Please help us send a strong message to President-Elect Biden that his pick of Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture is unacceptable, especially based on his record under the Obama administration that harmed animals, farmers, workers and communities as it benefited the interests of Big Ag. In case you missed it, check out our Facebook livestream video for more details on the Vilsack action.
Here’s what reporters are saying about Vilsack:
“… Vilsack left his job at the USDA [under Obama administration] a week early to become a lobbyist as the chief executive of the US Dairy Export Council. He was paid a million-dollar salary to push the same failed policies of his USDA tenure, carrying out the wishes of dairy monopolies. Despite being nominated to lead the USDA again, he’s still collecting paychecks as a lobbyist.” — George Goehl, director of People’s Action, from his op ed in the Guardian
“While serving as Secretary under President Obama, Mr. Vilsack supported chemically-dependent industrial agriculture that resulted in millions more pounds of pesticides released into the environment, contaminating our water and soils and harming human health and wildlife. In addition, during his tenure the meat industry grew larger and more concentrated, contributing to the climate crisis.” — Common Dreams
Our action takes only a few minutes and is in two parts:
- Comment on Biden’s Facebook post announcing Vilsack as USDA pick: https://www.facebook.com/Transition46/photos/a.103352724924997/126137202646549/. Tell Biden to dump Vilsack!
- Contact your Senator urging them to vote against Vilsack (you can find contact information on your Senator at https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm)
- Please help us make our year-end goal by making a donation before December 31st and get your donation matched by our generous donor!