You guys, the pink slime news is coming in so fast and furious I honestly can’t stay on top of it. Just a few things to report for those not following on TLT’s Facebook page:
At last check, almost 221,000.
I think I tweeted yesterday that we were only 8,000 from 1/4 million. Chalk that miscalculation up to historically poor math skills and the fact that I’m now operating mostly on caffeine and adrenaline — and virtually no sleep. (Wish I were kidding about that. I am one jittery, freaked out blogger, people.)
Congress Starting to Get on Board?
Hooray to New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez for being the first (I believe) federal elected official official to get on board with our campaign to get pink slime out of school food. You can read his statement here. Soon after, a similar statement was released from Congresswoman Chellie Pingree of Maine. And I have heard on the grapevine that other elected officials are about to follow suit. This is a fantastic development.
Media coverage continues to grow exponentially – I can’t possibly provide all the links here. I did want to let you know that our petition is mentioned in the Wall Street Journal today, via Associated Press. (Here’s a version with a photo of me and my kids!) And the intrepid reporter who originally broke this story, David Knowles of The Daily, had a new report today on the degree to which school districts do or do not use pink slime.
A Personal Note
I certainly can’t claim I didn’t bring this craziness on myself, but I think you all know that I didn’t have the slightest clue what I was about to unleash with my Change.org petition last week.
Since then, the time and energy I’ve had to expend on pink slime has taken a real toll on my poor family (kids home for spring break, mom distracted and frazzled). So I just want to thank those of you who’ve sent “hang in there” sorts of messages over the last few days. A few of them have actually made me burst into tears — but that could just be the sleep deprivation at work. :-)
Finally, I thought I’d close it out with a little slime humor, courtesy of Daily Kos.
More updates as warranted.
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