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New England Supermarket Chain Arrests Anti-GE Food Protestors

12/18/03
Boston, Massachusetts

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TRUE FOOD NETWORK ACTION ALERT!

TRUE FOOD NETWORK MEMBERS AND OTHERS TURNED AWAY AT SHAW'S CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS! IN AN ATTEMPT TO DELIVER NEARLY 7,000 PLEDGE CARDS, PAUL GANNON REFUSES TO ACCEPT THEM

3 STUDENTS ARRESTED TRYING TO DELIVER CARDS AT COPLEY SQUARE SHAW'S

Tuesday morning, True Food Network activists and representatives from the
Biotechnology Project at the Institute for Social Ecology, and Northeast
Organic Farming Association, held a press conference at Shaw's corporate
headquarters to announce the delivery of nearly 7,000 Shaw's pledge cards.
Close to 7,000 concerned customers signed the cards, pledging not to buy
Shaw's store brand products until the company agrees to eliminate GE ingredients.
Though we attempted to hand-deliver your pledges to Paul Gannon, Shaw's CEO,
we were told by Shaw's that if we stepped onto their property we would be
arrested immediatly. Shaw's representatives refused to come out of the
building to receive the pledges and refused all attempts by the group to be escorted
onto the property by their company security guard.

Group representatives felt your pledges were too important to leave with a
security guard, and attempted to deliver them to the store manager at Shaw's
flagship Copley Square store in Boston.

Shaw's again refused to accept the pledge cards and had three students from
the Student Environmental Action Coalition arrested for trespassing and distubing
the peace when they refused to leave without a response from the CEO, Paul
Gannon.

TELL SHAW'S TO STOP HIDING AND STOP ARRESTING THEIR CUSTOMERS!!
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
Call, email or fax Paul Gannon, Shaw's CEO, and demand that he meet with
True Food Network representatives to discuss customer concerns about GE foods in
Shaw's store brands and to accept your signed Shaw's pledges. Shaw's has
repeatedly stated that their customers "don't care" about GE foods - nearly
7,000 pledges and tens of thousands of emails, phone calls and letters,
should show them otherwise. It appears Shaw's would rather threaten and arrest its
customers than sit down and talk about the issue.

Please Take Action Now!
Paul T Gannon, Shaw's CEO
Phone: (508) 313-4000
Fax: (508) 313-3112
Email: paul.gannon@shaws.com

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