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1010 WINS/CBS Gets it Wrong about Park Slope Food Coop Israel Boycott: There Isn't One!

By August 25, 2011

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Gotcha! 1010 WINS just went out with an inaccurate report on Thursday afternoon around 4pm announcing "The Park Slope Food Coop is looking to remove products from Israel..." as part of a politically motivated boycott. This is false information; factually incorrect. What is correct is that the issue of whether the Coop should ban Israeli imports has been discussed in a meeting, and in some letters to the editor.

But the "Food Coop" is not "looking to remove products from Israel"  which is what Al Jones' report said. Maybe some members are, nobody knows how many.

There's no date for a vote, no such policy in place, and nobody in the democratically-run Park Slope Food Coop membership even knows whether, when and how this issue might get aired again. And products are not removed "at the request of customers," as the 1010 WINS report says, but by vote of members.

I tried calling WINS and sent an email suggesting that they talk to a staff member at the PSFC, but they're sticking by their story. They're wrong, and fanning the flames. (Oh, and by the way, we fanatics at the Park Slope Food Coop haven't banned all plastic bags either. Just this morning I brought home a plastic bottle --recyclable--from the Coop. Sloppy reporting!)

Just setting the record straight. (I'll let you know if they edit the piece for accuracy.)

Comments
August 26, 2011 at 8:06 am
(1) 5w30 says:

Democratically run? More like communistically run. Self-hating.

August 31, 2011 at 3:14 pm
(2) Adam says:

The word is “communally”, as in “I love the Park Slope Food Coop, a communally-owned, democratically-run cooperative that has been providing good food at low prices for working members through cooperation since 1973.”

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