From:   Richard S. <>
Sent time:   Tuesday, October 18, 2011 5:42:23 PM
To:   september17 <>
Subject:   SPAM-MED: [september17discuss] Re: Supporting local businesses

I've been saying since before the Occupation started that you should

support the gyro stands by the park . But one day recently, I and

another guy asked one of the gyro sellers if business was picking up

for him, and he said, no, not really.


I think that maybe this isn't just because of police repression (no

blockades there)... Maybe it's also because the core group here has

too many vegans and vegetarians in it. Or it could be that people

just want the free food. (Personally, I never go for the free food.

Though maybe that will change in the near future, when the

Unemployment runs out.)


Of course, there are nice sellers and ones who are not so nice... One

guy charges $4 for a gyro and $5 for a lamb and rice, the other tried

to jack the price up a dollar, maybe because he thought he could take

advantage of out-of-towners/tourists.


But generally, I think it would be a great idea to support these guys

more, and I think those lamb-and-rice dishes are delicious.




P.S. Most of these stand owners are South Asian; my favorites are

usually from Pakistan. So, hey, those of you who've been concerned

about supporting ethnic diversity...


On Oct 18, 5:09 pm, Jon Good <> wrote:

> Spurred on by the "hypocrisy of patronizing corporations" thread, I would

> like to get together a list of local, non-chain establishments whose

> business has flagged as a result of the police blockade (It's important to

> remember that it's not because of us, but because of police repression that

> these small shopkeepers are suffering).  This should include food carts,

> etc, too.  Then, when people want to donate food and stuff to the

> occupation, we can source it from local businesses and keep community

> relations good.


> Anyone have any ideas as to how this might be encouraged?


> Solidarity,


> Jon