We’ve chosen to honor Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, the man who took on Monsanto and won, by organizing a massive campaign to get Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller out of U.S. schools.
Johnson, a former school groundskeeper who was required to spray Roundup on school properties, is terminally ill with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A jury in San Francisco recently decided that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weedkillers caused Johnson’s cancer. The jury also agreed that Monsanto knew Roundup was carcinogenic and that Monsanto acted with “malice and oppression” when it concealed that information from Johnson.
We can’t give Johnson his health back. But we can engage parents across the country in a campaign to get Roundup out of schools.
We’re already hard at work, behind the scenes, investigating the use of Roundup in U.S. school districts. As we obtain specific information, we’ll use it to reach PTA and other parent groups. We'll help parents pressure school boards to get not just Roundup, but all pesticides and other toxic chemicals out of schools.
But we need your help. First, please sign our petition to the National School Boards Association. Then please share the petition with friends and family members, and with any parent groups you know who might be able to send the petition via their online newsletters.
Second, please contact your school board. Find the phone number for your school board president. Then go to this online form. Use the form as a guide while you speak with someone on your school board. You can check off the answers to the questions provided, while you're on the phone.
Remember, we all support our local schools with our tax dollars—so you have the right to ask these questions even if you don't have a child in school right now.
Scientists confirm that children are more vulnerable to harm from pesticide exposure. Their bodies are less able to detoxify and expel harmful chemicals. They also interact differently with their environment, including learning by touch and hand-to-mouth behaviors.
Dewayne Johnson took on Monsanto and won. Let’s make that win mean something big.