Additional Resources

Killer Coke

This campaign site, organized by human rights activists and student groups, lists union workers killed in Colombia, including union members from the bottling plant in Carepa featured in the story. The site also provides news on the latest developments in the campaign against the soft drink giant, including how to organize protests and how to boycott Coca-Cola products. The primary demand of student activists, politicians and others involved in the campaign is that Coca-Cola allow an independent investigation of its bottling operations in Colombia. Protesters argue that this is the only material way the company can prove it is not complicit in the violence against Colombian union members.

CokeFacts.Org: The Truth About the Coca-Cola Company Around the World defends the global business practices of the Coca-Cola Company and provides case studies of community initiatives sponsored by the company, including a program in Colombia to help young victims of land mines. Coca-Cola has operated in Colombia for 70 years and states that despite the volatile environment, the company and its bottling partners “have maintained operations and worked to provide safe, stable economic opportunities for the people of Colombia.”

Coca-Cola FEMSA

Following a merger in 2003, Coca-Cola FEMSA became the second-largest Coca-Cola bottler in the world and the largest in Latin America. The official site of Coca-Cola FEMSA provides a corporate profile and history of the company, including corporate governance and ethics, quarterly investment reports, and the latest stock quotes. Sixty-four Coca-Cola-owned sub-brands are also listed on the site, including such popular brands as Schweppes, Fanta, Canada Dry and Sprite.

Colombia Journal

Launched in 2000, Colombia Journal was created to build awareness of political, social and economic issues in Colombia and how such issues are reflected in U.S. foreign policy. The site provides ongoing reports on and analyses of efforts to secure peace and democracy in the war-stricken country and lays out the pathology of violence there over the past 50 years.

United Students Against Sweatshops

Supported by students from more than 200 campuses across the United States, this site focuses on campaign activity to promote sweatshop-free labor and to help build awareness of worker rights issues around the world. The Killer Coke campaign is one of many initiatives that aim to educate consumers about their purchasing decisions.

International Labor Rights Fund

This is the official site of the International Labor Rights Fund, a human rights organization set up to advocate for the working poor around the world. Lawyers from the group filed lawsuits against Coca-Cola on behalf of Colombian and Turkish workers who were allegedly intimidated and violated while working at Coca-Cola bottling plants operating in those countries.

Colombia: This Little Old Town

In this January 2006 Rough Cut, FRONTLINE/World reporter Deborah Correa returns to Colombia, where she lived as a young girl, to follow a group of refugees in Bogotá who, despite the dangers, are determined to return to the countryside and reclaim the villages they were forced to flee five years earlier by violent guerrilla forces.

Colombia: The Pipeline War

This FRONTLINE/World story from November 2002 follows the conflict surrounding a U.S.-owned oil pipeline. The report reveals how the oil has fueled warfare between leftist rebels, right-wing paramilitaries and the Colombian army -- with civilians caught in the middle.