Safeway Campaign 6/8/02
National Day of Action
Portland, OR - NW RAGE activists spread the word to a receptive public at the event here, Saturday, June 8, at Portland's Lloyd Center Safeway. Between 40 and 50 protesters showed up on a beautiful sunny day to give Safeway a taste of public opinion on the matter of Genetically Engineered food.
A giant Frankenstein puppet marched along with families and others holding signs asking for safe, GE-free food, while passers-by stopped to chat with the protesters, or to sign cards and petitions asking Safeway to stop using genetically engineered ingredients. Later on, we were joined by a second monster, a 270-pound genetically engineered abomination who continued with us through the protest.
Again this week, as in previous demonstrations, hundreds of passing cars honked their horns in solidarity with the protesters, smiling, waving and giving thumbs-up signs. From the reaction we received it was apparent that the word had been getting out about the issue, and people wanted something to be done. Many folks stopped and took time to thank us for doing this.
The Frankenstein puppet was a big hit. Not only with the kids, who circled the block to get a photo-op with him, but even the Safeway security folks seemed to get a kick out of the puppet as he made his way along the windows of the store. And he made quite an impression on the Portland Rose Festival parade spectators, many of whom drove past the store as the parade got out.
The pressure is evidently having an effect on Safeway - While the first demonstration at this store had six city police in attendance, the demonstrators were allowed to move about the perimeter of the store unhindered. This time, however, the pressure was stepped up - with vigilant near-harassing action by Lloyd Center security.
'Security Bob'* was sure out to get us! Zipping around in his little golf cart, he did his best to intimidate protestors.
*not his real name, as far as we know
The intimidation didn't work, though, as the demonstrators were enjoying too much the opportunity to spread the word about GE food and their dissatisfaction at Safeway for selling it. Overall, the event was a huge success, sure to be repeated in the near future.
-- As long as Safeway continues to sell this stuff, we'll be around to tell them what we think about it.
For more information or to get involved in our campaign, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (503) 239-6841.
For photos of the actions see the web link.