Monday, June 26, 2006

Warning: Poor Slogans Ahead

Here is the latest from the Plan B boycott of Ralph's Thriftway in Olympia. All I have to say is: friends don't let friends create slogans for signs like the ones below. A Grocer is not a Doctor?

What does that mean?!

I support the action, of course. I just don't know why there has been no evolution in the messaging of our movement - none. Information for those near Olympia is below:

The current schedule for picketing outside of Ralph's Thriftway (whose pharmacy refuses to carry emergency contraception) is: Wednesday, June 28th, 5-7 p.m., Thursday, June 29th, 5-7 p.m., Friday, June 30th, 5-7 p.m. and Sunday, July 2, 5-7 p.m.
I'm curious as to what slogans people have thought of putting on signs. We will be getting more buttons made this week, so please email me with your ideas. Some that I've heard so far have been:

Keep Contraception Legal
Stick to Lettuce
A Grocer is not a Doctor
No mandatory motherhood
Don't Turn Back the Clock
Honk For Choice
I've used Plan B
Jesus Loves Plan B
Keep your groceries off my ovaries
Boycott Ralph's

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1 comment:

Boycotter said...

The reasoning behind the slogan "a grocer is not a doctor" refers to the fact that the grocery store owner at Ralph's is obstructing women from having their legal prescriptions filled. The pharmacist at Ralph's has explicitly stated that he is frustrated and embarrassed that he cannot fill prescriptions for Plan B. The grocery store owner, who inherited the business, developed a policy of refusing to stock Plan B. Many people in the Olympia community feel that a grocery store owner is overstepping his bounds when he interferes with the process of filling a prescription a woman received from her doctor. We don't want pharmacists intervening in our doctor-patient relationships, and we certainly don't want grocers doing so. The slogan "A grocer is not a doctor" is meaningful to people in the Olympia community who understand the dynamics of the situation at Ralph's: their doctor writes a prescription, the pharmacist wants to fill it, and the grocer makes it impossible. Who is he to intervene the medical process?

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