Appellate Court Hears Oral Arguments to Overturn Monsanto Doctrine
Jun 17, 2016 — Dear fellow supporter of the People of Hawaii,
A few days ago, a panel of three judges from the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments from attorneys representing the people of three Hawaii counties in their efforts to enforce democratically passed bills that have been invalidated by rulings of the lower Federal District Court in Hawaii.
On the dawn of the day of the hearings, a representative of the many thousands of people who have so far signed our “Stop the Monsanto Doctrine from Poisoning Democracy” petition publicly read selections from the more than 1,000 comments that petition supporters from around the world added to their name. Your declarations of solidarity and outrage were received by Alika Atay. A Native Hawaiian leader who is the lead plaintiff in the Maui democracy theft case. You can view the ceremony and hear these comments here: https://vimeo.com/170861942
The court proceedings were recorded and next week we will update you with a video of selections of the hearings and further insights. It was apparent that the appellate justices understand the broad implications that their ruling may have on hundreds of millions of pesticide-inflicted human beings and our shared ecology, especially the people of Hawaii. It is hard to predict how they will rule, although the attorneys for the people against the world’s largest sellers of poison did an excellent job standing up for the civil rights of citizens to a clean and safe environment.
The ruling could take six to nine months. During this time, the justices and their law clerks will be gauging public awareness, and public sentiment, of these historic cases. We will be creating more awareness-building media and, with the help of supporters like you, expanding the reach of this petition.
Please consider sharing this petition with your social network of friends and family, or commenting on and sharing our new informing to empower Huffington Post column describing the ramifications of the Monsanto Doctrine, here:
Jonathan at Progressive Source Communications