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YES ON O! Ethical coffee initiative: Protests at Starbuck's and Peet's in Berkeley Monday
by Jason Meggs
Tuesday Nov 5th, 2002 12:40 PM
A small but spirited group of demonstrators accompanied dressed as coffee farmers and leading two Donkeys walked the streets of Berkeley protesting Starbuck's and Peet's large contributions to a dishonest campaign against Measure O, the ethical and responsible coffee initiative in Berkeley.
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A small but spirited group of demonstrators dressed as coffee farmers and accompanied by two Donkeys carrying large burlap sacks of coffee walked the streets of Berkeley protesting Starbuck's and Peet's large contributions to a dishonest campaign against Measure O, the ethical and responsible coffee initiative in Berkeley on the Monday before election day, November 4, 2002.

The included video deserves more explanation but due to technical difficulties and time constraints I'll post that later.

More information on the initiative can be found at Global Exchange's website,

http://www.globalexchange.org/coffee/

Don't believe the hype -- no one is going to jail for Measure O, but a whole lot of human pain and suffering will be avoided, and rainforest will be preserved if it passes.

Some highlights:

Changing three people's minds through conversation, and watching outrage at the lies Starbuck's and Peet's paid for;

A toxic corporate scam artist (devil's advocate street theatre) advocating for more poverty and more pesticides;

And of course the sweet donkeys, who did not intend to signify any affiliation with any political party).

There were many more highlights which didn't make it into the video due to time and space limitations.

Enjoy!
§Toxic Corporate Scam Artist
by Jason Meggs Tuesday Nov 5th, 2002 12:41 PM
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"Farmers love poverty, that's why they're not bankers"...
§THE VIDEO!!!
by Jason Meggs Tuesday Nov 5th, 2002 12:42 PM
Copy the code below to embed this movie into a web page:
Enjoy!!! Please give any feedback, I'm still learning how to best create and provide news video. Long live IMC!
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TransFair USA did not endorsing Measure ODumas O'TooleFriday Nov 8th, 2002 3:25 PM
obelixlooking thinking feelingFriday Nov 8th, 2002 2:14 PM
obliviaDumas O'TooleThursday Nov 7th, 2002 2:32 PM
DumasobviolaThursday Nov 7th, 2002 12:10 PM
The lesson to be learnedDumas O'TooleThursday Nov 7th, 2002 11:50 AM
boycotting in effect...boycott yesThursday Nov 7th, 2002 11:44 AM
cnncpWednesday Nov 6th, 2002 3:59 PM
the dump truck is obviousdumper pumperWednesday Nov 6th, 2002 3:44 PM
Do you expect to sway the Berkeley public by insulting their intelligence?dumbass toolWednesday Nov 6th, 2002 3:15 PM
next time garglelove the street theaterWednesday Nov 6th, 2002 2:53 PM

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