In the past few weeks we have seen what the voice of the American people can do. Though the following instances have nothing whatsoever to do with food, they do show how strong FREEDOM OF SPEECH can be.
“The strong public outcry in response to the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood last week — which they later reversed — shows how powerful we can be when we come together,” Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Susan G. Komen Foundation backed down on defunding breast cancer screenings for Planned Parenthood.
“in response to customer feedback about the plan, which was designed to improve the efficiency of those transactions,” Verizon said in the statement. Verizon’s statement in dropping the $2 fee for online payments.
“We have listened to our customers very closely over the last few weeks and recognize their concern with our proposed debit usage fee,” Bank of America Co-Chief Operating Officer David Darnell said in a statement. “It’s a sign of consumer power in action,” said Norma Garcia, manager of the financial services program for Consumers Union. “This is a sign of the marketplace working.” Bank of America’s suspension of a $5 fee to it’s customers for debit card use.
“By December 31, 2007, all of our fluid milk, half and half, whipping cream and eggnog used in U.S. company-operated stores will be produced without the use of rBGH.” (Letter to Food & Water Watch, August 2007) Starbucks began phaseout of milk containing (rBGH) bovine growth hormone in 2007
These are just a few examples of what happens when consumers get angry and demand change. There are many more; I’m sure you can come up with some of your own.
It is what we, as American citizens can do for ourselves and the people of this world. Our tsunami of voices is far larger than any institution. We have at our disposal the technology of instant communication. Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, You Tube and other social media is ours to use. In seconds we can communicate with people the world over.
This is the power of freedom of speech at work.