It is with a great sense of sadness and dissappointment that the workers at the Red & Black Cafe announce that we have joined the call to boycott Citybikes, a worker co-operative bike shop just a few blocks from us in Portland. We are calling for the boycott because we oppose Citybikes worker Tim Calvert's racist organizing and now Citybikes for their inability to effectively oppose it. We have tried dialogue and educational efforts to no avail. Despite these setbacks we remain steadfast in our commitment to fighting antisemitism and other forms of bigotry wherever they appear. As part of this commitment we want to draw attention to a major blind spot when it comes to dealing with organized bigotry in our midst.
Three years ago Citybikes founder and worker owner Tim Calvert was accused of antisemitic organizing by Rose City Antifascists. Cafe workers took the time to review the evidence and to talk to folks from Citybikes & Laughing Horse. By this point, we learned, Tim had been forced to leave the Laughing Horse collective, largely for organizing bigoted speakers in the bookstore. It was concluded that Tim had been organizing and attending racist speaking engagements with the Portland 9-11 truth Alliance for several years at that point. These events, and the organizations and ideology behind them, are completely at odds with an anti-oppression centered coop movement that is truly for all people.
We want to emphasize: these organizations and racist ideologies are far from harmless. In a small example of the danger involved a worker at the Red & Black's window was smashed with a rock. This rock had a warning written on it, "fuck off RCA" (Rose City Antifa). This occurred the morning after we decided to endorse the Citybikes boycott. 
When we first learned about this in 2009 it was hoped that Citybikes, with community support, would convince Tim to stop hosting racist speakers at Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance events. In order to share our perspective, and offer support to Citybikes, a few workers from the Red & Black and other concerned folks formed an adhoc committee. A mediated discussion was arranged.
The discussion was difficult, and nothing really came from it. At the end of the meeting we agreed to follow up talks; these never occurred. Later attempts to address this issue, first at the Western Worker Co-op Conference, and then at the US Federation of Worker Co-ops Conference, met mostly with silence or hostility by fellow attendees. Although we succeeded in alerting some folks in the worker co-op movement about the situation, in the end nothing was done with the information or the request that Tim step down from the Board of Director of the WWCC.
In the intervening years we grew increasingly concerned as a trickle of Citybikes workers (we heard) quit when it became clear there would be not be a meaningful resolution.  This process seems to have accelerated in recent weeks as workers have left in the wake of Portland 9-11 truth Alliance's latest event.
This latest event was a Portland 9/11 Truth picnic featuring Fritz Springmeier, a white separatist and convicted bomber with ties to the Army of God. The Army of God is a militant anti-choice group who have killed abortion providers and bombed clinics as well as queer bars. [4,5,6,7] This fits a pattern of Calvert's group; bringing an array of racist speakers and almost no one else.
Asking people to boycott a fellow worker co-op is not something we take lightly. We recognize and respect Citybikes' role as a pioneering business in Portland on several fronts: bike advocacy, co-operation among co-ops and workplace diversity. Tim shares responsibility for much of this work. These laudable achievements, however, don't let Tim or Citybikes off the hook. On the contrary; maintaining and building on these achievements requires that we unequivocally reject racism and other forms of oppression. Please take the time to read and reflect on this information. Let us know if you have any questions or you'd like to talk. Finally, please help us send a message that racism is unacceptable and stop shopping at Citybikes.
The Red & Black Collective
1 A chronology of Calvert's racist organizing can be found here:
2 A post about the broken window: rosecityantifa.weebly.com/1/post/2012/1...
link to rosecityantifa.weebly.com
3 In our original statement we defined what we meant by a meaningful response in our 'Open Letter to Citybikes' on page 13 of the 'Confronting Bigotry in Our Movement: A Call for Reflection and Support.'
4 Recent information from Rose City Antifa about Tim & the Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance:
link to rosecityantifa.org
5 "Couple tied to separatist movement face drug trafficking charges" Eugene Register Guard March 3, 2001:
link to news.google.com
6 "Our Existence Is Unknown" - Oregon Spotlight February 28, 2003
7 (2003)UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff, v. Fritz Artz SPRINGMEIER, Defendant.
No. CR 02-24-RE. United States District Court, D. Oregon.
8 Southern Poverty Law Center on Fritz Springmeier:
link to www.splcenter.org