We joined the coop for the food. We didn't join to have our politics decided for us. We didn't join to have ourselves identified with movements we find objectionable. We joined for the food...and lots of it.
Sometimes we disagree with each other, even strongly. Remember the controversies? Expansion, cheese counter, shopping carts, meat, beer, plastic bags, Barney’s. Nonetheless, together we work for the good of the store. We have created a special place where many diverse people work together and form friendships. We all share our interest in healthy food and we all want to see our coop thrive and prosper.
Yet, some people feel entitled to use our good reputation to promote their cause. Some are so focused on their cause, they cannot see who will be hurt in the process. We refer to the people who have submitted an item to the agenda committee to hold a referendum on joining the BDS (boycott, divest and sanctions of Israel) movement.
The promotion of this proposal, regardless of outcome, will alienate a substantial number of coop members. Many will choose to leave because they will no longer feel welcomed. Have the promoters of BDS considered the potential financial impact on the coop? We have a legitimate right to a peaceful, conflict-free, profitable coop.
We oppose the forwarding of this item to the General Meeting and we call upon the submitters to voluntarily withdraw it, because we believe the coop is about food first, even food politics, but not geo-politics. Our aisles are already filled with shoppers and carts; we don’t need soap boxes, too. Give peas a chance.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Our First Letter to the Linewaiters' Gazette
The May 19 issue of Linewaiters' Gazette had this letter from us. We had 24 signatures.