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Saturday, August 04, 2018

Neil Young and Daryl Hannah Attend Monsanto Roundup Trial


Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Daryl Hannah, Neil Young and Michael Baum

Yesterday, on August 3, Neil Young and Daryl Hannah attended the Monsanto Roundup Trial San Francisco.

Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company is the first Roundup cancer lawsuit to proceed to trial. Plaintiff Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a 46-year-old former school groundskeeper, alleges exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer and its active ingredient, glyphosate, caused him to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).

Johnson is one of thousands of plaintiffs to file suit against Monsanto in state court over the alleged link between Roundup and NHL. More than 450 other lawsuits filed in federal court are currently pending in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Since the start of the Johnson trial, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., co-counsel to Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, has provided running commentary of the events in court each day.

From Neil Young and Daryl Hannah at Monsanto Roundup Trial by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.:

Fifty years ago, in their popular hit “Chicago,” Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young asked Americans to take notice of a federal courtroom in the Windy City, where a black political activist sat bound, gagged and shackled to a chair in a legal drama where America’s justice system, values and character seemed to all be on trial.

Today, the most outspoken member of that band, Neil Young, visited another American courtroom. This one in San Francisco, where the essential values and future of our country once again are on trial. Young and his fellow activist Daryl Hannah attended the trial of Dewayne Lee Johnson, a young black man who is dying of a debilitating and agonizing form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that he says he contracted from contact with the ubiquitous weed killer Roundup.

Johnson’s case is the speartip of a new American rebellion. It marks the first jury trial of similar legal claims already filed by more than 5,000 Americans against Roundup’s manufacturer Monsanto (now owned by the German chemical giant Bayer)!

“At Bayer’s Monsanto, financial interests are placed over the health of fellow human beings and vital life support systems,” Young and Hannah told me. “We are here for justice, in support of Dewayne Johnson and the many children who played on those same school grounds where he worked.”

Full trial coverage at Neil Young and Daryl Hannah at Monsanto Roundup Trial by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Also, see more on Neil Young's "The Monsanto Years": Going Where No Musician Has Gone Before.



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At 8/05/2018 10:01:00 AM, Blogger Art Carey said...

omg -- want to support the plaintiff, of course, but cringing at the odious fact that he's represented by The Anti-vaccine Crusader. How many children, and families, will have their futures irreparably harmed by RFKJ?

 
At 8/05/2018 10:17:00 AM, Blogger paul in windsor ontario said...

Fuck Monsanto/Bayer

 
At 8/05/2018 03:52:00 PM, Blogger Old rocker Dave said...

Good to see Neil walking the talk. We need everyone to organize and get their butts down to the polling stations in November. I’m sure that Neil and Hannah will somehow be deeply involved with this. I’m not going to speak to the seriousness of the situation we’re in with our current government. I will, however say “Rock The Vote”!!!! What happened with the Crazy Horse tour?

 
At 8/05/2018 07:13:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Monsanto are killers.... wake up America.... easy to say but hard for you clowns to do for some reason. When you look at Monsanto's history and Court battles it's a joke.... how could anybody back Monsanto...?
But then again look at who you elected for your president. America, the world is laughing at you not with you

 
At 8/05/2018 07:20:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I have come up with a new saying. If it involves Americans and it involves money.... I can guarantee you it's going to be a shitshow. You invaded Iraq for oil and money. You're fighting over Syria once again for oil money and banking interest. How stupid can the American public be to let there be politicians and companies in power ruin the lives of millions of people for profit. The absolute most disgusting part of what America does outside of their borders is that the American people are so blatantly blind to the corruption and evils of American foreign policy.

 
At 8/05/2018 08:12:00 PM, Blogger anon said...

Drivel..

 
At 8/05/2018 11:46:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Drivel......? That's a high IQ response. At least you spelled it correctly. And where did you study world history my friend....

 
At 8/05/2018 11:49:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Here's another great contradiction of the US. First you have the DEA busting people for Pot. And your Corrections institutions are not about corrections at all but about making money incarcerating people. And then you have the CIA one of the largest drug dealers in the world. They've made so much money from drugs they had to open up their own banks in Europe to laundry the money. That's what makes America so great making money. And that's what the Vietnam War was all about making money off armaments, heroin and all in the name of freedom and democracy

 
At 8/05/2018 11:50:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

And by the way the vaccines are just another way for the pharmaceutical companies to load up their pockets. The vaccines are doing more harm than good nowadays

 
At 8/05/2018 11:57:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Then you have the Iraqi War which made millions of dollars for big corporations like Halliburton. Then the American Military was helping move opium flipped over into heroin right in Afghanistan and flooding Russia with cheap heroin ....is that how you guys fight communism nowadays. If you look at where the permanent military bases are placed by the US they dot either side of the pipeline running from the Caspian Sea oil fields. You can call b******* but what would I know I've only worked in the oil industry for 40 years I wouldn't have a clue really would I

 
At 8/06/2018 07:16:00 AM, Blogger Andy Watt said...

Love Neil's passion. Btw Alchemy, Toast..c'mon NYA!!

 
At 8/06/2018 07:32:00 AM, Blogger Jonathan said...

RFKJ = complete nutjob

 
At 8/06/2018 11:51:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

Americans are ruled by Oligarchy. We are raised as flag wavers. Americans are sheep who believe anything the News says. The Blue Angels and NFL displays exist to get young men to donate their lives for the cause, to further our hostile foreign policy. The 2 party system is a joke, with Corporations on welfare, not paying any taxes, leaving the burden for the disappearing middles class. Earth is doomed to suffer under Global Warming. This is why nobody should sit back and laugh. We are all dependent on Earth. Pollution and bad ideas are abundant. Inaction is the way. And protest is being outlawed in many parts of the country even as the police are given military vehicles and armaments to battle against the people. America, the young Bully with no regard for the homeless population, which is now growing at a very rapid pace. The US has become a third world country, in many places. We are the only western nation without universal health care. Not something to be proud of. We have no compassion in our public policy. It is illegal to feed the homeless in some places (Florida). Where has our soul gone? I remember growing up I thought I lived in a Democracy. Citizens United put that to bed. The Politicians serve the banks, big pharma, and the Military Industrial Complex.

What will it take to stir the masses into action, to recreate this failing Empire? Boots on the streets! It's time to rise up, off the couch, and demand responsibility from our Government! Environmentalism cannot be snuffed out, even on a dying planet. Cudos to Neil Young and Darryl Hannah for having hearts and caring about the health disaster in progress thanks to Monsanto. Americans: prove you are better than our allies and former allies around the world are seeing! We must fight racism and injustice from within! We deserve all the ridicule we are getting! I myself woke up when the DNC rigged it's own Primary against a very popular Bernie Sanders to put forth a candidate so unpopular she even lost to Trump. How pathetic. Alan in Seattle

 
At 8/06/2018 12:55:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

@Alan - even though you & I likely disagree on most issues politically, you are indeed 100% correct that the DNC rigged their primary system to tip the scales to HC. And now we see that there will never be any investigation into how that happened. Instead we get an endless parade of BS about Trump & the Russians, etc. As usual, the left accuses their opponents of engaging in the very behavior that they themselves are guilty of. Thank God for President Trump; he has turned the economy around. And no I'm not a Republican - they're a joke just like the Democrats.

ok rant over....

 
At 8/06/2018 01:42:00 PM, Blogger Julia said...

Trump has achieved the economic miracle(!) by cutting taxes, but wait a few months and see the whole economy implode because tax cuts have to come from somewhere.

In any event if he is impeached as seems increasingly likely the whole world will sleep more easily.

And what does NY think:The best thing that’s going to happen from Trump is the dismantling of Trump’s mess, which will result in a new rebuild of America that pays attention to today’s world,” he said. (Huff Post)

 
At 8/06/2018 04:43:00 PM, Blogger anon said...

You’re all just pissin in the wind...
you don’t know it but you you are...
And there ain’t nuthin like a friend,
who can tell you you’re just pissin in the wind...

 
At 8/10/2018 06:18:00 PM, Blogger timothy fontenot said...

Neil Young is a musical genius but sadly he is a political moron.

 

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