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The March against Monsanto, in Vancouver BC

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“Say no to gee-emm-owe’s!”  “Monsanto’s gotta go!”

What a demonstration!  And, yes, I have to specify “Vancouver BC”.  This was a march happening truly everywhere, Australia, Europe, Africa, etc.  To me, it felt a bit exhilarating to participate in a truly global event, a historical one at that: this was the first time that a event like this was organised globally, quickly, a true demonstration of the age of social media.  I checked: there was no early notice in the regular media, print or otherwise.

And yet people came. And came.  And came.  When the march finally left the grounds of the Art Gallery, there were marchers stretched over blocks.  Felt good, it restored my hope in people and in the health of our democracy.  On the heels of the Occupy movement, the voice of the people is starting to crowd out that of corporations.  (And I think, even though these aren’t related struggles, it bodes well for the pipeline fights, too – as long as people make their voices heard, persistently, ain’t gonna happen.)

Here’s my little contribution with a few photos.

People kept streaming in, despite the rain

People kept streaming in, despite the rain

Many, many moms and kids participated.  Our food is a primal motivator.

Many, many moms and kids participated. Our food is a primal motivator.

As the march started, people kept coming...

As the march started, people kept coming…

...and coming...

…and coming…

...and coming...

…and coming…

...and coming some more.

…and coming some more.  There must have been at least 1500 people there.

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Written by enviropaul

May 26, 2013 at 10:51 am

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