About the Global Boycott
Many of the major boycott campaigns have banded together
under the umbrella group the Global Boycott for Peace, or GBP:
We choose to boycott U.S. corporations because they,
in defiance of the world community, have chosen to profit from war, from the
preparations for it, and from the continuing exploitation of the world's people
and resources. We choose to boycott US corporations because they, and powerful
individuals associated with them, fund and control the major political parties
and corporate media that together actively obstruct our progress toward a
peaceful and sustainable world.
Collectively, Global Boycott for Peace is sponsoring its
first day of direct boycott actions on April
15th 2003. Protesters around the globe will voice their plans to boycott
at local shopping districts, gas stations, and strip malls across the globe.
The GBP boycott is peaceful, legal, and provocative.
In contrast to symbolic demonstrations of opinion, boycotts have a direct and
immediate impact on their targets.
When Tanzanian President Julius
Nyerere took up the call to boycott goods coming from apartheid South Africa,
he wrote: "Can we honestly condemn a system and at the same time employ
it to produce goods which we buy, and then enjoy with a clear conscience?"
Boycotters of the Global Boycott for Peace and across the world today are embracing
the same philosophy, refusing to purchase the goods of a country whose actions,
in good conscience, they cannot support.
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My personal statement:
As an American considering the boycott of US goods, I emailed
around the Country to ask them if a successful boycott would be bad for the
American economy. They all said the same thing: no. It would actually be better
for the economy if Americans saved more money. We'd have more capital assets,
and thus more financial security as a nation.
One of the ways to do this is to not buy from big brand
name companies targeted in the boycott, and to spend less money overall. Additionally,
buying locally creates a community-based economy, which means boycotting is
better for local business owners in the long run.
As an American boycotter, I feel it's not just the actions
of the Bush administration that drive me to take this action. It's also the
feeling that the American landscape and the cohesiveness of my community are
being damaged. My community, my landscape, my psyche: all are damaged by big
businesses intent on injecting the regularity of sprawl
into every corner of American life. We are letting our money flow freely and
ignorantly into the pockets of those we oppose, we are trading our paychecks,
our peace, our power, our nation for the right to own a lot of stuff,
and people across the world are suffering because of it. I have chosen to live
a life of voluntary simplicity,
to the best of my ability, so long as war, occupation, and the alarming behavior
and attitudes of those running my country persist.
End these, and I spend my money without reservation. Until
then, my consumer confidence remains firmly set at zero.
Information and Links:
International TOP 20 boycotts:
Online sources of further
- International group
for Direct Economic Action against war (IDEA) http://www.boycottwar.net
- Adbusters http://www.adbusters.org
- Be the Cause http://www.bethecause.org
- BoycottUS http://www.boycottUS.net
Scandalises par la Politique Internationale des Etats-Unis http://users.skynet.be/plusdepetroleus/tracts.htm
- Consumers Against
- For Mother Earth
- Peace Action http://peace-action.inbyron.com
- Peace Choice Campaign
- Spend for Peace http://www.spendforpeace.co.nz
- Stop Spending: Because
War Doesn't Grow on Trees http://www.stopspending.org
- Stop USA http://www.stopUSA.org
- We Won't Shop http://www.stopshopping.org/
* this is not an official GBP document
and may not reflect the views of all GBP members.