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National Protest Day Against Hummers - This Saturday Nov. 15

More than ten percent of all Hummer dealerships in America will be protested this Saturday (November 15th) by activists seeking to ban all radio and TV advertising for the 10,000-pound vehicles.

While contributing enormously to global warming, air pollution, and childhood asthma, the 10-miles-per-gallon Hummers -- made by General Motors -- are a huge threat to children and other car passengers who share the road with the Brinks Truck-like vehicles. Yet GM is now flooding our TV and radio airwaves with ads for the vehicles, including ads that market the monsters directly to children.
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CONTACT: Chesapeake Climate Action Network  http://www.chesapeakeclimate.org/
301-920-1644 or 240-460-5838; e-mail  ccan@chesapeakeclimate.org

Protestors in 16 Cities Demand Ban on Ads for Environmentally Destructive Hummers

WASHINGTON - November 11 - More than ten percent of all Hummer dealerships in America will be protested this Saturday (November 15th) by activists seeking to ban all radio and TV advertising for the 10,000-pound vehicles in the same way that ads for deadly cigarettes are banned.

While contributing enormously to global warming, air pollution, and childhood asthma, the 10-miles-per-gallon Hummers -- made by General Motors -- are a huge threat to children and other car passengers who share the road with the Brinks Truck-like vehicles. Yet GM is now flooding our TV and radio airwaves with ads for the vehicles, including ads that market the monsters directly to children.

"A generation ago, cigarette makers flooded our airwaves with ads that made smoking -- which is a direct threat to human health -- seem cool to all of us, including our vulnerable children," said Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, one of dozens of groups protesting the Hummers under the banner of Citizens for Vehicle Responsibility. "Appropriately, as a society, we have now protected ourselves and our children from destructive cigarette marketing. But unless we do the same for Hummers, we are hurting our kids' health as much as putting cigarette machines in all of our schools."

As part of the "National Protest Day Against Hummers," activists will spend hours this Saturday, November 15th, demonstrating against Hummer dealerships with chants, banners, and placards in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and ten other cities.

In addition to the advertising ban, protestors are calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to begin crash-test studies of Hummers, which presently are not required. And activists are demanding that Congress close the outrageous tax loophole that allows U.S. businesses to deduct up to $100,000-worth of the cost of Hummers and other large SUVs from their federal taxes. This unconscionable tax deduction forces all Americans to subsidize the environmental and health impacts of these behemoths.

The national Hummer protest will be launched with a press conference at Greenbelt Capitol Hummer dealership (6500 Capitol Drive) in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Greenbelt, Md. on Friday, November 14th at 11:00 a.m. Speakers include representatives from health, environmental, faith, and children's advocacy groups.

For more information or to contact protestors in your area, call the Chesapeake Climate Action Network at 301-920-1644 or email  ccan@chesapeakeclimate.org.

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Just try it suckers 11.Nov.2003 17:50

Dick

I dare ya. Just try to make me stop advertising. Here's my location: 3321 NE Auto Mall Dr, Vancouver, WA
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If you need my phone # 503-252-4868 -i'd like to hear from ya. hahaha


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I don't know anyone who doesn't like hummers 11.Nov.2003 17:56

Hummerfan

Oh, were you talking about the auto?

Here's Your Chance 12.Nov.2003 08:40

Den Mark

Here's your chance, Portland, to support an action in Vancouver. We are always suporting your actions, which are OUR actions, of course. Hummer dealers & owners are self-centered jerks. We know that. Let's tell them out loud that we know that. Saturday, at the ugly "auto mall".

(Hummers aren't the only stupid vehicles worth protesting against, but they're symbolic.)

I need the money! 12.Nov.2003 08:55

Shiekh Kammal Jakki

Please, my country needs your American oil money! Americans, please keep being stupid and buying big cars. My family will lose too much income if you ever start buying reasonably-sized cars.

Hey, the more hummers the better I like it 12.Nov.2003 13:06

Hummerfan

The auto or the other, both work for me.

I love being able to drive down two lanes of I-5 at the same time. Mini-Coopers Beware!!!!

where and when 12.Nov.2003 16:28

curious

if this is in Vancouver, where in Van is it happening? Hard for people in Portland to support without a little more info!

Hummers RULE 14.Nov.2003 07:38

South FLA

Those who protest hummers are 9 times out of 10 the ones who can't afford one!

bummer hummers 14.Nov.2003 09:06

marfly

Who would want to afford a Hummer? If I had over $50,000 to spend on a car, I sure as heck wouldn't spend it on a gas-guzzling vehicle that doesn't fit on the road....what possible practical use is a Hummer vehicle? If you aren't at war, that is.

Hummer owners are selfish AND stupid. Pity them and get them some help while we get them off the road. Wonder if Hummer owners feel good about the blood shed in Iraq so they can afford their gas?

HUMMER DRIVERS ARE PIGS 14.Nov.2003 19:37

michigan dave

Hummer drivers are pigs. Men driving Hummers need a big vehicle to make up for a small.......

Protest Hummers 14.Nov.2003 20:28

Rex

I can't wait to get to the Protest in San Francisco. Having a Hummer is the equivelent of royalty that grow their fingernails so long they can't do anything. it shows everyone he doesn't have to work. If you can afford a Hummer, you aren't earning money....you're making it. Who cares? Your kids and grandkids will pay for it just like the "ones who can't afford them." Quote from an earlier note from someone in Florida. The world begins and ends with these "people".

Why all the anti-Hummer protest? 04.Sep.2005 16:50

Jack Brown crzyguy98@yahoo.com

If I had a Hummer, I think I would show up to an anti-Hummer protest just to laugh at you idiots! Just because you think Hummers are wrong, you don't believe that any of us should own one? Who in hell do you think you are?