A Call to Action: Follow This Calendar to Participate in All Important Events Feb. 14 – 21, 2017
The momentum of the movement of everyday citizens against Monsanto in Pima County has been building for months. Large, often standing-room-only crowds attended public meetings about Monsanto. Educational events have been consistently packed. A showing of SEED: The Untold Story was close to sold out – with almost 500 people! – at The Loft Cinema on Super Bowl Sunday!
Now, it all boils down to this week. Next Tuesday, February 21, the Pima County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on whether or not to give Monsanto foreign trade zone status and a tax break, and a large group of concerned citizens in concert with GMO Free Arizona have a week of action planned to say a collective NO to the supervisors about that idea.
Please get involved this week by phoning and emailing all five supervisors about why they should not support Monsanto’s foreign trade zone application, then by writing on their Facebook and Twitter pages.
If you live in Tucson or Pima County, make plans to attend: the Sign Making & Statement Writing Party this Saturday; the Stand Up Against Monsanto Public Forum on Sunday with special guest Zen Honeycutt, founder of Moms Across America, Going Against GMOs author Melissa Diane Smith, and other panelists; and the Say NO to Monsanto Rally with Honeycutt and March Against Monsanto founder Tami Canal on Tuesday before the Board of Supervisors meeting!
The most important thing people can do is to attend the Board of Supervisors meeting next Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. An overflow crowd of people standing up and speaking out against a tax break for Monsanto would put big-time pressure on the supervisors to vote the right way, and we want to blow them away with the turnout, so please do everything in your power to attend and speak at the meeting and bring friends and family members.
The following is a Call to Action on many ways you can take action against Monsanto from Feb. 14 – 21, 2017. We need all hands on deck to fight this outrage of our supervisors even considering giving Monsanto a tax break, so please participate in as many ways as you possibly can!
Tues., Feb. 14, 2017, at 9:00 am and 9:00 pm – A Collective Visualization/Meditation for Valentine’s Day in which each of us who participates pictures golden light emanating from our heart and spreading throughout Pima County and enlightening each of the supervisors to vote NO on supporting Monsanto’s foreign trade zone application. In your own home or place of work, take 5 minutes to focus on this visualization.
Tues., Feb. 14, 2017, at 6:00 pm – Joint Technical Education District (JTED) regular board meeting at the Pima County District office, 2855 W. Master Pieces Drive, Building 1 (off of Shannon on Master Pieces Drive — south of Rudasil & north of River). Please consider attending and speaking for three minutes to the board members. A small group of speakers made some progress enlightening both the Marana Unified School District (MUSD) and Pima Community College (PCC) board members last week so we’d like to keep the momentum going.
Thurs., Feb. 16, 2017, and Fri., Feb. 17, 2017 – All-day Facebook and Twitter party on the Pima County supervisors’ social media pages. Write a visitor post or in a comment stream and type in a concise, persuasive comment about why the supervisor should vote against supporting Monsanto’s foreign trade zone application.
-Ally Miller, District 1
-Ramón Valadez, District 2
-Sharon Bronson, District 3
-Steve Christy, District 4
-Richard Elías, District 5
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, from Noon – 4:00 pm – Sign Making & Statement Writing Party at the Hoff Building, 425 E. 7th Street (behind the Food Conspiracy Co-op on Fourth Avenue). Get ready for both the rally and the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21. See the Facebook event page and the website page about this event.
Sun, Feb. 19, 2017, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Stand Up Against Monsanto Public Forum with Zen Honeycutt, founder of Moms Across America; Rachel Linden, co-founder of GMO Free Arizona; Melissa Diane Smith, author of Going Against GMOs; farmer Anne Loftfield of High Energy Agriculture; and other panelists at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Get educated and fired up with presentations and a Q&A panel discussion.
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, at 9:00 pm – A Collective Visualization/Meditation in which each of us who participates pictures golden light spreading throughout Pima County and enlightening each of the supervisors to vote NO on supporting Monsanto’s foreign trade zone application. In your own home, take 5 minutes to focus on this visualization.
Tues., Feb. 21, 2017, at 8:00 am – Say NO to Monsanto RALLY outside of the Pima County Administration Building, 130 West Congress Street. The rally will feature special out-of-town guests Tami Canal, founder of the March Against Monsanto, and Zen Honeycutt, founder of Moms Across America. See the Facebook event page.
Tues., Feb. 21, 2017, at 9:00 am – Pima County Board of Supervisors Meeting, 130 West Congress Street. DATE THE BOARD IS SCHEDULED TO VOTE ON WHETHER TO GIVE MONSANTO FOREIGN TRADE ZONE STATUS AND A TAX BREAK OR NOT. We need as many people as possible at this meeting!!! Plus, the meeting is expected to last a very long time (the longer, the better!), so be sure to bring snacks and bring patience!!
Copyright 2017 Melissa Diane Smith