Today, we have had an awesome discussion on our Facebook Page about boycotts based off an article published in regards to Cyndi Lauper and her stance on continuing to play a concert in North Carolina.
Open For Service is designed to exist as a positive response to a negative situation (ex. RFRA). We wanted to give businesses and organizations a voice in this debate that will hopefully overpower the negativity and backlash situations like this create. Many of our registered businesses depend on convention traffic, tourism, and locals to remain sustainable.
Boycotting leads to decreased traffic, employment losses, and created a bigger financial impact on the communities that depend on this revenue. These businesses fall victim to the aftershock of boycotts, and it isn’t fair. For example, recently Paypal ceased plans to build a new facility that would employ 400 people. Now that this is not happening – possibly 400 people who are looking for work will no longer have that opportunity.
I am 100% in agreement that RFRA’s are bad. But who is going to stay and try to make life a little bit better for people that are required to stay in a state? How can we protect those that do not have the opportunity to move? What can we do in the interim to support each other, educate, and protect all types of people that are negatively affected by RFRA legislation?
I want to see RFRA legislation repealed just as much as anyone else. From my experience as I grow this mission is that we have made great strides in education and demonstrating the inclusion we so desperately need.
We shouldn’t deprive people of opportunities because of the actions of others. We should honor and support them as they begin work on trying to make change and figure out how to thrive unprotected.
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