I know that as citizens in a consumerist nation, it can be hard pressed to feel like what you do has any weight. Everyone decides for themselves what steps they decide to take. You may choose a company that make environmentally friendly products, but are based overseas in workshop like conditions. Maybe you choose to buy American, but they have ties with unsavory political groups. We each choose our own, but I believe the information, regardless of your view, should be available nonetheless. So I am reposting this message I received from some local queer activists, that post on myspace from their page The Queer Revolution. Maybe it will spur some of you to be more conscious or where you shop or even better, make a phone call.
!!BOYCOTT!! HOMELAND GROCERY STORE @ NW 39TH AND PENN!!
At 4:00 p.m. on Sunday June 24th (gay pride parade), a very good friend of The Queer Revolution was in the Homeland at NW 39th and Penn. She was waiting in line to pay and the woman in front of her was complaining about the traffic and huge crowd that had assembled in the vicinity waiting for the parade. She said that the lack of available parking was “bad for customers.” The manager, who was assisting the cashier behind the counter said, “Yeah, well … I WISH I COULD SHOOT THEM ALL.”
The following day (Monday), a phone call was made to the Homeland District Office to lodge a formal complaint. Judy (at 405-216-2200) with Homeland took the complaint and promised a returned call from a District Manager to discuss the situation. To date, this call has not been returned.
Based on this incident, The Queer Revolution is hereby calling for an official boycott of this Homeland grocery store, which is located in the middle of Oklahoma City’s Gay District. Not only has the manager of this store exhibited the type of homophobia TQR fights daily, but also Homeland’s district office has shown no interest in attempting to resolve this situation.
Revolutionaries, we ask that you repost this bulletin in hopes to spread the word of the kind of blatant homophobia that was experienced on (of all days) the year's most open celebration of gay pride.
Please feel free to contact Judy at the Homeland District Office and relate your concerns about this incident. She can be reached at 405-216-2200.
WE MUST SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR IS UNACCEPTABLE.
We love you all,
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