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

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

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!

Why is the NY teachers’ pension fund enriching anti-public schools Penny Pritzker?

Thursday, February 17th, 2011
Hyatt Hotel

Some are already boycotting Hyatt Hotels

You know that I think we should all be boycotting Microsoft, Wal-Mart, and other billionaire supporters of privatizing public schools.

But the problem is that most of the anti-public school crowd is made up of investment bankers, hedge funders and others whose jobs I can’t even begin to describe, much less figure out how to include in the boycott.

UNTIL TODAY…

when I read that one of my favorite non-favorites, Penny Pritzker, has started up a new private equity firm which has just received a $50 million commitment from the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System.

What?????? And some of that is MY MOM’s money.

As teacher-blogger Fred Klonsky pointed out last fall, Penny is a prominent member of Chicago’s Civic Committee, which wants to get rid of teacher pensions. She is also an owner of Hyatt Hotels, which refuses to grant its workers decent salaries or benefits. After Klonsky protested, the Illinois Education Association moved its March conference from the Hyatt O’Hare to the Rosemont Convention Center, but he reports that the IEA’s local delegation to the National Education Association’s annual meeting, to be held here in July, is set to stay at the Hyatt in downtown Chicago.

Penny is also a major contributor to teacher-bashing Stand for Children and the school-closing, teacher-and-staff-firing Renaissance Schools Fund.

Wish I had won the lottery so I could refuse to let them manage my money.

But all you teachers out there, why not demand a thorough review of where your pension funds are being invested, and make sure it’s not enriching your enemies?

Here’s a thought from the Paranoid File – what if Penny is secretly planning to take the teacher pension money, then go bankrupt? Her pal President Obama will no doubt bail her out so that she can keep giving him megamillions in campaign donations, but teachers will be out of luck! She gets what she wants either way.

Oh, and in case you didn’t already hate Penny? The Tribune reports that her private equity firm will focus on buying distressed property (i.e. foreclosures). Perfect. She wants your job AND your home.

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