Greeting friends! Please donate to support the lost wages of Whole Foods employees in Cambridge, MA who are being sent home without pay for wearing Black Lives Matter facemasks at work. Join our campaign to demand Whole Foods’ unequivocal support for black lives!
It is so nice to have you here reading about us, supporting us, thinking about us. Our efforts are moving and changing quickly, but we’ll try to keep you updated as often as possible. For now, if you would please sign this petition at http://Change.org:
“Freedom for all Whole Foods Employees to Explicitly Support Black Lives" ( chng.it/dZ6dkj9QqF )
Let’s make sure you’re up-to-date. We work at Whole Foods on River St. in Cambridge, Massachusetts alongside some of the hardest-working, most diverse, most wonderful colleagues. After the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, we began wearing “Black Lives Matter” masks to work, following the lead of other Whole Foods employees elsewhere. Inevitably, however, our store management told us to take them off, told that it was against company policy, told not to make political statements. No conversation, no dialogue. This was, and is, obviously unacceptable to us. As members of a company that has always preached values of togetherness, family, and community, it seemed ridiculous that we would be kept from showing solidarity with our coworkers of color, our community members of color, and those suffering from systemic racism around the country. So, we purchased hundreds of masks and distributed many, but unfortunately a number of my coworkers who strongly believe in the BLM movement still remain afraid to walk-out of work wearing them. They are afraid they’ll lose their pay and, possibly, their jobs.
While Whole Foods cannot explicitly fire employees for dress code violations, they can find, and have found, loopholes to release rabble-rousers. We have to be extremely careful with our tact, and we don’t want to risk our coworkers’ jobs, but invoking a unified front gives us the best chance to get Whole Foods to implement real, meaningful change. The money that we raise here will go directly into the pockets of any of our colleagues who will lose pay for the time they spend protesting. Our shifts are 8 hours and our starting pay is $15/hour. If we can supplement some of this pay, we can present ourselves fully to Whole Foods, dissatisfied, urging, and standing up for our community. All funds will be split based on need and hours spent protesting.
The publicity we are enjoying on social media is catching on, and other Whole Foods workers across the county are joining us. Senator Elizabeth Warren has voiced support for our movement. A resolution passed by Cambridge Mayor Saddiqui and the Cambridge City Council supports us too. We are on the right side of history. Other corporations, like Starbucks, responded quickly to employee pressure and now sell Black Lives Matter attire. We want to make sure Whole Foods, the company we love and believe in, not only hears our voices, but respects them and listens. They are dragging their feet, but we are demanding action now! Action that will only happen if we can move and protest and show solidarity as a unit. This is not a fight over politics. This is a fight for human rights. It’s time Whole Foods acknowledges that.
Thank you for supporting!