- Jim SinegalCEO COSTCO
Tell COSTCO we don't want to help the Koch brothers destroy democracy
COSTCO sells at least an entire aisle of paper products manufactured by the Koch brothers. These are the same guys who have been trying, quite sucessfully, to erase all the gains made by our parents and grandparents walking picket lines. Unions have brought us a 40 hour work-week, workplace safety rules, overtime pay, medical benefits, and a host of other benefits we now take for granted.
The Koch brothers have bankrolled far-right, anti-union politicians (Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is one example), started political action comittees they want us to believe are "grass-roots organizations", but which are anything but grass-roots. To quote the New Yorker, "The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests. In a study released this spring, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries one of the top ten air polluters in the United States. And Greenpeace issued a report identifying the company as a “kingpin of climate science denial.” The report showed that, from 2005 to 2008, the Kochs vastly outdid ExxonMobil in giving money to organizations fighting legislation related to climate change, underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups. Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies—from health-care reform to the economic-stimulus program—that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus." Read more http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer#ixzz1I8OeYfIa. The Koch brothers stand for everythin g Americans cannot afford, and do not believe in.
Please tell COSTCO that we don't wish to help the Koch brothers dismantle dempocracy, and stop any meaningful action on climate change. Tell COSTCO that none of us can afford the Koch brothers' products.
- CEO COSTCO
We shop at COSTCO, and wish the very best for our country, therefore, in view of the fact that the Koch brothers have funded anti-union groups, climate change denial groups, and politicians who would deny Americans the rights to collective bargaining, we ask that you cease selling their products. (Their industries are also among the top polluters in this country.)
With their vast wealth, the Koch brothers are fighting to deny Americans the benefits wrought by generations of hard-working, unionized Americans. They are also fighting to confuse Americans about the scientific reality of global climate change. In short, the Koch brothers are fighting against the working man, and the health of all people on the planet.
We ask that you cease selling any products made by Koch Industries, to include:
Koch Industry/Georgia-Pacific Products:
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
Vanity fair napkins
Koch Industry/Invista Products:
SOMERELLE® bedding products
TACTESSE® carpet fiber
TERATHANE® polyether glycol
POLARGUARD® fiber and
Georgia Pacific Building products
Dense Armor Drywall and Decking
ToughArmor Gypsum board
Georgia pacific Plytanium Plywood
G/P Industrial plasters (some products used by a lot of crafters)-
Arts & Crafts Plaster
General Purpose Plaster
Glass-reinforced Gypsum (GRG)
Industrial Tooling Plaster
Investment Casting Plaster
Metal Casting Plaster
FibreStrong Rim board
G/P Lam board
Blue Ribbon OSB Rated Sheathing
Blue Ribbon Sub-floor
DryGuard Enhanced OSB
Nautilus Wall Sheathing
Thermostat OSB Radiant Barrier Sheathing
Broadspan Engineered Wood Products
XJ 85 I-Joists
FireDefender Banded Cores
FireDefender Mineral Core
Hardboard and Thin MDF including Auto Hardboard,
Perforated Hardboard and Thin MDF
Wood Fiberboard -
Commercial Roof Fiberboard
Hushboard Sound Deadening Board
Regular Fiberboard Sheathing
Structural Fiberboard Sheathing
Thank you for your attention in this matter. Our world awaits your reply.
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