Activists hope to disrupt Perrier
Two groups to protest privatization
of Michigans Great Lakes water basin
Posted: September 19, 2002
Several water activist groups will organize in Stanwood
Saturday as part of an attempt to disrupt business for the
Swiss-based water giant, Nestle Waters North America.
The Michigan Citizens for Water
Conservation and the Sweetwater Alliance legally will
picket the Ice Mountain/Perrier bottling plant as part
of a weeklong series of events protesting the privatization
of Michigans Great Lakes water basin.
The picket and rally is the third
direct action against the actual Ice Mountain.
Were modeling it after
the action and rally we had last April, said Clare
senior Jon Keesecker, Sweetwater Alliance member. We
had about 250 people turn out for that picket, so were
hoping for at least that many.
The day of action has been scheduled
in conjunction with Fridays speech to be given by
internationally-known water scholar and author of Blue
Gold Maude Barlow. The speech takes place at 4 p.m.
in the Bovee University Center Auditorium.
The rally will begin at noon at
the car-pool parking lot off U.S. Highway 131, Stanwood
Exit 131. Participants will march a mile to the plant
for the rally. Speakers, food and music are also scheduled
in conjunction with the picket. Keesecker asks those participating
to wear blue and bring their own water bottle.
I think were (Sweetwater)
growing and more people are becoming aware of the issue,
Keesecker said .
MCWC and Sweetwater Alliance have
participated in several actions against Ice Mountain in
protest of water privatization, during the past year,
including no-shop protests and boycotts, but Robert Bartle
of Sweetwater Alliance North said the protest of Ice Mountains
presence in Michigan is only one of the issues the groups
are concerned about.
As a group, were looking
at the water issue in a holistic sense, Bartle said.
People interested in the rally should arrive at the car-pool
lot and being ready to march by noon.
Stanwood Ice Mountain Bottling
Plant representatives were unavailable for comment.