A NEW TOOL FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM:"SI SE PUEDE!" ARTESIAN SPRING WATER
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December 12, 2007
(SEATTLE, Dec 12, 2007) - As part of its ongoing political activism campaign to send “A Message In A Bottle” the Okanogan Highlands Bottling Company announced today it will introduce a new bottled spring water "Si Se Puede!". This newest brand supports ongoing efforts to reform the current immoral immigration procedures. “Si Se Puede!” means “Yes, we can!” The term has its roots with Cesar Chavez and the United Farmworkers Movement.
One dollar from each case of water sold in Washington State will be donated to Washington Community Action Network (CAN!) an organization that encourages communities across the state to promote social, racial and economic justice for all. Washington CAN! with other organizations, has developed a system to respond to raids and detention of immigrants that includes referrals to legal help, description of the detention system, legal observer teams and organizing for the long haul. The ultimate goal of this campaign is to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. Sales in other states will donate to similar organizations there.
The owners of the Okanogan Highlands Bottling Company believe that in order to bring change the people must be moved to take action. Throughout history, the voices of the people have brought about changes that made our society more fair and equitable. The Si Se Puede! campaign is another way for citizens to be empowered and to take part in the democratic political process.
Consumers are encouraged to send a message in a bottle, encouraging immigration reform to the Speaker of the House of United States House of Representatives and the Majority Leader of the United States Senate – using the Si Se Puede! water bottle as a mailing tube. Addresses for the US House and Senate are listed on the bottle label. “As a nation of immigrants, we recognize the vibrant contribution each wave of immigration has made to the fabric of our society,” said Michael ‘Buffalo’ Mazzetti, founder of Okanogan Highlands Bottling. “We need to remind our leaders of some of the basic tenets of our American democracy and that our nation has been built on diversity.”
Undocumented families and individuals pay many kinds of taxes, including property, sales, income, and withholding taxes, but are ineligible for almost all public benefits and are unable to vote. This amounts to taxation without representation. Our current immigration policy tears families apart, leaving children growing up without their parents. Undocumented workers are less likely to make a living wage and more likely to be exploited at work. Political Action Water hopes to call attention to these issues and recognizes the struggle of the people for equality and justice.
Si Se Puede! Spring Water is the latest effort by the Okanogan Highlands Bottling Company (OHBC) to prove that "Water Is More Precious Than Gold". This campaign uses plastic water bottles as a unique tool for contacting government representatives by sending a message in a bottle. See our website for details: www.aguasisepuede.com
Okanogan Highlands Bottling Company water is available in the Greater Seattle area from T&G Foods, 1-800 708-1783, or Nationally from OHBC (425) 785-9559.