All eyes on the Greenwash monster

Dear Brand Pirates,

Our proxies are sorted, our smart clothes are bought, and BP’s AGM is nearly upon us. We’re all set to hear the oil giant’s board try to justify their destructive operations directly to our visiting friends from the frontline: Clayton Thomas-Muller from the Indigenous Environmental Network, and Bryan Parras and Derrick Evans from the Gulf Coast. We still need people to join the protest outside, so if you’re free on Thursday 12th, please come along.

BP isn’t the only Olympic sponsor wreaking havoc on the world. So on 16th April we will join Dow and Rio Tinto campaigners to launch a brand new campaign: Greenwash Gold 2012. It’s going to be awesome – more details below.

Clayton and Derrick will also be speaking at the Counter Olympic Network’s action-planning meeting on 14th April, an event uniting various groups of people adversely affected by the Olympics and their sponsors.

It’ll be a busy, and momentous week. Please come along and help us stick it to the Big Polluter!

Jess, Sue, Emily and Ruthi


Protest outside the BP AGM – help counter the inevitable greenwash deluge!
Thursday 12th April, 10am, ExCel Centre, London
Just like last year, we plan to be there in force outside the AGM to make sure that the BP board, shareholders and the media are in no doubt that we are not ok with their plan to keep extracting fossil fuels until the planet burns. We will meet at 10am at the bottom of the steps of the London ExCel.

Whose Olympics? Counter Olympic Network action planning meeting + special guests
Thursday 12th April, Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, Greater London E1 6LS
The Olympics are upon us – and people from London to Portland and beyond are sick of being sacrificed for this giant corporate bonanza. Come along to Bishopsgate Institute to plan for a major action – the target, location, date and nature of the action are all open for discussion. Speakers include Clayton Thomas-Muller from Indigenous Environmental Network.

Launch of Greenwash Gold 2012 Campaign
Monday 16 April, 7 – 9pm, Amnesty International UK Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA.
April 16th marks the 100 day countdown to the start of the Olympics: 100 days for some of the world’s most disreputable corporations – like Rio Tinto, Dow and BP – to keep using the Olympics as a smokescreen for environmental and human rights abuses the world over.
Meredith Alexander, the ex Olympic ‘Ethics Csar’ who stepped down over controversial sponsorship decisions, will be introducing members of communities impacted by Olympic sponsors all over the world, and we will be launching a new campaign to stop Dow, BP and Rio Tinto from winning at the 2012 Olympics.»

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