Tibor’s vigil ends on 10/10/10: DAY 15

Over 100 supporters gathered at the westside Co-op on Sunday, October 10th from noon to 2 to support Tibor’s vigil. It was a wonderful gathering, and the sun came out at the end.

Feeling that he had achieved his objective and raised awareness among co-op staff, members and shoppers, Tibor ended his vigil after the gathering. During his vigil, Tibor handed out over 500 leaflets, talked to 1,000s of shoppers, had many conversations with co-op staff and met with several board members who stopped by to talk with him. He also pressure washed the outside of the co-op (it looks great!) and earned lots of volunteer hours. Tibor will continue to leaflet and have a presence at the westside co-op.

Tibor believes that his vigil and the editorial in Olympia Power Light have opened up a badly needed dialogue and that there is renewed energy for restoring the co-op community. To celebrate his return home he harvested over 40 pounds of tomatoes and some eggplants and made some eggplant parmesan.

Read Editorial from Olympia Power Light, October 6-19, 2010:
What went wrong with the co-op boycott of Israel

On Monday October 11th at 7pm, Gordon Gladstone from J Street will speak at Temple Beth Hatfiloh (8th and Washington SE) about the politics of boycotts and ways to press for a two-state resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. J Street focuses on pressing the United States’ leadership to push for a just and peaceful settlement and encourages spirited, open debate in the United States on Israeli actions and policies. Please attend.

On October 24th at 2pm there will be a general public meeting at Temple Beth Hatfiloh to discuss the White Paper that various work groups have been preparing. The White Paper will cover the process that the Olympia Co-op followed in adopting the boycott proposal, the implications of the language used in the boycott proposal, and boycott policies of co-ops around the country. Please save the date!

We encourage you to go to the contact page to sign up for updates. Also, let us know if you want to get more involved or want to help in handing out leaflets at the Co-op stores or other locations.