GE - Seattle protest planned for Global Days of Action April 22

As you may be aware, the Campaign For Food Safety has called for Global Days
of Action against Genetic Engineering April 15-30, 1999.

In Seattle, we have decided to use EarthDay, April 22nd as our protest day.
We feel the media will be very responsive to covering a public protest that
day since they will be looking for news items about environmental issues.
We are planning to assemble in front of the Federal Building in downtown
Seattle with signs and literature to hand-out to the public. We plan to have
a few people dressed up as vegetables and fruits for visual effect. We will
also have drums and a megaphone. Naturally we will be carrying signs to get
our message out. The literature hand-outs will encourage people to write
their congressional representatives to pass legislation to label genetically
engineered foods.
I challenge and encourage all of you reading this e-mail to plan similar
public protests in your towns and cities. I suggest you also chose to use
April 22, EarthDay as the day of your protest. You are likely to get the
best media coverage that day.
By the first week in April, I will e-mail to this list samples of the
hand-out literature we will have developed for use in Seattle. I will also
include copies of the press release we will be sending out to the media to
announce our protest. You should be able to modify these items to use in
your area.
Last week I attended the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in
Eugene, Oregon. Over 3,000 people were in attendance. The panel discussion
on genetically engineered foods was in a room that was nearly full. One of
the panelist was an attorney from England named Vicky Phillips. When Vicky
began her presentation she said that she had a question from her activist
friends in England. She said they want to know "what the hell are you doing
in the United States to fight genetic engineering?" She went on to share all
the exciting successes they have had in the United Kingdom, including the
front page articles from their newspapers.
So, activists in the United States, let's show the British that we also know
a thing or two about protesting when our government is not listening to the
will of the public. Do you want genetically engineered foods labeled?
Really? Are you sure? Then let's not just talk about it. Let's see how many
people we can get out to public protests on EarthDay!!!

Craig Winters
6920 Roosevelt Way NE #250
Seattle, WA 98115
Tel: 425-775-7644
Fax: 425-776-3262
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