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Feb 20, 2007
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In <http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060501/blanding>The Nation's May 1, 2006 cover story, <http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Boycotts/Case_Against_Coke.html>"The Case Against Coca-Cola," Michael Blanding wrote: "In the past two years the Coke campaign has grown into the largest anti-corporate movement since the campaign against Nike for sweatshop abuses...The fight to hold [Coke] accountable has, in turn, broadly connected issues across continents to become a truly globalized grassroots movement."

As of the beginning of 2007, at least 33 colleges and universities and a number of high schools had removed Coca-Cola from their campuses. Among them are large schools like New York University (the nation's largest private university), DePaul University in Illinois (the nation's largest Catholic university), and Rutgers in New Jersey (one of the nation's largest public universities), as well as smaller schools like San Jose City College, Union Theological Seminary, City University of New York Law School, Carleton College and Swarthmore College.

As The New York Sun reported (5/5/06): "The [City University of New York] Law School in Queens voted this week to ban Coca-Cola beverages in all campus vending machines. Student groups are prohibited from using school money to buy any Coca-Cola products for meetings or other events." As one student said: "We are a public interest law school and this was just such a glaring inconsistency with the reason that most people are at CUNY Law School."

The American Anthropological Association (AAA), representing 10,000 faculty members, passed a resolution in May 2006 calling for "a boycott of The Coca-Cola Company and its products, and calls on its members to do the same." The resolution added, "Investigations thus far have created a scholarly record of the operations and impact of The Coca-Cola Company through interviews with eyewitnesses; union organizers and other stakeholders; field observations; and archival research."

In July 2006, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF), the nation's largest retirement fund, <http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Boycotts/Case_Against_Coke.html>dropped The Coca-Cola Company from its CREF Social Choice Account and divested 1.25 million shares because its advisors found that Coca-Cola no longer meets the criteria for a socially responsible company. The $8 billion Social Choice Account is the world's largest socially screened fund for individual investors.

The divestment came after TIAA-CREF's advisor, <http://killercoke.org/nr060718.htm>KLD Research & Analytics, removed Coke from its list of socially responsible companies; the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported (7/19/06). "KLD based its decisions on a number of issues -- labor and human rights in Colombia, environmental issues in India and the marketing of high-calorie drinks to children in the United States."

Many of the largest labor unions, including teachers' unions in the U.S. and Europe, have called on their members to boycott Coke and have removed Coke vending machines and banned Coke products from their facilities and functions.

Coke wants to stamp its brand on every school and make young people a captive market for its products. But no educational institution that takes pride in its reputation as a place where ethics matters should lend its good name to Coke nor serve as a vehicle for its sales and advertising.

"From the beginning of the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke, we've said that two key ingredients of our strategy were to cut off some of Coke's most important markets, such as schools and labor unions, and to pose a threat to Coca-Cola's brand name and its corporate "image," said Campaign Director Ray Rogers. "A recent Business Week article (8/7/06) about the <http://bwnt.businessweek.com/brand/2006/>'top 100 brands' said that Coca-Cola, the most highly valued brand name in the world, had lost about one percent of its value, which translates into about a $680 million loss in U.S. dollars."
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Posted: Feb 20, 2007 1:55am
Nov 9, 2006
Focus: Workers Rights
Action Request: Boycott
Location: Venezuela
Well, good they are doing something, but remember that the best way to help those people is to boycott coca cola company by not buying any of their products!!
heck out this website: http://www.killercoke.org/


VENEZUELA: Venezuela lawmaker says workers seize, stop Coca-Cola plants


Market Watch
October 23rd, 2006

Former Coca-Cola workers blocked access to all Coca-Cola Co. (KO) bottling plants in Venezuela and picketed administrative offices Monday, demanding a solution to a long-running dispute over unpaid severance.

A vocal lawmaker close to President Hugo Chavez celebrated the move which has forced the company to cease production across the country.

"We have seized Coca-Cola plants...We will not allow a single truck from Coca-Cola to leave with soft drinks," Iris Varela, a lawmaker, said during a televised interview with state television.

Varela did not specify how long the seizure could last or what role the government is playing in this dispute between the company and workers.

"Now we will see if they will pay workers what they owe them," she said.

A Coca-Cola official who declined to be named, said former soft drink distribution contractors have blocked access to all four bottling plants in Venezuela, effectively paralyzing production since early this morning. Protesters are also picketing outside some administrative offices in Caracas.

The company has fought a legal battle with former distribuitors over unpaid severance for years.

The workers have stopped employees from entering the plants but have allowed others to leave, the official noted.

Liliana Sierraalta, a spokeswoman for the company, said she could not comment yet but would release information later in the day.

Varela, the lawmaker who announced the protests, expressed support for the worker cause and suggested the government should eventually expropriate the company's assets if it fails to comply with worker demands.

If Coca-Cola doesn't follow through, "the company should be expropriated," she said, and a new company could produce "Venezuelan soft drinks instead."

Venezuela's congress is now completely dominated by politicians who support President Hugo Chavez, since opposition parties decided to pull out of last year's congressional election citing electoral irregularities.

Chavez has vowed to create a socialism for the 21st century in Venezuela and to expropriate "idle" land and company assets. He has also threatened expropriation in cases where companies have unresolved disputes with workers.

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Posted: Nov 9, 2006 7:56am
Jan 18, 2006
Focus: Business
Action Request: Celebration
Location: United States
University of Michigan Suspends Coca-Cola Sales
Associated Press

January 2nd, 2006
http://corpwatch.org/article.php?id=13006
The University of Michigan suspended sales of Coca-Cola products on its three campuses over allegations that the company permits human-rights and environmental abuses abroad.

The suspension, which begins Jan. 1, will affect vending machines, residence halls, cafeterias and campus restaurants. Coke's contracts with the university are worth about $1.4 million.

The university and the company said they will continue to negotiate.

"The University of Michigan is an important school, and I respect the way they worked with us on this issue," said Kari Bjorhus, a spokeswoman for Coca-Cola Co., told the Detroit News. "We are continuing to try hard to work with the university to address concerns and assure them about our business practices."

Michigan's decision was prompted by a complaint last year from Students Organizing for Labor and Economic Equality. The student group accused Coke of draining local groundwater in India and conspiring with paramilitary groups in Colombia to harass and harm union members.

The company has repeatedly denied the allegations, which have prompted other schools to suspend sales.

The university, which has more than 50,000 students, decided not to renew its contracts when Coke said it was unable to meet a Dec. 31 deadline to cooperate in an investigation of circumstances in Colombia. The university and several other colleges had offered to fund the investigation.

Ms. Bjorhus said Thursday that a pending civil lawsuit prevented the company from participating.

In a statement on the company Web site, Coca-Cola said allegations involving its operations in Colombia are false and the company has been "an exemplary member of the business community" there.
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