Posts Tagged ‘protests’

Update:(****Start Location Change*****)
March Against Monsanto: Richmond
In solidarity with ‘consumers’ across the WORLD,
Richmond citizens are going to March Against Monsanto.
On Saturday May 25th at 2pm, citizens of Metro Richmond will be peaceably assembling in the area of Carytown, Richmond, on the sidewalks of Thompson and Floyd Ave near the Post Office.

Time:
March Against Monsanto: Richmond
May 25th 2-4pm
We will Get there around 1:30 and start at 2pm. The march will start Promptly at 2:15pm!!!! Don’t be late!!!

*****MAP WILL FOLLOW*****

Where:
Corner of Thompson and Floyd Ave-
Carytown, Richmond, VA

Purpose:
•To protest the Monsanto Corporation, Big Agribusiness, and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s).

•To Express outright condemnation of recent unlawful, immoral and unjust laws (H.R. 933: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013- Farmer Assurance Provision, Section 735), allowing Monsanto and other agribusiness giants to promote and plant Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds while being free from litigation that might prove their products unsafe for human consumption.

• Exercising our freedom of choice, WE demand products containing GMO’s to be labeled
•Until that time, WE call for the immediate Expulsion of all GMO Foods from Metro Richmond, VA!

This nonviolent rally will focus on spreading awareness of Monsanto and corporate agriculture and the harmful effects of GMO seeds on our environment, organic farmers/farms, and our bodies. Participants will be providing information on Monsanto’s corporate crimes against humanity and attacks on our freedom of food choice as well as healthy food alternatives in the Richmond Area (farmers’ markets, Community Supported Agriculture, Seed sharing, organic options, gardens and urban agriculture).

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Richmond has a new resource for folks in the City.

The Richmond Rag is “A free calendar of low cost or free events and collective DIY Spaces”.

It includes also a directory of radical spaces and organizations, as well as a list of places to get free or cheap healthy food (Food Not Bombs and local Farmer’s Markets).

Print copies are now available at the Wingnut for September.

You can access online also, and submit your events or organizations here: www.therichmondrag.blogspot.com

So submit your potlucks, protests, free classes, bike rides, meetings etc.!

Thanks to the folks who put this together, you know who you are!!!

Despite the Richmond Police Departments’ claim that mace pellets were NOT fired at protesters in the crowd, a member of Richmond Copwatch was directly shot at by one of the riot police.

Nearing the end of the riot, police fired 9 tear gas cannisters over the heads of the protesters into the intersection of Grace and Laurel Streets, clearing out students, rioters, and VCU police alike. The cloud of tear gas blew East down Grace Street, effectively poisoning the air well past Belvidere.

If you have any more video footage of the police breaking protocol, abusing the rights of Richmond residents or VCU students, or have any stories you would like Richmond Copwatch and the Wingnut to post online, please let us know. The more testimonials surface regarding police misconduct, especially relatingto the VCU riot, the closer the people of Richmond will be to holding the police Department accountable for their actions.

One of the main reasons so many people endd up crowded at close quarters was because of the police blocking off many streets in the area- essentially forcing people into a few streets. Even hours later the police had streets blocked off.