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Reclaim The Commons this weekend in Chicago.

Reclaim The Commons 2006 is almost here! April 8th-11th events include a festival, panel discussion, concert, farmer solidarity action and workshops. A full schedule is below. Also see RECLAIMTHECOMMONS.NET or email reclaimthecommons (at)

Reclaim The Commons is a response to the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Convention in Chicago from April 8th-12th. BIO is a group of the world’s biggest agribusiness, pharmaceutical and bioweapons corporations. BIO promotes genetically modified (GM) food, corporate controlled farms, bioweapons research and a profit-driven healthcare system.

Join Reclaim the Commons to call for: Safe and healthy food! Sustainable farms! The right to save and plant seeds! Community garden space! Science in the public interest! Intact ecosystems! Access to healthcare! The genetic integrity of all life! Biodiversity! Human rights for farmers in the Global South! A world free of genetically engineered bioweapons! Stopping cruelty to animals!

HOUSING for visiting activists: Call 773-403-9121 or email rtchousing (at) .
CHILDCARE: To request, send email to rtcchildcare (at)
BIKES: To request a bike to use, send email to rtcbikes (at)

WELCOME CENTER: New World Resource Center (1300 N. Western Ave) will serve as a welcome center for Reclaim The Commons. There will maps, information, and computers available to use for free. Sunday April 9th, please go to workshops at Acme Art Works (1741 N. Western Ave). Also, there will be puppet making at Acme Art Works from 6-11 on Friday the 7th, and a media training at 7pm at Acme Art Works.
Welcome Center Hours (NWRC)
10am-6pm on Friday April 7th
10am-2pm and 5pm-9pm on Saturday (Health and wellness for activists – training from 10-12)
12pm-9pm on Monday
10am-3pm on Tuesday.

New World Resource Center (1300 N. Western Ave) is approximately half a mile south of the Western Ave stop on the O’Hare Branch of the Blue Line.
Acme Art Works (1741 N. Western Ave) is just south of the Western Ave stop on the O’Hare branch of the Blue Line.
Federal Plaza (Adams & Dearborn) is right downtown and close to numerous CTA stops.
Schmidt Academic Center of DePaul University (2320 N. Kenmore) is near the Fullerton stop on the Red Line. Go west for two blocks on Fullerton, then go south on Kenmore one block.

Joint International GMOpposition Day in 30 Countries!
FESTIVAL! 2-5 pm at Federal Plaza (Adams & Dearborn) Music, speakers, art making, food, kids’ activities, circus performers, tabling & Really Really Free Market (bring something to give away or just come and get free stuff). Speakers include urban farmer and writer LaDonna Redmond, and representatives for Coalition of Imokalee Workers & Food Not Bombs.
PANEL on Genetic Engineering and Human Rights – North and South.
6:30 at DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus, Schmidt Academic Ctr. 2320 N. Kenmore With Anuradha Mittal, writer and international speaker on human rights, trade and agriculture; Puerto Rican author and environmental educator Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero; Sarah Alexander of White Earth Land Recovery Project; and John Kinsman, Wisconsin farmer and president of Family Farm Defenders. Moderated by Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception.

HANDS-ON AND EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS. 9am – 5pm at Acme Art Works (1741 N. Western) Seed Saving, Food Sovereignty, Bioremediation and Urban Sustainability, Making Shoes from Recycled Materials, Bike Fixing, GMOs and Indigenous Rights, Tapestry of the Commons, Huntington Life Sciences, Intentional Community & more.
CONCERT 7:30 at Acme Art Works: Broadcast Live (Hip Hop from Albany NY), Adhamh Roland of Riot Folk Collective & presentation by the Beehive Collective (

ACTION & RALLY at 10am with Family Farm Defenders and National Family Farm Coalition at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange: 30 S. Wacker

GARDENING PROJECT: 9am-3pm at Nelson St. & N. Califorina Ave.
PARADE! 4:30 pm. Meet at the Merchandise Mart (N. Franklin at the river), home of Monsanto([search])’s Chicago office. Head for the Biotech Industry Organization (BIO) Gala at the Field Museum for a “Mutant Ball!”


INFORMATION ON BIOETHICS 2006 events in response to the BIO Convention:


Re: Reclaim The Commons this weekend in Chicago.

Looking for riders to Reclaim the Commons/Bioethics in Chicago this weekend. Call digger: 314-771-8576.
Leaving Friday the 7th afternoon, return Monday. I will also be at Beehive collective event Thursday (6th) night.

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