Kidnapping. Torture. Murder.
Friday, October 17 @ 7pm
Musician's Hall Local 99 (325 NE 20th & Sandy)
Speaker: Juan Carlos Galvis is Vice President of SINALTRAINAL, the Colombian national food & beverage workers union, and President of the CUT, the Colombian national trade union confederation, in the town of Barrancabermeja, and worker at the local Coca-Cola bottling plant. He is also a human rights advocate and leader of the local coalition "Space for Human Rights Workers of Magdalena Medio." Barrancabermeja is one of the areas in Colombia with the highest amounts of paramilitary violence, and as a result of this, Juan Carlos has survived numerous death threats and actual assassination attempts against his life, the most recent occurring on August 22, 2003. Juan Carlos is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Coca-Cola filed in US Federal Courts evidence linking the Coca-Cola with the paramilitary groups that have threatened him because of his outspoken commitment to labor and human rights.
You may be shocked to learn about the conditions under which Coca Cola products are produced and distributed.
In Colombia, for example, union workers who bottle Coca Cola products have been kidnapped, tortured and murdered. The largest Coca Cola union in Colombia has asked for an international campaign against Coke to stop the violence against workers, which has included a half-dozen murders at one plant alone in the mid-1990's. Reports of these crimes sparked a historic lawsuit against the Coca Cola Company and their Colombian bottler by the International Labor Rights Fund and the United Steelworkers of America on behalf of the Colombian union.
What can we do locally? Come hear Juan speak and see what we can do in our own community to help ensure the safety of Coca-Cola workers in Colmumbia, and around the world.
$3.00 at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds)