August 21, 2010 8:34 PM
Trader Joe's and Planned Parenthood clarification
Thanks for the link to the LDI list of companies that donate to PP. I was so distraught about Trader Joes, which I love. I contacted customer service, and got this:Thank you for taking the time to write us. Trader Joe's does not sponsor or donate at the corporate level. We do, however, encourage our stores to participate in their local communities with donations and have donation coordinators available at each store. Our donation coordinators connect with local non- profit community organizations by donating gift bags, gift certificates or reusable bags for raffles, school events etc.
We have included the link to our donation policy below:
Their website says the same thing. So I guess each person will have to contact his or her local TJ's and see if they can determine which groups the store has donated to. I plan to contact my local store ASAP. I guess some may argue that ANY TJ's donating to PP means ALL TJ's are to be boycotted, but I'm not sure I agree. If the people at my TJ's are honorable, I feel it is a good thing to reward that. What do you think?
Thought you might want to put this on the blog because I saw other commentors were upset about TJ's too.
Thanks, Jill. Since you asked, I think that those whose local TJ's do not contribute to Planned Parenthood should feel free to shop there.
Thanks again for this helpful information!
I'm confused. Planned Parenthood is a non-profit that, among other things, educates people about STD's, safe sex, preventing unwanted pregnancy in teens, and providing low/no cost birth control options to all people regardless of income or social status. They helped my husband get a vasectomy after our third child. Why would anyone boycott Trader Joe's for their donation to an organization primarily concerned with sexual health, which is a huge issue in this country?
Posted by: Rev. Liz | August 22, 2010 3:26 AM
Rev. Liz -
Most Americans are now on record as being pro-life, so it's a comment on the system of disinformation in this country that even if you don't agree with them you would need to ask a question like this.
I am glad you asked though.
Many of us would not characterize a billion-dollar industry based on killing 1.5 million babies a year as interested in "sexual health."
At its website for teens, Planned Parenthood encourages/glamorizes sexual activity - including unhealthy practices - in teens. They then profit from giving them abortions. They have broken laws requiring them to report statutory rape, allowing grown-up men to exploit young women without paying any consequences.
Planned Parenthood also exploits blacks, engaging in a form of genocide since 40% of black pregnancies end in abortion when blacks are only 13% of the population. See http://www.blackgenocide.org/who.html and http://blackgenocide.com/ Btw, Margaret Sanger - whom PP has promoted as a saint - was a notorious eugenicist whose mail goal was to prevent the breeding of "undesirables."
Planned Parenthood parades as a non-profit, but isn't really. See http://michellemalkin.com/2008/06/04/planned-parenthoods-obscene-profits/
Everything about Planned Parenthood is treated as sacred and exists because of double standards. They are not subjected to health regulations or inspections. They do not have to provide information on potential health problems resulting from abortion. Their abortion mills are treated as holy temples.
Planned Parenthood has 1.6 BILLION dollars unaccounted for since 2002, but because of PP's sacred cow status, the propaganda press has ignored it. Car and drug manufacturers are hauled before Congress for mismanagement, but not Planned Parenthood.
In answer to your question, "Why would anyone boycott Trader Joe's for their donation to an organization primarily concerned with sexual health, which is a huge issue in this country?" these are just a few ideas to get you started. In short, Planned Parenthood is based on a lie, is corrupt, racist, protective of criminals and lacking in fiscal accountability.
Perhaps you're interested in learning more? An excellent book: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/096334692X?ie=UTF8&tag=smallbeginnings&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=096334692X
btw, I consider myself one of the founding mothers of the second wave of feminism as I was part of the band that rolled out of the anti-war movement straight into feminism. I fought for abortion rights. But I will tell you something, none of us ever thought that this would end up killing 1.5 million babes a year. And to see my "feminist" sisters cast aside all the other issues we were concerned with - like sexual exploitation of girls and women - to rally around "a woman's right to choose (death)" has been painful.
Where is Planned Parenthood on sexual exploitation of young girls today? Nowhere to be found. And that's because they make their profits in abortion and so the more abortions, the better for their well-oiled money-making machine.
Posted by: Barbara | August 22, 2010 7:51 AM
Great response, Barbara - thank you!
Posted by: Pam | June 1, 2011 3:43 PM
Posted by: marilyn | October 1, 2011 1:27 PM
Trader Joe's is no longer on the Boycott List but you may want to buy the most recent list from Life Decisions International to verify (since you should not trust any random info on the web).
In general, however, it is important to boycott organizations that are on the boycott list, even if local stores try to argue that they do not deserve to be boycotted. Some companies such as Whole Foods Markets Inc. try to mislead pro lifers by arguing that it is alright to shop at local stores which do not donate to Planned Parenthood. The corporate headquarters needs to be pressured so that they tell all their stores to refrain from donating to abortion providers like PP.
So, please get the boycott list and join the fight against Planned Parenthood.
(I am not part of Life Decisions International but I do participate in the boycott against PP)
Posted by: Angelica | August 17, 2012 6:04 PM
Oh great. I had heard they were donating to to anti planned parenthood christian organizations. I can shop at TJ's again! Super into it!
Posted by: Michael | August 20, 2012 12:51 PM