We are starting a non-profit (501 c-3) to raise money for our legal and PR battles. We need someone to run this organization, with the primary responsibility being the collection of and accounting for donations.
We also need a PR team, and while there will surely be room for inexperienced people with a desire to help, the campaign itself requires some professional experience.
One important aspect to this situation is our ability to get the word out, far and wide. We must be honest and act with integrity at every turn. To me that means clearly indicating when something can be substantiated as fact, or is just what we believe to be true. As much as we wish we didn’t have to, this is a must in this media-saturated, web-connected world of ours.
We believe that Tyson and Cobb use legal, but questionable tactics that usurp power from rural farmers and communities to get what they want. A perfect example being the first public meeting we tried to organize with the cooperation of Lundy (Jeff’s neighbor). When Jeff and other neighbors first expressed concerns over his plans, it was that snowy week in January when schools shut down for the entire week. Lundy suggested a community meeting on Saturday morning, thinking the snow would not be a factor by then, and Jeff and the Kirbytown Farm Community started spreading the word.
Then, mid-week, a Cobb representative announced that the meeting will be on Thursday morning at 8 am. Many people have to work during the week and couldn’t make that meeting, and others were still iced in and stuck at home. Short notice, poor choice of day and time for many, and many physically unable to attend due to snow and ice. This was perfectly legal, but was not in the spirit of fairness, openness, or community. While we have no need or desire to exaggerate, much less lie, it is imperative that we illuminate any Tyson/Cobb practices that undermine the autonomy and solidarity of rural communities, that effectively remove rights from everyday people, that show disrespect for the surrounding community, and which are carried out in bad faith. This is their modus operandi, and we must shine a very bright light on these practices.