No Words For …

Emotions we cannot name in English – to this I would add: “A bittern nostalga for things yet to come.”

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Only Seven More Hours

Only seven more hours till the start of Buy Nothing Month.

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Two Weeks Left to Fund (and eat) More Kale

So, perhaps you have seen those round, green “Eat More Kale” stickers … No?  Maybe you don’t live in the right state …

Eat More Kale Sticker

Well, the fellow that makes them, Bo,  runs a small tee shirt design & print shop in Vermont.  I won’t tell his story, but Bo is not big time by any means.  Running a small shop, traveling around to music festivals, selling tee shirts and stickers …

When Bo applied for a trademark, Chick-fil-A  claimed infringement on their trademark “Eat Mor Chikn” (note, not “eat more factory farmed processed chicken by-product”, which would actually be accurate).

Now, you wouldn’t think people would confuse Kale with Chicken.  And, it difficult, if not impossible, to mistake round green stickers on rusted out Vermont Subarus with neon signs over the food court in the mall, especially as there are no Chick-fil-a’s in Vermont.  And most people with a third grade education can correctly distinguish a misspelled slogan, no matter how cute, from a properly spelled one.

Even so, this multibillion dollar corporation insists that it has to “defend our trademarks to protect our slogan”.

Here a link to a piece that appeared in the times about the case last December about the case.

Despite an outpouring of public support for Bo, and the patent ridiculousness of the claim, Chick-fil-a is pressing on with the suit.  To raise awareness Vermont filmmaker and playwright Jim Lantz is producing a documentary on Bo and the lawsuit.

Titled “A Defiant Dude”, the film will tell the story of corporate bullying and harassment.  In situations like this, most small businesses unable to match the endless resources of these corporate aggressors, just give up.  Bo is not going to.

And, unlike some films, at this point we don’t know the ending.  As Bo says “If I win, it’s a great story; if I loose it’s a sad story.  Either way Jim and I think it is a story worth telling”

If you would like help – and live out your lifelong dream of helping produce a smash hit film – now is your chance.  Simply go to the project page on Kickstarter and become an early funder (just so you know, I am in).   Every funder gets something – from stickers and tee shirts to credit in the film – regardless of amount.

This is not a charity.  It is a chance for us to pool our funds and push back against corporate bullying.

See you at opening night …

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“Best Questions” – Food System Forum a Success

The first ever Mayoral Candidate Forum on Food System Issues “Local Food, Local Economies” was a success by any measure.  We packed the Barnes school cafeteria, a full house. The moderator, Hillary Martin, a co-owner of Digger’s Mirth Collective Farm, was congenial and managed to keep everything on track.  And, we practice what we preach, feeding 80 people a simple supper of corn bread and chili that was (measured by dollar volume) 2/3 locally sourced.

The candidates were well informed; the audience as well.  According to (now mayor elect) Miro, this was the forum that asked the most detailed questions.  “Local food folks are extremely passionate,” and that passion is evidenced by a knowledge and depth of practice that you don’t find in too many places.

In case you missed it, you can find a video, produced by CCTV here.

And, in case you want to follow along with the opening remarks word for word, the text of my intro (being the food council facilitator and all) … can be found below the fold.

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