Sriram’s first exposure to corporate power came as a college student when he learned about the military-industrial complex through documentaries like Iraq for Sale, which exposed the rampant abuses and profiteering of defense contractors and their government cronies at the expense of people’s lives in Iraq and the United States.
At the same time, during his summers and spring breaks, he worked in homeless shelters in Washington, DC or food banks in New York City, interacting with people who were dealing daily with systemic racial and economic inequality. In so doing, he gained visceral insight into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s statement: “A country that spends more on war than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual decline.” As Sriram explains it, “In that moment, I understood that we cannot have a society that values people first or prioritizes equity until we challenge head on the power of corporations over our government.”
After graduating, Sriram brought his growing desire to challenge corporate power as a Green Corps organizer, where, in 2011 he worked on Corporate Accountability’s food campaign to expose McDonald’s health-washing tactics in collaboration with health professionals. Today, he ensures the food and climate campaigns are driving toward impact. He is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2016 Culture of Health Leader. And as the son of immigrants, he became an avid traveler as a young person: Before turning 18, he lived in eight cities across four countries and three continents.
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