Hey MEC, you can’t hide – we know you’re supporting apartheid!!
On Nov. 27, 2010, activists in Vancouver held a picket to boycott Mountain Equipment Coop MEC due to its insistence on partnering with an Israeli company that has ties to the Israeli military industry. The picket was part of local activities to mark the Int’l Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians. Picketers munched on Arabic sweets and handed out leaflets to shoppers, explaining that MEC was complicit with Israeli military war crimes. The leaflet also contained the letter sent to the MEC Board by Mavi Marmara survivor Kevin Neish, in which he called on them “to come to your senses and stop dealing with Israeli companies”. (Further info on MEC boycott at www.cpavancouver.org )
The picket was lively and spirited and featured a local supporter who brought his bagpipes and was named “The Piper for Palestine”. There were also the anti-apartheid carollers, who presented their version of “MEC is spoiling our town” (words below).
(To the tune of Santa Claus is coming to town)
Oh, you’d better not shop
You’d better not buy
Your dollar spent here
Helps fund apartheid
M.E.C is spoiling our town
We’re telling them NO!
We’ll make em think twice
We’re gonna boycott until they act nice
M.E.C is spoiling our town.