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More Than What We Bargained For
What is the actual price of a product made in China? Determining the price takes us far beyond the numbers on the price tag-it extends into the realm of egregious labor and human rights violations. It places us into the grips of a regime accused of having the "world's largest system of forced labor camps," "sweeping and brutal repression of all religions," and "complete denial of basic rights to Chinese workers and farmers." The actual price lies in the unquantifiable costs of hazardous work conditions, unpaid wages, and forced overtime. International trade, investment and our consumption of Chinese products is akin to sponsorship of the illegal occupation of Tibet and the attendant crime of extinguishing its language, religion, and culture.
Though we have borne witness to an incredible loosening of trade regulations with China, we need not be complicit in increasing their capacity for brutality. Together, we can tap our power as free, informed, and responsible consumers and decrease the unseen costs of our purchases. Without our fiscal support, we make it much harder for China to finance their oppression. By replacing silence with vociferous moral objection to products made in China, we make it much harder for China to conduct their abuses unnoticed by investors, governments, and other consumers.
The Boycott Made In China Campaign
On Saturday, December 7, 2002, Tibetans and supporters will launch an international Boycott Made in China campaign designed to level economic pressure on the Chinese government to end its occupation of Tibet. Simultaneous demonstrations in front of toy stores and shopping malls in cities across Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Europe and India will mark the beginning of long-term and coordinated efforts to urge people to stop buying goods made in China.
The Boycott Made in China campaign represents a worldwide coalition of Tibetan and Chinese organizations and human rights and labor advocates. By pledging not to buy any products manufactured in the People's Republic of China, we are effectively putting sanctions on the Chinese regime until they allow the Tibetan nation and the Chinese people the freedom they have been long denied.
Take action in your community!
Flyer/hand out brochures at department stores.
Organize a demonstration or stage political theater in a public setting
Write letters to campus and other store managers asking them not to
stock products made in China.
Collect pledges from people who won't buy goods made in China.
* This holiday season, make sure your local Santa Claus doesn't support products made in China.
For more information check out: www.BoycottMadeInChina.org
To get involved, contact your local Tibet group or contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org