From Jeff Kasanoff ’15:
On Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 1:30 P.M, Anything But Coke, a campaign we started over the break, is organizing a peaceful protest for Wesleyan students to come together to speak out against the injustices in Russia and the corporations that support them.
This past June, President Vladimir Putin of Russia signed into law a bill banning the public support of the LGBT community. Since then, violent hate crimes against the LGBT community have dramatically increased. Now, there is talk of a bill to take children away from same sex parents – who up until now have been living openly and peacefully. LGBT citizens have been forced to flee the country.
Despite all this, Coca-Cola is expanding in Russia and openly supporting them, internationally, at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Their sponsorship sends a clear message to the gay citizens of America and abroad, that discriminatory legislation is acceptable.
Until the Coca-Cola Company takes a stand against this injustice, we have no choice but to boycott their products. So far, over 3000 people have pledged to drink Anything But Coke.
Protestors will meet on Sunday in the Usdan lobby, and then move to High Street to dump donated Coca-Cola products into the gutters as an act of rebellion. This demonstration is one of several to be enacted at universities and colleges across the country. Help put financial pressure on corporations to use their power to make a difference. Learn more about the campaign here.
Date: Sunday, Jan 26
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Place: Usdan Lobby, then High Street