March 21, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nick Mottern firstname.lastname@example.org,
CINDY SHEEHAN, HOWARD ZINN AMONG NOTED LEADERS
FOR PEACE ENDORSING THE EXXONMOBIL WAR BOYCOTT
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The ExxonMobil War Boycott campaign announces endorsements by Cindy Sheehan, Howard Zinn, and a host of internationally known activists and writers, with support from national and regional peace and justice organizations. (The full list of endorsers is given below.)
Consumers for Peace launched the boycott campaign on December 29, 2005, seeking an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops and mercenaries from Iraq and the impeachment of George W. Bush and prosecution of U.S. officials responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The campaign urges consumers to boycott of ExxonMobil products and to purchase of CITGO products as an alternative.
ExxonMobil has been selected for boycott because of its apparent active involvement in U.S. policy in the Middle East in general and Iraq in particular, and its power to help change these policies.
The campaign urges the boycott of products and services of nine consumer products firms connected with ExxonMobil through its board of directors. They are: Campbell’s Soup; Carlson Companies (Radisson Hotels, TGI Friday’s); Corning Inc. (Steuben Glass); Metlife; Novartis; Pfizer; Verizon; Wells Fargo and Wyeth.
ConsumersforPeace.org describes connections between ExxonMobil and U.S. Middle East and Iraq policies and seeks to mobilize consumer pressure that will persuade the oil firm to start to lobby on behalf of the boycott’s goals. ExxonMobil says it spent $7.7 million on lobbying in 2004.
ConsumersforPeace.org is an organizer of the March to Redeem the Soul of America, to be held in Texas April 1 -16. The march will begin with a press conference at 10 a.m., April 1, at ExxonMobil headquarters in Texas and other a two-week period will go from there to Dallas, then south to Waco and west to Crawford and the Texas White House. It will conclude on Easter Weekend at the celebration of the 3rd Anniversary of the Crawford Peace House, in Crawford.
These organizations and individuals endorse the ExxonMobil War Boycott called by Consumers for Peace.
After Downing Street
Association of Humanitarian Lawyers
Bloomington Peace Action Coalition
Campus Antiwar Network
Coalition Against War and Injustice (Baton Rouge)
Covington (Louisiana) Peace Project
Consumers for Peace
Goldstar Families for Peace
International Socialist Organization
Midsouth Peace and Justice Center
Office of the Americas
Progressive Democrats of America
Traprock Peace Center
Adam Roufberg, Natural Philosophers International
Annie and Buddy Spell, Louisiana peace activists (Annie is president
of the Greater Covington, LA branch of the NAACP)
Anthony Arnove, author, “Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal”; co-editor
with Howard Zinn, “Voices of a People’s History of the US”
Camilo Mejía, Staff Sgt., Florida National Guard, was the first soldier to go public with his refusal to redeploy. He spent seven months in military confinement for his decision. He is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War – http://www.ivaw.net
Charles Jenks, J.D., Chair of Advisory Board – Traprock Peace Center
Cindy Sheehan, Co-founder – Gold Star Families for Peace
Dahr Jamail, independent journalist who spent over 8 months
reporting from occupied Iraq
David Swanson, co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org
Dennis Kyne, Gulf War veteran, activist and author of “Support the
Dirk Adriaensens, coordinator SOS Iraq and member of the Executive Committee of the Brussells Tribunal, Belgium
Don DeBar, correspondent, WBAI, New York
Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, National Coordinating Committee – Campus
Eric Ruder, reporter – Socialist Worker newspaper
Gabriele Zamparini, freelance journalist and film maker living in
London; co-editor of www.thecatsdream.com
Howard Zinn, Ph.D., historian, playwright and activist; author of “A People’s History of the United States” and co-editor with Anthony Arnove of “Voices of a People’s History of the US” Jacob Flowers, Director – MidSouth Peace and Justice Center
Judy Linehan, Military Families Speak Out
Kären Ahern Digging Deeper Media Collective, member VFP of Western Washington
Karen Parker, J.D., Pres. Association of Humanitarian Lawyers, UN non-governmental organization delegate.
Kathy Kelly, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, co-founder – Voices For
Lindsey German, Convener – Stop the War Coalition (UK)
Michael Letwin, Co-Convener – New York City Labor Against the War
Nick Mottern, National Director – Consumers for Peace
Nada Khader, Executive Director, Wespac Foundation
Norman Solomon, Author of “War Made Easy: How Presidents and
Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death”
Paola Pisi, professor of religious sciences (Italy) and editor of
Phil Gasper, Ph.D., Chair – Department of Philosophy & Religion, Notre Dame de Namur University, Professors for Peace
Sanford Russell, moderator of Boycott US (yahoo group)
Sharon Smith, author of “Women and Socialism : Essays on Women’s Liberation”
Stan Goff, Master Sergeant Retired, US Army
Sunny Miller, Executive Director – Traprock Peace Center
Thomas F. Barton, publisher, GI Special
Tim Baer, Director – Bloomington Peace Action Coalition
Tim Carpenter, National Director – Progressive Democrats of America
Ward Reilly, SE National Contact – Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace, Baton Rouge
*Affiliations are for identification purposes only.