Regarding Citybikes President Tim Calvert, we have transcribed part of Calvert's September 2011 speech and have noted some of this speech's antisemitic aspects.
Speech of September 10
For information on Calvert
's other antisemitic organizing and political work with racists, Holocaust-deniers and other extreme-Right activists, see our article here as well as our chronology of activism by Calvert and the Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance
Rose City Antifa issued that call for a boycott due to years of antisemitic activism and promotion of militant racists by Citybikes President Tim Calvert.
The Red & Black Café
is a worker-owned cooperative business in Portland also affiliated with the local branch of the Industrial Workers of the World.
The co-op activist whose home was targeted had previously worked independently of RCA within the co-op movement, trying to raise the issue of Tim Calvert's antisemitic activism within the Western Worker Cooperative Conference (WWCC) at a time when Calvert was part of the WWCC Board.
ally Rod McLaughlin (AKA "Jay Knott"), another hardcore antisemitic propagandist who maintains the Pacifica Forum website, wrote about this co-op activism in a March 2012 article titled "Zionist Bullying in the West Coast Co-op Movement".
The alleged "Zionist bullying" was speaking out against the Judeophobic agitation that Calvert
engages in alongside racist, anti-choice and anti-queer organizers.
We are alarmed that discussion from the co-op movement was passed on to McLaughlin and possibly other political associates of Calvert
One week after Rose City Antifascists called for a complete boycott of Citybikes Workers' Co-op in response to continued antisemitic organizing by Citybikes President Tim Calvert, this boycott was reported in an October 2 article on the BikePortland website.
Rather than work to establish trust and communication, Citybikes
has continued with a pattern of hostility which they established several years ago, when they stood by Calvert
following Calvert's hosting of white separatist Valdas Anelauskas in Portland.
fired: Tim Calvert
far-Right racist organizing while being enabled and propped up by an allegedly progressive space is unacceptable.
organizes for and with anti-choice, racist extremists--these are not small issues and the people in question are not harmless "wingnuts.
We will not let Citybikes
off the hook or allow the business to continue its tacit support for Calvert
We do not believe that Citybikes
should continue to give Calvert credibility and prestige through maintaining him in their business or in co-op circles.
A large body of information has been delivered to Citybikes
There has been plenty of time to explore options.
just has to go
Public apology: Citybikes
has spent over three years siding with and defending Tim Calvert
, while maligning anti-racists who brought forward information on Calvert's political organizing.
We believe that Citybikes
needs to take meaningful responsibility for their years of covering for Calvert's activism, indeed allowing his
antisemitic activities to grow even more extreme.
has frequently made erroneous statements about Calvert's activism and politics, and has released statements in the past that merely shifted blame and created further harm.
Due to the co-op's years of tacit support for Calvert
, our organization would certainly need to dialogue with Citybikes
and ensure that their much-needed apology actually helped to heal the situation.
We note that the BikePortland article, in quoting its source that recently left employment at Citybikes
, states that it would be illegal to fire Tim Calvert
due to Citybikes
' own bylaws.
This is the first time that anybody associated with Citybikes
has publicly made such a claim.
Three years earlier, Citybikes
refused to fire Calvert
because of the more general claim that "A person cannot be fired from his
employment for his
political, religious or philosophical views.
Our organization pointed out that it is not against Oregon or federal law to fire an employee because of that employee's bigoted political advocacy.
has internal bylaws that serve to protect Calvert
, the co-op has had over three years so far to amend them.
We encourage Citybikes
to now change their bylaws if necessary to deal with this situation.
has not acknowledged that Tim Calvert
is the source of the problems their collective is in.
We would like to remind them that Tim Calvert
is responsible for his
is furthermore using his
power within Citybikes
along with legal threats, to hold questioning Citybikes
workers at bay.
The responsibility for people leaving their jobs at Citybikes
rests squarely on the shoulders of Tim Calvert
and the co-op that refuses to challenge him.
Any business that projects a progressive image should expect public criticism when its President promotes antisemitism, or organizes events for racists and Holocaust-deniers.
We hope that this will be acknowledged straightforwardly by Citybikes
when they finally issue a statement regarding this situation.
According to the BikePortland article, such a statement is to be expected from Citybikes
in the wake of a co-op meeting that takes place at some point this week.
In the meantime, we urge anti-racists to let Citybikes
know that a boycott will continue until Calvert
is gone and the co-op makes basic steps towards setting matters right.