David Hogg started the boycott of Fox News advertisers, now we need to finish it…
by Marc Keyser, TheResistance.Blog
Now that we are in position of advantage, we need to expand the boycott against Fox News advertisers and target My Pillow.
Parkland student David Hogg called for a boycott of Fox News advertisers, and some 23 advertisers have cancelled their ads. But My Pillow is openly defying the boycott, and Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity are still on the air. We need to take the boycott to the next level.
Call and Boycott My Pillow.
Call 1-800-544-8939. Tie up the phones, interrupt their business and give them financial losses large enough to convince them to cancel their advertising with Fox News. Make an example of My Pillow and send a message to the rest of the advertisers on Fox that it’s in their best interest to drop Fox News… or get hit with Phone Boycott.
Parkland Students targeted First National Bank of Omaha with a Phone Boycott.
The Parkland students and their supporters didn’t boycott the bank by refusing to bank there. They took to the phones calling First Nation Bank of Omaha to demand the bank stop sponsoring NRA credit cards. The bank only had about 4,000 calls coming in a day before they surrendered.
What is a boycott?
A boycott is when consumers stop using, buying, or dealing with a business, or country as an expression of protest, usually for social, political, or environmental reasons. The purpose of a boycott is to inflict economic losses on the target and vent moral outrage to compel them to alter an objectionable behavior. A boycott can be a form of consumer activism. When a similar practice is legislated by a national government, it’s known as a sanction.
The farm workers grape boycott is a prime example of a consumer activism
The Delano grape strike was headed by the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and the United Farm Workers against grape growers in California. The strike began on 8 September 1965 and lasted more than five years. The consumer boycott of non-union grapes ended in a significant victory for the United Farm Workers as well as its first contract with the growers.
The grape boycott took five years, the phone boycott of First National Bank of Omaha took less than 10 days to force the bank to meet the demands of the Parkland students. All people had to to was call the bank.
What’s a Phone Boycott?
The Parkland Students did their boycotting the easy way by phone. The boycotted the First National Bank of Omaha by phone. They didn’t refuse to bank there, they simply called the bank and the sheer volume of calls began to brown out the phones. They had to call to tell the bank they were boycotting the bank… or how would the bank know it was being boycotted? And when enough people began to call, it started to tie up the phones and disrupt business and cost the bank money.
The bank realized that if the phone boycott continued the 4,000 calls a day could easily become 400,000 and the growing. The sheer volume of calls could disrupt their daily business, which could undermine consumer confidence, which could crash their stock, which could lead to a run on the bank, which could bankrupt the bank.
There were no arrests and no violence in the Phone Boycott. Zero.
The bank didn’t try to have anyone arrested for calling because arresting one consumer would be like shooting a signal flare into an oil spill on the freeway in rush hour traffic. Arresting a few callers would not intimidate consumers. Threatening consumers who might call infringes on the inalienable rights of the better part of 7.6 billion consumers to use their phones to call a business open to the public.
Arresting people for calling the bank would not be a deterrent, it would not stop other people from calling. Just the opposite. The arrests would make the news, which would go viral, and public outcry could bring not thousands but millions of consumers to the phone calling with a vengeance until they utterly destroyed business at the bank
First National settled quickly before the disruption to their communications caused significant financial losses, before investors began to panic and the bank’s stock dropped in value and there was a run on the bank. By being reasonable and meeting the reasonable demands to drop NRA credit cards, the bank averted any permanent damage.
There was no way for First National Bank to physically prevent people from calling to complain.
Activists used their smartphones to call the bank, more importantly they used their smartphones to social network and activate people from all over to join in calling. Younger people are particularly adept at telecommunications technology and now they have discovered how to use their smartphones for social protest, they are a force to be reckoned with.
The Phone Boycott of First National Bank sent a message to other corporations doing business with the NRA.
Seeing first-hand the damage the Student Phone Protest did to First National Bank of Omaha, other companies wanted out. Delta, United Airlines, Best Western cut ties with the NRA. Along with airlines, car rental giants Avis, Hertz and Enterprise, the Best Western hotel chain, and the global insurance company MetLife. More than a dozen other corporations have severed affiliations with the NRA.
Laura Ingraham attacked David Hogg for wanting sensible gun control.
David Hogg responded with a boycott of Fox News advertisers to put economic sanctions on Fox News to convince them to fire Ingraham. He used Twitter to launched the Fox News Boycott that so far has convinced some 23 advertisers to cancel their advertising.