Boycotting Coors–Spreading Beer and Hate for Too Long

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, May 1, 2017

Contact: Ana Rodriguez, 720-722-4272

ana@coloradopeoplesalliance.org

Boycotting Coors–Spreading Beer and Hate for Too Long

(May 1, 2017) DENVER:  Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA), SEIU Local 105, Fight for $15 Denver, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos, Together Colorado, American Friends Services Committee (AFSC), and other local groups rallied at Coors Headquarters today to launch a boycott of Coors beer.  “We demand that Coors stop funding terror in our communities” stated Lizeth Chacon, Executive Director of COPA. “By supporting Trump and Gardner, the Coors Corporation sends a strong message to the community, that they do not support working families and our communities but solely their personal interest and profit.”

A letter was presented to a Coors staff member decrying the support Coors has provided to anti-immigrant, anti-worker candidates and elected officials such as Senator Cory Gardner and President Trump.  The groups demand that Coors stop funding politicians who attack working families, and since Coors is a funder of Senator Cory Gardner, the groups pushed Coors to demand Gardner meet with his constituents. Gardner is one of a few Senators who has refused to meet with his constituents in person.  “He is afraid to talk to his own constituents face to face” said Jordan T. Garcia, Immigrant Ally Organizing Director of AFSC.  “We will remember this in 2018.  If he doesn’t want to meet with us in Colorado, he shouldn’t be representing us in DC.”

Today’s action is part of the national movement RISE UP!. As Kica Matos of Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM)  described: “On Monday, May 1st, in 200 events (and still growing) across the United States, hundreds of thousands of immigrant Americans and their supporters will loudly make their voices heard. The immigrant rights movement, standing arm-in-arm with our allies in the faith community, the environmental movement, labor unions, business community and women’s groups will send a strong message: We will not stand for one dollar being allocated to Donald Trump’s hateful immigration policies.  We will not tolerate his continuing efforts to criminalize immigrants and separate families. Any support whatsoever for his deportation machinery is unacceptable to all Americans of goodwill.” 

“It is clear these politicians are not representing nor acknowledging their constituents and so it is time for us to take the fight to the funders.” said Michaela Miller, a member leader with COPA. “We are calling on communities across the nation to join us today.  Boycott Coors and stand up for democracy!”

Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) is a racial justice, member-driven organization dedicated to advancing and winning progressive social change locally, statewide, and nationally. COPA builds power to improve the lives of all Coloradans through leadership development, organizing, and alliance building.

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PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA

1 de mayo, 2017

Contacto:  Ana Rodriguez, 720-722-4272

ana@coloradopeoplesalliance.org

Boicotear a Coors–Propagando cerveza y odio por demasiado tiempo

(Mayo 1, 2017) DENVER:  Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA), SEIU Local 105, Fight for $15 Denver, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos, Together Colorado, American Friends Services Committee (AFSC), y otros grupos locales protestaron en la oficina central de Coors para lanzar un boicot de cervezas Coors. “Demandamos que Coors deje de financiar el odio en nuestras comunidades,” dijo Lizeth Chacón, Directora de COPA. “Al apoyar a Trump y Gardner, la Corporación Coors manda un mensaje fuerte a la comunidad, que no apoyan las familias trabajadoras ni nuestras comunidades, solo a el lucro y sus intereses propios.”

Una carta fue presentada a un representante de Coors denunciando el apoyo que Coors ha brindado a los candidatos  y funcionarios electos anti-inmigrantes y anti-obrero como el senador Cory Gardner y el presidente Trump. Los grupos exigen que Coors deje de financiar a los políticos que atacan a las familias trabajadoras, y ya que Coors es un financiador del senador Cory Gardner, los grupos impulsaron a Coors a exigir que Gardner se reúna con sus electores. Gardner es uno de los pocos senadores que se ha negado a reunirse con sus constituyentes en persona. “Tiene miedo de hablar cara a cara con sus propios electores”, dijo Jordan T. Garcia, Director de Organización de Aliados a los Inmigrantes de AFSC. “Recordaremos esto en 2018. Si no quiere reunirse con nosotros en Colorado, no debería estar representándonos en DC”.

La acción de hoy es parte del movimiento nacional RISE UP!. Kica Matos, del Movimiento de Reforma de Inmigración Justa (FIRM), describió: “el lunes 1 de mayo, en 200 eventos (y aún creciendo) en todo Estados Unidos, cientos de miles de inmigrantes americanos y sus aliados harán oír su voz en voz alta. El movimiento por los derechos de los inmigrantes, unidos de brazo en brazo con nuestros aliados en la comunidad de fe, el movimiento ambientalista, los sindicatos, la comunidad empresarial y los grupos de mujeres enviará un fuerte mensaje: No vamos a defender ni un dólar asignado al odioso Donald Trump y sus políticas de inmigración. No toleraremos sus esfuerzos en criminalizar a los inmigrantes y separar a las familias. Cualquier apoyo para su maquinaria de deportación es inaceptable para todos los estadounidenses de buena voluntad.”

“Está claro que estos políticos no están representando ni reconocen a sus electores y por lo tanto es el momento para que llevemos la pelea a los financiadores”, dijo Michaela Miller, miembro líder de COPA. “Estamos llamando a las comunidades de todo el país a unirse a nosotros hoy. Boicotear a Coors y defender la democracia! “

 

Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) is a racial justice, member-driven organization dedicated to advancing and winning progressive social change locally, statewide, and nationally. COPA builds power to improve the lives of all Coloradans through leadership development, organizing, and alliance building.

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