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Call for June 21 Day of Action in Philadelphia Against Biotechnology
19 jun 2005
BioDemocracy Mobilization , 05.06.2005 00:00

On Tuesday, June 21st, 2005, unite in the streets of Philadelphia, and in solidarity actions around the world, to plant seeds of resistance to BIO dreams of control!
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CALL TO ACTION June 21st, 2005 ::: Philadelphia and everywhere

Tell Glaxo, Dow, Merck & Monsanto: The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has got to go!

Our futures are not for sale :: We will plant seeds of resistance to BIO dreams of control!

June 21st, 2005 THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER THE LONGEST DAY (OF ACTION) OF THE YEAR

On Tuesday, June 21st, 2005, unite in the streets of Philadelphia, and in solidarity actions around the world, to plant seeds of resistance to BIO dreams of control! The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is holding their closed-door June 19-22 annual international convention in downtown Philly. As biotech corporations suck resources out of our communities, leaving us sick and impoverished, and spread Terminator seeds, Frankenfoods, pesticides, Roundup Ready crops, bio-weapons labs, and killer drugs like cancers around the world, join us to plant seeds to rebuild our communities and cultivate health, peace, justice, freedom and sustainability...

June 21st, 2005, TAKE ACTION IN PHILADELPHIA!

6-8 am :: Summer Solstice celebrations & actions, Locations TBA

9 am :: 16th and Race Streets :: Breakfast ÃâFood Relief not Corporate Subsidies!Ãâ? We invite everyone to join us and for breakfast outside of GlaxoSmithKlineÃâs National Headquarters. We will expose GlaxoSmithKline for: * Fraudulently accepting thousands of dollars donated for the tsunami relief effort, without providing the survivors with the vaccines they were promised. * Preventing seniors from access to affordable medicines through Canadian pharmacies. * Suing the South African government for supplying affordable medicine to people surviving with AIDS. * Distorting the results of scientific research for the sake of profits. * Testing on animals and knowingly producing toxic drugs. We will share a FREE Breakfast!

11 am :: Participatory Street Theater Marches

Our Actions will continue with participatory street theater marches with three separate themes. The three marches will weave through the city, giving voice to demands for healthcare, community based agriculture, and peace, justice and dignity for all. The three different marches will then merge together at LOVE Park.

* for Healthcare for All :: depart from GlaxoSmithKline Headquarters, 16th and Race St. * for Environmental Justice and Sustainable Agriculture :: depart from "Environmental Protection Agency" (EPA) 1650 Arch St. * against Bioweapons and War :: depart from location TBA.

Each march has a different color theme: Healthcare-->Blue, Agriculture-->Green, Bioweapons & War-Ãâ>Red. Please wear or decorate yourselves and your props with the color of your march.

12 noon :: Rally at LOVE Park (15th and JFK)

As the Marches combine, we will rally and show our strength in diversity, colorfulness and unity.

With this strength we will march as a united group towards the convention center where the BIO Convention is taking place!

1 to 5 pm :: Creative Actions confronting BIO, and exposing other biotech and pharmaceutical hotspots in downtown Philly, and outreach for...

6 pm :: Converge and rally again at LOVE Park!

While BIO holds their "gala reception" Tuesday evening, June 21st at the Philadelphia Art Museum (http://www.bio.org/events/2005/receptions) WE will hold a festive rally at LOVE Park, and then reclaim the streets with powerful street theater demonstrating life-affirming alternatives to BIOdevastation...

Bring your own performance, music, noise and art -- or come to the Spiral Q Art and Puppetry Studio (3114 Spring Garden St.) to create banners, signs, puppets & street theater with us at these times:

Sunday, June 12, 12 to 5 pm June 13, 14, and 16, 5:30 to 9 pm

Action Spokescouncils will happen in Philadelphia, June 17th to 20th.

For a full schedule of June 16-21 events -- including the Food Not Bombs 25th Anniversary Gathering, the Green and Black Urban Gathering, the Reclaim the Commons Festival, and the BIOdemocracy Teach-In, please see: http://reclaimthecommons.net/article.php?id=191

For updates about the Day of Action, please see: http://reclaimthecommons.net/article.php?id=189

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Call for Global Solidarity and Actions!

On June 21st, in Philadelphia and around the world, join us and plant seeds of resistance to BIO dreams of control!

First BIO infiltrated our biosphere, harvesting untested genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that contaminated native ecosystems upon their release into nature. Then BIO invaded our bodies, placing unlabelled genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in most of the processed foods we eat. Before long, BIO infected our body politic, gaining control over government regulatory agencies Ãâ the EPA, FDA and USDA in the United States, and their counterparts in other States Ãâ and using them to write into law new Ãâintellectual property rightsÃâ? protecting corporate ownership of genetic resources. And now BIO has infested science itself, putting biology into the service of its deadly agenda of proliferating genetically engineered crops, unsafe and over-priced drugs, and biological weapons, worsening the plights of starvation, disease and war...

BIO is the Biotechnology Industry Organization (www.bio.org) Ãâ the EarthÃâs most corrupt, powerful, and reckless lobbying consortium of biotechnology, Ãâlife sciences,Ãâ? and pharmaceutical corporations. This June 19-22, 2005, BIO will hold their annual closed-door convention in downtown Philadelphia. And while more than 10,000 biotech industry leaders gather to plan their expansion of their corporate control over life itself, environmentalists, farmers and community activists will once again converge to confront them and expose the truth that the experimental science BIO calls "innovation" really spells "Bio-devastation" for human health, food security, local autonomy and biodiversity.

While they sow seeds of devastation, we plant seeds of healing, hope and liberation. While they sow seeds of mono-culture, we plant seeds of creativity and diversity. While they sow seeds of deception and confusion, seeking to silence criticism, we plant seeds of truth and clarity, and add our voice to a chorus of voices seeking common demands.....

Among these seeds is our recognition that we are not alone, but stand in solidarity and unified resistance with communities everywhere who are fighting against corporate onslaughts on our water, air, Earth, genetic heritage, health and peace.

* We are indigenous farmers in Oaxaca, Mexico, demanding an end to all GE maize imports. "We seek the solidarity and support of all in Mexico and the world, who have taken up a struggle similar to our own so as to extend ever further the territories free from genetically modified food," we declare. (1) * We are peasants in Colombia and Afghanistan, demanding an end to aerial sprayings of herbicides produced by Monsanto that indiscriminately wipe out subsistence crops as well as natural plants, and kill birds, mammals and aquatic life, in the name of an illegitimate "War on Drugs." "Fumigation violates our rights and our territorial autonomy. It has intensified the violence of armed conflict and forced people to leave their homes after their food crops have been destroyed," we declare. (2) * We are residents of Roxbury, Massachusetts, demanding cancellation of plans to construct a bioterrorism research lab in the heart of our community. "We must stop locating dangerous and unwanted facilities in lower income communities of color and end environmental racism," we declare. (3) * We are senior citizens in Philadelphia, demanding affordable medicine, enforcement of price controls on the pharmaceutical industry, and legalization of prescription imports from Canada. We call on Glaxo Smith Kline to stop its ban on affordable medicine by cutting off seniors' access to lower-cost Canadian drugs. "With this ban, Glaxo shows clearly it could care less about the quality of patient care that Philadelphia seniors receive. They would much rather strip seniors of this safe and low-cost source for drugs and force them to pay more money so that Glaxo and its big pharma friends can boost their corporate coffers. Enough is enough, Glaxo. Even a dollar or two higher price each month can make the difference whether a senior can afford their drugs each month," we declare. (4) * We are AIDS activists in Africa, demanding equal access to drugs and treatment for all who need them. "The pharmaceutical industry has sought to protect its huge profits through patents and intellectual property regulations, and the U.S. government has supported its position. To deny affordable access to treatment is to impose a death sentence on millions of Africans. It is murder by patent. Treatment and care should be available to all those living with HIV/AIDS," we declare. (5) * We are Vietnamese civilian victims of Agent Orange, demanding compensation and legal restitution for injuries resulting from toxic herbicides supplied by Monsanto, Dow Chemical, and other corporations, and used by the United States, during the Vietnam War. We call on "people of all countries to render active support for humanitarian efforts and activities in assistance to victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam and in overcoming the tragic war consequences in Vietnan." We declare: "Render your support to victims of toxic chemicals for the sake of safeguarding Peace and Justice in the world!" (6)

We call for communities throughout the world to CONTINUE taking action to defend their water, air, Earth, genetic heritage, and peace from the corporate onslaught of the biotechnology industry, and to join us on June 21st, 2005, with solidarity actions against GlaxoSmithKline, Dow Chemical, Merck, Monsanto, and other members of BIO who spread BIOdevastation by putting profits ahead of people and the ecological health of our planet: http://www.bio.org/members/

(Summary) We demand: * A moratorium on the use of genetically engineered plants and animals. * A halt to the production, testing and use of biological and chemical weapons. * The application of the precautionary principle to biotechnology. * An end to the patenting of life. We call for: * A healthcare system that provides for everyone. * A sustainable and just food system that provides good, affordable food to all people. * Scientific integrity in agricultural and medical research. We support and celebrate: * The complex, diverse and wondrous ecosystems of our planet that make life possible, as well as the gardeners, farmers, farm workers, scientists, healthcare workers, activists and indigenous people who are working for a just, democratic and sustainable future. (7)

(1) From statement of demonstrators at Hotel Victoria, Oaxaca, at a symposium on the effects and possible risks of the presence of genetically modified maize in Mexico. Cited in ÃâGenetic Contamination of Mexican MaizeÃâ? by Carmelo Ruiz Marrero, Z-Net, July 10, 2004. (2) Statement by president of the Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon. Cited in ÃâColombia: Monsanto, US War on Drugs Poison EnvironmentÃâ? by Brian Hansen, Environment News Service. (3) From letter to Boston City Councilors, by Alternatives for Community and Environment, an organization based in Roxbury, Massachusetts that builds the power of communities of color and lower income communities to eradicate environmental racism and classism and achieve environmental justice. (4) From Feb. 21, 2003 press release by "Stop Glaxo Now" Coalition: "Philadelphia Seniors Organizations Protest Glaxo's Ban on Affordable Drugs" (5) From the ÃâAfricaÃâs Right to HealthÃâ? campaign, which targets the roots of AfricaÃâs health crisis. It seeks to address the structural injustices that gave rise to and now perpetuate the AIDS pandemic. It also works to remove the international obstacles that deny Africans the resources they need to respond effectively to the continentÃâs health crisis: www.africaaction.org/campaign/info.php. (6) From statement by the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange: http://www.ffrd.org/Lawsuit/vavastatement.html (7) Summary of the BioDemocracy Statement of Unity

Read and endorse the full BioDemocracy Statement of Unity: www.reclaimthecommons.net/article.php?id=187

Why? "Because disease and starvation will not be solved by corporations!"

http://www.biodev.org http://www.reclaimthecommons.net

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