BAY AREA WOMEN AGAINST RAPE URGES COMMONWEALTH CLUB TO CANCEL WHOLE FOODS CEO APPEARANCE
The New York Times first reported Whole Foods CEO John Mackey’s affiliation with spiritual leader Marc Gafni, a former rabbi facing allegations of sexual abuse. The Times reported Gafni describing one of his accusers: “She was 14 going on 35, and I never forced her.” Mackey issued a statement of loyalty to Gafni.
San Francisco, California, April 6, 2017 (Newswire.com) – A consortium of anti-sexual violence groups led by Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR) has asked the Commonwealth Club of California to cancel the appearance of Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, scheduled for May 1. Mackey is set to appear at the Cubberley Theatre in Palo
Advocacy leaders from organizations including the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) and Faculty Against Rape (FAR), have called for “sexual violence accountability,” urging Mackey to disavow spiritual leader Marc Gafni, a former New York rabbi accused of sexual abuse. Gafni is co-founder of San Francisco Bay Area-based think tank The Center for Integral Wisdom.
Leaders from organizations including BAWAR and Peaceful Hearts Foundation (a nonprofit founded by Matthew Sandusky, one of six adopted children of convicted pedophile, former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky) emailed Commonwealth Club leaders, stating:
“We request that Mackey publicly disavow Gafni, or that his talk at the Commonwealth Club be canceled.”
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