BREAKING: Occupy Cargill Activists Stage Citizens’ Arrest of Cargill, Inc.

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MINNEAPOLIS – A colorful crowd of 40 Occupy activists, food justice advocates, farmers, and anti-corporate-personhood protestors braved below freezing temperatures today to gather with Rainforest Action Network to voice their grievances and stage a mock citizen’s arrest of Cargill Inc. in downtown Minneapolis. Bolstered by mass demonstrations nationwide on the second anniversary of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, over forty people marched on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange to post an arrest warrant for Cargill. This citizens’ arrest of Cargill, Inc. demonstrates a growing awareness of local and global solidarity with peoples worldwide who are resisting the impacts of corporate-dominated agricultural systems by corporations like Cargill. From Wall Street to rural Minnesota, from Argentina to India, the collective call-to-action is growing: it is time to Occupy Our Food Supply.

See RAN’s shocking new Cargill fact sheet here.

Citing multiple corporate crimes ranging from slave labor, driving climate change and monopolizing the food chain to putting profits before food safety, the 99% took moral law into their own hands to perform a “Citizens’ Arrest” of Cargill, Inc. An Occupy Cargill protestor at the rally explained it this way: “Corporations aren’t people, but if they have the same rights as a person, shouldn’t they have the same responsibilities? So, can’t we arrest them for their criminal behavior?”

Cargill, Inc. is the largest privately held corporation in the world. The corporation’s annual revenue of $119 billion is higher than 70% of the world’s countries GDPs and the family that controls it is the richest in America. Cargill, Inc. is plagued with worldwide controversy around many of its commodities, including palm oil, salt, cotton, chocolate and grain as well as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and carbon trading.  Agricultural free trade policies that benefit Cargill come at a high price for family farmers, food sovereignty, human rights, and the climate.

Wanted: CargillDeparting from the former Occupy Minneapolis encampment site known as People’s Plaza, citizens marched in a “search party” to find this fugitive suspect, Cargill, Inc., to bring this corporate “person” to justice. Multiple speakers at the rally railed against Cargill’s corporate personhood and its extensive lobbying of governments for free trade policies that benefit its profits at the expense of people and planet.

Unable to find this corporate “person,” activists posted the arrest warrant at the last-seen location of Cargill, Inc.: The Minneapolis Grain Exchange. If I were this criminal, I would turn myself in to the 99% and beg for mercy. COLLAGE: "Corporate Person" Cargill, Inc. Under Arrest on Anniversary of Citizens United

7 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Jill says:

    I see my little man, Max! He was so proud that he took his sheriff’s badge to bed with him!

    Thanks for organizing this, Hillary.

  2. Julie says:

    Unfortunately, this article fails to recognize all the good things that Cargill does in the world. A big part of Cargill is enriching and supporting the local communities that it has a presence in. These actions range from building and funding schools in rural parts of Turkey, supporting, financing and providing agronomy classes to cocoa farmers in the Ivory coast to promote sustainable farming practices, and working with sustainability groups in Brazil to enforce laws around deforestation. Cargill is not a perfect company, but it does take it’s role in the community very seriously. Over 85% of the food that we eat in the US has some sort of Cargill product in it, so unless you plan to stop eating, you are daily benefiting from this corportation. Think it’s time to start recognizing some of the good things that companies like Cargill are doing.

  3. Hillary Lehr says:

    @Jill- thank you and Max so very much for coming out! It was an honor to be a part of such a powerful and committed group of thoughtful citizens who are resisting corporate control of our food system and standing for a just, sustainable future.

  4. Mary Taffe says:

    Sorry, but Julie is sadly mistaken if she thinks the “good things Cargil does in the world” justifies killing farmers, some of their children, and their poorly-located neighbors with mafia-inspired rules to produce just the perfect grain to sell. Chemicals are sprayed across our lands, spoiling our water supplies, and the cancer rates we have are not to be questioned. Many farmers die of brain tumors, similarily, it’s not uncommon to hear of farmers’ children contacting cancer. Oh, they get “Make a Wish” before they die. If we question these practices, the farmers get defensive/frightened. They have no choices and won’t get paid if they talk.
    Meanwhile, I know of an insider who watches the uber-rich strut down the marble hallways of Cargil to their waiting Porche. The elitism that runs that company remain intentionally ignorant of the pestilence their company actually wreaks upon us little, insignificant people. It’s Capitalism! So, sorry if I don’t share your enthusiasm, though I’m sure it’s sincerely meant. That company does all that “enriching” because it’s destroying a far bigger place in THIS country, but that’s a secret.

  5. James says:

    @Julie,
    At least some of the “good deeds” which Cargill might do are probably part of contractual agreements – i.e. not voluntary.

  6. Mauricio says:

    Hey i was wondering if there any link of Cargill with investments in farmland in Colombia or any other country?? It’s really important to know, thanks!

  7. heidi says:

    Because cargill provides food, it doesnt mean its the right food, or that they have the right to monopolise our food. Secondly, is education or public programs ever going to help the oragutans survive? I was lucky enough to visit the orangutan reserve in indonesia last year. We had to fly to get there. Instead of beautiful indonesian forest we flew over HOURS of palm plantations. Nothing is worth losing biodiversity EVER. Not schools, not food crops, not profits. Nothing. Once biodiversity is gone so is life. Cargill are apparently just a part of the problem. Biodiverstiy and some dodgy school programs or what was given to us, heaven on earth. Corporatipons insist on turning our planet into hell and we wont let them no matter how much they pretend to care about us.

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