New Virginia Coalition Urges Kroger, Target, Other U.S. Retailers to Denounce Greenpeace to Protect Local Jobs
“Coalition to Protect Virginia Jobs warns of state economic fallout from capitulating to activist demands, closing local paper company
RICHMOND, VAThe Coalition to Protect Virginia Jobs, a new project committed to safeguarding local businesses and workers against unfounded attacks by out-of-state activist groups like Greenpeace, was officially launched today.
Comprised of leading local organizations including Americans for Prosperity Virginia and the Virginia Federation of Tea Party Patriots, members of CPVJ have united to pursue a shared goal: staving off job loss and other economic fallout by preventing retailersranging from Costco to Krogerfrom capitulating to extremist demands issued by groups such as Greenpeace.
Greenpeaces history is littered with economic collateral damage. Now the activist group has Virginia in its crosshairs, said AFP-Virginia state director and CPVJ founding member Audrey Berkshire Jackson.
Greenpeace is bullying leading retailers for offering American consumers high-quality, low-cost products made by Virginias own Mercury Paper Company. The more than 150 jobs and over $21 million the paper manufacturer has brought to our state are at stake.
Mark Lloyd, chairman of Virginia Tea Party Patriots, added, This is an activist attack on Virginias working class. The number of workers in Virginias manufacturing sector has dropped by nearly 50% in the past 20 years. If Wal-Mart, Kroger and other retailers cave to the green elite, we will lose even more well-paying jobs for Virginian workers.
Virginias elected officials should be urged not to tolerate attempts by Greenpeace to drive businesses from the Commonwealth.
In 2010, Mercury opened its headquarters in Strasburg, VAa region that had seen unemployment hit a high of 9.7 percent. At a time when some other companies were reining in investment and cutting jobs, Mercury demonstrated a dedication to creating prosperity and opportunity for people in Virginia.
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Coalition to Protect Virginia Jobs
The Coalition to Protect Virginia Jobs (CPVJ) is a project of Americans for Prosperity Virginia (AFPVA) and the Virginia Federation of Tea Party Patriots with the aim of urging Kroger, Target and others to continue to source from local Virginia supplier, Mercury Paper, and reject the smear campaign of Greenpeace that threatens jobs and the livelihoods of hard working Virginians.