It Should Bee Easier

Originally posted on Feb 10 2014 at Alisha’s Blog.

“It’s dangerous to be a bee.”  “Do You Like Food? No Bees, No Food!”  Pollinator Support Movement

Dying bee in Oakland CA © 2013 Alisha Forrester Scott
A dying bee in Oakland CA © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott

Written by Alisha M. Forrester Scott 

My dear friend, Don “Bee”, is a real life superhero.  Don Hughes, also known as “Dragon Master” and Sensei, is a very talented, entertaining, and intelligent person.  When I first met Don, I was living in Oakland, California.  I had just had some very interesting experiences involving bees, and I was newly and acutely aware that there was something terrible happening to them.

Very recently, Don E-Mailed me something truly hopeful and spiritually exciting.  The subject line of Don’s E-Mail read: “My law I made up.”  Have you ever read the makings of a proposed law banning the sales and usage of the chemicals that are killing food and garden pollinators?  Well, that’s exactly what Don sent me.

“Known in the Bay Area CA as Dragon Master, performance artist and activist Don “Bee” Hughes has agreed to design the cover art for the upcoming PSM educational DVD release, “Bee-Friendly: BeeSWeek 2013″.  I had the sincere pleasure of working with Don in 2012 to produce 11-weeks of “Weekly Wednesday Peaceful Protests” in Berkeley CA.  Don “Bee” is a multi-talented artist who created many of the popular handmade flyers and signs for PSM.”  Click here to read more from this blog post.

Don has been a busy bee, researching and thoughtfully crafting his version of Oregon’s “Restrictions on Use or Application of Specific Pesticides OAR 603-057-0386”.  Don recently received permission to begin circulating a petition to make banning all of neonicotinoids (pesticides) a Berkeley ballot measure.  By May 8th, 2,700 signatures will be gathered.  Once gathered, these signatures will make it possible for Don’s petition to go on the ballot for a vote.

Don Bee at PSM's Oct 2012 Official Launch © 2013
Don Bee at PSM’s Oct 2012 Official Launch © 2014

Click here to read the incredible scientific report called, “Pesticides and Honey Bees” at the Pesticide Action Network website.

The work being done by Don Hughes on behalf of all of us who love bees and northern California is REALLY, VERY, TOTALLY great news.  Especially, for Berkeley.  The work that he is doing is an excellent example of the types of community actions that will become commonplace and absolutely necessary, as more and more United States citizens realize the detriment and extent of Bayer and Monsanto’s bio-engineering practices.

“Don Hughes Sensei is Young Sensei’s most senior student, and is responsible for the California Dojo.  He is a Shodan (black belt) in the Genbukan.   He has been studying in the Genbukan since the 1997, and has been teaching adults and children martial arts for over four years.  Donald graduated Weber State University with a Bachelors of Science in History and minors in Psychology, Anthropology and Philosophy. He has recently completed his Masters of Chinese Medicine and practices Chinese medicine based healing.  Before that, he was a teacher in the Richmond, California public school system.” Click here for original post.

Click here to read about how the intersecting topics of bees, neonicotinoid pesticides, and your food at the Pollinator Support Movement website.

Visiting Don and Distributing His Petition

It is my intention to join Don “Bee” this spring — prior to the early May submission deadline — to help him gather the signatures that he requires.  My guess is that it will very much bee like old times, but with a new, more hopeful twist.

© Don Bee and Alisha Bee in Berkeley CA 2012
2014 © Don Bee and Alisha Bee in Berkeley CA 2012

Below is a copy of the verbiage that will appear on the petitions that Don is gathering signatures on.

1) Use and/or sale of all products containing any of the following ingredients: acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, sulfoxaflor, nitenpyram, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam, hereafter to be referred to as neonicotinoids is restricted.  This includes:

1) Application of neonicotinoids, by any means, to plants and/or seeds. This includes but is not limited to applications in landscape trees and shrubs, nursery and greenhouse plants, turf grass, forests and agricultural crops.

2) Sale of any plants and/or seeds containing neonicotinoids.

3) Planting of neonicotinoid treated plants.

4) Spraying or otherwise applying neonicotinoids in order to kill insects.

2) Failure to comply with section 1 above will be considered a class A misdemeanor, carrying a $1,000 fine per instance of noncompliance.

Contact Don Hughes

Click here to visit Don’s martial arts website.

Click here to read more about Don’s martial arts classes in Oakland, CA.

Don’s E-Mail: kamiyodojo.ca@gmail.com

Thank You, Don Bee

I Love You, Don Bee!  ❤  Thank You for all of your dedication to the cause of saving and restoring bees and the food supply chain.  The Community will be very appreciative of your efforts when they find out just how important they are.

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