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Thursday, June 19, 2014

KC Food Activists March Against Monsato on Food Fight! 4pm Saturday May 31st 2014,

Food Fight! All Lives Matter! Radio Program
Local Greater Kansas City Food Activists March  Against Monsanto 2014!
·      Jill Valentine and her 9 yr old son Tristan,
·      Angela Cooper and her 17 year old daughter Keyleigh Cooper  and 9 year old son, Bobby Toska,   and
·         Eric King.
Today’s Guests are local KC community members turned activists out of concern for their and their children’s health.

·      4-5pm CT, Saturday May 31, 2014
·      KKFI, 93.1 FM, anywhere in the world  Kansas City, MO
·      On-air call-in number 816 931 5534

Food Fight! All Lives Matter Radio Program is a call to Greater KC and beyond, to organize ourselves to build our collective strength to transform our power relationships with the big, global, industrialized food and agriculture corporations, in order to  build truly healthy, just, fair and sustainable  food, agriculture and socioeconomic systems which provide livelihoods with dignity for farm and food workers, and small and family farmers.

More information about today’s Guests.

Jill Valentine, 29, is a mother of two boys and a local activist that has organized for March Against Monsanto (MAM) since its beginning. Jill got involved out of concern for other parents like herself and the future of our children. Says Jill:
“[W]e (parents) were so busy doing the best we could to provide for and protect our children  that we didn't see what was deliberately being hidden from us right under our noses on the dinner table. So many in our community still haven't heard of Monsanto, and yet are being diagnosed with cancers, food allergies, diabetes and other illnesses at such young ages. I will not rest until every parent is made aware.”
Tristan, Jill’s beautiful, nine year old son, is just finishing 4th grade. Jill is homeschooling him. He's helped collect and deliver donations for natural disaster victims, and he played a big part in helping organize MAM for Kansas City.

Angela Cooper, shown here with her beautiful 17 year old daughter Keyleigh Cooper, who graduated one year early from high school and is planning on attending college this fall, vivacious 8 year old son Bobby Toska, who is in second grade and  loves baseball, and her husband,  is with The Children of Vietnam Veteran Health Alliance.  She knows the past crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Monsanto Corporation headquartered in St. Louis. She has joined this fight to stop Monsanto from poisoning us with our food. She is deeply concerned with food safety and recognizes that it is a global issue. 

Eric King is 28 years old and a college graduate. He became an activist after visiting Cairo, Egypt and witnessing some of the worst global poverty first hand. This trip helped him to understand how global socio-economic policy created poverty and human degradation. Eric has previously participated in three rallies against Monsanto. Says Eric, Monsanto is far too dangerous to sit on our hands. Opines Eric further, Monsanto’s influence over our government, including the executive branch, is out of control; their products are frightening, and they have a legal stronghold over farmers here in the US and around the globe.
Food Fight! All Lives Matter is hosted by KKFI KCMO Community Radio Urban Connections host and long-time Kansas City community activist  Donna Morrow Wolfe,, and co-host, Maria Whitaker, Program Director, Local to Global Advocates for Justice, and KC Food Justice,,
Donna Morrow Wolfe
Food, Health, and Environmental  Justice Coalition
Maria Whittaker with Deyvon(6) and Sherrie(4) ( and their little cousin)
If you would like to be a guest on the show or have suggestions or comments, we welcome you to email Maria Whittaker at with Food Fight! in the heading. We particularly envision lifting-up the work of youth and those communities the most negatively and directly impacted by our food, agriculture and socioeconomic systems.
Objectives of Food Fight! All Lives Matter!
Raise consciousness of the impact of our global, big corporate, industrialized, food system on our health, wealth, justice and sustainability, and to
2. Act as a vehicle for us to:
2.1.  Organize ourselves inclusively, from the bottom-up, to build our collective strength to  transform our relationships with our global, big corporate food and agriculture systems in order to build truly healthy, just, fair and sustainable food and agriculture systems which create livelihoods with dignity for farm and  food workers and small and family farmers;
2.2. Take immediate actions now to actualize our basic human right to sufficient amounts of healthy, nutritious and culturally appropriate food and improve community health and wealth by connecting people to programs already in existence, but not yet reaching them, such as:  doubling their food stamps, organic gardening, mobile food pantries, healthy free food pantries, organic farmer training programs and healthy lifestyle support programs, including diabetes and hypertension management, and to:
2.3. Take grassroots advocacy on food policies such as food stamps and farm subsidies to immediately actualize our basic human right to healthy, nutritious and culturally appropriate food.
KC Food Justice List Serve
The easiest way to join our list serve,, where we share news of upcoming events, information and analyses of the nexus of modernization, capitalism, food, health, equality and justice is to send an email to:
You will be automatically be added. We send out anywhere from 1 to 9 messages a month. 
In Conclusion
If you would like Maria to talk to your group about food and health justice, climate justice or related topics, please email her at She will be available for speaking engagements in the Kansas City area beginning Monday June 16, 2014.
Also check out our facebook pages, Local to Global Advocates for Justice and Food, Health and Environmental Justice Coalition. For more information about our work check out our facebook groups, Food and Health Justice KC, Sustainable Agriculture in Cuba: Growing Food without Oil; and African Food Sovereignty.

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