Pastors, business and civic leaders plan boycott to protest raci -

Pastors, business and civic leaders plan boycott to protest racial injustice

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

St. Louis-area pastors, business and civic leaders will call for a boycott Thursday for what they consider too many social injustices suffered by blacks.

The boycotters tell News 4 the boycott is the result of a three-year plan. It started when Michael Brown was killed and escalated when a judge found former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley 'not guilty' in the fatal shooting of Anthony Smith. 

Pastors, some business and civic leaders say they feel they've done all they can to handle grievances. 

"From the constitutional rights from the nation, our rights as citizens of this state, of this city and the local economy," said the Reverend Dinah Tatman. 

The coalition will now target businesses they accuse of not investing in the black community. 

The businesses are listed on, along with the reasons. 

One such business is the Galleria where, a month ago, protesters were arrested.

News 4 asked Rev. Dinah Tatman what the group would say to blacks who are employed by these targeted businesses. 

"It is not a crossroad. It is a concern and we took all of that into consideration," said Rev. Tatman.

Zaki Baruti marched on the front lines of Ferguson, but is not part of this new coalition.

He is siding with the Universal African Peoples Organization which calls for its own boycott.

Seven national companies are their targets. 

"It's a history of racism and racial lawsuits against those particular companies, as well as we need to send a message to the powers that be of America," said Bakuti. 

"They are both going to end up on the same side," said St. Louis NAACP President Aldophus Pruitt. 

News 4 broke the news of these new movements to Pruitt. 

Pruitt says he'll back anything creating change for blacks. 

"What that looks like is who that is and what they put in front of us," added Pruitt. 

Mayor Lyda Krewson, through a spokesman, said:

“I recognize everyone has the right to protest and boycotting is a part of protesting. My worry is, often times, it’s not the business that suffers the most. It’s the workers and staff who suffer.”

In response to the protests, Schnucks released the following statement:

Schnucks is both surprised and disappointed at being included in this boycott. We are one of the biggest employers in the region, with a mainly union workforce, and operate the most grocery stores in the city. We take pride in serving customers and employing teammates from across the demographic spectrum. We are one of only a few grocers that invests in the urban areas of St. Louis, something we have been doing for nearly 80 years. Schnucks is also passionately committed to working with local organizations to help meet the needs of low-income families in our region, providing over $13 million of food to local pantries each year.

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