PSAT for 3-22-11, Part 2: Boycott Angel Soft

My boycott of Penny Pritzker’s investment business, Wal-Mart, Microsoft and others is going slowly (Bill Gates hasn’t cried uncle yet — I’ll get him eventually!), but the movement is building!

Folks are now targeting David Koch and Koch Industries to protest Koch’s support of Wisconsin Governor and union buster Scott Walker both directly and through the front group Americans for Prosperity. Most of Koch Industries products are building materials (list here) but if you’re not a contractor or in the midst of a major home renovation, there are a few other things we can start not buying right away:

  • Angel Soft toilet paper
  • Brawny paper towels
  • Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups
  • Mardi Gras napkins and towels
  • Quilted Northern toilet paper
  • Soft ‘n Gentle toilet paper
  • Sparkle napkins
  • Vanity fair napkins
  • Georgia-Pacific paper products and envelopes

And people in Wake County, NC, are targeting Pope Industries:

The Pope family locates their dollar/wholesale stores in low income African-American neighborhoods. (This strategy was spelled out… on their Web site until just a few weeks ago.) ┬áThe Popes have the same agenda as the Koch brothers, Americans for Prosperity (Pope-funded), and our local Civitas Institute and John Locke Foundations. (Guess who funds these???) ┬áPope stores are located in AL, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, PA, SC, VA, and W.Va.

North Carolina folks are accusing Pope of pushing for resegregation and privatization of their public schools. Here’s the flier for their recent action.

Last month I asked why the New York State Teachers’ Pension Fund would give Chicago investment banker and Renaissance Fund supporter Penny Pritzker $50 million of teacher money (including my Mom’s pension!) to play with when she is one of the biggest supporters of school closings and charterization.

Come on, folks. Let’s stop adding fuel to the fire – we’re only helping them burn up our families, schools, jobs, and communities. A national boycott is the only way to get the attention of these corporate honchos. Don’t let them into your neighborhood – your home — and certainly not your bathroom!

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