VIDEO: Boston Police Tussle With Whole Foods Opponents Over Banner

At the first meeting of Whole Foods Market with the Jamaica Plain community, protesters

Whole Foods Market held a community meeting about its new store in Jamaica Plain, set to open in the late fall, according to company officials who spoke at the meeting.

The meeting, which was held at the , was disrupted when two protesters unfurled a banner on the second floor of the auditorium. The banner read "Displacement: What Will Whole Foods Do About It?" Police arrested those persons.

Later, during a comment period, protesters standing in line to speak were holding a banner. Police tugged it away from the protesters, as seen in this video.

Shortly afterward, police closed the meeting and had everyone leave the school.

[Editor's note: I apologize for the "stretched" quality of the video, because I was holding the camera vertically.]

For more, check back with JP Patch. We will have full coverage, including video of the arrests, photos and much more.

Pat Roberts June 06, 2011 at 09:48 PM
Brian, there is an additional reason for people to not want cars playing loud music in their neighborhood, besides irritation at the unpleasant loudness of it and at the lack of consideration displayed by the player of the music. When a neighborhood has a lot of cars playing loud music driving around (or when the neighborhood has a lot of loud music coming from apartments), that sends a message that this neighborhood is one where nobody cares what happens. The message is sent to criminals who are looking for exactly that kind of neighborhood to do their crimes in. It's part of the broken windows theory of neighborhood safety. So one of the ways we have fought crime for many years in our neighborhood is by working with the police to reduce the numbers of cars which drive through the neighborhood playing loud music. We have also worked on other ways to make our neighborhood look cared for: we paint over graffiti, we clean up trash, we take care of vacant lots, etc. We do all this so the neighborhood looks like a place where every knows what's going on, and where everyone cares about what happens here. Things used to look a lot worse until we started our crime watches and started this work. It has made a big difference in neighborhood safety, and the loud music component has been a significant part of that. If you would like more information about crime watches, or about how to make your neighborhood safer, you can contact the community service officer at E13.
Bob from JP June 07, 2011 at 01:27 AM
HAHAHAHAHH so not only do we have City Feed employees working the Whose Foods Beat, but we also have a Trader Joe's representative...... just gets funnier and funnier
Bob from JP June 07, 2011 at 01:43 AM
"I am delighted Whole Foods is coming to Jamaica Plain... More middle class people have been moving in for awhile now, thank heavens... I say 'Welcome' to all the new people who have made this a safer, quieter and cleaner place." Queviva, what is so inflammatory to you about this statement? Do you think that middle class residents that have moved into JP recently HAVE NOT had a role in making it a safer, quieter and cleaner place? Do you want to bestow all credit for the obvious improvements in JP over the years to "existing" residents only? Basically, what it boils down to is that you believe that certain residents are more WORTHY of living in JP than others. All of your comments make that clear. So, that's your opinion, and you are entitled to it. But insisting that you are promoting diversity and freedom of speech and all of the other causes that you lay claim to is preposterous. What it boils down to is that you think JP is better without middle class whities and worse with them. It has nothing to do with Whole Foods, that is just a convenient scapegoat.
Queviva JP June 08, 2011 at 01:21 PM
No, JP, and once again your reasoning is off. What I am saying is that existing residents, including low-income families and individuals, worked very hard to make JP the strong community it is. Not just new people or the middle class. If you don't get what's inflammatory about that statement, then you must think just like Pat Roberts.
Bob from JP June 08, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Queviva, I seriosuly suggest you re-read Pat's statement. At no point in time is it stated that existing residents DID NOT do the things you are saying they have done. All it says is that the "new" middle class residents who are moving in have made their mark in making JP a "safer, quieter and cleaner place". New resident contributions and "legacy" resident contributions to this are not mutually exclusive, as much as you would like them to be.
veronika hartt June 08, 2011 at 11:58 PM
My main complaint with whole foods is i shop there believing i am making the better choice. But i am actually paying for food to shipped from all over the world . Not very Eco. From land that wholefoods owns driving the price up making it unreachable for the very people who to produce it. The bigger the company gets the more it needs. The company is growing out of control unable to focus on any 1 product enogh to make it worth the outragous price they charge. They seem to promote or (eerily bring in) voids with little real life experience who can be programmed with information that has little basis in reality. Scary when you think about how big the company has gotten. These are the people making big decisions for our planet and your neighborhood. Do you know them? I decided after working there I do not. I can't believe i was a sucker for so long... Also, may GOD have pity on your souls those who make decisions based on financial greed. And that goes double for those who think it makes them smarter.
veronika hartt June 09, 2011 at 12:54 AM
why does whole foods not have to comply to the same health and sanitation rules most restaurants do? the sandwiches are mde in a sweaty dish room in cambridge, yuck! Do they have there own inspectors? After working in the deli dept. i dont eat anything from the prepared section. The cooked food sits in big refrigerators in the back and now i know why it tastes like that. not to mention the actual TM's that are only qualified to stock shelves split there time making food. Thats why the company seems so diverse. Unfortunately, they are desperate to make money and are willing to be stretched so far. BUT i can taste the disgruntled in my water logged vegetables.
Bob from JP June 09, 2011 at 12:56 AM
Let's break up the company and sell each store to the neighborhood it is in..... sound good? At the very least, we should definitely stop them from investing in even more stores and providing more jobs to people..... I mean, after all, there should be a cap as to how big a business should be able to get. It should probably be just 1 retail outlet per company. That way we don't have to worry about all of these chains trying to take over JP. But City Feed should be exempt because they sell things for exhorbitant prices because they are local, so it is ok.....
Bob from JP June 09, 2011 at 12:59 AM
We should also restrict the produce available in each store by geography. So here in Boston, we should not have access to Avocados or oranges or Pineapples or Grapefruits. Also, no produce in the winter, because you know you can't grow anything in snow. Maybe WF can convert to a store that just sells miniature indoor garden kits so that everyone in 600 sq ft apartments can grow their own food! At least that way they will not have to transport anything.
Bob from JP June 09, 2011 at 01:05 AM
Oh my GOD, how could I have forgotten the most important thing of all? Any profits that Whole Foods and other stores generate need to be taxed at 100% to prevent any chance of greed getting in the picture. They would just invest in stores, infrastructure and people out of the goodness of their hearts and not expect any return on their money. In fact, maybe by taxing all profits at 100% we can just discourage them from even making a profit, so then we would have a truly equitable organization driven by the common good instead of profit motive. Oh we can dream can't we?
veronika hartt June 09, 2011 at 01:11 AM
I used to live in JP. I also worked at Whole foods for a year. Do not let them open. Don't be suckered in by the allure of whole foods. I understand you. I Used to shop that place everyday. Now they are dead to me. JP, Be better than San Francisco that allowed the wholeF to open on Haight St. where the old Calafoods was. We are smarter than that because our small community(compared to bigger cities) can see past their "grassroots" marketing ploy and recognize these people as the impostors they are. Bigger cities this may work. Less aware cities this works. Boston we all know each other and we don't like to be manipulated. Not for nothing.. it seems like they already have your police in their back pocket. Money talks, i guess. Police have to eat too. If they continue to protect the schmucks of the world over their own community.. then that is a sad realization to have when it is to late. I am angry at big business for turning us on another and so should you.
Bob from JP June 09, 2011 at 01:14 AM
Totally Agree Veronika. I think we should seize the building via eminent domain to stop these corporate crusaders from poisoning this community.
ctp June 09, 2011 at 01:36 AM
This is what I mean by the Whosers being immune to satire. I honestly can't tell if Ms Hartt is a real but somewhat addled person, a sock puppet created by a disgruntled Whoser who's upset that a certain other thread got shut down and wants to throw around baseless allegations with impunity, or another parody more cunning than WhoseFood or French Fries could dream of. It's fascinating. If, on the off chance, Ms Hartt is in fact a real person, I encourage her to contact the authorities and/or the media with her allegations about food safety and other practices. There's a real story there if they turn out to be true. And if they're not, well, libel's not a laughing matter. And if she is a spoof, bravo and well done.
Bob from JP June 09, 2011 at 01:44 AM
How hilarious is it that it has gotten to the point where you can't tell?
WhoseFoods June 09, 2011 at 02:39 AM
Thank you for bringing some common sense to this conversation JP. You are spot on, though we must point out that you can still get potatoes and cabbage for a good part of the winter. That is why the coalition has decided for you that and indoor community root cellar is the best possible use for the space Whole Food was going to occupy. Not only is it ecological, but is there a more affordable food than potatoes? We've heard again and again from our Latino neighbors (those do not own property or businesses in JP, who are low-income - though not low income enough to live in subsidized housing - and only speak Spanish (so admittedly, there was a bit of a language barrier since I was a Sanskirt poetry major)) that they want more affordable local food options that are not Stop and Shop, or the bodegas. They don't want to shop anywhere! Why should we be slaves to the whims of the edible industrial complex? We'll grow all the cabbage and potatoes we need right here in JP. We stopped 95! We can get the corporations off our tables and out of our mouths! I don't want them in my mouth! Don't swallow their lies! Spit them out JP! Spit! Don't swallow!
French Fries June 09, 2011 at 03:01 AM
Potato on the pulse here. Ms. Hartt brings up some serious and important points. Knowing that Whole Foods is a for profit entity might be a game changer. While I'm pro Whole Foods (have you tried their potatoes?? mouth watering) I didn't know this. I was of the opinion that the reason they could pay higher salaries than Hi-Lo was because they were a non profit and passed the slightly higher prices straight to the employees without taking a cut. If indeed Ms. Hartt is for real we need to applaud her for coming out with these revelations. I'm going to think long and hard about this during my journaling session (Baron Baptiste recommends an hour a day!) before bed.
WhoseFoods June 09, 2011 at 03:10 AM
Pas d'emplois pour les pauvres!!
French Fries June 09, 2011 at 03:19 AM
Nice one Whose Foods! I did a little French immersion at a yoga retreat in St. Barths--it's tough! No Whole Foods on St. Barths but the grocery stores were incredibly pricey.
WhoseFoods June 09, 2011 at 03:30 AM
Perhaps you can help, I think I made an error, I wanted to say the poor shouldn't have to work, but it seems to say no jobs for the poor, or no use for the poor. This is worse than the typo on that sheet we hung in Hyde Sq. in March!
French Fries June 09, 2011 at 03:45 AM
Unfortunately I probably can't. They have this delicious artisanal vanilla rum down there and after a few of those the lessons didn't stick too well. Guess I'll just have to stick to the fries:0) That brings something to mind though... perhaps city feed can import this handicraft liquor from St. Barths with their new license. I haven't found it anywhere up here.
veronika hartt June 09, 2011 at 04:48 AM
i think these comments i found left for me here just drive my point home. We see thru you. The collective conscious knows you're a fraud and i predict a sharp decline in business next year:( I know you lost me as customer the day i quit. Slowly your quick turnover will bite you in the ass. I really have little to do with it and no offense to the "whose fooders?" but i don't think i know you either. I am only one person who will never shop at whole foods again.
veronika hartt June 09, 2011 at 07:39 AM
Jason laGorga June 09, 2011 at 11:38 AM
Paul, Juliette was there and I think that she was calling out the Whose Food / Whose Community people. And rightfully so.
Matt June 09, 2011 at 12:03 PM
Fantastic, another Whose Food loony who thinks everyone who disagrees with him is a Whole Foods employee. She (he? it?) thinks the cops are on the take! Other than illustrating you are just as paranoid as Ben Mauer, the other thing that link showed was that in 4 years, just 90 people spoke up. that's about twenty a year...in the entire United States... can you do the math on the percentage of people who seem to care? Hint: you're deep in the minority. If you were correct, and up was down, and Whole Foods was an evil corporate overlord, wouldn't more than 20 people a year have a complaint? That's not even one disgruntled former employee a week! As for your predictions, why are you bothering to address Whole Foods directly in your post. Don't you know we can hear your thoughts?
Bob from JP June 09, 2011 at 01:03 PM
Well, if you, a person who couldn't hack it working at a grocery store predicts that one of the most succesful, fastest growing grocery chains (Gasp!!!!) is going to have a "sharp decline in business", you must be right! I suggest you start shorting the stock right away. Oh wait, the stock market is just a tool of the industrical complex to rule the world. Well, anyway, when it doesn't happen, you can always just blame the illuminati-run NWO for it.
veronika hartt June 09, 2011 at 06:19 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99DoLirHO-g&NR=1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APs76Cd6fbI&feature=related i am not alone. throw all the insults you want.
Matt June 09, 2011 at 06:42 PM
veronika, everyone here is well aware of Whole Food's CEO's position on healthcare. They are also aware that his employees receive a benefits package that is the envy any retail worker, let alone many Americans. What businesses do you protest and/or boycott due to them not offering their employees a reasonable healthcare package?
Sureno June 13, 2011 at 10:25 PM
started working at trader joes a month ago(the hawaiian shirts by the way are for "full time" employees).I was also an employee at Whole Foods in Alewife... and night baker in Holyoke...and a warehouse/office employee at Newbury Comics... and an escort service body guard/driver...and a shipping container unhauler... a coach/trainer for amatuer and professional fighters...shipping and recieiving manager at a bicycle retailer....countless warehouses/shipping jobs over the years. my job doesnt define me, it pays my bills. so where do all you sociopath,online stalkers work? and if any of you want to come stalk me at home on creighton st, just message me and we can meet in person. so, which of you cowards wants to list where you work and live and post your real name and fotos? my sur name is legally squadrille, which was a mispelling on a birth certificate of my "father" when he was born in French occupied Austria. most my family has either corrected it, or has not needed to correct it. it is pronounced squadrilli.
jeff October 04, 2011 at 02:41 PM
OMG This is better than an episode of Jerry Springer keep it up people this is how things get done do you think any of this will have any bearing what so ever you are all a bunch of morons JERRY! JERRY! JERRY!
Bob from JP August 18, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Where have all the Whose Fooders gone?


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