Whereas the Park Slope Food Coop maintains a biweekly newspaper, the Linewaiters’ Gazette, and conducts General Meetings and these require the use of Coop funds, and resources, including member labor, and these assets belong collectively to the members;
Whereas the promotion of political movements is not included as part of the Coop’s purpose as stated in the Certificate of Incorporation, and therefore the use of the Gazette or the General Meeting for the promotion of a political movement constitutes a misuse of Coop resources;
Whereas the endorsement of political movements is not included as part of the Coop’s purpose as stated in the Certificate of Incorporation, and a political endorsement could interfere with a members’ rights to Freedom of Conscience and Freedom of Association;
Whereas the First Amendment right to Freedom of Expression does not require a party to underwrite or finance the speech of a second party;
Whereas a group of members for more than 7 years has freely used the Linewaiters’ Gazette, the meeting room and the General Meeting for the promotion of the BDS Movement (a boycott of products from the State of Israel), and these activities have cost the Coop tens of thousands of dollars and thousands of staff and member labor hours;
Whereas the promotion of BDS has introduced unprecedented discord into the Park Slope Food Coop community, and has undermined our basic principle of mutual respect;
Whereas the General Meeting in March 2012 overwhelmingly rejected a motion to hold a referendum on whether to boycott Israel;
Whereas numerous Jewish and Israeli Park Slope Food Coop members have resigned or considered resigning due to the use of the Coop resources for the promotion of the BDS Movement;
Whereas activities associated with the BDS Movement have incited intimidation, harassment and violent attacks on Jewish students at American college campuses;
And whereas the BDS Movement is a political cause and use of the Coop for its promotion is in clear contravention of the purpose stated in Park Slope Food Coop Certificate of Incorporation;
I oppose the use of any Coop resources, funds, General Meetings, the Linewaiters’ Gazette, staff and member hours for any matter relating to a boycott of the State of Israel, boycott of products from Israel, or the BDS Movement.
This petition is for members of the Park Slope Food Coop ONLY.
This petition was created by Barbara Mazor.
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