Avaaz Urges World’s Largest Hotel Chain: Get Out of Bed with the NRA!
In social media barrage and at Friday protest, Wyndham Hotels urged to break with NRA affiliate program
Today, thousands of people all over the US will urge the world’s biggest hotel chains—from Ramada, Days Inn, Wingate, Super 8 to Best Western— to drop their support of the National Rifle Association (NRA). The hotels are all owned by Wyndham Hotels Worldwide, a member of the NRA’s business affiliates program.
Already, hundreds of Avaaz members have inundated the Facebook walls of hotels in the Wyndham Hotels group with messages asking them to drop their affiliation with the NRA until the prominent gun lobbying group moderates its extreme positions and embraces sensible gun control measures. Those actions can be seen here:
In addition, already some 65,000 people have signed the Avaaz campaign - see here - calling on the NRA to stop blocking reasonable gun law legislation. Avaaz will follow-up with a media event this Friday in Washington D.C. to coincide with the NRA’s announced press conference at which it will also demand Wyndham and other mainstream companies sever their ties with the gun lobby.
Joseph Huff-Hannon, Senior Campaigner at Avaaz said:
“It’s time for mainstream companies like Wyndham Hotels to get out of bed with the extremist NRA. Their affiliation is a toxic approval of how this gun lobby has made America less safe for our children. The NRA’s influence is already waning and the tragic events in Newtown must mark the end of the group’s stranglehold on our politics.”
Avaaz’s action comes days after other major US companies began to distance themselves from the gun lobby. Reacting to public horror at the tragic shooting in Newtown, Cerberus Capital Management LP, a major financier of the gun industry, announced it would sell its stakes. And other national retailers have suspended sales of certain weapons.
In January 2011, Avaaz’s campaign targeting Hilton Hotels’ blindness to the sex trade happening inside its bedroom had a huge impact, helping to force them to train over 180,000 staff in how to detect and prevent sex trafficking. Avaaz hopes this campaign will have a similar impact on Wyndham.
For further information please contact Joseph Huff-Hannon at Joseph@avaaz.org and (646)-467-4939.
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