Meredith first became interested in international issues as a delegate at a Model UN conference in high school. She received her B.A. from The George Washington University in International Affairs & Spanish Language and Literature, and went on to fund raise for such organizations as World Food Program USA and Henry Street Settlement. Meredith is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Food Studies at New York University and is thrilled to supplement her work with non-profits through blogging on the Human Rights and Sustainable Food blogs at <a href="http://Change.org" rel="nofollow">Change.org</a>. Meredith has a passion for international travel, culinary arts and photography, and her master plan in life is to eat, photograph and write her way around the world!
Lacoste and Fiat: Pull Ads from Magazine Publishing Rape Threats
On March 3, 2011, Argentinean news publication El Guardián published an article written by journalist Juan Terranova that discussed a local activist's work with Hollaback International and contained racist, homophobic, and sexist remarks. The original version of the article remains unedited on Terranova's blog with the final sentence expressing his desire to meet the Buenos Aires Hollaback representative and rape her in the ass. El Guardián's moral responsibility to its readers and the Buenos Aires community does not leave room for association with journalists of low caliber like Terranova and his hateful, violent, inflammatory writings. But El Guardián has not responded to our calls demanding the resignation of Juan Terranova. Therefore, we are calling on advertisers in El Guardián to stop supporting a publication that employs Juan Terranova. _________________________________________________________________________________ El 3 de Marzo del 2011, el diario Argentino El Guardián publicó un artículo, Arte, provocacion y guarradas en la calle, escrito por el periodista Juan Terranova el cual discutía el trabajo de una activista local de Hollaback Internacional y cuyo contenido incluía declaraciones racistas, homofóbicas y sexistas. La versión original del artículo permanece inédito en el blog de Terranova con la frase final expresando su deseo de encontrarse con la representante de Hollaback en Buenos Aires y "romperle el culo a pijazos". La responsabilidad moral de El Guardián hacia sus lectores y la comunidad de Buenos Aires no deja espacio para relaciones con periodistas de bajo calibre como Terranova y sus escritos repletos de odio, violencia y provocación. Pero El Guardian no ha respondido a nuestras llamadas para pedir la dimisión de Juan Terranova. Entonces, los anunciantes en El Guardián no deben apoyar una publicación que emplea Juan Terranova Dile a los anunciantes en El Guardián que no deben poner anuncios en la publicación hasta que El Guardián exige la dimision de Juan Terranova! Photo Credit: Asiatic League
Domino's: Stop the Deaths! End Your 30 Minute Delivery Guarantee
Starting in 1973, Domino's started the "30 minutes or it's free" campaign, guaranteeing that customers would receive their pizza within 30 minutes of placing an order, or they would receive the pizza for free. But in 1993, after the company was faced with two lawsuits from people who were killed or injured by delivery drivers rushing to get pizzas delivered within the 30 minute timeframe, the company dropped the guarantee in the U.S. Yet, the 30 minute guarantee is still going strong in South Korea, where in December 2010, a 24 year old College student and part-time delivery boy died after colliding head-on with a taxi while he was delivering an order. This young man was one of almost 1,500 accidents that occured last year alone involving bike-riding delivery men. Tell Domino's that its "30 minute or it's free" guarantee in South Korea is outdated and dangerous, and it needs to end. Photo Credit: Chuck "Caveman" Coker