Divest: Prison Labor Abuse

They say the average human mind can only authentically remember 7 things; 7-numbers, 7-names, 7 steps. This is why our phone numbers, excluding the area code are 7-digits xxx-xxxx. So here are 7-ish (some grouped together) companies that you can remember to boycott, specifically because of their use of “insourcing” or exploiting prison labor. Now some might question why this is wrong when “it gives prisoners something to do”— well yes, but there are trade laws that forbid us from importing products produced by overseas prisoners—yet we do it at home. More importantly, why is it either or?! Why can’t we provide jobs as an option, A CHOICE, while someone is incarcerated AND offer at least minimum wage?!

.02-.20 cents per hour is slave labor.

Our ask is that you not only boycott the companies but let them know why. We provided a simple script here. If you take 10 minutes out of your day, you can call or email one company a day for the next 7-ish days. That is week of your life, and maybe a lifetime a dignity for someone else.



1. McDonalds & Wendy's

Where is the beef (coming from)?! Also the uniforms? Also-- fast food restaurants have a long list of labor infractions that make your cravings complicit in the exploitation of others. Of course, it doesn't HAVE to be that way-- check out how they do it in Denmark.

McDonald’s CEO: Steve Easterbook (e): steve.easterbrook@us.mcd.com (ph): 630-623-3000
Wendy’s CEO: Todd A. Penegor: 614-764-3100 and press #3.


2. JC Penney & Kmart

These two companies jingle their way through insourcing beyond the holiday cheer. To divest, you are gunna have to get those family portraits taken somewhere else. #JingleNoMoreBells

JC Penney CEO Marvin Ellison: (ph): (972)431-1000 (twitter): @MarvinJCPenney
K-Mart CEO EdwardLampert/ CFO: Robert A. Schriesheim (ph): (847) 286-2500



3. Starbucks

When it comes to overall labor infractions and company policy, Starbucks rhymes with sucks. Let Howie know your giving up your skinny-machiato-latte-kombucha until they stop abusing prison labor!

CEO Howard Schultz: howard.Schultz@starbucks.com



4. Victoria’s (big) Secret

A lot of Season 3 of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” revolves around prison made panties. The cast of OITNB is sewing underwear for a lingerie company called Whispers, which you might assume is a stand-in for Victoria’s Secret. Surprisingly, the story line isn’t far from reality.

Leslie Wexner LWexner@limitedbrands.com,
Sharen Turney sturney@limitedbrands.com
Merv Epstein, CEO of Third Generation, (614) 415-7000


5. British Petroleum

We can't think of a petroleum company that has behaved ethically, but BP tops the list of disgusting. In the aftermath of the Deep Water Horizon tragedy, BP through salt in the wounds of Gulf Coast residents by "insourcing" prisoners to clean up their mess.  The most physically difficult, lowest paying jobs, with the most significant exposure to toxins went predominantly to prisoners and people of color.

Chief Executive Bob Dudley: robert.dudley@bp.com (ph) 442074962107 or call the Houston office (281) 366 2000


6. Sprint, AT&T and Verizon

We are looping these deplorable companies into one. The only solution is drop these guys and switch to Credo- America's only progressive phone company. Credo will even buy out your old contract. BUT! dont jump phoneship until you let the bullies know exactly why you are leaving.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, rs2982@att.com (direct) randall.stephenson@att.com
(ph): 210-351-5401 (alt ph): 210-821-4105 (press 3, ask for Mr. Stephenson's office)

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse: dan.hesse.@sprint.net.

Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell C. McAdam, lowell.mcadam@verizon.com.
corporate office is (212) 395-1000 (press 8, ask for Mr. McAdam)


7. American Airlines & Avis-Budget

If they are able to undercut the costs of their flights and rental cars-- you now know why, because they are insourcing prisoners at their call centers. Don't be complicit in the exploitation of others. Boycott, and let them know why.

 American Airlines CEO: Doug Parker (e): doug.parker@aa.com (direct) Douglas.Parker@AA.com
AA Complaints Main: (817) 963-1234 Customer Service: (817) 963-1234

Avis Budget Group (yup the same), CEO David Wyshner President & CFO, Larry De Shon CEO & COO. These guys were hard to track down- all we found were the public customer service numbers, which you can still call and tell a human why your conscience wont let you buy or rent from them.

Complaints: Main: (973) 496-4700 Toll Free: (800) 352-7900