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  •  Had a tactical idea (4.00)
    ...rather than organizing a boycott, we should, uh, Target the individual store.

    1.  Ten Planned Parenthood supporters obtain valid prescriptions for emergency contraception.

    2.  Alert media.

    3.  Ten supporters converge on store when the offending pharmacist is there.  First one presents scrip, others get in line.

    4.  If the prescription isn't filled, first person moves to back of line, second one steps up to bat.

    5.  Repeat #4 as a moving picket line until ALL TEN PRESCRIPTIONS ARE FILLED or the store runs out of supply.  Folks with regular prescriptions can be told that they can wait or "they can always go to another store."

    6.  Pharmacist is informed that every time a report is made that an EC prescription has been refused, this will happen.

    Don't boycott 'em, hit them LOCALLY, VISIBLY and in the pocketbook.

    Rubus Eradicandus Est.

    by Randomfactor on Wed Oct 26, 2005 at 06:27:18 PM PDT

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    •  this is an awesome idea (none)
      the problem is that most stores, including my local target, have a sign with the store's policies plainly displayed near the entrance. There are various lines about "right to refuse service to anyone" along with codes of conduct, etc.

      They'll point to the sign, bar the media from entering -- it is still private property -- and shut the store down for the day.

      Still, its a great idea, and I hope someone takes you up on it. Just expect heavy oppo.

      •  Still a victory (4.00)
        and shut the store down for the day.

        How is that not still a victory? This is a great place to use peaceful civil disobedience as a form of protest. Stay in the store and demand your prescription be filled. Make them literally drag you out.

        I'd gladly take part, but I haven't heard of such incidents in the New York area.

        •  Shutting it down (none)
          doesn't hurt Target.

          Shutting down only hurts the low-wage store workers who unexpectedly lose their shift, with no ability to make the time up. If I were a single mother working an afternoon shift at Target in order to put food in the mouths of my chidren, I'd be really pissed.

          These forms of protest are regressive, because they don't actually impact the policymakers. Come up with a protest that doesn't affect the workers and I'll gladly support it.

          •  Of course it hurts target (none)
            They make money by selling things, when they shut down, they don't make money, but they still have to pay the rent.

            This will hit them in the wallet.

            Also, if the employees get pissed that they had to shut the store down, then maybe they will use the small amount of influence they have to help the cause...

            "That blood was already on the flag; we just made it visible." - Clare Grady

            by tamman2000 on Thu Oct 27, 2005 at 07:17:44 AM PDT

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            •  Normally I'd agree... (none)
              if Target was a Mom-and-Pop corner store.

              But when you have multiple hundreds of stores in all 50 states and seemingly half of the rest of the western world, closing one store briefly means nothing. It would barely register on the total receipts for the day.

              That being said, if you could organize a day where every Target in America had 20 potential buyers show up and play the waiting line game, well, then you've got something that would attract attention and -- perhaps -- act as a catalyst for change. But the action needs to be on a macrocosmic scale, as opposed to a single-store microcosmic action.

    •  This is EXACTLY the sort of break out of the (none)
      box thinking we need!

      Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be KILLED BY Cowboys.

      by GoMommyGo on Wed Oct 26, 2005 at 11:06:09 PM PDT

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    •  superb idea (none)
      old fogies like myself remember a similar protest described in Arthur Hailey's classic Moneychangers.

      When a local bank refuses to lend to small businesses saying that 'they had other priorities that sucked up capital', an activist lawyer sets up a demonstration where a very large number of people line up to open new accounts at the main branch - 'to help the bank out' and then immediately start withdrawing it - 'we are poor folks after all', essentially tying the whole place up.

      A similar protest at Target would be just dandy.

      The signs about 'we have the right to refuse to serve anyone' is simply bluster.  If 30 activists stood in line all morning and kept going to the back of the line, not only would that tie up the pharmacy but it would seriously tee off the other customers. That is when you get to explain to them, quietly and politely what you are doing and why.

      Works every time.

      Gandhi used that to devastating effect against the Brits - every time they passed some odious law, he and his followers would fill the Indian Jails.

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