Stand Up for the OCA
#236, August 5, 2010
Edited by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins
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An Urgent Message from Ronnie Cummins
I'm writing you today because this is the first time in 12 years that the Organic Consumers Association has faced such a serious financial crisis. The situation in the U.S. and the world today obviously requires us to step up our efforts to spread the organic revolution, to fight Monsanto, and to reverse global warming before it's too late, but unfortunately we don't have the financial means to do so. Strategic staff and campaign efforts are in jeopardy.
We're getting more new network members, petition signers, and online donors everyday. Our web traffic, newsletter subscribers, media exposure, Twitter activity, Facebook friends, and marketplace pressure are expanding, but the average donation from our network members has fallen from $40 to $20 over the past two years. This means we need twice as many donors as we've ever had before. The unfortunate bottom line is that many of the nation's most conscious and committed organic consumers, those who support the OCA, are struggling financially.
The good news is that our organic food and farming revolution is growing every day. OCA and our allies have managed to beat back most of corporate agribusiness's attempts to degrade organic standards. Over 100,000 people have joined our Millions Against Monsanto Campaign. Consciousness is rising, but meanwhile our public health, political, and climate crisis is metastasizing into a full-blown disaster. While the oil companies, Wall Street, corporate agribusiness, and the military industrial complex still call the shots in Washington, Monsanto and Food Inc. are increasing their stranglehold over the future of food and farming, apparently hell-bent on dragging us, along with the planet's life support systems, over the cliff with them.
We need to raise $50,000 or more in the next few weeks. Last week, in response to our emergency appeal for funds, Organic Bytes readers stood up in support of OCA's mission as never before, but we're not out of the woods yet. This week, a longtime supporter in Maryland has agreed to match or double up to $10,000 in donations. So please stand up for the OCA. Click here to make your donation.
Regards and Solidarity,
Co-Founder and National Director Organic Consumers Association
P.S. Donating isn't the only way you can help.
If you've already given as much as you can, please try using Facebook's Causes application to invite your friends to join and donate to the Organic Consumers Association's Facebook Cause, Stop Monsanto.
There are lots of ways to raise money on Causes:
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You can build Organic Consumers Association's network of activists and supporters by making a commitment to use e-mail, blogs and social networking sites to spread OCA's life-affirming message that organic farming can solve the global food, health, and climate crisis!
Read on to learn more about how you can strengthen OCA's Millions Against Monsanto campaign.
Millions Against Monsanto
Challenging the Biotech Bullying of the Infamous Chemical Company
Only 26% percent of US consumers are aware that most of the non-organic processed food in the nation is contaminated with gene-spliced DNA, bacteria, and viruses - ingredients derived from Monsanto's genetically engineered crops or from animals given genetically engineered growth hormones, vaccines or feed.
The aim of the Organic Consumers Association's Millions Against Monsanto campaign is to make US consumers aware that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are hazardous, untested, and unlabeled, and that the chemical fertilizers and pesticides applied to GMO crops are damaging the environment, polluting our water and food, and releasing dangerous greenhouse gases. The U.S. government has never tested genetically engineered foods to find out whether they are safe for human consumption. Consumers need to know that many scientists are now warning that these foods are damaging the vital organs and fertility of animals, and therefore obviously poisoning humans as well. Monsanto and the food industry have up until now blocked all U.S. legislation to label GMO-tainted foods, because they know that most consumers, if given the choice (as in the EU, where labels are required), would not consume them.
Stand up for the OCA. Stand up against Monsanto.
Millions Against Monsanto Headquarters
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How to Spread the Word
While you're at Millions Against Monsanto Headquarters:
* Join the 39,000 people who like the Millions Against Monsanto Facebook page.
* Click the Share button to tell your friends about Millions Against Monsanto via Twitter, Email, Delicious and Digg.
Take Action on Current Alerts & Tell a Friend
If you haven't already, take action on the Millions Against Monsanto campaign's current alerts. Then, ask your friends to do the same.
Each of our alerts has a button at the top that allows you to share them through Facebook, Twitter and 300 other AddThis devices. There's also a Tell-a-Friend button at the bottom that allows you to send the alert via e-mail.
Look at the Millions Against Monsanto page's current alerts.
Read the Blog
OCA Director Ronnie Cummins has a popular blog! Read on Huffington Post, DailyKos, Firedog Lake, Common Dreams and CounterPunch. Turn your friends on to the Millions Against Monsanto campaign by reading, commenting on and distributing these recent posts:
Top 10 Reasons to Label Genetically Engineered Foods (Slideshow)
Monsanto's Permit to Poison Us
Monsanto, Dupont & Obama
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- Learn more about OCA related action alerts and other news in [[State]] here.
- Join [[State]] discussion groups in our forum.
- Post events in [[State]] on our community calendar.
OCA Needs Your Help to Fight Monsanto and Spread the Organic Revolution
OCA and our growing network of organic consumers and farmers understand that we have a positive life-affirming solution for the global food, health, and climate crisis: organic food, farming, and ranching. But to fight Monsanto and Big Food and get out our all-important message we need your support. Please send us a tax-deductible donation today and we'll send you a free "Millions Against Monsanto" bumper sticker so you can help spread the word in your community. Please be sure to put 'sticker' in the comments field of your donation.
Pictured are OCA warriors Honor and Lindsay wearing our new Millions Against Monsanto t-shirts, 100% organic and fair trade. This week any donation $100 and over will get a free t-shirt. Please specify your interest and size in the comments field. Help OCA and spread the word about the Millions Against Monsanto Campaign!
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