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Good News for I-522 and the Label GMO movement

1-522 label GMOsA NUMBER OF COMMUNITY RIGHTS COALITION MEMBERS HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY WITH THE I-522 CAMPAIGN AND CRC ENDORSED IT AT A GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING. Many are standing on the street corner near the Food Coop on Kearney and waving signs.  Some attended the recent rally at the Hood Canal Bridge.

WASHINGTON STATE – THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING. I-522 would mandate the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Parts of this article are reprinted from an article written by Ocean Robbins for Huffington Post

But perhaps the biggest bombshell of all is now unfolding in  Washington state. The mail-in ballot state’s voters are already weighing in on Initiative 522, which would mandate the labeling of genetically  modified organisms (GMOs). Knowing full well that 93 percent of the  American public supports GMO labeling, and that if one state passes it, many others are likely to follow, entrenched agribusiness interests are pulling out all the stops to try to squelch yet another state labeling effort.

This time, however, things aren’t going quite as planned. On Wednesday, Washington state Attorney General Bob Feguson filed a lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). The GMA, a lobby  for the junk food industry, has been by far the largest donor to efforts to defeat the labeling initiative.  The lawsuit alleges that the GMA  illegally collected and spent more than $7 million while shielding the  identity of its contributors.

The source of the money has now been exposed, and it turns out to be Pepsico, Coca-Cola, NestleUSA, General Mills and a few other junk food companies. The lawsuit reveals that GMA leadership held a series of secret meetings to plot how to  perpetrate a money laundering scheme and illegally hide member donations from Washington state voters, in direct violation of campaign  disclosure laws.

Unlike the junk food companies that feared consumer backlash,  Monsanto hasn’t even bothered to hide the more than $4 million the  company has given to the “no” campaign. In fact, GMA, Monsanto and a  handful of other corporate donors have now broken a state record by pouring more than $17 million into their effort to stop Washington’s GMO labeling ballot initiative.

Voting is already underway in Washington, and the final ballots will be cast on November 5. The “yes” side is ahead in the most recent polls, but supporters of the right to know fear that a barrage of heavily funded and misleading ads could sour voters to the initiative.

They remember that just last year, California’s Proposition 37 was well ahead in the polls until Monsanto and its allies spent more than $46 million on their campaign in the Golden State.

All this label fighting and money laundering leads to some very  significant questions. Why are Monsanto and the junk food industry  willing to spend many tens of millions of dollars every year trying to  keep you in the dark about your food? What doesn’t big food want you to  know? And what are they afraid might happen if you did?

Monsanto tells us that their products are about the best thing to  come along since sliced bread. For years they’ve been promising that  GMOs would reduce pesticide use, increase yields, reduce water consumption, and offer foods that are more tasty and more nutritious.

But in the 20 years since GMO crops first came on the market, studies have found that they have led to higher pesticide use, and no meaningful improvement in flavor, nutrition, yield or water requirements. Instead, what they’ve created are plants that are engineered to withstand massive dosing of toxic herbicides, and plants that function as living pesticide factories. Monsanto’s Bt. corn, for example, is actually registered with the EPA as a pesticide.

With concern about GMOs growing fast, and with the public being  pummeled with vast amounts of misinformation, there is a tremendous need for clear, accurate and reliable information about GMOs. In response,  the 100,000+ member Food Revolution Network and the Institute for  Responsible Technology are co-sponsoring a free online GMO Mini-Summit. From October 25-27, some of the top GMO experts on the planet will be  providing insights and clear calls to action in this teleseminar that is also being broadcast without charge on the Internet. Monsanto probably  isn’t too happy about the prospect of tens of thousands of people  getting informed and mobilized. But if you love life, safe food, and the truth, then you might want to check it out.montage MAM rally

And if you want to lend a hand to getting out the vote in the state of Washington, CONTACT:Judy Alexander <lightenup@olympus.net>   OR Rick Doherty <rickdoh@gmail.com> or you can sign up to volunteer here.

Nobody knows what’s going to happen in Washington between now and  November 5. But from Mexico, to Hawaii and to the 64 nations that  already have GMO labeling, this tide just might be turning.

Maybe we, the people, do get a say in what we know, and what we eat, after all. It’s up to Washington State to get the ball rolling.

IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD THE BATTLE FOR SAFE CLEAN FOOD IS IGNITED.

It hasn’t been a good week for Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry.

MEXICO BANS GMO CORN

Just three days ago, Mexico banned genetically engineered corn. Citing the risk of imminent harm to the  environment, a Mexican judge ruled that, effective immediately, no  genetically engineered corn can be planted in the country. This means  that companies like Monsanto will no longer be allowed to plant or sell  their corn within the country’s borders.

KAUAI LAW MANDATES FARMS TO DISCLOSE PESTICIDE USE

At the same time, the County Council for the island of Kauai passed a law that mandates farms to disclose pesticide use and the presence of  genetically modified crops. The bill also requires a 500-foot buffer  zone near medical facilities, schools and homes — among other  locations.

And the big island of Hawaii County Council gave preliminary approval to a bill that prohibits open air cultivation, propagation, development or testing of genetically engineered crops or plants. The bill, which  still needs further confirmation to become law, would also prohibit  biotech companies from operating on the Big Island.

Ocean Robbins is co-author of Voices of the Food Revolution, and serves as adjunct professor for Chapman University and CEO and  co-host (with best-selling author John Robbins) of the 100,000+ member  Food Revolution Network. The GMO Mini-Summit starts October 25. Find out more here. 

 

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CRC GENERAL ASSEMBLY THIS SATURDAY!

Salish BeeSEPTEMBER 28th – Saturday- 9:30 to 11:30 AM – GENERAL ASSEMBLY of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County.

Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (2333 San Juan Ave) Port Townsend, WA – ALL FRIENDS ARE WELCOME.  Come join us as we make real change happen and stand up against corruption.

Agenda items:

  • Update on I-522 action group (Label GMO’s in Washington state) – the big guys with their big money come to Washington State, the people respond by using community activism Phone banks, flyers, action meetings.  The Senate in Washington votes to stop the Monsanto Protection Act!
  • Update on Home Rule Charter campaign and Freeholder Candidate forums.  WE HAVE YARD SIGNS TO DISTRIBUTE.  If you live on a major thoroughfare or street in Jefferson County or know someone who does, please put a Yes! On Proposition 1 Home Rule sign in your yard or property.
  • Consensus study group about to start.
  • Community Bill of Rights update

…and much more.  Join us

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Jeffery Smith advocate and expert on the dangers of GMO’s at Chimacum High School

Seeds-of-DeceptionMr Smith comes to Chimacum!  On Monday, September 30th at 7:00 PM at the Chimacum High School –  Meet Mr. Smith. The leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices, Jeffrey M. Smith, is the author of the world’s bestselling and #1 rated book on the health dangers genetically modified organisms (GMOs). His meticulous research documents how biotech companies continue to mislead legislators and safety officials to put the health of society at risk, and the environment in peril.

He is the author Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating. He is also the author of Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods.

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Local group gets active for I-522 – Label GMO’s in Washington State

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Jefferson County Grassroots Volunteers for YES on I 522  – Organization and Training Session: what can be done to be sure that WA I-522 passes in November.
 

Beginning with the Uptown Parade, then the All County Picnic, and at the GMO Movies Series we have asked that persons interested in GMOs, and especially in the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in human foods, sign up for receiving important GMO information during the next two months, so as to be better informed about how they will want to vote on passage of I-522 this November.  I-522 will require that most foods containing GE and/or GMO ingredients must be labeled, and will give each of us the Right To Choose what we eat and feed our families.

 We have formed an active Group: Jefferson County Grassroots Volunteers for YES on I 522 to help inform citizens in Jefferson County and across Washington state that we all should have the right to know what is in our foods,.i.e., whether each food contains GE or GMO ingredients.

Two organizational training sessions have been scheduled in the Fellowship Hall at the Quimper Universalist Unitarian Fellowship (QUUF), 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend, WA 98368:  

September 4th 2:30 PM, and September 6th 8:00 AM  (Hope to see you, your friends, and anyone you know who might be interested on the 4th and/or 6th).

Upon seeing the GMO movies many of us feel alarmed, but are at a loss for what we could do that will matter.  We will introduce nearly a dozen  Action Group possibilities that you may choose among:

 
Jefferson County Grassroots Volunteers for YES on I–522 — Action Groups
 

ACTION GROUPS:   An important reason for inviting everyone who attends any event (Movies right now) or who can be contacted in any way to add their names to the sign-up Lists is to get them into the loop for receiving ongoing information and eventually being sure that they vote. Invite your friends and any other interested persons —  all are welcome to call in or write:  Rick Doherty, Coordinator of JC Grassroots Volunteers for

YES on I – 522   ricdoh@gmail.com   360 554 0550  206 409 4918

Getting this list of individuals who are interested enough to pass the threshold of signing up is that they will be receiving ongoing information, and if they decide to do nothing else they will be tracked as “near-certain YES votes” and will be contacted in our get-out-the-vote sequence to be sure that they actually have voted come November. Seeing these movies is quite depressing for most of us.  Many feel frustrated in not knowing what can be done – what they as individuals can do.  There is much that needs to be done quickly; there are only about 8 weeks left before we VOTE.

ACTION GROUPS   (Not in order of priority yet)(More to be added yet)

  • 1)    Data entry   ASAP email list(s) continuing effort (typing only required)
  • 2)    Data management of Excel database for generating mailing lists, work groups, etc., for various Action Group tasks, and for sending out information as well as informational documents as generated (requires some skills in using Excel to generate these)
  • 3)    Generation of a stream of Letters to the Editor for Olympic Peninsula newspapers, and Seattle papers   —   an overall plan for drafting a continual sequential version of these (using the Misrepresentations ~= “Lies” document  — this will be completed for the Action Group Training Sessions). The same information can be used educationally to expose widely the Truth answers to the Lies that were used very effectively the last time around in California to defeat Prop 36.  These same untruths are beginning to surface now in WA.  Strategy of these streams, collection of good information for them, skilled writing of them, tracking them and responses to them with countering information.  The Misrepresentations – Truths document is nearly completed. We have two persons who are interested in leading Action Group 3.
  • 4)    Coordinating 3) with newspaper articles and radio activities
  • 5)    Signs and handouts in as many businesses as possible in PT and other JC towns, using a check-off assignment list of businesses to be contacted.
Education of persons to do these (scripted) interactions positively and efficiently
Coordination of these businesses activities and interactions
Note:  These need to be in place urgently in PT to be ready for, and take advantage of The Wooden Boat Festival influx
  • 6)    Interact with various organizations in PT Elks, Veterans, all of the Churches, Synagogue, Healthcare groups of various types, etc, etc. in PT and throughout the County to ask whether they are willing to endorse I – 522 publicity individually and possibly as groups
Also, ask whether they are willing to send out information about I-522 and related events during the next 8 weeks to help educate and to get out the vote.
  • 7)    Develop a plan for what the most strategically effective sites in addition to businesses (in PT and the County) will be for  distributing posters, and other informational materials.  Coordination of implementation of all of this.
  • 8)    Work with Farmers to get them individually or as groups to support I – 522 publicity (in newspapers and on radio stations, etc.) (Important !)
  • 9)    Organize outreach to Jefferson County communities (in addition to PT) to determine how they want to be involved, and how we can help them with educational materials, etc.  Coordination of implementation of all of this. (Important !)
  • 10) Organization of Home (Kitchen) Educational sessions – training of persons to do these. Providing scripts and informational materials.
  • 11) Get younger persons involved.  Need some dynamic younger persons to lead this – not so easy to accomplish.
  • 12) Phone banking to Get-out-the-vote in Jefferson County – Work directly with the JC Democratic Party for phone-banking after their Executive Meeting decision in early September.
  • 13) Phone banking to Get-out-the-vote in WA State.  Work directly with the YES on I 522 Campaign to enable persons who are interested in this (very important activity) to be able to become trained and involved in the online sessions Very Important !
  • 14 – ways to pay for buttons etc.
  • 15) Doctors and Health Professionals for YES on I – 522
  • 16) Lists to be continued – Anyone have any favorites to add?  or any
  • suggestions about any of the above. Finally,  you will continue to receive information about GMO crops and their effects on human and animal health. AND, you will have opportunity to take ACTION as described above, so that we can each feel that we are doing something important to improve the foods that we eat and become more healthy.
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Information:
Rick Doherty, Coordinator-Jefferson County Grassroots Volunteers Grassroots Volunteers for Yes on I-522   ricdoh@gmail.com    360  554 0550   206  409 4918
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Film Series Highlighting GMO issue comes to Port Townsend

GMO CORN needlesFree Film Series on GMO issues comes to Port Townsend.  Just in time to support the I-522 Statewide initiative to label GMO’s, the film series starts on August 26th. The Film series is organized by Local 20/20 and co-sponsored by several other community organizations including The Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County.

This provocative film series shines a light on what has happened in the past two decades to our global food system. You will learn how to make food choices that will keep you healthy, help our local farmers stay viable, and protect nature’s ecosystems.

Here is a film series schedule –  All Films start at 7:00 PM

 

The World According to Monsanto

  • 8/26 Quimper Unitarian
  • 8/28 Quimper Grange
  • 8/29 Quilcene Community Ctr
  • 8/30 Chimacum Grange

Seeds of Death

  • 9/2-Quimper Unitarian
  • 9/4 Quimper Grange
  • 9/5 Quilcene Community Ctr.
  • 9/6 Chimacum Grange

Genetic Roulette-The Gamble of our Lives

  • 9/9 Quimper Unitarian
  • 9/11 Quimper Grange (coincides with Howard Vlieger’s visit)
  • 9/12 Quilcene Community Ctr.
  • 9/13 Chimacum Grange

Seeds of Freedom

  • 9/12 Quilcene Community Cr.
  • 9/16 Quimper Unitarian
  • 9/18 Quimper Grange
  • 9/20 Chimacum Grange

This film is part of the PT Film Festival Weekend:

GMO OMG

  • 9/21 9:30 PM at the Rose Theatre
  • 9/ 22 6:15 PM at the Peter Simpson Free Cinema

With the exception of “GMO OMG,” all the films have been provided for free in collaboration with Meaningful Movies of Seattle with help from the Food Co-op, Local 20/20, the Rose Theatre, Port Townsend Film Festival, the Quimper and Chimacum Granges, Jefferson County Farm to School Coalition, Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Green Sanctuary Committee and the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County.

Although all of these films are free, donations at the door are welcome.

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The next General Assembly Meeting of The Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County is July 13th – join us!

democracy hands with borderThe next General Assembly Meeting of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County will be held Saturday July 13th at 9:30 A.M.

Special speaker will be Phil Johnson, Jefferson County Commissioner.  He will be giving an update on the Salmon Net Pens issue.  He will speak at the beginning of the  meeting.  The regular meeting of the GA will occur after his talk.

Here is a link to the free online showing of “Salmon Confidential” that fully discusses the reason why net pens are so dangerous to our ecosystem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTCQ2IA_Zss

Regular business:  We will have an update on the Chartering or “Home Rule” signature gathering progress and update on the first meeting of the creation of a Community Bill of Rights.  More information will be given about the upcoming (July 20th) CRC first annual summer picnic.

Also to be discussed is a back  on the July 4th parade action to support I- 522 – The GMO labeling initiative to be voted on this fall in the state of Washington. Members of the CRC attended this action in Port Angeles.

The General Assembly of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County Washington is open to all friends.  Please Join us.  Saturday, July 13th – 9:30 AM held at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend, Washington – 2333 San Juan Avenue.

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On the 4th- A parade- JUST LABEL IT! Join us…

I 522 label it logoOn the 4th of July get Involved and support the Yes! on 522 Label genetically Engineered Foods– Parade action!

On July 4th members of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County will join members of GAG (GMO Awareness Group of the Northern Olympic Peninsula) as part of a contingent of people who are supporting the Washington State initiative to label all GMO foods.  The 1-522 Just Label it initiative will be voted on this fall.  Help us get the word out!  The parade is the annual 4th of July Clallam county/Port Angeles 4th of July community parade

Here is Beverly Goldie’s (GAG coordinator) invitation and directions to the parade.

“Come join us July 4th as we walk the parade route, sharing information about GMO’s and I-522 in Port Angeles, Washington. We will hold signs, pass on information cards, smile and wave at the crowd. A very cool, painted reformed school bus will accompany us. Our GAG banner will precede our entry. Here are the details:

* Parade begins at 6pm.

* Staging area Clallam County Courthouse 4th St & Peabody St, enter from Peabody only, time based on position ( 5:00 PM to 5:45 pm) we will know the exact time a few days before the parade.

* Only participants and parade vehicle can be at this location.

* Non-parade vehicles must park in Vern Burton Gym parking lot, south side, in front of City Hall on 5th St.

* Route will be West on 4th to Lincoln, North on Lincoln to First, West on First to Valley, South to 3rd or 4th before disbanding.  (about 11 blocks)

* Animals are welcome but you must provide clean-up as needed.

* No alcoholic beverages in area or parade.

53 Yes on I522 t-shirts were purchased! We will have limited supplies of a few additional shirts (5-L 5 XL), that can be purchased for $20.

Hope to see you all there!

Bev Goldie

GMO Awareness Group Facilitator

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CRCC joins citizens across the peninsula to Just Say No! to Monsanto

montage MAM rallyMembers of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County joined citizen activists from across the  Peninsula on the International day for Millions Against Monsanto.  We met in Port Angeles for a rally organized by GAG (GMO Awareness Group of the North Olympic Peninsula). 135 people turned out on a very busy intersection in Port Angeles.  We were met with lots of honks, thumbs up and waves from people in the area.  Thank you B. Goldie and all the wonderful people from GAG for organizing this amazing event.  Many helpful contacts were made. Here are some pictures of activist from that event.

Here is a link to 20 minute talk by Marianne Williamson that took place on May 25th in Venice, California.  She succinctly explains why we must stand up to multinational corporations at this time. She says we must use the tactics of the likes of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.  to stand up against the destruction of all life on Earth. She talks about the rise of multi-national corporations and the creation of GMO’s but also the rise of the community rights movement.   Please watch this important short video. Marianne Williamson on GMO’s, the rise of multi-national corporations war on the world and creating a non-violent movement to protect the Earth.

 

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