In February of 2013 the 7-11 store at Lombard and Oswego was finally awarded a license to sell beer and wine. In December and again in January their application to OLCC for said license was blocked due to opposition from Occupy with support from the St Johns Neighborhood Association. These efforts have helped push the OLCC to explore defining a policy on saturation and on better integration of community input. There are also legislative efforts to put some teeth in “Good Neighbor” agreements. These are baby steps but they may yet provide some new tools for community empowerment.
Our current focus is to empower communities to limit the onslaught of formula businesses and corporate chain stores. We seek to foster an environment where Fair Trade and Free Enterprise can survive the juggernaut of Free Trade and Corporate Capitalism .
Meanwhile we continue to picket, reminding folks that there are locally owned alternatives for their convenience shopping. You can often find us there around 1:00 on Saturday afternoons. Please join us- or at least give us a honk and a wave…