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Friday
Aug092013

MOM's Takes a Step in the Right Direction

MOM's Organic Market, a grocery retailer in Maryland and Virginia, has reversed their policy requiring that customers don footwear in their stores. We wholeheartedly applaud this decision as a step in the right direction and an example of a business using logic to do the right thing.

In a July 31 blog, "No Shoes, No Shirt, Great Service," MOM's founder Scott Nash stated that one customer's feedback put him "in the fortunate position to learn" about the barefoot lifestyle.

In a letter to Nash, the unnamed customer shared about the experience of being told by an employee to wear shoes. The customer then laid out a well-written argument supporting the barefoot lifestyle. We do not know who this person is, but applaud them as well for standing up for those who prefer to live barefoot.

There is still much work to do, however. Many grocery stores and other retail businesses prohibit barefoot patrons based on dated policies founded on prejudice and ignorance. In fact, many comments to the blog post were highly critical of MOM's decision -- and used equal ignorance in their arguments. The reason The Barefoot Alliance was founded was to advocate on behalf of barefooters throughout the world, and we certainly left a supportive comment.

We encourage all businesses who reject barefoot patrons to read the facts about the barefoot lifestyle on our Website, take a cue from MOM's, and make the right decision to allow barefoot patrons.

If you live in an area nearby a MOM's location and prefer to go barefoot, we encourage you to shop there unshod as a thank you for their consideration and understanding.

Friday
Mar092012

Alliance Opposes Ohio Statehouse Shoe Rule

The Primalfoot Alliance, an organization that advocates worldwide for the barefoot lifestyle, stands in opposition of a rule requiring that visitors to the Ohio Statehouse wear "shoes or comparable footwear." The rule was approved 8-2 by a committee and will now go before the entire state legislature.

In December, we sent letters to each member of the Joint Commission for Agency Rule Review (JCARR) speaking on behalf of all barefooters in Ohio and beyond. We expressed our concern that requiring shoes of visitors takes away an individual's right to make health decisions about their own body and forces a biomechanical restriction on feet. Apparently those concerns fell on deaf ears.

The leadership of The Primalfoot Alliance will now be considering what actions this organization can take to have this rule repealed. Options include petitioning all supporters of barefoot living to send emails and letters to the legislature as a whole or petitioning the ACLU for assistance in defending barefooters' natural rights.

Many legal precedents beyond this single action have already been set against the barefoot movement. Now it is time for a sea change to begin that stops additional damage to the movement and reclaims rights for anyone who chooses to live without shoes. If we cannot do that, bare feet and our natural rights will continue to be blocked in irreperable ways.

More:

Columbus Dispatch: "Bare feet officially going bye-bye at Statehouse" 
Ahcuah: "Statehouse Shootdown" 

Corrected: Struck statement saying that the rule goes before the entire state legislature. Because it was not rejected it will automatically go into effect once filed.