeting

India Resource Center, "Press Release: Coca-Cola Challenged on Human Rights Abuses," April 20, 2005
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The New York Times, "Coke Finds Its Bright Spots in Faraway Places," By MELANIE WARNER, April 20, 2005
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Financial Times (London, England), "Flat Coke," April 20, 2005
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Coke's day a mix of profits, protests," By Scott Leith, April 20, 2005
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The News Journal (Delaware),"Being heard in Wilmington:Shareholders meetings bring city recognition, revenue - and protesters," By By LULADEY B. TADESSE, April 20, 2005
Read Article with Photos (of Vanessa Codabac of Hofstra University and Ryan Bates of University of Michigan)

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, "Coke chief questioned about practices," BY HARRY R. WEBER AP BUSINESS WRITER, April 20, 2005
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CJAD (Quebec, Canada), Associated Press, "Coca-Cola Co. pledges to change perception of its practices abroad," April 19, 2005
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The Michigan Daily, "Opinion: Viewpoint: Coke on Trial," By Jory Hearst, Kristin Purdy, Ilan Brandvain, Peter Woiwode and Sam Woll, April 19, 2005
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Financial Times (UK), "Coke settles SEC probe into Japanese unit," By Andrew Ward in Washington and Paul Gregan in London, April 19, 2005
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The Nation, "Beat the Devil: Message in a Bottle," By Alexander Cockburn, Issue of May 2, 2005
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Read Letter to the Editor in The Nation

The GW Hatch, "National student movement pushes Coca-Cola ban," by Katie Rooney, April 18, 2005
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Listen to April 16 Campaign Director Ray Rogers' interview on Air America's "Ring of Fire"
Hear Campaign Director Ray Rogers on Air America's Ring of Fire

WebIndia123.com, "This Kerala village fights against Coke to preserve its ground water, April 16, 2005
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United Students Against Sweatshops' Statement, "Cal-Safety Compliance Corporation is Not a Credible Monitor for Coca-Cola's Labor Practices," April 15, 2005
"… there are ample grounds to conclude the Cal-Safety is unfit to monitor Coca-Cola's labor practices in Colombia. Indeed, given its repeated failure to find egregious violations in high profile cases of worker abuse, its status as a for-profit corporation, its practice of monitoring generating revenue from the major corporations for whom it monitors, its lack of experience with the core issue of freedom of association, its flawed methodology in visiting factories and conducting worker interviews, and its utter lack of transparency, Cal-Safety should easily be ruled out as a candidate for credibly investigating the case of Coca-Cola in Colombia."
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The Oregonian, "Soda pop contracts could mean millions for schools, study finds: A Portland-based group says the money gained isn't worth the health risks when childhood obesity is a problem nationwide," By Aimee Green, April 15, 2005
"Analysis of contracts between Oregon school districts and soda companies suggests that the districts, schools, school boards, parents, students, and policymakers may want to take a closer look at the value of these agreements. Most of the money generated comes from students purchasing beverages, and a significant portion of this revenue goes directly to the companies, as opposed to the schools. Given the comparatively small amounts paid to schools by vendors, Oregon communities may want to rethink the restrictions placed on their freedom to purchase beverages, and the merit of allowing companies to market and advertise brand products in schools. If the fundamental purpose of the contracts is to generate money for under-funded school activities, are these agreements truly helping communities achieve that goal?"
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The Chronicle (Hofstra University), "Activists Join Anti-Coke Campaign," By Timothy Brunner, April 14, 2005
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Massachusetts Global Action Press Release, "Deval Patrick: 'Too much baggage...' say activists," April 14, 2005
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Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Coke's Colombian controversy: Activists, students claim company is complicit in anti-union violence; Company says the facts support its stance," By Scott Leith, April 13, 2005
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UniversityDaily.net (Texas Tech), "Caffeine Complaints: Tech students protest Coca-Cola, try to prevent sales on campus," By Kelly Gooch, April 14, 2005
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CNN Money, "Coke aids victims of Colombian violence," Reuters, April 13, 2005

We are writing to let you know that, while the struggle is not yet over, there is a positive achievement from our efforts which we can point to. As the article linked below indicates, Coke has created a $10 million social fund to aid victims of the war in Colombia. As the article also makes clear, this was done in the midst of (and clearly because of) the Coke campaign. While we have not yet achieved everything we want to through the campaign, you should be very proud that your efforts have obtained something real and good for people in Colombia. Many times in the movement, we cannot point to such concrete gains. So, it is important to recognize them when we do; this is such an occasion.

At the same time, we have not yet obtained the key demands of our struggle — an affirmative commitment on the part of Coca-Cola and its bottlers to take steps to prevent such violence in the future and justice for the victims of the violence against the Coca-Cola workers in Colombia. For this, we fight on!

Don't think of Coke as being generous. Remember — over the past five years, Coca-Cola has laid off thousands of workers while giving its top executives hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses and stock options."

For this, we fight on! We are confident that we will achieve victory.

Best wishes and keep up the great work.
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Guardian Unlimited, UK, "Soft drink, hard task," April 13, 2005
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The Jambar (Youngstown State University), "Leonard Crist declares total thermo-nuclear war This week, on Coca-Cola," By Leonard Crist, April 12, 2005
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Federation of Progressive Student Unions (UK), "UK Students Move Towards Coca-Cola Boycott," April 11, 2005
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Resolution Passed by the New York State United Teachers, submitted by Professional Staff Congress, CUNY
Resolution Passed on April 9, 2005
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India Resource Center, "Coca-Cola to Hold Talks with Village Council, Community in Plachimada," The Hindu, April 9, 2005
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India Resource Center, "Groups Vow to Shut Down Coca-Cola Plant," United News of India, April 9, 2005
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India Resource Center, Press Release: Coca-Cola Affected Community in India Promises Escalation of Campaign, Despite Court Ruling, April 8, 2005
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The Daily Targum (Rutgers University), " Indian community speaks on Coke," By Stephanie Guzowski, April 6, 2005
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El Nuevo Herald, "Coca-Cola en Colombia no solo mata la sed," By Gerardo Reyes, April 3, 2005
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The San Diego Union-Tribune, "New soda sales bans are debated," By Blanca Gonzalez, April 1, 2005
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The Michigan Daily, "Editorial: Save the students — Review board should keep students on," April 5 2005
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The Michigan Daily, "Board fears bias in final Coke decision," By Breeana Hare, Daily Staff Reporter, March 31, 2005
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The Daily Targum (Rutgers University), " Students form coalition against Coke contract," By Kristen Hamill, March 31, 2005
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The Sacramento Bee, "Nutritionists seek soda ban in Pa. schools," By Martha Raffaele, March 26, 2005
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Portsmouth Herald, "'Frankenfoods' farms?," by Kathleen D. Bailey
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("Coca-Cola is made with genetically modified corn syrup," he said. "The corn is grown with genetically modified strains. It's cheaper.")

The Daily Targum (Rutgers University), "Search continues for new beverage contract on campus," by Mike New, March 25, 2005
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The Nation, "Coke: The New Nike," by Michael Blanding, March 24, 2005
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Article on CBS.com
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The Lethbridge Herald (Canada), "Cola wars strike close to home: University fundraiser gets tangled up in Coke vs. Pepsi battles," By CAROLINE BOSCHMAN, March 23, 2005
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Common Dreams, "Speaking Tour Launches Month of Action Against Coca-Cola," India Resource Center
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Daily Iowan, "'Camp-in' protests UI's lack of purchasing code," By Danielle Stratton-Coulter, March 22, 2005
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Indiana Daily Student News, "Letter: Coca-Cola has power to stop violence, Adam Mueller, March 22, 2005
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The East African Standard (Nairobi), "Assassins' Chilling Threat On Man's Life," by Cyrus Ombati, March 20, 2005
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The Villager, "Colombian Coke murders spark call for N.Y.U. campus-wide ban," By Josie Garthwaite, March 16 - 22, 2005
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Mothering, "Does Coke Money Corrupt Kids' Dentistry?" by Allen D. Kanner and Joshual Golin, March/April 2005
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Washington Square News, "Without ban, senate writes to Coke," by Kayleigh Kulp, March 22, 2005
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New York University Senate Sends Strong Letter to Coke CEO Isdell
"...In our president's most recent town hall meeting with students, almost half the attendees were supporters of a campaign to ban your company's products from our campus; they were passionate about this cause and pressed their case with vigor and civility...
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L.A. Times, "Unocal Settles Human Rights Lawsuit Over Alleged Abuses at Myanmar Pipeline," By By Kristen Hamill, March 22, 2005
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Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas), "Poet to use Cola-Cola grant against company: Funds given to bring Espada to KU will go to union in Colombia," By Jay Senter, March 11, 2005
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"COLUMN OF THE AMERICAS: POETIC JUSTICE IN A TIME OF WAR," by Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez, March 25, 2005
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Read Coca-Cola and Coco Frio," by Martin Espada
Martin Espada's Web site

ANSA English Media Service (Rome, Italy), "Coca-Cola Vending Machine Ban Divides University Students," March 10, 2005
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Washington Square News, "Senate must challenge Coke," by by Jason Rowe, March 10, 2005
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Iowa State Daily, "Police say anti-Coke group may be linked to vandalism," By Eric Lund, March 10, 2005
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The Daily Targum (Rutgers University), "Students debate merits of U. beverage contract," By Kristen Hamill, March 10, 2005
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The Chronicle (Hofstra University), "SAI Presents Campaign Against Coke, By Kelsey Ackerman, March 3, 2005
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News-Leader.com, "Pull vending machines from school," March 4, 2005
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Washington Square News, "University Senate votes down Coke ban," by Barbara Leonard, March 4, 2005
(An amendment was passed to request that Coca-Cola agree to an investigation of human rights violations at their Colombian bottling plant by the Worker Rights Consortium. However, Coke has so far refused to cooperate in an independent investigation knowing that their complicity in human rights violations will be exposed. It's only a matter of time before Coke either does the right thing or will be banned from the University.)
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Washington Square News, "Activists: Hold off vote on Coke ban: After Sexton challenge, Killer Coke campaign asks for chance to lobby senate committee," by Barbara Leonard and Kayleigh Kulp, March 3, 2005
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The Boston Globe, "Suit alleges deceit in fountain diet cola drinks," by Franco Ordonez, March 3, 2005
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Bloomberg.com, "Coca-Cola Faces Student, Campus Boycotts Over Colombia Murders, "by Steve Matthews, March 2, 2005
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Washington Square News, "Anti-Coke group hosts teach-in," by Kira Peikoff, March 1, 2005
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Iowa State Daily, "Anti-Coke campaign reaches city, asks Ames to boycott popular soda," by Eric Lund, March 1, 2005
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Daily Targum (Rutgers University), "Students question Coke," by Mike New Feb. 25, 2005
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Trinity students endorse boycott of Coke and Nestle, Labor Youth, Ireland, Feb. 24, 2005
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Michigan Daily, "MSA finds Coke guilty," By Jeremy Davidson, February 23, 2005
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Daily Targum (Rutgers University), "Opinion: It's about ethics, not taste," Feb. 23, 2005
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Daily Targum (Rutgers University), "Groups to protest Coke," By Mike New, Feb. 23, 2005
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Daily Targum (Rutgers University), "Beverage contract hearing open to public Thursday," By Elaine Andrecovich, Feb. 22, 2005
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Michigan Daily, "Coalition continues to rally against Coke," By Talia Selitsky, February 22, 2005
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Michigan Daily, "MSA to vote on anti-Coke resolution today," By Jeremy Davidson, Feb. 22, 2005
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Charter Day at University of Montana, Report from Scott Nicholson
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The Michigan Daily, "Viewpoint: Coke-free University of Michigan," By Amit Srivastava, Feb. 17, 2005
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The Daily Iowan, "Activists greet UI officials with valentines," By Danielle Stratton-Coulter, February 15, 2005
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The Depaulia (DePaul University), "Groups thirst for change," by Nastassja Noell
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India Resource Center, "Massive Support for Coca-Cola Campaign at World Social Forum"
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Queens University THE JOURNAL (Canada), "The carbonated controversy," By Jennifer MacMillan, February 15, 2005
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Queens University THE JOURNAL (Canada), "'Always Coca-Cola' — until 2010," By Jennifer MacMillan, February 8, 2005
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NOTE: The actual contract between Coca-Cola and Queens University is linked from the top of this article.

Michigan Daily, "Killer Coke Coalition rallies at 'U'," by Talia Selitsky, Feb. 10, 2005
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Press release from: 'Make TIAA-CREF Ethical' Coalition
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J20-Stop Killer Coke (Washington, DC)
DC Chapter's profile
Chapter's 1st Appearance

Boston Globe, "Labor leaders critical of Patrick" by By Frank Phillips, Feb. 8, 2005
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NOTE: The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke distributed Campaign materials to those attending the Equal Justice Works' meeting honoring Deval Patrick. Below is our report and link to the leaflet we distributed:

"On Oct. 23, 2003, the organization Equal Justice Works honored Deval Patrick, General Counsel of Coca-Cola, for his role as an "advocate for civil rights, equality, and fairness in the workplace." Members of the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke protested the decision to give Mr. Patrick the "Scales of Justice" Award and handed out leaflets about Coca-Cola's outrageous record of human rights violations in Colombia. Several attendees at the awards ceremony in Washington expressed their own unease and anger over the organization's choice of an honoree.

"According to a statement by Terry Collingsworth, Executive Director of the International Labor Rights Fund, Patrick's activities in his current position at Coca-Cola "nullify any basis" for the award. The campaign to expose Coke's complicity is founded on the assumption that public relations gimmickry is no substitute for corporate accountability, nor should an apologist for corporate crimes be honored by any organization that claims to promote human rights.
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Brattleboro Reformer, "Letter from Brazil… Globalization made simple: Things go better without Coke" by By John Nirenberg, Feb. 5-6, 2005
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The Emory Wheel, "NYU to vote on banning Coca-Cola over alleged human rights abuses," by Seth Goldstein Feb. 4, 2005
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Michigan Daily, "Students create anti-Coke coalition," by Talia Selitsky, Feb. 3, 2005
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BBC Radio 4, "Face the Facts," Coca-Cola/India Update," John Waite, Feb. 1, 2005
(We just received an audio tape of this BBC piece from a friend. We are trying to find a digital version.
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The Heights, "A Matter of Morals," By Laura Mueller, Jan. 24, 2005 (Boston College)
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The Ecologist, "Smart Boycotts: Taking Control of the Stock Market," February, 2005
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For more info: KarmaBanQue and The Ecologist

Multinational Monitor, "The Ten Worst Corporations of 2004, By Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman
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Texas Observer, "Political Intelligence: Have a Coke and a Death Squad," Jan. 21, 2005
(The article is the second one.)
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Michigan Daily, "SOLE shifts focus to 'U' contracts with Coca-Cola," By Carissa Miller, Michigan Daily Staff Reporter, January 21, 2005
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La Jornada, "Enfrenta Coca-Cola campana de repudio: Sindicatos impulsan demanda y boicot por el asesinato de lideres gremiales en Colombia," By Jim Cason, David Brooks and Roberto Gonzalez, Jan. 15, 2005, From Mexico
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"Why Boycott Coca-Cola?" Press Release of, Share the World's Resources, Scoop, New Zealand
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Report from the India Resource Center, Jan. 14, 2005
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