Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tell Bolthouse Farms To Stop Funding Discrimination

Kick Bolthouse Farms Out Of Your Refrigerator

As reported by Alex Blaze on the Bilerico Project, William Bolthouse, founder and 43% owner of Bolthouse Farms, a farm in California that provides organic juices, lemonades, and smoothies to places like Whole Foods and other organic market places, has just recently given a donation of $100,000 to proponents of a campaign to strip California couples of the right to marry.

We know that many progressive people are concerned about what they put in their bodies, and we wanted to let you and your friends know that organic juice you maybe enjoying could be helping to strip the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of the right to marry in California.

Now company spokespeople for Bolthouse Farms will iterate that they do not donate directly to any campaigns. But their owner, William Bolthouse, uses the profits from the sales of their organic drinks to fund his noxious political views. In addition to funding the initiative to strip Californians of their marriage rights, his foundation, the Bolthouse Foundation, is a major donor to the Alliance Defense Fund, the right's response to the ACLU.

Now we know that corporate leaders can spend their money however they would like, but that doesn't mean that we have to support them by using our hard earned dollars to purchase their products, at a price of our own rights.

Please take a moment and let Bolthouse Farms and their distributors know that you will no longer be purchasing their organic products, because even though they are organic, they come with some nasty side effects.

Speak out now!


Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
Krogers Krogers Investment
Stop & Shop Stop And Shop
Target Target Corporate Diversity
WalGreens Wal Greens
Wegmans Wegmans Corporate HQ
Whole Foods Headquarters Whole Foods Market

Below is the sample letter:

Subject: I'm Boycotting Bolthouse Farms

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

It has come to my attention that the owner of Bolthouse Farms, William Bolthouse, has just donated $100,000 to the campaign to push back the marriage rights of LGBT people in California. As a consumer that cares about what I put in my body, I can not buy Bolthouse Farms organic products whose profits would then be used to take away the rights of myself, friends, allies, family members, and co-workers.

For that reason, I will no longer buy Bolthouse Farms products and I will encourage your distributors to stop distributing your products.

Your primary owner, who owns 43% of the company has decided to use the money, the profits he receives from your company to impinge and take away the rights of a group of Americans.

I will not be a party to this disgusting behavior. This email serves as notice that I will not buy Bolthouse products.

In addition, I encourage all distributors of Bolthouse Farms products to immediately stop carrying them as they are in direct contradiction to the diversity principles that so many distributors carry.


John Queer Public

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