At ANP we rarely call for boycotts and we are not calling for them now.
With that said, after reading the article below, should readers decide on their own they do not wish to do businesses with a number of corporate authoritarians, that is their call. We do realize that in some cases, folks might not have another option for certain services.
Our call to action here is to contact each of these businesses to make your opinion known. We will be providing all the contact details we can find for each, listed beneath the statements and info known about each corporations' plans.
The businesses are: Target, Starbucks, Macy's, Toyota, Hyatt, CVS, Walgreens, AMC, GM, Alamo Drafthouse, Kohl's, Costco, H-E-B/Central Market, and Kroger.
TARGET: "Target will continue requiring guests to wear masks in all of its stores, the company’s spokesman said, adding that the big-box retailer also required all store team members to wear masks at work, and provided them with reusable and disposable masks," Fox Business reported.
H-E-B/Central Market: H-E-B and Central Market will continue requiring masks of employees while “urging” customers to wear them. - MSN
"Although there is no longer a statewide mask order, H-E-B believes it is important that masks be worn in public spaces until more Texans and our Partners have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. As an essential service provider during the pandemic, H-E-B is focused on the health and safety of our Partners and customers. H-E-B will still require all our Partners and vendors to wear masks while at work, and we urge all customers to please wear a mask when in our stores."
While H-E-B and Central Market which is owned by H-E-B are not "mandating" consumers wear masks and are only "urging" them to, the control they are continuing to exert is forcing their employees to continue wearing the masks, along with other mandates, despite the fact that the TX Governor, and other state governors have lifted the state restrictions.
H-E-B Mailing Address: PO Box 839999 San Antonio, TX 78283 United States
KROGER: Masks are required at Kroger grocery stores, according to Kroger Dallas Division corporate affairs manager April Martin. - MSN
"To ensure the continued safety of our customers and associates, The Kroger Family of Companies will continue to require everyone in our stores across the country to wear masks until all our frontline grocery associates can receive the COVID-19 vaccine," Martin said.
Kroger will also be offering a $100 one-time payment to associates who receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Martin.
The Kroger Co. Headquarters Address: 1014 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH 45202
CVS/PHARMACY: "CVS, which began mandating masks at all stores nationwide in July as more scientific data emerged showing that face coverings help slow the virus’s spread, will continue to require them, a spokesman said," WSJ reported. “He said CVS will continue to follow federal health guidelines.”
CVS Corporation Customer Relations Address: One CVS Drive, Woonsocket, RI 02895
Customer Service Phone: 1-800-SHOP-CVS (1-800-746-7287)
AMC (Theaters):WSJ reported that "America’s largest theater chain, AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., AMC has had all its Texas theaters open since last year. The company will continue to require consumers to wear masks."
At the top of the AMC website they even link to a list of masks they describe as "acceptable." Not only are they exerting control over mask wearing, but even demanding specific types of masks.
AMC Theatre Support Center Address: 11500 Ash Street, Leawood, KS 66211
Phone: 913- 213-2000
Guest Services: 877-262-4450
ALAMO'S DRAFTHOUSE: “Alamo Drafthouse’s mandatory mask policy remains in place, as well as our 6′ social distancing protocols, and all of the other safety measures we’ve had in place across the country since last year,” the company said Tuesday. (Source)
In related news, the New York Post reported that “Alamo Drafthouse revealed it is selling itself as the dine-in cinema chain filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday — and one of its new co-owners is a private-equity firm that has been engulfed in a child-abuse scandal.”
GM Headquarters Address: 300 Renaissance Center Detroit, MI 48243 United States
Corporate Phone Number: 1-313-556-5000
Customer Service Phone Number: 1-313-556-5000
These companies are deliberately going against Governors that are trying to reopen their states, and bring back their economies that have been devastated by the lockdowns.
It is time for America to get back to normal and that does not include allowing the creeping corporate authoritarianism.
Call, write, if you live close go in person, fax and email if the information is provided.
Let them know, politely, what you think.
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