On September 30, Seed the Commons held the first counter-celebration to World School Milk Day. Since its launch 18 years ago, this was the first time that WSMD was opposed or that an event was organized specifically around the problems with school milk. Speakers included a family physician, a schoolteacher, community organizers, vegan moms and health and nutrition educators – they all made it clear that mandatory school milk exacerbates health inequity in the Bay Area and they discussed the need for school meal policies that serve children, not the dairy industry.
And indeed, Seed the Commons also launched a campaign to #GetMilkOut of San Francisco public school meals. On September 27, our Thunderclap campaign reached up to 364k people with its call to #GetMilkOut. At our counter-celebration, we gathered signatures for our petition to the San Francisco Board of Education and we were delighted to find that most passersby supported it. We will continue to build awareness around school milk by working with community and parent groups in San Francisco throughout 2018.
This campaign is a powerful way to claim our right to decide on policies that affect us and to wrest this power from the dairy industry and federal agencies. This same philosophy is behind the upcoming People’s Harvest Forum. This year, we will focus on "resources" – from resources that multinationals usurp and monopolize to resources that communities can mobilize, defend and reclaim. We will discuss land, seeds, and labor... but also policy as a commons, cities as a resource, and reclaiming history and knowledge.
Please RSVP to the forum, invite your friends, and support our efforts; we are a small, all-volunteer organization and any donation makes a difference.
Conversation on Veganic Farming
If you are interested in sustainability, agroecology, food sovereignty, animal liberation, or any related topic, come share your thoughts at the next meeting of our veganic working group
on Sunday, October 15
in San Francisco
. Bring a vegan snack to share!
#GetMilkOut at the Opera Plaza
Every Wednesday night at the Opera Plaza in San Francisco
, SF Wellness Central
hosts a delicious vegan dinner and a presentation on a variety of topics. On October 18
, I'll speak about school meals, the globalization of dairy and how we're tackling it through our #GetMilkOut campaign.
POC: Animal Rights, Advocacy and Food Justice Conference
I am honored to speak at the POC: Animal Rights, Advocacy and Food Justice Conference
on October 21
in Los Angeles
. Get your tickets
before they sell out!
People's Harvest Forum
Learn about the central role of food in today's pressing social justice and environmental issues and explore solutions to building a people's food system at this unique grassroots event
on December 9-11
in San Francisco