The Board Votes to Remove Eden Foods Boycott from Spring Ballot: What Happened and Why

The Board Votes to Remove Eden Foods Boycott from Spring Ballot: What Happened and Why

It could be argued that seven of the most difficult words uttered in the English language are “I was wrong, and I am sorry.” These words also can be the most powerful, as they make the speaker accountable for offenses taken. Such was the case on Jan. 21 when the Co-op’s Board of Directors made the difficult decision to remove the Eden Foods boycott question from the April ballot. The decision reverses a vote taken in September. After months of research, policy reviews, and deliberation, we became increasingly aware that the complexities of the issue outweighed our ability to agree on a single interpretation of the Co-op’s boycott policy or to decide whether the Board should take a collective position on the matter. During the meeting a Director suggested that the proposal be withdrawn. A motion was made, seconded, discussed, and passed. The final 3-2-2 vote reflects our conflicting views. While not unanimous, this vote was legitimately conducted and officially recorded. Our decision only removes the Eden Foods boycott proposal from the spring ballot. It does not in any way prevent Member-Owners from petitioning for ballot access for this proposal or participating in PFC’s newly-formed ad hoc committee dedicated to organizing around the issue. Contact Rebecca Kanner, Board Secretary, at secretary@peoplesfood.coop for more information. All of us on the Board strive to make the best decisions possible in the interest of a diverse Co-op community. Each Director has a unique perspective and understanding of the policies that guide our work. Our opinions or positions may change in the process, and those processes are far from perfect. Please know that...
Local Currency Launching at PFC in April

Local Currency Launching at PFC in April

We are excited to announce that People’s Food Co-op will be the first retail business in Ann Arbor to accept rCredits, a new community-centered payment system and local currency! rCredits is a democratic mutual credit system that has been operating in Greenfield, Massachusetts since 2013, and was designed to be replicated in other communities. rCredits are digital, smartphone and text message enabled, and exchangeable for US dollars. Sign up today! You need an invitation to join, but if you’re a PFC member, we’ll be happy to invite you. Just go to rCredits.org, click the button that says “Request an invitation,” and type “PFC” in the Notes field when you enter your information. What’s the big idea? rCredits is much more than a new way to buy things—it generates rewards for you, the Co-op, and the local community. Several other local businesses are getting ready to start accepting rCredits soon, enabling them to circulate more freely. Later on, local rCredits members will be able to democratically decide what we want in our community, and then create funding for it, ultimately leading to local democratic control of our economy. How does it work? When you sign up you get a card with a barcode on it that can be scanned by a smartphone at a cash register. Starting April 1st you’ll be able to use it at PFC and Cafe Verde to buy groceries, coffee and tea, items from the salad bar and hot bar, and much more. All you need to make purchases is your rCard, and you can manage your account online or even via text message. Rewards for...
Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new website!

PFC General Manager Lesley Perkins and our marketing team have teamed up with Kate Peterson of pleasantly progressive design to bring you our new, interactive, mobile friendly website! Please browse around and send us feedback – your opinions...