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Donate!: 5 people were arrested for disrupting the Tree Biotech Conference and we need to raise money quick for their legal expenses! Please donate to the legal fund at: https://www.wepay.com/donations/tree-biotech-bail-fund
Last fall when our friends at Global Justice Ecology Project informed us that Asheville, NC had been chosen as the site of the international Tree Biotechnology 2013 Conference we felt a little fire spark in our bellies.
June 11th is the International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid, and all long-term anarchist prisoners. Please join us for this incredible benefit show/dance party!!!
THE RESONANT ROGUES
HOT MESS MONSTER
SWEET DANCE JAMS TO FOLLOW!!!
8PM @TOY BOAT: 101 Fairvew Rd, Asheville, NC
$5-10 SUGGESTED DONATION
Marie Mason and Eric McDavid share the unfortunate distinction of having the longest standing sentences of any environmental prisoners in the United States. Please join us in an international day of solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid, and other long-term anarchist prisoners on every June 11th.
This is a time to remember our friends who are in prison – who are continuing their struggles on the inside. This is a time to continue and strengthen the very work for which Eric and Marie are now serving so much time – to struggle against capitalism, ecological devastation, and the ever more diffuse forms of control in this prison society.For more information, please visit june11.org
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(Asheville, NC, US) Three demonstrators were brutally arrested today at the controversial Tree Biotechnology 2013 conference. They attempted to use GMO caution tape to wrap a bus full of conference participants headed for an upscale dinner at the Biltmore Estate. Dozens more groaning zombie “franken-tree” protesters banged pots and pans and chanted anti-genetically engineered tree slogans.
Will Bennington, a campaigner with Global Justice Ecology Project and the Campaign to STOP GE Trees, was one of those arrested for blockading the buses. Bennington said, “We’re blocking the buses because these conference attendees are on their way to dinner at the Biltmore Estate. Built by the Vanderbilts, the Biltmore is a symbol of the wealthy and powerful, and one of the birthplaces of industrial forestry in the US, which wiped out forests from coast to coast. The tree biotechnology industry is continuing this destructive legacy. They plan to cut down native forests and replace them with GE tree plantations grown solely for the profit of the elite at the expense of local communities and biodiversity.”
Protesters are demanding a ban on the release of GE trees into the environment. South Carolina-based ArborGen, a major conference sponsor, has a request pending with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to release millions of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees annually for planting in vast plantations across the US South. Continue reading
Cross Posted from Global Justice Ecology Project
Hundreds of demonstrators marched on an international forest biotechnology industry conference yesterday, demanding a ban on the release of genetically engineered (GE) trees into the environment.
The protest, the largest yet against GE trees, occurred one day after two Asheville residents were arrested while disrupting a presentation, Engineering Trees for the Biorefinery.
Cross Posted from Climate Connections
Asheville, NC - As the Tree Biotechnology 2013 conference kicked off early Monday, two Asheville residents were arrested after disrupting a major presentation by Belgian tree engineer Wout Boerjan entitled, “Engineering trees for the biorefinery.”
The protestors said that if legalized, GE trees would lead to the destruction of native forests and biodiversity in the US South, and be economically devastating to rural communities.
We are just days away from an exciting week of protests and educational events against genetically engineered trees and the 2013 Tree Biotechnology Conference. Check out this list of events and come on out to stand up for native forests and say NO to GE trees:
Saturday May 25
Global March Against Monsanto
Join us as tens of thousands take to the streets around the world
to protest Monsanto. 2pm, Pack Square Park
Monday May 27
Convergence Center open 12-3pm @ Apothecary (39 S. Market St)
Teach-in on gentically engineered trees
Get educated on the threats of GE trees and get plugged in
to the week of resistance. Puppett, sign and banner making party!
@ Toy Boat Community Arts Center
(101 Fairview Road), 3-9pm
Tuesday May 28
Direct Action Training meet @ Apothecary 10am -2pm
Know Your Rights @ Apothecary 2pm
Puppets and Art Making for March @ Apothecary 12-4 pm
March and Mass Action Against the
2013 Tree Biotech Conference
Rally 4pm @ Pritchard Park, March @ 4:45pm
Wednesday May 29
Forest Ecology Hike
Learn about our native forests that are threatened
by GE trees. 10 am. Meeting location TBA
A Silent Forest Film Screening @ Apothecary 6-7pm
Solidarity Event: Tar Sands Blockade Talk @ Firestorm Cafe 4:30
Friday May 31
Goodbye and Good Riddance
Join us in giving the 2013 Tree Biotechnology
Conference a final farewell on their last night in Asheville
Meet @ the Apothecary 5pm