About the Mountain Equipment Co-op

In April of 2009, we became aware that anti-Israel groups in the Vancouver area were organizing a boycott Israel resolution for the Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) annual meeting to be held in May. Because MEC is a co-op, members can have a direct voice in this type of organizational policy.

Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, Canadian Jewish Congress – Pacific Region, and the Canada Israel Committee worked together to mobilize MEC members across Canada. Hundreds of MEC members wrote letters to the MEC Board of Directors in support of the MEC ethical sourcing policy, which chooses suppliers based on their corporate values and not on their national origin.

A delegation of Buycotters attended the MEC annual meeting and helped ensure that the boycott resolution was defeated.

Anti-Israel forces are already organizing to bring this resolution back to the MEC 2010 annual meeting. The Buycott Israel team is already working to ensure that we have the means to help ensure that, once again, any anti-Israel resolution is defeated in May of 2010.

If you are a MEC member, please let us know. If you are not yet a MEC member, membership will allow you to vote at the Annual Meeting and to have a voice within the organization. We urge you to take a moment to visit the MEC website and join, or visit a MEC Store near you and make a purchase, which will give you access to membership.