When Congressman and longtime civil-rights activist John Lewis died last week, words he spoke a few years ago popped up in many of the articles written about him:
"Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble."
If ever there were a time to make noise, and get in good—and necessary—trouble, that time is now.
The battle for social, environmental and economic justice, the battle for safe food and safe streets, the demands for an end to factory farming and genetic engineering—and for a real plan to reverse global warming—have always required a long-haul mentality.
In the face of a global pandemic, a disintegrating democracy and an imploding economy—all of which intersect in some way with our food and farming system, and the policies that shape that system—we find ourselves engaged in what is truly the “struggle of a lifetime.”
Thank you for being in this struggle with us. Thank you for continuing to support our work, even in these most difficult of times.
We share your sense of urgency. We promise to keep making noise, to keep pushing for the radical, not incremental change, we believe is possible. We invite you to get into good, necessary trouble, with us.