The Senate Betrayed US!
All Hands On Deck To Stop The House And Get Obama To Veto The DARK Act!!!
On July 7, the Senate passed a bill to label genetically modified foods allowing companies to use QR codes instead of words on the package. It discriminates against low income families, minorities, mothers, seniors, the disabled & those without smartphones.
In 2007 President Obama said, “We’ll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified because Americans should know what they’re buying.”
ALL Americans should know what they're buying, not just the privileged.
Only 21% of Americans surveyed have scanned QR codes; QR code software must be downloaded. Just 27% of seniors & 50% of low income Americans own smartphones. 42% of Blacks & 36% of Latinos have had to let their smartphone service lapse. President Obama: Stand up for ALL Americans. Veto this discriminatory bill.
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The bill now goes to the House to be reconciled with their DARK bill. It is scheduled to go to the Rules Committee on Tuesday afternoon. Â We think they have already been working them so it could go extremely fastâ€¦like in 24-48 hours. We will feel we have won if we are able to keep over 1/3 of the House on our side.
It will then go to the White House for Obama to sign. It could be on his desk by the end of next week.
Obama has three choices once it gets to him.
1. He can sign it within 10 days and make it law.
2. He can veto it within 10 days and kill it.
3. By the time Obama gets this bill, the ten day period will see Congress in recess. If Congress is in recess, he doesn't have to sign it and it automatically becomes a "pocket veto". To find out more about how it works, go here. http://history.house.gov/Institution/Presidential-Vetoes/Presidential-Vetoes/
We are going to have to move fast on this one next week, so today it’s best if you take the first step- find out who your House Rep is and get their info handy so that when I send out alerts over the next week, you have their facebook page, twitter handle, email, and all their offices phones and faxes in one place. The easiest way to find your Congressperson is to go here and type in your zip code. A map of the district will come up. Under the representative’s picture will be two small icons. One is a computer. If you click on that, it will take you to their website. I’d bookmark the contact page for easy access.
Then go here to find out how they voted for HR 1599(the House DARK Act) last year.
If you feel so inclined, do contact them via email or Facebook today to get things started.
Please keep checking your emails for actions this week.
Soil Not Oil Conference-
In the midst of all this, one thing we have to keep sight of is that we are winning in the market. The landscape is changing and more farmers are transitioning away from growing crops in a way that is killing the planet. The soil is starting to heal. As the soil heals it sequesters more carbon, which helps with climate chaos. The more science learns about the Earth, the more we find that all systems are connected.
To learn more about the soil and its ability to reverse climate chaos, please come join us for the second annual Soil Not Oil Conference. Find out about it here.
As co-sponsors of the event, we have been given a block of tickets. Any donation to LabelGMOs.org of $30 or more entitles you to a ticket to this great event. Find out more about the conference here.
Join Andy Kimbrell, Bill McKibben, John Roulac and other international speakers on a variety of topics in Richmond, CA, August 5-6, 2016.
No matter what happens in DC these next few weeks, it’s important to keep our eyes on the greater objective- a healthy, connected, regenerative planet. Hope to see you there.
You can donate here. I’ll write you back with a confirmation of a ticket when I receive notice of your donation.