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Carlos Slim's Honorary Degree Protested
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May 18, 2012

Mexico's Carlos Slim Helu is being presented with an honorary degree from George Washington University. The gesture is being protested by a group of about 1000 people known as 'Two Countries One Voice.'

Washington DC - Nearly 1,000 Latino leaders, students, community activists, and concerned citizens from across the US will descend on the National Mall in Washington DC on Sunday, May 20th to protest the presentation of Carlos Slim, the world's richest man, with an honorary degree from George Washington University during its graduation ceremony.

The coalition, Two Countries One Voice, is committed to "exposing Slim's predatory, monopolistic methods with which he has amassed his fortune."

A letter was sent by the coalition to George Washington University officials requesting that it sever all ties with Slim and not honor such a man who made his billions on the backs of the Mexican poor. The University declined the request.

This is just the first of many actions planned to bring attention to Slim's actions and to pressure American institutions and corporations to cut ties with him.