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Hello. This is an excerpt from an article from globalexchange.org  
about coke.  It has some good links at the end, and also talks about  
race-based discrimination, something that we haven't talked about  
much.  Enjoy!!

Peace, emily







COCA-COLA

CEO: E. Neville Isdell
Contact the Corporation: Coca-Cola
One Coca Cola Plaza
P.O. Box 1734
Atlanta, GA 30301
Phone: 404-676-2121

Human Rights Abuses: violent killings, kidnap and torture, water  
privatization, health violations, and discriminatory practices

Coca-Cola Company is perhaps the most widely recognized corporate  
symbol on the planet. The company also leads in the abuse of workers'  
rights, assassinations, water privatization, and worker  
discrimination. Between 1989 and 2002, eight union leaders from Coca- 
Cola bottling plants in Colombia were killed after protesting the  
company's labor practices. Hundreds of other Coca-Cola workers who  
have joined or considered joining the Colombian union SINALTRAINAL  
have been kidnapped, tortured, and detained by paramilitaries who  
intimidate workers to prevent them from unionizing. In Turkey, 14  
Coca-Cola truck drivers and their families were beaten severely by  
Turkish police hired by the company, while protesting a layoff of  
1,000 workers from a local bottling plant in 2005.

In India, Coca-Cola destroys local agriculture by privatizing the  
country's water resources. In Plachimada, Kerala, Coca-Cola extracted  
1.5 million liters of deep well water, which they bottled and sold  
under the names Dasani and BonAqua. The groundwater was severely  
depleted, affecting thousands of communities with water shortages and  
destroying agricultural activity. As a result, the remaining water  
became contaminated with high chloride and bacteria levels, leading  
to scabs, eye problems, and stomach aches in the local population.  
Water shortages have occurred in Varanasi, Thane, and Tamil Nadu as  
well. The company is also guilty of reselling its plants' industrial  
waste to farmers as fertilizers, despite its containing hazardous  
lead and cadmium.

Coca-Cola is one of the most discriminatory employers in the world.  
In the year 2000, 2,000 African-American employees in the U.S. sued  
the company for race-based disparities in pay and promotions. In  
Mιxico, Coca-Cola FEMSA, the largest Coca-Cola bottler in Latin  
America, fired a senior bottling manager for being gay. Finally, by  
regularly denying health insurance to employees and their families,  
Coca Cola has failed to help stop the spread of AIDS in Africa. The  
company is one of the continent's largest private employers, yet only  
partially covers expensive medicines, while not covering generic  
medicines at all.

Who's working on it:
• Coke Watch
• Corp Watch
• India Resource Center
• Killer Coke
• Polaris Institute
• Public Citizen
• Students Against Sweatshops
• USLEAP