March Against Monsanto – Death City
“Raise your hand if you like food” the six year old said into the microphone
“You know why i did not raise my hand?” he says to the crowd with their arms up in the air. “Because 80% of food now has GMOs in it. Now raise your hand if you like organic food.”
The crowd ate it up and enthusiastically raised their hands again.
“Now raise your hands if you don’t like Monsanto” He exits
There were perhaps a thousand protesters. There was no big name group taking responsibility for the action. The microphones were largely open mike and a great group of folks picked up the communication to the protesters, including a surprising number of kids.
I spoke once at the teach in before the rally and twice into the open mic to the assembled marchers. I gave away a few hundred dark green zucchini seed packs to new organic gardeners.
Despite the depressing nature of the topic, including reports of 90% bee colony collapse last year attributed to Monsanto products, states rights being trampled by a bought off Senate, our own bad news about Monsanto suing contaminated farmers, and WikiLeaks proof that the US government plans trade wars with countries banning Monsanto’s GMO products, the protesters were nearly universally upbeat and engaged.
We heard incorrectly that Monsanto purchased the infamous security firm formerly known as Blackwater. And what is true is that Monsanto is stepping up its intelligence gathering on anti-Monsanto activists. If Monsanto is willing to shamelessly lie to block GMO labeling, one wonders what they might do with information about activist who are opposed to their products.
There were a surprising number (to me anyway) of people who had their faces covered. Anonymous/Guy Fawkes masks were popular, Palestinian scarf sets and costume masks minimally reduced the efforts of the plain clothes video teams working the crowd. Though none of the many people who addressed the crowd through the many open mic PA addresses concealed their identity this way.
All photo credits me.
About paxusa funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.
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