Should we make our crowdfunding goal, we'll be giving the new cut of the film FREE to 1,000 schools and educators. We would especially like to get The Corporation into high schools and in front of the eyes of youth. There's a whole new generation who have never heard a counter-message to an increasingly corporate saturated environment, both in schools and beyond.
If you're an eligible educator seeking a witty, stylish and award-winning digital companion for the classroom, sign up now!
This service is absolutely free but you can of course make a donation to our campaign. If you don't have the means, you can also help by sharing the campaign with your network. Let people know that by giving to us, they are also giving to you!
And who knows, you may even end up finding that something special.
Sandy is part of The Corporation's grassroots team and has been working on the film's outreach efforts since 2003.|
We asked for your feedback to help shape our crowdfunding campaign and you delivered! We were inspired by the surveys we received from supporters going all the way back to The Corporation's launch 10 years ago, to new fans picked up on Netflix and beyond.
We heard a lot of calls to reach the next generation, with many educators sharing their stories about the transformative effect the film has had on their students. Many of you would love to see new videos and materials to raise awareness, and told us repeatedly how The Corporation was the wake-up call that motivated them to action. This led to us wanting to offer the film FREE to 1,000 schools, as well as make it affordable for activists and communities to use in the fight against corporate power.
We're still buzzing from a fabulous night and kick-off to our crowdfunding campaign to get the film FREE into 1,000 schools! We held a special fundraiser screening of the new cut of The Corporation on Monday in Vancouver and it was great to re-connect with so many original supporters going back 10 years, as well as meet brand new ones.
From tickets, merchandise sales, and pledges, we raised over $5,000! And thanks to our anonymous donor matching the night's donations, that's $10,000 in one night - 20% of our crowdfunding goal of $50,000.
We thank Sundance Ceremonial Chief Rueben George, of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation who has agreed to join us to give us a Coast Salish welcome, and say a few words of introduction to the film.
Katherine Dodds AKA "Kat" is the founder of HelloCoolWorld.com, the grassroots team behind The Corporation, and is featured in a "Grassroots Marketing" segment on The Corporation DVD set. She is dedicated to harnessing the power of the film to rein in corporate abuse through the development of the Campaign 4 Corporate Harm Reduction. |
Vancouverites will be able to catch a special fundraiser screening of The Corporation this Monday, May 26 with an info fair, panel guests (including The Corporation author Joel Bakan!) and after-party. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a devil's bargain since the event will be held at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, which we were graciously offered for free, yet comes with some controversy. The mining company got its name on the door with a $10 million donation to SFU which outraged many people, including us, considering their track record of destructive and exploitative behaviour.
75% of the world’s mining companies have their headquarters here in Canada and it's no wonder why: there are virtually no regulations to prevent unscrupulous corporations from committing human rights violations overseas. And our mining companies, like Goldcorp, have been busy - poisoning water, destroying farms, even violent intimidation and murder.
One of the earliest supporters of The Corporation film, Inter Pares also co-founded the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) and they are part of a coalition calling on Canadians to ensure that mining victims can access justice here in Canada. We've now come on board along with groups like Amnesty, Kairos, BC Teachers Federation and Oxfam Canada, to advocate for federal legislation that would establish mandatory standards for Canadian extractive companies operating abroad, especially in developing countries. Over 80,000 people have sent a letter to their Members of Parliament and on May 14, hundreds gathered on Parliament Hill to show their support.
For our part, we'll be handing out postcards at the May 26 screening to be sent to Goldcorp's Vancouver head office letting them know that we don’t check our conscience at the door just because their name is on it. Join us and get your tickets now!
Support the Open for Justice campaign and help fight mining injustice here and around the world. Check out the video from Inter Pares below, as well as links to action.