Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A 2013 First Integrated Dance: Compassion & Community

I wonder sometimes how selfish, arrogant, and uncaring we must look to those who wish to enslave us.  We probably seem a lot like them in our cold-blooded approach to one another as if we're not even humans.   We don't slow down to a safe stop to let a waiting car into our lane even though we have a red light, we use skin color as a gauge to sort people into catagories, we do strange things to our bodies through foods, or lack of, and under the knife to cut and tuck parts of ourselves that we deem wrong.

My daughter's school is performing "Hairspray" for their spring musical this year.  These kids naively think that segregated dances are a thing of the past, most likely because they have "history" books telling them how things were and are rather than investigating for themselves.   Whether driving in our cars, looking at another, or looking at ourselves in a mirror, it's time to practice compassion and community thinking.  It's time to not only seem like we stand together, we need to stand together right now.

The following is from:

"Wilcox County Students Hold School's First Integrated Prom
PHOTO: Teens in Wilcox County come together to hold a dance that's open to all.

For any teenager, prom is a monumental night, but for students at a Georgia high school, it has been more than 40 years in the making.
For the first time ever, students at Wilcox County High School, in Rochelle, Ga. danced together at a prom that wasn't segregated.
For decades, the school board has avoided officially endorsing prom festivities, instead relying on parents to host and control invitations leading to year after year of two dances - one for white students, and one for the black students.
Students have lobbied over the years to end the practice. This year, a group of Wilcox County seniors decided to take matters into their own hands.

The four girls, two black and two white, created a Facebook page asking for support and donations to fund an independent bash open to all.
"We were doing that so we could get the word out, so that some people would be able to donate and help us out with what we were doing," said senior Mareshia Rucker.
On Saturday night, nearly half of the school's student body came out to the event.
"Hopefully when everything is said and done, people in our county will really realize, that there is no sense in the way things are right now," Rucker told ABC News affiliate WGXA.
Despite this year's groundbreaking integrated dance, once again this year there was a segregated prom attended only by white students.
It wasn't an officially sanctioned event, but a private one organized by white parents."

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Boston Marathon Bomber's BLACK Backpack

Here's food for thought only.  Personally, I hope you're not following any mainstream media on this subject, as like usual, they're mostlikely full of it.  I had never seen this picture of the 19-year-old until a friend e-mailed this link to me.  But, I do remember hearing the official line about a black backpack having held the bombs.

Anyone who is willing to look for the hidden story behind any staged event is worthy of our time. Please check out his research, especially if you're one who still believes everything that is spoon fed to you. Awareness is our first defence. Please question everything. Set up a filter. Don't just mindlessly accept accept accept. For as long as we fall for all these staged events and continue to react to them, they'll keep doing it. You may be their next victim. You may be their next fall guy. Either way, you're just a pawn in their stupid game. Filter, filter filter. Question, question, question. See the strings and the show is over!
The following is from

Wilde shows two other guys with backpacks at the marathon that day.

He shows this blown up backpack.

At least one of the two patsys was not wearing a black backpack.  The story I heard long ago was that the bombs were in black backpacks.

This picture does seem photoshopped.  Why photoshop this picture if he's naturally guilty?  But this guy was wearing his light colored backpack over his right shoulder.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Buy in Support of GMO's labeling

Although I highly doubt that Prop 37 really lost, we still need to support businesses that take the time and expence to inform us that their products do not contain DNA-altering, good bacteria-altering GMO's.  I have refused to buy one beverage that I formally loved and anything from one popular non-meat burger business that I used to like.  Please read this information from Organic Bytes.

"TAKE ACTION: Boycott the Traitor Brands!

They sat idly by while their parent companies poured millions into defeating Proposition 37, the California Right to Know GMO Labeling initiative. Now, if they want our business, it’s time for the “Traitor Brands” to pony up financial support for I-522, a similar labeling initiative that will be on the ballot in November, in Washington State.

Thanks to all of you who boycotted the brands, wrote to the companies, and caused a ruckus on their Facebook pages, Big Food has taken note. Rumor has it that the parent companies, including Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Unilver, General Mills and others, have broken off from Monsanto and won’t be dumping their profits into trying to defeat any more labeling initiatives. That’s progress, but it’s not enough. If brands like Naked Juice, Odwalla, Kashi, Knudsen, Ben & Jerry’s and others want us back, they need to show us the money. Starting in Washington State. Today. Until they do, let’s keep the pressure on!

TAKE ACTION: Boycott the Traitor Brands!

Download your wallet-sized boycott guide (PDF)Download a poster-sized boycott guide (PDF)Sign the boycott pledgeOrder printed copies of the boycott guide or poster"

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Consumers Fund on GMO's & Monsanto's Fear

"The other thing

Monsanto doesn’t

want you to


We all know that Monsanto doesn’t want you to know which foods contain genetically modified ingredients (almost 80 percent of all processed foods), and which don’t.
We also know that Monsanto doesn’t want us to know how genetically modified organisms (GMOs) affect our health, which is why the company refuses to allow independent testing of its GMOs (under pretense of protecting its patented technologies).
And clearly, Monsanto doesn’t want you to know that labeling GMOs won’t increase food costs (it hasn’t in all the other countries where GMO labeling is mandatory by law). Or that it won’t provoke an avalanche of lawsuits against food retailers (that wouldn’t be the case under any of the proposed state GMO labeling laws).
But here’s something else Monsanto doesn’t want you to know: that if we win even one state labeling law, we will deal a near-fatal blow to the biotech industry’s multi-billion dollar foundation of lies, greed and destruction.
In November, voters in Washington State will decide on I-522, a citizens’ ballot initiative to label GMOs. The OCA has pledged $500,000 to the I-522 campaign. If we raise half of that - $250,000 – by April 1, a generous donor will match those funds so we can fulfill our pledge.
So far, we’ve raised about $127,000. That means we have to raise $123,000 between now and Monday of next week. Can you help us reach our goal by April 1 with a donation today? You can donate online with a credit card or Paypal. Or you can mail a check. Or phone in your donation.
You’ve been down this road with us before. You fought with us, you raised money with us, to pass a similar initiative, Proposition 37, in California last year. When we lost by a mere 3 percentage points (48.5% to 51.5%), you mourned the loss with us. But you also celebrated the fact that we’d mobilized more than 6 million voters in California, that we’d made “GMO” a household name, and that we’d turned the issue of GMOs in our food into a mainstream public health issue.
A lot has happened since Nov. 7, 2012. Thanks to consumers like you who hammered the food companies that poured millions into defeating Prop 37, those companies have split from the biotech industry and are likely to sit out the battle over I-522. Thanks to your overwhelming support for Prop 37, more than 30 other states are working together on model language for statewide GMO labeling laws. And thanks to your criticism of Whole Foods for its failure to lend any meaningful support to Prop 37, the nation’s largest organic food retailer recently announced that it will voluntarily label GMOs in its stores in the U.S. and Canada.
But we still need a win. We still need a state labeling law. And I-522 is our next best opportunity.
Just as with California, a GMO labeling law in Washington State will force food companies to label nationally. And while a federal labeling law would likely be written by lobbyists to favor Big Food and Big Biotech, I-522 has been written with consumers’ best interests as top priority.
The money you contributed to Prop 37 created huge forward momentum for the GMO labeling movement. It had an impact that still reverberates today. If we stop fighting now, we throw away our investment. Your investment.
It’s not often that someone comes along and offers a $250,000 matching gift. Please help us take advantage of this generous gift and, more importantly, show Monsanto and the biotech industry that we are strong. We are determined. We will not give up this fight.
Between today and April 1, your donation will be worth twice as much, as long as we reach our goal of $250,000. Every cent we raise will go directly to support the I-522 campaign. Please help us keep this fight alive with your donation today.
You are the GMO labeling movement. And we are grateful for your passion, your energy, your commitment and your generosity.
In solidarity,

Ronnie Cummins
National Director, Organic Consumers Association and Organic Consumers Fund

P.S. Prop 37 would never have had the impact it had, without your support. Our $1.5 million donation to the campaign came from individual donations, from people like you. If you still believe in this fight, please donate today. Help us show Monsanto that we intend to win the GMO labeling battle!"

From an e-mail I received asking us to post this.




Tuesday, April 2, 2013

OBAMA signs H.R. 993 into Law
The following is brought to you by the Democracy Food Now! Team on March 27, 2013.
"It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we regret to inform you that late last night President Barack Obama signed H.R. 993, which contained
the Monsanto Protection Act into law. This is an outrage that will not go unanswered.

While we are still waiting to hear from the administration all the final details, we understand at this time that Section 735, the Monsanto biotech rider is intact.
President Obama knowingly signed the Monsanto Protection Act over the insistence of more than 250,000 Americans who signed an urgent letter asking that he use his executive authority to veto H.R. 933 and send it back to Congress to remove the Monsanto Protection Act from the bill. Regretfully, President Obama failed to live up to his oath to protect the American people and our constitution.
Today we’re calling on President Obama to issue an executive order to call for the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Now that Congress has passed and President Obama has signed into law, the Monsanto Protection Act, Food Democracy Now! urgently requests that the President issue an executive order to support the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.
We want to thank everyone who made tens of thousands of calls to Congress and the White House and we understand that people are upset, but now is not the time to be quiet!
If leadership in Washington DC can betray the public behind closed doors, it’s time that the American public gain the right to transparency about what they are eating and the food they’re feeding their families every day.
Not only is GMO labeling a reasonable and common sense solution to the continued controversy that corporations like Monsanto, DuPont and Dow Chemical have created by subverting our basic democratic rights, but it is a basic right that citizens in 62 other countries around the world already enjoy, including Europe, Russia, China, India, South Africa and Saudi Arabia.
In addition, mandatory labeling of GMO foods is something that President Obama promised while on the campaign trail in 2007 to Iowa farmers when he said on November 10, 2007 in Des Moines: 'Here’s what I’ll do as president... we’ll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified because Americans should know what they’re buying'.
It’s time that President Obama hold true to his campaign promise to Iowa farmers and the American people by issuing an executive order to label GMOs in our food products immediately. The American people need real leadership in Washington DC, not more backroom deals by corporate lobbyists that subvert our democracy.
We recognize that this is a time of great sadness for millions of Americans, but now is not the time to sit back and do nothing. We must act collectively to demand openness and transparency, not only in our government, but also in our food supply. It’s time that President Obama stand up for the American people and immediately issue a signing statement calling for the mandatory labeling of GMOs.
The passage of the Monsanto Protection Act is another sign of how out of touch Congress and the White House are with the sentiment of the America public. The insertion of the biotech rider in a backroom deal with corporate lobbyists and Senate leaders is a new low. Since losing a court case in 2010 to Center for Food Safety for the unlawful planting of GMO sugar beets, Monsanto and other biotech companies have been desperate to find a way around court mandated environmental impact statements required as a result of a U.S. district court’s ruling.
There is a fierce urgency in the fight over the Monsanto Protection Act for family farmers and food activists across the country as 13 new genetically engineered crops await approval at the USDA and AquaBounty's GMO salmon could be approved in the FDA next month. The passage of this rider in an unrelated budget spending bill could open the floodgates for these new approvals, even if the budget agreement only last for the next six months.
Any new approvals could threaten the livelihoods of America’s farmers, as the approval of even a single one of these untested crops can lead to widespread contamination of farmers’ crops, bringing economic harm to farmers and contamination to our seed supply.
For the past year, family farm advocates and legal experts have fought to stop the Monsanto Protection Act, another special interest corporate giveaway that fundamentally undermines the federal courts’ ability to protect family farmers and the environment from potentially hazardous genetically engineered (GMO) crops that have not been proven safe.
We recognize that there are narrow-minded people out there who do not think that a 6-month provision that subverts our Constitution and judicial authority for another corporate handout to Monsanto is worth shutting down the federal government, but here at Food Democracy Now! we disagree.
We are greatly encouraged by the quarter million American people who have signed this letter and the tens of thousands of phone calls to Congress and the White House to demand that our basic rights are upheld by our elected officials, particularly our President. This is a sign of how urgent citizen participation is to maintaining a democracy.
Washington has failed us. It is clearer now than ever that "we are the ones that we’ve been waiting for"!
Thanks for participating in food democracy,
Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team
1. "Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act Into Law: Statement by the Press Secretary on the H.R. 933 On Tuesday, March 26, 2013, the President signed into law"
2. "H.R. 933: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013", passed Congress March 22, 2013 containing Section 735, Monsanto Protection Act.
Monsanto Protection Act language, Now Officially U.S. Law!
Sec. 735. In the event that a determination of non-regulated status made pursuant to section 411 of the Plant Protection Act is or has been invalidated or vacated, the Secretary of Agriculture shall, notwithstanding any other provision of law, upon request by a farmer, grower, farm operator, or producer, immediately grant temporary permit(s) or temporary deregulation in part, subject to necessary and appropriate conditions consistent with section 411(a) or 412(c) of the Plant Protection Act, which interim conditions shall authorize the movement, introduction, continued cultivation, commercialization and other specifically enumerated activities and requirements, including measures designed to mitigate or minimize potential adverse environmental effects, if any, relevant to the Secretary’s evaluation of the petition for non-regulated status, while ensuring that growers or other users are able to move, plant, cultivate, introduce into commerce and carry out other authorized activities in a timely manner: Provided, That all such conditions shall be applicable only for the interim period necessary for the Secretary to complete any required analyses or consultations related to the petition for non-regulated status: Provided further, That nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting the Secretary’s authority under section 411, 412 and 414 of the Plant Protection Act.
3. “H.R. 933: Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year ... (Concurring in the Senate Amendment)”, which contains Section 735, the Monsanto Protection Act passes Congress 318-109."