Tuesday, October 2, 2012

it gets ugly and sad

An article was posted to BikePortland.org today about the growing troubles at Citybikes Workers' Cooperative:

http://bikeportland.org/2012/10/02/anti-fascist-group-calls-for-boycott-of-citybikes-co-op-78280

Details of the swirl of activity around the business are laid out. By reading the article, I learn that at least one other person has resigned since I left. Since this person spoke on condition of anonymity, I don't know who it is.

Readers' responses lean heavily in favor of the free speech and free assembly rights of the co-owner at the heart of the turmoil. I don't know what to make of this, though a few readers interpret the bias in any number of ways. One reader spelled it out clearly and succinctly:


If the majority of CityBikes worker-owners tacitly support Calvert's racist organizing, or if CityBikes' democratic processes are so broken that those most affected by Calvert's organizing are forced to leave, CityBikes is not worthy of our support.

I think that speaks volumes. 

It remains to be seen where this will head now that a slightly more legitimate news source has picked up the story. 

1 comment:

ryan said...

i guess this will now get even more attention since mr. bike snob has picked it up: http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2012/10/wednesday-comes-but-52-times-year.html