No. This comment refers to the woman who was the meeting moderator. She was incredibly rude to the elderly women from the Park Slope BDS contingent. One of them had difficulty approaching the mic, and could barely make her voice heard. She was dealt with dismissively and told to sit down. The chair at first agreed that Jesse’s proposal constituted a change to the Bylaws, which required advance notice to all members of such, and a 2/3 majority to pass. She then reversed her opinion after Joe Holtz got to speak. At no time did the Coop solicit legal opinion letters from its attorneys or other independent specialists in non-profit law.
I was one of the people who spoke. We were limited to 2 minutes. Anti-BDS people went over 2 min., but when a pro BDS speaker did this, the microphone was turned off on her. Then the Chair cut down the speaking time for people to 1 min. 30 seconds.
Jesse Rosenfeld had about 8 minutes to speak, as he did at 2 prior GMs I attended.
I was thinking about just this all week- how can I in good conscience continue to be part of an organization of deluded, narcissistic yuppies, who wave the banner of human rights, egalitarianism and democracy while supporting a horrendously brutal occupation that saturation-bombed Gaza with more ordnance than was dropped on Hiroshima and slaughtered 2300 people ostensibly as vengeance over the deaths of 3 Israeli teenagers.
Park Slope became the neighborhood it is today because in the 80s, thousands of people, mostly black, Hispanic as well as a lot of elderly people of all races, were forcibly evicted or harassed out of their homes. Park Slope itself is a settler colonial community- a land grab of affluent, educated whites, many of them Jewish, who had been loosely in the antiwar movement in the 60s and 70s.
The entire community was made possible by a steady wave of evictions in the 80s. I know some of the lawyers who were involved in this. Interestingly, many of the actual progressives and radicals who relocated to NYC moved to either Ditmas Park, Midwood, or Windsor Terrace, neighborhoods that were already white, rather than participate in the displacement of yet more people of color. But this is lost on the people in the Coop.
Numerous letters to the editor had been claiming that boycotts are antithetical to our tradition, exhibiting political amnesia. I attempted to set the record straight with a letter to the Gazette last June. My editor, Carey, claiming that my letter was completely unsubstantiated, demanded that I provide footnotes. So I spent 8 hours meticulously researching my points and re-submitted the letter, only to have her co-editor, Eric Lewis, tell me that the footnotes were totally unnecessary except for 2 of them. He called me at 11:30 am, during my work day, asking me if I “had a minute”. He proceeded to go line by line through my letter, deleting much of it as being too “inflammatory”.
The next letter I wrote was never acknowledged and never ran. Then the Coop put a freeze on letters mentioning BDS for 6 months. I resubmitted the letter and Carey is now refusing to run it- are you ready – because it is “not timely”.
And it gets better- the same person who accused me of making unsubstantiated statements, now commented that while I included robust situation to reports (of SodaStream’s violations), that it came off like a “canned letter” (read: “Palestinian dupe”) and that I had “nothing original to add”.
The letter had been written in response to Barbara Mazor’s June 11 letter to the Gazette, accusing BDS supporters of failing to cite any reports with actual findings that Soda Stream’s policies were problematic. So I spent another 8 hours finding all of the major human rights reports on Soda Stream and footnoted them, in order to show that anti-BDS people are coming up with bogus arguments, and to establish the integrity of BDS advocates as well as inform and educate the members.
I have demanded that Carey run my letter. She is adamantly refusing to do so. I am so frustrated and burned out dealing with them and their passive-aggressive bullshit.
I think the Coop should drop all pretenses of being progressive and merge with Costco, so members will no longer have to worry that we’re about anything other than cheap organic food.