Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dr. Anthony Ingraffea: Why Not Shale Gas in New York?


Foothills Performing Arts Center
Oneonta, NY; May 30, 2013

From the Sponsors:

Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, a compelling speaker who combines hard science with a down-to-earth style and sense of humor, will discuss shale gas in New York State and the potential for energy in the future.

Dr. Ingraffea, of Cornell University, is a leading expert who has done work for the oil and gas industry, National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, NASA, GasResearch Institute, Sandia National Laboratories, Association of Iron and Steel Engineers, General Dynamics, Boeing and Northrop Grumman Aerospace.

Event Sponsors: Otsego 2000, Sustainable Otsego, Concerned Citizens of Oneonta

This video is underwritten by Otsego 2000.

Keywords: Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mickey Z. on Food Justice, GMOs, & the Vegan Option


New York City; May 25, 2013
Washington Square Park

Eat Like a Revolutionary

Mickey Z. 's workshop immediately followed the NYC March Against Monsanto. This is the best talk I have heard on the subject...informative, highly conscious, and impassioned. The peace and justice community desperately needs to tune into the message presented here.

Viewer Advisory: Some content may be unsuitable for minors.

Read a synopsis of Mickey Z.'s talk.

Mickey Z.'s Blog:

Saturday, May 25, 2013

March Against Monsanto - New York City


And the 2013 OVOC F-Bomb Award goes to.....(envelope, please)..... March Against Monsanto, for the most f-bombs, most f-bombs per minute, and most people dropping the f-bomb. In other words: Some content may be unsuitable for minors.

Speakers: Bonnie Lane Webber, Sierra Club, New York City; Jon Stepanian, Long Island Food Not Bombs; Eric Weltman, Food & Water Watch; Bob Klein, Safe & Healthy School Food Coalition; Christine Segal, Holisitic Health Coach - WakeUP & Live; Julieanna Hever, The Plant-Based Dietician; Luke Nephew, Peace Poets

Mission Statement

On May 25, activists around the world will unite to March Against Monsanto.

Why do we march?
  • Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.
  • In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO products.
  • Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed a law nicknamed the “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.
  • For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup.
  • Monsanto's GMO seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have caused colony collapse among the world's bee population.
What are solutions we advocate?
  • Voting with your dollar by buying organic and boycotting Monsanto-owned companies that use GMOs in their products.
  • Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier.
  • Repealing relevant provisions of the US's "Monsanto Protection Act."
  • Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs.
  • Holding Monsanto executives and Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.
  • Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto's secrets.
  • Taking to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we won't take these injustices quietly.
We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That’s why we March Against Monsanto.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Jim Clune: Resisting Drones, Global War, and Empire

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton
Binghamton, NY; May 14, 2013

Jim Clune, past president of Broome County Peace Action and just returned
from a ten day stay in jail for protesting drones at Hancock airbase in
Syracuse, was the featured speaker at Broome County Peace Action's annual meeting. He spoke about the spreading use of Drones (unmanned aircraft) and the growing opposition to their use in conducting illegal warfare. 

Related Links:

Living Under Drones
Upstate Drone Action
Know Drones
No Drones Network
Voices for Creative Nonviolence

This video is underwritten by Jim and Ann Clune.