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  The Movement Messenger | Vol. 2 – Issue 1 | January 2015
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Looking Back, Moving Forward

Happy New Year to all our friends and colleagues. We look forward to continuing our work with you in 2015. For this issue, Lauren has put together a top 10 list of press coverage that we generated last year, providing an overview of the stories we worked on in 2014.

This month, we are excited to be helping the DC Public Library promote their event series, Orwellian America? Government Transparency and Personal Privacy in the Digital Age, here in DC; read more about it in our "In The Works" section below. We also highlight David Bronner’s great article for the Huffington Post that provides an overview of Dr. Bronner’s contributions to the movements to end cannabis prohibition and label GMO foods. And furthermore, the effort to legalize industrial hemp presses forward with encouraging developments in Congress. 

Once again, Happy New Year! 

Ryan Fletcher
on behalf of Movement Media 

2014 in Review 

Top 10 Stories of 2014 
By Lauren Stansbury

Among the 1,000’s of news stories we worked to generate over the past year, we’ve selected 10 top stories to share with you in celebration of a successful and inspiring 2014. From Erin Bronner’s culinary debut in Delicious Living, to Kentucky’s hemp lawsuit against the DEA, this list demonstrates the diverse work we do with our clients and the issues they support, as the fruits of our tenacity range from such widely circulated and well-respected media as Rolling Stone, NPR, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and The Independent. By our estimate, we’ve effected over 300 million consumer impressions on the issues of GMO labeling, hemp legalization, organic and cruelty free body care, and other paramount topics. 

1) How Dr. Bronner's Got All Lathered Up About GMOs
             By Josh Harkinson, Mother Jones, January 01, 2014

2) Episode 469 - David Bronner
             By Marc Maron, WTF with Marc Maron, February 10, 2014

3) Hungry for Hemp
            By Elisa Bosley, Delicious Living, March 01, 2014

4) Natural Products Expo West Harvests Snacks, Discusses Labeling
            By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2014

5) Hemp Prepares for Prime Time as Weed’s Sober Cousin
            By Matthew Boyle, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, May 21, 2014
 
6) Kentucky sues Federal Government over Hemp Seeds
            By Associated Press, National Public Radio, May 14, 2014
            
7) The Other Cannabis War: The Battle Over Hemp
            By Coco McPherson, Rolling Stone, June 3, 2014           

8) How a hemp-clad hippie turned Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap into an unlikely commercial hit
            By Simon Usborne, The Independent, June 12, 2014

9) Why Did Top Scientific Journals Reject This Dr. Bronner's Ad?
            By Tom Philpott, Mother Jones, October 20, 2014

10) Marijuana Becomes Savior, Stigma for Revived Hemp Crop
            By Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News, November 10, 2014

In the Works

Dr. Bronner's

Just before Christmas, David Bronner published a new article on his Huffington Post blog, providing a “Year-End Report” from the Front Lines of the Fight for Cannabis Reform and GMO Labeling. Check it out for an inspiring summary and keen analysis.
 
Vote Hemp & Hemp Industries Association

Congress has once again confirmed its support for industrial hemp legalization, with the inclusion of a special hemp amendment in the 2014 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill. This historic amendment prohibits the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration from using federal funds to interfere with hemp farming programs carried out in states that have legalized the crop- such as the DEA intervention that occurred last May, when we joined our friends in Kentucky for a landmark hemp planting. Read Vote Hemp’s December 16, 2014 press release for more details. 

Hemp History Calendar

In other hemp news, our colleagues at Vote Hemp have created a phenomenal Hemp Calendar to keep you organized and in-the-know of all hemp historical dates and upcoming events in 2015. Kudos to Colleen Sauvé, National Outreach Coordinator with Vote Hemp, for leading this fundraising project! 
 
DC Public Library - Orwellian America

Big Brother peeking through your blinds

Movement is excited to support the DC Public Library in promoting its January event series Orwellian America? Government Transparency and Personal Privacy in the Digital Age. The series opens at the Black Cat with a film on cyber activist Aaron Swartz. Workshops cover browsing the web anonymously with Tor, knowing your rights as an immigration client, internet safety for youth, and tools to track government dealings and campaign financing. At the Newseum, Frontline will present a screening and discussion on an investigation into a government spying program that began with Bush and continued until Snowden. And across the city, screenings and reading groups will focus on George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, which will be read aloud in its entirely at Martin Luther King Library.

In the News

Happy student in soap "snow"
‘Snow’ falls on French-American School in La Jolla
By Ashley Mackin
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Your Holiday Guide to Avoiding Slave Labor
By Jill Richardson of OtherWords 
 
Row of soap bottles
14 Things You Can Do With Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps
By Megan Willett 

 
Organic Beauty Talk Awards Badge
Organic Beauty Talk Awards 2014
By Organic Beauty Talk
hemp seed and leaves
Producers ready if NY eases rules on hemp
By John R. Roby

 

On our Minds

RyanRyan: Back in November of last year, Movement Media was profiled by the DC Sociological Society in their monthly newsletter. Check it out here
Lauren
Lauren: Fellow cyclophiles, this one’s for you: Designboom’s top 10 bike designs of 2014.
Jazmin Jazmín: Yikes—here’s a summary of Spain’s new anti-protest “Public Security” law which restricts photographing police officers, “unauthorized protests,” and flag-burning, and makes it legally easier to deport North African migrants.
 
TomTom: This Washington Post story reports on the methane gas plume above New Mexico that is the size of Delaware and is contributing to climate change. With some easy technology and equipment improvements, the study says that modest curbs would result in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions over two decades comparable to closing down 90 coal-fire power plants.
MichelleMichelle: I wanted to start the year with what was on my mind for all of the last one: animal rights! Check out this list from the UK Independent of 10 animal rights victories all over the world that happened in 2014. 

 
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