Lindsey Allen, Executive Director Rainforest Action Network

Thank You.
That is what this email is all about. Simply: Thank You.After seven long years of campaigning against Cargill — the biggest privately held corporation in the US – we have seen a groundbreaking commitment from them along with a seismic shift in the palm oil sector to protect disappearing rainforests and to keep massive amounts of carbon in the ground and out of the atmosphere.

To mark this victory, our staff has compiled this photographic timeline of this wide-ranging campaign to keep Conflict Palm Oil out of our food and to protect our forests and the communities and wildlife that depend on them.

Of course, this fight is by no means over. But as the executive director of Rainforest Action Network, I want you to know that your support on this issue is directly responsible for this progress. Your support – from your emails, your signatures, your phone calls, your social media action and your donations to your presence at RAN nonviolent direct actions such as occupying Cargill headquarters, marching in the streets, and creating massive public demonstrations to bring the message directly to Cargill – has made this possible.
And as we enter into this season of gratitude and giving, everyone here at RAN would like to extend our deepest thanks to all of you for your support.

So, again: Thank You.

See a Photo Timeline of the Cargill Campaign.


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Make History on Black Friday


Dear Friends,

This Black Friday – make history.

As we have seen with Ferguson, Missouri, poor and working class people are continuously treated as less than human by the governing class. This Black Friday, The Black Institute will stand with Walmart workers as they take on the wealthiest family on the planet – and we need you to help us make the greatest impact possible!

Join Walmart-Free NYC – and our allies – on the biggest retail day of the year to stand with Walmart workers who are standing up for a better future.

Date: Friday, November 28th

Time: 8am meet-up in Manhattan, 310 W.43rd Street. The action begins at 9am in North Bergen

Place: Walmart Supercenter in North Bergen, New Jersey

Click here to RSVP and for more info

Click here to spread the word on Facebook.  

Why we’re taking action on Black Friday:

Walmart is the largest retailer and largest private employer in the world and it’s emblematic of everything that’s wrong with our unequal economy. Far too many Walmart workers continue to live in poverty and rely on public programs like food stamps to survive, while Walmart rakes in $16 billion per year in profits.

The Walton family, which controls Walmart, has more wealth than 43 percent of Americans combined. That’s why workers in over 2,100 stores (more than half of Walmart stores nationwide) have joined calls for $15 an hour and full-time, consistent schedules. It’s quite literally the least the Waltons could do to do right by their hard-working associates.

We know, all too well, that Walmart’s business model has seeped into our local economy, right here in NYC. This is why low-wage workers have been organizing and fighting back – as we did last month, when many of you joined us to bring our message of frustration right to Alice Walton’s doorstep.

This Black Friday, we need the Walton family to hear our voices. We can no longer sit back while their workers are barely scraping by.

Join us on Black Friday. Help make a just America.

In solidarity,
The Black Institute