The latest update from Whose Foods?, an organization formed to fight the arrival of a new Whole Foods in the Hyde Square of Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood:
WOW! We want to give you an exciting update: thanks to your hard work, we have reached and surpassed our goal of 1,000 petition signatures!
This is an incredible statement of the widespread community desire to see an alternative to Whole Foods come into the old Hi-Lo space.
Some people continue denying that there’s widespread community support to stop Whole Foods in JP. We need to do a better job contacting decision-makers and posting online to prove them wrong!
Here are two steps you can take to continue building our momentum:
1. Contact the Mayor: 617-635-4500, email@example.com.
Let him know you support an affordable and diverse Jamaica Plain and want to see an alternative to Whole Foods in the old Hi-Lo space.
2. Thank the JP Neighborhood Council: email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment on their website
Thank them for standing up for an equitable neighborhood.
We’ve heard that Mayor’s office has received a lot of emails in support of Whole Foods since the JP Neighborhood Council vote last week — and so has the JPNC. We really want to let them know that there are many folks in Jamaica Plain who do not support the Whole Foods.
Emails will be more effective the more personal they are, but to get you started, some things you might want to include could be:
- Sharing a personal story of how increasing rents and prices have affected you and your friends, family, and neighbors
- Thanking the JPNC for taking a clear stand in support of an equitable neighborhood
- Letting the mayor and the JPNC know how many of your friends and neighbors have expressed concern over the entrance of Whole Foods to Hyde Square
- Why you care about this issue
- Your relationship to the neighborhood and your hopes for its future