I love reporters. I envy your writing abilities. I had a great time talking to reporters three years ago. But I also have a day job. This time please send your questions to my email stopbdsparkslope at gmail.com. We will try to send you answers within 24 hours. I think this will work better for everyone.
The Food Coop is an extremely successful experiment. Starting with a few people 40 years ago who decided to collectively buy wholesale, it has grown into a $50 million/year business, employing some 50 people, and providing them with very competitive salaries and attractive benefits. In addition, members save thousands of dollars a year on their food bill and we support local agriculture.
The Coop's Mission Statement includes:
We are committed to diversity and equality. We oppose discrimination in any form. We strive to make the Coop welcoming and accessible to all and to respect the opinions, needs and concerns of every member. We seek to maximize participation at every level, from policy making to running the store.Yet, from time to time, for better or worse, because of the nature of Food Coop governance relies on the cooperative spirit and good will of its members, food coops - like colleges - are left vulnerable to exploitation by groups seeking to promote their political causes. As the the blog Divest This! writes:
We welcome all who respect these values.
One answer has to do with our old friend ruthlessness. For in a society, such as a college community, that values discourse and assumes people will resolve problems reasonably and amicably, how do you deal with an organization ready to trash the entire enterprise in order to torture and smear their political enemies?Please check back here for relevant articles as I post responses to the latest BDS effort.
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