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2/21/2012 Rally to Label GMOs, the livestream and some highlights

It was great to see so many people out at the State Capitol to speak out for labeling GMO foods. I managed to live stream some of it and present that (and highlights) below. For some reason, the file won't download correctly so I can't do the more convenient Youtube videos.

These are Ustream recordings so they carry the warning that you'll probably get an irritating ad at the begining.

The Label GMO Rally at the Hawaii State Capitol:



Makana did a long set. But more than just singing with his "pretty voice," he spoke powerful words.

Makana excerpt: About Hope:




Makana: About Capitalism, Socialism, or...


I was impressed with the diversity of people at the rally -- old, young, Kanaka Maoli activists, farmers, teachers, students... all kinds. When someone blew the conch, another joined in with a didgeridoo. Occupy Honolulu was there (of course!), and a veteran of Occupy San Francisco:


I ran into a mom and her kids distributing GMO Justice Coalition cards to senators and tagged along for a while:


I decided to visit Senator Nishihara's office to ask him why he was holding the GMO labeling bills from public hearing so no action could be taken on it:


His staff doesn't seem to know if he has received campaign contributions from GMO corporations and their lobbyists. Hmmm. Okay, I'll check and get back to both you and his staff, so stay tuned!

H. Doug Matsuoka
22 February 2012
Makiki, Honolulu

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