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The one about the DARK Act, saving whales, growing hemp, fighting toxic prisons, and a whole lot of press coverage.
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  The Movement Messenger | Vol. 2 – Issue 8 | September 2015
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Fighting the DARK Act

We have been hard at work combatting the spin of the pesticide industry as it schemes with the more nefarious of politicians to try to force “The Dark Act” into law. Representative Mike Pompeo’s (R-KS) bill, H.R. 1599, commonly known as the DARK Act – or the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” Act – has passed through the House and is now being debated in the Senate. The bill would block all states from labeling genetically engineered foods (i.e. food containing GMO’s), and make it much harder for the FDA to ever mandate national labeling.

This September Dr. Bronner’s will run ads in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Forbes, and a range of other publications highlighting David Bronner’s latest opinion piece, originally published last month in the Huffington Post. The article explains that virtually all genetically modified food grown in the U.S. is engineered by chemical companies to survive high doses of the toxic herbicides they sell, which contaminate our food and water. Despite the fact that sixty-four countries already mandate the labeling of genetically engineered foods or GMO’s, the fight for the right to know continues here in the U.S.

In this month’s newsletter we provide updates on Dr. Bronner’s work to support the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the Hemp Industry Association’s upcoming national conference, and the Prison Ecology Project’s crowdfunding campaign to raise seed money, which is now in its final phase. This new program of the Human Rights Defense Center combats both mass incarceration and environmental injustice. Help Prison Ecology Project reach their goal today!

Lastly, our awesome team here at Movement shares a range of intriguing tidbits in our “On Our Minds” section – my favorite part of our newsletter. If you are curious to learn more about our team, this is a great place to start. I love that I get to work with these amazing people!

Hope to cross paths with you this fall, and that all is well with you and yours.

All the best,

Ryan Fletcher
on behalf of Movement Media
 

In the Works

Dr. Bronner's

Don’t forget to take action against the DARK Act over at the Just Label It! website and read David Bronner’s latest editorial today!

Hush...screen shot!

This clever video from Dr. Bronner's highlights their support for Sea Shepherd's #StandUp250 Campaign, part of the group’s ongoing direct action and advocacy work to stop the “grindadrap” or “grind” in Denmark’s Faroe Islands, where pilot whales are driven onto shore en masse and slaughtered. 250 whales were killed in just one day.
 
Hemp Industry Association

HIA conference logoThe 22nd annual Hemp Industries Association conference will take place in Lexington, KY this year, September 27-29, right around the time when many farmers throughout the state will be completing their successful hemp harvests. For more information, or to join the hundreds of entrepreneurs, farmers, and advocates attending the conference, visit the HIA website. In other hemp news, planning is already underway for the 7th Annual Hemp History Week!
 
Prison Ecology Project

fist over prison shirt imagePrison Ecology Project’s inaugural crowdfunding campaign has been extended to September 17th. That leaves just under two weeks to snag a limited edition t-shirt featuring this powerful image created especially for the Project. Special thanks to Graham Boyle for lending his artistic talents to the cause. Healthy Ecology, Not Toxic Prisons!
 

In the News

Fugazi at Washington MonumentPositive Force: the film that remembers when punk took on the White House
by Stacey Anderson
Agronomist speaks on hempUK shows off hemp plots at research farm
by Bruce Schreiner
HEMP fieldOregon lawmakers urge quick hemp pilot project
KTVZ
Hemp leaf evening newsHarrogate hemp farmer excited about plant’s potential
by Shelby Miller of WATE

 
Camping grillGear Guy: How Do I Keep Animals Out of My Camping Food?
by Joe Jackson
Bronner's and brushesFight The Frizz! Summer Beauty Tips With Dulce Candy
Today Show
Organic Virgin Coconut OilPopular on Pinterest: Coconut oil a slimy success
by Stephanie Proffer

On our Minds

RyanRyan: The Washington Post interviews John Tsombikos ten years after BORF took D.C. by ... stencil. John is an old friend, an incredible artist, and a living mystery to many, especially the media. The Washington Post have been trying to pin him down and make sense of him for years now; they still can't do it. I enjoy watching them try. At the very least he deserves the attention.
 
LaurenLauren: One of my fondest memories from childhood is watching the Perseid meteor shower on my Grandma's farm. I experienced the magic again in August, but this time from a secret spot in D.C. I hope you were able to catch it this year, too! With stars on my mind, I'm excited to begin reading the latest winners of the Hugo Award, despite the controversy. ​
 
JazminJazmín: Patriarchy in medicine got you down? I know I’ve about had it. Maybe these gynepunk witches are onto something…
 
TomTom: I’d like to honor the passing of a local hero, a superhero, that is. Lenny Robinson, better known to Maryland residents as Route 29 Batman, spent much of his own time and money dressing up as Batman and driving his Lamborghini Batmobile around to local hospitals to cheer up sick children. I used to see Robinson riding through my neighborhood in full costume at least a few times a year. He was fatally struck by a car this month while trying to fix his Batmobile on the side of the road. Follow the link to learn more about Lenny Robinson and his amazing charity work.
 
MichelleMichelle: The repeal of Idaho’s "ag-gag" law has been on my mind this month. I am a firm believer that one of the ways people will finally wake up and demand animal abuse stop is by being confronted with it first hand (or as close to first hand as most of us will get.) Undercover videos give glimpses into the horrific cruelty animals endure before being slaughtered. We all owe it to ourselves and the animals to have our eyes opened to it and let the truth out.
 
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