Johnson & Johnson: Drop Your Unhealthy Support For ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council)
Johnson & Johnson: your company Credo states:
"We believe our first responsibility is to the doctors, nurses, and patients, to mothers and fathers and all others who use our products and services. In meeting their needs, everything must be of the highest quality.
We are responsible to the communities in which we live and work and to the world community as well. We must be good citizens -- support good works and charities and bear our fair share of taxes. We must encourage civic improvements and better health and education. We must maintain in good order the property we are privileged to use, protecting the environment and natural resources."
How then can you back ALEC, which has worked to stall EPA regulations that would limit children's exposure to toxins? ALEC has called children's exposure to rat poison "an acceptable risk."
Show your commitment to the families that rely on your health and personal care products by ending your support of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) -- authors of a tsunami of new state laws that restrict voters’ rights (especially women voters), push "kill at will" gun laws, limit access to health care, public education, clean air and water, eliminate product liability lawsuits, and reduce safety standards -- all of which impact our ability to raise happy, healthy families.
For generations, moms and dads have trusted the Johnson & Johnson brand. We use Band-Aids to make our children's scrapes heal faster. We use Neutrogena skin and hair care products to look our best, Tylenol makes our headaches go away, and many use Listerine for oral hygiene.
In your 2011 Annual Report to shareholders, you announced to the world, "'Consumers have trusted our brands for generations. We must invest in our heritage brands to keep them successful and relevant to consumer needs,' says Jesse Wu, Worldwide Chairman, Consumer Group, Johnson & Johnson."
Johnson & Johnson has always positioned itself as a friendly and helpful presence in American households. Many consumers have been loyal despite other choices that are more environmentally-friendly and not tested on animals, and despite more than 25 recalls in the past two years of Johnson & Johnson consumer products, including painful contact lenses and deteriorating artificial hip joints.
So why does Johnson & Johnson support laws that undermine the well-being of American families?
ALEC is the organization behind Florida's deadly kill-at-will law (and similar ones in 23 other states) that resulted in the tragic shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
According to the Center for Media and Democracy, ALEC also:
1. Authored laws in 33 states that prevent millions of Americans from exercising their basic democratic right to vote, disproportionately targeting women who've changed names or addresses and suppress their votes by requiring a voter ID.
2. Promotes school voucher programs and other schemes that siphon off funds from public schools. It also promotes climate change denial taught as science.
3. Worked behind the scenes during negotiations on healthcare reform to keep proposals like Medicare for all off the table.
4. Backs the privatization of Medicare and Medicaid through "individual health savings accounts" and vouchers that would not be sufficient to cover
the actual cost of needed medical care.
5. Opposes federal waste reduction and mandated recycling laws, limits on pesticide use, hazardous coal combustion waste, and regulation of ground-water contaminants.
This is just a small sample of the anti-family policies promoted by ALEC; policies that undermine good citizenship and parents' ability to raise the next generation of American citizens.
Johnson & Johnson: demonstrate your real support for American families and American women by withdrawing your support for ALEC, now.
Petition signers, please tweet that you've signed this petition to @JnJComm, Johnson & Johnson's Twitter outreach channel.
Johnson & Johnson: Drop Your Unhealthy Support of ALEC
American women have trusted the Johnson & Johnson brand for generations: from the Johnson baby shampoo we use to wash our babies' hair to Listerine mouth wash and Neutrogena facial soaps, to Visine eye drops, Band-Aids, and Tylenol for headaches. Johnson & Johnson is more than a company that manufactures useful products: It has always been more like a cherished friend of the family.
But Trayvon Martin's death has left an ugly stain on the "kill at will" gun law that enabled his murder -- and now that stain has spread to all corporate supporters of ALEC, including Johnson & Johnson, which was a Private Enterprise Board member of ALEC in 2011.
Johnson & Johnson donated $25,000 or more to ALEC’s 2011 Annual Conference, and was also an active 2011 sponsor of ALEC’s New Orleans convention's “Kids Congress,” which organized day care and activities for ALEC legislators and corporate lobbyists' children.
Johnson & Johnson should end its corporate sponsorship of ALEC. If not, millions of Americans will be forced to conclude that Johnson & Johnson's continued association with ALEC must mean it agrees with ALEC-written bills that restrict our right to vote -- especially voter ID laws that would disproportionately affect women -- threaten to dismantle our children's public schools, take away our ability to find affordable healthcare, remove important product liability laws that protect people from recalled pharmaceuticals, and poison our environment.
These are not the policies we'd expect a friend to support, and we cannot support a company that helps underwrite them. Walk your talk. Your outreach to the mom blogging world would mean so much more if you no longer provided financial or any other kind of support to ALEC.
One of your main competitors, Procter and Gamble, earlier decided to drop its support of ALEC because its anti-American lobbying efforts were so toxic. You can do no less.
End all Johnson & Johnson donations to ALEC now.