Miami Protesters Lead the Charge in Anti-Monsanto Groundswell
Monsanto Company executives probably wanted to keep a low profile on Saturday, as vehement and organized opposition came out in force with 453 demonstrations in 38 countries. Florida alone had 23 gatherings for the March Against Monsanto, including a focal point in Miami of approximately 400 activists and headliner Jill Stein, the 2012 presidential candidate running again for the Green Party.
The peaceful and noticeably family affair in South Florida, with many mothers and young children present, attracted an alliance of people concerned about genetic engineering and environmental damage from pesticide use. Participants called for an end to gene patents and any form of subsidy or tax break for Monsanto, and the most common chant was "hell no GMO, we deserve the right to know," in reference to mandatory labeling.
The environmentalist themes aligned closely with the Green Party, and organizer Elizabeth Taveras sported a badge that affirmed the connection. The state co-chairman, Cathy Gilbert, was also on hand recruiting. "We are the people's party," she said. "We don't take corporate money. We're able to be independent from the corporate influences that the Democratic and the Republican parties are both, unfortunately, hooked to."
... read the full story ...
Arizona Green Party will hold next state meeting in Flagstaff on Saturday, May 30, 2015
The Arizona Green Party (AZGP) will hold its next state meeting on Saturday, May 30, 2015, 9 am to 5 pm, at the Raul H. Castro SBS Building, Room 110, Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff. All registered Arizona Green Party voters are invited to attend. During this event, party members will also be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the founding of AZGP (May 1990). Angel Torres, AZGP chairperson, stated "The past 25 years for AZGP have been exciting, and challenging. We achieved ballot status in 1992, 2000, 2008, 2010, 2012, and we will be on the ballot for the 2016 and 2018 Elections. I encourage our party members to join us in Flagstaff on May 30 to celebrate this milestone in our history!"
On May 30th, AZGP will also be honoring two of its founding members, Margaret and Edward Silk. The wife-husband duo served in many capacities at the county and state level for the Green Party in Arizona, and led the party during its first 14 years. The couple retired and moved to New Mexico in 2005. Maritza Broce, AZGP co-chair, stated, "We are grateful to Maggie and Ted for their vision in laying the foundation for our state Green Party. Their hard work and sacrifice made it possible for us to have a functioning political organization during our early years of existence."
... read the full story ...