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<i>Genetically modified food - which can grow more quickly
than traditional crops and can be resistant to insects -
has caused scant controversy in the United States, where
people eat it every day. Almost 40 percent of all corn
planted in this country in genetically modified.The Bush administration and agricultural businesses view
the policy as simple protectionism because American
companies, which dominate the biotechnology industry,would
benefit most from lifting the ban. Without it, American
companies would export about $300 billion more in corn each
year than they do now, according to the American Farm
<p>From the NY Times, June 19: "Talks between the United States and
the European Union over opening up Europe to genetically
modified foods broke down in Geneva today, the Bush
administration announced, heightening trans-Atlantic
tensions...Europe's resistance to modified crops received a political
lift last week when a global treaty restricting them was
i was riding my bike alone in downtown sacramento, dressed in black (like an idiot, lookin' hella sketchy) when a police officer came up and asked me to pull over. he got out and asked me, "are you here for the ministers of agriculture thing?" i told him that i wasn't going to divulge that information. "i don't have to fucking tell you anything!" that was the start of a two-hour experience.
Federal government agencies are failing to monitor genetically engineered crops to protect the environment and public health, according to two separate studies released today.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture tradeshow of biotechnology and genetically engineered lifeforms is set to begin in Sacramento. As of this writing, less than half the WTO member countries had accepted the invitation to attend, showing the tepid support for the U.S. corporate agenda. Activists from around the country and the world are converging to add their voices of opposition, and I am among them.
The showdown in Sac will kick-off with an action against Frakentrees.
Coalition launches campaign against International Paper
6 minute video celebrating the diversity of tactics within the anti-biotech movement.
There is a noticeable police presence on the streets of Downtown Sacramento, and outskirts, and it is only Wednesday. I have seen "progressive" looking vehicles pulled over by Sacramento City Police earlier this evening, and have been followed for extended periods twice myself. Caution is the word that goes out to all of those converging on the Capitol City.
this message is a follow-up to the 10 WAYS TO PLUG IN TO THE SACRAMENTO
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Good summary of some of the problems with industrializing world food supplies.
Call for Revolutionary Anti-Capitalist/Anti-Authoritarian SpokesCouncil in Sacramento, following main spokescouncil. We will be discussing what to do on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, as well as ideas for other projects.
There are plenty of people from Oregon who want to get to Sacramento but don't have a ride. We need you to fill up your car!
The Biotech Wars.............
The world will be watching and, since most of us aren't corporate fascists, we'll be rooting for you as you smash the WTO!
Great article about how folks are changing their mind about Biotechnolgy
A major grassroots mobilization and convergence is planned in Sacramento from June 20-25. This is an opportunity for people to say no to a genetically engineered future, and to voice instead a living world vision, rooted in social justice and ecological sanity. It is also a chance to stand in solidarity with the people's movements and hundreds of peasant farmers groups from around the world that have called on social movements in the US to denounce and protest this meeting.
black bloc call; sacremento
Up to 12 CHP officers will be heightening security at an already secured building only a few blocks from the main Sacramento PD and Sheriffs departments.
Genetically engineered Soya is destroying livelihoods and ecosystems in Argentina.
the 'authorities' try to tell us what we can do..............
As Sacramento rolls out the red carpet for a 'global food security' summit, protesters from around the country are laying plans of their own.
There is only one life. It is the life of resistance. The lives of millions are on the line. The corporate interests want to own all the water, all the food, all the land, all the trees, all the species, all the seeds, all the biology, all life. When they are through we will have no air, no water, no earth, no life force.
Come to Sacramento and resist. There is nothing more important.
That's right...we have a BUS going to the Sacramento Ministerial!
German Ag minister has too much to do. Or maybe, she just doesn't want to sit around and listen to the US tell her how she better start eating that Brand XY rice, courtesy of Monsanto, or she's going to bed without apple pie for dessert
There will be a Black Cross 1st Aid training (8 hour class) this Sunday, June 15th from 9 AM to 6 PM.
The training will occur at Growers' Market, 454 Willamette Street in Eugene, Oregon.
All are welcome, especially those going to protest the WTO in Sacramento.
Article written about police presence in Sacramento..
Are there going to be any CD Trainings soon?
MOBILIZE IN SACRAMENTO!
Everything is possible!
CONVERGE JUNE 20-25!
This article is based on the be for mention of infiltrators in the last recent large demos around the world.
If you can make it to Eugene, there are folks looking to fill a bus. Information below.
The seed technology embraced on more than 200,000 acres of cotton in the Central Valley is about to get a bigger -- and more controversial -- test: major California food crops. As soon as next year, California farmers may have the chance to grow herbicide-resistant rice. After that, wheat, lettuce, grapes and strawberries are likely targets for the crops, known by the acronym GMO, genetically modified organisms.
New report details the effects genetic engineering has on poor farmers............
Places of interest in the area
There are over 200 homestays currently for activists coming to Sacramento.
June 14, Saturday, at 7:30pm
Free Speech Plaza, downtown Eugene (8th and Pearl)
Sacramento Ministerial Mobilization Roadshow stops in Eugene
10 ways to help mobilize for sacramento
The globalization war is heating up.............
The following is a message from Starhawk to all who will come join us in Sacramento. Pagan clusters will be going to Sacramento to help defend the diverstiy and peace of the world. Please join us!
Fundraiser and art making party for Sacramento Mobilization! This Friday and Sunday.
FRIDAY JUNE 6TH
Upcoming events for Cascadia summer and Sacramento mobilization.
Biopiracy facilitated by trade agreements like the WTO, FTAA etc.............
Sign making/art party for SAC MOB!
Ministers from across the globe will be in Sacramento this June. So will we. Would you like to car pool?
...without becoming uber-paranoid....
Leaked documents reveal that the UK Government will try to maintain good
links with the USA by supporting President Bush's argument that European GM
food labels obstruct Monsanto's efforts to feed Africa.
Dirt on Veneman, Pre-ministerial head honcho
Benefit Show to Send Portland Activists to Sacramento!
FRIDAY JUNE 6th @ the red & black cafe (21st & SE Division)
this is of use for people going down to protest the pre-ministerial
A strategic campaign in defense of the precious forests of Cascadia was kicked-off yesterday with actions across the region. Just as forest destruction on public lands is on the rise, a popular movement to protect those lands is also advancing to a new level. Actions took place throughout Oregon, Washington, Northern California in the United States and in British Columbia, Canada.
Excellent article on the machinations of the US agribusiness industry
Press Release from Pesticide Action Network Denouncing the June 23-25 Agricultural Ministerial in Sacramento CA.
Reasons to mobilize, facts about the failures of industrial agriculture etc....
More Reason to head down to Sacramento, short list of planned activities
GE crops will not feed the world, hurt small farmers, etc......
Cartagena Biosafety Protocol, fight over Treaty allowing restrictions on import of genetically engineered products, WTO etc....
Here are those absent flyers.
Here are two flyers and a three page pamphlet about the WTO agenda for Sacramento
Here are links to great information pertaining to the Ministerial in June.
Bush is apparently gearing up to push GMOs throught the WTO this summer. Yet another reason to get to Sacramento in June to protest!
for those going to the sacramento mobilization in june...
If your organization is interested in endorsing the mobilization in
Sacramento (June 20-25) to confront the USDA, USAID, and the
Biotech/Agribuisness industries on the road to Cancun and Miami with
rallies, teach-ins, alternative expo, and nonviolent direct action
you are invited to ENDORSE THE MOBILIZATION! by visiting
http://www.sacmobilization.org and clicking "endorse."
Mobilization against GE trees in Sacramento June 23-25
Portland activists are going down to the Sacramento trade ministerial, that is billed as the 'next Seattle.' Come to this meeting to find out what local organizers are doing. This offers the best chance to stop the madness of the powerful and to preserve what is precious.
A call to action for the willing. Included are some posters that have been posted by someone before, thought these are changed up a little, as the sacmobilization.org site has dates for the 20th to the 25th. There have been varying dates for this as to when it will commence. Keep this in mind when spreading the word.
The Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit, aka Big Brother, is coming to Seattle June 1st-6th. Portland Anti-Capitalist Action is holding an informational and ride share meeting Saturday, May 24th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the IWW Hall (616 E. Burnside) for those interested in going to Seattle; Little Sister is Watching Back. We will have someone from the Seattle organizing committee there to speak on the LEIU, basic information on the LEIU, and the ride share we hope to organize, housing, etc. We will also talk briefly on the WTO Sacramento ride share and other things pertaining to that. So, make it down to the IWW Hall if you can and lets fight back against the police state and corporate fascism!!!
WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE PERSONS INTENDING
ON GOING TO THESE DEMOS TO ORGANIZE TRUSTWORTHY AFFINITY GROUPS NOW.
If you are interested in going to the demonstrations, and more importantly have a vehicle and are willing to drive, or can help with train hopping info, or have a lot of money lying about to rent out vans, (basically if you have any resources to help get Portlanders to Seattle and Sacramento) PLEASE E-MAIL US PRIOR TO THE MEETING. firstname.lastname@example.org
A 2 day training to learn creative, effective, safe ways
to take non violent direct action and resist the corporatization of food!
call to action
**resist corporate domination of the world's food supply**
june 21-25, sacramento,california
This article ran recently in Sacramento.
In recognition of the demand to mobilize for the Sacramento protest, I have made up a couple flyers for public use. Here they are.
Via Campesina is an international movement which coordinates peasant organizations of small and middle-scale producers, agricultural workers, rural women, and indigenous communities from Asia, Africa, America, and Europe. It is an autonomous, pluralistic movement, independent from all political, economic, or other denomination. It is integrated by national and regional organizations whose autonomy is jealously respected.
not on calander.
wondering if any groups around the state have activies planned around this event?
From June 23-25th 2003 the Ministers of Trade, Agriculture and Environment from 180 nations, including all member states of the World Trade Organization (WTO), are invited to meet in Sacramento, California, at a summit hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), USAID, and the U.S. State Department. An "Expo on Agricultural Science and Technology" will run concurrently with the Ministerial to host multinational agribusiness and biotechnology corporations.
We, the undersigned organizations representing the peoples of the South, call on concerned individuals and organizations especially those within the United States to join us in the global popular protests against the Sacramento Ministerial meeting.
Portland Anti Capitalist Action is talking with people and coordinating space to hold at least two meetings regarding the upcoming demonstrations in Seattle and Sacramento. We are primarily doing this to inform people about the organizing efforts going on in both towns, and to coordinate ride shares to these demos.
Hundreds of trade ministers and media makers from around the world are traveling to meet and discuss, agriculture, factory farming, and genetic engineering... in a city only 10 hours from Portland.
Maybe you'd like to attend as well.
anti-capitalists call to shut sacramento,ca!
SO want something to do?
Just passing on the latest version of the call to action...
Word on the street sez its goin to be big....
Call to Action: Confront Agribusiness at Sacramento Summit
Source: Coaltion for Sustainable Agriculture
Posted: April 9, 2003
militant call to action
Come to Sacramento, CA June 23-25 to shut down the WTO agricultural ministerial!!!
hey portland IMC editors, here's a suggested headline if you put this in the middle: "In June, the WTO returns to the U.S. for the first time since Seattle; Activists put out call-to-action"
Leading up to the WTO ministerial in Cancun this September, a mini-ministerial is taking place this June in Sacramento. The US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), USAID, and the US State Department are hosting a summit to which the Ministers of Trade, Agriculture, and Environment from 180 nations have been invited. The Ministerial Conference and Expo on Agricultural Science and Technology will take place in Sacramento from June 23-25, 2003 and will showcase industrial agriculture, chemicals, irradiation and biotechnology. A coalition of activists and community members is making a worldwide call to action.
there will be a huge biotech/WTO meeting in Sacramento in June. You are invited to help shut it down.