November 19, 2004
Take action for an Anti-War Holiday
Dear CODEPINK Activist,
2. Place "surgeon general-type" warning labels on war toys in the stores that say things like: violent toys = violent boys, war is not a game, war is not healthy for children, etc. You can download these from our site. www.codepinkalert.org
3. Talk directly to store owners and managers and ask them to stop selling war toys. Tell them you and your friends are considering no longer shopping at the store if war toys continue to be sold. Make buttons that say â€śSay No to War Toysâ€ť or â€śWar is Not a Gameâ€ť and offer them to the employees.
4. Get a bunch of friends to go with you to each buy a war toy, and then go back to the store later to return them. Create long complaint lines, showing other customers (and hopefully youâ€™ve called the media) why war toys are bad.
5. Create flyers that promote stores that are not selling war toys and give those stores certificates to put in their windows.
6. Target schools. Ask teachers to talk about the negative impact of war toys. Ask schools to ban war toys and not allow kids to have them on the playground. Perhaps you could set up toy exchange, where children turn in their war toys and get some cool, peaceful toy like a hot pink frisbee.
Thanks for your help in making this a safer and more peaceful holiday season,
Andrea, Ariel, Claire, Dana, Gael, Jodie, Medea, Nancy, Sue, Tiffany
Every choice we make creates the world we inhabit. When we choose non-violent toys we create non-violent children. When we choose fair trade tea we create sustainable jobs (Try our delicious raspberry Earl Grey fair trade tea at www.gypsytea.com/osb/itemdetails.cfm?ID=90). When we shop union label we provide health care for the sisters who sew our clothes.
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