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Friday, April 29, 2011

‘Food Crisis’ symposium in San Rafael takes on our genetically modifying veggie aisles

Pacific Sun

Feature: Dinner straits

Think a farming crisis on the other side of the planet doesn't affect Marin? Think again.

At the 2007 World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, workshop attendees listened closely as Vandana Shiva—one of the world's most revolutionary anti-GMO environmental activists—explained the dangers of genetically modified crops. She was passionate, engaging and poignant in her delivery of what she believes to be not only the alarming impact of GMO crops on the world's fragile ecosystems, but the brutal reality of farmer suicides in the very rural Indian farming communities she was advocating for.

In these communities, and many others like them throughout the world, farming isn't just a method of providing sustenance and generating income—it's a way of life. Passed on from generation to generation, many rural farming practices are the threads that bind the culture together. Saving seeds to plant for the following year's crops is free and keeps farming families connected to the land and each other while bringing in modest profits for other necessities.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Solomon Calls for Closure of California’s Nuclear Power Plants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Wednesday, April 27, 2011

North Bay congressional candidate Norman Solomon today called for the closure of California’s two nuclear power plants as part of a “swift and urgently needed” transition to an energy policy focused on “clean and green” renewable sources and conservation.

The Diablo Canyon plant near San Luis Obispo and the San Onofre plant on the southern California coast are vulnerable to meltdowns from earthquakes and threaten both residents and the environment, said Solomon, who co-authored a landmark book on nuclear dangers and has been a leading critic of the nuclear industry for nearly 30 years.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Norman Solomon Launches Run for Congress in the North Bay

Norman speaking

Norman Solomon -- the North Bay political activist who has been a leader of the region’s Green New Deal commission and the national Healthcare Not Warfare campaign -- announced on Wednesday (April 13) that he has filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for Congress. He said that his name will be on the June 2012 ballot if Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey decides not to seek re-election.

“After so many years of progressive leadership from Lynn Woolsey, her successor in the House should have a proven commitment to a wide range of progressive values,” Solomon said. “Whether the issue is war in Afghanistan, massive giveaways to Wall Street, chronic deference to corporate power or Washington’s failure to take drastic action against climate change, the North Bay should be represented in Congress by someone with extensive knowledge and a track record of strong public advocacy on key local, national and international issues.”

“I’ve spent decades working for social justice, environmental protection and a rational foreign policy,” Solomon said. “I see Congress as a place where strong progressive voices must be heard and basic changes must be fought for.”

Solomon’s formal filing with the FEC comes after an exploratory phase that has included many public activities in Sonoma and Marin counties, drawing thousands of visitors to his website The exploratory effort generated contributions from more than 200 individuals.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Fukushima crisis underscores need for truth about nuclear power’s danger

From the North Bay Bohemian

By Norman Solomon

On the edge of Capitol Hill, day after day, we heard wrenching testimony from people whose lives had been ravaged by the split atom.

That was three decades ago.

I was coordinating the National Citizens Hearings for Radiation Victims in 1980, one year after Three Mile Island. The voices came from uranium miners, atomic workers, veterans, downwinders exposed to atmospheric nuclear bomb tests . . . and many others. The people who testified were from a wide array of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. But in addition to radiation exposure and suffering, they had one huge experience in common.

They'd been lied to—not once or twice, but repeatedly. Year after year.

There is no danger, the officials told them. You are safe. Radiation levels? Not to worry. But gradually, the clusters of cancer or leukemia or severe thyroid ailments or birth defects became too conspicuous to ignore. Still, officials kept saying that the nuclear industry was blameless.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Nuclear Power Madness


Like every other president since the 1940s, Barack Obama has promoted nuclear power. Now, with reactors melting down in Japan, the official stance is more disconnected from reality than ever.

Political elites are still clinging to the oxymoron of “safe nuclear power.” It’s up to us -- people around the world -- to peacefully and insistently shut those plants down.

There is no more techno-advanced country in the world than Japan. Nuclear power is not safe there, and it is not safe anywhere.



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