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Campaign to Stop Killer Coke PowerPoint Presentation
Coca-Cola: American Icon or Corporate Criminal?
The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke has just posted a new PowerPoint Presentation — "Coca-Cola: American Icon or Corporate Criminal?" — on our website at http://www.killercoke.org.
The presentation can be used in classrooms, union halls, community meetings and other venues to educate the public about the crimes and other unethical conduct of The Coca-Cola Company and its bottlers that Coca-Cola tries to cover up with its annual $3.3 billion advertising budget. It can also be used by supporters of the Campaign to send to school administrators, union leaders, clergy, political representatives and others to educate them and counter Coca-Cola's endless stream of lies and disinformation.
The presentation includes 11 slides on Colombia, two on Guatemala, one on China, three on Mexico, one on El Salvador, two on India, five on Coca-Cola's record of racial discrimination, one on serious health risks, two on tax evasion and tax avoidance, three on Profiteers of Corporate Greed (Coca-Cola's top executives, board members and Warren Buffett) and two on students and labor union support.
A new button on the right side of our home page is described as "Campaign to Stop Killer Coke PowerPoint Presentation". When one clicks on it, a page including an introduction, a link, and images of the 43 slides are visible. However, none of the links function within the images on that page.
To find the functional links in the presentation, one must click on "Click to Download the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke PowerPoint Presentation". To see the presentation, click on that link and once the file is downloaded, you can open it to access it. If you have problems accessing the presentation, contact us at info@KillerCoke.org or 1 (718) 852-2808.
Letter to Coke Executives & Board Members
When we completed the presentation, we sent it to numerous Coca-Cola executives, all board members and others asking them to notify us if they found any inaccuracies in the Presentation. Following is the letter:
Dear Coca-Cola Executives, Board Members & Representatives:
Please find attached a PowerPoint presentation composed of 43 slides and entitled 'Coca-Cola: American Icon or Corporate Criminal?' The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke will be distributing the attached presentation to a large worldwide audience, but wanted to give executives, board members and other representatives of The Coca-Cola Company and its bottlers an opportunity to dispute any of the information contained in the presentation.
For example, do you dispute the young men's statement in 'The Coca-Cola Case' that they worked '15 hours for $15'? Noting that they are wearing Coca-Cola uniforms, would you describe them as representatives of the System's 'Happy Workers'? Is it true when they say: '...you can't join the union or you'll be fired'?
Shortly before former Coca-Cola employee Sandra Walker was terminated, is it true that when representatives from the Human Resources Department in Atlanta visited your Queens plant and interrogated Ms. Walker, she was asked: 'Do you have any personal friends who are HIV Positive?' If so, why was she asked such a question?
Should we not hear from you by Monday, September 16, we assume all information is accurate and we will proceed with distribution.
Campaign to Stop Killer Coke
We received the following response from Gloria Bowden, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Coca-Cola on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm. As you can see from her self-serving letter below, there is nothing specific in response to any of our questions or claims:
Mr. Ray Rogers
Campaign to Stop Killer Coke
Dear Mr. Rogers:
I acknowledge receipt of your September 9th e-mail addressed to the Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company. As you know, we have engaged with you on many occasions over the last decade regarding your baseless allegations against our Company. You have repeatedly ignored the facts presented to you by experts within our system, by the courts and by other credible third parties. We have demonstrated time and again our respect of your right to voice your opinions, but experience has proven that we cannot engage with you in a productive conversation on a list of allegations that has continued to be proven false.
Gloria K. Bowden
Who are these "experts" to whom Ms. Bowden is referring? Former Coke CEO E. Neville Isdell who claimed that the International Labor Organization (ILO) would investigate accusations of abuses in Colombia? A Coke rep, Dana Bolden finally admitted that there was never any intention that past abuses would be investigated, that "it was always of current workplace practices."
Is Muhtar Kent one of these experts who has consistently denied that there were lawsuits by Angel Alvarado in Mexico or an investigation into tax evasion by Mexican authorities?
Is the widely discredited Cal-Safety Compliance Corp., a company that "investigated" abuses in Colombia with Coca-Cola's sponsorship, the credible third party of which she spoke?
Why has Coca-Cola consistently opposed resolutions at annual meetings calling for independent investigations, which they cannot control within their system?
Why can't Coke simply answer our question about whether its representatives from the Human Resources Department in Atlanta asked Sandra Walker: "Do you have any personal friends who are HIV Positive?" And why?
Was Judge Jose Martinez an objective judge when he was quoted as saying: "If you didn't know any better, you would think that I didn't want to have anything to do with this case, wouldn't you?" And let's not forget the judge's many conflicts of interest with respect to Coca-Cola.
And why has Coca-Cola consistently refused to go head-to-head with Ray Rogers at every campus debating whether to remove Coke products?
Seeking Volunteer Help to Translate Presentation
If anyone would like to translate the Presentation into other languages, please contact us at info@KillerCoke.org or (718) 852-2808.
Please Help Stop the Profiteers of Greed With a Donation to the Campaign
Help the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke expand its efforts to Kick Coke and the Profiteers of Greed described in the PowerPoint Presentation. Please make a donation of $1 or more. Checks or money orders should be made out to Campaign to Stop Killer Coke, 20 Jay Street, Ste. 317, Brooklyn, NY 11201 or you can contribute online through PayPal at http://killercoke.org/contribute.php.