Sunday, 01 February 2015 20:40
By Joseph Romano,
Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.
— Cornel West
In a chapter on New Orleans in Life on the Mississippi (1883), Mark Twain described "a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get." In Twain's words:
We picked up one excellent word ... a nice limber, expressive, handy word — "lagniappe." They pronounce it lanny-yap. ... It has a restricted meaning, but I think the people spread it out a little when they choose. It is the equivalent of the thirteenth roll in a "baker's dozen." It is something thrown in, gratis, for good measure. When a child or a servant buys something in a shop — or even the mayor or the governor, for aught I know — he finishes the operation by saying — "Give me something for lagniappe."
The shopman always responds; gives the child a bit of licorice-root, gives the servant a cheap cigar or a spool of thread, gives the governor — I don't know what he gives the governor; support, likely.
When you are invited to drink — and this does occur now and then in New Orleans — and you say, "What, again? No, I've had enough"; the other party says, "But just this one time more — this is for lagniappe."
Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:24
By Joe Romano,
That Hydrofrack won't taste so good in your beer, milk, and soup!"
— Graffito near our West End store, on a since-demolished building
For years now, The Ghost of Future Lost, the worst of Marley's apparitions whom we had yet to meet, had haunted our sleep and our waking dreams, terrifying the members of our GreenStar community, leaving visions of fracking nightmares dancing in our heads.
Like every year before, 2015 could have been the year that tens of thousands of trucks, 75,000-lb. tanker trucks, shrieked down our quiet roads both day and night. Thousands of concrete oil pads, noisy compressors, harsh lights, and the industry of destruction could have overtaken our sylvan hills and valleys. Befouled water, soil, and air, dead animals, and chronically ill family members might have been what passed for life in our quiet upstate community. While we fought with our all against these terrors, it didn't seem likely we would prevail.
Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:21
By Dan Hoffman,
Governance Committee Chair
That's the opportunity coming up soon for GreenStar members, as the Co-op prepares for its 34th annual Council election, in April. To appear on the ballot, a candidate must submit a written Declaration of Candidacy by March 1. Now is the time to start thinking about whether running for and serving on Council would be the right thing for you (or someone you know) to do.
There are 15 seats on Council, and the staggered terms of elected directors are normally three years, so at least five seats are open each year for incumbents or newcomers to vie for. Because of an unusually high number of resignations (five) from Council Members since the 2014 election, a whopping nine (!) seats will be filled in this year's election. The only time there were more seats to be filled since Council was created was in 2010, when 10 slots were available. This year, the top five vote-getters will win three-year terms, while the next four will earn one-year terms.
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By Dan Hoffman,
12th 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
Q#2 = FAIL
Q#3 = PASS
Q#4 = PASS
Q#5 = PASS
Q#6 = PASS
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.
By Alexis Alexander,
I have woken to a new day, a day when GreenStar's annual Member Meetings and pancakes are defined as pure elegance and inspiration. Surprised?
The morning after our Fall Member Meeting, I'm entranced by the experience of last night. I realize how far GreenStar has come over the years, and how integral and essential a partner we are in the wider regional food movement before us. Our roots as a buying club and grain store have matured into a multimillion-dollar community-ba...