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***"Wizard of Oz" characters protest war, consumerism, & Gap***
Saturday, December 14, 2002
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Union Square (Geary & Powell), San Francisco, CA
***"Wizard of Oz" characters protest war, consumerism, & Gap*** Dorothy entreats America to stop the war, become consumers of conscience! Sat, Dec 14, 11:00 AM, Union Square (Geary & Powell), San Francisco Meet Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Glynda & Munchkins as they melt "The Wicked Witch of Corporate Greed" Skits, songs, & lollipops to protest Fisher logging, Gap sweatshops, and war-fueling consumerism "Wizard of Oz" characters in full regalia will "follow the yellow brick road" from Gap store to Gap store around Union Square, this Saturday, December 14, starting at 11:00 a.m., with skits, songs, lollipops, and leaflets in protest of corporate greed. Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Good Witch Glynda & Munchkins will entreat shoppers to patronize "munchkin" stores ("Shop Mom & Pop, fair trade & green! Don't feed corporate greed!"), and to boycott "Wicked Witch" corporations such as Gap, whose practices are destroying Emerald City (our redwood forests) and Munchkin Values (democracy, the common good). Oz further protests "Wicked Witch of the West" war policies that seek to dominate the earth's remaining oil supplies and all trade, fueled by greed and out-of-control consumerism. The "Wizard of Oz" rap against the Gap: . Gap's ruling Fisher family is destroying California's redwood forests with clear-cutting and toxic herbicides, and, not satisfied with that, recently applied for a "license to kill endangered species" throughout their vast redwood forest holdings. . Using quantities of fuel, and polluting the oceans, Gap searches the globe for cheap, unprotected labor--in 55 countries--and for cheap raw products--cotton grown in places like Uzbekistan with horrendous pesticide pollution and water depletion problems. "In Munchkinland businesses are small, local, and responsible to the common good, the wealth is shared, no one goes hungry or lacks shelter, friendship abounds, and general evils (such as the Wicked Witch of the West, or Corporate Greed) are dealt with stoutly and by consensus," said the Good Witch, Glinda. "Think!" cried the Scarecrow, "It takes brains to 'connect the dots' between consumerism and war." "Why don't they use Veggie Diesel!" cried the Tin Man, oiling his joints. "It takes courage to fight the military-industrial complex!" roared the Lion. "Please have the heart, brains, and courage to protest this war and become consumers of conscience!" said Dorothy, as she clicked her heels. ###
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