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Kucinich won’t make it to Olympia to talk about GMOs after all

OlympianSeptember 17, 2013 

Former Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich and his wife Elizabeth won't be in Olympia Thursday to talk about genetically modified foods in Olympia. Activists were eager to hear from the couple to Thurston County in light of the Initiative 522 campaign to require GMO labeling on most food products.

But local activists backing I-522 say they are going ahead with the 7 p.m. event with different speakers – including John O’Brien, a physicians assistant, and two members of the I-522 steering committee, Lori Lively and Steve Halstrom.

Liz Ellis, a spokeswoman for the event, said in a news release that the Kucinich couple is unable to leave BeirutLebanon, in time to attend the premiering of a film about GMO’s in Seattle on Wednesday or the Olympia event.

The talk is at Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 2300 East End St. NW in Olympia. It is sponsored by a group calling itself The Grassroots Volunteers for I-522 and the Thurston County chapter of National Organization for Women.

For details, contact Ellis at 360-292-5442 or via


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