March against Monsanto, May 23, in TO

The Bovine

From Global News.ca:

“TORONTO – Hundreds marched in Toronto Saturday joining thousands around the world to protest against genetically modified organisms and agribusiness giant Monsanto.

The “March Against Monsanto” protests are now in their third year and were held in several Canadian cities including Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. Organizers said that events were being held in 428 cities in 38 countries from North America to Africa and Europe.

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2VR’s Green Mountain Noise: Meet Our 2015 Contributors! (E-ZINE)

Second Vermont Republic

2VR-4-5Jeezum! We’ve had a barn burner of a good time assembling the contents for our 2015 issue of “Green Mountain Noise.” Take a look at our Contributors list, and dive in right here. We’ll be featuring all of our new GMN stories right here in the coming weeks, with a special focus on the evolving presidential campaign of our own junior Senator Bernie Sanders. Free Vermont, and long live the Untied States!

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Celebrate Hemp History in Vermont

From Rural Vermont 

“Hemp Advocates Tell Their Stories from the Front Lines”
Wednesday, June 3rd, 6:30 pm
Upper Valley Food Co-op, White River Jct

The sixth annual Hemp History Week is planned for June 1-7 of this year, and Rural Vermont and the Upper Valley Food Co-op are partnering to host Hemp Advocates Tell Their Stories from the Front Lines. Join us for hemp-themed snacks, stories, and discussion about hemp legislation, cultivation, and production in Vermont and beyond.

It’s an exciting time for hemp! It’s growing in popularity as the benefits it can offer to our farmers, our economy, and our planet are becoming more widely known. This event will both celebrate hemp’s progress at the state and national level, and expose the barriers that are preventing farmers from getting seeds in the ground (and even in their hands!). Join Rural Vermont and representatives from Vote Hemp and the Vermont Chapter of the Hemp Industries Association for Stories from the Front Lines and lively discussion about this nutritious, versatile, and eco-friendly crop, and learn more about the outdated federal policies that are standing in the way of its rebirth in Vermont and beyond. Find out what you can do and how you can support efforts to change these policies to more accurately reflect today’s reality and bring hemp back to American soils.

Lots more information here. 

Politics of the Possible: The Sanders Crusade, by Greg Guma (PROGRESSIVE ECLIPSE,/7) 

Second Vermont Republic

2VR-Bernie

Publisher’s Note: As the “Sanders For President” campaign basks in the glow of more than $2 million raised in one week’s time, thoughtful observers from across the political spectrum weigh in on what a Bernie Run means for Vermont, as well as U.S. imperial politics. Ron Jacobs reminded us several years ago that “Bernie will not save US,” while Left-leaning critiques of Bernie astutely point out that, by running as a Democrat, Bernie is choosing to remain inside the very Two Party System he himself has condemned as being fundamentally broken beyond repair. (Bernie’s hero, Progressive Era Socialist Eugene Debs, who ran for president on an independent Socialist ticket and did quite well, must be rolling in his grave). In this series below, longtime Burlington progressive Greg Guma offers an insider’s perspective on Bernie’s long-time political ambitions, and his decided lack of interest in building any sort of genuine third-party…

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