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Support the California GMO Labeling Ballot Initiative

*California is poised to be the first state with mandatory GMO labeling laws through the 2012 California Ballot Initiative process.

*Polls show support to get this initiative on the ballot & voted in. Over 80% of those polled supported mandatory labeling.

*A win for the California Initiative would be a huge blow to biotech and a huge victory for food activists.

*Monsanto and their minions have billions invested in GMOs and they are willing to spend millions to defeat this initiative.

*California is the 8th largest economy in the world. Labeling laws in CA will effect packaging and ingredient decisions nation-wide.

*The bill has been carefully written to ensure that it will not increase costs to consumers or producers.

More here:

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Feb 13, 2012, 08:25 PM (1 replies)


Washington PostImmune Systems Increasingly on the Attack

Tuesday, March 4, 2008
...First, asthma cases shot up, along with hay fever and other common allergic reactions, such as eczema. Then, pediatricians started seeing more children with food allergies. Now, experts are increasingly convinced that a suspected jump in lupus, multiple sclerosis and other afflictions caused by misfiring immune systems is real.

Los Angeles Times4% of Children have Food Allergies

November 17, 2009
...The number of children who have food allergies is not only increasing, it now encompasses 4% of all kids in the United States, according to an analysis of four large, national surveys published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

The study -- the first to make a broad estimate about the prevalence of food allergies among U.S. children -- supports previous studies suggesting that allergy rates are rising rapidly, for reasons that are unclear.

Los Angeles Times - Chronic health conditions increasing in children, study finds

February 17, 2010
...More than a quarter of all U.S. children have a chronic health condition, new research suggests, a significant increase from the rate seen in earlier decades and a statistic that looms large for the nation's efforts to subdue rising healthcare costs....

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Feb 8, 2012, 12:13 PM (0 replies)

'A Ripple of Hope: When Courage and Conscience Collide' by Robyn O'Brien

Brilliant original version. Can it be reposted in full since it's been pulled?


A Ripple of Hope: When Courage and Conscience Collide

June 10, 2008
by Robyn O'Brien

I was raised on capitalism and the Wall Street Journal. As a child, my family celebrated the birth of Reaganomics the way one would have celebrated the birth of a child. There was prosperity to be had by all – if only we believed. My father, like so many of his era, fully supported deregulation and the notion of trickle down economics. If we loosen the regulatory purse strings that government tightly controls, we will all prosper. The system works.

In our house, the Reagans had an almost royal status – to watch them dance, with Nancy in her red dress, gave me the feeling, as a child, that I was watching some magnificent combination of Frank Sinatra and a foreign prince with his graceful companion on his arm.

I trusted my political values would serve me well – I was loyal, patriotic and supported the system.

And then one of my children got sick. With a blood condition that no one could pronounce and a pediatric mandate requiring immediate enrollment at a Children's Hospital. And I awoke.

Suddenly, everywhere I turned, there were sick children. Children with diabetes, children with cancer, children with obesity, children with asthma and children with allergies. What had happened?

As headlines in the paper warned me of environmental dangers, I began to pay attention. What was in the food? Wasn't organics a left-leaning thing? And what about the plastics and the baby bottles and the vaccines? Should I worry? Doesn't our system protect us from these dangers?

And without realizing it, an internal battle had silently begun.

I lay awake at night as I tried to reconcile the loyalty I had to my father with the loyalty I had to my children. Had a generation of grandfathers failed to recognize the health risks associated with capitalism's profits, unintentionally jeopardizing the well being of their grandchildren?

I had been raised to support the system, to believe in it, to never question it, and certainly to never speak out. Activism was something that "radicals" did, certainly not conservative soccer moms.

But I couldn't shake the internal dialogue. And armed with an MBA in finance and my four children, I began to investigate the expanding role that corporations had taken in the system in which I was raised to believe. And I was stunned.

There were insecticidal toxins engineered into crops to increase profitability for the world's largest agrichemical corporation – a company whose former employees included Donald Rumsfeld and Clarence Thomas. There were petroleum based chemicals in my children's toys and shampoos that were a product of an oil corporation that had recruited me in business school. How had this happened? Had we forsaken our physical health for financial wealth?

As I struggled with the responsibility that I felt for betraying my own children, I realized that it was now my responsibility to act. But the internal battle raged on – as the call from my conscience collided with the familiar comfort of conformity – and I was paralyzed.

But with sick children, paralysis was not an option.

I realized that I had to find the courage, on behalf of my children and others, to speak out against the very system in which I was raised.

And I reluctantly stepped forward.

With the words of another crusader in hand, I found my voice:
"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls." (Robert F. Kennedy).
It is with that hope, and holding the hands of my four children, that I took a stand.

Our world is changing. Our children's voices are not being heard; there is no "show of hands" to gauge their reactions to the impact that our environment is having on them.

It is our turn to engage, to help our fathers recreate the world that their grandchildren deserve. We must not be daunted by the enormity of the task at hand, nor fear political "activism". For the sake of our children, it is our political responsibility.

If you take just one step forward, it might send forth that tiny ripple of hope that will touch your daughter's life years later or your son's health in ways you might never foresee.

If we dare to dream that it is possible to affect this change for our children, we will be inspired by hope and find the courage and capacity to act. Together.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Feb 7, 2012, 11:57 AM (0 replies)

Dr. Vandana Shiva was a keynote speaker at the 'GMO Right2Know March' last October.

More here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=439x1949482

EXCELLENT videos (Oz, O'Brien, Bogusky) and links to articles. MUST SHARE!
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Feb 7, 2012, 11:51 AM (1 replies)

Farmers vs. Monsanto

EMAIL FROM: "Food Democracy Now! Team"

We need your help today. Farmers need your help.

On Monday we sent out an urgent petition to Stand With Farmers as they seek their day in court for a groundbreaking lawsuit that will protect them from Monsanto’s abusive lawsuits for alleged patent infringement.

Already more than 24,367 people have signed it, but it’s not enough. We need to let more people know about the threat that farmers are facing in America and it’s up to you.

Help us reach 40,000 signatures in the next 3 days so that family farmers know that the American people stand behind them.

Sign our petition and we will deliver your signatures to farmers attending the OSGATA et al vs. Monsanto lawsuit on January 31st in New York City.

In what can only be described to be another example of Agribusiness and Government interference in the lives of America’s family farmers, if Monsanto’s genetically modified (GMO) crops contaminate an organic or conventional farmer’s fields and that farmer saves and replants their own seed, under current U.S. law, the farmer can be sued by Monsanto for patent infringement.

Does this even sound like it could happen in America?

In fact, between 1997 and 2010, 144 farmers have already been sued by Monsanto and another 700 have settled out of court for undisclosed sums. Many times these abusive lawsuits force farmers into bankruptcy and off the land. We can’t allow that to continue to happen.

This is appalling. But it only happened because of the powerful collusion between corporate agribusiness and elected officials who have turned our regulatory agencies into revolving doors between Monsanto’s executives and other corporate officials.

Unfortunately, this collusion has left U.S. farmers trapped in an Orwellian Catch 22. If their neighbor plants a field next to theirs that contains GMOs and the pollen containing Monsanto's patented genes engineered in a lab blows across the fence onto their land and contaminates their crops, then they can not only be sued by Monsanto, but also lose their farm if they can’t afford the court costs. Sadly most can’t afford the fight. And Monsanto knows this.

Help put an end to the fear and intimidation that Monsanto’s abusive lawsuits have spread in rural America.

On January 31, family farmers will finally have their day in court as a federal district court judge has agreed to hear oral arguments on a case challenging Monsanto's agressive patent infringement lawsuits against farmers. As a plaintiff in the lawsuit, Food Democracy Now! will be there and want to make sure that America's farmers know that citizens everywhere stand with them.

Thank you for participating in food democracy,

Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team

P.S. For those who are interested or able, Food Democracy Now! and our fellow plaintiffs invite you to take part in a Citizen’s Assembly of Support for Family Farmers vs. Monsanto outside the court in an effort to stand up for America’s farmers at this crucial moment in their quest for justice. Click here to RSVP and learn more about how to participate outside the courtroom.

Further information:

1."Monsanto Seed Patents", Public Patent Foundation


2. "Judge to consider oral arguments in lawsuit against Monsanto", Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA), December 29, 2011.


EMAIL FROM: "Food Democracy Now! Team"

On January 31, family farmers will take part in the first phase of a court case filed to protect farmers from genetic trespass by Monsanto’s GMO seed, which contaminates organic and non-GMO farmer’s crops and opens them up to abusive lawsuits. In the past two decades, Monsanto’s seed monopoly has grown so powerful that they control the genetics of nearly 90% of five major commodity crops including corn, soybeans, cotton, canola and sugar beets.

In many cases farmers are forced to stop growing certain organic and conventional crops to avoid genetic contamination and potential lawsuits. Between 1997 and 2010, Monsanto admits to filing 144 lawsuits against America’s farmers, while settling another 700 out of court for undisclosed amounts. Due to these aggressive lawsuits, Monsanto has created an atmosphere of fear in rural America and driven dozens of farmers into bankruptcy.

Farmers need your voice today. Please spread the word.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jan 19, 2012, 02:24 AM (2 replies)

Have you seen the great work by http://protect.org/


The Politics of Child Protection Led by a Motley Pirate Ship of Pissed Off People

Posted: 12/27/11 03:41 PM ET by Trish Kinney

To understand the mission set forth in the website http://protect.org/ one need only spend an hour or so with Grier Weeks, Executive Director of the National Association to Protect Children. Ask him how we got where he is and he will tell you that after 20 years of working on political campaigns, he became increasingly upset with every election cycle that no one seemed to care about fighting for kids. He reviewed a national manual on registered Political Action Committees, as thick as the New York yellow pages, and not one involved the protection of children. Weeks has no personal experience with the work to which he now devotes his life, but he once began making a list of family members and friends whose lives had been impacted by abuse. When the list got too long, he quit counting. His anger continued to simmer.

In 2001 Weeks met Andrew Vachss, a well credentialed attorney/author with a specialty in child protection. Vachss commented that if we had an NRA for kids, everything would change. And Protect was born. Organized as a 501©4, a non-profit single-issue social welfare organization, Protect works hand in hand with the National Association to Protect Children, a 501©3 charitable organization. Their mutual mainstream bi-partisan agenda is reflected in their common website, protect.org. Weeks has equal disdain for Republicans and Democrats who flat out refuse to stand up for kids waiting to be rescued from abuse, violence, and sex trafficking. He is fond of saying that when the house is burning down, you don't stop at the gate and interview the firefighters about their position on the issues, you put the fire out. He just wants politicians to take action.

Protect meets with elected officials to show them absolute proof of the horrific things taking place in their own districts. Promising to make them the conquering hero for interrupting these terrible crimes in progress, they still walk away. He continues to ask the smartest people he knows how this can be but so far has no answers he can accept. There are so many victims now that child abuse is no longer an aberration, it is the norm. Why aren't we all outraged? If law enforcement technology can tell us where these diabolical perpetrators are, why aren't we rushing out to get them? Weeks just can't make his peace with this shocking, even catastrophic social injustice.

Liberals who profess to be advocates for human rights and domestic violence are "criminally silent on this issue, almost complicit," says Weeks. "They are hopelessly conflicted as to issues that should be black and white." When confronted with child pornography on the internet and video, talk turns to first amendment rights and the sanctity of the internet. Child trafficking that takes place in Nepal or Thailand is a clear evil to them. But when a child is trafficked in Kansas or Chicago, they stay silent. It is "unforgiveable, despicable" and forces the conclusion that liberals cannot be taken seriously on anything they have to say on human rights. Weeks is "enormously frustrated."

More at link.


Abuse images database bigger scandal for state

By Grier Weeks
Posted: 12:01am on Dec 11, 2011

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jan 12, 2012, 10:31 PM (0 replies)

Please see post #114, thanks. Now if you'd posted about this upcoming DVD release, no argument.

DVD: http://video.barnesandnoble.com/DVD/The-Whistleblower/Rachel-Weisz/e/24543780502
BOOK (hardcover currently $4): http://www.amazon.com/Whistleblower-Trafficking-Military-Contractors-Justice/dp/0230108024/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1326057550&sr=8-5

The following article is the cover story of the most recent Columbia magazine "sent free of charge to all alumni of Columbia University in the U.S. and abroad, as well as to faculty, staff, and friends." Good news - presumably included are both the highest ranking Columbia College graduate in government and daughter of the current Secretary of State.

EXCERPT: "I had a diverse background in finance and economics and literature, and eventually law as well, and I thought, let me take a plunge and see what I come up with," Kara says. "I knew that in essence these were economic crimes."


COVER STORY: The Long Night

Tackling the scourge of sex trafficking, from the big screen to the big street

by Paul Hond
Published Fall 2011

With her debut feature, The Whistleblower, director Larysa Kondracki '01GS has sparked a worldwide discussion on human trafficking.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jan 9, 2012, 03:39 PM (2 replies)

"Take off yr bedroom slippers, put on yr marching shoes," spoken to Congressional Black Caucus.

Why say that? That puts responsibility on us beyond voting to provide relatively leaderless leverage to give cover to policy change. The complaining assumes he WON'T do xyz, what if he CAN'T without a major assist from the public? Has that been tried already and failed? Nope, not yet. This thread pile on is BS.

Google search for: obama put on your boots
Echoes of #OWS: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/07/full-text-barack-obama-speech
Eat, drink, human rights: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jan/23/opinion/la-oe-roth-china-human-rights-20110123
Oval office rug: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/03/AR2010090305100.html
Google search for: obama romero visit

These stories don't fit the Bingo board meme which I personally regard as learned helplessness "victim-speak." Think inspiring Howard Zinn book covers/titles instead. Until Zinn's approaches (THE PEOPLE SPEAK) fail with the explicit involvement of the administration (never happen IMO), the Bingo board joke is self-defeating, counterproductive and promotes self-victimization.


WE are the ones we've been waiting for. Straight up, there it is. What's so difficult about that?

Worth a try.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jan 2, 2012, 10:50 AM (0 replies)
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