The Boycott QUESTIONS


Arthur at AmeriNZ wrote about a possible boycott of the store Target, and the reasons why. (Has anyone written the obvious headline, “Target target of boycott?” Subsequently, MoveOn.org sent out this e-mail:

Target, the retail giant, just became one of the very first companies to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision allowing unlimited corporate cash in elections.

Target has spent over $150,000 in the Minnesota Governor’s race backing state Rep. Tom Emmer, a far-right Republican who supports Arizona’s draconian immigration law, wants to abolish the minimum wage and even gave money to a fringe group that condoned the execution of gay people.

Target must think customers won’t care. They’re wrong: We do care, and we need to let them know that we want Target—and all corporations—out of our elections.

Will you send a message to Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel telling him that you’re not going to shop at Target unless they stop trying to buy elections? Click here to add your name to the petition.

A lively discussion ensued at Arthur’s blog about the fact that Target has been a gay-friendly place to work, whether boycotts work or are tilting at windmills, and even if you wanted to boycott, say Target, does this mean you end up shopping at, say, Wal-Mart, who have policies others oppose?

1. Thoughts on the specifics of the Target boycott. At prrsent, I’m inclined to sign a petition, but not yet to boycott.

2. Have you ever boycotted a product or service? I have, everything from Twinkies (ITT) to lettuce and orange juice. Actually, I’ve also boyvcotted Wisk detergent because I found their “ring around the collar” commercials so offensive. (But now, my wife buys Tide anyway, so while my technical boycott still exists, for her it’s just product preference.)

3. Do boycotts ever work? Certainly the Montgomery bus boycott did in the 1950s. Eventually the Florida “sunshine tree” growers dumped Anita Bryant as their spokesperson. To some degree, the one against Nestle over baby formula was successful. I’ll contend the boycott against South Africa ultimately helped to end apartheid.

You need a critical mass, patience, and, ideally, an alternative to achieve success. The conversation about Target is that it may be Target, Wal-Mart and not much else in many small towns.

Please add your collective wisdom.

0 thoughts on “The Boycott QUESTIONS”

  1. 1. Not liking hearing that. I will probably sign the petition.

    2. For the longest time I refused to shop at Wal-Mart due to their business nature.

    3. I don’t think they work with big corporations like Wal-Mart and Target. I think they would work on a local level. The problem is that soon you need to go back, and usually many others haven’t heard of the boycott or even care and continue to patronage. That is my problem right now. I shop at Wal-Mart. Because of the economy and even though I have a job, we can’t beat their prices. We save $30-$50 per grocery shopping trip there. That’s hard to ignore. That equates to over $200 of savings a month. I hate going there, but I have to think about providing for my family first right now. When things get better for us, I will be happy to go elsewhere.

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  2. My sister-in-law lived for years in Santa Monica, CA. Then she decided to move to Arizona for a better environment to raise her family. Little did she expect to soon become a victim of Arizona’s seemingly relentless drive against people who were not born in the USA. She is now back in her own country, raising her American citizen son without the help and support of his father or that side of the family. 1 for Arizona, 0 for the American Dream.

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