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Giving Thanks Part 3: Big Mouths Deserve Big Thanks

17th November, 2010 - Posted by Tex Dworkin - 11 Comments

This is Part 3 in an 8-Part “Giving Thanks” series, a Global Exchange exclusive highlighting individuals (chosen by Global Exchange staff members) who are contributing to our social justice work in some way. This series will culminate with a “Giving Thanks” video to be launched right here on Wednesday, November 24th. So please join us in recognizing those special individuals who are helping to make this world a better place.

Global Exchange’s Social Media Director Tex Dworkin thanks two of her favorite social networkers

Global Exchange’s social media efforts started about a year ago, and here we are now with a blog network, multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts, and a slew of other channels. We use these mediums to communicate with our audience and keep folks informed about political, social and environmental justice issues that are important to us all.

But writing about them is one thing. Getting folks to respond, engage and forward messages on is what makes our efforts most effective. So that’s why I’ve chosen to thank two of our greatest message transmitters; Ray Beckerman P.C. a.k.a @RayBeckerman, and Pierrette Mimi Poinsett MD a.k.a @yayayarndiva.

Here’s Ray for you; as I write this, the first post in this series about Ben & Jerry’s is already online. Guess who was the first to Comment on AND Retweet the post? That’s right. It was Ray, a lawyer in New York who has over 16,000 followers on Twitter. Here’s what Ray had to say when I told him he was getting a public thanking:

Of course I’d be honored. When my son Eli first explained to me, years ago, about what Fair Trade certification was, I was on board. It’s hard to put it in one word why, because it spans so many things that are important to me: social justice, the environment, and indigenous cultures.

Pierrette Mimi Poinsett MD describes herself as “50 plus and fabulous. Convinced that 50 is the new 30. Parenting a young boy with a Yoda soul.” She comes from parents who were both activists in the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and thus grew up understanding and participating in action for social change. So it’s no surprise that she is so active in our social justice efforts.

Mimi (as she likes to be called) is a practicing Nichiren Buddhist, board certified pediatrician, blogger and Mom to 13 year old Joshua. Plus, she is currently working on a business startup to provide health navigation, advocacy and empowerment for families with children with mental health issues, behavior problems and learning differences.

How Mimi finds the time to share our messages, well, your guess is as good as mine! You can read more about her in Faces of the Uninsured and Living One Day at a time in Economic Crisis.

When I informed Mimi about this post, she wrote back:

I feel extremely honored in (the) company of amazing honorees…I am active in sharing your message as it is also my message:)

Ray and Mimi, I can’t wait to see what you do with THIS blog post! In the meantime…

Thank You Ray Beckerman AND Pierrette Mimi Poinsett!

Who are YOU thankful for? Add your own thank you message in the Comments section to recognize someone you think is doing great social justice work. And if you feel so inspired, Retweet and Share this post to help spread the recognition all of our ‘Thankees’ deserve. Thank YOU.

11 Responses to “Giving Thanks Part 3: Big Mouths Deserve Big Thanks”

  • Well it’s quite a thrill to be recognized by such an incredible organization as Global Exchange.

    But it’s even more profound to be mentioned in the same breath as the incredible Dr. Mimi Poinsett @yayayarndiva, whom I’ve long admired.

    When I’m in company like this — people who really care, and people who really make a difference — it makes me feel that in all that tweeting I must be doing something right.

  • Yes! I am thrilled to be honored by Global Exchange. Yes my mouth is mighty big, my tweets frequent. Ray Beckerman @raybeckerman was one of the first tweeps I found with kindred spirit.

    Thanks Global Exchange for all the things you do supporting social justice, change and fair trade world wide.

    Y’all rock!

    Three Snaps to the left, sugah!

    • Kristie

      Mimi…you are amazing!! You were my children’s pediatrician in the central valley and were a blessing to this area. I looked you up a while back to find out what you were up to as you are someone I often think about. Ive been trying to follow ever since. Proud that you are moving forward and are finding meaning in all you do. You are an inspiration. You leave a mark wherever life’s journey takes you. You are still changing lives…just in new ways…but equally important and equally valued.

  • Tex Dworkin Tex

    Oh, Mimi and Ray…you make my job so worthwhile!

  • Mimi is as awesome off-stage as on. ;) She’s a dynamo and a great friend. I’m so glad to see her efforts honored. Thank you.

  • Persia Woolley

    Mimi, you so much deserve the recognition.

    I want to know more about your fair trade spice company…what do you have available, how costly is it, is your business ready to be written up in the local press?

    You can reach me through RWC or via FaceBook.

  • So very proud of Mimi and her social activism! She makes us all realize that everyone can be an advocate if only they can use the tools as she does with the heart she does.

  • Osha Hayden

    Yes, Mimi is mighty amazing and mighty committed to doing the good work.
    Go Mimi!

  • To clarify, I have written 1 1/2 business plans via the Women’s Initiative Program for self employment (

    Fall 2009 I got midway through writing a Business Plan for Ms SpiceDiva- a fair trade organic spice and chile company sourcing products from Central America and the Caribbean. I stopped at the Cash Flow analysis phase when I realized this plan would need considerable capital, technical assistance and about 5-7 years to roll out.

    Winter 2010 I started my business plan for Indigo Lotus Navigators a advocacy and empowerment firm for families with children/adolescents with mental health disorders, learning differences and behavior problems. I completed the plan in May 2010. I am slowly rolling out my social media platform and looking for capital.

    I have a strong interest in social enterprise, microenterprise and microloan on both personal and professional levels:)

    A special thanks to my Redwood Writers friends (Osha Hayden,Kate Farrell, Anne Wilkes, Persia Wooley) and former mom in my practice for all the props!



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