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For Immediate Release
Contact: Marnie Glickman, <mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]

Anti-Pesticides Activists Release Interactive Map Showing Where New 
York City Sprays Monsanto's Cancer-Causing "RoundUp"

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Stop Shopping Choir and anti-spray activists at Parks Department in 
support of poison-free parks
2:30 PM
on the steps directly in front of "the Arsenal", headquarters of the 
NYC Parks Dept.
830 5th Ave. and 62nd St. in Manhattan, snow or shine!

In addition to Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir and the Lower 
East Side Girls Club choir, speakers include Bertha Lewis (The Black 
Institute) and Mitchel Cohen (No Spray Coalition)

New York City residents can now discover if New York City sprays 
Monsanto's cancer-causing Roundup on their corners, parks, 
playgrounds, sidewalks and picnic areas. The interactive map is 
published at <http://www.revbilly.com/map>www.revbilly.com/map.

The map will be presented to Parks Commissioner Silver at a meeting 
with the The Black Institute, Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping 
Choir, No Spray Coalition and other members of the Coalition Against 
Poison Parks, on Tuesday afternoon following the gathering on the 
Parks Dept.'s front steps. The groups demand an end to the use of 
Roundup and glyphosate in New York City and full public disclosure.

Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir is pursuing legal options 
to force the City to reveal all locations where glyphosate is 
sprayed. According to "Pesticide Use by New York City Agencies in 
2014," published in June 2015, New York City applied glyphosate 2,748 
times. Through a Freedom of Information Law request, the City has 
revealed only 2,000 locations of glyphosate in 2014. Data from 
Central Park and other areas managed by non-profit conservancies has 
not been shared with the public.

Before the meeting, there will be a choir performance in support of 
the proposed RoundUp Ban on the steps of the Parks Department 
headquarters at the Arsenal at Central Park. Members of the Lower 
East Side Girls Club and The Stop Shopping Choir will perform at 
2:30pm. The public are welcome to join the Choirs in song.

Monsanto's RoundUp continues to be the major weapon in the New York 
City Parks Department's arsenal of dangerous herbicides. The World 
Health Organization now says that RoundUp's key ingredient, 
glyphosate, is a probable carcinogen. The frequency of Parks 
Department's application of Monsanto's RoundUp doubled since 2013 
when 1,300 spraying events were reported, paralleling the laying off 
of hundreds of workers who used to "weed" by hand. In 2014, overall 
herbicides use increased by 16% with a 9% increase in the volume of 
glyphosate applied -- all at a time when the public is becoming 
increasingly concerned with synthetic pesticides and herbicides.

Studies have found glyphosate to also be linked to non-Hodgkin's 
lymphoma and other cancers, birth defects, and celiac disease, 
allergies, asthma, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Glyphosate is also 
one of the main causes of the devastation of the Monarch butterfly 
and the poisoning of pets and wildlife. Pesticides are hormone 
disruptors; many have been linked to Parkinson's disease and other 
grave neurological disorders.

Glyphosate is persistent in body tissue, blood and breast milk. 
Exposure to RoundUp and other herbicides and pesticides has caused 
pregnancy problems, including stillbirths, infertility, and greatly 
lowered sperm counts.

The Coalition Against Poisoned Parks is calling on NYC's government 
to stop its use of glyphosate in our public parks and other public areas.