Moms Across America March 2013
From Sea to Shining Sea
Kathleen in Huntington Beach, California Zen and MAAM in Madison, CT
See a compliation video of parades:
From June 29th to July 7th, all across America Moms and supporters are joined into 172 parades to letting an estimated 1 million of their neighbors know about GMOs directly and millions more via media and word of mouth. This was an act of generosity and courage on a grand scale, an example of what makes America great! What awesome and generous people!
What makes America great is not the party in the White house or the rise in our economy, it is not the amount of wars we have won or popularity of our President. What makes America great are the individual actions of the people, and all people have Moms. Moms in America make the vast majority of all purchases, therefore we drive the economy. We are the social planners, of church communities and school activities, therefore we run our communities. Moms have the say so in the home about meals, health, chores and school homework, guiding our future generations to create the prosperity and success of America. In one sense you could say the state of America is the responsibility of our Moms. If there is anything you don’t like about America, we citizens, including Moms, need to take a close look at our role in that.
Have we taken ownership of it?
What can we do that we have not done before?
What is something new we could create in that area?
The power in being a Mom is taking on our role in America. That is why our car decals say ”Bring it ON! I’m a MOM!” and "Label GMOS!"
On July 4th, we took on GMOs and did something new. For most of us, we had not marched in a parade since Girl Scouts and we never even considered being an activist. The majority of us are not radicals, we are not political, we are not doing this for certain religious reasons, we are simply Moms who care about the future of our children. We know that 64 other countries have banned or label GMOs and we march for that freedom here in the USA. We are angry about GMOs but we Moms know that other Mom’s are most likely to consider information when it’s delivered in non threatening way. Moms know that love works. So we marched with patriotism and pride to be in America’s biggest traditional community event. We marched with love, a friendly attitude and joyous smiles. We were supported by wonderful husbands, partners, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends and kids. People who care about health and freedom marched for no personal gain. We took on GMOs, were mostly received with cheers and wonder, ( when have most Moms been CHEERED at for talking about GMOs before??? Never! This was so empowering!!!) and we have never been prouder of our great nation.
Sierra Madre, CA Boise Idaho
Riverton, NJ Savoy, IL Carnation, WA
Love was all the motivation we need to march down our main street, bravely in the rain alone, like Mom Samantha in Frankfurt, Kentucky or in 107 degree heat like Jessica Denning and over 70 supporters, in Carmichael CA We sang, chanted, waved, smiled and cheered along with the surprised and delighted supporters. We also looked our neighbors in the eye and gave them GMO info flyers or held a banner and signs that brought a new message to thousands lining the streets that did not know about GMOs. We could see them wondering, turning to their neighbors and asking “What is a GMO?”. Our hearts leaped for joy when a neighbor said “Genetically Modified Organism.” Mom’s Mission Accomplished.
Huntington Beach, CA Biggest Parade on West Coast Dedicated Dad on Unicycle
Lake Forest, CA Bee Car Alameda, CA SF Bay area Longest Parade
The love for our children is our fuel. We have a never ending source of that love. This is just the beginning. Moms Across America will not stop until GM food is labeled and off our tables. We will continue to stand for, march for, sing for and chant for “Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids”.
Mendocino, CA Springfield, Missouri
Blaine, WA Madison, CT
Denver , CO Lancaster , PA
With Love, from Moms Across America
With Thanks to our partners the CA State Grage, LabelGMOs.org and sponsors Dr. Bronner's , NYR Organic, Nature's Path, Organic valley, OMG ohmygreen.com and Nutivia and everyone who donated.
I just had what I believe could be a brilliant idea for the marchers that will be participating in our marches across the country. I was hoping to get Moms and Kids and whoever else would like to show support of labeling to join our group along the parade route. It would be a powerful visual statement to everyone along the route, if people kept jumping out of their seats to join us in marching against GMOs and we ended up with a huge group marching with us by the end of the parade....a huge and loud group. How do you best visually represent a large number of people....A mob that is loud is good....but in a parade....visually represented by a long line of entrants ....how bout a line of supporters several blocks long?????
Even if many people in the town support labeling (most do...and many are strong proponents) how do you get that many people convinced to join in a parade they had only come to watch??? I got to thinking what would entice many to join in....what is irresistible??? We can have people in our group running over and grabbing those who vocalize support....good....we could hand out flyers asking people to get up and march to show their support....good....we might get some that way....but what would seem just too fun to join in???? A CONGO LINE!!!! Who can resist joining a congo line....a loud, enthusiastic, and rambunctious and quickly growing congo line??? "LA - BEL G M O's" ....boom ...... " LA - BEL G M O'S".....boom.
To get things started keep some of your members in a line to start of the route marching at the beginning of the parade and distribute whever you can spare spaced out along both sides of the parade route....have one person who is marching working each side of the route handing out flyers and coaxing people to join in....have the people who have been planted in the crowd along the route enthusiastically join in. Each person joining in will be given a warm welcome and honored with a lei or a hat or a button....maybe just a hug. This should create a chain reaction along the route that will feed on itself....if it slows down, instruct members to slip out of the line and get into the crowd again to re kindle the movement of audience members into the congo line. Ask marchers to bring drums to create the congo beat...maybe even some other instruments and percussion.
I am going to give this a try....if anyone else does, let me know how it worked.
An Open Letter to Hugh Grant, Monsanto Board Members, and Staff
Moms Across America are writing you because we have seen the health of our children improve when we remove genetically modified, or GM foods, from their diets. We know what scientists SAY, but we ask you to consider what Moms are SEEING.
• We see that our children fare worse health-wise than children from other countries. The difference is that 80% of our food contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). (1)
• Today, 1 out of 3 American children are overweight or obese since GMOs have been introduced. (2)
• 1 out of 3 American children now have Allergies, Autism/ADHD, Asthma or Auto Immune Disorders. (3).
• We Moms see firsthand that when we take our children off GMOs, and feed them organic food, their symptoms either disappear or dramatically improve. (4)
Do you or a staff member have a child with Autism? Do you know how difficult life is for that family? Do you see that the future and potential of an entire generation of children is being stolen from them because of the impact to their health from GMOs? Have you seen a child with a rash? Did you know that a rash on the outside of the body means inflammation in the stomach, which can lead to stomach cancer?
We know your intentions were to feed the world. But countries around the world have rejected GM food.
We know your intention in putting insecticides INTO the food we eat was to reduce the quantity of insecticides sprayed ON the food we eat. We ask you to acknowledge that, despite this intention, pesticide use has in fact INCREASED and so have the health problems of our children and our country.
We know you want to help the world. We ask you to have the courage to acknowledge that GM practices and Roundup® are hurting our world. We have seen the recent and new scientific studies on the impact of GMOs and Glyphosate (5a) with links to autism, Alzheimers, food allergies, liver cancer, IBS, breast cancer in humans (6) and possibly mental illness (5b) and we have witnessed the results firsthand in our kids. (7)
We have seen the scientific study showing birth defects, miscarriages in pigs who ate GMO feed(8). And we personally have experienced far too many miscarriages and rise in struggles with infertility. We love our children, and want them to be healthy and to be able to have their own kids some day. Please stop and consider our plea.
The auto industry issues a recall when their product is suspected of causing harm. We ask you to recall Roundup® and cease GMO seed production until the consumption and long-term use of such products are proven safe.
It takes a big person to make a global company. It takes an even BIGGER person to admit things aren’t working they way you intended and change course.
We Moms know your Mom would be proud of you if you put the health of the nation first and stopped selling GMO seeds and spraying Glyphosate (Roundup®) and other harsher pesticides.
Moms Across America
Further information about Moms Across America and numerous studies can be found on our website at www.momsacrossamerica.com/blog.
Further information about Moms Across America and numerous studies can be found on our website atwww.momsacrossamerica.com/blog.
and Jeffrey M. Smith, “Genetic Roulette”: http://geneticroulettemovie.com/
(5a) Samsell and Seneff “Glyphosate and Modern Diseases” http://people.csail.mit.edu/seneff/glyphosate/glyphosate.html
(5b) Jeffrey M. Smith interview with MIT Dr. Stephanie Seneff on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_AHLDXF5aw
(6) Breast cancer – Dr. Thongprakaisang: Glyphosate Induces Growth in Human Breast Cancer Cells: http://gmoevidence.com/dr-thongprakaisang-glyphosate-induces-growth-in-human-breast-cancer-cells/
(7) Moms, GMOs and Kids health: http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/moms_speak_out_about_gmos_and_family_health
(8) Dr. Judy Carman: Evidence of GMO Harm in Pig Study: http://gmoevidence.com/dr-judy-carman-evidence-of-gmo-harm-in-pig-study/
Moms Across America: June 28, 2013
Moms Across America unite in raising GMO awareness with a range of events planned throughout the
United States on July 4th, 2013.
Visit their website to find an event near your location at www.momsacrossamerica.com.
Press Contact Specified:Zen Honeycutt [email protected]
Dear Supporters! One week from now we will be marching in over 156 parades in our hometowns across America! Wow! Imagine how many hundreds of thousands of people we are going to reach directly and millions of family members!!! This is so exciting! Your generosity, commitment and courage to care about other people really is what makes America Great! It's not to late to join in! Order your GMO info materials, buttons, flyers, stickers, decals and banners individually or in parade packs, which are 50% prepaid, thanks to our sponsors and your donations!
Click here to go to our website and then click on the link on that page to go to webstore. You will need to log into the webstore and pay for expedited shipping to the east coast. Ground shipping to the west coast today only will be fine. Remember that the banners, and flyers are useful throughout the whole summer and can be used at summer festivals at free community booths, and the car decals, buttons and stickers are conversation starters that will change people's entire families lives by sparking a few moments of connection and curiosity. UPDATE on our Moms Across America Tour!
The Honeycutts are driving cross country to promote the Moms Across America March to Label GMOs! So far - CA, NV,UT,NM,AZ,CO, and KS next! Thousands are seeing the "Label GMOs" car decals ( Thanks for donating them Proimagesigns.com!!) and thousands more are getting our flyers, movies, books, organic body care, and solutions to shop online GMO free thanks to our sponsors, NYR Organic, Dr. Bronners, Nature's Path, Nutivia, Organic Valley and Robyn O'Brien, Jeffrey M. Smith and IRT, Howard Vlieger and OMG! ohmygreen.com online NON GMO and organic grocery store.
Even though about 50% of the people we talk to at pit stops don't know about GMOs, the ones that do really care about everyone finding out about GMOs! I have interviewed people in grocery stores, organic farms, a full moon party, pit stop parking lots, campgrounds, restaurants and Moms' homes. They were thrilled to receive the bag of GMO info and I was moved by the stories of struggle they have faced with health issues and inspired by the triumphs they are experiencing by going GMO Free as much as possible.
We are also facing struggles going GMO Free on this trip. We brought lots of GMO free food and have stopped at Whole Foods and natural food stores along the way but after 12 meals out of a cooler, we confess we ate at 2 places, a BBQ and Pancake house ( with gluten free pancakes) in the past 5 days, and although we asked about whether or not they had corn oil, and they said no, one son got sick and the other got a rash. We now suspect cottonseed oil. We know that the answer is to only eat what we bring and we are sad to not be able to enjoy the American experience of good food throughout the USA. It only inspires us to tell more people about GMOs so that restaurants and food trucks will go GMO free.
Our family feel blessed and grateful each day that we are on this journey , creating awareness and connecting with truly wonderful, caring people all over America. Things may not be as we would like, but the people in our country are all love. Please know that when you reach out and share with another person the reward comes back 100 fold and we will prevail. Love always does.
Find out more on our Facebook page <https://www.facebook.com/MomsAcrossAmerica> and on my blog as soon as I have good internet service to upload all the videos. And thank you for your support and partnership in a health and freedom for all Americans! With Love and Joy, Zen and the Honeycutt Family P.S. Please order your GMO Info supplies TODAY! http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/parade_gear
Here we go! Moms Across America Cross Country Tour! We are spreading the word all across America to Label GMOs!
I am driving from CA to CT with my family and to cover more ground co founder Kathleen Hallal is driving from CA to WA. Kathleen is going to march with WA to support their upcoming ballot initiative and I am marching with GMO FREE USA leader Diana Reeves and my family of origin in my childhood homestate to celebrate their win and support the national labeling.We are so excited!
We are loaded up with GMO Info 15,000 flyers from Moms Across America, 600 GMO FREE buttons, coupons and flyers from Nature’s Path and OMG; ohmygreen.com online NON GMO grocery store, hundreds of samples from NYR Organic, movies by Genetic Roulette by Jeffrey M. Smith, “The UnHealthy Truth” book by Robyn O’Brien, and support from additional sponsors Dr. Bronners, Nutivia and Organic Valley. I do not know how my husband packed all these supplies and our camping gear, but I am grateful for his magic. My three boys, Ben 10, Bodee 8 and Bronson 4, are loaded up with toys, electronic gadgets and art supplies. The car is tuned up and decked out with a sign from Proimagesigns.com and we have Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s mapped out so we can eat GMO Free cross country.
I already spoke to a guy at the gas station who thought what we are doing was so cool even though he didn’t know what GMO’s are. He said “I will find out!” I am moved to tears by this, his willingness and the difference it will make for his family is what I do what I do and why I know you share too. We care. One person at a time America. We are doing this! Thank you for sharing about GMOs with us in the next 12 days before the 4th of July! Next stop , Vegas Baby! to be interviewed by Nick Brannigan for radio.
Along the way we will also be interviewing other, Does America Know about GMOs? If so, what might be the health implications on our nation's children and families? And can we really feed three hungry boys GMO Free cross country?
With Love and Joy
When CNN aired the the Oregon GMO Wheat Mystery piece by Stephanie Elam on Monday June 17, 2013, http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2013/06/17/tsr-dnt-elam-gmo-wheat-oregon.cnn it was a huge step for the movement in the right direction. People watching mass media are now wondering what GMOs are and why they are in doing illegally in our food. People are also seeing not just scientists and doctors being interviewed about GMOs, but an everyday Mom. Robyn O'Brien paved the way for us with her book "The UnHealthy Truth " and was in mainstream media, but for a Mom activist to get air time shows the power of what each and every mom contributes by sharing and standing up for health and freedom. Moms activists are being heard.
The CNN piece was mostly about the Oregon wheat however, and Ryan Wirick, talented producer of the following video, saw that there was more to the story. There is the story of Mom's health concerns. There is the story of our children in America.
This is our reality. Moms get nothing out of sharing what we are sharing except connecting with others that are going through the same struggles and creating a healthy future for our children. We share to empower America. We have the right not only to know what is in our food, but if there are health risks. We see that there are from looking at our own children and we want America and the world to know. We want health and freedom for all.
Thank you for sharing this.
It was a huge honor to be the one interviewed for the piece, and I didn't get to do this alone. I want to thank Michael Carey, reporter and camerman, Jack Olmstead executive producer of Weekly Womens GMO Free News for this idea, Pamm Larrry, Howard Vlieger, Kathleen Hallal and of course our husbands and children for their support in getting to this point were we have created a national organization having an international impact. I am moved to tears by what we are creating. Empowerment, love, health and freedom for all. Thank you!
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Moms Across America making news! It's so exciting to be getting the word out. Our motto is "Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids" and it's happening! Exciting day!
Moms just know. We knew when we saw " The Future of Food" or "Food Inc" or " The Vanishing of the Bees" that this was bad. Nothing good could come from patenting seeds, dousing them and injecting them with poison and then spraying them with more poison and feeding to our nation. We knew that Robyn O'Brien exposed it when she linked GMOs to allergies. We knew that Jeffrey Smith put the first of many nails in the coffin of what will someday be the GMO DEBACLE. We knew that GMOs and chemical farming was hurting our kids, but besides a shocking study of rats with tumors that went completely ignored by main stream media, we did not have proof.
Until now, This is as SustainablePulse.com called it, "The Worst Week Ever for Monsanto Science".
First on Tuesday, the study of Pigs and GMO feed. PROOF that GMOs and the pesticide and herbicide combinations in and on them DO impact the stomachs of mammals. It has been claimed by Monsanto that these chemicals only kill bugs and do not affect mammals because we have a stomach acid. Look at the pictures. Mammals are impacted. The pigs had stomach ulcers and severe damage which is also skyrocketing in our American children. They show signs which mimick autism: distraction, irritability and inability to follow directions. Autism rate shave gone from 1 in 10,000 children to 1 in 50, in the 15 years since GMos and Glyphosate has been sprayed ON our food.( get our Howard Vliger DVD for more info)
They also had 25% heavier uteruses, resulting increased miscarriages. We currently have the lowest birth rate in America's recorded history. Every Mom I know as either had a miscarriages, has trouble getting pregnant or has a sister who lost a baby, many in the the third trimester, mysteriously, or to "SIDS" as an infant. These are our BABIES!!! The tragedy of loss is something no mother should ever have to bear. To find out it may have been prevented with just some regulatory testing is too outrageous for me to even comprehend. What if this is linked to my miscarriage, what if my baby had lived? Might I have had a daughter? It's time for Monsanto to do the wondering...when they are going to stop doing this and start doing something else.
Dr. Judy Carman: Evidence of GMO Harm in Pig Study: http://gmoevidence.com/dr-judy-carman-evidence-of-gmo-harm-in-pig-study/
Then Wednesday, the report of Glyphosate showing up in 18 countries throughout Europe came out. What I wonder is, how are they getting tested? I am sure it is in our urine too, as I have called the water department and they shared recording of glyphosate in the CA water with me. But none of my doctors will test me for it. Another Mom was told that no lab would test her for it because Monsanto owns the patent and no testing is allowed. So we cannot even test our own blood and urine for the most commonly used herbicide on our planet?
I am willing to mess up. I am committed to being effective, but what I have realized is that being a leader means you have to be willing to mess up and just do it anyway. Your commitment to being effective has to supersede the fear of failure.
Someone who is not willing to mess up does not take action.
To be someone who speaks out for a cause like GMO awareness means being a leader. We have all kinds of fears attached to that word, "leader", and for many of us it stops us from taking action. The rewards, however when we do, are far beyond what we can imagine.
Yesterday, the unimaginable happened to me. CNN came to my house ( my HOUSE!!!! you can imagine how my kitchen suddenly looked to me when I found out, I wanted to suddenly renovate) and filmed me cooking a GMO free breakfast ( why, oh why didn't I buy a new set of pots and pans??? Why are all my scrambled eggs sticking????) and eating together as a family (What if I look as nervous as I feel?). YIKES! Most importantly what if I don't say the right thing or forget to say something? What if I mess it up nationally???? ACK! The responsibility to speak for moms seemed immense.
The committee of chatter in my head analyzed everything before the shoot and I called Robyn O'Brien and just say out loud that "I know that I am not going to "get this right" for everyone. They are only going to take a few sound bites and I am never going to be able to say everything I want...so....( deep breath) I am going to be okay with "messing it up". I am also totally committed delivering my message. "Kids get better off GMOs."
She supported me by saying that "even one sentence that they use, or even just the image of me as a Mom, will inspire other to speak up. They will get that they can do it too."
And that's when I realized that it is more important that I do this, for others, than it is for me to paralyze myself with fear to "protect" myself. I am committed to, and believe I did, deliver our message in a way that people can hear it. It's not as impassioned as I really feel about all this, but I get that that screaming it like I kinda-sorta did at the rally in my speech at March Against Monsanto is a different setting. Delivering a message means being calm, focused, strong and clear.
As a leader for this cause, in whatever capacity we choose, there is a lot that can get in the way of being focused and clear, for you, for me. Mostly it is all in our heads. We think "I couldn't be a speaker, I can't even talk to my neighbor about this ...I don't have what it takes...I am too shy...too angry...too busy...too tired..." or maybe it's "not enough" like, "I am not well-spoken enough, or prepared enough, or experienced enough."
Or maybe you really believe you are " just not that kind of person"...sort of how I used to believe I am "not good at math". Now, I use math, in my example that if you as just 1 person has 10 people over for a GMO movie night and those 10 share with 5 and those 5 all share with 5 who also share with 5, then you will be responsible for 1,270 people finding out about GMOs! This math example is inspiring ten of thousands! How's that for rocking math?? Do you believe things about your self too? Like you are " just not a leader?" or "Just not a speaker?"
I ask you to consider that that is not REAL about you. It's just something you made up about yourself. It's just something you say to protect yourself from the fear of failure and "messing it up."
Now some of you are really going to fight me on this, and say " but I really do have a soft voice" or " I get really nervous talking to people and I feel like I am going to throw up in front of a room, I am just not like that."
My answer, with all the love in the world for you, is SO WHAT???!!!
What is more important, letting your fear of failure and messing up in front of people dictate your actions or your gigantic commitment that people have HEALTH and FREEDOM NOW?
What is more important, you NOT sweating or children having the future they deserve and seeds being accessible to all?
What is more important, you being more comfortable NOT talking to your neighbor or being a stand that EVERYONE knows about GMOs and causing a tipping point of consumer rejection NOW?
It's only going to happen if we say so. Speaking to your neighbor and inviting them to a GMO movie night June 15th, getting up in front of a room and speaking at a school, or speaking on CNN is all the same. It just means that you take actions that are aligned with what you are committed to. Someone, I think that Dalai Lama said, that when your actions are in alignment with your commitment, is when you experience true joy. We can experience that joy in adverse situations or not.
So whether they air my segment on CNN or not, whether they pick out the best sound bites or not, whether you think I messed up or not, I am going to keep going. I will not stop. I will not give up. My love for my children will never end and my actions will be in alignment with that limitless love.
I hope you see the love that you have is the fuel for the opportunity of leadership you have in your life. My wish is for you to speak out in your local radio and TV stations, to write to editors, to speak at libraries....just share your personal story.
And be willing to mess it up! On of the founders of Google said, when asked why he was so inventive said,
"When I was little, I tried to pour a glass of milk and I spilled a full gallon of milk all over the kitchen floor. When my Mom saw it, she didn't get mad, she said " WOW! that's the biggest milk spill I have ever seen! Have you ever seen one bigger? And I was stunned. I though she would get mad, but instead she smiled asked, " Would you like to play with that milk ?" I smiled and said yes and smooshed it around and it was fun. Then she asked " Would you like to help clean it up?" and we did together and it was fun. And then "Would you like to practice pouring in to a glass outside with water?" and I did and that was fun too. She taught me that it's okay to make a mess, you can even have fun with it. I never forgot that and since then I have not been afraid of messing up, so I invent."
We can be inventive and create the world we want. The Dalai Lama said "Western women will change the world" that's us, America, and the time is now.
And to the rest of the world, we do this in partnership with you. Thank you.
P.S. I will for sure let you all know when it airs, whether I think I messed up or not:)
Have FUN sharing!
I just want to take a moment to acknowledge the fantastic, historic, awe inspiring and thrilling turn out of the 436 March Against Monsanto events in 50 countries. What Tami Canal Monroe and her very small team of committed volunteers accomplished is nothing short of phenomenal. We are grateful for them and their support with the Moms Across America March to Label GMOs!
Despite the huge leap in unity this past week, we have had some bad news.
GMO wheat found in an Oregon field, China burning 4 tankers of GMO soy (good thing) but making a deal with Brazil to get the bulk of the world's non GMO soy ( umm...not so good for the rest of us), the EU bowing to pressure and allowing GMO crops to be planted, Moms unable to get their own blood tested due to Monsanto's patents on toxic chemicals...this news can be overwhelming.
The good news is that Moms are used to being overwhelmed and that has never stopped us before and won't stop us now.
The good news is that over 75 Moms Across America groups are joining into 4th of July parades nationally so far, more every hour! The Netherlands and Canada are marching in solidarity! Whooo hooo!
We are thrilled with the partnerships we are honored to be creating with the CA State Grange, Label GMOs, NYR Organic, Dr. Bronner's, Robyn O'Brien and Allergy Kids Foundation, Organic Valley, Nature's Path, Nutivia, Institute for Responsible Technology, Holistic Moms Network, Green America, Moms for Safe Food, and more.
If you would like to support our volunteer organization to give out GMO info at every parade and empower and educate millions, there is still a week or two to be included.
Please contact Zen with connections to people who can support us and future generations.
Zen, Kathleen and the MAAM Team