Monday, April 6, 2015

Wear Your Hatred for Monsanto on Your Sleeve

With the Grease Diner T-Shirt contest

By Sascha Bos
Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 2:26 PM

click to enlarge The Grease Diner co-owner Jon Jon Cassagnol models their "anti-Monsanto Bio-Terrorist" t-shirt - COURTESY OF THE GREASE DINER
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  • The Grease Diner co-owner Jon Jon Cassagnol models their "anti-Monsanto Bio-Terrorist" t-shirt
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Despite the name, The Grease Diner (6604 San Pablo Avenue) isn't an unhealthy restaurant – it's actually an art gallery, gift shop, and screen printing operation run by Jon Jon Cassagnol and Laurie Shapiro, two self-described food justice activists. This month, they're fighting Big Ag by donating $1 to the Oakland March Against Monsanto for each "anti-Monsanto Bio-Terrorist" t-shirt sold.

The March Against Monsanto is a global protest on May 23rd targeting the controversial practices of the pesticide- and seed-producing giant. In Oakland, protesters will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Frank Ogawa Plaza and march to the Lake Merritt Pergola for a rally at 1 p.m. "Monsanto is thinking about profit and control, missing the point that they are destroying their world too - which is greater than any amount of money," Cassagnol and Shapiro said in an e-mail.

See also: What's Poisoning the Bees

In addition to making a donation for each Bio-Terrorist t-shirt sold, The Grease Diner is having a March Against Monsanto t-shirt design contest: submit your best single-color design by April 30 for a chance to see it in organic cotton. If your design doesn't win, you can rock still your Monsanto-hating vision at the march – just DIY it. The Grease Diner will waive their $15 intro studio use fee for anyone screen printing for the march. 

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