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CONSUMER LINKS:

If you are currently in a situation where a corporation is treating you unfairly, the following links are a good place to begin gearing up to fight back. There are a good many resources and organizations that can help. We also link to pages that work toward keeping corporations accountable, as well as sites we believe promote a positive stand toward community and the rights and humanity of the individual.

If you have a suggestion for a relevant consumer advocacy related-site
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Consumer Rights and Resource Links

Better Business Bureau
A national member organization that uses codes of ethics, news alerts, databases, and other programs to maintain a high level of trust between businesses and the public. This site offers information on a huge database of companies, a place to file a complaint on-line, and hundreds of local branches in the U.S. and Canada
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Federal Trade Commission - Consumer Branch
Education is a key tool to prevent consumer injury. In this section of our website, you'll find publications with advice on avoiding scams and rip-offs, as well as tips on other consumer topics.

National Asssociation of Consumer Advocates
"NACA is a nationwide association of more than 800 attorneys and consumer advocates ... We believe that consumers, particularly those of modest means, are inadequately protected from unscrupulous business practices in connection with the extension of credit and the collection of debts."

Rip-Off Report!
Victim of a consumer Rip-off? Want justice? Rip-off Report is a worldwide consumer reporting Website & Publication, by consumers, for consumers, to file & document complaints about Companies or Individuals who ripoff consumers.

Consumer Advocacy Network
"The intent of this Web site is an effort to provide consumers with educational material and advocate for meaningful reform, if necessary. Consumers are encouraged to become proactive at all levels of government. "

Keeping Corporations Accountable

AdBusters
We want to change the way information flows, the way institutions wield power, the way TV stations are run, the way the food, fashion, automobile, sports, music and culture industries set their agendas. Above all, we want to change the way we interact with the mass media and the way in which meaning is produced in our society.

CorpWatch
Through education and activism, CorpWatch works to hold corporations accountable on issues of human rights, labor rights and environmental justice.

QuackWatch
Your guide to quackery and alternative medicine. Quackwatch, Inc., which was a member of Consumer Federation of America from 1973 through 2003, is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. Its primary focus is on quackery-related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere.

Underground Media

AdBusters
We want to change the way information flows, the way institutions wield power, the way TV stations are run, the way the food, fashion, automobile, sports, music and culture industries set their agendas. Above all, we want to change the way we interact with the mass media and the way in which meaning is produced in our society.

Links Directly Related to Starbucks

Old Quarter Accoustic Cafe
Texas Microbrew sued by Starbucks Coffee!!!

Misc Consumer and Complaint Sites

Complaints.com
A site for listing grievances online...

Capital One Sucks
"It is strongly urged that you not use Capital One to help you rebuild your credit. If you have a current account with Capital One, you should give strong consideration to paying it off and closing the account."

NetAction
Check out "NetAction's Online Buyer's Guide" for great consumer advice on dealing with on-line purchasing.

Businesses We Support and Other Links

AboutMotorcycle.Com
A linking database to just about any and every motorcycle resource on the Web

The Bookies
Get the best service for your accounting and small business needs -
serving the local San Francisco Bay Area

Tree of Life Wellness Center
"The physician's highest calling, his only calling, is to restore the sick to health -
to heal as it is termed." Naturopathic medicine in the Bay Area. 2412 B St Eureka, CA 95501 707.444.3797

Dean's Beans
Great Coffee at a Great Price. 100% Organic Fair Trade!!

Raley's and BelAir
Friendly local grocery stores in California and New Mexico

Pinole Pet Hospital (no website)
1400 San Pablo Ave.
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 724-8766

McMullen Glass (no website)
local service for over 30 years
795 San Pablo ave
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 724-7116

JJ's Auto Detail Shop (no website)
Jorge Santos
1085 Eastshore Highway
Albany, CA 94710
(519) 524-4900

Antique Restoration (no website)
1271 Tara Hills Drive
Pinole, CA
(510) 724-8072

John Johnson's Antique Restoration (no website)
1271 Tara Hills Dr
Pinole, CA
94560
510-724-8072

Mr. Dad
A website dedicated to the father figure.

Catch Restaurant
Catch serves fresh, affordable seafood and landfare in a casual,
cozy atmosphere to the San Francisco area.

AfroSolo Theatre Co.
Established in 1993, AfroSolo provides a forum for African American artists
to give voice to the unique experience of being Black in the United States.

Guerneville 5 & 10
For over 50 years, the Guerneville 5 & 10 has been a Russian River tradition.
From nostalgic candy and toys to Americana and collectibles, the collection of
Guerneville 5 & 10 is as ageless as the Redwood forests that surround it.
Now we also feature online-shopping, so shop away!

Thompson & Company, Inc.
1-800-237-2559
Thompson Cigar was founded in Key West, Florida, in 1915 and is the oldest
mail order cigar company in the country. Thompson Cigar has always been devoted
to delivering a wide selection of products covering all price ranges and tastes.
The various Thompson private label cigars reflect our keen desire to provide to you
the finest cigars at a fraction of what a comparable national brand would cost.

Intext Painting (no website)
Licensed Contractor for the San Francisco bay area (510) 932-4301

Hill's Shoes (no website)
357 19th Street Oakland, CA
Finest Men's Shoes since 1929
(510) 444-6928

Beirut Nights
A terrific on-line radio station.

Humor

Star-Schmucked

Flash Animation.