TIAA-CREF organizing

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[ed:  those of you following TIAA-CREF organizing may be 
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From: NJWollman at manchester.edu

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Nov. 13, Tue, 9-11 AM. Annual Shareholder meeting of  TIAA-
CREF. Call for $280 billion pension giant to invest in positive 
ventures (like low-income housing) & divest Unocal, Nike, BP, 
Philip-Morris, and World Bank bonds."Out of the Bad & into the 
Good,"  (outside of 730 Third Ave.-between 45th and 46th). 
Sponsored by Free Burma Coalition, Students for a Free Tibet, 
Infact, Global Sweatshop Coalition, Press for Change, Social 
Choice for Social Change, U.S. Tibet Committee, and World Bank 
Bonds Boycott. 212--674-9499, nicadlw at earthlink.net  

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ACTIVISTS PROTEST AT ANNUAL SHAREHOLDER MEETING 
TO URGE PENSION FUND TO INVEST ITS MONEY MORE 
RESPONSIBLY  

WHAT:  

Activists, community groups, and professors are rallying outside the 
headquarters of TIAA-CREF, the largest pension system in the 
country, calling on it to do the right thing with CREF investments: 
"Get Out of the Bad, and Into the Good". Sponsoring groups 
include the Free Burma Coalition, Global Sweatshop Coalition, 
Infact, Students for a Free Tibet, Nikeworkers.org, Press for 
Change, World Bank Bonds boycott, and Social Choice for Social 
Change: Campaign for a New TIAA-CREF. They are urging TIAA-
CREF to divest of Philip Morris, Nike, British Petroleum, Unocal, 
and World Bank Bonds; and invest in more socially responsible 
ventures. Activists will sport creative and effective costumes (such 
as academic caps and gowns), props and signs, bringing the 
message home to TIAA-CREF.  


WHEN:  


Tuesday, November 13, 9 to 11 AM  


WHERE:


In front of TIAA-CREF headquarters: 730 Third Avenue (between 
45th and 46th Streets)  


WHY:  


As the nation's largest pension fund, TIAA-CREF, a retirement fund 
mainly for educators, prides itself on being responsive to 
shareholders and a "concerned investor"on social responsibility 
matters. The fund, however, continues to hold large investments 
which put public health, factory workers, and citizens at risk. Why 
should life-giving pension money be invested in deadly tobacco, 
sweatshop labor, energy companies tied to brutal dictatorships, or 
economic ventures that promote miseries for Third World citizens? 
There are more positive ways to invest and still earn good returns. 
A broad-based coalition is calling for funds to be invested in 
affordable housing and in companies which are, for example, 
pioneering socially or environmentally responsible products or 
services.  


Contacts for further information: Main contact in NYC is Dave 
Wilson, 212--674-9499, nicadlw at earthlink.net ; or national 
campaign organizer, Neil Wollman, 219-982-5346, 
njwollman at manchester.edu.  

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WHETHER OR NOT YOU CAN COME TO THE 
DEMONSTRATION, TO SHOW TIAA-CREF OUR CONTINUED 
CONCERN, PLEASE TAKE THREE MINUTES  TO LEND YOUR 
VOICE (weekly if you can):  Ask them for investment in more 
socially responsible companies and in low-income area housing-- 
and to divest from Unocal, Nike, BP, World Bank bonds, and 
Philip-Morris.  


Call John Biggs, CEO, 1-800-TIA-CREF (842-2733), ext. 4280.; or 
212-490-9000. You'll likely have to leave a message with his 
secretary, but do ask for a response. And email Mr. Biggs, as well, 
or instead of, if you can't make a call:(WWW.TIAA-CREF.ORG, 
then click "Contact Us", then "General Information"; an alternative 
if the web site is not working at the time is to email them at 
feedback at tiaa-cref.org). There are various other ways to become 
involved in the campaign, from participation in direct actions, to 
visiting TIAA-CREF trustees and local offices, to getting petition 
signatures, to otherwise. --more info: NJWollman at Manchester.edu  




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