Speakers, Teach-Ins & Artists
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Martin Dagoberto, MA Right to Know GMOs, “The state of the GMO labeling movement”
Jackson Renshaw, Fresh Food Generation, “What GMOs do to low-income neighborhoods”
Jessie Banhazl, Green City Growers, “Grow your own food, Anywhere”
Rachel Donlan, Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance, “Agent Orange, Herbicides and Our Food”
Kristi Marsh, ChooseWiser, “The One Time it is OK NOT to Know”
Karthik Shekhar & Maha Ramamurthy, Association for India’s Development (MIT and Boston Chapters),”GMO Push threatens Bio-Safety, Bio-Diversity and Farmers’ Livelihoods: perspectives from India,”
John Ratliff, Massachusetts Peace Action, speaking on the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Linda Jenkins, mother, grandmother, activist and faith follower
Ed Stockman, organic MA farmer, Northeast Organic Farming Association, “Monsanto’s Hidden Secrets: What biotech doesn’t want you to know about GMO agriculture”
“What’s Your Foodscape? An interactive discussion on how location affects your health.” (kid friendly) – Cassandria Campbell & Jackson Renshaw, Fresh Food Generation
“COVVHA Survivor Stories” – RachelRamone Donlan, Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance
“How we will reach a critical mass for GMO labeling” – Martin Dagoberto, MA Right to Know GMOs
“Personal Best Practices for a GMO-Free Life” – Alessandra Mariano
Furthering the Conversation on GMOs in India – Karthik Shekhar & Maha Ramamurthy of AID
Kids Activities Table with Myriam (BPS science teacher), Yenni and Linda
Green Dragons, martial arts & food education! “Plant Part Game- Growing your body as a non-GMO plant”
Sass Attack, radical cheerleading with poets Jacob Dinklage & Pampi
and there will be PUPPETS!
with MC Mike “the Green Dad” Gioscia
Association for India’s Development is a volunteer movement founded in 1991 promoting sustainable, equitable and just development. AID supports grassroots organizations in India and initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources including land, water and energy, agriculture, health, women’s empowerment and social justice.
In January 2012, Kelly L. Derricks (#TruthTeller) Co-founded (COVVHA) Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance INC., – with representatives throughout the US – and serves as President of the 501C3 registered Non-profit, with Agent Orange Activist & Survivor Heather A. Bowser. Together, they work tirelessly remedying the lack of services and support for all of us living with the aftermath of a war that continues to devastate millions internationally.
Kelly is the daughter of deceased Vietnam Veteran Harry C. Mackel Jr. Harry died in 1982 at the age of 37 after being exposed to Agent Orange while serving two tours in Vietnam in addition to a tour on Johnston Island. She has battled severe health issues since she was born that continue today. Some of her illnesses, presumed to be associated with the inter-generational effects of Agent Orange, include but are not limited to the following: Chronic kidney disease, Crohn’s disease, Addison’s disease , Congenital adrenal hyperplaysia, Intersticial cystitis, Degenerative disk disease.
is a friendly, safe place for the curious to learn and a home for the passionate to grow. Whether it is escaping into the intimate pages of my book, interacting at energy-filled presentations, or online exploring, founder Kristi Marsh wants you to have a chance to learn about the simmering, swelling world of environmental health, and to encourage you to become the role model for others and leader that resides inside of you. Diagnosed with aggressive stage three breast cancer at age thirty-five, with three young children at home, Kristi March has since become the founder and force behind Choose Wiser, and a nationally recognized and celebrated advocate for women’s environmental health.
Cassandria Campbell grew up in Roxbury and Dorchester where she currently lives. She developed the idea for Fresh Food Generation because she wanted to find healthier food options without having to travel outside of her neighborhood. She became a food justice advocate while working as a teen at The Food Project- a nationally recognized model for youth development and sustainable agriculture. Upon graduating from Swarthmore College, she returned to the organization to be the Youth Development Coordinator in which she lead a 60 youth summer program and coordinated a year-long leadership program. In 2011, she received a Masters degree in City Planning from MIT and continues to work in the field of community and economic development.
Jackson Renshaw became passionate about food justice as a teenager while working with The Food Project. He decided to pursue his degree in Ecological Agriculture at The University of Vermont because he felt the smartest way to feed people was to grow food. He continued to work as the Roxbury Youth Programs Coordinator at The Food Project to lead an intensive six and a half week summer program between school terms. When Cassandria approached him with the idea, he immediately agreed to help create Fresh Food Generation. He currently works as a Truck Manager at Bon Me preparing, cooking, and selling food.
seeks to address the problems of diet-related diseases and poor fitness in our youth by combining food and martial arts education. Gardening lessons paired with the physical and mental training of martial arts provide young people with tools for a life-long practice of personal and community empowerment. In an era where low-quality, mass-produced food is a threat to our well-being, learning how to grow our own food is a martial art.
Jessie Banhazl is the Founder and CEO of Green City Growers, located in Somerville. After leaving a career in reality television to pursue her interest in food and all things food-related, Jessie began Green City Growers to provide the Boston area with fresh, hyper-local produce, grown right on the property of their customer’s home, roof, or business. GCG fosters a deeper connection for people to the food they eat through hands-on educational programs, maintenance plans, and consulting. She is here to help you grow food, anywhere.
Jessie Banhazl left a career in reality television in 2008 to found Green City Growers and reconnect people to the food they eat. Jessie envisions an urban landscape where rooftops and vacant lots become common and productive places to grow food – an urban agricultural revolution for a healthier nation – fueling personal and environmental health, and local food sustainability. GCG educates people from all walks of life how to grow their own food by offering Greater Boston families, schools, restaurants, businesses and municipalities a professional “helping hand” to install and maintain organic urban farms on site in unconventional spaces. She is here to help you grow food, anywhere.
Lighter is a vibrant, revolutionary community that empowers women to resist a culture of over-consumption and challenge the Standard American Diet (SAD). Together we are transforming from the inside out to secure a better life for ourselves, our families, our community and the planet!
is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to develop the sustained political power to foster a more just and peaceful U.S. foreign policy. Through grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, and community education, we promote human rights and global cooperation, seek an end to war and the spread of nuclear weapons, and support budget priorities that re-direct excessive military spending to meeting human and environmental needs in our communities. We are an affiliate of Peace Action, the nation’s largest grassroots peace and disarmament membership organization, with more than 100,000 members and 30 chapters across the country.
Statewide network of advocates declaring our fundamental right to know if our food contains ingredients derived from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Together, we are building a critical mass of support for the passage of legislation requiring the mandatory labeling of GMO foods in Massachusetts. Martin Dagoberto and Ed Stockman are co-founders.
Martin Dagoberto is a co-founder of Massachusetts Right to Know GMOs and Citizens for GMO Labeling (a national non-profit). He is using his degree in biotechnology/genetics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in order to advocate for common sense transparency in food labeling and sustainable food production. His current efforts build upon experience and perspectives gained through work with such groups as Mountain Justice, Rainforest Action Network, the Sustainable Living Roadshow, and the Marion Institute’s Green Jobs Green Economy Initiative. He also spends time being, growing and making medicine, homesteading, and connecting with allies toward cultural regeneration and Nature reconnection.
is a community including farmers, gardeners, landscapers and consumers working to educate members and the general public about the benefits of local organic systems based on complete cycles, natural materials, and minimal waste for the health of individual beings, communities and the living planet. We:
– encourage methods of farming and gardening that can continue for generations because they show respect for the soil, water, and air which support us all.
– promote political and economic changes necessary to build a sustainable local agriculture that benefits rural, suburban and urban Massachusetts.
– are concerned about the dangers posed by pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers along with the growing destruction of topsoil caused by erosion and loss of humus.
– advocate sustainable growing practices which not only conserve but actually renew and improve our environment.
– are looking at improved access for all to organic food and organic land and farming; with a consciousness of reaching low-income and marginalized people. Further, we are examining how NOFA itself perpetuates systems of privilege, and how we can begin to change that.
are sassy radical cheearleaders that oppose oppression. From wikipedia: Radical cheerleading is used at demonstrations to promote a radical message in a media-friendly, people-friendly way.