Month: May 2015

Gates Move Over! Divest from Monsanto! #noGMO #SeattleMAM #MAM2015

Gates Move Over

On Saturday, May 23rd, the March Against Monsanto – otherwise known as #MAM – is taking place everywhere.  Here in Seattle, the Educating the Gates Foundation activists will be joining Seattle MAM in another historic march to the Gates Foundation (GF). The Gates Foundation invests in Monsanto and we find this morally disturbing. We are mostly teachers and allies who are connecting the dots to educate and activate voices who share a common demand tomorrow: We join with Seattle MAM and the March Against Monsanto to demand Gates divest from Monsanto! We demand Gates Move Over!

Looking through the lens of the 1% or the world’s dominant propaganda-enhanced-view of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we’d only see a rosy picture where the organization operates from the moral ground of pure charity. However, we have been studying the GF for years now, and threw aside those rosy glasses.  We aren’t the only ones who are concerned as shown here by The Guardian.

And finally, a suspicion lingers, slowly fading but still there, that the foundation’s activities are some sort of penance for Gates’s world-dominating behaviour at Microsoft – or a continuation of that world domination by other means.

And from the staff at the GF, according to The Guardian:

Foundation staff describe this process, and indeed all their work, in business-school language: achieving “leverage”, building the foundation “brand”, serving “markets” and “customers”. Or they use the language of management consultancy and computing: “Bill is about numbers,” says Steiner. “He wants to see the data. He values data more than ideology.”

Leverage. Brand. Markets. Customers. Values data more than ideology. Not words associated with charity, are they? Hmm… Aren’t charities built on ideology? 

We disagree with the rosy propaganda and assert: The Gates have one major flaw, regardless of their intentions – hubris. We see a pattern whereby the GF swoops in, creates policies while lobbying to reduce regulation – all without including the consent or input of the people to whom their experiments will impact the most – then rakes in the profits from their experiments.

We want Gates to divest from the corporate colonization of public schools, to divest from all interests in Monsanto, to divest from GEO Group private prisons, divest from exploding Bakken oil trains, divest from Big Bertha’s Big Dig in Seattle, and divest from Common Core –  just to name a few!

Evidence is mounting – this swoop and experiment in each area the foundation invests in – is truly an action that is much more akin to neo-colonization.  What do we mean by colonizing? Merriam-Webster defines colonizing in these terms:  To infiltrate with usually subversive militants for propaganda and strategy reasons <colonize industries>.  We assert, the GF is notorious for their top-down take-over of policies using propaganda subversively without getting input from the very people their policies impact.  In the case of Monsanto, they are colonizing our human food supply without our democratic voices.  Teachers care about the lives of children.  We care about democracy. Tomorrow, we set out to educate and activate the public about the many negative impacts created by the Gates’ hubris.  We exercise our rights to voice our wishes at the Gates Foundation in Seattle.  We want the Gates to move over and leave room for the people.  But will they?

Based on this example of how Gates and Monsanto, the Gates continue fail to consider the needs of the very people they impact. Listen to this hubris carefully in the video at the end.  With hubris comes a condescending pervasive attitude.  That’s the real problem.  We don’t want the Gates condescending experiments.

Bill & Melinda Gates are extremely condescending to the farmers in Africa, speaking in tongues of propaganda – all designed to sell Monsanto products & technology for their own profit while pretending it is “good for Africa”.  They are condescending to students and educators.  They are condescending to the people suffering in private prisons.  They are condescending to farmers in America… you get the pattern.

What do you think?  Does the GF have a right to experiment without consent of those of us they use as lab rats? 

Please join us for #SeattleMAM tomorrow.  We’ve included the information from the coordinators of the event here:

It’s time for another BIG rally & march!
MAY 23rd at Westlake Park for #MAM!

Join thousands of folks from the greater Seattle region, all over Cascadia, as we say NO to the terrible biotech/bigAgra models presented by Monsanto. There is a better way!

We’ll be sharing educational info about the dangers their products create. How these toxins affect our soil & waterways, can pose a threat to bees & other pollinators, & affect the health of our children. We’ll discuss the basic agricultural economics that just don’t make sense and share info about Urban Farming and things that do!

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Schedule of Events Includes:

*12 NOON Rally at Westlake — Speakers from Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ), WAMend, Educating the Gates Foundation, Beacon Food Forest, and more. Plus live music. (See below)

* 2:30 PM — March from Westlake to The Gates Foundation for protest, smaller rally and speak-outs! (march time is approx.)

Music at rally featuring:
Gary Kanter – humorist and political irritant!
Seattle Raging Grannies – political choral fun for everyone!
ATOMIC BALLROOM! – local alt rockers who believe in Food Freedom!
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Join us to Stand Up for #Biodiversity, #SafeFood, #Organic #FamilyFarmers & your “Right to Know” what’s in our food! We’ll be protesting the ongoing attempt to pass the DARK Act, and demand that The Gates Foundation divest from #Monsanto.

Invite Invite Invite!!! Please, bring a friend with you who NEEDS to know MORE about this topic.

***Bring the Kids, this is a Family-Friendly event!***

Check the posts below for announcements about Work Parties and other ways YOU can get involved. Or send a message to the page admins at Seattle March Against Monsanto to find out more!

Don’t just March Against Monsanto, Bee Against Monsanto. Everyday. Plant It Forward! Check out our friends at #BAM to see what they’re doing to support the annual #MAM event! Thanks to OCA- Organic Consumers Association for their support again this year.

You can support the March Against Monsanto with donations here.

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