Iowa City: REJECT WHITE SUPREMACY
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We are a group of Iowa City community members concerned about the safety and environment of the Farmers Market. It has come to light that one vendor, Jeff Pierce of Renovation Carpentry, promotes deeply racist, white supremacist ideology. This behavior is not limited to outside of the market premises. On August 19th while at his vending spot at the Iowa City Farmers Market, Jeff Pierce made several public statements to market goers and the press, openly espousing white supremacist and nationalist beliefs.
“When I say something like ‘Yes, of course, the white race is supreme,’ that’s just a fact,” Jeff Pierce commented to Little Village Magazine. http://littlevillagemag.com/protest-white-nationalist-iowa…/ Communication that is openly hostile to people of color in our community should not go unchallenged. It is a violation of the Iowa City Farmers market code of conduct, which requires that all vendors “demonstrate sensitivity to people of all ages, colors, ethnicities, and diversities" (12.b. https://www.icgov.org/farmersmarket Because of this violation, we are seeking to remove Jeff Pierce's vending spot from the Iowa City Farmers Market.
At a time when white supremacists and neo-nazis across the U.S. feel emboldened in their hateful ideology and commit acts of violence against people of color, other marginalized groups, and their vocal supporters, it is our responsibility to stand up and reject white supremacy. The Mission Statement of the Iowa City Farmers Market includes a commitment to "strive to serve culturally and economically diverse populations.” White supremacy at the farmers market puts community members in danger. While allowing a vendor with overtly hostile attitudes towards people of color, Iowa City is failing its mission. It is our responsibility as community members to stand up against violence and to protect those who are threatened by it. It is Iowa City’s responsibility to reject white supremacy.
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