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A group of ne'er-do-wells will be picketing the Berkeley, CA Whole Foods at Ashby and Telegraph on Sunday, August 16, from 12:30pm-3:30pm to show their disapproval of John Mackey's anti-health-care agitprop in the WSJ. Picketers will bring signs, flyers, sunscreen, and perhaps most importantly, food from local farmers' markets and family-owned natural food stores to share with passers-by to show that they don't have to patronize a corporation that is actively seeking to cause them harm.

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Not local? Picket your local Whole Foods! Remember to offer people local and organic food from preferable sources, like your farmer's market, CSA, co-op, or non-chain organic groceries... show everyone where else we can take our business! Ideally there will be protests at Whole Foods across the country on Sunday.

Since Whole Foods is attempting to silence debate in their own forums and ignoring letters, calls, and emails protesting this outrageously harmful activity, we have to take the discussion to the streets!

Originally posted to cavanaugh on Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 12:33 PM PDT.


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  •  Facebook Page (3+ / 0-)
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    tmo, SanJoseLady, pekkla

    Join "Boycott Whole Foods".

    Pass it around.

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    by annrose on Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 12:35:41 PM PDT

  •  superb! just watch out for the 'propagators' (0+ / 0-)

    ...who are going around shouting that so-called local and organic food from other sources have actually been germinated in a foreign country

  •  Walnut Creek? (3+ / 0-)
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    tmo, LordMike, pekkla

    I live near Walnut Creek.  Anyone interested in boycotting there.  I started a site where we can post things to help organize a boycott.

  •  Print the Op-Ed and hand it out (n/t) (3+ / 0-)
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    tmo, jbdigriz, pekkla

    Give them all the information and let them decide.  And explain that you're doing it because the Republicans aren't giving voters all the information.  We're D's and we're better then they are.

    "It stinks." - Jay Sherman, Film Critic.

    by angry liberaltarian on Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 01:17:10 PM PDT

  •  Dang (2+ / 0-)
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    tmo, pekkla

    I used to live just down the street from the Telegraph Avenue Whole Foods.  I moved in the week the Berkeley Co-Op that had been there closed.  After a while the anti-union Whole Foods opened in the space.  UFCW members picketed that store for almost a year.  The kids who worked there thought Whole Foods was unbelievably cool because it called them "team members" and let them display their tattoos, nose rings and other piercings.

    Why would anybody shop at the Berkeley Whole Foods when the Berkeley Bowl is just a few blocks away?

    This aggression will not stand, man.

    by kaleidescope on Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 01:17:53 PM PDT

    •  I work about halfway between them (2+ / 0-)
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      And yet hordes of people do. In fact I was one of them for a long while... I couldn't face the warehouse aesthetic of Berkeley Bowl which felt so industrial and oppressive some days. But it was never worth the extra money I spent, and it's definitely not worth supporting Mackey.

    •  Indeed - not to mention the farmers markets (1+ / 0-)
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      There are so many other food options in Berkeley it's ridiculous. I admit I have frequented the WF at Ashby and Telegraph for a while as I work nearby and it's convenient to get something for lunch there. But no more. I can't do it and I'm making sure everyone else in my office knows about it too.

      Californians: The Courage Campaign is working for changing the 2/3 budget rule and for ending Prop 8. Go!

      by tmo on Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 07:21:35 PM PDT

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      •  So right (1+ / 0-)
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        A second Berkeley Bowl is opening (near Ashby & San Pablo), and as you say, there are gazoodles of food options.  My fave is Monterey Market -- good, fresh, inexpensive organic produce. (A small schlep to N Berkeley for south of campus folks.)

        A large part of the WF customer base during the day is the Alta Bates crowd. A few of those health care workers might be sympathetic to a boycott -- I heartily recommend a lunchtime picket!

        If you don't know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else. Yogi Berra

        by Twin Planets on Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 08:55:11 AM PDT

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        •  Berkeley Bowl West opened a couple months ago (1+ / 0-)
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          BBW opened a couple months ago - it's a little further than BBE and I don't care for how they split the organic produce up into a completely separate section. But it's made shopping at BBE a lot more tolerable!

          Californians: The Courage Campaign is working for changing the 2/3 budget rule and for ending Prop 8. Go!

          by tmo on Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 11:56:03 AM PDT

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  •  Wish I could be there but I live in Il no (0+ / 0-)

    Whole Foos where I am

  •  I can most likely make it (0+ / 0-)

    I'll check out the facebook.
    Anybody going to Pete starks Town hall in San Leandro?  

    The San Francisco Bay Bridge, MADE IN CHINA

    by east bay on Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 01:47:42 PM PDT

  •  Be gentle please (1+ / 0-)
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    I used to go there all the time.  There are some really nice people there.  ( the mac n cheese and wings are great !!)  not enough parking space -- between the hospital and telegraph ave - parking is a nightmare

    •  Of course. (3+ / 0-)
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      tmo, pekkla, realityworld

      We know we're not against the workers, and the people who do shop at Whole Foods most likely don't realize they're supporting actions against health care reform. This should be a really positive protest... we'll talk with people about why they should support a public option and what Whole Foods is doing to prevent meaningful health care reform. And above all we'll share food with people to show them what they can get at the farmers' markets and other local grocers.

      •  thanks cavanaugh (0+ / 0-)

        I know you guys will be careful- but sometimes people get out of hand ( not saying you will) .

        just a little worried because I know everyone is passionate about health care reform and I know some of the workers.  This issue is personal for me for several different reasons.  

        Maybe my emotions are over running my logic. sigh

        •  Can you be there? (1+ / 0-)
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          You can definitely help keep the tone appropriate. I agree that people might need reminders to be compassionate and remember that WF workers suffer most directly from Mackey's policies. I'd love it if you were able to be there to help with that.

      •  Alta Bates shoppers (1+ / 0-)
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        Don't forget to picket at lunch hour or at nursing shift changes (7am? 4pm? no clue?), as much of the Whole Foods day crowd works at the hospital. And many of these health care workers are very sympathetic to reform.

        If you don't know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else. Yogi Berra

        by Twin Planets on Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 09:34:24 AM PDT

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        •  Great Idea (1+ / 0-)
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          I also know that a lot of Alta Bates folks get their lunch at Mokka, that little cafe on Shattuck, when they're not at Whole Foods. I'm sure they won't mind if I leave some flyers there during lunch rush. Those might not be the Whole Foods crowd, but they'll talk about it with their coworkers.

  •  Sign Ideas? (1+ / 0-)
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    * Whole Foods Is Making Us Sick * Boycott Whole Foods for a Healthy Health Care System


  •  I will definitely be there for at least part of (0+ / 0-)

    the event, as I live nearby.  I may have some stuff to do with my 8 year old that afternoon though, so I am not sure what time I can be available yet.  So glad to see that you guys are doing this.  I had planned to make some copies of the WSJ and hand them out, but childcare issues have sidetracked that plan.  I did download/print out the article.

    I agree that people in Berkeley will support the boycott if they can read the op-ed and decide for themselves.  There is so much activist "stuff" around Berkeley everyday that it is the only approach that people here will take seriously.  Otherwise we'll be seen as just another group of hippie crazies.

    "Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head."

    by pekkla on Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 11:03:06 AM PDT

  •  This oughta be real interesting... (0+ / 0-)

    Most of the shoppers at Berkeley Whole Foods look like they'd be right at home picketing.  Might even get some converts on their way home from shopping.

    Kick apart the structures.

    by ceebee7 on Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 05:10:15 PM PDT

  •  Photos from the Protest (0+ / 0-)

    Took some pictures this afternoon and posted them here:
    Feel free to use any of them wherever you want.

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