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Monsanto in Pima County

Here’s how you can help prevent Monsanto’s presence in Pima County.

February 14, 2017

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A Call to Action: Follow This Calendar to Participate in All Important Events Feb. 15 – 21, 2017

by Melissa Diane Smith, author of Going Against GMOs 

The momentum of the movement of everyday citizens against Monsanto in Pima County has been building for months. Large, often standing-room-only crowds attended public meetings about Monsanto. Educational events have been consistently packed. A showing of SEED: The Untold Story was close to sold out – with almost 500 people! – at The Loft Cinema on Super Bowl Sunday!

Now, it all boils down to this week. Next Tuesday, February 21, the Pima County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on whether or not to give Monsanto foreign trade zone status and a tax break, and a large group of concerned citizens in concert with GMO Free Arizona have a week of action planned to say a collective NO to the supervisors about that idea.

Please get involved this week by phoning and emailing all five supervisors about why they should not support Monsanto’s foreign trade zone application, then by writing on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

The most important thing people can do is to attend the Board of Supervisors meeting next Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. An overflow crowd of people standing up and speaking out against a tax break for Monsanto would put big-time pressure on the supervisors to vote the right way, and we want to blow them away with the turnout, so please do everything in your power to attend and speak out.

Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, and Thurs., Feb. 16, 2017: Phone and email blitz to all five Pima County supervisors during workday hours. Make sure to make your voice heard!

-Ally Miller, District 1 (520) 724-2738;

-Ramón Valadez, District 2 (520) 724-8492;

-Sharon Bronson, District 3 (520) 724-8051;

-Steve Christy, District 4 (520) 724-8094;

-Richard Elías, District 5 (520) 724-8711;

Thurs., Feb. 16, 2017, and Fri., Feb. 17, 2017: All-day Facebook and Twitter party on the Pima County supervisors’ social media pages. Write a visitor post and type a concise, persuasive comment about why the supervisor should vote against supporting Monsanto’s foreign trade zone application.

-Ally Miller, District 1



-Ramón Valadez, District 2



-Sharon Bronson, District 3



-Steve Christy, District 4



-Richard Elías, District 5



Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, from Noon – 4:00pm: Sign Making & Statement Writing Party at the Hoff Building, 425 E. 7th Street (behind the Food Conspiracy Co-op on Fourth Avenue). Get ready for both the rally and the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21. See the Facebook event page.

Sun, Feb. 19, 2017, from 2:00 – 4:00pm: Stand Up Against Monsanto Public Forum with Zen Honeycutt, founder of Moms Across America; Rachel Linden, co-founder of GMO Free Arizona; Melissa Diane Smith, author of Going Against GMOs; farmer Anne Loftfield of High Energy Agriculture; and other panelists at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Get educated and fired up with presentations and a Q&A panel discussion.

Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, at 9:00pm: A Collective Visualization/Meditation in which each of us who participates pictures golden light spreading throughout Pima County and enlightening each of the supervisors to vote NO on supporting Monsanto’s foreign trade zone application. In your own home, take 5 minutes to focus on this visualization.

Tues., Feb. 21, 2017, at 8:00am: Say NO to Monsanto RALLY outside of the Pima County Administration Building, 130 West Congress Street. The rally will feature special out-of-town guests Tami Canal, founder of the March Against Monsanto, and Zen Honeycutt, founder of Moms Across America. See the Facebook event page.

Tues., Feb. 21, 2017, at 9:00am: Pima County Board of Supervisors Meeting, 130 West Congress Street. DATE THE BOARD IS SCHEDULED TO VOTE ON WHETHER TO GIVE MONSANTO FOREIGN TRADE ZONE STATUS AND A TAX BREAK OR NOT. We need as many people as possible at this meeting. Plus, the meeting is expected to last a very long time (the longer, the better!), so be sure to bring snacks and patience.

Copyright 2017 Melissa Diane Smith

Header image by Steven Meckler from the article “Feeding TUSD” in our November/December 2016 issue.

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