Drone Protesters Target Walmart Shoppers To Boycott Honeywell
On Friday, Oct. 3, from noon to 1 pm, anti-war picketers will ask Wal-Mart shoppers at the downtown White Plains, NY store (275 Main Street) not to buy Honeywell consumer products such as heaters and humidifiers because Honeywell also makes engines for MQ-9 Reaper drones as well as other war materiel, including nuclear weapons.
“We are now in a new war and our members of Congress can’t even call for a vote on it, much less stop it, because they are responsive only to big arms makers and energy-related companies like Honeywell,” said Nick Mottern, local organizer for the nation-wide Boycott and Divest Honeywell campaign. “It’s time to put pressure on the CEOs who are the real bosses of U.S. politics rather than expecting members of Congress like Nita Lowey and Eliot Engel, who take campaign money from arms makers, to represent our interests.” (SEE DETAILS BELOW)
The White Plains Wal-Mart store carries Honeywell heaters, air purifiers, thermostats and humidifiers.
The White Plains action will be in solidarity with similar demonstrations across the country targeting Honeywell International for its war profiteering activities and asking consumers and retailers like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Target, Amazon and Apple to sever their ties with Honeywell.
Beside White Plains, actions are planned on and around Oct. 4 for New York, NY; Rochester, NY; Coconut Creek, FL; the Twin Cities, MN; Columbia, SC; Boston, MA; Hilo, HI; and San Francisco, CA.
This series of protests will inaugurate the long-term, nationwide BadHoneywell campaign. Lowey, Engel Campaign Contributions For her current Congressional run, Congresswoman Lowey, who is the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, which holds the power of the purse over all government spending, including for weapons, received the following from arms makers, including Honeywell.
Northrup Grumman – $12,500
Honeywell International – $10,000
Huntington Ingalls Industries – $10,000
Lockheed Martin – $8,000
Boeing – $8,000
L-3 Communications – $7,500
Carlyle Group – $5,200
Harris Corp – $5,000
Congressman Engel, who is ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which has under its oversight war powers and deployment of US troops, and who sits on the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, received the following campaign contributions from weapons makers for his current reelection bid:
Northrup Grumman – $10,000
Raytheon – $10,000
Lockheed Martin – $8,000
General Atomics – $7,500
Digital Intelligence Systems – $5,000
BAE Systems – $3,500
The Oct. 3 picketing of Wal-Mart in White Plains is endorsed by WESPAC
Foundation, Concerned Families of Westchester, CODEPINK and