Dear Campaign Supporters:
As you all know, the worldwide Campaign to Stop Killer Coke has been extremely successful on many fronts — thanks to your efforts. But the battle has not yet been won. I am writing to you for help — badly needed financial support for the Campaign working to resolve one of the most tragic labor and human rights struggles in the world.
Early this year, New York City Council Member Hiram Monserrate led a delegation to Colombia and heard "one story after another of torture and injustice." The delegation issued a scathing report in April,concluding that Coca-Cola "is complicit in human rights abuses of its workers in Colombia."
Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe, multinationals like Coca-Cola, and paramilitary groups all have one thing in common: they don't want any social movement — particularly a strong labor movement in the public or private sector — to challenge their authority or brutality. Our Campaign seeks justice for SINALTRAINAL and its members and accountability from Coca-Cola. A Campaign victory will help send a message to multinationals in Colombia and throughout the world that they must not suppress, kidnap, torture and murder workers and families who are simply struggling for a better life.
In recent months, hundreds of unions, colleges, universities, human rights groups and others have taken strong stands against Coke's abuses and have removed Coke machines and banned Coke's products from their premises.
As Fortune magazine stated in June, "Coke's decision not to investigate possible union-related murders at its bottlers in Colombia has become a public relations nightmare." In the past months, we have seen four top executives of The Coca-Cola Co. resign under pressure. At least one, Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel Deval Patrick, announced his resignation as a direct result of our Campaign and Coke's refusal to investigate, as described in a Washington Post article.
In order to help assure the growth and success of this Campaign, we ask you to support it with a financial contribution. Please fill out the coupon below and give what you can. You can also go to our website at www.killercoke.org and make the contribution through Paypal (linked from our home page) with a credit card.
In the past year and a half, we have invested thousands of hours of volunteer time into this Campaign. We need resources to help pay for the hundreds of thousands of brochures, leaflets, stickers, posters and other materials to continue educating the public, and to counteract the hundreds of millions that Coke spends on its ads, propaganda and lies.
Thank you in advance for your help. We are all building blocks in this great Campaign. Together we are standing up for workers' lives and human rights, the environment and corporate accountability.
The stakes are high. The importance of winning this Campaign is best summed up by SINALTRAINAL Vice President Juan Carlos Galvis: "If we lose the fight against Coca-Cola, first we will lose our union, next our jobs and then our lives."
Peace and Justice,
Campaign to Stop Killer Coke
Campaign to Stop Killer Coke
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We are seeking your help to stop a gruesome cycle of murders, kidnappings, and torture of union leaders and organizers involved in daily life-and-death struggles at Coca-Cola bottling plants in Colombia, South America.
"If we lose the fight against Coca-Cola, we will first lose our union, next our jobs and then our lives." SINALTRAINAL VIce President Juan Carlos Galvis
"We believe the evidence shows that Coca-Cola and its corporate network are rife with immorality, corruption and complicity in murder."
Campaign to Stop Killer Coke/Corporate Campaign, Inc. Director Ray Rogers