Skip to comments.Co-op shouldn't be in the boycott business
Posted on 07/08/2011 1:44:10 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
A small but vocal faction at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is unnecessarily dividing a flourishing local institution.
The co-op, which sprouted during the natural foods movement of the early 1970s, has steered clear of political issues. There's no reason to change course now to placate some members who want to show solidarity with Palestinians by banning products made in Israel.
As The Bee's Ryan Lillis reported Thursday, the simmering dispute is coming to a boil. The activists, who say that Israel is violating Palestinians' human rights, have gone to court to force their initiative onto the ballot at the co-op's annual meeting in September. They have outside help from the National Lawyers Guild and have made their cause known by picketing outside the co-op....
The board of directors is understandably concerned that any such boycott could lead to a substantial exodus from the co-op, which has grown from 1,500 to 12,000 members in the last two decades.
Maggie Coulter, the co-op member leading the initiative, argues that the co-op is already political because it espouses sustainable farming and humane treatment of animals.
But those causes are right in line with the mission of an organic food store that aspires to offer healthy products and to be environmentally conscious. They are of a different order entirely from an issue like the Mideast conflict.
Co-op leaders make a persuasive case that a ban on Israeli products could lead to a never-ending cycle of boycotts and litmus tests over any number of issues.
.....Should it ban products from rural parts of California that voted for Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage? Should it ban products from Arizona, since it passed an immigration law that is widely viewed as hostile to Latinos? Where does it stop?....
(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators offer leaflets to passers-by in front of the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op on Wednesday. [Randall Bentonemail@example.com]
Control over the Arab population...
Declaring that Israel will be pushed into the sea and all inhabitants destroyed...
Let me see, which one is the more dire?
Gosh this is a tough one. /s
Wednesday, Feb 23,  6pm, Palestine/Israel: Overcoming Colonialism and its Legacy. Talk at Sacramento Activist School by human rights activist, Maggie Coulter who lived six months in Palestine's West Bank, working with Palestinian and Israeli activists seeking to end Israel's occupation of the West Bank, siege on Gaza and systemic discrimination (apartheid) against its Palestinian citizens. Sol Collective, 2574 21st Street Sacramento Sacramento Area Peace Action Calendar Update February 2011
Thursday, June 23 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Colonial Heights library 4799 Stockton Blvd Sacramento, CA (MAP)
This month, courtesy of Glenda Wertenberger we have a special guest Speaker Carolyn Fink from the Soldier's Project! (http://www.thesoldiersproject.org/)
The Soldiers Project was established to provide free psychological services to military personnel who have served during the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan and their loved ones. They also educate the community regarding the psychological effects of war. Carolyn Fink is one ...of the dedicated psychologists who donates her time to this worthy cause.
Agenda for Thursday June 23rd, 2011:
Welcome - Introductions
Special Presentation by Carolyn Fink - Soldier's Project Introduction by Glenda Wertenberger [Progressive Democrats of South Placer County]
Citizens United Resolution - Chris Niehaus
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op Resolution - Maggie Coulter
Discuss next officer nomination / election cycle
Wellstone Camping Retreat info update [end text]
“Groups” like this, combined, are legions of anti-American, anti-Israel troops.
I agree. IMO these people are no different than Hiler’s stormtroopers. They’re just not yet in a position of enough power to do what they would like to do. May God forbid.
Each Line on this list has LINKS to more LINKS and more groups in the liberal : Lists of Lists of Lists of the Superstructure of the Left ready to join up And there are many more radical groups and organizations not listed, add to that the many groups who will fold like a cheap suit in the face of so many.
Those Jews are violent, you know. Just ask any leftist.
I agree, yet it’s my take that many of them would evaporate if our federal government would quit providing funding. As president, this is something I’d seek to do with a vengeance. I don’t know what percentage this would represent though. Some of them are supported by Soros, the Ford Foundation, and many other entities that unsuspecting citizens even donate to. PBS would be an example.
Well I’d vote for you then!
You can then go after these so-called non-profits by taxing them for all the POLITICAL funding they provide, in violation with their non-profit tax code aggreements!
Uh what’s the fine? Well, how much do you have in your bank account? ;^)
Are you looking for a staff position? Heh heh heh...