“This is our last gasp as a democracy. The state’s wholesale intrusion into our lives and obliteration of privacy are now facts. And the challenge to us—one of the final ones, I suspect—is to rise up in outrage and halt this seizure of our rights to liberty and free expression. If we do not do so we will see ourselves become a nation of captives.” —Chris Hedges (Nation of Change posting)
Tell USDA to Protect GMO-Free Producers
Submit Comments on Proposed Coexistence with GMOs
Deadline: midnight Tuesday – March 4, 2014
From: Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, 2/25/14:
It’s a fact: farmers’ crops have been contaminated with genetically engineered crops, also known as GMOs. And as long as the U.S. allows GMOs to be planted, this will continue and likely increase.
In 2011, the USDA convened an advisory committee to discuss the issue. The topic was labeled “coexistence,” based on the assumption that GMO and non-GMO crops can coexist in the same area. But that’s already been proven false: non-GMO farmers are inevitably harmed by pollen that is blown or carried onto their farms, GMO material caught in harvesting and cleaning equipment, and the numerous other ways that contamination occurs.
USDA is now asking for comments from the public on the issue of coexistence. Tell them it’s time to take steps to prevent contamination and put the costs where they belong!
Protests at Horsham: Stop the Drone Center Before It Starts
Interns continue to work on projects that help make the Lehigh Valley more sustainable, including campus sustainability, healthy food, clean air, and Fair Trade.
Our campus sustainability internship has been reworked to reflect the fact that most LV campuses now have active sustainability initiatives. In addition, we will be working towards a student sustainability conference next year.
Rethinking the system & working for change is critical, and this is particularly clear with the food system in the U.S. Several interns’ work helps to bring out the importance of rethinking the food system:
- ‘You Are What You Eat’: Impacts of Industrial Agriculture on Human Health
- Healthy Food for Healthy Communities, an analysis of how food impacts the sustainability & health of our communities
- Campus Food in the Lehigh Valley
For more information, contact Peter Crownfield, internship coordinator
From the Sierra Club Insider, 2/25/14:
KXL: Not in Our National Interest
Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry called climate change “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” Three days later, a Nebraska judge sided with landowners and struck down an unconstitutional law that gave the governor power to approve the Keystone XL pipeline route. And in a meeting with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts, President Obama gave no ground to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper when pressed to approve KXL.
The State Department’s final environmental impact report confirms that Keystone XL fails President Obama’s climate test.
Time is running out. Tell the administration that KXL is not in our national interest.
Bradley Manning Verdict
Two articles in the Aug 1, 2013 Nation of Change:
1) “Manning Verdict Risks Freedom of the Press if the People Do Not Act“, by Kevin Zeese.
“The crimes Manning was convicted of mean he is risking 136 years in prison. For a whistleblower who exposed war crimes and unethical behavior in U.S. foreign policy to be facing a lengthy prison term, while the people exposed by government documents are not even investigated, shows how confused [sic] the United States has become.”
“Let the legacy of Manning’s courage be a rallying cry for all of us. It as an opportunity to push back on the U.S. security state and demand that the First Amendment protecting our rights to Freedom of Speech, Assembly and to a Free Press, be re-invigorated.”
2) “Top Ten Ways Bradley Manning Changed the World“, by Juan Cole.
“. . . that we deserved to know some of what he revealed and that his revelations changed the world are undeniable.”