List of Dallas Cowboys Advertisers to Boycott

Yesterday, ESPN host, Jemele Hill, was suspended by the network for tweeting out that fans who support the players' right to #takeaknee should boycott Dallas Cowboys' advertisers. Recently the Cowboy's owner, Jerry Jones, stated that he would bench players who "disrespected the flag," making him the first owner to publicly support Donald Trump's directive

First, I'd like to shout out Jemele Hill who just put her job and security on the line (she's now facing a barrage of threats from Twitter troglodytes incited by - deadass - the President of the United States) to support all the players protesting systemic racism and police brutality. THAT is using your GD platform.

Second, I'd like to shout her out AGAIN because she's totally right - boycotting Dallas Cowboy advertisers IS a great way to get to Jerry Jones! The dude is ruled by money and apparently DJT, to whom he's donated millions. Plus, boycotting a brand's advertisers is a very effective form of retaliation against a brand by hitting them where it hurts: their bottomline (see: Breitbart).

So let's get this party started and figure out which advertisers we should boycott! 

The below list is a quick and dirty compilation of advertisers known to advertise a LOT during Cowboys games (mainly: AT&T) and advertisers I found browsing the Dallas Cowboys site last night/this morning. Screenshots of the site with sponsorships are called out in yellow bubbles below, and brand names on this list link to that brand's Twitter account. Give 'em a shout will, ya? I even wrote little prompts to make it real easy - it is Tuesday, after all.


  1. AT&T - This Dallas-based Telecom conglomerate is easily the Cowboys' biggest advertiser. I mean, yes the Cowboys games play in AT&T stadium. Side note: AT&T donated $2.1 million to Trump's inauguration.
    1. Sample tweet: "Dropping @ATT and switching to @Verizon unless they stop donating to Trump and supporting Jerry Jones #takeaknee #changemgmt"
  2. Draft Kings - Omg these guys were on every. Single. Page. of the Dallas Cowboys site. For the uninitiated, Draft Kings allows you to play fantasy sports for money. And while neither gambling nor Sunday Football are particularly my cup of tea, who am I to yuck your yum? If you still want to get your fantasy on, there are TONs of Draft Kings competitors, including FanDuel, a site Draft Kings almost merged with earlier this year. Hit 'em where it hurts, right?
    1. Sample tweet: "How much do you pay the Cowboys, @DraftKings? How's it feel to fund systemic oppression? Taking my money to @FanDuel. #takeaknee #changemgmt"
  3. MasterPass (product of Mastercard) - Big honking ad on the front page. What it is: digital wallet. Fortunately for you, their product isn't exactly unique. Main competitors include Google Wallet, ApplePay/Apple Wallet and Paypal - use those instead.
    1. Sample tweet: "Was interested in trying out @Mastercard MasterPass but will be sticking with @GoogleWallet until they drop Cowboys sponsorship. #takeaknee"
  4.  Pepsi - "The Official Soft Drink of The Dallas Cowboys." Drink Coke, or like, water. Just don't turn to...
    1. Sample tweet: "Official Soft Drink of the Cowboys? Officially not drinking @Pepsi. #takeaknee #changemgmt"
  5. Dr. Pepper - Honestly, getting Dr. Pepper to drop their sponsorship is a mercy kill. WHY would you sponsor a team whose official soft drink is a competitor? Also FYI - Snapple falls into this category too because it's The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. Also avoid these while you're at it: Mott's, Canada Dry, Bai beverages, Yoo Hoo.
    1. Sample tweet: "TBH diet @DrPepper is delicious but won't be drinking it again until they stop sponsoring @dallascowboys. #takeaknee #changemgmt"
  6. American Airlines -  Sponsor of "Cowboys Talk." 
    1. Sample tweet: "Stop sponsoring systemic oppression via @dallascowboys advert $$ and I'll consider flying @americaair again. #takeaknee #changemgmt"
  7. Bank of America - teeny tiny logo on the top of the page. If my ad-tech memory serves me correctly, this placement is general a little bonus for a bigger sponsorship, so don't think that small logo = small money.
    1. Sample tweet: "Just add sponsorship of @dallascowboys to long list of reasons to stay away from @BankofAmerica. #takeaknee #changemgmt"
  8. Mercedes - just buy a Tesla instead, amirite?
    1. Sample tweet: "Ugh @mercedesbenz stop advertising with @dallascowboys. You're embarrassing yourself. #takeaknee #changemgmt"
  9. Albertson's Market
    1. Sample tweet: "Will be avoiding @Albertsons until they drop sponsorship of @dallascowboys #takeaknee #changemgmt"
  10. Petit Jean Meats
    1. Sample tweet: "Staying away from @PetitJeanMeats until they drop @dallascowboys partnership #takeaknee #changemgmt"
  11. MillerCoors - full blogpost pending, but you should fully avoid these guys if you don't want to touch anything associated with Trump (a member of their board and former MillerCoors chairman hosted a fundraiser for Trump last year). 
    1. Sample tweet: "Another reason @BudLight is better than @Millerlite - they don't sponsor systemic oppression by giving JJ money @Millercoors #takeaknee"
 Dr. Pepper, AT&T, DraftKings

Dr. Pepper, AT&T, DraftKings

 Mercedes, Pepsi, Petit Jean Meats, AT&T, Bank of America

Mercedes, Pepsi, Petit Jean Meats, AT&T, Bank of America

 AT&T, Bank of America, American Airlines, MasterPass (Mastercard)

AT&T, Bank of America, American Airlines, MasterPass (Mastercard)

 Partners: Petit Jean Meats, Albertsons, MillerCoors/MillerLite

Partners: Petit Jean Meats, Albertsons, MillerCoors/MillerLite

Nice Finds, October '17

Hi! I'm going to start a regular series where I highlight things or products I stumble across that I both like and that stand for something good! That's why it's called Nice Finds! Alright!


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Maine Beer Company Beers – Donates 1% of all gross sales to environmental causes; donates 100% of all tips to environmental causes.

On a recent trip to Maine, we made a spontaneous stop in Freeport to check out Maine Beer Company’s brewery. We’ve been a longtime fan of MBC, so the opportunity to enjoy a Lunch or a Peeper without a NYC price tag was one we couldn’t pass up.

Well, I’m happy to report our visit has only strengthened my fondness for MBC: their brewery offers beer flights, features ample outdoor seating, soft pretzels abound, and - if the multiple solar panels out-front weren’t a tip-off - MBC has a great giveback initiative. I found out about it leafing through a pamphlet offering the origin stories of their beers – you can see their mission statement below:

 "We donate 1% of our gross sales to environmental non-profits through 1% for the Planet. We donate all of our tips to environmental non-profits. We produce nearly half of our electricity with our on-site solar array, and offset the rest by purchasing Green-e certified wind energy credits. We use post-consumer recycled products whenever possible. We donate our spent grain to local farms. We offer full health benefits and paid vacation to all full-time employees."

"We donate 1% of our gross sales to environmental non-profits through 1% for the Planet. We donate all of our tips to environmental non-profits. We produce nearly half of our electricity with our on-site solar array, and offset the rest by purchasing Green-e certified wind energy credits. We use post-consumer recycled products whenever possible. We donate our spent grain to local farms. We offer full health benefits and paid vacation to all full-time employees."

Right on. If you’d like to check out Maine Beer Company, you can likely find them at your local Whole Foods or locate them using this link.

 

Lacausa – An ethical women’s fashion company that stresses supply chain transparency, sustainability, and giving back

Because I am a millennial woman, I follow a variety of Instagram “influencers” and random strangers for the sole purpose of fawning over their wardrobes. On a recent Instagram binge, I clicked on a pair of trousers an Insta-famous Glossier employee was wearing (lolol I hate myself) and discovered a clothing designer called Lacausa (jk, I love myself).

Aside from making nice, on-the-right-side-of-normcore-fashionable clothing, I learned that Lacausa has really great corporate policies – especially for a retail company. All of their clothing is made in Los Angeles under ethical conditions, and they have a rotating cause they contribute a portion of their proceeds to.

I personally like this and this entire lewk, but I recommend you check out their wares for yourself.

 

Clean Wave Program – Recycled Hair Clippings for Clean Water 

I recently read about Matter of Trust’s Green Wave Program and I can’t get over how smart it is. The Green Wave Program collects donated hair (largely from salons) and created felted mats used for public works projects and large-scale clean water efforts. Why hair? Because it’s really good at absorbing oil! Ugh, so smart.

I’ve been trying to research which hairdressers around me work with the Green Wave Program, but nothing seems to exist right now. However, I am definitely going to ask the owner of my salon at my next haircut if they use the program, and if they don’t, send them information on how to get started.

Nestle Acquires Blue Bottle; You Acquire a Preference for Less Evil Competitors

This week, Silicon Valley’s favorite coffee company, Blue Bottle Coffee, sold a majority stake to Nestle and people were pissed.

How pissed? Quite! Just check out these tweets!

Now you may be thinking, “Who cares? Everyone’s mad when their favorite independent company gets gobbled up by a big conglomerate,” to which I say: totally true. As any beer snob out there can attest to, this brand of vitriol is par for the course when a craft brewery sells out to one of the big players. However if you read closely, you’ll see that Blue Bottle fans aren’t mad that Blue Bottle sold out per se: they’re mad they sold out to Nestle. How can a “progressive” brand like Blue Bottle get into bed with an evil juggernaut like Nestle?

At this point, it’s important to take a step back and reacquaint ourselves with Nestle. Nestle is the largest food company in the world. Nestle has also had its fair share of controversies. And, while it’s easy to chalk this up to the near impossible task of having a clean rap sheet at Nestle’s scale, Nestle is truly in a league of its own when it comes to environmental and human rights violations. Hell, they even have a multilayered section of their Wikipedia dedicated to their controversies and scandals! Not even Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Co, or General Mills have that (I checked)!

So, how bad are these scandals? Let’s take a quick run-through (for more in-depth explanations I recommend the aforementioned Wikipedia link or this article):

  • Aggressively pushing baby formula on LEDCs (less economically developed countries), which would leave babies sicker (formula wasn’t as nutritious as breast milk and requires clean drinking water) and mothers poorer
  • Ongoing illegal water extraction all over the world (in China, Pakistan, Brazil, and most publicly, the U.S. via California’s San Bernadino National Forest)
  • Use of child labor in cocoa production
  • Cutting a deal with Mugabe for 1 million liters of milk/yr from illegally seized farms
  • Generally not GAF about pollution
  • Then there’s this timely NYTimes piece about how Nestle and other large food companies are peddling their highly-processed wares in developing countries, which is making everyone unhealthy. Not a human rights violation, but… isn’t that Nestle guy in the video so smarmy?

Clearly, there’s a lot here. But should this affect your attitude towards Blue Bottle? Is continuing to buy Blue Bottle morally tenuous now that they’re owned by Nestle?

In my opinion, for sure.

First and foremost, as much as Blue Bottle says it will operate independently of Nestle, at the end of the day Blue Bottle profits are now profiting Nestle. Second, Blue Bottle founders don’t seem too concerned with Nestle’s practices and don’t think they can do anything to stop it. What?

“[Grubstreet] What do you think about the concern, specifically, about Nestlé’s water sourcing in California?
[James Freeman, Founder of Blue Bottle] For us, we’re thinking about our sustainability. In terms of commenting about Nestlé’s sustainability, that’s something that nobody on our team is really wanting to … comment about that. Those are things that are out of our control.”

K.

Lastly, none of this is out of left field. Outside of of Blue Bottle’s commitment to working directly with coffee bean farmers, there isn’t much in their mission statement to suggest the brand was ever *that* progressive to begin with.

So to Blue Bottle I say: Au revoir. I will truly miss your New Orleans Style iced coffee (which, if you ever make it to the Big Easy, get that here and thank me later).

Now onto the arduous process of figuring out where you could get coffee that isn’t funding illegal water extraction in California’s national parks…

JK! There are so many options waiting for you!

Your best bet is your local coffee shop. Simply go in and ask where they get their coffee - most coffee shops don’t source their own beans and instead serve a different company’s brew. Fortunately, most artisanal coffee brands pride themselves on working with small coffee estates and many have giveback initiatives, so you should be in good shape. Here’s a list of some prominent coffee companies that I regularly see at local coffee shops that appear to be both delicious and morally sound:

If you’re in NYC, you can also find coffee shops with diverse ownership and/or that giveback by using our Change MGMT NYC Map!

Not in one of those coffee-shops-on-every-corner kind of area? You may hate me for saying this, but… Starbucks is not a bad choice. Although they’re huge, they are widely recognized as having great employee benefits, 99% ethically sourced coffee, and according to Glassdoor their employees are happier than Blue Bottle’s*.

Doesn't that PSL taste less basic now that you know it's sorta/kinda contributing to your barista's 401k?

Bottoms up,

Kash

*Yeah, yeah, Blue Bottle's sample size is way smaller than Starbucks. I'll update when there's a Blue Bottle/Nescafe on every corner.

NYC Food Map: Conscious Consumption Made Easy

Sometimes I spend a dumb amount of money eating and drinking out.

Fortunately, spending a dumb amount of money doesn’t inherently mean your spending habits on a whole are dumb. In fact, many would argue that your spending is actually smart if it produces a larger, positive outcome for yourself and those around you. Therefore, with a little bit of good intention and research, you can turn dumb spending into smart spending. It’s a simple equation, really:

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