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36th District Democrats in Seattle, Washington Passes Resolution to Support Campaign

Passed June 16, 2005 by the 36th District Democrats in Seattle, Washington

WHEREAS, paramilitary death squads have threatened, kidnapped, tortured and murdered union workers at Coca-Cola bottling plants in Columbia; and,

WHEREAS, more than 4000 unionists have been assassinated by paramilitary death squads in Columbia since 1985; and,

WHEREAS, the United Steelworkers and the International Labor Rights Fund have filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola Co. and its Columbian bottlers under the Alien Tort Claims Act on behalf of Columbia unions and workers, including the estate of an assassinated union leader, charging that Coca-Cola bottlers have "contracted with or otherwise directed paramilitary security forces that utilized extreme violence, murdered, tortured, unlawfully detained or otherwise silenced trade union leaders"; and,

WHEREAS, Columbian trade unionists have called for an international boycott of Coca-Cola products until Coca-Cola calls off the paramilitary death squads and negotiates fairly with its workers; and,

WHEREAS, this boycott has been endorsed by a broad ranger of labor, student, faculty and community organizations, including the American Postal Workers Union, International Longshore & Warehouse Union, Service Employees International Union, California Federation of Teachers and Veterans for Peace;

Therefore, be it resolved that the 36th District Democrats endorse the "Stop Killer Coke" campaign and call for a boycott of all Coca-Cola products – including Sprite, Fanta, Nestea, Minute Maid, Powerade, Swerve dairy drink and Dasani water – u8ntil the terror against Columbia Coca-Cola workers stops; and,

Be it further resolved that Coca-Cola products will not be served at 36th District Democrats events; and,

Be it further resolved that the 36th District Democrats call upon the King County and Washington State Democratic organizations to support the boycott of Coca-Cola products.

Submitted by Paul Bigman, precinct 36-3153, for consideration at the June 2005 meeting.

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