Activists to Protest at Gap Headquarters Thursday to Demand It Stop Funding U.S. Chamber

Oct. 3, 2017

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Activists to Protest at Gap Headquarters Thursday to Demand It Stop Funding U.S. Chamber

WHAT: Protest to demand that Gap stop funding the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Gap faces growing public pressure to stop funding a trade association whose activities conflict with its own stated positions as well as the deeply held beliefs of many of its customers. The protest is being hosted by 350 Bay Area, the Center for Biological Diversity, Corporate Accountability International, CREDO, Daily Kos, Earthworks, Greenpeace, MoveOn Contra Costa, Public Citizen, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club and the Sunflower Alliance.

Earlier this year, Gap CEO Art Peck received a letter from a coalition of more than 50 domestic and international nonprofits urging the retailer to stop funding the Chamber. While Gap claims to support action on climate change and equal pay for women, the Chamber, the nation’s largest lobbying group, has taken the opposite position on both of these issues. Over the past two decades, the Chamber has spent almost $1.4 billion in lobbying; it has spent more than $150 million in dark money on congressional races, almost exclusively in support of anti-climate candidates.

Over the summer, CREDO Action, Corporate Accountability International, Daily Kos, Public Citizen and Sierra Club collected approximately 200,000 petition signatures asking Gap to stop funding the Chamber and its reactionary agenda. The groups will deliver the petition and urge the Gap to join other Fortune 500 companies, such as Apple, Pacific Gas & Electric and CVS, that have stopped funding the Chamber.

WHEN: 12:30-1:30 p.m. PDT, Thursday, Oct. 5

WHERE: Gap headquarters, 2 Folsom St., San Francisco, Calif.

WHO: Gayle McLaughlin, former two-term mayor of Richmond
Aaron Peskin, member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Representatives from 350 Bay Area, the Center for Biological Diversity, Corporate Accountability International, CREDO, Daily Kos, Earthworks, Greenpeace, MoveOn Contra Costa, Public Citizen, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club and the Sunflower Alliance