ICCAW Annual Meeting
Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water (ICCAW) will be hosting its annual statewide meeting with farmers and residents from counties across Illinois. The event will feature a full day of networking and education with a variety of expert speakers. ICCAW and the groups attending support livestock production and demand stronger regulations on CAFOs in the state. The group will be screening the new documentary, “Eating Animals,” and Craig Watts, who stars in the film with Natalie Portman and others, is one of the event’s special
Lynn Henning, a family farmer from Hudson, Michigan, and regional associate for the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, will conduct water quality training and protocol for monitoring of surface waters near manure application sites and waste handling facilities at the meeting. Lynn was featured along with Erin Brockovich in the chilling water documentary “Last Call at the Oasis.” In 2010, Henning was awarded a $150,000 Goldman Environmental Prize for her grassroots activism. Lynn follows and records the egregious polluting practices of livestock factory farms in rural Michigan, gaining the attention of the federal EPA and prompting state regulators to issue hundreds of citations for water quality violations. Lynn also has been to the White House to meet President Obama and has appeared on the Earth Day edition of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.
Craig Watts, a farmer from Fairmont, North Carolina who starred in the movie “Under Contract,” will be a special guest. Craig stars with Natalie Portman and others in the newly released film “Eating Animals,” which will be screened in its entirety at the Saturday meeting. Craig is an experienced, knowledgeable public voice on the power of giant meat companies, giving testimony on Capitol Hill, meeting with the public, and sharing his story on the Farm Aid stage. His story has appeared in The New York Times and on Tonight with John Oliver. For his telling the untold truth of life as a contract chicken grower for poultry giant Perdue, Watts was named Whistleblower Insider’s 2015 Whistleblower of the Year. Craig’s truth-telling effort has paved the way for others to speak out against a contract grower system of poultry that aims to manipulate, control, and silence the very farmers who grow for them. Craig is a regional associate for the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project.
WHAT: Illinois Citizens for Clean Air & Water ICCAW Annual Statewide Meeting/Movie Screening
WHERE: Kickapoo Creek Winery 6605 N. Smith Road, Edwards, Illinois 61528
WHEN: Saturday Feb. 23, 2019; 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
INFO: Please contact Karen Hudson at 309-208-8846, if you are interested in attending and/or interviewing attendees.