April 28, 2009

The Truth About Coca Cola And Colombia

It looks like the Kick Coke campaign is rising from the ashes. Despite the CCL rejecting the group's proposal back in November, Kick Coke is back to host an event this week.

Colombian labor organizer Camilo Romero will be speaking on Thursday about what really happened with Coca Cola in Colombia. If you've been following Kick Coke's campaign, you won't want to miss this.

Thursday at 5pm in Taylor 203.

Image via killercoke.org.


derek said...

And by "what really happened" we of course mean "his side of the story, which is completely biased towards his political agenda as a labor organizer".

Inviting one side to give their side of the story without offering the opportunity for the counter-point, or for (even better) cross-examination, is just a waste of everyone's time.

Zack said...

Since when are political protestors obligated to recognize the validity of the status quo they are trying to change? I'm not a gung-ho supporter of kick coke, but I completely understand why they don't see the need to invite a spokesperson for the free market to their event.

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Kelly said...

Camilo Romero is a second-hand source. He knew a few people involved in the Sinaltrainal vs. Coca-Cola court case, a case that was dismissed essentially because there was little to no evidence in their favor. Hell, it was even dismissed by the UN. Many other campuses, including NYU, have stopped their "Killer Coke" campaigns simply because all the current evidence clearly points against wrongdoing on the part of Coca Cola.

As Derek said, Sinaltrainal clearly has an agenda, and is using the pliable minds of the more "activist" college students to further their cause, which in this case is winning their case (and thus lots of money).

The issue was dealt with on campus, the facts were presented on both sides, and it was decided that Coca Cola would stay. It is time for students to move on to a new issue that might actually have some positive benefit in the community.

derek said...

S: "How could be making this up?"

Clearly, you're not a "creative writing" or "drama" major. People make up shit all the time.

Zack: "Since when are political protestors obligated to recognize the validity of the status quo they are trying to change?"

This isn't "political protesters" having that obligation, this is an obligation of the school - an allegedly impartial third-party - to provide a fair and reasoned debate, and not just allow one side of the argument to be made.

Shakahari said...

To Derek/Kelly, I highly recommend you to come on Thursday and tell Romero off yourself, then.

Zack said...


The school isn't directly involved in this event, and it isn't their business to force an organization to invite opposing viewpoints to speak at their events. If a VSA org sponsored an event in favor of gay marriage, do you think the school should force them to invite an anti-gay marriage speaker? If an organization has an event for childrens' rights, should they have to invite a sweatshop owner? Or do you just think people shouldn't be allowed to express opinions that you don't agree with without interference by the school administration?