Friday, October 16, 2015

If You're in Washington...

I am not in Washington. I am at the miserably inadequate public computer center close to my official business address. However:

Monsanto has taken over D.C. The Biotech Bully has Congress considering the DARK Act, the President working on the TPP, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may soon re-register Roundup, despite a recent warning by the World Health Organization that the most widely used herbicide in the world causes cancer in humans.
It’s time to come to D.C. to take our country back!
Can you join Food Democracy Now! and our allies Organic Consumers Association, March Against Monsanto and the Truth in Labeling Coalition in D.C. on Friday October 16th and Saturday October 17th for a #FoodJustice rally planned in coordination with March Against Monsanto and other groups?
Food Justice Rally for GMO Labeling Events in Washington DC - from Congress to the White House  to the EPA

Friday, Oct. 16

March - 3 p.m. to Dusk: Join OCA, March Against Monsanto and allies for a narrated march that will begin and end at Lafayette Park on the Pennsylvania Ave. side of the White House. Stops along the way will include:
The White House to deliver a petition asking President Obama to pledge to veto the DARK Act, H.R. 1599, the bill that would take away states' rights to label GMOs. Bring flashlights to shine a light on the DARK Act.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to protest the Monsanto provision that was included in the fast-track trade promotion authority act, and the U.S. government's efforts to use trade agreements, including the TPP, to overturn laws that label, ban or regulate GMOs and pesticides. Speakers include Margaret Flowers of Flush the TPP.
The U.S. Chamber of Congress to protest the most powerful corporate front group in the U.S. and how this group has  already used the trade negotiations to block laws intended to protect human health from dangerous pesticides.
Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association to protest how Monsanto and its Big Food allies spent $51 million to push H.R. 1599 through the House—more than $185k per vote. (And, that doesn’t even count campaign contributions).
The Environmental Protection Agency (at 5 p.m.) to demand that the agency refuse to reregister Monsanto's Roundup (glyphosate). Glyphosate was recently classified as a probable human carcinogen and is also decimating the monarch butterfly population. Speakers include Zen Honeycutt of Moms Across America and representatives of Beyond Pesticides, Friends of the Earth and Center for Food Safety. Please dress in bee and butterfly costumes and bring signs shaped as flowers.

Saturday, Oct. 17 on the West Lawn of the Capitol

Education Workshops –10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Stop the DARK Act rally and potluck picnic - 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Speakers will include OCA international director Ronnie Cummins, Steven Druker, author of Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, Dr. Edward Group of the Global Healing Center,  Anthony Gucciardi of the Natural Society.

The Battle to Win GMO Labeling Has Never Been So Urgent!

This summer, on July 23rd, the House passed H.R. 1599 to strip states of the ability to pass common sense GMO lableing bills by a wide 275 votes for and 150 against the Dark Act. While this summer’s vote in the House was disappointing, the fight is far from over and we need your help in the next 6 weeks to make sure we stop Monsanto’s poison pill in the Senate.
Now that Monsanto and the Biotech industry has passed the Dark Act in one chamber of Congress, all they need to do is pass it in the Senate before it goes to the President's desk to be signed into law - and if that happens, Monsanto is betting they can kill the movement in the United States to hold them accountable.
We understand if you can't attend, but please take a moment to send your Senators a letter telling them how you feel about GMO labeling and Monsanto and the biotech industry's efforts to take away our rights and subvert democracy!
Take a stand! Stop Monsanto's desperate plan to kill states' rights to label GMOs! - Tell your Senators and the President: “I support GMO labeling!” Every voice counts!
This is what happens when we stand up – Together we are unstoppable!
Thank you for participating in food democracy,
Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team
1. House Vote 462 - House votes to pass H.R.1599 275 to 150, New York Times, July 23, 2015. "