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March Against Monsanto! Saturday 11am @ Holladay Park

On May 25th, activists around the world will unite to 'March Against Monsanto.' The event will begin at 11am Pacific time in US cities. Portlanders will begin the event in Holladay Park and march peacefully through the Lloyd District Neighborhood. Area community members are coming together via Facebook to join in the effort, exercise their First Amendment rights and bring awareness to the growing controversy over ethical concerns surrounding the political influence of the multinational biotech corporation Monsanto and the safety of the genetically modified foods it produces.
 https://www.facebook.com/events/395696743860924/

Contact:
Tiffany Ayers
March Against Monsanto press contact & lead organizer
 marchagainstmonsantopdx@gmail.com
@mamonsantopdx
#mampdx

On May 25th, activists around the world will unite to 'March Against Monsanto.' The event will begin at 11am Pacific time in US cities. Portlanders will begin the event in Holladay Park and march peacefully through the Lloyd District Neighborhood. Area community members are coming together via Facebook to join in the effort, exercise their First Amendment rights and bring awareness to the growing controversy over ethical concerns surrounding the political influence of the multinational biotech corporation Monsanto and the safety of the genetically modified foods it produces.

Organizers are working with Portland city officials to ensure a safe and successful event and encourage Portlanders to attend with their families and learn more. Global public outcry against the biotech giant has grown steadily over the last two decades in communities, nationally and internationally, since the first genetically modified seeds, or GMOs were made available for public consumption in the 1980s.

As of today, Portland Oregon is the second largest gathering in the world in the March Against Monsanto, with more than 2,200 people committed to participating.

Link to event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/395696743860924/

The GMO issue is tied, at its very core, to the health of our environment and the dream of an authentic democracy. Monsanto has put corporate profit before the welfare of families and the environment by failing to honestly represent the facts about GMOs and the science behind them. Like the tobacco industry, the agricultural biotech industry is caught in an all too familiar financial quandary, face the facts and lose millions in profits, or fight like mad to hide the facts and use millions of corporate dollars to fund biased research, pay lobbyists, and spin the argument in their favor. The difference is, we're not talking about cigarettes, this is our food! Make no mistake, the activists and scientists, like famous geneticist David Suzuki, who have spoken out on this issue are not taking a moral stance against genetic science. Many opponents of the biotech industry, remain open to the possibility and promise that genetic science will bear great benefits. At the heart of this issue however is the concern that science driven by quarterly earnings loses its essence and objectivity. As Jennifer Washburn writes in Discover, "The trend is undeniable. In 1965, the federal government financed more than 60 percent of all R&D in the United States. By 2006, the balance had flipped, with 65 percent of R&D in this country being funded by private interests." (full article:  http://discovermagazine.com/2007/oct/sciences-worst-enemy-private-funding#.UZWb7LVJOAg)

David Suzuki was a professor in the genetics department at the University of British Columbia for almost forty years, from 1963 until his retirement in 2001, and is best known as host of the popular and long-running CBC Television science magazine, The Nature of Things, seen in over forty nations. In this interview, he explains why GMOs, in their current understudied state amount to 'bad science.' (full article:  link to www.cbc.ca)

Why do we march? Official 'March Against Monsanto' mission statement

Research studies have shown that Monsanto's genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.
In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that's a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO products.
Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed "Monsanto Protection Act" that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto's genetically-modified seeds.
For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world's food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup.
Monsanto's GMO seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have caused colony collapse among the world's bee population. What are solutions we advocate?
Voting with your dollar by buying organic and boycotting Monsanto-owned companies that use GMOs in their products.
Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier.
Repealing relevant provisions of the US's "Monsanto Protection Act."
Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs.
Holding Monsanto executives and Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.
Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto's secrets.
Taking to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we won't take these injustices quietly.

What to bring:

Water - We will be marching through the streets, so please keep hydrated.
Banners/Signs - Do you have a message you'd like heard? Paint/draw it on a banner/sign and bring it!
Fliers/pamphlets - Another way to have your message spread quickly is to print information on small fliers or pamphlets and hand them out along the route.
Camera - Feel free to bring your cameras and take as many photos as you can!

What NOT to bring:

WEAPONS OF ANY KIND - REMEMBER, this is a peaceful protest and we wish to keep it that way.

Thank you all so very much for your concern for the well being of not just yourself but the rest of the world. If you would like to volunteer, please send an email to  marchagainstmonsantopdx@gmail.com. Again, thank you so very much!

Here is a link to our route map.  http://goo.gl/maps/Mq1Nz

We are taking donations to help pay for costs incurred to ensure that this event is within the City's guidelines and safe for families. Our website is  http://mampdx.com/.

Don't forget to follow us on twitter @mamonsantopdx & #mampdx

I-522 24.May.2013 19:50

Den Mark, Vancouver WA

Because Olympia's & Seattle's events are further away, many Washington peeps will join PDX's event. I urge someone on the program to point out -- maybe more than once -- that Initiative 522 (GMO labeling) will be on Washington's ballot in november.

Let's hope 25.May.2013 09:03

label it

that Washingtonians are smarter than Californians. What's so difficult about a few words on a label. Doesn't one sniff the food that they're not sure of? Or were Californians too chicken shit to want to know that they're eating not only GM, but the destructive practices that generally accompany it? Just how do you like glyphosate in your bloodstream? C'mon...

u stream in Fargo 25.May.2013 13:19

feed

 link to www.ustream.tv [Fargo --> live ustream link] (posted here 1:14 PM) #indigenous speakers in #fargo #nd #mam

pics on flickr 26.May.2013 13:15

reposting pimc post

PDX photos on link to Flickr can be found here on related indy post
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/05/423479.shtml