Turning Up the Heat on Monsanto
It was a good week for OCA’s anti-Monsanto activists. Their
protests, in Washington D.C. and Chicago, drew crowds, generated media
coverage and did what protests do: Drew attention to the destruction
wrought by greedy corporations like Monsanto that have no regard for
the people they make sick, and the earth, air and water they pollute.
Thursday, Oct. 10, on Capitol Hill
Someone shouted “Monsanto Money!” as thousands of dollars poured down from the balcony in the Hart Senate office building. Posing
as biotech industry lobbyists, OCA and Occupy Monsanto activists dove
for the cash, rolled in it. They even made “money angels.” Then police
showed up and started making arrests, but not before the Twitterverse
and Blogosphere erupted with eyewitness accounts. One wit quipped that a
lobbyist must have exploded.
Monsanto lobbyists dragged away in handcuffs for throwing money around Congress? It was theatrical protest at its best, inspired by the one-and-only Abbie Hoffman. The message was clear: Monsanto, stop buying our politicians! If only.
Saturday, Oct. 12, Chicago
Nearly 500 people
turned out in Chicago to mark World Food Day with a March against
Monsanto, organized by OCA, Illinois Right to Know GMO and other local
and national groups. Waving signs and chanting “Monsanto’s Gotta Go!”
protestors swarmed Federal Plaza and delivered petitions to the U.S.
Food & Drug Administration’s Chicago offices.