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Petition to support local coop

20 Jan

Petition to support local coop

I guess this is the right time to write about the project I am supporting with all my ❤ and time whenever I can.

Coffee Cranks Cooperative is this amazing community project I’m talking about and the one that needs my, your, OUR help now!

It has been recently set up by a couple of friends who wanted to change the world but started with their nearest environment. With the help of one of the dads, they built a beautiful cargo bike which they wanted to use to ‘sell delicious and ethically sourced coffee, tea and snacks’ and to ‘bring positive change to our communities’.

Being a regular participant of the Critical Mass and many other cycling events, customers and sellers at different festivals and markets they became an inseparable part of Manchester cycling scene (and not only) and have brought such a positive change to the community!

By being a coop, Coffee Cranks promotes equality

By selling ethically sourced tea, coffee and snacks it advocates fair trade and people’s rights

By using a cargo bike instead of a car/van etc. CCC cares about the environment, climate change and promotes healthy life style

As the idea was to being a street trader, in December 2013 Coffee Cranks applied for a street trading licence. At the beginning of January the application was rejected and the Coop is not allowed to trade either in front of the Edinburgh Bicycle Coop (can you imagine a better place? Fair trade coffee sold from the bike by the coop in front of another coop) or Dover Street at Manchester Uni that is in the places they applied for.

Those who objected were Manchester University and Oxford Rd Corridor whose arguments are ridiculous. One of them is the ERDF Funding both of them refer to which apparently is one of the reasons why they can’t support projects like Coffee Cranks but when you check it online, it clearly states that:

‘The money [from the Funding] goes to public, private and voluntary sector organisations to support economic growth.

The priorities are to:

*support innovation and the knowledge-based economy

*stimulate enterprise and support successful businesses

*ensure sustainable development, production and consumption

*build sustainable communities’

And again: ‘Nine of the programmes we manage focus on regional competitiveness and employment. These aim to strengthen a region’s competitiveness by promoting innovation and enterprise, as well as development, production and consumption that does not damage the environment.’ Doesn’t it mean that ERDF Funding indirectly supports projects like Coffee Cranks? If so, isn’t such an argument an absurd?

Both the Corridor and the University mention loads of other reasons why they don’t want to support these sort of initiatives but as my dad put it: ‘The i-tree projects The Corridor refers to is an action which aims to ‘fight against climate change’- isn’t CCC the best example of how to do this? They sell their goods from a bike, they ride it (not load it on a van and drive with it), they don’t pollute the environment and also promote this healthy lifestyle among others. Isn’t it enough? It seems to me that Claire Lowe who wrote the comment didn’t even bother herself to have a look at the website to see what the bike looks like and what the project is all about but simply copied pasted the text the Corridor has got prepared to use in such situations. Shame on you and the whole Corridor Board!’

Please sign the petition and spread the word. WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW!


Thank you!