(en) Hyundai boycott local contacts

Shawn Ewald (shawn@wilshire.net)
Sun, 30 Nov 1997 16:50:54 -0700

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In this alert: 1) Hyundai Boycott Local Contacts 2) Information on ordering "Boycott Hyundai" bumper stickers 3) Requested actions, includes: National Call-In Day: Monday, December 1 National Day of Demonstrations: Saturday, December 6

Hyundai Boycott Local Contacts

These contact people have expressed interest in or already have organized activities. Have we missed you? Let us know if you would like to be added to the list of local contacts for organizing activities in support of the Han Young workers.

CANADA: NATIONWIDE CONTACT Lynda Yanz Maquila Solidarity Network perg@web.net LONDON, ONTARIO Lukas Neville neville@execulink.com


ARIZONA: PHOENIX Andy English JWJ aenglish@crl.com TUCSON Kate Griffith AFSC afscaz@azstarnet.com

CALIFORNIA: LONG BEACH John Gibson 213-664-3440 LOS ANGELES Dave Campbell OCAW ocaw1675@igc.apc.org RIVERSIDE Ralph Armbruster rarmbrus@wizard.ucr.edu SACRAMENTO Rudy Preston SILR porudy@ucdavis.edu SAN DIEGO Mary Tong SCMW scmw@juno.com SAN FRANCISCO Medea Benjamin Global Exchange gx-medea@globalexchange.org SANTA MARIA Amber Rogers Perseph330@aol.com

COLORADO, DENVER Rick Clifford rclifford@linkvtc.com

CONNECTICUT, NEW LONDON George Klinck Clarke klinck@aol.com

DC, WASHINGTON Sara Anderson jcavanagh@igc.apc.org

GEORGIA, ATLANTA George Nikas Atlanta-IWW gnikas@unix.cc.emory.edu Beth Lavoie Atlanta-IWW dckom@future.atlcom.net

ILLINOIS, CHICAGO Hannah Frisch hf52@aol.com

KANSAS: LAWRENCE/KANSAS CITY Judy Ancel jancel@igc.org

KENTUCKY, LOUISVILLE Nancy Jakubiak jpclif01@ulkyvm.louisville.edu

MASSACHUSETTS, BOSTON Grassroots International 617-524-1400

MICHIGAN, DETROIT Brad Markell 313-565-0791 (h) 313-769-4141 (w) Fred Chase Ypsilanti-IWW and JWJ iww@igc.org

MINNESOTA, MINNEAPOLIS Larry Weiss Resource Center of the Americas rctamn@maroon.tc.umn.edu

MISSOURI: KANSAS CITY Judy Ancel jancel@igc.org

NEW HAMPSHIRE Arnie Alpert AFSC aalpert@igc.org

NEW JERSEY: RIDGEWOOD Robert Newton bnewton@rosie.ldgo.columbia.edu TRENTON John Kirkland ltpoodle@erols.com

NEW MEXICO: ALBUQUERQUE Tina Faulkner Borderlines tinaf@unm.edu SANTA FE Harry Smith hsmiolph.parti@ecunet.org

NEW YORK: BUFFALO Leslie Rockenbach ljr5@acsu.buffalo.edu ITHACA Peter Mott Interconnect 716-381-5606 NEW YORK CITY Grace Hong khong@ucsd.edu

OHIO, CINCINNATI Dan La Botz 103144.2651@compuserve.com

OREGON: ASHLAND Wes Brain OPEU brain@mind.net EUGENE Dan Goldrich CISCAP dgoldric@oregon.uoregon.edu PORTLAND Chris Ferlazzo PCASC pcasc@igc.apc.org

PENNSYLVANIA: PHILADELPHIA Mitch Chanin peacedel@netaxs.com John Bracken jbracken@pobox.asc.upenn.edu Andrea Saenz asaenz@igc.apc.org PITTSBURGH Myron and Nancy Arnowitt PLANTA mann@igc.apc.org

TEXAS: AUSTIN Cristine Neuman Ortiz and Jeff Rowell Border Voices 512-264-0834 EL PASO Debbie Nathan dnathan@utep.edu SAN ANTONIO Marta Ojeda Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras cjm@ipc.apc.org

UTAH, SALT LAKE CITY Dayne Goodwin Dayne.R.Goodwin@m.cc.utah.edu

VIRGINIA, RICHMOND Wes Hare JHHare@aol.com


WISCONSIN, MILWAUKEE Rick Kissell rkissell@execpc.com

WYOMING, LARAMIE Ryan Van Bibber taxman@uwyo.edu


"Boycott Hyundai" bumper stickers!!! Printed in a union shop, with the union "bug."

$1.00 each or $6.00 for 10. Add $2.50 per order for shipping and handling. Order from:

Labor/Community Alliance P.O. Box 5077 Fresno Ca 93755

If you have questions about the bumper stickers, call (209) 226-0477 or e-mail CLR2@igc.apc.org.



Monday, December 1 will be a national call-in day to Hyundai Motors. Call Chris Hosford, National Manager of Government Affairs and Public Relations for Hyundai Motors USA, (714) 965-3470. Emphasize that the workers will have been on an hunger strike for 12 days by that point and this is giving Hyundai an image nationwide of blatant disregard for human life. If you get a machine, please leave a message expressing your concerns. Sample message:

I am calling to express my concern about the treatment of the Han Young workers near Tijuana, Mexico. These workers receive less than $1 per hour doing dangerous work such as arc welding, for which they are not provided even the most basic safety equipment. The Mexican government and Han Young management continue to deny them the right to be represented by the union of their choice. The Han Young factory where these workers are employed produces exclusively for Hyundai. Under Mexican law, that makes Hyundai responsible for violations of these workers' rights. I intend to support a boycott of Hyundai Motors until the Han Young workers are represented by the union of their choice. I'm telling my friends and associates about the boycott of Hyundai Motors.

Hyundai spokespeople may seek to distance Hyundai Motors from the Tijuana operation, Hyundai Precision America. The following information is relevant to that issue:

The Hyundai plant near Tijuana makes tractor trailers. Hyundai Motors and the Tijuana plant are both part of the same Hyundai corporate structure. The various divisions of Hyundai work closely together in financing and other aspects of business. The president of the entire Hyundai conglomerate used to be in charge of Hyundai Precision America and was in Tijuana in recent weeks, meeting with management of Hyundai Precision America about the Han Young situation. Also, his son-in-law, Ted Chung, is the current president of Hyundai Precision America.


Saturday, December 6 will be another national day of demonstrations and leafleting outside Hyundai car dealerships. Please organize actions in your community. We especially encourage the building of local coalitions including peace & justice, labor, students and other concerned citizens. If there is a Korean American population on your campus or in your community, it would be helpful to meet with representatives of local organizations, to explain the basis for the Hyundai boycott. In all outreach, please clarify that nothing in this struggle should be construed as anti-Korean.

Concerned citizens, especially clergy and laity, might consider doing a one-day fast on December 6 in support of the Han Young hunger strikers and in coordination with local demonstrations.


1) Call your local Hyundai dealerships today. Look in the Yellow Pages under "Auto Dealers - New Cars." See the sample statement under "National Call-In Day."

2) Continue to organize leafleting at Hyundai dealerships on any dates which meet local needs. Leaflet masters are available in the Hyundai action packet. If your city has an upcoming car show, this would be an excellent venue for leafleting. You might want to call ahead to determine whether Hyundai will be an exhibitor at the show in your community. Remaining 1997 car shows:

Anaheim, CA: November 22-30; Convention Center; (800) 345-1487. Phoenix: November 26-30; Civic Plaza; (800) 345-1487. Orlando, FL: December 3-7; Convention Center; (800) 345-1487. Washington, DC: December 26-January 3; Convention Center; (301) 670-1110. Indianapolis: December 27-January 4; Convention Center; (317) 266-8455.

3) Organize a delegation of clergy and laity and progressive local business representatives (people in suits) to schedule a meeting with: the management of Hyundai dealerships and, if your city has any of these: administrative offices for any division of Hyundai, a Mexican consulate, a Korean consulate.

4) If there is a Hyundai administrative office in your city, please organize a leafleting action when employees are likely to be entering or leaving the building. It would be helpful to include in your leaflets an invitation to Hyundai employees who feel that they have been unfairly treated by the company to come forward with their stories. Give a local contact number for Hyundai employees to call.


Religious leaders and representatives of human rights groups are asked to come to Tijuana to visit the hunger strikers and then to carry their testimony back to U.S. communities. These are to be working delegations. Clergy will be meeting with their counterparts in Tijuana to urge them to contact the governor of Baja California. Catholic clergy are especially urged to come. Participants will have to pay their own transportation to and from San Diego. Costs on the ground will be negligible. If you are considering participating in such a delegation, call the Support Committee for Maquiladora Workers to make arrangements: (619) 542-0826.

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