Tell New Seasons: Cut your financial ties with the Murdock Trust
February 28, 2018
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The Northwest Accountability Project and community partners are calling on New Seasons Market to cut its ties to the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, a foundation that has given millions of dollars to extremist causes that harm LGBTQ people, women, and workers.
The Portland-based grocery chain is majority-owned by private equity investors through funds managed by Endeavour Capital. The Murdock Trust has invested millions in those Endeavour Capital funds, including funds that recently owned a 69 percent interest in New Seasons.
New Seasons’ profits further enrich the Murdock Trust as they fund 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, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Fellowship claims that same-sex attraction “stems from relational wounds and dysfunction.”
- The Freedom Foundation, an extremist organization that has launched an all-out assault on working families in Oregon and Washington state. The Freedom Foundation is also funded by out-of-state billionaires who want to keep wages low, eliminate paid sick leave, and slash crucial funding for quality education.
- Several anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers” throughout the Northwest. Crisis pregnancy centers are known to masquerade as licensed medical facilities and lie to pregnant people in order to dissuade them from having abortions.
We’re urging New Seasons to stop actively undermining our Northwest values of mutual respect and inclusiveness.