Green Sunday (7/8): Unmasking Bay Area BioLabs and Synthetic Biology

Dear Greens,

We hope you will come out for Green Sunday on July 8th for the presentation:

Unmasking Bay Area BioLabs and Synthetic Biology:
Health, Justice, and Communities at Risk
Jeff Conant
(Global Justice Ecology Project)
Tina Stevens
(Alliance for Humane Biotechnology)
Gopal Dayaneni
(Movement Generation)
5:00 – 6:30 pm
Niebyl-Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland

The Lawrence Berkeley National Lab is working with local mayors, city councils, and a host of business interests to transform the East Bay into a biotech hub, the “Green Corridor.”  Without public awareness or adequate attention to health and safety issues in this earthquake-prone region, controversial synthetic biology research — known as “extreme genetic engineering” — is planned for labs throughout the East Bay.

Learn more at this sponsored presentation.


Jeff Conant is Communications Director with Global Justice Ecology Project. He is a writer, journalist, and popular educator, and was the coordinator and lead author of A Community Guide to Environmental Health, a popular education manual that has been translated into numerous languages. He is also author of A Poetics of Resistance: the Revolutionary Public Relations of the Zapatista Insurgency, as well as numerous articles, reports, and educational materials on climate justice, water privatization, ecological agriculture and food sovereignty, zero waste, and related issues. 

Tina Stevens teaches US History and Bioethics at San Francisco State University and is the author of Bioethics in America: Origins and Cultural Politics (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).  She is a board member of the Alliance for Humane Biotechnology.

Gopal Dayaneni has worked for social, economic, and environmental justice through organizing & campaigning, teaching, writing, and speaking since the late 1980′s. He has been a campaigner for Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition on human rights and environmental justice in the high-tech industry and the Oil Campaigner for Project Underground, a human rights and environmental rights organizations which supported communities resisting oil and mining exploitation around the world. Gopal has also provided progressive organizations with support in Strategic Communications and Campaign Planning through the Design Action Collective and is an active trainer and organizer with the Ruckus Society and a member of the Progressive Communicators Network. Gopal is also an elementary and early childhood educator, working formerly as a teacher and as the co-director of the Tenderloin Childcare Center, a community based childcare center supporting children and families forced into homelessness.

LOCATION: Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland.

DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.

SPONSOR: Green Sundays are a series of free programs & discussions sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County. They are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party of Alameda County follows at 6:45 p.m. Council meetings are always open to anyone who is interested.

Thank you,

The Green Party of Alameda County