Modest Proposals is an activist collective dedicated to creating positive change. The ruling class spends billions upon billions of dollars pushing their narratives. We use satire, humor, and disruption of the status quo to fight back on behalf of people and planet.
A toxic refinery is endangering thousands...
How do you kickstart a local organizing campaign to shut it down?
On April 24th, 2018, the refinery in Superior, Wisconsin blew up, the town had to be evacuated, and the surrounding population was put in grave danger due to the potential release of hydrogen fluoride, an extremely toxic chemical used in oil refining. The refinery’s owner is rebuilding and plans to continue using hydrogen fluoride. Many in the town resigned themselves to living close to a poisonous hazard. At the request of local residents, Modest Proposals reanimated the issue by impersonating the refinery’s owner and going on a satirical charm offensive called “Husky Friends”. Husky Friends was covered with full segments on the local evening news, and statewide coverage through Wisconsin Public Radio. This brought the issue back to life and helped kick start a local organizing campaign. It also prodded the company, Cenovus Energy, into sending a mailer to the entire town denouncing the satire, and animating the issue they wanted so badly to avoid.