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News ::
Mama Gaia's to reopen. Cambridge cafe still needs support. (english)
20 Nov 2002
Modified: 21 Nov 2002
I am glad to
report that, thanks in good part to help from the community, Mama Gaia's
will soon be re-opening. I am attaching a letter from Mama Gaia's Cafe
founder, Pedro Morales, expressing his thanks and addressing the present
and future of the cafe.

Two quick points:

(1) If you are interested in receiving further updates on Mama Gaia's
situation, please email mhunter (at) mit.edu, so that I may compile a "Friends of
Mama Gaia's" listserve.

(2) If you have further questions about the current situation, I have
offered to remain as a point contact of information for Mama Gaia's Cafe,
so feel free to reach me at: mhunter (at) mit.edu

Thanks,

Martin Hunter

November 20, 2002

Dear friends of Mama Gaia's,

It is with gratitude and a profound sense of humility that I write
this response to your emails of support. Since the suspension of
operations at Mama Gaia's Café, we have become the subject of a
powerful show of support from customers, friends, and families. Said
support has been manifested in offers of financial contributions big
and small, offers to organize fundraising events, and even campaigns
of support-letter writing.Unmistakably, such tremendous show of
support has taken the management team by surprise. It has been
humbling and refreshing to feel and see a community asking us to
remain in business and continue our mission of community building and
social justice. We felt very much alone and overwhelmed by the
developments, the motives behind them, and the unnecessary use of
pressure imposed upon us; how e ver, to see members of the Cambridge
community, ranging from students to business owners and even homeless
people, expressing their sympathy and support is at least unusual and,
at best, a sign of hope in times of hopelessness and a clear
indication that, even under very difficult circumstances, most of them
financial, we have done something right and there are a lot of
community members that do recognize and appreciate all the hard work
and passion invested in the vision and mission of Mama Gaia's Café.

I would like to take this opportunity to brief you on the current
status of the negotiations to reopen Mama Gaia's. I am happy to report
that your support has allowed us to reopen between Thursday or Friday
of this week. However the financial damage of the suspension of sales
is expected to have repercussions as we approach the slow business
cycle of the Christmas break.Therefore, we find ourselves in need to
continue our fundraising efforts to ensure that we won't be closed
again. To that end, and in honoring the Spirit in which help has been
offered, we will work with many of you to organize fundraising events;
we will ask the support of the hundreds of talented musicians, artists
and performers, as well as the intellectual, activist, media, and
student communities that make up the bulk of Mama Gaia's customer and
support base, to join us and show their commitment by participating in
activities to fundraise and by increasing their visits as customers of
the Café.

I have asked Martin Hunter to serve as liaison for all of you who
would like to be updated as to our status (his email address is
mhunter (at) mit.edu). In addition, if you wish to circulate updates about
Mama Gaia's Café situation or send out calls for help to various
listserves, we ask you to please coordinate your efforts with Martin
in order to avoid duplication of efforts.In turn, all special cases
and/or people wishing to help in organizing or performing will be chan
n eled by Martin to Rafael Medina. Rafael will serve as coordinator
for special projects. His duties will include to organize the flow of
the events, to bring together volunteers with coordinators and to
oversee that the outreach is well done so as to maximize the result
from all these efforts. Performers, organizers, and idea people should
contact Martin requesting to be directed over to Rafael. This way they
will continue to be in the main stream of communication while serving
on a special projects team.

A bank account has been prepared for those of you who want to help
financially. All contributions will have the option to be turned into
stock in the equity of the company in the near future, or just be
treated as a loan with terms to be determined on an individual basis.
Proper documentation will be provided upon receipt of contribution
and will be personally guaranteed by me. More information is available
to better inform your financial decision. Please contact us at to make
arrangements. Juan Carlos Kaiten will serve as administrator for the
funds and will be in charge of proper documentation of entries and
proper communication to those with financial questions.

Pedro Morales
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bourgeois priorities? (english)
21 Nov 2002
it's kind of sad to see people rally together to save a for-profit cafe while boston neighborhoods are run by greedy landlords and many people don't even have basic necessities. but, i guess you liberal types must have your fair trade coffee and tofu sandwiches...