ACLU Pasadena / Foothills: Three Strikes, Death Penalty, GMO Foods

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ACLU Pasadena Foothills Forum

ACLU-SC Pasadena / Foothills Chapter Looks at Three Critical Measures on California’s November Ballot 

With Election Day fast approaching, the ACLU Pasadena/Foothill Chapter will present a discussion of three initiatives on the November ballot, dealing with California’s Death Penalty (Prop 34), its Three Strikes Law (Prop 36), and the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods (Prop 37).

  • Tommy Watts, Southern California Field Organizer, Yes on 34 Campaign, will speak on Prop 34, which seeks to replace California’s death penalty with life in prison without possibility of parole. The Legislative Analyst says that this initiative would save taxpayers $130 million each year, with some of these savings used to improve local law enforcement efforts.
  • Dorothy Erskine, retired teacher and long-time member of Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes (FACTS), will speak on Prop 36, which would limit the state’s current three strikes law to apply only when a new felony conviction is for a serious or violent crime, while also maintaining the provision for certain convictions involving nonviolent sex, drug, or firearms crimes.

  • Carole Bartolotto,  registered dietician, will address Prop 37, which aims to require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and prevent such foods being labelled as “natural.” Exceptions would be made for inclusion of small amounts of GMOs or if sold for immediate consumption as in a restaurant. (Note: The ACLU-SC has not taken a position on Prop 37)
  • What: ACLU-SC Pasadena/Foothills Chapter Forum:
  • When: Tuesday, September 11, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Neighborhood Church, 301 North Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena
The event is free and open to the public.
For more info, see http://www.aclu-sc.org/events, or contact Sharon Kyle or Chamara Russo, Communications Co-Chairs, ACLU-SC Pasadena/Foothills Chapter, aclupasadena@yahoo.com
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