When it comes to communicating issues as important as climate change and wildlife poaching, simply conveying the facts won’t do. The best way to inspire action is to lead with the heart, not the head; and one of the most immediate ways to tell a heart story is through film. Film is a passion shared by several Rachel’s Network members, whether it’s Ruth Ann Harnisch’s harrowing 2015 documentary about rape on college campuses or Caroline Gabel’s work with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Here are a few of the projects our members have produced in recent years.
Sustainable Economies Law Center Co-Founder Janelle Orsi, a visionary leader in the movement for a more resilient and equitable economy, has joined the nonprofit funders’ network Rachel’s Network as an advisor. The Law Center engages in coalition-building, education, research, legal work, and policy advocacy so communities across the US can create sustainable and equitable sources of food, housing, land, energy, jobs, financial services, and other vital aspects of a thriving community.
Backed by Rachel’s Network, As You Sow launched its antibiotics shareholder initiative in 2015, working directly with company management to establish better policies and practices. By exerting shareholder power directly with corporations and working with other shareholder advocates like the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and Green Century, As You Sow has secured strong antibiotics commitments from several of the nation’s largest restaurant companies.
After a year of campaign rallies featuring inflammatory “Build the Wall” rhetoric, President Trump is pushing for massive new walls along the US-Mexico border. In response, Rachel’s Network and the Sierra Club have partnered to draw the public’s attention to the landscapes and communities threatened by border walls, strengthen the coalition fighting these projects, and develop a legal strategy to resist further construction.
There’s no denying 2016 was a thorny year for women and the environment. But in the days following the election, we’ve seen a renewed interest in collective action across our network and in the larger society. In our 2016 Annual Report, you’ll learn how Rachel’s Network fills a vital role in the movement for a better world.