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Community Organizers Chase Trader Joe's Out of Portlandia
Ricochet ^ | Feb. 4, 2014 | Jon Gabriel

Posted on 02/05/2014 8:52:18 AM PST by inkling

Trader Joe’s wanted to build a new store in Portland, Oregon. Instead of heading to a tony neighborhood downtown or towards the suburbs, the popular West Coast grocer chose a struggling area of Northeast Portland.

The company selected two acres along Martin Luther King Blvd. that had been vacant for decades. It seemed like the perfect place to create jobs, improve customer options and beautify the neighborhood. City officials, the business community, and residents all seemed thrilled with the plan. Then some community organizers caught wind of it.

The fact that most members of the Portland African-American Leadership Forum didn’t live in the neighborhood was beside the point. “This is a people’s movement for African-Americans and other communities, for self-determination,” member Avel Gordly said in a press conference. Even the NAACP piled on, railing against the project as a “case study in gentrification.” (The area is about 25 percent African-American.)

After a few months of racially tinged accusations and angry demands, Trader Joe’s decided it wasn’t worth the hassle. “We run neighborhood stores and our approach is simple,” a corporate statement said. “If a neighborhood does not want a Trader Joe's, we understand, and we won't open the store in question.”...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: business; naacp; oregon; shakedown
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1 posted on 02/05/2014 8:52:18 AM PST by inkling
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To: inkling

Anybody that introduces themselves as a “community organizer” should get a punch in the mouth right off the bat.


2 posted on 02/05/2014 8:55:02 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: inkling

Black folk ain’t got time for Trader Joe’s.


3 posted on 02/05/2014 8:55:29 AM PST by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: inkling

What? Trader Joe’s isn’t giving in to extortion from the NAACP? What’s this world coming to?


4 posted on 02/05/2014 8:55:35 AM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: inkling
from the article...."The company selected two acres along Martin Luther King Blvd. that had been vacant for decades"...

I guess you cannot fix stupid afterall...

5 posted on 02/05/2014 8:55:41 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: inkling

Another business goes Galt.


6 posted on 02/05/2014 8:56:37 AM PST by Daveinyork (IER)
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To: inkling

They would rather have a vacant lot than a nice retail grocery such as Trader Joe’s. The activists have made their choice. They prefer blight over a business which is not a black business.


7 posted on 02/05/2014 8:57:05 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: bk1000

You bet!...Why hell...the name Trader Joe sounds racist!


8 posted on 02/05/2014 8:57:12 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: inkling

Wait, now that they decided NOT to open a store
they will be labeled........racis.


9 posted on 02/05/2014 8:57:17 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

Maybe if the store was named Trader Lavonne?


10 posted on 02/05/2014 8:58:28 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: inkling

In other words, Trader Joe’s didn’t want to pay up in order to do them a favor


11 posted on 02/05/2014 8:59:07 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: inkling

Just another Al Sharpton hustle.

They wanted to hold-up Trader Joe’s for cash payments and other concessions in exchange for just peacefully going away.

They did the same thing to the new hockey arena here in Pittsburgh (and now have their knickers in a twist because they aren’t getting everything they thought they would)


12 posted on 02/05/2014 9:00:15 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Howie66

Exactly.


13 posted on 02/05/2014 9:00:26 AM PST by Track9 (hey Kalid.. kalid.. bang you're dead)
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To: inkling
Can't have a Trader's Joe on MLK Blvd., that is reserved for crack dealers and prostitutes!
14 posted on 02/05/2014 9:01:24 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Howie66

Just a bunch of communist change agents...period. And they should be called that...just as McCain should have in the debates.


15 posted on 02/05/2014 9:01:38 AM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: inkling

What a shame. I’m a big fan of Trader Joe’s. They don’t have everything I want but I can always depend of them to give me a better product at a lower price than say Pavilions or Ralph’s -


16 posted on 02/05/2014 9:03:45 AM PST by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: Howie66
Anybody that introduces themselves as a “community organizer” should get a punch in the mouth right off the bat.

60% of the country needs an "attitude adjustment".

17 posted on 02/05/2014 9:04:43 AM PST by Stentor (Maybe the Goldman Sachs thing is just a coincidence.)
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To: inkling

Yea, why have a store that would be convenient for the area and also provide jobs be of any interest when they can have an empty lot.


18 posted on 02/05/2014 9:04:46 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: Daveinyork
Another business goes Galt.

This one went Albrecht.

19 posted on 02/05/2014 9:06:42 AM PST by Stentor (Maybe the Goldman Sachs thing is just a coincidence.)
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To: inkling

I find many communities would rather have ugly abandoned lots than a functioning store. Reminds me of the “No WAWA” signs all over PA every time the company announces it wants to open a new convenience store. It is ridiculous.


20 posted on 02/05/2014 9:06:59 AM PST by Phillyred
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To: inkling

The crazy thing about this story is that the neighborhood is a mix of races and incomes (only 25% black). But the local NAACP guys — who don’t even live there — push their way in and make demands. I’m glad that the neighborhood is mad at them and that Trader Joe’s didn’t fall to their shakedown.


21 posted on 02/05/2014 9:08:34 AM PST by inkling
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To: inkling

Is this part of that “nutritional desert” thing? I thought they were against that...


22 posted on 02/05/2014 9:08:48 AM PST by free-in-nyc (Freeping from the heart of the occupation)
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To: inkling

That was a mistake to go into that part of town anyway. Who advised TJ’s to do such a stupid thing? When’s the last time you saw any profitable business or industry on MLK Blvd anywhere in the US?

This was an attempt at PC BS by TJ’s. I have one near me and they constantly yammer about how many trees it takes to make one grocery bag,(so they sell organic hemp bags) cartoon images on Woodrow Wilson are up promoting different TJ products. Half the staff is gay. Most are covered in tattoos and wear pencil pants. It’s a freak show.

But...the prices are amazing so we go there.


23 posted on 02/05/2014 9:09:12 AM PST by albie
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Or maybe Baracks Bargain Barn


24 posted on 02/05/2014 9:09:38 AM PST by technically right
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To: Howie66

“Anybody that introduces themselves as a “community organizer” should get a punch in the mouth right off the bat.”

Yep,makes my blood boil. They are right up there with the “social justice” crowd.

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25 posted on 02/05/2014 9:10:03 AM PST by Mears
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To: inkling

Likely some of the “community organizers” wanted a pay-out to their organizations ala Al Sharpton.

When Trader Joe’s said no, they resorted to union/mafia tactics


26 posted on 02/05/2014 9:12:37 AM PST by PGR88
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

How about Trader Trayvon


27 posted on 02/05/2014 9:12:41 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Trayvon Joe’s


28 posted on 02/05/2014 9:15:59 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: inkling

I bet these same organizers complain that the area is a “food desert”.


29 posted on 02/05/2014 9:17:05 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: inkling

And then they complain about alleged “food deserts” and demand Federal regulations and funding to fix them.


30 posted on 02/05/2014 9:17:06 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade (The people have the right to tell government what guns it may possess, not the other way around.)
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To: discostu

We think alike and you beat me by one second. :)


31 posted on 02/05/2014 9:17:52 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade (The people have the right to tell government what guns it may possess, not the other way around.)
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To: bk1000

But for flash-mob looting of one.


32 posted on 02/05/2014 9:18:21 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Above My Pay Grade

There are even FReepers who believe in special “enterprise zones” and “opportunity zones”. Crazy


33 posted on 02/05/2014 9:19:03 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
“The company selected two acres along Martin Luther King Blvd. that had been vacant for decades.”

Therein lies the problem. It is a description of decades of neglect by community organizers. In fact, their activities killed the dream that inspired MLK Blvds in every city in America. In my travels around the country, which have taken me to 49 states, I find every MLK Boulevard to be the most blighted part of a city.

34 posted on 02/05/2014 9:19:39 AM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: inkling
It seemed like the perfect place to create jobs
And there you have the real reason why the Portland African-American Leadership Forum was against it.
These peoples be VICTIMS. Can't be having them work for a living and taking care of themselves.
Then there would be no reason for the Portland African-American Leadership Forum to exist.
35 posted on 02/05/2014 9:21:27 AM PST by oh8eleven (claimer)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

The other comment I considered was: remember when gentrification was called urban renewal and was a good thing?


36 posted on 02/05/2014 9:22:40 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: albie

Yes it was an attempt at PC BS. However, maybe a liberal just got a been mugged lesson.

Also note Trader Joes has no made in China products by request of the customers.


37 posted on 02/05/2014 9:22:46 AM PST by Cold Heart
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To: Organic Panic
What happened to the cries from the media and these inner city animals that the areas where the vermin lived were now "food deserts" because grocery store chains were pulling out of their neighborhoods?

On March 13, there was a map by the USDA.

"This sobering map shows you all of America’s food deserts."

was the title in Grist, apparently a leftist mag.

Search by, "food deserts in America".

Funny thing is, in New Hampshire, the White Mountains National Forest is considered a "food desert". Nobody lives there.

38 posted on 02/05/2014 9:25:20 AM PST by Mogger (Independence, better fuel economy and performance with American made synthetic oil.)
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To: inkling

community organizer. A little person that wants to be a big person, who while not elected or appointed by anyone tries to run the lives of the people in the community and make a living or profit at it.


39 posted on 02/05/2014 9:26:25 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: inkling

If they continued to try to open a store, they would be oppressing the brothers and trying to keep them down.

Since they have decided not to, they are trying to create a ‘food desert’.

If they had ignored the area entirely, they would be unresponsive to the needs of the black community.

No matter what they do, they lose.


40 posted on 02/05/2014 9:26:28 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

And who needs those jobs that might have been created, anyway? This way the residents of the ‘hood can keep their options open and be free agents.


41 posted on 02/05/2014 9:26:33 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: inkling

What a bunch of REALLY DUMB PEOPLE.


42 posted on 02/05/2014 9:26:34 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: inkling

Trader Joe’s is a great outlet for busy people on the go.

They will open a store in Portland but in a different section. They do in fact improve neighborhoods they operate in.


43 posted on 02/05/2014 9:27:45 AM PST by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: GeronL

>>>There are even FReepers who believe in special “enterprise zones” and “opportunity zones”. Crazy<<<

I am one of them. I believe that America once was and is supposed to be one massive enterprise and opportunity zone; every square inch from sea to shining sea (and AK and HI as well).

When you think about it, Lefties pushing “enterprise zones” for certain low income, minority neighborhoods, proves conclusively, that even they know that low taxes and less government regulation stimulate the economy and jobs, while high taxes and burdensome government regulations destroy them.


44 posted on 02/05/2014 9:28:04 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade (The people have the right to tell government what guns it may possess, not the other way around.)
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To: inkling

Trader Joe’s 1
Communist Organizer 0

Pray America is Waking


45 posted on 02/05/2014 9:28:39 AM PST by bray (http://www.braylog.com/id47.html)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
“The company selected two acres along Martin Luther King Blvd. that had been vacant for decades.”

Therein lies the problem. It is a description of decades of neglect by community organizers. In fact, their activities killed the dream that inspired MLK Blvds in every city in America. In my travels around the country, which have taken me to 49 states, I find every MLK Boulevard to be the most blighted part of a city.

46 posted on 02/05/2014 9:28:43 AM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: inkling

“gentrification” means NICE and WHITE to BLA people, and they can’t have THAT!! Why do Blacks always need ORGANINZING and SPOKESMEN?? Decent black people should WAKE UP!!!


47 posted on 02/05/2014 9:29:15 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

I agree, every square inch!


48 posted on 02/05/2014 9:30:50 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: inkling

When you don’t pay the shake down fee racially tinged accusations ensue.


49 posted on 02/05/2014 9:32:27 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Mr. K

“In other words, Trader Joe’s didn’t want to pay up in order to do them a favor”

A couple of decades ago Jesse Jackson went after Bush Brewery. He wanted to sit on the board, he wanted his usual payments. He attacked them because they were rich and “all white.” So, Bush asked their president to go out and have a word with the press. Black as the Ace of Spades. Jackson retreated with his tail between his legs. It was awesome.


50 posted on 02/05/2014 9:34:58 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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