From:   Justin Wedes <>
Sent time:   Tuesday, October 18, 2011 5:51:23 PM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Re: Supporting local businesses

Perhaps the community relations committee and food can jointly request a budget of a couple thousand to support partnering with local businesses 2 source food.


Up to this point, it's been pretty haphazard and mostly involving twitter asks (very effective though!)


Justin Wedes

Educator & Activist

Brooklyn, NY



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On Oct 18, 2011, at 7:42 PM, "Richard S." <> wrote:


> 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.


> Richard


> 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