Mobilizing for Success in the November Election
California Cluster August 18 Focus on Ballot Props and Yes on Prop 37—Right to Know: Label Genetically Engineered Foods
By Ellen Schwartz, Sacramento Branch and Nancy Price, Earth Democracy Committee
WILPF California Cluster Meeting
Saturday, August 18, 9:30am-3:30pm
Southside Park Co-Housing Common House, 434 T Street, Sacramento
Vegan lunch, suggested donation sliding scale $8-$12
Please let us know by August 13 how many people will be coming, your branch (if in a branch). For questions, contact: Ellen Schwartz, 916-369-5510 or cell: 916-835-4330 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“WILPF – CA VOTE”: a new statewide WILPF committee to promote legislation and ballot measures, within the constraints of our 501(c)4 status. Acting together will maximize our effectiveness and enhance our image, helping to attract members, and providing a means for at-large members to become involved.
WILPF National Director of Operations Ria Kulenovic will be joining us, as will National Board Members Darien De Lu, Joan Bazar and Ellen Schwartz, and JAPA Co-President Sandy Silver. We will hear the latest from national WILPF and you will have a chance to discuss your concerns.
The Earth Democracy and Corporations v. Democracy Leadership Teams urge you to join the California Proposition 37 Right to Know: Label Genetically Engineered Foods Campaign. The corporate person has no right to deny our “Right to Know.” A victory in California would be a huge blow to the biotech industry. Make it Happen—Join the Millions Against Monsanto and get out the vote on November 6th.
Read Ronnie Cummins Open Letter to the Organic Community: The California Ballot Initiative to Label GMOs.
Big Bully Monsanto is pouring hundreds of millions into the “No on 37” Campaign to defeat this citizens ballot initiative to have the freedom to choose what we buy and eat. Read who is supporting and opposing Prop. 37. If Prop 37 passes, Monsanto could not label products as “natural,” “naturally made,” or “naturally grown.”
Don’t take for granted that Prop 37 will easily pass in this consumer-smart state. Monsanto’s relentless, misleading TV and print ads that GMO labeling will hit our pocket-books with increased food prices, more government bureaucracy and taxpayer costs, new frivolous lawsuits, and costs for government enforcement could confuse voters.
For years, Monsanto has led the charge against food labeling by Congress, Federal agencies and the states. Most recently, despite 90% of the population supporting GMO labeling legislation in Vermont and Connecticut, Monsanto’s threat to sue led each state’s lawmakers to put a hold on the pending legislation. These states were two of seventeen with GMO legislation pending. So, now it is up to us in CA—the next battleground state and the 8th largest economy in the world.
Take Note: After 16 years of bitter negotiations and fierce opposition by “big biotech ag and food” in the U.S. and Canada in particular, on July 5, 2011 countries of the world agreed to guidelines for GMO food labeling under the United Nations Codex Alimentarius. Now food labeling campaigns are legally possible because the Codex Alimentarius states that national GMO food labeling rules will no longer face the threat of a legal challenge from the World Trade Organization (WTO) that national labeling laws are a barrier to trade. In the U.S., however, labeling will be an uphill battle given the influence of “big biogtech” on state governments, Congress and Federal Agencies. This is why after bullying VT and CT out of passing legislation, winning in California is so important.