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News :: Human Rights
Coke...The Pause That Kills!!!
09 Oct 2004
Modified: 03:21:48 PM
As you read this article, the Coca-Cola company is using para-military goon squads to kidnap, torture, and kill union organizers at their plants in Columbia, South America.

Many of these killers were trained at the School of the America's (remember General Wesley Clark, the so-called peace candidate? He used to be the top- dog at this torture academy)
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The next time you are thirsty, please, I beg you, grab a Pepsi or anything other than a Coke and their other products (for example...Minute Maid, etc; etc.)

In casr you haven't heard yet, the Coca-Cola company isn't happy with all of their yearly dividends. They must have more capital to make their products the Real Thing all around the world.

They have hired para-military goon squads to kidnap, torture and kill union organizers at their bottling plants in Columbia, SA.

You can feel a kind of patriotism knowing that these killers were trained at the infamous School of the America's, located in Fort Benning, Georgia.

This is the same death campus that trained the goons that have returned to many South American countries and killed thousands of leftest students.

The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke is really starting to make headway around different sections of our country.

On August 23, 2004, the American Postal Workers Union held their 17th Biennial National Convention in Los Angeles, at which time the union voted to boycott Coca-Cola products.

Coca-Cola was forced to remove all of its vending machines from Carleton College, MN after a March 8, 2004 decision.

Jessie Jackson is on record as supporting the unionists in Columbia, SA.

Please start a local chapter of Campaign to Stop Killer Coke in your neighborhood or campus. Their URL is: www.KillerCoke.org

We should not be able to sleep at night knowing that our brothers & sisters are being submitted to such unhuman acts by such an Ameican Icon as Coca-Cola.

Put pressure on your college and universities, churches and civic groups, to have them remove the Coke vending machines from their locations.

Always remember, in this captialist country, the only thing that talks in the Yankee Dollar!!! Capitilaists will kill for these dollars as should be evient to anyone who has an open mind on how our system works (such as Coke in Columbia, SA).
The bottom line is, they want our dollars. We must let them know that they not only won't get our dollars, but will shall hold them accountable for the tactics that they have used and are presently using to stamp out justice for the working man in Latin America and elsewhere!

As Che Guevara once said..."If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine!"

Below is a letter from Javier Correa, President, Sinaltrainal; William Mendoza, President of Sinaltrainal/Barrancabermeja, and Ray Rogers, Director, Campaign to Stop Killer Coke

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Dear Brothers and Sisters:

We need your help to stop a gruesome cycle of murders, kidnappings and torture of SINALTRAINAL (National Union of Food Industry Workers) union leaders and organizers involved in daily life-and-death struggles at Coca-Cola bottling plants in Colombia.

In July 2001, the United Steelworkers of America and the International Labor Rights Fund (www.laborrights.org) filed a lawsuit on behalf of SINALTRAINAL, several of its members and the estate of Isidro Gil, one of its murdered officers. The lawsuit and campaign aim to force Coca-Cola to prevent further bloodshed and to provide safe working conditions.

Coca-Cola bottlers “contracted with or otherwise directed paramilitary security forces that utilize extreme violence and murdered, tortured, unlawfully detained or otherwise silenced trade union leaders,” the lawsuit states. It also notes that Colombian troops connected with the paramilitaries have trained at the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas (SOA) at Fort Benning, Ga., where trainees were encouraged to torture and murder those who do “union organizing and recruiting;” pass out “propaganda in favor of workers;” and “sympathize with demonstrators or strikes.” This was made public when the Pentagon was forced to reveal the contents of training manuals used at the school. (For more information, see www.soaw.org, the website of SOA Watch.) The year that the lawsuit was filed, The Coca-Cola Co. made $4 billion in profits and paid its CEO, Douglas Daft, more than $105 million. Coca-Cola continues to rake in billions each year, yet the frightening conditions at the Coke plants remain unchanged. Labor unions and human rights advocates in the United States can stop these atrocities at Coca-Cola’s bottling plants.

Please read the enclosed exposés. The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke will move the fight to the doorsteps and into the boardrooms of Coca-Cola and its key financial ally, SunTrust Banks. As long as SunTrust, “the bank of Killer Coke,” maintains its intimate ties to Coke through board interlocks, large stock holdings and credit relationships, SunTrust, along with Coca-Cola, will be a principal target of this campaign. We ask you to take part in this most important struggle. Any contribution you can make to the campaign will serve as a critical building block and act of solidarity to help end one of the ugliest chapters in labor history. Please make a financial contribution, participate in protest activities and mail in the coupon below. By working together, we can protect our sisters and brothers and restrain corporations like SunTrust and Coke that behave so immorally and irresponsibly. Any support you give will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged.

In solidarity,

Javier Correa, President, Sinaltrainal
William Mendoza, President of SINALTRAINAL, Barrancabermeja.
Ray Rogers, Director, Campaign to Stop Killer Coke
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See also:
http://www.KillerCoke.org

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Re: Coke...The Pause That Kills!!!
10 Oct 2004
don't just switch to America's other half of the soda duopoly (Pepsi and Coke), don't buy soda from these companies at all!
Also, Coke is either the largest or second largest water privatizer in the world, making it harder for poor people to access water. A corporation shouldn't be allowed to own water! It is labeled Dasani, but if you look carefully it is owned by Coca-Cola.
Here is a full list of products Coke owns (this list is HUGE!): http://www2.coca-cola.com/brands/brandlist.html
Re: Coke...The Pause That Kills!!!
10 Oct 2004
I forgot to mention they own Odwalla too.