Last night we delivered more signatures from more than 2,000 family farmers and 50,000 Food Democracy Now! members from across the country to Governor Kitzhaber and members of the Oregon legislature in a show of solidarity with Oregon’s family farmers against the outrageous attack that SB 633 (now renamed SB 863) is on our democratic rights and the future of organic seed.
While this issue is about a violation against local decision-making process in Oregon counties regarding seed and local food production, it has broad implications for farmer and eaters everywhere! We need you to stand with us one last time to help make sure that Oregon’s legislatures hear us loud and clear – Vote NO on SB 863 (formerly SB 633). There is no place for corporate tyranny over the integrity of our seed, agricultural and democratic heritage!
3. After you take action, give Governor John Kitzhaber a call to let his office know you strongly oppose SB 863 / SB 633 - tell Oregon it's time to protect family farmers, not biotech seed and pesticide companies.
Governor Kitzhaber's office phone number: 503-378-4582 or Press Office: 503-689-6117 503-689-5324
Leave a friendly message on Gov Kitzhaber's Facebook page:
THIS IS URGENT - PLEASE PASS THIS ON!
After you sign the letter, please pass this on to 3 friends who care about this issue so we can broaden our impact.
Please contact one or more of the following Oregon legislators to let them know Oregon farmers and their communities' futures are not for sale to foreign multinational corporations. The Capitol opens at 8:00am, with House session scheduled for 8:30 and Senate at 10am.
*House Majority Leader Val Hoyle D-West Eugene and Junction City District 14 Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-295 Salem, OR 97301 Capitol Phone: 503-986-1414
Senator Lee Beyer: D District: 6 Capitol Phone: 503-986-1706 Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-419, Salem, OR, 97301 Email: Sen.LeeBeyer@state.or.us Website: http://www.leg.state.or.us/beyer/
Senate President Pro Tempore Ginny Burdick D-Portland District 18 firstname.lastname@example.org Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-213 Salem, OR 97301 Capitol Phone: 503-986-1718
Representative Chris Garrett D-Lake Oswego District 38 email@example.com Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-283 Salem, OR 97301 Capitol Phone: 503-986-1438 (congratulate him on his new baby!)
Representative Brian L. Clem D-Salem District 21 You can contact him at Phone: (503)986-1421 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEY ISSUES Relating to SB 863 to share with them:
- SB 863 will send more money OUT OF OREGON!
- SB 863 is an attempt by out-of-state and multinational corporations to further secure the foothold they’ve already established in our state. They (Syngenta, Monsanto to name a few) have no interest in maintaining the quality of life here, in protecting our family farmers. Their sole interest is earning more money that they will take to their headquarters and share with their shareholders. This does not benefit Oregon!
- SB 863 will tie the hands of local governments who know the needs of their communities best.
- If passed, SB 863 will have wide-ranging unintended consequences, such as nullifying many local ordinances that have successfully protected local agriculture.
- Including SB 863 is an end-run around the Oregon Constitutional requirement that each piece of legislation be evaluated and voted on its own merits.
After dying in committee during the regular session earlier this year, SB 633, now known as LC 5, industrial ag corporations joined forces with the notorious ALEC and Koch brothers to slip this seed preemption bill into an unrelated emergency PERS tax and pension bill in Oregon.
Please join us in stopping this outrageous sneak attack on family farmers, their economic livelihoods, their way of life and the future integrity and survival of organic and non-GMO seed!
Why Standing up for Seed Integrity to Stop SB 633 is Important!
This is an issue of global and national importance for our seed supply and farmer rights.
SB 633 is a poorly written bill that strips local control of decisions on seeds and agriculture production.
Current efforts to sneak SB 633, a seed pre-emption bill, into legislation pertaining to public pension cuts and new state tax increases in Oregon state, threatens to undermine the future economic survival of all family farmers, not just those in Oregon, and erode the rights of local elected officials to make appropriate decisions on how local food and agriculture should be regulated.
Thanks again for participating in food democracy,
Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team