Oregon GMO Right2Know Tour

Oregon R2K Tour

REAL Cooperative to Partner on Tour in Oregon Promoting GMO Labeling and the Yes on 92 Campaign

REAL Cooperative is partnering Big Tadoo Puppet CrewHuman RevolutionAre We Eating Fishy Food? and Eco-Womb to support the GMO Labeling Initiative in Oregon. Just before the ballots go out, we will tour around Oregon in the Fishy Fleet, using puppetry, theater, music and interactive art to get out the vote and encourage Oregonians to vote yes on Measure 92.

The Two Week Oregon GMO Right2Know Tour will take us thru Ashland, Medford, Eugene, Salem, Portland and Bend. We will have events at universities, farmers markets, flea markets, festivals, public events, theaters, as well as impromptu performances wherever there are spectators. You can find the full tour schedule HERE.

The Events will include an educational info-booth, the GMO Freakshow from the Conscious Carnival and a small stage for performances by the Big Tadoo Puppet Crew and Human Revolution. The Big Tadoo will have a converted bread truck with a side that opens into a puppet stage for impromptu performances. The Big Tadoo will also create hand puppets of each of the fishy sculptures and will perform GMO songs written by the Big Tadoo. Human Revolution will headline each event with his conscious lyrics and and good ole fashion American Folk music.

The Message is clear: Everyone has a right to know what they are eating! Especially when the food they are eating has been genetically altered by chemical companies that have lied about the safety of their products in the past. We live in a free market society that is based on consumer knowledge and without transparency we can not be truly free to make informed decisions. We have a right to know, label GMOs!

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Asheville ShareFest May 31st!

What Would Make it Easier to Share?

REAL Cooperative and SHARE Asheville present the first Annual Asheville ShareFest on May 31st in the parking lot of the French Broad Food Co-op and inside Co-Luminate downtown on Biltmore Ave.  Asheville will join cities all over the world to host a ShareFest on Saturday May 31st as part of #SharingSpring and Global Sharing Day to celebrate local Sharing Initiatives, Collaborative Consumption Resources, and the Preservation of the Commons. Share a Skill, Get Up and Perform, Swap some of your unused Stuff, Exchange some Seeds or Speak your Peace. This is a participant driven event and won’t be the same if you don’t show up and participate.

Activities will Include (but hopefully won’t be limited to):
Really Really Free Market (Stuff Swap), Skill Share, Bike Repair (At Recyclery), Seed Exchange, Entertainment (Open Mic, ‘Show and Tell No Talent Show’), Soap Box (Speak your Peace), Booths, Collaborative Art Projects, Kids Activities… What will you Share?
Find out more information: ShareAsheville.org  or Facebook.com/ShareAsheville

This co-created event will showcase local organizations, projects and knowledge. Asheville ShareFest will highlight examples of the sharing economy which has become a (new) social safety net and multi billion dollar industry in the new economic framework. The event will be one of over 40 ShareFests taking place in cities around the world in the months of April, May and June as part of the international campaign coordinated by Shareable, Center for a New American Dream, OuiShare and The People Who Share.  Please let us know if you would like to co-create this event with us and offer a Skill, Performance, Activity by filling out this FORM.

SHARE Asheville will be hosting coordination meetings (link to FB Event and details) on Wednesday evening’s from 7-9pm 5/14, 5/21 and 5/28 if you would like to help make this event happen (nudge, nudge).

Contact Tom with any questions: tom@realcooperative.org

 

GMO OMG in Asheville

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REAL Cooperative is proud to co-sponsor “GMO OMG” showing in Asheville on Earth Day!  Please come on out and join us (and the Fishy Sugar Beet!) for an entertaining and engaging evening of Film and Conversation about Genetically Modified Organisms.

Date: April 22, Earth Day

Time:  Doors open at 6:30, Film starts at 7:15.

Location:  Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E Walnut St, Asheville, NC 28801

Cost: $11 advance purchase price. $13 on the day of
(see below for purchasing options)

Director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert (of Asheville) is in search of answers to complex question of ‘who controls the future of food?’ GMO OMG follows one family’s struggle to live and eat without participating in an unhealthy, unjust, and destructive food system. Followed by Q&A with the Director and panel discussion with local & national experts.

You can purchase tickets in the following ways:

1. By calling Asheville Community Theatre at 828.254.1320.
2. On the Asheville Community Theatre website Here.
3. On the day of the event at the Asheville Community Theatre Box Office (Ticket prices will be $13 on the day of)

Proceeds benefit the spread of organic education in our region.

Facebook Event Page (Please help spread the word)
Film Description (Long Version)
Press Kit for GMO OMG
Press Release for the Asheville Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Interview with Jeremy Seifert
Panelists

 

Mapping the Sharing Economy in Asheville

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Asheville and Buncombe County have a lot to offer its citizenry. On the surface it is easy to see the countless restaurants, boutiques, bike shops and breweries, but much like in most cities there is more to this mountain town of ours. Many of these surface offerings aren’t designed to serve those who actually live here and large portion of our community can’t afford or lacks access to participate. At the same time there is an often invisible and unconnected network of initiatives, resources and services supporting our citizens and building community.

Last year Asheville based organization REAL Cooperative, in partnership with Shareable and about 25 community members, decided to map out this unconnected network with a purpose of supporting existing projects, connecting those who would benefit from them and identifying needs and niches yet to be filled. The first community meeting which launched this project in Asheville was covered by Lea Mclellan from Mountain Xpress (How well does Asheville share?)

After 4 months of accepting community feedback and expanding the scope of the project we would like to welcome you to the SHARE Asheville Community Directory and MAP. This list has been and will continue to be “crowd sourced” from the community and we welcome your feedback and suggestions. The directory (and Map) aims to showcase the Sharing Projects, Collaborative Consumption and Common Resources which Asheville has to offer. Scroll through the over 150 offerings in 7 sections: Food, Services, Reuse, Community Health, Community Wealth, Commons and Public Libraries.  We will soon be developing a list of “Off the Map” resources serving the community without a physical location.

Have a suggestion for something we should add? Or maybe you think there is something which should be removed?? We rely on feedback from the community to make this a useful resource! Please submit all suggestions through this FORM.

 

This Map is only a launching point for a larger initiative were calling SHARE Asheville to foster the further development of community serving policy and infrastructure to support the, for lack of a better word, sharing economy.

 

SHARE Asheville will be hosting our first large event later this Spring. Asheville ShareFest will take place on May 31st at the French Broad Food Co-op and will be a series of interactive co-created events which will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 30th-June 1st showcasing local organizations, projects, resources and skills while highlighting examples of the sharing economy which nationally has become a (new) social safety net and multi billion dollar industry in the new economic framework. The event will be one of over 25 ShareFests taking place in cities around the world in the months of April, May and June as part of the international campaign coordinated by Shareable, Center for a New American Dream, OuiShare and other organizations. Please let us know if you would like to co-create this event with us by filling out this FORM.

 

 

 

Are We Eating Fishy Food? National Tour (leg 2)

Fishy Food Tour Crew Abita Springs, LA

Fishy Food Tour Crew Abita Springs, LA

On November 7, GMO labeling activists set out on a cross-country 6,083-mile journey from Seattle to New York City for the “Are We Eating Fishy Food? Tri-Coastal Tour.”

The tour features five mutant GMO art cars fitted with 300 pound roof-mounted sculptures that call attention to the need for labeling genetically engineered (GMO) food. The tour, which began two days after the world learned that voters in Washington state did not approve I-522 requiring labels for food that has been genetically engineered, launched the second leg of the Tour on Wednesday, Dec 4th.

Ben Harper, co-founder of the REAL Cooperative, is excited to be behind the wheel once again for his third National Tour in the Fishycorn Car.  He has taken the baton from David Piller, another member of the REAL Cooperative, who participated in the first leg of the tour from Seattle to Huston.

After tour stoops in Louisaiana the past 2 days the tour will continue on to Miami Florida before hooking North towards New York City where the tour will come to a close on Dec 16th.

An updated schedule can be found at www.AreWeEatingFishyFood.com/tour/

12/3/13 1:00pm – Lafayette, LA
12/4/13 12:00pm – New Orleans, LA
12/4/13 1:00pm – Mobile, LA
12/5/13 9:00pm – Tampa, FL
12/6/13 9:00am – Sarasota, FL
12/6/13 3:00pm – Miami, FL
12/9/13 5:00pm – Jacksonville, FL
12/10/13 1:00pm – Atlanta, GA
12/12/13 1:00pm – Asheville, NC
12/13/13 1:00pm – Richmond, VA
12/13/13 1:00pm – Washington, DC
12/14/13 1:00pm – Baltimore, MD
12/15/13 1:00pm – Philadelphia, PA
12/16/13 10:00am – New York City

NOTE: Times & Dates are approximate & may change