Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA), SEIU Local 105, Fight for $15 Denver, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos, Together Colorado, American Friends Services Committee (AFSC), and other local groups rallied at Coors Headquarters on May 1st to launch a boycott of Coors beer.
“We demand that Coors stop funding terror in our communities” stated Lizeth Chacón, Executive Director of COPA. “By supporting Trump and Gardner, the Coors Corporation sends a strong message to the community, that they do not support working families and our communities but solely their personal interest and profit.”
A letter was presented to a Coors staff member decrying the support Coors has provided to anti-immigrant, anti-worker candidates and elected officials such as Senator Cory Gardner and President Trump. The groups demand that Coors stop funding politicians who attack working families, and since Coors is a funder of Senator Cory Gardner, the groups pushed Coors to demand Gardner meet with his constituents. Gardner is one of a few Senators who has refused to meet with his constituents in person. “He is afraid to talk to his own constituents face to face” said Jordan T. García, Immigrant Ally Organizing Director of AFSC. “We will remember this in 2018. If he doesn’t want to meet with us in Colorado, he shouldn’t be representing us in DC.”
“By supporting Trump and Gardner, the Coors Corporation sends a strong message to the community, that they do not support working families and our communities but solely their personal interest and profit”.
The May 1st action is part of the national movement RISE UP!. As Kica Matos of Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) described: “On Monday, May 1st, in 200 events (and still growing) across the United States, hundreds of thousands of immigrant Americans and their supporters loudly made their voices heard. The immigrant rights movement, standing arm-in-arm with our allies in the faith community, the environmental movement, labor unions, business community and women’s groups will send a strong message: We will not stand for one dollar being allocated to Donald Trump’s hateful immigration policies. We will not tolerate his continuing efforts to criminalize immigrants and separate families. Any support whatsoever for his deportation machinery is unacceptable to all Americans of goodwill.”
“It is clear these politicians are not representing nor acknowledging their constituents and so it is time for us to take the fight to the funders.” said Michaela Miller, a member leader with COPA. “We are calling on communities across the nation to join us today. Boycott Coors and stand up for democracy!”