Most of you probably know of the case of Shakir Hamoodi, owner of World Harvest. In case you’ve been under a rock:
Here is the Missourian Story
No one, not least Mr. Hamoodi, is disputing that yes, he did send money to Iraq to help keep his family from starving. And yes, that was indeed in violation of the law. But seriously, would YOU let your mother starve to death in another country if you could stop it? And is a three year sentence in Federal prison really appropriate for his crime? In the same week this sentence was pronounced, a local (white, American) guy who rolled his truck on a joy ride and killed someone got 120 days. Hamoodi has contributed to Columbia’s economy, supported local producers, and generally been a huge asset to our community, and the sentence is just a travesty. I can’t help but wonder what the sentence would have been if his name had been Sam Hanson instead of Shakir Hamoodi.
Today I stopped by the store, and indeed World Harvest is still open at least for now. I can respect those of you who differ with my opinion that Mr. Hamoodi should not go to prison for three years, but for those like me who support his cause, please go pick up some items at World Harvest. When I arrived, Alan McClure (Patric Chocolate) was getting ready to leave after discussing some business, so it’s my hope that the store will stay open.
Importantly, there is a petition at the store that you can sign, to advocate for a suspended sentence. Please take time to go in and sign if you, like me, think Mr. Hamoodi does the most good to our country by continuing to support Columbia residents and producers at his store.