March Against Monsanto

I plan to attend this event. 400 people have already signed up: www.facebook.com/events/[masked]

This upcoming month is critical for GMOs in NY. Check out gmofreerochester.wordpress.com for what you can do without marching.

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Edit: Sorry, I live in a GMO-bubble and wasn't clear: Monsanto is the ruthless mega-corportation responsible for Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs.  You're almost certainly eating GMOs every day, and more and more evidence shows them to be unsafe.  They have been experimentally associated with increases in cancer, new serious allergies, auto-immune diseases, gastro-intestinal diseases, and more.  Currently they are not labeled on foods, so most people don't know about them and those who do find it difficult to avoid them.  There is a mandatory labeling bill up for vote in NY in June, and we want our reps to support it.  Writing, calling, and/or attending this march will tell our reps this is important to us.  Surprise, surprise, Monsanto has threatened to sue any state that enacts labeling laws.  For me, this march is my way of telling Monsanto we won't be bullied like they have been bullying farmers for decades, and to tell politicians to stop coddling Monsanto, letting them run the regulatory agencies.

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Second Edit: I thought I'd give specific plans and backup plans for the March, for a stress-free event.  Feel free to just do your own thing if you want.  We won't be waiting or taking attendance.

I thought we could park at Strong Museum, but with this thing getting bigger I'm having second thoughts.  Strong may be unhappy with us.  And consider carpooling or taking bus/bike.

Here is a map showing Plan A, parking at Washington Square Parking Garage: http://goo.gl/maps/DXyBj
Please check out the map so you know where you're going if you miss us.  We will meet out front (north side), to proceed north on Clinton at 1:45.

Plan B is the East End garage, on Scio between East Avenue and Main Street.  We can meet out front on East Ave, but chances are at this point we'll be split up.  If you miss us, just walk up East Avenue and join the crowd.

City parking map: http://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.aspx?id=8589936304

I'll have a yellow clipboard so hopefully you can find me.  We'll leave either of these locations promptly at 1:45.  If you are late and want to catch up with us at the Liberty Pole, you can call my cell[masked] when you get there. 

I've heard something about a request that people wear red.

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  • Brian K.

    This was awesome!!!! I am so glad I heard about this meetup so that I could come to the protest! Thank you so much!!

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • june a.

    Hi. Is any one driving over from the South Wedge?

    1 · May 22, 2013

    • kim k.

      I've just moved back from Boston but am from Roch. ( 27 yrs ago) and I sort of know where it is. I'm in Greece if you need a ride .

      May 22, 2013

    • june a.

      thanks, Kim...I believe my sister will be driving.

      May 24, 2013

  • Tina

    I've posted parking/meeting plans in the main description.

    May 22, 2013

  • Heidi F.

    Tina - Thank you so much for spreading the word about this event. I will be out of town that weekend, otherwise I would DEFINITELY join. I will spread the word nonetheless...Good luck!

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • JEFF

    GMO?? More textlish?? I don't speak that language>>>

    May 15, 2013

    • Tina

      You almost certainly eat GMOs, Genetically Modified Organisms, every day. There's more and more evidence that they are unsafe. Wouldn't you like them to be labeled? You can find out more at gmofreerochester.wordpre­ss.com

      1 · May 16, 2013

    • JEFF

      Had never heard of these, Tina>>but it seems some new chemical threat is found several times a year. I see no reason why even the manufacturer should oppose including that component on labels>>unless they know something they're not revealing??? Monsanto has been in the news before as prioritizing profit over consumer safety. I will check out the website you referenced, thanks.

      1 · May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to work, sorry guys!! Seems like it's going to be a great event!!

    May 15, 2013

  • JEFF

    NCAA LAX SEMIS ON THE U~~MUST~SEE TV!!!

    May 15, 2013

  • Brian K.

    omg I am so against GMOs!!! I'll be there! my son will come too!

    2 · May 15, 2013

  • Tina

    May 15, 2013

  • Brian K.

    theres nothing on this page or that that even says what this is...

    May 15, 2013

    • Tina

      I agree that the FB page is not very explicit. I don't know exactly what to expect, other than that we will march (to Manhattan Sq Park). I expect there will be speeches (a rep from NOFA has offered to speak). I hope there will be media. This is the international page: www.march-against-monsan­to.com

      1 · May 15, 2013

  • kim k.

    This is awesome!

    May 15, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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