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March Against Monsanto #2 (Give Bees A Chance March) - Bremerton

Posted 6 years ago on Sept. 23, 2013, 10:53 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt (1) from Plainfield, NJ

Earlier this year in May, hundreds of people across Kitsap County said, "NO TO GMOs!" Bremerton's March Against Monsanto marched in solidarity with millions of people around the world, in hundreds of cities. It was an amazing turnout and peaceful exercise of free speech here in Bremerton. Our Kitsap County friends, families, and neighbors all made this possible. On October 12, 2013 we are going to do it again, this time in honor of World Food Day.

https://www.facebook.com/events/161975583976441/

Bees are the pollinator of a large percentage of crops, and their decline represents a serious threat. 1/3 of our food (and 90% of our wild plants) are pollinated by bees! The EPA reports that "pesticide poisoning" is a likely cause of bee colony collapse as pesticides and herbicides like Roundup, as well as others known as systemic neonicotinoid insecticides, weaken the bees' immune system. Monsanto makes Roundup and other chemicals used in agriculture, as well as genetically modified seeds/crops that are resistant to Roundup. (Yes... RoundUp is winding up in the food we buy! Especially the RoundUp ready GMO crops!)

It seems Monsanto has received little attention for the role it plays in promoting Neonicotinoids and RoundUp or its distribution for Bayer. We hope you'll help us change that.

This year I-522 on the ballot will require GMO labeling on our food! Monsanto and their control of the FDA must be challenged. Let's show the world once again that Bremerton is not going to allow Monsanto, GMOs, and their chemicals into our food and environment.

Please JOIN this event. Please INVITE your friends and family. Please SHARE this page! We need your help to grow.

Copy and Paste the following links:

Bremerton's March Event page link ------> https://www.facebook.com/events/161975583976441/

Online flier (Give Bees A Chance Photo) link ------> https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=516656811744131

Costumes (Bees, Hazmat Suits, Food Related), Props, musical instruments (KAZOOS are highly recommended), and signs are encouraged!! But please keep in mind that this is going to be a family friendly event and keep the scary costumes at home. There are children who will be attending who could find it upsetting to see gory, goulish or zombie-ish costumes, so please keep the costumes food related and G-rated.

The starting rally location is at BLUEBERRY PARK in EAST BREMERTON.... @1 PM. Carpooling is encouraged since parking is limited. There are also larger parking lots off of Wheaton Way a few blocks away... and the East Bremerton Kitsap Transit transfer center is nearby as well.

Free Kale Plant Starts will be given out starting@1pm* At the last march we gave out sunflower starts, but this time of year calls for winter hearty and nutritious kale!**

This will be a family friendly event. We have no reason to believe that there will be any problems occurring as a result of the March Against Monsanto.

Neonicotinoid pesticides kill bees. In the US, 90% of corn is treated with neonicotinoids. 88% of Corn is Genetically Modified (GM). Monsanto controls 80% of GM corn. Monsanto promotes Acceleron as a designer seed treatment for its GM products - Corn, Soy, and Cotton. Acceleron contains neonicotinoids (imidacloprid and Bayer's clothianadin (Poncho/Votivo)) and a fungicide - both culprits in Collony Collapse Disorder.

See you there! Bring your friends and a kazoo!

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[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2697) 6 years ago

Save the bees!

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/obama-launches-plan-to-save-hardworking-honey-bees/481006-2.html

Fed govt reacting to people pressure? Or reacting to agribusiness panicat bee colony collapse

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

We did it! Environmental champions in the Senate have stripped the Monsanto Protection Act from a major funding bill, and over 65,000 grassroots voices from the SierraRise community helped make it happen.[1]

As you may recall, this dangerous legislation would put the GMO mega-corporation above the law, blocking citizens like you or me from suing them if their food makes us sick.[2] But this fight isn't over yet -- the funding bill is headed back to the House for an immediate vote, where Monsanto's lackeys will almost assuredly try to sneak it right back in during the fight over the government shutdown. The Tea Party isn't likely to win on defunding Obamacare so they'll probably see payback through amendments like the Monsanto Protection Act, instead.

We can win this thing but only if citizens like you keep up the pressure. Will you help get this done?

Tell Rep. Erik Paulsen (202) 225-2871 to do the work of the people -- not Monsanto. Demand Congress keep the Monsanto Protection Act out of the funding bill!

The funding bill must pass without the shady Monsanto Protection Act attached to it. Without federal funding, we lose everything -- EPA funding, National Parks, subsidies for wind and solar energy, countless jobs, and more. This is not the time to play games or give special treatment to corporations.

Monsanto is a ruthless company with a deadly history -- they're the inventor of killers like Agent Orange and DDT. With their army of countless lobbyists, they have laid siege to our nation's farmers and food safety.[3] Monsanto even employs a team of 75 lawyers just to stalk and harass small farmers who reuse their own seeds!

It is clear Monsanto will stop at nothing to stay on top and doesn't care who it hurts along the way.

Tell your representative that no corporation should be above the law. Keep the Monsanto Protection Act out of the federal funding bill!

In it together,

Ashley Allison SierraRise Senior Campaigner

P.S. Want to keep up with the latest about Monsanto and other campaigns from SierraRise? Like us on Facebook!

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References:

[1] Hattem, Julian (2013 September 25). "Senate funding bill won't include Monsanto Protection Act." The Hill.

[2] Snopes staff (2013 September 13). "Monsanto Protection Act." Snopes.

[3] Cesca, Bob (2010 March 8). "Monsanto watch: Targeting American farmers with lawyers, fear and money." Daily Finance.

Sierra Club | 85 2nd St San Francisco, CA 94105 | sierrarise.members@sierraclub.org


I added:

Gov 4 the People not 4 the corp(se)oRATions.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

Twice this month, the SierraRise community has stepped up to the plate to stop the outrageous Monsanto Protection Act. We got the Senate to back down [1] -- but the House is wavering.

It will all be decided by the House's impending vote -- most likely today and no later than tomorrow -- on a government shutdown. We should not have to trade the Monsanto Protection Act for everything important that the government does, from social services and a growing economy to national parks and clean water. Yet the Tea Party thinks this is the time to stand up for Monsanto?!?

Your senators and representative heard from you -- but as the final negotiations take place, the House leadership needs a push too.

We need to send 30,000 emergency letters telling Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor: The stakes are too high for partisan games! Don't shut down the government, and don't pass the Monsanto Protection Act!

It's wrong to use the federal funding bill to fight for Monsanto. The stakes for our families and communities are too high to let Congress play games.

As you may recall, the Monsanto Protection Act would effectively block citizens like you or me from suing Monsanto if its unregulated GMO foods make us sick. [2,3] This is the very corporation that invented Agent Orange and has 75 lawyers just to bully hundreds of small farmers every year [4] -- yet Speaker Boehner's House is trying to give them special treatment.

Our nation's process for confirming the safety of GMO foods is already too weak -- removing the Courts from the process just makes it even worse. Our public health is more important than any corporation's private profits, especially Monsanto's. It's a disgrace to argue otherwise during a shutdown fight.

The stakes are too high for partisan games! Tell House leadership: Don't shut down the government, and don't pass the Monsanto Protection Act!

In it together,

Ashley Allison SierraRise Senior Campaigner

P.S. Want to do more? After you send your letter, give your district's representative a call, too -- the Capitol switchboard is (202) 224-3121.

P.P.S. To keep up with the latest about Monsanto and other campaigns from SierraRise, like us on Facebook!

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References:

  1. Hattem, Julian (2013 September 25). "Senate funding bill won't include 'Monsanto Protection Act'." The Hill.

  2. Grim, Ryan (2013 September 11). "House Republicans Push To Include Monsanto Protection Act In New Spending Bill." Huffington Post.

  3. Snopes staff (2013 September 13). "Monsanto Protection Act." Snopes.

  4. Cesca, Bob (2010 March 8). "Monsanto watch: Targeting American farmers with lawyers, fear and money." Daily Finance.

Image credit: March Against Monsanto.

Sierra Club | 85 2nd St San Francisco, CA 94105 | sierrarise.members@sierraclub.org


I added:

PS -

Planning on staying in office? Well the very wealthy and corp(se)oRATions may well fund your campaigns. But people vote. And you just keep slapping the people in the face with a 2x4. How many people have left the republican/corp(se)oRATist party?


I also sent a reply to Sierra Rise:

One thing and everybody gets it wrong. It is not about Partisan Politics. It is about those in government that are working for the very wealthy and the major corp(se)oRATions. For all intents and purposes there is no republican party not State not Federal. And yes there are some in the democratic party as well. But the majority the leadership is very much in view as calling themselves republican. Hell their own past supporters are starting to leave the party in droves. So call em what they are and name names all of em starting on the republican/corp(se)oRATist side but also include the sell-out Democrats as well.

There are elections coming up lets get this thing right. Gov 4 the people not 4 the corp(se)oRATions.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

Senate Democrats will strip the Monsanto Protection Act out of the Agriculture Department funding bill this afternoon and send it back to the House.

Sign the petition to House Republicans: Stop the Monsanto Protection Act.

Today’s vote will put the Senate on a crash course with the House. Simply put, House Republicans are on the side of big agriculture corporations in this fight. We need to keep the pressure on them if we’re going to win.

John Boehner is about to concede defeat in his half-brained attempt to use the funding bill as a hostage to defund Obamacare—that makes the Monsanto Protection Act the real fight when the House and Senate try to iron out the difference in their two bills.

We need to keep the pressure on if we’re going to win.

Sign the petition to keep pressure on House Republicans.

Keep fighting, Chris Bowers Senior Campaign Director, Daily Kos

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

Does this still have to get by Boehner, and his cult of the selfish?

http://inthesetimes.com/article/15657/the_cult_of_the_selfish/

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

I am not sure about the food stamps - but yes ACA is still being opposed.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

Will he let the anti-Monsanto bill go through?

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

They would have to sneak it back in again. So my guess is that they will try to get it back in.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

Perhaps we could start a campaign to buy him lots of martinis?

That should give the bill a running start and the noise from the teabagge(R)s should keep him distracted.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

Hmmmm - pump distilled essence of THC into their chambers? Then provide em with pink slime burgers cholesterol artery clogging fries and a Koch.....um....coke loaded with high fructose corn syrup so that they keep on eating?

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

Whatever works.

The issue is very real.

For those that don't think it's Occupy issue.

http://www.occupy.com/article/anti-gmo-victory-senate-kill-monsanto-protection-act-amid-outrage

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

" Officially labeled the Farmer Assurance Provision " see how warm and fuzzy that sounds? F'n assholes.

" Anti-GMO Victory: Senate to Kill Monsanto Protection Act Amid Outrage " - See more at: http://www.occupy.com/article/anti-gmo-victory-senate-kill-monsanto-protection-act-amid-outrage#sthash.JHvftC8j.dpuf

And the people should be outraged about members of government trying to slide corp(se)oRAT protection into legislation.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

I'm not assured by any legislation that limits my ability and access to litigation.

In fact, as I've often stated to those calling for "tort reform".

YES! We need tort reform.

Increased access to the courts and NO limits to awards!

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

OSTA ( funny as it is - "One Subject At A Time" Legislation = OSAAT - HUH the second one almost goes to - O-Snap - well kinda sorta ). Really funny thing the last time it was brought up for action - this is gonna kill ya - a republican was signed on to introduce it. I KNOW how strange is that?

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

Strange, like he knew it wasn't going anywhere, so grab at a few more voters, strange?

Yeah......that kind of strange.

Ron Paul, did teach them a few tricks.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

Well Republican sponsored legislation ( unless it is snuck in ) - does seem to be the kiss of death - these days anyhow.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

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