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AFL-CIO TOYCOTT -- CONSUMER BOYCOTT OF CHINESE-MADE TOYS

 AFL-CIO TOYCOTT -- CONSUMER BOYCOTT OF CHINESE-MADE TOYS
 A national campaign to boycott toys made in China and alert consumers that China uses forced and child labor will be kicked off on Friday, Nov. 29, in Miami, and cities nationwide.
 "The message we want to send is that toys for little children should not be made by children," said Linda Golodner, executive director of the National Consumers League.
 Supporters will be leafletting on Friday in Miami, at 11 a.m., in front of the "Toys-R-Us" Store on 8325 South Dixie Highway. Later in the day, supporters will be at "Santa's Enchanted Forest," 7900 S.W. 40th St.
 Golodner and Cheryl Graeve of the AFL-CIO's Frontlash said the campaign calls on consumers to check the country-of-origin tag to determine where the toy was made, and "if it's made in China, don't buy it."
 Golodner and Graeve noted that more than half of all dolls and 40 percent of other toy lines come from China, a country that uses prison and child labor. China produces some of America's best selling toys, such as some Barbie dolls and Disney characters, certain Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles items, and some Garfield products.
 Frontlash -- the AFL-CIO's group for young workers and students -- is joining with Chinese and Tibetan democracy groups and consumer groups in the "Toycott" campaign.
 CONTACT: In Miami, Juliet Mirones, 305-386-3760; or for information on the campaign and city demonstrations, Colleen O'Neill of the AFL-CIO, 202-637-5010; or on Nov. 29, Ron Moore of Frontlash, 703-207-9429.
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