July 17th, 2009
The Healthy School Milk or Bust Tour took over the city of Chicago yesterday! We’ve been on tour since last Friday, gathering support for better school milk and filling senator’s voicemail boxes. We’re at the halfway point in our trip, if you’ve missed any updates so far, check out our webpage to see photos, the map of our journey and read our blogs.
Alex, Becca and Meredith started the tour in DC, and have visited Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. Yesterday Sarah, Bethany and Joe met up with the Tour in Chicago to collect over 300 petition signatures from Chicago area residents! This is the largest number of petitions we’ve collected on any day so far, doubling our total number of postcards gathered on the tour. Read the full article…
July 16th, 2009
Each morning we awake and move to our feet slowly, but after a good cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast, we are on the move again. This morning began like any other, but proved to be one of the more event-filled days on our voyage.
We were treated to a breakfast purchased from the famous Zingerman‚ Deli, said goodbye to our lovely host, Sarah, and headed back into downtown Ann Arbor. This time we hit the Farmer‚ Market (all of us cow-clad) for a Call-In Day to Senator Stabenow‚ offices. Well luck was smiling, and we got 53 calls in to Stabenow in just two hours! Read the full article…
July 15th, 2009
‚A home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.”
When we arrived on Joan Knoertzer doorstep last night, she welcomed us into her library-themed B&B with open arms. Upon entering we discovered a wonderland brimming with laughter, stories, nibbles (her word for candy), and more books than you could possibly imagine. Sometimes being on the road gets tiring, but great Bed and Breakfasts give the impression that you are at a place where they would always take you in.
We fell asleep enveloped in the softest sheets we had ever felt and awoke to an elaborate breakfast. As we prepared for another full day of petitioning, Joan set us up for success.
Enjoying a cooler day in Ann Arbor, Becca, Alex and I hit the ground running. We donned the fashionable heifer suits, and over the course of the day, we collected nearly 150 postcards. As the sky darkened at the late hour of 10 pm, we treated ourselves to ice cream from the local parlor and reflected upon the day. It seemed appropriate that we would share some of our musings below. Read the full article…
Yesterday Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced H.R.3203, the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act. We know this as the Clean Water Trust Fund!
After years of work, we finally have bill that would establish a dedicated, firewalled source of funding for water infrastructure.
Here‚ how the Fund would work:
The Water Protection and Reinvestment Trust Fund would be established in the U.S. Treasury. Money from the Trust Fund would be distributed to the states for loans and grants to localities that need to make repairs, improvements, or build new infrastructure. At the same time, the bill allocates funding for green infrastructure and prohibits the funds being spent on sprawl. Read the full article…
“A home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” -Robert Frost
When we arrived on Joan Knoertzer’s doorstep last night, she welcomed us into her library-themed B&B with open arms. Upon entering we discovered a wonderland brimming with laughter, stories, nibbles (her word for candy), and more books than you could possibly imagine. Sometimes being on the road gets tiring, but great Bed and Breakfasts give the impression that you are at a place where they would always take you in. Read the full article…
July 14th, 2009
When we embarked on this road trip several days ago, we expected to meet great people along the way. However, we had no idea what was in store. On every corner and sidewalk, while petitioning and asking folks to call their Senators, we continually meet fantastic people. Each time we stop into a restaurant, hotel, and B&B, we encounter friendly faces.
Over the last two days, we have been aided and inspired by our coalition partners. Karen Hansen from the Ohio Conference on Fair Trade was a lifesaver at the North Market Food and Wine Festival. We met over a cup of coffee, and before we could say ‚Healthy School Milk or Bust,” she was up and running, asking the folks at the next table to sign a postcard. Read the full article…
July 13th, 2009
Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation scored a big victory last Monday, and the support of Food & Water Watch members played a part!
MCWC went to court on Monday, July 6 and prevented Nestlé Waters North America from pumping even more water from an already depleted stream in Mecosta County to bottle for its Ice Mountain brand bottled water. Read the full article…
Today we hit the North Market Food and Wine Festival in downtown Columbus, Ohio, where I transformed myself into a cow in order to grab some extra attention. In case anyone ever had questions regarding the experience of a cow at a Food and Wine Fest, I picked up a bit of wisdom along the way that I can share with you.
• Several good-intentioned humans are likely to inform you that your ‚udders are exposed.”
• In congested crossways of pedestrians, calls of ‚mooo” aptly direct foot traffic.
• If someone tells you that they were out with someone who looked just like you last night, you must compliment that person for having such fantastic taste in company.
• You will win instant favor when it is 80 degrees F. and above.
• YOU MAY COLLECT OVER 160 PETITION SIGNATURES AND NEW ACTIVISTS, LIKE WE DID!
-Becca and the “Healthy School Milk or Bust” trippers
July 12th, 2009
Meredith, Becca, and I paused in front of funnel cake stands and a ferris wheel. We had arrived at Big Butler Fair moments earlier and now looked at each other, trying to determine our goal for the day. How many folks could we get to call Senator Casey‚ office in support of rBGH-free milk? How many would be enough? We threw out some numbers: 50? 100? No figure satisfied our ambition. Finally, Meredith suggested a goal we could agree upon – “let’s keep calling until his mailbox is full!” Read the full article…
July 11th, 2009
Greetings from the road! We made our way to the Festival of the Arts in State College, where we had some petitioning fun. Alex was a fantastic cow and had his tail pulled several times by some enthusiastic dairy fans.
Next we made our way to Bellefonte to visit Senator Casey‚ district office. We met with his staff, who told us Casey has received pressure from his constituents to ‚expel the hormones” and that he is reviewing the issue. This underscores why you need to take action now for better school milk, and make our voice even louder to influence the Child Nutrition Act. Read the full article…