Friday, February 03, 2006

How Can We Unite Against CAFOs

An important comment was posted to my blog by a visitor today:
"How can we unite across the state to get our message across that the people of Indiana don't want this?"
Great question! And I'll start the conversation with a few ideas here. If you have more, be sure to use the Comment link and let us know.

Five or ten years ago, it probably would have been very difficult, if not impossible, for all of us to unite -- but, today there are several small groups of citizens fighting the CAFO issue scattered across the State of Indiana -- and the Internet presents a powerful vehicle for all of us to unite.

The way I see it, I'm thinking the first step we would need to take is find strong leadership, someone who can file the paperwork to create a formal "issues" based organization that can be recognized by the powers that be. I believe there is a form (a 505 something? ... still looking through my files for the actual number) that can be filed for this.

Next, we would need to get the word out to all the various groups and individuals fighting CAFOs in Indiana so we can join together and consolidate our resources plus organize a gameplan that includes:

- retaining a dynamite legal TEAM to represent us,
- educating the public and PRESS,
- lobbying the government at all levels,
- organizing public protests at related government meetings,
- petitioning officials at all levels of government for stronger laws to protect us all,

...and that's just the beginning.

Right now, it truly is a "David vs Goliath" kind of fight. When you see the political underpinnings that are supporting and promoting the spread of CAFOs throughout Indiana, and even helped along by the Federal Government, you begin to see how BIG our "Goliath" truly is.

A comment was made in one newspaper article (I've misplaced the link - sorry) indicating the numbers opposing CAFOs in Indiana are quickly rising to such a degree that a State-wide uprising in the voting population seems likely.

However, the big question is we have the courage to unite and the strength to face the long battles ahead to save Indiana's future?

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