Coke for Governor?
April 14, 2005, Duval Patrick , former Coke General Counsel, announced
that he is running for governor of Massachusetts. MGA
immediately contacted allies, issued a press release
and delivered it directly to his
Health for Sale?
Read this report from Allen Kanner and Josh Golin of the
Campaign for a
Commercial-Free Childhood. It covers Coke's relationship with the
American Academy of Pediatric Dentists.
See also the latter's
release announcing their collaboration with the corporation.
Taking on Coca-Cola
What wrong with Coke?
“All of us in the Coca-Cola family wake up each morning knowing that
every single one of the world’s 5.6 billion people will get thirsty that
day. If we make it impossible for these 5.6 billion people to escape
Coca-Cola, then we assure our future success for many years to come." –
Coke's Annual Report (1993) Quoted in the Polaris Institute's Coca-Cola
So the rest is pretty straightforward...
In India, Coca-Cola
- Causes severe water shortages in communities across the country
- Pollutes groundwater and soil around its bottling facilities
- Distributes its toxic waste as ‘fertilizer’ to farmers
- Sells drinks with high levels of pesticides, including
DDT—sometimes 30 times higher than European standards
- Union leaders at Coke’s bottling plants have be murdered
- Hundreds of union workers have been tortured, kidnapped and
- Family members of trade unionists have been targeted
- All while Coke leaders launch a $250 million advertising blitz
keyed to the theme, "Coca-Cola…Real.”
While at home, in the United States
What we are doing
MGA is helping build a New England-wide network of organizations
targeting Coca-Cola. We see this as part of our effort to challenge
corporate globalization and hold corporations accountable to
communities. Our efforts on Coke are conducted as part of the "Our
Communities, Our Water" campaign. We have organized
workshops on Coke and
public educational events. We are
also supporting efforts by students and their allies to get Coke off
What about Pepsi?
Anytime activists target a particular corporation, the inevitable
question is, "What about the other guys?" This is a legitimate question
given that corporations are not treated as real public trusts that are
truly accountable to the states that charter them. In the case of
Coke-related campaigns, the practices of Pepsico, Inc. naturally
come to light. There are campaigns that target both corporations or
these together with others. The
International Plastics Task Force, for example, has addressed both
corporations' failure to use recycled materials.
Indian campaigns on water and pesticides have often
addressed both corporations. MGA's focus in this particular campaign
is to hold Coke accountable in response to calls from sustained efforts around the world. If MGA members and allied organizations want to
broaden the focus of the campaign, MGA will give their input due
7/11/05 MGA joined with several other activists to protest
TIAA-CREF's inclusion of Coca-Cola in its portfolio of "ethical"
More on the protest
Center condemns a decision by several university
administrators to collaborate with Coca-Cola in a "commission" to
investigate allegations concerning Coca-Cola. Community representatives
from India and Colombia were neither invited to nor informed about the
A new video on Coca-Cola by MGA. See the preview on
$21,962,000,000 (in 2004)
$4,847,000,000 in profits
Most valuable brand in the world, valued at $67.39
billion; recognized by
95% of people
in the world.
E. Neville Isdell, Chairman and
CEO, elected June 1, 2004
Chief Financial Officer, elected February 2003
Directors includes billionaire Warren Buffet,
Cold-War Hawk and fmr. US Senator Sam Nunn and other corporate leaders.
For a full list see...
A detailed fact sheet is available in PDF
format from the
So you wanted the facts about Coca-Cola and you
visited www.StopKillerCoker.org. But you ended up at www.CokeFacts.org?
Yes, it's true the corporation seems to have anticipated domain names
that may refer to its practices and bought them up! So if you need the
real thing, visit
as a starting place.
And now for
Satire: The Unauthorized History of Coca-Cola