The Next Nelson Mandela

Thursday, 02 January 2014 21:43

We have lost one of the world's passionate defenders of the right to food. ... Mandela understood that a hungry man, woman or child could not be truly free.

— General José 
Graziano da Silva, Director, Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N.

By Joe Romano, 
Marketing Manager

nelson mandela 2008As we enter the new year, many of us at GreenStar have resolutions to keep. Perhaps we wish to be more effective or more efficient people than we have been to date. Perhaps, like many, we have feasted through the holiday season and are ready to lose some weight. While we look forward with resolve to a new year, we are usually moved to do better by the events of the last.

In 2013, as the holiday season unfolded, the world mourned the death of Nelson Mandela. We heard a lot about him, but most tellers shied from the full story, which is an important one.

It's possible that you heard about the death of Nelson Mandela, the revolutionary leader of the UmKhonto we Sizwe, an armed radical wing of the African National Congress, or ANC, which was associated with the South African Communist Party. After pleading guilty to 156 separate acts of public violence and terrorism, Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years of his life. While in prison and after his release he openly aligned himself with Fidel Castro in Cuba, Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Libya's Muammar Gadhaffi, Iraq's Saddam Hussein, Yasser Arafat of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and other dictators.

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Food Justice Summit Brings Farm-a-Thon and Street Fair to Ithaca

Sunday, 01 September 2013 20:44

By Luke Jones,

GSCP Program Director

2012-food-justice-summit-smOn Saturday, Sept. 21, GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP), the non-profit affiliate of GreenStar Cooperative Market, will host their third annual Food Justice Summit at Southside Community Center, 305 S. Plain St., in Ithaca.

The summit was conceived as a one-day event designed to bring our community together and foster unity and equality in our food system. The summit has brought food justice speakers such as Malik Yakini (in 2011) and Charity Hicks (in 2012); this year we will be bringing Majora Carter, the Peabody Award-winning urban revitalization strategist from the Bronx, NYC, to speak on her experience in uplifting her community. This year will also feature musical performances by Ki-Tun, Mbusi, and headliners The Blind Spots.

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To a New World of 
Gods and Monsters!

Sunday, 04 August 2013 22:05

You think I'm mad. Perhaps I am. But listen, Henry Frankenstein. While you were digging in your graves, piecing together dead tissues, I, my dear pupil, went for my material to the source of life. I grew my creatures, like cultures, grew them as nature does, from seed!

— Doctor Septimus Pretorius, from The Bride of Frankenstein

gmo-facts smBy Joe Romano, 

Marketing Manager

Ah, the Frankensteins ... it seems that whatever they create turns out badly. Whether it be Victor's creature in the book, or Henry's in the film, or his later attempt at a bride. Even his son Wolf has disastrous results with his experiments.

And even though the creature has no name, so powerful was the evil and so great the wanton destruction caused by the House of Frankenstein that we have come to use the name for the monster itself.

It seems the Frankensteins had not one, but two fatal flaws: hubris, the usurping of god-like power, and unaccountability, the failure to take responsibility for their creation after endowing it with life.

Is there such a house at work in the world today? I'm afraid there is ... the house of Monsanto.

Read more: To a New World of 
Gods and Monsters!


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  • 04.10.15

    By Dan Hoffman,
Council Member

    2013 Dan Hoffman12th Moon, Kristen Kaplan, Eric Banford, Susan Beckley, Jessica Rossi and Mark Darling finished the counting in just under four hours.

    412 Total valid envelopes

    21 total invalid = 19- no ID, 1- first of two ballots, 1- no ballot in envelope

    Also = 1- name tag, 5- 2 cent slips, 1- Member Labor Request and two wooden nickles.

    Two thirds vote required to pass.

    Q#1 = PASS

    361 YES,

    12 NO

    Q#2 = FAIL

    222 YES,

    147 NO

    Q#3 = PASS

    311 YES,

    61 NO

    Q#4 = PASS

    331 YES,

    22 NO

    Q#5 = PASS

    340 YES,

    30 NO

    Q#6 = PASS

    366 YES,

    7 NO

    GreenStar member-owners are the only ones who have the power to change the Co-op's bylaws, the organization's most basic and important document. There is an opportunity to do so (or not) during this month — at the Fall Member Meeting, at the stores, or by mail.

    GreenStar's Council has established an ad hoc Bylaws Review Committee, which started meeting again earlier this year, after being inactive for at least two years. Council had referred a couple of issues to the committee, which identified several more on its own. In August, Council voted (unanimously, except in the case of #2, below) to send the committee's six recommended bylaws amendments to the membership for a YES or NO vote on each of the following questions:

    1. Should the Co-op be allowed to use a withdrawing member's refundable equity contribution [which could be up to $90] to pay off any outstanding debt the member has to the Co-op (such as for bad checks)?

    2. Should all Council candidates and members be required to satisfy any requirements associated with operational licenses maintained or sought by the Co-op (such as to sell or serve alcohol)?

    3. Should Council be allowed to conduct closed executive sessions for two additional topics — possible litigation or contract negotiations?

    4. Should the composition of Council's Immediacies Committee be changed to match that described in Council policy, and that of the Executive Planning Committee?

    5. Should the use of gender-specific pronouns (such as "he" or "she") be eliminated in the bylaws?

    6. Should three "clerical errors" made when the bylaws were amended in 2010 be officially corrected?

    Much more information on the proposed amendments, including detailed explanations, pro and con statements and voting instructions, are available in the Fall Member Mailing, which all current members should receive in the mail by October 6. Members can vote up until close of business on Oct. 31 at either store, by mailing in the ballot from the Mailing, or in person at the Fall Member Meeting, on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Space.



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