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THE BOYCOTT WAR CAMPAIGN
If you want to don't want corporations or governments
to use your money to finance war then don't let them.
You can choose to boycott countries or companies who
profit from conflict, conquest, and suffering. If you do so, you certainly
won't be alone. Boycotts against the war are a fast-growing global movement.
Various campaigns to oppose the United States and Great
Britain's illegal invasion of Iraq began spontaneously and independently
of each other. Many of them started simultaneously across the world as soon
as it became known in September 2002 that the U.S. had definitive plans
to invade Iraq with or without the support of the United Nations.
The various campaigns have a range of titles (Boycott Bush, Boycott-Made-in-USA)
and range of approaches which can involve everything from a general shopping
boycott of U.S. transnational corporations (Boycott
Brand America) to redirecting a certain amount of taxes to anti-war
activism (Axis of Peace), from
online petitions (Boycott
Oil) to offering alternative approaches and letting individuals choose
Often campaigns target corporate symbols of the U.S.
and/or companies that have particular ties to the war industry (or to some
aspect of the U.S. military-industrial complex) or George W. Bush and his
Republican Party. Some war-connected companies (like General Electric) have
a weak presence in many countries and the most serious offenders (like Lockheed
Martin and Boeing) do not sell consumer products at all. Ultimately each
campaign will have to be shaped after the specific character of its organizers
and the country/locality they live in. For technical and ethical issues
of boycotting see either the FAQ or the essay
on the The social and moral aspects of boycott
Whatever the differences between the various boycott
campaigns - there is a refreshing commonality: people across the world are
connecting the global economy to their local consumption and saying "Enough!
We won't pay for your war anymore!"