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Pesticides in Paradise? Local Environmental Groups to Host Informational Town Hall

Jun 27, 2019


Pesticides in Paradise? Winning the battle for a safer and healthier community will be held Monday, August 5 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at theSebastopol Grange at 6000 Sebastopol Ave/Hwy 12 west of Santa Rosa.

In addition to guest speaker  Mitchel Cohen, author of  The Fight Against Monsanto: The Politics of Pesticides  (SkyHorse Publications: 2019. Forward by Vandana Shiva) and Robin Falk Esser, Ph.D, author of Chapter 13: "Consequences of Glyphosate's Effects on Animal Cells, Animals, and Ecosystems," the event will include presentations by local environmentalists working on this issue in Sonoma County.

Attendees will learn about the international movement to stop toxic contamination and what is being done locally. The book will be available for sale at the event. 

According to Cohen, “Our book explores the best strategies for winning the struggle for healthy foods and a clean environment. Taking lessons from activists, it offers a new, holistic and radical approach essential for defending life on this planet and creating a future worth living in.”

Longtime Green activist,  Mitchel Cohen  coordinates the  No Spray Coalition in New York City, which successfully sued the City of New York government over its indiscriminate spraying of toxic pesticides. In 2001, he ran for Mayor of New York City as one of five Green Party candidates. He was editor of the national newspaper Green Politix, and of the NY State Green Party newspaper.

Robin T. Falk Esser, PhD,  is the author of Chapter 13 in the book: "Consequences of Glyphosate’s Effects on Animal Cells, Animals, and Ecosystems". Published widely in notable scientific journals, the former New York City high school science teacher for 30 years received the Siemens AP Science award for excellence in teaching was the subject of N.Y. Times articles and Tom Brokaw NBC Nightly National News interview on exemplary teaching. A life-long political activist; she worked as teenager in the 1965 anti-apartheid mobilization, 1968 Poor People’s Campaign with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., against the Vietnam War and in the draft resistance movement.

Tickets are $12 and available at Funds raised will support local pesticide action.

Sponsors of the event include: Preserve Rural Sonoma County, Wine Water Watch, Sonoma County Conservation Action, FACTS (Families Advocating For Chemical and Toxics Safety), North Bay Organizing Project, The Sebastopol Grange and Daily Acts.


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