Last summer, over 30,000 Vermonters signed a postcard when approached by one of VPIRG’s amazing citizen outreach staffers.
As director of VPIRG’s field organizing, I’m often asked whether adding your name to petition or postcard will make a difference. Simply put, yes it does.
Each postcard is like a brick. A single brick does not make a house, but 30,000 bricks lays the foundation for a movement that can overcome the powerful special interests that have been fighting similar labeling campaigns in other states.
I had recently the chance to deliver many of these postcards to a few of our Senators in person at the State House as part of a citizen lobby day (read more about the event here.) Every Senator I spoke with during GMO Lobby Day was overwhelmed by the hundreds or thousands of postcards from their constituents.
Our numbers alone don’t guarantee that decision-makers will do the right thing.
There are many ways to do more…
- Send your Senator(s) another message by email.
- Like VPIRG’s Facebook page to stay in the loop on this campaign and the other public interest issues we work on.
- Chip in $10 to help us keep up the pressure.
Our message is clear. Vermonters have a right to know if the food we eat and feed our families is the product of genetic engineering. We need a simple label. Our Senators can make that happen. And our labels must not wait on others.
Stay tuned for information on a public hearing coming up on the issue.