ZoomCare Medical Clinics and Bristol Farms Grocery Chain Enrich Anti-LGBTQ Investor
June 22, 2018
The Northwest Accountability Project is calling on ZoomCare (a Portland-based chain of for-profit medical clinics) and Bristol Farms (a Southern California grocery chain) to cut ties with the Murdock Trust, an investor that has spent millions funding extreme anti-LGBTQ organizations.
Bristol Farms (which also operates Lazy Acres stores) and ZoomCare are both partly-owned by private equity investors through funds managed by Endeavour Capital. The Murdock Trust has invested in every Endeavour Capital fund since 2000 and continues to profit off the growth of their companies.
Profits earned by Bristol Farms and ZoomCare enrich the Murdock Trust as it funds extreme anti-equality groups including:
- The Alliance Defending Freedom, the anti-LGBTQ hate group that backed North Carolina’s anti-transgender “bathroom bill.”
- The Portland Fellowship, the only organization in Oregon to offer gay conversion therapy. The Fellowship claims that same-sex attraction “stems from relational wounds and dysfunction.”
- The Freedom Foundation, a billionaire-backed group that has worked to keep wages low, eliminate paid sick leave, and slash crucial funding for quality education.
- Anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers” which are known to masquerade as licensed medical facilities and lie to pregnant people in order to dissuade them from having abortions.
When community leaders in Seattle and Portland called on local Murdock-affiliated grocery chain New Seasons and Endeavour Capital to cut ties with the Murdock Trust, they refused to take action. New Seasons even claimed that the Murdock Trust “does not fund projects that contribute to discrimination of any kind.”
Since Endeavour Capital seems happy to continue enriching the Murdock Trust through investment partnerships, the Northwest Accountability Project is moving to extend its public education efforts to other Endeavour Capital-owned companies, including Bristol Farms and ZoomCare.
Join the campaign to hold these companies accountable.