March 15, 2012
Morna Ha, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202.299.9540
Press Call on 3/16: Civil Rights and Labor Leaders Take H.B. 56 Campaign to Hyundai Shareholder Meeting in South Korea
Leaders to Broadcast from Seoul to Update on Activities
** Press Conference Call: Friday, March 16th at 11:00 AM ET **
**U.S.Toll Free: 800-894-5910– Verbal Passcode: HYUNDAI**
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – On the day of Hyundai’s shareholder meeting, American civil rights and labor leaders are announcing a campaign of progressive engagement of the company’s investors and executives to join them in calling for an end to the human rights disaster caused by Alabama’s anti-immigrant law, H.B. 56.
The foreign auto industry supports more than 45,000 jobs in the state and accounts for $4.8 billion in total payroll. Hyundai, alone, is responsible for 2 percent of Alabama’s gross domestic product.
In the preceding weeks, these groups have called upon these automakers, Hyundai, Daimler AG, and Honda, to break their silence on the law, which has been crumbling under judicial scrutiny and calls for repeal from the state’s agricultural, small business, faith, civil rights, and labor sectors.
This trip is the first of a series of shareholder meetings that will be joined by the advocates (Daimler AG and Honda are holding theirs in April and June). In addition to this telephonic briefing to update the American press of their progress, the leaders will host an in-person press conference for South Korean media in front of Hyundai’s headquarters at 10 pm EST on Thursday (11 AM on Friday – Seoul time). Leaders of Korea’s largest labor unions will co-host the event in Seoul. That event will stream live and be available for playback at this link.
WHAT: American civil rights and labor leaders host a press call from the Hyundai shareholder meeting, asking the company to stand against Alabama’s anti-immigrant law, H.B. 56.
WHEN: Friday, March 16th at 11:00 AM ET
Wade Henderson, president and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Eliseo Medina, international secretary-treasurer, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Dae Joong Yoon, board member, National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
Immediately following the press call, NAKASEC, the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center in Chicago, and the Korean Resource Center of Los Angeles will be available to make brief statements and answer questions from the Korean American media. Please dial 1-877-366-0711 and enter passcode 97870506#.