Posts Tagged ‘Boycott Bud’
By CHRISTOPHER BURBACH / Omaha World-Herald /January 23, 2013
With protests, lawsuits and political pressure having failed to stop beer sales in tiny Whiteclay, Neb., students from three Nebraska universities and a high school are turning to consumer power as the latest weapon in the decades-long dispute.
It worked with fast food. Maybe, the students reason, it will work with Whiteclay beer sales that contribute to social ills on the neighboring Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
The students, led by Creighton Prep graduates who were first inspired by a high school class, on Tuesday announced a boycott of Budweiser beer and other Anheuser-Busch products. [Goto whiteclayboycott.blogspot.com.] They’re picking on Bud because Anheuser-Busch products compose a large majority of the beer that is sold by the four off-sale stores in Whiteclay — 4.3 million 12-ounce cans in 2011. The town has about a dozen residents. Most of the beer is sold to people from the Pine Ridge reservation, where alcohol is banned. (more…)
KETV Channel 7 News (Omaha) / Jan 22, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. —Local college and high school students are building support against alcohol sales near an Indian reservation.
Creighton University students are leading a boycott of Anheuser-Busch, saying the company is doing injustice to Whiteclay, Neb., near the South Dakota border and the Pine Ridge Reservation. (more…)
The following is the written transcript from the Creighton Whiteclay Awareness news conference held in Omaha on Jan. 22, 2013, announcing a boycott of Anheuser-Busch products:
President, Whiteclay Awareness; Creighton University Senior
My name is Dave Fuxa. I am a senior at Creighton and the President of Whiteclay Awareness, a group founded on supporting the indigenous of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Today I am before you to announce our next step. (more…)
Anheuser-Busch (“Budweiser”) sells 78% of the beer at four liquor stores in Whiteclay. Join the student-led movement to end the injustice. Demand that Anheuser-Busch: (1) end alcohol sales in Whiteclay; and (2) fund expanded alcohol rehab on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Sign the petition at whiteclayboycott.blogspot.com. Boycott Bud, Support Pine Ridge.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe takes a stand for alcohol responsibility by fighting against illegal bootlegging on its reservation
By LISA WIRTHMAN / THE DENVER POST / May 27, 2012
Just six hours from Denver is the town of Whiteclay, Neb. Its population: about 12. Yet in 2010, this tiny town sold 465,000 gallons of beer, enough for nearly 5 million 12-ounce servings.
There’s no place in Whiteclay to legally consume beer, and state law prohibits its resale. So where is all that beer going? (more…)
THE NEW YORK TIMES / Room for Debate / May 16, 2012
Whiteclay, Neb., just across the state line from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times)
In The New York Times earlier this month, Nicholas D. Kristof called for a boycott of Anheuser-Busch because of how the company’s products are affecting residents of an Indian reservation that has been decimated by alcoholism. The reservation is dry, but the nearby town of Whiteclay, Neb., (with a population of about 10 people) “sells more than four million cans of beer and malt liquor annually” and “is the main channel through which alcohol illegally enters the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.”
How can tribes, states, the federal government and local communities deal with alcoholism on and around reservations? If the beer companies and liquor stores are following the law, do they have a further responsibility to their communities?
These questions are discussed by Frank LaMere (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska), Aneel Karnani (University of Michigan), Waheed Hussain (University of Pennsylvania), and Richard B. Luarkie (Governor, Pueblo of Laguna, N.M.)
By JIM HIGHTOWER / May 16, 2012 / NATION OF CHANGE [for audio]
Big brewers like Anheuser-Busch frequently admonish us imbibers of their grain products to “drink responsibly.” Well, I say back to them: Lobby responsibly.
In particular, I point to a disgusting binge of besotted lobbying by Anheuser-Busch (now owned by the Belgian beer conglomerate InBev) and other beer barons this year in the Nebraska legislature. (more…)
By MICHAEL YUDELL (associate professor at Drexel University School of Public Health)/ May 8, 2012 / THE PUBLIC’S HEALTH (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
In Sunday’s New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof called for a boycott of Anheuser-Busch (maker of beers like Budweiser, Rolling Rock, and, for the fancier among you, Stella Artois) for its role in selling alcohol in the tiny Nebraska town of Whiteclay. According to Kristof, the stores in Whiteclay (population: about 10) sell more than four million cans of beer and malt liquor annually, most of it by Anheuser-Busch. (more…)
By NICHOLAS KRISTOF / “On the Ground” / May 5, 2012 / THE NEW YORK TIMES
My Sunday column looks at a particularly egregious example of a company putting greed above conscience. I’m speaking of Anheuser Busch selling hundreds of thousands of gallons of alcohol on the edge of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, knowing that almost all of it will go to illicit drinking on the reservation and feed a devastating alcohol problem there. Incidentally, if you want to learn more about the issue, you can read this Times article or watch the documentary “Battle for Whiteclay.” (The Times reporter and photographer were roughed up in Whiteclay during their reporting, but I ran into no problems.)
A lawsuit was filed against Anheuser Busch in February, but the company isn’t even willing to engage critics and discuss the issue. That’s why I’m undertaking my own personal boycott of Busch products, such as Budweiser: If a company cares only about dollars, a boycott might get its attention. Read the column and tell me what you think. Anyone going to join me?