STOP JIM CROW on The Napa Wine Train! #laughingwhileblack

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STOP JIM CROW on The Napa Wine Train! #laughingwhileblack

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Toni Battle started this petition to Kira Devitt and

Dear Mr. Giaccio and Miss. Devitt,

This petition is in support of Lisa Renee Johnson, and the 11 other Black women who traveled on The Napa Wine Train during August 2015, as part of their book club trip.  Many of us were appalled by the stories heard on FB, Twitter, www.sfgate.com, and KGO-TV, Channel 7 News, regarding the treatment of the Black women (inclusive of an 83 year old grandmother!) being Jim Crowed on your company's train! Initial reports of the removal reported that a White female patron told the group "this is not a bar," and then proceeded to complain to the conductor that the women were "laughing too loud!" 

Later a picture hit social media of the entire group of women, standing by the side of your company's train after being ejected.  A trip which was to be an enjoyable day of sisterhood, turned into a day of humiliation.  To see an elder leaning on her cane by the train as if it's 1954 Alabama, spoke volumes regarding your business practices. To imagine these women being put through the experience of a "walk of shame," with police awaiting them brings to mind the days of Jim Crow experiences.  The historical context of your company's actions reeks of Jim Crow's legacy of discriminatory treatment.  While this may not have been the intent, it is the impact.

I strongly request and encourage you, in the spirit of social justice, to initiate the following:

  • A public acknowledgement of the harm done, with a public apology for the treatment these women received
  • Provide a proactive dialogue with the women's book club members, which can generate some future actions
  • Provide culturally relevant and responsive training to The Napa Wine Train staff and employees

Complaints and a collective boycott campaign have already begun on social media.  Many consumers in the community are collectively withholding their finances and recommendations of The Napa Wine Train, based upon how executive management chooses to handle this deplorable incident.  #laughingwhileblack

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