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Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Miller; Always a Bad Call!

Why this immigrant rights march is brought to you by Miller

Chicago Tribune, September 1, 2006

Marchers had to duck into fast-food restaurants for water when they first took to Chicago's streets in support of illegal immigrants five months ago. At the next two marches, family-owned grocery stores offered free bottled water from trucks emblazoned with their names.
This time, as demonstrators march from Chinatown to House Speaker Dennis Hastert's (R-Ill.) Batavia office this weekend, they will have Miller Brewing Co., as a sponsor. The brewer has paid more than $30,000 for a planning convention, materials and newspaper ads publicizing the event.
The support of a major corporation for a controversial political cause shows how fierce the competition has become to woo the growing market of Latino consumers.
For Miller, the march offered a special chance to catch up. This spring the brewer drew the ire of pro-immigrant forces over contributions to U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), who sponsored legislation that would crack down on illegal immigrants. That prompted a short-lived boycott by some Latino groups.
Now, march advertisements feature not just the organizing committee's trademark blue globe but Miller's logo and a Spanish translation of its "Live Responsibly" slogan, a company effort to build goodwill among Latinos.
But this march is no Cinco de Mayo parade. The politically charged event will promote a controversial plan to end deportations and offer legal status for all 11 million to 12 million undocumented immigrants. That creates potential pitfalls for any businesses lending support, experts say.
At the same time business sponsorships have forced activists to confront whispers that they are commercializing their movement when they accept much-needed donations.
"We would love to have 20 corporate logos. It doesn't mean we are selling the movement out," said Jorge Mujica, a member of the March 10 Committee. "The principles and demands remain the same. They are helping out this movement and we are happy with that."
Labor unions remain the movement's backbone with four major unions bringing at least 600 marchers on buses from throughout Chicago. Religious groups have been key too. Some marchers will bed down in churches and a mosque.
But businesses have become vital to this weekend's Immigrant Workers Justice Walk, which will cover 45 miles to Hastert's district office. Hundreds of marchers plan to cover the entire span from Friday through Monday, and organizers need food and water for them.
Sometimes political and commercial messages are mingled…
But the presence of Miller at a welcoming reception the day before the Aug. 12-13 planning convention raised eyebrows.
The convention brought together labor unions, anti-war groups, immigrant service organizations and even socialist political candidates.
Hours before bashing NAFTA and U.S. foreign policy, participants at the Aug. 11 reception mingled with the Miller Girls, the company's public relations ambassadors, amid a display of Miller logos.
That Miller was involved in the first place is one measure of the growing power of immigrants. After the boycott announcement, the company approached march organizers to try to find common ground, and agreed to back the march organizers' efforts.
Miller is also bankrolling informational ads in Voces Migrantes, or Migrant Voices, a community newspaper in Chicago, and has promised scholarships for area Latinos.
Mathew Romero, the company's local market development manager, said Miller felt it was important to speak out against Sensenbrenner's legislation, though his campaign was one of many the company supported.
Romero noted that company founder Frederick Miller was a German immigrant and many current executives are foreign nationals. Miller is now part of London-based SABMiller…
March organizers say they have not made any full-fledged sales pitches to major corporations and are having internal discussions about whether they should make a real push. That can be a tough decision, according to march organizer Gabe Gonzalez.
Gonzalez said he represents those in the movement--maybe half the total, he thinks -- who don't even consider themselves capitalists. Many have been involved with labor campaigns targeting specific companies.
March organizers shot down a suggestion that they approach Coca-Cola, for example, because of what they perceive as the company's labor abuses in the developing world, a cause celebre among liberal activists…

Don’t like Miller Decision? Then you make the call and complain, and here’s how:

Milwaukee: 414.931.2000 Miller corporate headquarters) [takes you to a recording; callers should press “0” to talk to operator>
Eden, NC: 336.627.2100 (Miller regional brewery)
Trenton, OH: 513.896.9200 (regional brewery) [get recorded list of departments {e.g., plant mgr., brewing, etc.}
Albany, GA: 229.420.5000 (regional brewery) [takes you to a recording; callers should press “0” to talk to operator>
Ft. Worth, TX: 817.551.3300 (regional brewery) [press “1” to get list of departments>
Irwindale, CA: 626.969.6811 (regional brewery) [get recorded list of departments>


Blogger Bobkatt said...

Well this is terrible news by-cracky.
The Crocodile Hunter is dead.
By Paul Tait

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Steve Irwin, the quirky Australian naturalist who won worldwide acclaim, was killed by a stingray barb through the chest on Monday while diving off Australia's northeast coast, emergency officials and witnesses said.

"Steve was hit by a stingray in the chest," said local diving operator Steve Edmondson, whose Poseidon boats were out on the Great Barrier Reef when the accident occurred.

"He probably died from a cardiac arrest from the injury," he said.Crocodile Hunter is dead.

Mon Sep 04, 08:31:00 AM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Well, at least they're not giving out that monkey piss they call beer...

Mon Sep 04, 04:22:00 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

QD: ROTFLMAO!!! The only thing worse are Coors and Milwaukee's Best. (Boy, I'd hate to see their worst!)

Sad news about Irwin.

Mon Sep 04, 07:01:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

I really hated to hear about Steve Irwin.

I've pretty much sworn off all alcohol, since I got religion, but when I was a beer drinker, it had to be 1) Red Stripe 2) Sam Adams 3) Heineken 4) Harp Lager or 5) Dock Street (a local beer).

Coors may be the worst thing out there, other than Miller or Budweiser. Eckk...

How could it be that Spud was the "chief beer sponsor" of the World Cup that was just held in Germany, for crimminy's sake?

Mon Sep 04, 11:20:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

I don't see the problem, from a business buy some banners, some ads, you spend some time gladhanding and you earn the loyalty of a group that feels more and more, whether they're here legally or not, that they are not welcome. That'll sell beer, and that's what they do to earn a living. Now THAT'S living...the High Life.

Tue Sep 05, 05:26:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Rogue, you are right. From a business standpoint Miller is making a good decision because they have the opportunity to gain new consumers by involving themselves in these pro-illegal immigration marches. But, it is only a good business decision if current Miller drinkers do not stage their own protest against Miller beer and thus boycott purchasing their product. In which case, they run the risk of losing current consumers while not necessarily gaining any consumers; Hispanics are not going to drink Miller beer just because they get involved in these marches and if they lose more than they gain then it was a horrible business decision.
From a social standpoint, Miller by contributing money to these marches is supporting illegal immigration and law breaking. This would be similar to say if Miller decided to contribute to a Pro-Choice or Pro-Life rally. By contributing money to this cause, Miller has clearly chosen sides.
Of course Miller is a business and as a business they do not care about social issues or what is best for the country, and instead their only concern is the bottom line and making money. But here, they have decided that they can make more money by supporting illegal immigration believing that people who are against illegal immigration will not be offended or upset and boycott their product.
If Miller is successful than more companies will attempt to do the same thing, and the pro-illegal immigration movement will get more support from big business not only in Congress but financially.
I for one will not drink another Miller beer or Miller product again until they recant. And I am going to spread the word to everyone I know too to do the same.

Tue Sep 05, 09:45:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

I can't see this hurting Miller. While it is certainly a possiblity, this board is the only place that I've heard anything about it. And even if it became a much larger story, Miller would still be getting more brand name mentions on TV, print and internet than they could have ever bought. It's all about getting the name out there, which in turn, they'll hope will move some brew! NOw, as for my favorite adult beverages, 1) Victory Beers (from PA) 2) Guiness 3) Fosters (gotta be an Oil Can) 4) Sierra Nevada 5) Iron City-joking! I do like Rogue Arrogant Bastard Ale too...go figure!

Wed Sep 06, 05:31:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

The sad thing is that this is not a widely publicized story although it should be because it shows what is going on in this country and why the Congress won’t pass stricter illegal immigration laws. Big business is pro illegal immigration and big business keeps Congressman in office, and the people and the voters lose.
But that does not mean that I won’t try to spread the word.

Wed Sep 06, 11:32:00 PM  

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