Target: Muhtar Kent, Coca Cola CEO
Goal: Urge Coca Cola to condemn Russia’s anti-gay agenda in the Sochi Winter Olympics
The Russian parliament and president Vladimir Putin have recently gone on a rampage, destroying and denigrating the rights and freedoms of Russia’s gay citizens. They have put laws into effect that illegalize “gay propaganda,” a phrase so loosely defined that it could apply to anything from visual art to teachers in their classrooms. The law institutes fines and punishments up to 3-year jail sentences for those found guilty of breaking the law, including foreigners on Russian soil.
These laws have led to a direct increase in public anti-gay violence along with a strong anti-gay sentiment that pervades the social climate, with some international rights groups calling the situation “the worst human rights climate in the post-Soviet era.”
Not only do these absurd and myopic laws endanger the safety and wellbeing of Russia’s own gay citizenry, but as this year’s Winter Olympics are being held in Sochi, these laws pose serious threats to the international community. Visiting athletes and their supporters are in danger of fines and jail sentences if they dare to speak out about gay rights, and their very lives are at stake in the volatile anti-gay climate amidst the population.
Coca Cola is a major investor in the Sochi Olympics, and their condemnation of these brutal affronts to civil liberties would not be ignored. Executives at Coca Cola will be meeting in order to discuss whether or not to condemn Russia and its anti-gay agenda. Please sign this petition to urge Coca Cola to condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws.
Dear Muhtar Kent,
Recently, Russian parliament and Vladimir Putin have established some horrific anti-gay laws that threaten the human rights of the Russian gay community and have lead to a spike in anti-gay violence in Russia. These draconian laws criminalize homosexuality to the point where the international community’s athletes and supporters are also at risk in the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics.
I am writing to ask you to please consider using Coca Cola’s vast influence over the Winter Olympics to condemn these terrible laws and encourage Russian parliament to re-think its stance on the gay community. We need this backward way of thinking to become financially unsustainable for Russia.
Please aid the gay community and the world community in this matter by showing your support for equality and freedom.
[Your Name Here]
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