As gas prices continue to skyrocket causing millions of motorists to feel pain at the pump, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) announced a national boycott of the nation’s five largest oil companies.
Exxon Mobil Corp. was the first oil company to be targeted by SCLC last month, and the civil rights organization will boycott Shell Oil Corp. for the next 30 days. Next up will be BP, Chevron Corp. and ConocoPhillips Co. as the boycott runs into mid-October.
Officials said they consider the record gas prices a human rights issue that threatens to further divide the nation’s haves and have nots.
“We understand the free market system,” SCLC President Rev. Charles Steele said Monday. “We’re saying it’s a difference between making a profit and greed.”
Officials at SCLC are also considering asking workers across the country to stay off their jobs in protest on July 1 and 2.