Andy is a software engineer in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, cat, and, in a few months, their first child.
What inspired you to become involved with Corporate Accountability?
I came across The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan at a time when I was really frustrated with the way businesses focus entirely on making money and pretending that this will automatically produce the best outcomes for people.
As a software engineer and a person with wealth, I’ve had to resist the idea that “smart technologists” can simply solve the world’s problems with money or data. All of this led me to realize that the problems in our world can only be solved by organizing movements, especially those that are led by the people who are most impacted by these injustices.
Why is it vital for our campaigns to succeed?
Corporations already wield so much power in our society. Their expectation of exponential growth harms everyone and prevents us from focusing on the greater good. And it’s especially disturbing when we are told that things like libraries, the postal service, and even our water supply aren’t worthwhile just because they don’t turn a profit.
That’s why it’s important for us to establish that “shareholder value” is not the only thing that must be prioritized when making policies – and that people’s health and well-being are just as, if not more, important to uphold than corporate profits.
What keeps you motivated to continue being part of this movement?
Looking at the state of the world and its trajectory can be depressing. At times, I start feeling like real change is impossible. But I remind myself that I am doing this work not because of any guaranteed outcomes, but because taking action in itself is worthwhile.
Whether it’s knocking on doors, making phone calls, attending rallies or writing letters, there’s been a value in just getting to know people and being in community with them. We’re all part of a movement demanding a fundamental transformation of values that will one day lead to a more equitable society. I think that’s powerful.