Socially Responsible Agriculture Project (SRAP) is hosting a free screening of the film, “Right to Harm,” on Sunday, September 24 at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Waldron Arts Center in Bloomington, Indiana.
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The screening will include light snacks and refreshments and a one-hour panel discussion featuring rural residents who have been personally impacted by industrial animal agriculture.
The panelists include:
- Graham Christensen, founder and president of GC Resolve, owner of GC ReVOLT
- Thomas and Jennifer Wright, Indiana residents who helped stop a factory farm
- Jake Cox, Indiana resident who experienced factory farm water pollution
“Right to Harm” exposes the devastating impact concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) or factory farms have on many disadvantaged communities nationwide.
The documentary shows the failures of state agencies to regulate CAFOs, which produce millions of gallons of untreated waste that threatens the quality of life for surrounding communities.
About the panelists
Graham was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and grew up nearby on his family farm. Graham lived through the 1980s Farm Crisis, during which many of his family and friends lost their farms. Graham and his brother would often tag along with their parents to places like Washington, D.C., to advocate for better lives for struggling farmers—an experience that hugely influenced Graham’s life path.
Graham is currently the state secretary and director for the Nebraska Farmers Union. An advocate for education on climate change and renewable energy, Graham participated in the Carbon Sequestration Program, which enrolled 1.2 million acres of land into a marketplace that rewarded farmers and ranchers for storing carbon through healthy soil practices.
Today, Graham is founder and president of GC Resolve, a communications and consulting company that focuses on grassroots community development, mobilization, and education, with an emphasis on the environment, equality, and building resiliency in communities.
He also owns GC ReVOLT, a solar and alternative energy development company, and continues to help implement regenerative practices on his family farm.
Thomas & Jennifer Wright
The Wrights live on a farm in Indiana located within a short distance of a proposed CAFO that, had it been built, would have moved 6,500 dairy cows and a methane digester next door.
The operation was set to be constructed less than two miles from a community with thriving schools and businesses, and less than a mile from the town park. The effects would have been catastrophic, say the Wrights.
Fortunately, the Wrights and their community were not only able to stop the operation, but they successfully passed an ordinance that prohibits factory farms and their manure lagoons from being built within the city limits.
The Wrights first met while attending Indiana University and married in 2009 before settling in Morristown, Indiana, where they currently raise horses on their family farm. They have a daughter who hopes to continue the farm with her family one day!
Thomas is a 20-year law enforcement veteran who currently serves as a school resource officer for Morristown Junior-Senior High School. He’s also president of Morristown Matters, a nonprofit focused on community enrichment, and vice president of the Morristown Community Development Partnership, which advocates for sustainable economic and social growth for the town.
Jennifer, who has a background in natural resources, is a therapeutic horseback riding instructor for a nonprofit. She currently serves as the secretary for Morristown Matters, and is president of Morristown Citizens for Responsible Growth, a nonprofit focused on sustainable community land development.
Jake has lived in northeast Indiana since 2013. He and his wife both grew up as multi-generation family members, spending their summers at family cottages along the lakeshores. They moved their family to Little Long Lake to enjoy a simple country life on the water, but much to their surprise, suffered allergic reactions after spending time in the water. After learning about an 8,000-head CAFO that was set to be built a few miles from their home, Jake networked with other community members to try and stop the operation. Today, he continues to advocate to protect the lakes and waterways in Steuben County, Indiana.
For more than 20 years, SRAP has served as a mobilizing force to help communities protect themselves from the damages caused by industrial livestock operations and to advocate for a food system built on regenerative practices, justice, democracy, and resilience. Learn more at sraproject.org.