Vandalism Statement

Working draft, i.e. not official, not from the board, not approved, etc..., of a possible statement displayed in the member showcase about a recent act of vandalism.

Concerned about Oppression, War, and Racism?

Vandalizing Your Local Co-op is Not the Way to Deal.

The recent vandalism of Israeli Couscous is unacceptable. This form of communication violates the following provisions of the Co-op Policy Register:

A3: Provide a respectful and safe work environment in which fairly compensated employees have a strong sense of ownership in the success of the Cooperative.

A4: Create and sustain an ever-widening circle of community members with healthier and more environmentally restorative lives, in an atmosphere that encourages communication and discourse.

If you have something to say, there are two things you can do to be heard without resorting to vandalism.

1. Fill out an agenda item request for the next board meeting in the folders inside the store. Agenda items submitted will be considered by the board and added to the agenda as time allows.
2. Join the listserv and start a discussion. Go to the communitymarket.org website where there is a link.

 

I’ve moved this discussion from here to this wiki so we can share in the editing of a possible statement. Here are the comments that have been made in that discussion so far:

genelle – Friday

Beth B emailed the listserv about an incident where a shopper/employee vandalized a bin of Israeli couscous. Laura had a great idea as to a way of addressing it, so I wanted to start a discussion here about it so we can just get at what actions we can take as a committee to address this breach of the policy register. Here’s the part of the Policy Register I feel it goes against:

A3 Provide a respectful and safe work environment in which fairly compensated employees have a
strong sense of ownership in the success of the Cooperative.

A4 Create and sustain an ever-widening circle of community members with healthier and more
environmentally restorative lives, in an atmosphere that encourages communication and
discourse
.

(Emphasis mine.)

I really liked Laura’s idea of adding a sign to the display case about it- do others think this is appropriate? Is it enough? Please add your ideas..

Thanks.

Karen – Friday

I really appreciate your effort to open this discussion!

Genelle, I appreciate your siting of the policy register items breached. I would love to see this in the display case! With it could be an invitation to have an in-person or online discussion of either the act of vandalism and/or the political statement that was so poorly expressed and what role could/should a community co-op play in addressing global politics effectively.

I would also be interested in knowing the facts about Israeli couscous and to find an opportunity to educate the community about both the product and its source. It might be an effective way of separating government politics from the people impacted by them, and also using an educable moment to comment on the misunderstandings perpetrated by stereotypes. Who among us wanted to be characterized in the world by the actions of Bush? For all we know, the couscous is produced by Palestinians! (And still I am making assumptions about the intent of the market defacer…!)

Thanks for taking this on!

 
 

I edited the text of the proposed sign. Please comment and/or make edits- I’d love to see others’ thoughts on it before posting it in the display case.

 
 

In talking to people, I have had a couple of concerns about posting the sign because it gives the act some amount of undeserved attention. So until I hear anything different, I am going to hold off on any action on this. Comments are welcome……………..

 
   

I have heard some concerns expressed about it as well, I thought we could talk about it at the meeting tonight before making a decision.