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Civil disobedience at Atlanta Staples store leads to arrests
19 Feb 2001
from the DC IMC--nonviolent protest against Framingham-based corporation leads to 8 arrests
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national Staples Day of Action, March 28
21 Feb 2001
There is a lot that folks in the Boston area can do on this campaign, from calling or writing to Staples CEO Tom Stemberg to considering their purchasing practices (there ARE alternatives!) to organizing actions. One focus will be the National Day of Action Against Staples on March 28, for which large actions are planned in Boston. Get involved! Contact Matt at staplethis (at) aol.com!

National Day of Action Against Staples, March 28

Can you imagine walking into any office supply store and not seeing clearcut forests being sold as paper? Can you envision a world where recycled and tree-free paper was the norm?

That vision won't become reality until Staples, the world's largest office
supply store, stops selling virgin fiber paper products and paying for
clearcutting around the world!

The facts are that less than 4% of our old growth forests in this country remain. 1/3 of the timber cut from our National Forests is pulped for paper. And more than 2/3 of the paper in the United States comes from Southern forests (the region containing the greatest biodiversity in the continental U.S). Until Staples converts to 100% recycled and tree-free paper, they will continue to drive the destruction of our world's forests.

Join ForestEthics, the Dogwood Alliance, Free the Planet, the National
Forest Protection Alliance, SEAC, Rainforest Action Network, American Lands, Earth First Groups, Rainforest Relief, Starc, Heartwood, Boston Global Action Network, and many others on March 28 for the Day of Action to Stop Staples!

On March 28, tell a Staples near you that selling paper from native forests is no longer acceptable! They must immediately stop selling products from old growth fiber and US public lands, immediately eliminate all products that are made from 100% virgin fiber, and switch to products made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper, agricultural residues, or alternative fibers such as hemp and kenaf.

Plan a demonstration at your nearest Staples store (you can find it using
the store locator at http://www.staples.com). Present street theater, carry signs, make some noise! Take a manager on a field trip to a nearby forest. Deliver letters from the community. Call CEO Tom Stemberg. Jam his fax machine. Meet with the regional manager. Host a "clearcut forests tour" through the paper aisle of Staples. Get out, get creative and raise your voice for the forests that we all depend on!

To get an action pack, postcards, to let us know the cool action you have planned, or for more information, contact:

In Boston, contact Matt at staplethis (at) aol.com (currently changing to a new phone number, but we'll post it ASAP)

Around the US: ForestEthics (formerly the Coastal Rainforest Coalition), Liz Butler liz (at) coastalrainforest.org, 202-319-2404 202.285.6758

In the Southeast---Dogwood Alliance, info@dogwoodalliance, 828.698.1998

Students can call Free the Planet michelle (at) freetheplanet.org, 202.547.3656

Also check out the website www.forestethics.org . To sign up for a listserv that will keep you up to date on the campaign, send an email to

endangered-forests-subscribe (at) yahoogroups.com.
See also:
www.forestethics.org