Several days ago I received an email from a gentleman I've never heard of before, Dennis Baer. With his permission I am reprinting his missive here. What Mr. Baer is suggesting is to boycott those companies that support the coffers of the Republican Party. In particular he suggests boycotting General Electric because they are a defense contractor as well. I particularly like this last idea because they are also a major player in the nuclear energy industry as well. The icing on the cake is that unlike companies such as Halliburton which the average consumer would be hard pressed to boycott, GE is also in the business of making consumer appliances and we don't need to buy them. We don't need to watch NBC which they also own. In other words, this is a very easy boycott to support.
Arundhati Roy has spoken eloquently about the need to boycott the economic underpinnings of empire. Mr. Baer has found a very practical way to do so. He also offers a list of demands. You may not agree with all of them, but they are a very good starting point.
Here is what Mr. Baer wrote:
"When we join together and withhold our purchases from some targeted Republican contributors we can wield power that will force the executives of these Republican contributors to go to the Republican party do our agenda.
Now, the agenda written below does not address everything but you can choose a big company that gives aid and comfort to the Republican Party and demand that their executives get the Republican Party to do what you want. You can exercise this power every day and you can get other people to join and exercise this power every day. What company executive would want thousands of people demanding a set of progressive agenda, every day with a legal threat of losing your business? Join me and I promise you a peaceful revolution. No need to go out in the streets, no need for first amendment zones, no arrests. You create a no buy zone for some selected Republican contributors such as Walmart, etc. Join me, please.
Here's how we force congress to pass a progressive agenda. Companies do not like boycotts. I suggest you email these demands to Walmart, Wendy's, Outback Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Curves for Women health clubs, each big Republican contributors. Also include Eckerd, CVS, and Walgreens Pharmacy chains. You can send this to other companies as well.
We demand that your company executives get the Republican Party to hold a press conference and accede to these demands and then finally legislate and sign these into law. Until such a press conference happens and the legislation gets passed I will boycott your products.
We demand that the Republican party end their aggressive and hateful action to end a woman's right to choose abortion or not.
We demand the resignation of Tom Delay.
We demand that the United States withdraw from Iraq.
We demand that the Congress of the United states and the president of the United States enact a law to increase the minimum wage to TEN dollars an hour and also to extend unemployment benefits for all people whose unemployment benefits expired after 6 months even though they still seek work.
We also demand that the Congress of the United States to not privatize social security benefits in any form including taking a percentage of the social security tax and placing it in private accounts. People can already create their own pensions with money after taxes in the private sector.
We also demand that the congress make all of a person's earned income taxable for social security FICA tax purposes and remove the 88,000 dollar salary cap. This will make social security solvent for many years to come. We demand the congress increase the payroll tax in order to make social security solvent as well.
We also demand congress and the president enact a prescription drug benefit under Medicare Part B which covers 80 percent of medication cost, with no extra premium, no extra deductibles, no means test and no coverage gaps, and no penalties for signing up in a succeeding year. We also call for the complete repeal of the faulty Medicare law HR 1 / S 1 passed by congress in Nov 2003.
We also demand vote by mail throughout the United States of America. This will prevent Republicans from vote suppression by skin color which happened electronicly and in person in the 2000 and 2004 elections. Demand that your state implement vote by mail with ballots easy to fill out and difficult to change or invalidate by Republican Party officials.
We demand Civil servants on every state payroll should keep track of voter registrations and vote counting of mail in votes in each precinct and not companies such as Choicepoint. We need to take the Republican Party out of the business of keeping track of voter registration and counting votes.
We demand States ban the secretary of state from engaging in politics especially acting as a campaign official for a presidential campaign.
We do this in the spirit of peaceful resistance to a congress that refuses to enact this legislation. If you don't support what the Republicans did since they took over the House of Representatives in 1995 and don't support the Republican party's plans for this year then Join the revolution for progressive legislation and sign the petition at http://www.boycott-republicans.com (note--I have not been able to access this site although Mr. Baer insists it is working).
To each person reading this if you agree with my message please tell your friends and have them tell their friends.
We can stop the war in Iraq by boycotting the defense contractor General Electric corporation. I want each and every person who wants to stop the War in Iraq to contact the defense contractor General Electric. Go to http://www.ge.com and send them email to the effect that you have decided not to buy any GE products including ovens, stoves, refrigerators, light bulbs, televisions, radios, telephones, video recorders, dvd recorders and players, etc. UNTIL their company executives get the President of the United States aka THE CHIMP to hold a press conference announcing that he will withdraw all US Troops from Iraq, to get replaced by UN troops to defend Iraq until Iraq troops can defend their own country.
In addition to sending email from the web site you can make these demands of GE through their public relations officials. Please act polite when contacting them.
Gary Sheffer Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs (203) 373-3476
Peter O'Toole Director, Public Relations (203) 373-2547 peter.o'
Yes his name's really Peter O'Toole but Bush appeared the one Lying in Winter about the Iraq war. "