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America Rising Up - We Have the Right2Know
#292, September 1, 2011
In this issue:
Quote of the Week
Three Things That Must Happen for Us to Rise Up and
Defeat the Corporatocracy
"The lesson from the 2011 Arab spring in and other periods of history is that tyrannical and dehumanizing institutions are often more fragile than they appear, and with time, luck, morale, and our ability to seize the moment, damn near anything is possible. We never really know until it happens whether or not we are living in that time when historical variables are creating opportunities for seemingly impossible change. Thus, we must prepare ourselves by battling each day in all our activities to regain individual self-respect, collective self-confidence, determination, courage, and solidarity."
- Bruce E. Levine, "Three Things That Must Happen for Us to Rise Up and Defeat
the Corporatocracy," August 26, 2011
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Stop Monsanto and Move the Organic Revolution Forward
For 13 years, OCA has been "growing the revolution" - fighting against genetically engineered foods, preserving strict organic standards, expanding the organic market, and spreading the good news that organic agriculture can sustainably feed the world while reversing global warming. The time is right to step up our efforts and move the Organic Revolution forward, but OCA needs your financial support to do so.
Millions Against Monsanto!
We Have the Right2Know About GMOs!
Get Involved in World Food Day Rallies, Marches, Recruiting Drives, Film Screenings, Potlucks and House Parties
This World Food Day, October 16, 2011, is going to be the largest day of action for labels on genetically engineered food in U.S. history.
All around the country, local Millions Against Monsanto chapters are planning Right2Know rallies, marches, recruiting drives, film screenings, potlucks and house parties.
Learn more about Millions Against Monsanto's plans for World Food Day
With your help and participation, there will be hundreds of events across the USA.
A taste of what's cooking for World Food Day around the country
OCA's Fair World Project Launches Be Fair Campaign
Make your voice heard: Tell brands to "Be Fair!"
Join the Fair World Project's Be Fair campaign and call upon major brands and companies in the marketplace to "Be Fair" and source Fair Trade ingredients and products. Help us educate the marketplace about Fair Trade and key Fair Trade certifiers and standards.
The Fair World Project's Be Fair Campaign aims to activate and empower consumers to encourage conventional brands and corporations to source Fair Trade ingredients and products. The Be Fair Campaign will educate conventional brands and corporations about Fair Trade standards and certification options.
Beyond sourcing token Fair Trade ingredients, Be Fair urges conventional brands:
To make long-term commitments to producer groups.
To steadily increase the percentage of Fair Trade ingredients in their product line.
To accurately communicate the benefits of Fair Trade to their consumers.
Find the Be Fair Campaign on Twitter and Facebook
Read more and take action
Book of the Week
Work: Capitalism, Economics, Resistance
"Corporations can now patent genetically engineered organisms and the use of genetic information. Our own biology has become territory to exploit -- offering a new vista for accumulation when nearly everything we once held in common has been privatized.
"Without the imperatives of capitalism, would we have invented terminator seeds or other forms of planned obsolescence? Would we focus more resources on producing technologies that cause cancer than on finding ways to cure it? Without these imperatives, what else might we create?"
"As capitalism extends further into every aspect of our lives, health is increasingly determined by the distribution of capital, and not only as a result of hospital bills. Until a few generations ago, all food was organic; now this is an additional selling point, and an expensive one. Health food co-ops in wealthy suburbs offer the latest fads in nutrition while other neighborhoods don't have grocery stores, only corner stores. This mirrors the production process, in which migrant workers are exposed to pesticides while their bosses sit in orthopedic chairs."
- Excerpts from the book Work: Capitalism, Economics, Resistance by the CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective
David Bronner: Labeling is the Only Way to Win
US Wheat Industry Pushing GM Wheat
India to Prosecute Monsanto for Biopiracy over GM Eggplant
Can Communities Reclaim the Right to Say "No" to Corporations?
Nestle Wants You to be Scared of Organic Food
Join the OCA-Endorsed National Buying Club for Organic and Non-GMO Foods: The Green Polka Dot Box
OCA is happy to announce the formation of a new national distribution service for home delivery of organic and non-GMO foods, at 30-50% below the cost of retail, with free shipping on orders of $150 or more. The new national distribution club is called the Green Polka Dot Box (GPDB).
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