In the past eight years, we frequently spoke out loudly against President Obama, especially when he threw his support behind corporations, at the expense of people. We opposed his position on the disastrous TPP trade deal. And we were disappointed and disillusioned by his failure to veto the DARK Act.
But in his farewell speech this week, President Obama said something we do agree with:
“If you're tired of arguing with strangers on the Internet, try talking with one of them in real life. If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you're disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Stay at it. Sometimes you'll win. Sometimes you'll lose.”
This year, perhaps like no other year in OCA’s history, we will ask you—often, and loudly—to lace up your shoes and do some organizing. Like so many organizations, including Our Revolution and Brand New Congress, we believe that unless we all get up off our couches, turn off our phones and laptops, and get involved in the issues we care about starting in our own communities, our voices will be silenced, our issues will be forgotten, our rights to a clean environment and healthy food will be trampled as never before.
Grassroots organizing is hard work. It takes time. It takes energy. It takes resources. It takes grit, creativity and courage.
This year, perhaps like no other year in our history, we will need you. Please support our work. And lace up your shoes—we have a lot of work to do.
Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic standards, fair trade and public education)
Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for our GMO labeling legislative efforts)
Support OCA's Regeneration International Project (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic, regenerative agriculture and climate change)