On Sunday, February 23rd the News Tribune (formerly the Tacoma News Tribune, until the out of state, McClatchy conglomerate decided they didn’t want to be Tacoma’s local paper) published a story which was opinion and propaganda disguising it as “news”. (at the time of this post, clear plastic bags where thrown all over East 70th Street)
We can’t blame the reporter, as she was forced to interview her boss and print a piece that makes the Tribune look good, and the movement against their plastic litterbombing campaign look insignificant.
We’re not buying it. There has been no honesty from the Trib/McClatchy to date, and David Zeeck has already told one of the organizers of our group that they can do whatever they want because they are protected by the 1st Amendment. (since when does making money littering neighborhoods with paid advertising count as “news” or “free speech”?)
While a few people have been able to get through to post comments, organizers of the group “Citizens for Tacoma Not Trash” have been banned from commenting on the Trib’s Facebook page, and even those with paid subscriptions have found themselves blocked behind a paywall when they attempt to access the News Tribune’s site.
The Tribune does not want both sides of this issue reported.
We encourage everyone to go to the article and make their opinion known about these practices.
What we want is simple. We don’t want the Trib to fail, we just want them to be good neighbors/citizens.
Obey the same laws everyone else does!!!
No one should have the right to dump tens and hundreds of thousands of plastic wrapped bags of unwanted advertising in our streets, gutters, medians, parking strips, sidewalks or front yards. No one!
If theTtrib is allowed to continue to be exempt from littering laws, this will only get worse. Their goal (as stated by publisher David Zeeck is to move from 50,000 to 200,000 of these) If they continue to be allowed to get away with it, how many more will it be?
Zeeck’s claim that 90% of people in Tacoma want this trash is ridiculous, as is evidenced by the thousands of these picked up and returned to the News Tribune offices on a regular basis and the tens of thousands of these laying in our gutters.
Of course, they are now blocking access to their offices, hiring off duty Tacoma police to guard them, and posting no trespassing signs because they don’t want plastic trash dumped on their front lawn/parking lot.
Guess what McClatchy, we don’t want it in our yards either but we don’t have high powered corporate attorneys in our pockets intimidating the city to inaction like you do.
Tuesday night, there will be a report to the city council on this issue, meaning that citizens will be able to comment. We need to show up in force.
Come show that Zeeck’s allegation that 90% of Tacoma wants this litter is false and that we’re not buying their vaguely worded “improvements”.
Once this out of state corporate conglomerate puts alleged “news” and “announcements” in this advertising circular, they will claim 1st amendment rights to continue to be exempt from littering laws. The City of Tacoma has a long and undistinguished history of rolling over at the first threat of a lawsuit.
The time to act is NOW!
In addition to coming to the city council meeting and commenting on the Trib’s story and Facebook page, we also need to contact advertisers to let them know that their dollars are going straight into the gutter, not into the hands of potential customers and that this association is harming, not helping their business.
Please (politely) contact the following advertisers and let them know how their money is being wasted.
Ask them (politely) to pull their advertising from any campaign that is dumping plastic wrapped trash in our neighborhoods.
Toys R Us
Sears Outlet (use this comment page on the joint K-mart site)
You can also email Sears Outlet firstname.lastname@example.org
Puget Sound Hearing Aid and Audiology
You can also contact them via their Facebook pages.
If you do a Facebook Search for “Safeway Tacoma” pages for all of the individual stores will come up and you can either comment, send a message or review. This should work for all chains. We need to handle this on a local and national level.
Once again, please be polite. The advertisers most likely don’t know that their money is going into the gutter and angering the community. We also want to continue to praise and support those who make the right decision to pull their advertising as Quality Sewing and Vacuum did.
Keep up the good work folks, and we hope to see as many of you as possible on Tuesday night at the City Council meeting.
and don’t forget to upload your photos to Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #zeeckbag
and please join our Facebook group… https://www.facebook.com/groups/zeeckbags/