Why I’m Not at McDonald’s Shareholders Meeting
Advocacy / Marketing / Fast Food

Why I’m Not at McDonald’s Shareholders Meeting

In 2014 and 2015, I attended the McDonald’s shareholders meetings and asked that they stop using  Ronald McDonald – the Joe Camel of fast food – to market to kids.  I was prepared to disrupt their dog and pony show again this year, but the fast food giant wants to shut out those who speak truth to power.  As Sriram Madhusoodanan … Continue reading

Tell Clinton Foundation to Cut Its Ties to Junk Food Corporations
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / Soda

Tell Clinton Foundation to Cut Its Ties to Junk Food Corporations

Seeing these pictures promoting Ronald McDonald at the Clinton Center’s Coca Cola exhibit inspired me to start a Change petition: Tell the Clinton Foundation to Cut Its Ties to Junk Food Corporations! I hope you’ll consider signing and sharing it with your contacts.   Text of my Change petition: The Clinton Foundation has partnerships with junk food … Continue reading

#PeopleWhoMadeMy2015
Advocacy / Fast Food / Soda / Sugar / Water

#PeopleWhoMadeMy2015

As a parent, I’m constantly reminded that the junk food industry spends billions of dollars to undermine the work I do to keep my children healthy.  Fortunately, there are advocates who help to push back against this onslaught. On the last day of 2015, #PeopleWhoMadeMy2015 was trending on Twitter, which got me thinking about those who inspired me this … Continue reading

How McTeacher’s Nights and Coke Science Betray Us
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / School / Soda

How McTeacher’s Nights and Coke Science Betray Us

  There is a seismic shift taking place in our country with respect to how we view Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. This bodes well for children’s health, because teachers are now speaking out against being used by McDonald’s, and pediatricians are also speaking out against being used by Coca-Cola. The National Education Association (NEA) and chapters of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) have justannounced … Continue reading

The Don Drapers of Big Macs and Coke
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing / Soda

The Don Drapers of Big Macs and Coke

  In what has been dubbed the “Monthly McDonald’s Misery Watch,” the fast food giant reported that May brought in yet another round of slipping sales. The next day, McDonald’s tried to steer the conversation away from its dismal results by announcing two new PR hires.  Robert Gibbs is now McDonald’s Global Chief Communications Officer and Silvia Lagnado is its Global Chief Marketing Officer. Gibbs is President Obama’s former … Continue reading

What Moms and Teachers Said at McDonald’s Shareholders Meeting
Advocacy / Fast Food / Marketing

What Moms and Teachers Said at McDonald’s Shareholders Meeting

  For the second year in a row I attended the McDonald’s shareholders meeting to speak about the corporation’s unethical marketing to children.  I was part of a team organized by Corporate Accountability International which included mothers, teachers and advocates.  This was the first shareholders meeting for McDonald’s new CEO Steve Easterbrook who was under pressure … Continue reading

Recap: Two Years of #MomsNotLovinIt
Advocacy / Fast Food / Junk Food / Marketing / School

Recap: Two Years of #MomsNotLovinIt

  This Mother’s Day marks the two year anniversary of #MomsNotLovinIt. That’s when I joined with other mothers in campaigning against McDonald’s unethical marketing to children. While many health professionals had already spoken out about McDonald’s predatory marketing to kids, they were ignored by the corporation which continued to target children with fast food ads.  That motivated action by … Continue reading