Are you an Illinois resident concerned about recent revelations such as horse meat labeled as beef, pink slime, genetically modified corn and salmon, or any of a host of other concerns about our nation’s food supply? If so, then this is your opportunity to take a page out of the corporate lobbyists’ handbook and level the playing field. Travel to Springfield next month and lobby your Illinois legislators yourself.
2013 Food Awareness Day
On March 13, 2013, an army of grassroots activists, food safety advocates and consumer watchdogs will descend on the state capitol in Springfield for the 4th annual Local Food Day. Sponsored by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, the one-day campaign will bring together farmers, food advocates and citizens from across the state.
‘Local Food Awareness Day will consist of a welcoming address from Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, a legislative update from ISA staff, lobbying training, and lunch,’ the ISA announcement details, ‘Following lunch we will descend upon the capitol to meet with legislators and educate them about the importance of local food systems and advocate for positive policy solutions that support local food and farms.’
Food & Water Watch
Among the groups that have confirmed their support and will also be in attendance on March 13 is the food and environmental safety organization Food & Water Watch. The vigilant watchdog group has been the leading voice locally in the past on issues such as genetically modified foods, the safety of the state’s drinking water, fracking in Illinois and a bevy of other important issues facing Illinois residents.
“Never lobbied before? First time meeting state lawmakers?” FWW’s Jessica Fujan writes to local supporters, “In collaboration with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, we will host a lobbying training, including an update on current legislation that supports local agriculture. There will be a special section discussing the current Bill to Label Genetically Engineered foods! Will you join us to show support for this important Bill?”
While anyone can go to Springfield and make an appointment to meet one of their representatives, the concerns of average citizens typically get lost in the ocean of special interest groups and campaign contributors. This event is a tremendous opportunity to have your voice heard for a change.
What: 2013 Food Awareness Day at the Illinois State Capitol.
When: March 13, 2013, from 10:30am – 4pm. Check-in at 10:00am.
Where: State Capitol. Springfield, Illinois.
Cost: Non-ISA members - $10. ISA members – Free.
Registration/Details: Click here for the two-page registration form.
*For residents of Chicago who would like to make the long-distance trip, Food & Water Watch is organizing transportation from Chicago to Springfield. The group will return the same evening. Space is limited. Click here for transportation details.
Contact: For more information, email email@example.com or call the Illinois Stewardship Alliance at (217) 528-1563.
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