Giving Thanks for a Growing Movement
As I prepare to share thanksgiving with my family this year, I’ve been thinking about the many things I am truly thankful for. Our activists and supporters are top on my list. They believe, like I do, that we must fight for the kind of world we want and not just settle for the best that we can get, and they are on the frontlines of this fight along with us.
When I started Food & Water Watch just seven years ago, I knew that we would face many challenges, and I could only hope that our then-tiny organization would be able to tackle them. Now, seven years later, while the challenges are still great, I am confident that thanks to our nearly 80 staff around the world and half a million dedicated supporters, we can truly stand up and fight back to protect our essential resources.
From shutting down Walmart’s support lines asking them not to carry genetically engineered sweet corn to helping Longmont, Colorado become the first city in the state to ban fracking, our supporters have shown both politicians and corporations that together we are strong and committed to fighting for what’s right.
Here are just some of the things our supporters did this year:
- They took over 1 million actions online, from asking state legislators for fracking bans to demanding that the FDA investigate pet food-related deaths.
- They made over 10,000 phone calls to local, state, federal and corporate decision-makers.
- They hosted over 300 events in communities all across the U.S., from film screenings and activist meetups to rallies and petition deliveries.
The power of our supporters working together has shown us throughout this past year that we can take on the corporate control of our food and water, and together, we can win. It inspires me, enough so that I wrote a book about how we can take back our food system from a handful of large corporations. It’s called Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America.
I’ll am traveling around the country in 2013 to promote Foodopoly. I have often said that I wish I could thank each of you in person. I hope that during this book tour I will have the opportunity to meet many of you. In the meantime, during a season that is predicated on giving thanks, I can think of nothing else that I am more thankful for than the involvement of our supporters with Food & Water Watch, and nothing that I look forward to more than working with all of you in the coming years.