2.28.2011

100,000+ Protest Across America, 3,000 in Denver

by Nancy Cronk

Rallies were held at state capitols in all fifty states on Saturday, bringing out more than 100,000 Americans to stand in solidarity with workers in Wisconsin. The rallies were a joint effort of MoveOn.org, labor unions, and progressive organizations, and were planned in less than a week. The protests, which were purported to be "the largest rallies since the Vietnam War" on Facebook and Twitter, were held in support of collective bargaining rights for all people.

In Denver, 3,000 people showed up to voice their support, carrying signs that read things like "Cairo-Madison-Denver" and "Unions are the bedrock of the middle class." Immediately following the Denver pro-union rally, a coalition of pro-choice groups rallied against the congressional attacks on women's reproductive rights. Several hundred individuals marched along neighboring streets, and back to the capitol.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was that only five self-identified Tea Party activists were in attendance at the Denver rally.



As a regular rally attendee at the capitol, it was obvious to me Denver's rally was not just the typical rally crowd -- there were many new faces. A number of individuals I interviewed turned out after hearing reports about the rally this past Tuesday, which was estimated at 1,000-1,200 people. Several people said they did not belong to a union, but they believe in them philosophically. As teacher Jodi Katz told me, "If it weren't for unions, there would be no middle class. I'm a teacher and we must stand with other teachers and other union employees. We all want the same things. We need to save our jobs."

I asked a number of people in the crowd their occupations, and how they heard about Saturday's rally in Denver. Several were teachers who said they heard about the rally through MoveOn.org. School social worker Mollie Cullom said she did not hear about it through her union, the Colorado Education Association (CEA), and was disappointed they didn't encourage more members to participate. Retired teacher Robert Katz, a former member of the Denver Classroom Teacher's Association (DCTA), said he heard about the rally on the television news. He called to confirm the details with his union. "They had to put me on hold to look it up."

Several other teachers said they heard about the event through their union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).  Labor organizer Russell Bannan mentioned it on the radio. According to Bannan,

"This is not just a union issue," said Russell Bannan, who sits on the Board of Director for Colorado Jobs with Justice. "This is an attempt to deny workers--starting with public service workers--the right to collective bargaining, which means having a voice at work. Wall Street crashed the economy and now that's being used as an excuse to take away our rights. Well we are not going to let that happen."



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Union members in attendance also included firefighters, truck drivers, grocery workers, communication workers, air traffic controllers, and pipefitters. One man wore his firefighter gear combined with a Wisconsin "cheesehead."

Humans were joined with dozens of canine "protesters," including a few service animals. Several people arrived in wheelchairs, and a number of children arrived in strollers.

In Madison, Wisconsin, the crowd was estimated to be between 100,000-150,000, depending on the source.


Olympia, WA with Dennis Kucinich
Oregon rally:
Chicago, Illinois:
In Minnesota:
In Indiana:
In New Mexico:
From Tuesday in Boston, MA:
Tuesday in Oakland, CA
Albany, NY

2.25.2011

RALLY TO SAVE THE AMERICAN DREAM!

Rally to Save the American Dream


In Wisconsin and around our country, the American Dream is under fierce attack. Instead of creating jobs, Republicans are giving tax breaks to corporations and the very rich—and then cutting funding for education, police, emergency response, and vital human services.
On Saturday, February 26, at noon local time, we are organizing rallies in front of every statehouse and in every major city to stand in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin. We demand an end to the attacks on worker's rights and public services across the country. We demand investment, to create decent jobs for the millions of people who desperately want to work. And we demand that the rich and powerful pay their fair share.
We are all Wisconsin. We are all Americans.
This Saturday, we will stand together to Save the American Dream. Be sure to wear Wisconsin Badger colors—red and white—to show your solidarity. Sign up today to join in!
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I’LL BE THERE with Wisconsin and working people everywhere!

Now more than ever we need to stand together for the right to a decent standard of living, a strong voice at work, and to fight for secure family-wage jobs in the face of corporate backed attacks on working people in Wisconsin and beyond!
For over 25 years, Jobs with Justice has mobilized tens of thousands to take direct militant actions for workers and communities across the country.  We have done this through a simple JwJ Pledge that “during the next year, I’LL BE THERE at least five times for someone else’s fight, as well as my own.  If enough of us are there, we’ll all start winning.”   
CEO and corporations have millions of dollars to put out lies, elect anti-worker puppets, and try to buy our democracy!  We will need millions of people to fight back and defend the fundamental human rights of all workers to organize and bargain collectively, and to preserve the right to form unions without intimidation.
Join the fight and take the Jobs with Justice I’LL BE THERE Pledge!
Check out on-going action updates here and help spread the word! On Twitter? Hashtag #jwj with tweets of actions!

2.18.2011

"Quit breaking our hearts, Quiznos!" Photo report and Spring Blitz announcement

Last Saturday we held a sweet little Valentine-themed protest in Denver's Capital Hill outside the first-ever Quiznos restaurant. Our hearts have been breaking because Quiznos can't commit to showing farmworkers the respect they deserve.

Quiznos is still holding out against agreeing to the same Fair Food Code of Conduct that the entire Florida tomato industry has already adopted - a code which improves pays, establishes enforceable standards for worker rights and solidifies farmworkers' voice in the decisions which impact their lives. But we're not going to accept Quiznos' feet-dragging any longer. The question to Quiznos is simply: will the fast-casual sub chain help usher in the new era of dignity for farmworkers or will it continue to maintain a status quo of poverty and sweatshops in the tomato fields of Florida?
We made clear which side we're on; we're on the side of farmworkers - some of the nation's poorest and most exploited workers. Pictured here is a Denver Fair Food member being interviews by a reporter from KGNU.

And as the spokesperson from our delegation made clear while delivering dozens of valentines to the lone Quiznos employee on duty that day, if Quiznos does not join the side of justice for farmworkers, we will be intensifying the protests. In fact . . .

We already made plans . . .
Save the dates
Spring Blitz for Farmworker Justice
Friday, March 18th, 12:00noon
Saturday, March 26th, 12:00noon
Thursday, March 31st (Cesar Chavez Day!), 12:00noon
Locations to be announced.
Join us for a month of actions against Quiznos and for farmworkers' human rights!

The Class War in “Progressive” Wisconsin

Posted on  by dsalaborblogmoderator

by Don Taylor


Don Taylor
As I write this, we are in our fourth day of demonstrations against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget repair” bill and its’ provisions to effectively eliminate public sector collective bargaining. Today, the Democrats in the senate have fled the state, leaving the Republicans one vote short of a quorum to pass the bill. The Democrats say they will not return until the anti-union provisions are off the table.
Disguised as a bill to fix a shortfall in the current budget, this bill would:
  • Abolish public sector collective bargaining on all topics except wages. There would be no more negotiating leaves of absence, health and safety, discipline for just cause, or anything else. Negotiated wage increases would be capped at CPI; in other words, no real negotiation could occur.
  • Prohibit public employers from deducting union dues via payroll deduction. This measure is one of several that demonstrate the bill’s true intent, because it represents no savings whatsoever for the taxpayer.
  • Require all unionized units to hold annual decertification elections. Again, this relates to the budget in no way whatsoever, and is the most blatant example of the ideological agenda behind this bill.
  • Impose higher employee costs for health care and pensions for state employees.
  • Institute “right to work” for public employees.
In other words, an existing unionized unit would have to collect hand dues, would be unable to collect payment from free riders, and would be prohibited from negotiating anything except wages at some level below the rate of inflation. Then, as employee discontent grows over a perception that “the union can’t do anything,” along would come the state-mandated annual decertification vote.
The basis for this clearly is not the budget, although that’s the spin put on it by the GOP and the media. “We have to do this,” they cry, “the state is broke!” Just last month, Walker and the Republicans spent $140 million on the establishment of Health Savings Accounts and other special interest expenditures. Now, they say the state is broke, by a coincidental amount of $137 million.
Clearly, the backlash from working families has been enormous. Madison has not seen demonstrations of this size since the Vietnam War. Schools are closed. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is effectively shut down. Every day this week, thousands have converged on Madison, and have held demonstrations around the state. Firefighters and law enforcement officers, although exempt from the bill, have come in massive numbers.
There is no question that this is a coordinated frontal attack; the class war in action. With private sector union density squashed by technological change, globalization, and a rigged legal system, we’ve been warning for years that soon, they’d be coming after the public sector. The day of reckoning has come. Using the economic crisis as a pretext, they are seeking to eradicate the final barrier to the evisceration of the middle class.
The economic impact of passing this bill will be serious. Thousands of public employees across the state (all of whom are willing to “share the pain” in a fair manner) will see immediate reductions in their compensation (which, according to the Economic Policy Institute, is already 8.2% lower than in the private sector). Permanently eliminating employees’ ability to negotiate – even for a future time when the economy is doing well – will permanently reduce the pay of hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin working families.  These people will spend less money in their communities as a result – they won’t buy new cars at the local dealership, they won’t take their families out to local restaurants, and they won’t have work done on their homes by local handymen. The economic impact of this bill will be massive, and it will hurt businesses and communities statewide.  More than just a “nuclear option” for public sector unions, this bill is a bomb for the Wisconsin economy.
Much more than dealing with our current economic situation, this dismantles employees’ rights forever.  It is a permanent, far-reaching attack in response to a temporary – and overstated – problem.
But alas, facts and reality take a back seat to ideology and eliminating political enemies. If Walker and his friends get their way, more than fifty years of stable public sector collective bargaining will be undone in just five days.
If the law passes, what comes next? Will resignation and despair set in? I don’t think so. People on the ground in Madison are living through something transformative right now; this is a struggle and a fight-back unlike anything most folks have ever seen. Transformational learning takes place in lived experience. By being in the streets every day and sleeping in the capitol building every night, people in Wisconsin are re-learning that we have power.
Don Taylor is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin’s School for Workers.

2.14.2011

Campaign to Stop Killer coke Movement Erupts!

Campaign to Stop Killer Coke Update February 13, 2011

The past few months have been busy and productive here on the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke. We enter 2011 optimistic and ready for the challenges that lie ahead. New allies are making us stronger then ever before and the campaign is reaching more and more communities and countries as you read this. We'd like to keep you posted on some of the most recent developments, and encourage you to share your Killer Coke campaign updates with us. Our latest news updates include:

1. Labor Union Support Growing

a. UAW Pres. Bob King Vows to Make International & Local Unions Coke-Free
Our annual trip to Fort Benning in Columbus, GA, to support shutting down the School of Americas (School of Assassins), was a tremendous success. We met hundreds of union members and students eager to bring the fight back to their unions and campuses and committed to ridding their communities of Coca-Cola.
The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke Movement Erupts!
A highlight of our time in Georgia was linking up with Bob King, President of the United Autoworkers and other UAW members. Bob has been a fighter on behalf of workers his entire life, and his pledge to "pull Coke out of the International union... and ask our locals to do the same" reaffirms Bob's commitment to human rights around the world.
The UAW has more than 390,000 active members and more than 600,000 retired members in more than 750 local unions in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Watch this video, which includes Bob King speaking prior to our showing of "The Coca-Cola Case"



In addition, joining us was Jeffrey Wright, the former Coca-Cola Enterprises employee in Atlanta who wrote the book, "What Coca-Cola Did to Stop the Union from Coming In." The book, well-documented by Wright, was written about Coke's corrupt union-busting activities. You can read about the book athttp://www.killercoke.org/literature_books.php.
National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW, Local 2320 Passes Boycott Resolution
In June, the National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW, Local 2320, passed a resolution at their convention:
RESOLVED, that the National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320 will ban all Coke products from all its meetings and events;
RESOLVED, that the National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320, calls on its members to initiate and support campaigns in schools, labor unions and public institutions, etc. to similarly hold The Coca- Cola Company accountable by removing all Coke machines and Coke beverages and banning the sale and advertising of Coke products.
UAW Local 2320, AFL-CIO is the union representing the majority of those who work in federally-funded legal services programs across the USA. UAW Local 2320 also represents workers in other types of law offices and in various human services programs.

b. AFSCME Local 1549 Will No Longer Serve Coke
AFSCME Local 1549 represents approximately 18,000 Clerical-Administrative employees in almost every city agency in New York City.
Do Not Buy Coke Products; Coke is unfair to workers
Local 1549 Bulletin, January 2011
Local 1549 Delegates approved a resolution from the Local's Political Action Committee to eliminate serving all Coca-Cola-owned products from union events. This includes all Coke products such as Dr. Pepper and Snapple.*
Coca-Cola is fighting to undermine unionization in its U.S. facilities, is promoting union busting worldwide by outsourcing jobs out of the country and promoting undemocratic measures in other countries. The company is also responsible for polluting drinking water in areas in the United States where it runs factories and exploits children in countries with weak child labor laws.
Coke is bad for you. This is not just because it is full of "empty calories." It is downright anti-worker and antiunion.
Local 1549 will no longer provide Coke and its other products at union meetings once our supply runs out. We urge you to do the same!
* Dr. Pepper and Snapple are not produced by Coca-Cola, but under a June 2010 agreement The Coca-Cola Company paid $715 million to Dr Pepper Snapple Group in exchange for rights to distribute certain Dr Pepper Snapple Group brands, so the Campaign is asking supporters to avoid purchasing any Dr Pepper Snapple beverages. To read more about this agreement go to: http://killercoke.org/dr_pepper.php

c. Denver Area Labor Federation Passes Resolution to Boycott Coke
Russell Bannan, Colorado State Organizing Director for the American Federation of Teachers introduced a motion to boycott all Coca-Cola products at the Denver Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, meeting on January 27. Delegates passed the motion unanimously. The affiliated organizations of DALF represent more than 130,000 workers.

d. Surrey Teachers' Assn. Shows 'The Coca-Cola Case'
The Surrey Teachers Association in British Colombia, Canada, will be showing "The Coca-Cola Case" in February. The Association is a part of the British Columbia Teachers Federation, which passed a resolution in November 2005 that "the BCTF support workers in Colombia by asking members to join the boycott of Coca-Cola products."

e. Guatemalan Union Leaders at Coke Speak Out
A Guatemalan Coke worker, Armando Palacios, is in exile in the U.S. after an assassination attempt on him failed. Armando joined us at the Shut Down SOA activities in Columbus, Georgia, accompanied by Bob Perillo, who works with International Rights Advocates and lives in Guatemala. Armando spoke at workshops, person-to-person at our table and before more than 800 people at the showing of "The Coca-Cola Case." We are also including an interview with Coke union leader, Jose Alberto Vicente Chavez. Translating for Chavez and Palacios was Bob Perillo:
Interview with Coke Union Leader, Jose Alberto Vicente Chavez Mr. Chavez, along with other victims are plaintiffs in a lawsuit charging Coca-Cola and operations in Guatemala with murder, attempted murder and rape. (http://www.killercoke.org/crimes_guatemala.php)

In this moving interview, Mr. Chavez, accompanied by Bob Perillo in Guatemala, describes how his son and nephew were murdered and his teenage daughter gang raped because of his union activities:




Interview with Coke Union Leader, Armando Palacios



f. The Fight Against Outsourcing: A Tale of Two Countries

(i) Colombian Police Invade Coca-Cola Bottler in Medellin to Prevent Outsourced Workers from Joining SINALTRAINAL
[A key goal of SINALTRAINAL and the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke is to stop The Coca-Cola Company’s global policy of turning employees into non-employees, known as outsourcing or subcontracting.
The vast majority of Coke workers in Colombia who wear Coke uniforms, drive Coke trucks, work in Coke plants and help make huge profits for Coke are subcontracted workers. Outsourced workers receive minimal pay, meager, if any, benefits, have no job security or future with the Company, are fired if they try to join a union and many are mired in poverty.
In April 2007, 16 Coke outsourced workers were fired for joining SINALTRAINAL, the Colombian food workers union. This was a warning to all outsourced workers in the Coca-Cola System: You have no rights! Do not join a union!—Campaign to Stop Killer Coke]
From WORKERS FIGHT, Newsletter of SINALTRAINAL, By Javier Correa, President, SINALTRAINAL
On December 18, 2010, the police entered the Coca-Cola bottler in the city of Medellin, authorized by the president of Coca-Cola. They entered with armored tanks, shields, firing weapons with chemical fumes, intimidating and pressuring the subcontracted workers who were protesting. They militarized the dispute and forced workers to desist and accept verbal commitment of the multinational that promised to resolve the conflict, but simultaneously the workers were notified of their dismissal. Since then, the police remain in the Coca-Cola bottling plant, 24 hours a day, terrorizing workers.
The police are present at all meetings of the factory, even in the restaurant area and workers take their food under pressure. This militarization of the labor dispute is an attack on international humanitarian laws is further evidence of the brutal procedure of Coca-Cola and the warmongering alliance between the military and multinational forces to suppress workers and SINALTRAINAL. Trampling on human rights, violating freedom of association and placing the lives of workers in jeopardy is done with the complicity of the authorities. [Google translation]

(ii) Coke Tunisia: Struggle for Democracy Leads to Union Victory [Against Outsourcing]
February 5, 2011, By Paul Garver
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"Trade unions played a crucial coordination and organizing role in the mass revolt in Tunisia. Communities in revolt turned to the General Union of Tunisian Workers (UGTT) for coordination and organization as the social movement gathered force. The social upheaval in turn strengthened the unions in their power struggles with transnational companies like Coca-Cola.
"At Coca-Cola's Tunisian bottler SFBT, the union Federation generale de l'alimentation et du tourisme (FGAT-UGTT) seized the opportunity to negotiate an end to agency work and roll back the abusive use of precarious employment contracts. After a series of mobilizations and strikes in the 10 bottling plants, the Coke bottler had to concede the creation of 1000 new permanent positions for workers who had been employed "temporarily" for over four years, and the direct employment of another 1000 agency workers in positions covered by the union contract. These employees would also be made permanent after they had been employed for four years.
"Within Coke's global empire, from India and Pakistan through China and Colombia (to name just a few of the most egregious cases), the abusive practice of sub-contracting workers (sometimes called agency or dispatch labor) is rampant..."

g. Labor Solidarity Activism in the Campaign
To read more about labor solidarity and to download a sample resolution, go to the Labor Solidarity Activism section in our website.

h. How unions can obtain DVDs of "The Coca-Cola Case"
U.S. unions can obtain copies of the film at http://thecoca-colacase.org. There it can be ordered online through PayPal or by sending a donation by check or money order, made out to Campaign to Stop Killer Coke, Cooper Station, PO Box 1004, New York, NY 10276-1004.
Unions outside the U.S. can obtain copies of the film through the National Film Board of Canada by contacting Jenny Thibault, c/o National Film Board of Canada, Postal Box 6100, Centre-ville Station, Montreal (Quebec), H3C 3H5, Canada; Telephone: 514-283-9189; Email: j.thibault@onf.ca
Local 103's huge electronic billboard promoting a showing of "The Coca-Cola Case" was seen by hundreds of thousands of Boston- area commuters. IBEW local 103, the largest building trades local in New England, had earlier removed their Coca-Cola machine and banned Coca-Cola products from their facilities and functions.

I. Thank you Yukon Area Council, PSAC
We want to thank the Yukon Area Council of the Public Service Alliance of Canada for its generous financial contribution and its organizational support for the campaign. Labor unions can support the campaign by making a contribution via PayPal from our website, www.KillerCoke.org or by sending a check made payable to Campaign to Stop Killer Coke and sending it to PO Box 1004, Cooper Station, New York, NY 10276-1004, USA.

2. KillerCoke Campaign Active in the South, Pennsylvania, Canada & Germany

a. Southern Human Rights Organizer's Network Conference
Hundreds of participants at the Southern Human Rights Organizer's Network Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, in December continued their support for the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke. Hundreds of Shut Down SOA/Stop Killer Coke Unthinkable! Undrinkable! posters were carried at a protest demonstration during the conference. Below is a collage of photos showing some of the demonstrators with our signs, led by the Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights.
Southern Human Rights Organizer's Network
http://southernhumanrights.org/
Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights
http://msworkers.org/

b. Dickinson College
Campaign Director Ray Rogers was invited to speak at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on November 16, 2011 where Coke has an exclusive contract. The packed audience of more than 110 students and faculty when asked if they would like to see Coke off campus, responded with a unanimous "Yes!" All students received Killer Coke buttons, posters and leaflets to help promote the campaign on their campus and beyond.

c. Mt. Allison University
"The Coca-Cola Case" was shown at Mt. Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, on Jan. 31, 2011. Campaign Director Ray Rogers spoke to the students and answered questions via Skype.


d. McMaster University
We received this message from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, in November.
"Our campaign to end Coke's monopoly at McMaster has finally succeeded. It took two referenda in which the undergraduates rejected the exclusive contract and constant work by the campus club called Campus Choice, with its allies, to get this to happen. We are not specially happy that the company that has replaced much of the Coca Cola' machines on campus is Pepsi, but at least Pepsi has not murdered anyone to our knowledge."
We responded to this email with a congratulations and this link to Director Ray Rogers's answer to a question about Pepsi at the University of Alberta.

e. Activists in Germany Chain Themselves to Coca-Cola Truck
Aktivisten ketten sich an Coca-Cola Truck (Dez. 2010)

3. Killer Coke Campaign arrives in New Zealand
Killer Coke Campaign lands in New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
Report of Ian Hoffmann; Organizer, Corporate Campaign, Inc./Campaign to Stop Killer Coke
December 11, 2010
Eighteen hours ahead of New York, and enjoying the warmest Spring on record, Kiwi's (Kiwi is the nickname used internationally for people from New Zealand, as well as being a relatively common self-reference.) are ready to take on Coca-Cola. Staying in Wellington's largest youth hostel, it was amazing to see the interest people from all over the world have as they delve into the Killer Coke literature I brought. Numerous "Stop Killer Coke" posters will be traveling back to places throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, the Americas and Europe.
Sunday, December 12th was truly special. In town for a few days, and docked in the Wellington harbor, was the famous "Sea Shepherd Steve Irwin" ship. Featured on the Animal Planet's "Whale Wars," the Sea Shepherd is a beacon of hope for whales and marine life around the world as it intercepts whaling ships and educates the public as to the concerns of endangered marine life.
On a tour of the ship, we arrived in the kitchen where I began talking to a member of the crew as I handed out literature. Doug was not only familiar with the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke, but was also familiar with the "School of America's Watch." (He even asked: "Didn't the SOA change their name?" Indeed they have.) Doug was from Berkeley, CA and has been the "Steve Irwin" carpenter for the past few months. I look forward to hearing about his work with the Sea Shepherd when he returns to the States. Our message of Stopping Killer Coke now travels throughout Antarctica, the South Pacific and around the world with the Sea Shepherd's "Steve Irwin."
On December 13th, I met with representatives of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, and also with organizers of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions regarding the Killer Coke Campaign. Organizers and representatives were eager to join us on the campaign and gladly accepted our literature, posting it throughout their offices. We're looking forward to being in touch with our new allies and thrilled that New Zealand has jumped on board the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke.

4. Upcoming Events

a. St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, U.S.
St. Olaf College has a Killer Coke campaign in full force, being led by Irene Lawrence. Please join concerned students on February 15, 2011 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Crossroads at Buntrock Commons as students decide whether to kick Coke out of St. Olaf.
For more information, contact Irene at lawrence@stolaf.edu. St. Olaf College is located at 1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Northfield, Minnesota.

b. Michigan State University, Lansing, MI, U.S.
The film showing of "The Coca-Cola Case" sponsored by MSU Amnesty International will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm.
Campaign to Stop Killer Coke Director Ray Rogers will make introductory remarks and respond to questions via Skype after the film showing.
For more information, contact Adam Liter at Literada@msu.edu Location of film showing: South Kedzie Hall, Room 107, MSU campus

c. Surrey Teachers Association, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
The film showing of "The Coca-Cola Case" sponsored by the Surrey Teachers' Association will be held on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 4 pm.
For more information, contact Tammy at neuman_t@sd36.bc.ca. Location of film showing: Afgan Chopan Restaurant, 12888 80th Avenue, Surrey. Cost for Surrey Teachers is $5.00/non-members pay for their meal. The film showing is free.

d. Annual Shareholders Meeting of The Coca-Cola Co.
To be held in April 2011; date and place to be determined
WE NEED YOUR PROXIES for Coke's Annual Meeting
We need help to have a presence at Coca-Cola's annual shareholders' meeting. The annual meeting is the only place we can challenge Coke's chief policymakers -- the top executives and members of the company's board of directors— face-to-face. By having a visible presence at the meeting, no stockholder, creditor, other potential investors or stock analysts can say they were not forewarned about the increasing risk in investing heavily in Coke since
Coke is facing hundreds of millions of dollars or more in lost sales, fines, settlements and brand name value.
The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke is working with individuals, other organizations and stockholders to hold Coke accountable around serious labor, human rights, health and environmental abuses. If you or your organization would like to participate in activities around the annual meeting, contact us at (718) 852- 2808 or e-mail us atinfo@killercoke.org.
In early March, stockholders should be receiving their notice of the annual meeting and proxy card from The Coca-Cola Co. If you are not able to attend the annual meeting and would like to help the Campaign, we would like your proxy assigned to us so that others can attend. You can contact us at (718) 852-2808 or info@killercoke.org and we will explain how to transfer your proxy. If proxyholders plan to attend the shareholders' meeting and would like to join us in the activities, please contact us.
Please consider making a donation to the Campaign by check or via PayPal from our website to help defray the expense of the Campaign's presence at the annual meeting.

5. Thank You, Phil Willkie
Phil Willkie, is a veteran labor organizer and grandson of Wendell Willkie, GOP candidate for president who ran in 1940. Phil, a supporter of the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke, contributed the full-page ad that is on the back cover of the February 2011 edition of The Progressive.
This is the ad that appears on the back cover of The Progressive

6. Order Stop Killer Coke Campaign Buttons/Pins/Badges
The Campaign has produced five different buttons/pins/badges with our original graphics. We are asking supporters to contribute according to the following price list. These buttons will make our Campaign visible on campuses, in unions and in the community.
The buttons are all laminated and have pins with clasps. There are five different buttons, which are shown below. Sizes are in the Order Form in our "Campaign Store". Donations for all buttons are $2.50 each plus shipping & handling. These buttons are all union-made. We offer a pack of 10 buttons for $22.00 plus shipping & handling, a pack of 20 buttons for
$40.00 plus shipping & handling and a pack of 100 buttons for $150.00 plus shipping & handling. If ordering packs, you can choose buttons you want in the packs. You can pay through PayPal in our "Campaign Store" or by check. For more info on our buttons, go to http://www.killercoke.org/store.php