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Campaign to Stop Killer Coke Update | May 19, 2004

1. Student Activists

We have updated the list of "Schools Active in the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke?" which can be found in our "Campus Activism" section at in both pdf and html form. Please look at the list and inform us of any schools that are missing from the page.

2. Victory at Park Slope Food Coop-continued

We have posted excerpts from an article in the Linewaiters' Gazette: Official Newsletter of the Park Slope Food Coop of May 13, 2004. In addition, we have posted the letter that Joseph Holtz, the General Manager of the Coop, sent to The Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Co. informing them of the Coop's decision to remove Coke products from its shelves.
Article and Letter in our News section,

3. NYC Council Member Hiram Monserrate's Report on his delegation's fact-finding mission to Colombia is now posted in HTML format for those of you who have difficulty downloading pdf files.
Read report in html
Read report in pdf

4. New Photos

Photos of Luis Adolfo Cardona's Detroit-area tour from April 14 to 17. The photos were taken at Wayne State University, Green House and Cranbrook Schools. The tour culminated in an April 17 rally at in Detroit. Among the sponsors were United Auto Workers Local 22, UAW Region 1, UAW Region 1A, SEMCOSH and Detroit's IWW branch. Speaking at rally were SINALTRAINAL member Luis Cardona, UAW Vice President Bob King and Campaign to Stop Killer Coke Director Ray Rogers.

Photos of a protest against Coca-Cola at a soccer tournament in Italy. (Proteste Contro Coca-Cola Durante Fuoriclasse Cup (Italia))

5. 1.5 Liter Misleader

Starting this summer in New York City and other major markets, Coca-Cola is introducing 1.5 liter plastic bottles for its soft drink products to replace 2 liter bottles. Since it probably wouldn't help boost sales to admit that they are charging the same price for a smaller container, retailers are being asked to display flashy signs that proclaim the new bottle is easier to handle and pour. Below is a letter to the New York Daily News (published on 5/19/04) from a shopper who wasn't fooled.

Pouring it on

Brooklyn: Coca-Cola is trying to pull a fast one. Coke is marketing its new 1.5-liter bottles as easier to hold, yet it's charging the same amount as for the 2-liter bottle. They're trying to make us think they're doing us a favor and charging us full price. I'll stick with Pepsi.

Pam Bartkus