As you may recall a key part of our strategy, to get Sri Lanka to the negotiating table to obtain a long lasting political settlement, a fair deal for the Tamils, involves a successful boycott campaign.
In essence this aims to starve Sri Lanka of income which in turn will bring pressure from their suffering public and political elites to resolve the problem (which will include a UN supervised referendum). Only by closing down the factories and stopping tourism do we stand a chance, only then will a new government will rise promising economic stability and peace, only then will the Tamil people be given a fair deal and be able to live without fear.
Already thanks to allot of pressure from our dedicated campaigners we have succeeded in persuading the EU to remove their generous GSP+ Tax concession from Sri Lanka (August 15th). We also know that the British store NEXT are considering pulling out of Sri Lanka (due to the loss of the GSP+). Now is the time to redouble our efforts!
As you may know we recently launched with our American counterparts a global campaign specifically targeting GAP. GAP likes to promote itself as an ethical company and as it is global it make sense to join forces to target it.
We need to build upon our successes by expanding the boycott campaign. To give the boycott campaign 'wings' we need to win a scalp to put pressure on all the others to follow suit. It might be NEXT it might be GAP (which would be better because it is global) but until one officially confirms its pull-out we need to work even harder for this first one.
Act Now have produced a bespoke anti-GAP leaflet (copy of the front attached if able) for the UK as our contribution to another GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST GAP (Saturday 31st July).
This Day of Action will involve the picketing of GAP stores throughout the globe and here in the UK we will be targeting stores throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
London supporters should meet up at the two main GAP stores in Oxford Street:
a) 223-225 Oxford Street (50 yards to the right outside Oxford Circus tube) or
b) 376-384 Oxford Street (500 yards to the left of Oxford Circus tube)
Both starting at 12.00 noon (please be on time!).
The boycott campaign is the first step and we hope to expand this with a growing number of pickets over the coming months. If you want to see peace and justice for Tamils then please play your part by attending one of our pickets. If you are outside London please contact us if you want to run/or join one of the other groups. Feel free to circulate this message to those friends who might be willing to attend. SEE YOU THERE!
For further information, please contact:
Tim Martin, Director, Act Now
Tel: +44(0)7817 504 227
Site: www.act-now. info
Graham Williamson, Director, Act Now
Tel: +44(0)7970 455 445
Site: www.act-now. info