YOUTHS, KERRY KENNEDY TO RALLY IN TIMES SQUARE TO DEMAND THAT HERSHEY ‘RAISE THE BAR’ ON FORCED CHILD LABOR PRACTICES

Monday, June 6, 2011


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NEW YORK CITY///NEWS ADVISORY// With World Day Against Child Labor right around the corner, students and social justice leaders and groups will gather in front of the Hershey Store in Times Square between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on June 8, 2011 to call on Hershey to eliminate forced, trafficked and child labor from its cocoa supply chain.

Hershey is lagging behind its major international chocolate competitors who have made significant improvements in implementing policies to end these abuses in their chocolate production. The rally, organized by Green America, Global Exchange, and the International Labor Rights Forum, is encouraging America’s No. 1 chocolate company to end these labor violations and to start using Fair Trade Certified chocolate, which also guarantees farmers a stable price and additional funds for community development.

News event speakers will be:

  • Kerry Kennedy, president, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights;
  • Lee Cutler, secretary treasurer, New York State United Teachers Union; and
  • Various students, teachers, and performers from the New York City area.

The “Raise the Bar, Hershey!” Campaign is organized by the non-profit groups Green America, International Labor Rights Forum, and Global Exchange. Over 30,000 consumers have taken action by sending Hershey’s emails, postcards, petitions, and making phone calls to the company asking it to end child labor. Campaign supporters across the country are joining the rally in solidarity by taking part in a national call-in day to Hershey.

For additional background information, please refer to http://www.raisethebarhershey.org

TO PARTICIPATE: You can join this live event at 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. EDT on June 8, 2011 in front of the Hershey Store in Times Square, 1593 Broadway (northwest corner of Broadway and 48th Street, Manhattan. The group will be gathered on Broadway).

MEDIA CONTACT: Patrick Mitchell, (703) 276-3266 or pmitchell@hastingsgroup.com

GREEN AMERICA is the nation’s leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America (formerly Co-op America) provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses and individuals to solve today’s social and environmental problems. http://www.greenamerica.org

GLOBAL EXCHANGE is a membership-based international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. http://www.globalexchange.org

THE INTERNATIONAL LABOR RIGHTS FORUM is an advocacy organization dedicated to achieving just and humane treatment for workers worldwide. http://www.laborrights.org

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For Immediate Release Contact: Patrick Mitchell, (703) 276-3266 or pmitchell@hastingsgroup.com.