As many of you know, HB[masked] was introduced in the Colorado House by Representative Jeanne Labuda on January 31, 2013. Here is what’s happening. Please get this out to everyone. We need people at the state capitol next Thursday for the hearing. We especially need experts – doctors, scientists, and those who can speak to the facts that support GMO labeling.
We need to support this, immediately and fervently! Representative Labuda is ALREADY FACING PRESSURE FROM OPPOSING GROUPS!! and to this point has been going about this on her own, so we all need to stand behind her and let her and all our other delegated know we support this effort!
1 -- NEXT WEEK there is a hearing of HB[masked] on the schedule for the Health, Insurance & Environment Committee. It is on Thursday 21 February at 1:30 PM in Room 107. If you can make it at all in support and/or to testify in support of this bill, please go!! . If you wish to testify in support of the bill at the committee hearing on Feb 21st or know someone who could, please call Rep Labuda’s office [masked] and let her know. You could additionally email if you wish [masked] . Also, if you are going to testify, please write yourself notes so you remember what you want to say. Keep it simple, speak from the heart and from what you can support with facts. The process is easy – You sign up to speak, they call you up, you make your statement, they ask you questions if they wish, and you thank them for their time and consideration. You should arrive early at the capitol, at least by 1:15pm. HB[masked] should be the 2nd bill heard by the committee that day.
No signs. Dress and act respectfully so we are heard! REMEMBER! – We are in favor of our right to know what is in our Food so we can choose!
2 – We need to have medical doctors and scientists there to support this bill since the opposing side will be bringing their own. So, if you are or know a doctor or scientist who is **FOR** GMO labeling, please attend/ask them to attend!!! We also need any farmers that have been affected and want to speak, and anyone who has a personal story to tell about the effects of GMO’s on their or their family’s health.
3 -- We need to contact all of our legislators and ask them to support this bill --- phone calls work best as emails can be more easily *lost.* You can find your district state-level Representatives and Senators here: http://www.colorado.gov/# --- Please contact them today and every day until they pledge support. One phone call, once a day. If we all do it, they'll definitely hear us!! Just copy down the phone numbers and call - at a stop light, in line at the store, while making dinner, while waiting for the laundry to dry -- whenever! Just a couple of minutes a day to show we care about this issue!! Rep Labuda is the sponsor of this bill in the Colorado House. At this time, there is no sponsor in the Colorado Senate. Please contact your senator and ask them to sponsor the bill in the Senate. Also contact your state rep and ask them to support HB[masked], as well as contacting the committee members.
Post it to Facebook, Twitter, email everyone you know!!! Print out some cards with the numbers and pass them out to everyone you know who is in support of this (make sure not to give the numbers to the other folks -- if they're against this we definitely don't want to help make it easier for them!) and ask them to call.
Now is the time to ask your Pastor to speak at Church for just a minute, your PTA group to speak there for just a minute, to speak to your area Junior League, and everyone and anyone else you can think of!
What we have experienced is that the legislature does not know much about the issue, sees it as a federal issue, knows that there is a lot of opposition, and is not aware of the amount of support. WE MUST DEMONSTRATE TO THEM THAT MANY SUPPORT GMO LABELING!
AND REMEMBER – THIS BILL IS ABOUT LABELING! WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS IN OUR FOOD!
Now is the time!! Now is OUR time!! We will need people to come out and support this at every hearing, so get ready! It’s time to walk your talk and take action!
See you Thursday Feb 21st 1:15pm at the State Capitol
Please get the word out!
There will also be a booth at Evolve Expo and the Denver Family Expo that will be held in the same building at the National Western complex. We are preparing the booth material but we need volunteers for Saturday and Sunday.
Thanks for your work! We are rolling now!
See you on the ground!!!