Teachers call for holiday boycott of Pope stores

NCAEBoycott2.jpgThe North Carolina Association of Educators is calling on shoppers to boycott stores owned by conservative powerbroker Art Pope this holiday season. The teachers are targeting stores in Pope's Variety Wholesalers retail chain, which includes Roses and Maxway, in response to what they call his "anti-public education" policies.

The flier announcing the boycott, which launched November 28, reads:

Conservative, anti-public school businessman Art Pope owns Variety Wholesalers, Inc., the umbrella company for the 8 stores listed. His profits fund anti-public education political candidates and supports anti-public education initiatives that include vouchers, reduced investment in public education, merit pay schemes, and the elimi- nation of professional development programs for educators.

Support the NCAE holiday season boycott.

Avoid shopping at these stores to protest using your tax money to fund private schools and pay for private educations.

The two biggest stores in Pope's Variety Wholesalers chain are Roses and Maxway. The smaller stores rounding out his business, which targets low-income and African-American neighborhoods, are Bargain Town, Bill's Dollar Store, Super 10, Super Dollar, Treasure Mart and Value Mart.

This past June, the new Republican leadership in the N.C. General Assembly -- whose victories in 2010 were fueled in part by contributions from Pope's business and family -- targeted the NCAE with a bill that would have prevented them from automatically collecting union dues. The bill didn't apply to other public sector workers, like those in the State Employees Association of North Carolina, which has taken a more concilliatory position towards Pope and the Republicans.

The legislators' decision was widely viewed as retaliation for a boycott of Pope's stores NCAE members approved earlier this spring.


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commented 2013-08-09 17:22:05 -0400 · Flag
boycotting him will only hurt his employees
commented 2013-08-05 08:59:27 -0400 · Flag
Slimy creeps like this will never get the message unless we get them where it hurts, their pocketbook.
commented 2013-08-05 08:46:49 -0400 · Flag
disgusting,what has happen to America? We are able to buy elections by rich corporations,modify food to make money even though it is killing us,and put the education of our future children on the back burner! priorities in this country are all messed up!
commented 2013-06-10 10:20:26 -0400 · Flag
Mr Yelton take your complaint up with facebook. There are no unlike buttons. Too bad I would have use it on your comment. This is not tax payer expense, this is donations. What Art Pope does is with tax payer expense. First he uses his money to buy the politician then the politician uses our money to do what he wants. He wants privatization.
commented 2013-06-10 10:15:59 -0400 · Flag
which dollar stores are his? Family, Tree, or General or all?!!!
@hollyannbb tweeted link to this page. 2011-12-07 22:08:37 -0500
Koch's friends feeling the heat! Keep it up good ppl for the #99%: Teachers call for holiday boycott of Pope http://t.co/VjlF6RUz
@mrkornegay mentioned @facingsouth link to this page. 2011-12-04 17:57:38 -0500
UNION teachers RT @occupyraleigh: Teachers call for holiday boycott of Pope's stores http://t.co/9lW2VRMA via @facingsouth #fail
@PatrickECooley tweeted link to this page. 2011-12-04 17:36:18 -0500
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@OccupyStates411 tweeted link to this page. 2011-12-04 17:34:52 -0500
Pope is #Koch's #NC frontman. RT @occupyraleigh: Teachers call for holiday boycott of #Pope's stores http://t.co/GkZb5Zkz
@OccupyRaleigh tweeted link to this page. 2011-12-04 17:33:21 -0500
Pope is #Koch's #NC frontman. RT @occupyraleigh: Teachers call for holiday boycott of #Pope's stores http://t.co/GkZb5Zkz
commented 2011-12-04 13:42:14 -0500 · Flag
Of course I support the teachrs of North Carolina. I was one for 31 years. Art Pope is an evil man, who uses his power and money to destroy public education. Don’t buy from him.
commented 2011-12-04 12:52:20 -0500 · Flag
I love the fact that you do not permit us to check unlike and post on facebook. You are a bunch hypocrits. You are not teachers but you are propaganda spreaders at the tax payers expense.
@elektrosoundwav mentioned @facingsouth link to this page. 2011-12-03 02:03:36 -0500
RT @occupyraleigh Teachers call for holiday boycott of Pope's stores http://t.co/mUCza911 via @facingsouth
@dteg32 tweeted link to this page. 2011-12-02 22:18:46 -0500
Teachers call for holiday boycott of Pope's stores http://t.co/FrMAjd50 via @facingsouth
@WhizChem tweeted link to this page. 2011-12-02 22:18:14 -0500
Pope is #Koch's #NC frontman. RT @occupyraleigh: Teachers call for holiday boycott of #Pope's stores http://t.co/GkZb5Zkz
@champain2 tweeted link to this page. 2011-12-02 22:16:13 -0500
Teachers call for holiday boycott of Pope's stores http://t.co/FrMAjd50 via @facingsouth
@OccupyRaleigh mentioned @facingsouth link to this page. 2011-12-02 22:15:14 -0500
Teachers call for holiday boycott of Pope's stores http://t.co/FrMAjd50 via @facingsouth
commented 2011-12-02 16:20:41 -0500 · Flag
Pope is an evil man. He is NC’s own little Koch brother.
@deneen28 mentioned @facingsouth link to this page. 2011-12-02 15:20:48 -0500
Teachers call for holiday boycott of Pope's stores http://t.co/lr8NiVdt via @facingsouth
@oneduran tweeted link to this page. 2011-12-02 13:06:40 -0500
support public schools, not Art Pope. "Teachers call for holiday boycott of Art Pope's stores" http://t.co/yVJaNoQa
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