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Los Angeles Marches Against Monsanto

March Against Monsanto in Full Force
March Against Monsanto in Full Force

Hundreds gathered in the streets of Koreatown on Saturday to participate in the second March Against Monsanto (MAM) demonstration in Los Angeles this year. The event was organized by John Landeros, a 24-year-old resident of West Covina, and featured eight other speakers talking about the effects of GMOs on human health, and its consequences for the planet. Among the many passionate attendees of all ages and backgrounds, there were many families that showed up in full anti-GMO garb, complete with both hand drawn posters of all shapes and sizes. The demonstrators started in the middle of the street on Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, chaperoned by the police who closed the streets for them. The bilingual chants used during the march ranged from "hey, hey, ho, ho, GMOs have got to go" to "Monsanto, escucha, estamos en la lucha." The peaceful group marched and chanted their way east to their destination of MacArthur Park's Levitt Pavilion, where the organizers had a series of gardening workshops with non-GMO seeds available free to the public.

Brothers Anthony, 3, and David, 7, showing their anti-GMO pride
Brothers Anthony, 3, and David, 7, showing their anti-GMO pride
Sara Shook and her activist dog "Paws"
Sara Shook and her activist dog 
11-year-old Lila Copeland giving a powerful speech that she wrote herself
11-year-old Lila Copeland giving a powerful speech that she wrote herself
A handful of 99%-ers showed up to support
A handful of 99%-ers showed up to support
Event flyers with a fresh cucumber paperweight
Event flyers with a fresh cucumber paperweight
Powerful statements like these and many others were all over the event
Powerful statements like these and many others were all over the event
More notable signs
More notable signs
Children of all ages were just as active as the event's adult attendees
Children of all ages were just as active as the event's adult attendees
GMO's effect on bee pollination was a favorite topic throughout the event
GMO's effect on bee pollination was a favorite topic throughout the event   
A father and son
A father and son
Event leader Jose Landeros led the group through the closed streets
Event leader Jose Landeros led the group through the closed streets
Some participants used humor in their signs
Some participants used humor in their signs
Anti-GMO signs in Spanish
Anti-GMO signs in Spanish
The march lasted for approximately 20 minutes and finished at MacArthur Park
The march lasted for approximately 20 minutes and finished at MacArthur Park   
MacArthur Park's Levitt Pavilion filled with March Against Monsanto demonstrators
MacArthur Park's Levitt Pavilion filled with March Against Monsanto demonstrators
20-year-old Tanya Flores and her corn art
20-year-old Tanya Flores and her corn art
Non-GMO seeds available to the public for free at the end of the rally
Non-GMO seeds available to the public for free at the end of the rally

Click here for photos from today's protest in San Francisco.

Click here to see photos of the San Diego march.

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