(Published Friday, June 17, 2005)
This week, some 15,000 biotechnology executives are gathering in Philadelphia for their annual convention, dubbed ‘BIO 2005.’ BIO, more properly the Biotechnology Industry Organization, is the largest biotechnology lobbying organization in the world. Its leaders have spent millions of dollars trying to paint their conventioneers as an altruistic and scientifically-minded group, seeking cures to human disease and solutions to feed the world’s hungry. A look behind the scenes, however, tells a rather different story…
PHILADELPHIA, PA – From June 17-21 people from across the country and overseas will converge on Philadelphia to show their opposition to health care profiteering, bio-weapons proliferation, and poorly tested, unlabeled genetically engineered food. This gathering, Biodemocracy 2005, will coincide with the annual meeting of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)…
Biodemocracy Summer Solstice Day of Action, June 21, 2005, with actions focusing on Healthcare for All, Environmental Justice and Sustainable Agriculture, and Bioweapons and War.
Brief bios of speakers at the Biodemocracy 2005 Teach-in
Full schedule of panels, films, and workshops: Saturday, June 18th – Monday, June 20th.
Our survival, well-being, common heritage and democracy are currently under attack by the biotechnology industry. Without the knowledge or consent of the public, biotech corporations and government collaborators are making sweeping decisions about the future of life and human society on earth. We, a coalition of diverse groups and individuals, call for democratic participation in all such decisions, and for an immediate halt to the use of biotechnologies that threaten and harm the natural world, human health, and our prospects for a sustainable future.
This 3-day teach-in will offer something for everyone. There will be workshops and panel discussions on Genetic Engineering in Agriculture, Pharmaceuticals and Human Genetics, Biowarfare and Bioweapons, Sustainable Alternatives, and the Corruption of Science, plus a special screening of the film The Future of Food introduced by filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia, along with some of the key people interviewed in the film. Confirmed teach-in speakers include Medea Benjamin, Ignacio Chapela, Percy Schmeiser, Anuradha Mittal, Sheldon Krimsky, Carmelo Ruiz, Judy Wicks, Brian Tokar, and many more!
On the Summer Solstice, rise up in Philadelphia’s streets and gardens for the “Longest Day (of Action) of the Year!” Shine a light on biotech and pharmaceutical hotspots in central Philadelphia and spark non-violent resistance to business as usual at BIO 2005.
Founded in 1980, Food Not Bombs is now celebrating its 25th Anniversary! The Anniversary Gathering will begin on Thursday and Friday, June 16th and 17th, with workshops, discussions and skill-shares. We’ll also brew scrumptious foods for everyone who attends BioDemocracy! Full details at: www.foodnotbombs.net/philly_gathering.html
sous les pavés, la plage!
Philadelphia’s Under the Pavement Collective will strengthen this mobilization’s perspective of critiquing biotechnology in the context of our resistance to all forms of domination. Monday, June 20th will include a full day of skill-shares for sustainable, post-capitalist urban living.