Did you see our ad? Here’s a closer look at the 100 businesses that agreed to support our Stand Against Racism Campaign.
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We hope you’ll plan on connecting with us at Communiversity this coming Sunday.
Not In Our Town’s table will be on Witherspoon Street, near La Mezzaluna, and we’ll be partnering with redefy and Princeton Choose, two student-based organizations with which we share common goals.
And have you already signed the YWCA’s National Pledge Against Racism? The time is now!
I saw your ad! BUT…. I was disappointed to see that PRINCETON RECORD AND EXCHANGE participated, because having moved to town last July – Princeton alumni family, we’ve lived in the area forever….upper middle class, well dressed, etc. My 11 year old daughter and I went into what we wanted to become our favorite store, I had picked her up from school on Nassau Street and we walked over. I had a black Marc Jacobs backpack and she had a school type backpack. We were told that no backpacks were allowed in the store and that we had to check our backpacks at the front desk – I was about to do that, but then I hesitated – we are voracious readers, movie buffs and music lovers. We can buy whatever we want – I didn’t feel I had to check my bag in just because this store felt that I or my daughter might steal something! And then, I looked around and saw quite a few patrons with backbacks. So,,,we have never darkened their doorsteps and never will again. I taught my daughter right then and there that she never has to spend her hard-earned money in any place she doesn’t feel welcome! We now purchase most of our books, records and much else on Amazon.com, and we purchase a lot! Before local stores talk about “big box stores” and the internet as competition, they should make sure all their employees are thoroughly trained and invest in a security camera system. Another thought for your organization…..before you include an establishment in your rosters, make sure you have solicited feedback from their customers. Don’t simply include companies who can afford to pay their share of the ad. This diminishes your organization. An idea for your next ad…how about you solicit customers’ feedback on how they felt when they shopped in your list of stores?? Do you dare do that? Do the stores dare participate?? Think about it. Then include only those businesses with a certain percentage of positive responses in your organization!! Your organization will earn legitimacy and not just be a front for businesses who want to put themselves out there and use your organization as another marketing avenue.