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Boycotts Brew as Baghdad Burns (english)
08 Apr 2003
Don't let your money flow freely and ignorantly into the pockets of those whose actions you oppose.
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Don't let your money flow freely and ignorantly into the pockets of those whose actions you oppose.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7 APRIL 2003
Global Boycott for Peace
Contacts:
Patrick Baggott (USA) 1-757-722-0188 pbaggott (at) cox.net

Sharyn Clarkson (New Zealand) ++64 2 564 4510 info (at) stopusa.org

Pattrice Jones (USA) 1-410-651-4934 pattrice (at) bravebirds.org

Cecilia Asuman Martone (Brasil) 55 16 632 23 74 martone (at) zaz.com.br

Clif Ross (USA) 1-510-215-8071 clifross1 (at) yahoo.com

Liz Snyder (UK), +44 (0) 870 276 0463 esnyder (at) stopspending.org

 
Boycotts Brew as Baghdad Burns
In response to a war waged in opposition to worldwide public opinion, activists
and regular citizens from Toledo to Tokyo are taking up the boycott in hopes
of deterring the USA from continuing its attacks on Iraq.
Activist groups have organized some of the boycott efforts; others are direct
expressions of public opinion.
Boycotts getting organized: many of the major boycott campaigns have
banded together under the umbrella group the Global Boycott for Peace, or GBP.

 
Among the members of the GBP, boycott efforts have included:

The International group for Direct Economic Action against war (IDEA) continues
its flexible boycott strategy, offering boycotters options for both general
and targeted boycotts, listing the top 2, 10, and 20 boycott targets


San Francisco-based BoycottUS rallied local support as protests continued
in the City by the Bay


13 members of the European Parliament signed on for a boycott of US corporations
sponsored by the boycott organization For Mother Earth


New Zealanders launched Stop USA, a group of "angry Kiwi consumers" dedicated
to promoting a U.S. boycott in the South Pacific


In Japan, Peace Choice Campaign has begun a grassroots campaign to boycott
U.S. goods


Halving her credit cards in protest, American Liz Snyder launched Stop Spending,
which includes a personal "spending blog" about participating in the boycotts



Also in the USA, the cyber campaign known as We Won't Shop Until Attack
Talk Stops has Americans pledging to reduce their consumer spending by a dollar
amount, currently pledges total $166,250


In Australia, Peace Action offers "the B-lists" offering consumers comprehensive
lists of corporations who both support and oppose the war against Iraq


In the USA, Be the Cause has also continued to target specific brands (such
as Kraft and Philip Morris) for a consumer boycott


In New Zealand, Spend for Peace continues its boycott of US products, encouraging
boycotters to write letters to companied, political leaders, and US ambassadors



German cyber-campaign Consumers Against War advocates a boycott of a couple
of dozen American brands

Collectively, Global Boycott for Peace, along with For Mother Earth, is sponsoring
its first day of direct boycott actions on April 15th 2003. Protesters around
the globe will voice their plans to boycott at local shopping districts, gas
stations, and strip malls across the globe.
 
Other boycotts include:

Influential Vancouver-based Adbusters Magazine continues to promote its
"Boycott Brand America" campaign, where 37715 individuals have pledged to
boycott major American brands "until the empire learns to listen"


Protesters in Tokyo urged a boycott of US-made products, and displayed a
list of popular US brands to be spurned, including, Nike, Coke, and McDonalds



In Qatar, locals have used SMS, text messages sent over mobile phones, to
advocate a boycott of American and British products


Shopkeepers in Pakistan have vowed to boycott both British and American
goods.


The Brasil Worker's Party has called for a Country-wide ban of American
goods, focusing predominantly on Exxon-Mobil gasoline


Waiters in restaurants across Germany are telling customers that Coke is
off the menu because of the U.S.-led war against Iraq


One German bicycle manufacturer, Riese and Mueller Gmbh, cancelled $300,000
worth of deals with US suppliers


In Mexico, the Autonomous University of Queretaro (UAQ) called on students
not to consume products that originate in the United Status for two months,
in rejection of the Unites States-led war in Iraq

 
According to Pattrice Jones of IDEA, the boycott represents a form of nonviolent
direct action. In contrast to symbolic demonstrations of opinion, boycotts have
a direct and immediate impact on their targets. The idea behind the Global Boycott
for Peace movement is that the Bush regime has listened to neither public opinion
nor the United Nations, but is known to listen to US corporations. If the corporations
begin to suffer, they will make their discomfort known to Bush, who will be
compelled to alter his behavior accordingly. The growing international boycott
movement is a grassroots phenomenon, with boycott websites and calls to action
springing up spontaneously in diverse locations. Boycott strategies are also
diverse, ranging from refusal to purchase any US or UK goods to ostracism of
only those corporations known to support or likely to profit from the war. However,
the recent formation of the Global Boycott for Peace foreshadows the formation
of a large and sustained boycott emerging as the war in Iraq drags on.
American Liz Snyder of Stop Spending states, "I refuse to ignorantly put
my money into the pockets of those whose actions I oppose. These companies made
large contributions to the Bush administration, and they lobby this administration
to make sure the government meets their needs. Let's make sure that what these
companies need is an end to war against Iraq."
Even if that doesn't work, say some boycotters, they would still shun US goods
and services in order to ensure that their own money doesn't help to pay for
a war they consider to be illegal and immoral. When Tanzanian President Julius
Nyerere took up the call to boycott goods coming from apartheid South Africa,
he wrote: "Can we honestly condemn a system and at the same time employ
it to produce goods which we buy, and then enjoy with a clear conscience?"
Boycotters of the Global Boycott for Peace and across the world today are embracing
the same philosophy, refusing to purchase the goods of a country whose actions,
in good conscience, they cannot support.
Online sources of further information
International group for Direct Economic Action against war (IDEA) http://www.boycottwar.net

Adbusters http://www.adbusters.org

Be the Cause http://www.bethecause.org

BoycottUS http://www.boycottUS.net

Citoyens-Consommateurs Scandalises par la Politique Internationale des Etats-Unis
http://users.skynet.be/plusdepetroleus/tracts.htm

Consumers Against War http://www.consumers-against-war.de

For Mother Earth http://www.motherearth.org/USboycott

Peace Action http://peace-action.inbyron.com

Peace Choice Campaign http://www.peace-choice.net/

Spend for Peace http://www.spendforpeace.co.nz

Stop Spending: Because War Doesn't Grow on Trees http://www.stopspending.org

Stop USA http://www.stopUSA.org

We Won't Shop Until Attack Talk Stops http://www.stopshopping.org/index.htm

 
News Articles referenced:
Africa South (October-December 1959) Letter to the Editor by Julius Nyerere

AP Newswire (28 Mar 2003) Information-technology tools aid anti-war rallies

AP Newswire (26 Mar 2003) Anti-war shopkeepers in Pakistan say they will boycott
American goods
BBC News [UK] (1 April 2003) Anti-war boycott message spreads
The Boston Globe [USA] (23 Mar 2003) Soft-drink balancing
The Boston Globe [USA] (27 Mar 2003) Antiwar Europeans target US brands: Coke,
McDonald's, others boycotted
CBC News [Canada] (26 Mar 2003) Consumers battle war through boycotts
News.Com.Au [Australia] (22 Mar 2003) Protesters burn flags, effigies
The New York Times [USA] (30 Mar 2003) McDonald's: When a Brand Becomes a Stand-In
for a Nation
San Francisco Chronicle [USA] (31 Mar 2003) Coca-Cola disappears from menu
as Europeans try to boycott U.S. goods
Terra Brasil [Brasil] (14 March 2003) Lanšada campanha de boicote a produtos
dos EUA
See also:
www.stopspending.org
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