Mc LIBEL SUPPORT CAMPAIGN (UK)
As the trial of the century looks like it might one day draw to a end (closing speeches are set to finish in December 1996, when the Judge will retire to consider his personal 'verdict' - expected early 1997), preparations are being made to support the next stage of the campaign.
The last 6 years have seen a sustained and determined campaign to expose McDonald's practices in defiance of the company's attempts to silence its critics. Over 1.5 million leaflets have been handed out in this country alone since the writs were served on Helen & Dave, and pickets and protests continue to grow (last year on October 16th over 250 McDonald's stores were leafletted).
With your help, we aim to ensure this continues immediately after the trial, with pickets outside every McDonald's store. The end of the trial will no doubt see McDonald's attempting to swamp the country with their hype and propaganda - they already spend over 50 million pounds p.a. on advertising in the UK ($1.8 billion worldwide). It is up to all of us to build on the unprecedented interest created by the trial and get out on the streets and expose McDonald's for what they really are, and to show McDonald's and other multinationals like them that we will not be silenced by their bullying tactics.
Many thousands of people have already pledged to continue to distribute leaflets about McDonald's, whatever the outcome in the High Court. Enclosed with this mailout is a copy of the recently updated A5 "What's Wrong With McDonald's?" leaflet. It is based on widely available information and has been 100% confirmed by the evidence given in court (often by McDonald's own witnesses). The campaign has been a roaring success and is clearly unstoppable.
Please 'Adopt-a-Store' NOW to assist in the co-ordinated leafletting of all 700+ McGarbage outlets when the trial ends (probably in the Winter of 1996/7) and on other future days of action. The aim is to have a group or individual campaigner associated with every branch. Where a town or city is blighted with more than one McNasty, a contact is needed for each one. Let us know the specific branch that you will be at.
Nearer the time, we hope to put other supporters in your area in touch with you, preferably by phone. Please indicate whether you are willing for your details to be passed on before the event.
Meanwhile, a list of contacts in your area is available from the address below (and may be enclosed) - you may wish to begin networking right away.
As this will be the biggest exercise of this kind that we have ever attempted, we need to begin planning now. Therefore, your immediate reply is appreciated.
The McSpotlight website
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At the end of the McLibel Trial, I will assist distribution of "What's Wrong With McDonald's?" leaflets by 'adopting' the following McDonald's store:
CONTACT NAME: (GROUP NAME): CONTACT ADDRESS: PHONE NUMBER: E-MAIL:
Or in London to/from: McLibel Support Campaign, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX (Tel 0171 713 1269).