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reclaim the commons arrests
From the open publishing newswire: Deeply concerned by the threat that biotechnology poses on our planet, a group of activists followed in the tradition of Gandhi and Martin Luther King by participating in nonviolent civil disobedience during the recent Reclaim the Commons mobilization in San Francisco. They were arrested for not leaving the street when ordered by police.
The San Francisco District Attorney, Kamala Harris, is prosecuting these activists far more harshly than is normal for San Francisco after having told the National Lawyers Guild that she would only prosecute vandalism and assaults in association with protests. They could face up to one year in jail and hundreds of dollars in fines, which could severely suppress the San Francisco protest climate, making others more afraid to stand up for what they believe in. The SFPD is pressuring Harris to be tougher after her brave decision not to seek the death penalty for a man found guilty of murdering a police officer, and it seems she is going after activists. [ learn how you can help ]
Protesting BIO 2004
From the open publishing newswire: On the morning of June 8th, I awoke from frightful visions of being surrounded by grotesquely mutated demons. Some were dressed in blue and others wore pinstriped jackets and neckties. The ones in pinstripe seemed to be in charge; they had monstrously bloated heads which vaguely resembled Dick Cheney's.
Bluish early morning light oozed in through the window and dispelled the images, but feelings of apprehension lingered on as I dragged myself out of bed, got dressed, found a bite to eat, and set out for San Francisco. That's where the BIO 2004 convention was taking place, and this was the day of our protest. I was determined to be extremely careful and not get arrested, clubbed, trampled by a horse, or any of the other unpleasant things that seem to happen these days to protesters at major conferences such as this one.
Despite my fears, I was glad to be demonstrating in San Francisco, which would at least be safer than Atlanta, where the G8 summit was being held. I'd read that the governor of Georgia was going to declare martial law in order to control protests in that area. The news was disturbing. We all live in the shadow of the Miami Model. I hoped the people in Georgia would be okay. [ Read more... ]
[ Biotech IMC ]
From the open publishing newswire: According to the film The Corporation, a corporation is simply a psychopath: Lying, harming others and not caring about it, unable to learn from mistakes, and more. Biotech croporations are just that: harming and threatening farmers around the world, destroying biodiversity - and yet they describe themselves as selling "Food, Health, Hope". ( interviews)
Some 17,000 people from biotech companies from about 60 countries are meeting behind closed doors to set up more contacts, to sell their ideas, to raise venture capitalism - and to convince journalists and the public that biotech is just great. To spin pro-biotech PR, corporate journalists were provided with story ideas already a week before the conference started, while Indymedia journalists were denied press credentials due to writing from an "activist point of view".
Reclaim the Commons
From the open publishing newswire: For updates from the streets, check [ Bay Area Indymedia | BREAKING NEWS FROM TODAY ] or [ Enemy Combatant Radio | TUNE IN NOW!!! | call 415-864-1006 to report live on ECR ] or [ Portland IMC Web Radio | TUNE IN NOW!!!]
For in-depth coverage and analysis, check [ Biotech IMC | Impressions from inside the BIO2004 Conference centre ]
Oaks and Wild Rice; NO GMO
From the open publishing newswire: When GMO corporate crops are pushed on people as the only solution to world hunger, we are neglecting the many wild food plants that can sustain people without continuing the cycle of corporate dependency started by spray herbicide/pesticides and continued into GMO patented crops. Wild native food plants can sustain people's health without corporate control. [ read the full article... ]
Reclaim the Commons
From the open publishing newswire: Thousands of activists and organizers around the Western US will converge on San Francisco from June 3-9 to shut down the corporate takeover of basic life needs. While Savannah, Georgia will be the focus of G8 protests on East Coast, the West Coast G8 demonstrations will target the biotech industry's largest meeting of lobbyists and executives happening concurrently in San Francisco. However, this mobilization is much bigger than biotech.
Organizers have put out a call to not only target the meetings, but to reclaim the city of San Francisco from the corporate oligarchs and return it to the people. They plan actions that will create free local food sources and community gathering spaces, as well as actions that will bring together groups working for global, environmental and racial justice. [ read the full article... ]
West Coast G8 Regional Mobilization in San Francisco Call to Action
From the open publishing newswire:
San Francisco, California : June 3 - June 10, 2004
Call for a West Coast mass mobilization and direct action from June 3rd-9th of 2004 in San Francisco in solidarity with the mobilization against the Group of Eight (G8) summit in Sea Island, Georgia:
This summer, June 8 - 10, the 8 leaders (plus the European Commission president) who represent the world's richest countries will meet at Sea Island, Georgia -- an exclusive resort in the middle of the ocean. We don't need to rub in the fact that this location was selected because it keeps away the one thing that always ruins the G8 meetings: people.
This year, a clear message needs to be sent to the G8. More than that, we in the United States urgently need to send a message of solidarity to everyone resisting the ruling class's adventures around the world. Part of the message is that moving summits to obscure locations will not stop us from using the occasion as a chance to be in the streets and show opposition to what the summit represents.
How biotech infiltrates schools
From the open publishing newswire: Biotech, bioweapons and pharmaceutical corporations are all in favor of less restriction on animal testing to experiment with their genetically engineered products. These same corporations will be in SF 4 the BIOtech 2004 conference June 3-9th, no doubt attempting to force their chemically altered products on animals and people..
Why are these corporations becoming so powerful, besides US gov subsidies?
Biotech scientific establishment has a hold on the youth from an early age, some of the intro biology textbooks published by Peter Raven may hold clues why biotech is accepted by so many people. The Raven biology textbook contains info on how to genetically engineer life forms by inserting a viral/bacterial plasmid into the DNA of another living organism. This presents the genetic engineering method as acceptable and students are encouraged to pursue research in that field. ("Biotech's where the money is" said my biology teacher at community college) Raven is also head of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, heavily subsidized by Monsanto. Raven called out to the scientific community to document all the living plant species on the plant and record their taxonomy info. This is a form of biopatenting, claiming intellectual property rights of the genetic sequence of plant DNA/RNA. Medicinal plants are sought after the most, pharmaceutical products come from derived plant chemical compounds. By claiming ownership of the plant's DNA, it becomes easier for the corporations to manipulate the molecular biochemistry of the plant itself... [ READ MORE... ]
Update from Genetic Engineering Action Network Conference
From the open publishing newswire: March 12th, 2004 marked the beginning of the GEAN (Genetic Engineering Action Network) conference in San Francisco, CA, USA. Events began with a public forum called "California at the Crossroads". A roundtable of speakers talked about current GMO issues from the struggles farmers are facing, activists passing legislation in Mendocino County, CA, USA and consumer issues from GE foods, mad cow and other safety and environmental concerns. [ AUDIO: GEAN Conference 03-12-2004 ]
The GEAN conference wrapped up today, Sunday 03-14-2004. Many exciting and informative discussions and workshops have taken place this weekend, here is more audio collected from the conference so that you can plug in to what is going in the fight against GE Food and other struggles against GMO's. You can stream the audio from PDX IMC Web Radio-below is a list of what is available: [ Opening Session 03-13-2004 | International Policy 03-13-2004 | Corporate Campaigning 03-13-2004 | Family Farmers 03-13-2004 | Latest Science and Statistics with Michael Hansen 03-13-2004 | International Policy 03-14-2004 | Interview with Group that steered the successful campaign against GMO's in Mendocino County, CA 03-14-2004 ]
AUDIO: GEAN Conference in San Francisco
From the open publishing newswire: Today, March 12th, 2004 marked the beginning of the GEAN (Genetic Engineering Action Network) conference in San Francisco. Events began with a public forum called "California at the Crossroads". A roundtable of speakers talked about current GMO issues from the struggles farmers are facing, activists passing legislation in Mendocino County, CA and consumer issues from GE foods, mad cow and other safety and environmental concerns. Here is a list of the speakers:
The full audio is available for streaming from PDX IMC Web Radio: GEAN Conference 03-12-2004
Day 2 and Day 3
The GEAN (Genetic Engineering Action Network) conference continues through today, Sunday 03-14-2004. Many exciting and informative discussions and workshops have taken place already this weekend and more scheduled the rest of this afternoon. Here is more audio collected from the conference so that you can plug in to what is going in the fight against GE Food and other struggles against GMO's. You can stream the audio from PDX IMC Web Radio-below is a list of what is available:
Attend the 2004 GEAN Conference!
From the open publishing newswire: NW Resistance Against Genetic Engineering (NW RAGE) invites you to the 2004 Genetic Engineering Action Network (GEAN) Conference to be held March 12-14 at the University of California at Berkeley. In our view, GE represents the most serious threat to our health, the health of the environment, and the safety of our food supply. Stop corporate takeover of our food! Representatives from NW RAGE will be attending the conference, and you are invited too! We are planning to fly down, but if enough people are interested, we can organize a car pool down to the conference. Call or email NW RAGE for more info. A limited number of scholarships are available from GEAN for folks who want to go but don't have the cash.
The 2004 GEAN Conference will include speakers Percy Schmeiser, a Canadian farmer whose Canola fields were contaminated with Monsanto's Round-Up Ready Canola, and is currently being sued by Monsanto for patent infringement; and Jeffrey Smith, the author of the recently published book, Seeds of Deception. The conference will feature workshops from over 30 issue experts and leaders from the movement; a public forum hosted by Californians for GE-Free Agriculture; activist skill-building workshops; information and strategy sessions (including strategies for Biodev 2004), and more.