On one side, The Black – the source of the stickers of intolerance – has just now begun selling T-shirts with the well-known image carrying the the message “don’t feed our bums.”
On the other side, organizers of the Boycott The Black effort are gearing up with a petition and plans to picket the old-time head shop on Newport.
Ken Anderson, co-manager of The Black told me on Monday, June 14, that he would consider taking the stickers off the shelf if he was presented with a petition with a hundred names asking him to do that. However, apparently in a new move to cash in – literally – with this anti-homeless sentiment, Anderson is now selling shirts with the hate logo.
If The Black is upping the ante, so shall the organizers of the boycott. The petition drive will start in the next few days. Anyone wishing one will be able to download a copy from this blog – once we post it. The petition will request the The Black remove the stickers. Plus organizers are meeting today to discuss a picket line in front of The Black.
Other folks are talking about a community forum on the homeless and homelessness. This blog continues to offer a free T-shirt to the person who rips down the most of the stickers.
Stay tuned for future events.