I just returned from my local Target Store on South Iowa. The purpose of my trip to the store was to hand the manager a letter on my personal letterhead. The letter stated that I would not shop at Target due to the company’s support for Tom Emmer, candidate for governor of Minnesota, through its $150,000 donation to his campaign. Amongst his other right-wing attitudes, Emmer has been aggressive in opposing gay rights. Furthermore, he has denigrated low-paid service workers.
Basically, he supports the typical cruel, insensitive, destructive, and pro-plutocracy views of the current Republican Party. The $150,000 Target donation to his campaign reflects the new political reality following the Citizens United case.
The manager at my local Target store was quite upset and concerned. He said that he was not aware of the controversy but that he had never known Target’s involvement in political issues. He said that he would send my letter “up the line” to corporate headquarters. I urge everyone who find persecution of gay, poor, immigrant, or any other groups of Americans unconscionable to take a letter to your local target store. Boycott Target and let them know that you are boycotting them.
Read more about the issue, compliments of MoveOn.org:
1. “Target Corp. defends Minn. political donation,” Associated Press, July 27, 2010
2. “GOP-linked punk rock ministry says executing gays is ‘moral’,” Minnesota Independent, May 25, 2010
“Emmer Camp On Comment That Waiters Make $100K: ‘It’s An Extreme Example’,” Talking Points Memo, July 13, 2010
3. “Minn. Ad Puts Target At Center Of Campaign Finance Controversy,” NPR, July 27, 2010