Every year there is a Worldwide Anti-McDonald's Day on October 16th [UN World Food Day] - a protest against the promotion of junk food, the unethical targeting of children, exploitation of workers, animal cruelty, damage to the environment and the global domination of corporations over our lives. Launched in the UK in 1985 by London Greenpeace, the October 16th international protests have continued to grow, despite - and maybe even because of - McDonald's notoriously unsuccessful legal efforts to silence their critics with libel writs.

In 1999, the only year in which we systematically monitored where the protests took place, we recorded 425 protests and pickets in 345 towns in 23 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA. In 2000, there were widespread and large protests throughout Italy - at one store in Rome 300 demonstrators succeeded in getting it closed for the day. In 2002 for the first time, McDonald's workers joined in the Day of Action - there were walkouts and other forms of protests in many countries co-ordinated by McDonald's Workers Resistance (an international network of McDonald's workers - see www.mwr.org.uk).

Over 3 million 'What's Wrong With McDonald's?' leaflets have now been handed out in the UK alone since 1990, and it is now distributed worldwide in over 27 languages.

WHY NOT ORGANISE PICKETS AND PROTESTS IN YOUR TOWN, ESPECIALLY ON OR AROUND OCT 16th?! Please copy the 'What's Wrong With McDonald's?' leaflet at:www.mcspotlight.org/campaigns/current/wwwmd-uk.pdf