Santa Cruz Co. Mobilizes for “California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act”

On February 18th, dozens of trained signature gathering volunteers held a launch event for the “California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act” at the Santa Cruz Live Oak Green Grange. The event was hosted by GMO-Free Right to Know! Santa Cruz, the organizing group for trained signature gathering volunteers throughout Santa Cruz County, and one of the most active groups in the state working to pass this historic ballot initiative.

Mayor of the City of Santa Cruz, Don Lane, kicked things off by stressing the importance of the ballot initiative and knowing which of the foods we eat are made with genetically modified ingredients. Lane said he was taking time away from being with his grandchildren who were visiting from out of the area, but felt they would understand because their health would benefit by the labeling of genetically modified foods.

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Wells Fargo Closes During Demonstration in Solidarity with 75 River St. Arrestees

On February 15th, a few dozen people, organized through Occupy Santa Cruz, demonstrated in front of the Wells Fargo banking branch at 74 River Street in Santa Cruz, California. The demonstration was in solidarity with 11 people criminally charged on February 7th for the occupation of a former bank building located across the street at 75 River St., now owned by Wells Fargo and sitting vacant, which began on November 30th, 2011.

Demonstrators held signs that read, “Arrest the Real Criminals”, “Bank$ter$ Laundered $300 Billion for the Mexican Drug Cartels”, “Stop Foreclosures”, “Drop the Charges Against the Santa Cruz Eleven”, “Community Spaces Not Vacant Places”, and “Occupy Earth”. The protest began at 3:00pm, and by 3:40pm, Wells Fargo had locked their doors and instructed their private security guards to inform customers that the bank was closed.

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