Despite all of its vivid past history of enlightened protests in favor of Truth and Justice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhFvZRT7Ds0#t=96, my home town of Berkeley hasn't been very radical at all lately. In fact, the city has pretty much turned into a Yuppie paradise and a developer's dream. But, boy, Berkeley has still managed to somehow put its foot in the lion's mouth!
The ABA has taped "Vote No on Measure D" posters on almost every one of our lamp posts, has hired friendly ladies to hand out "Vote No on Measure D" fliers at our flea market -- and has begun distributing large numbers of "Vote No on Measure D" T-shirts, fliers, billboards, push-polls and mailers that follow us everywhere we go.
The American Beverage Association has spent $300,000 on its campaign against Measure D so far -- and apparently has another $200,000 more yet to spend. Its minions come and bang on our doors. I dare not even answer the phone any more!
The American Beverage Association has gone total beast-mode on Berkeley.
In fact, what all of these fliers, billboards, mailers, robo-calls and posters actually do say only consists of some sort of weak psycho-babble such as "Measure D is not what it seems". Yeah, well. What exactly does it seem like? It seems to me like my town is being invaded by the American Beverage Association. That's what it seems like to me.
If the ABA had really wanted to defeat Measure D here in Berkeley, it should have just donated its half-million bucks to our city's medical clinics and said, "See! We know our products cause a whole lot of damage -- and are willing to help to repair it. We are the good guys!"
And if it rains, just bring an umbrella and pretend that you are Mary Poppins! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8Y__H99cs4
PPPS: If First Lady Michelle Obama is truly serious about fighting against obesity in American kids, then she truly needs to come to Berkeley and support Measure D. We are currently dug in here on the front lines of the battle to prevent childhood obesity -- and if we don't get any desperately-needed reinforcements from you soon, then we will have to retreat.
First Lady Obama, Measure D is now offering you the perfect chance to actually walk the walk. Are you really in favor of ending childhood obesity? Or are you more in favor of never going up against large corporations?
In fact, First Lady Obama, consider this as your personal invitation to come to my "Yes on Measure D" party on October 5. And you can take our "Soda Bucket Challenge" too! And please bring Sasha, Malia and Bo with you as well. Mena would love that.
PPPPS: What do you think that the "Soda Bucket Challenge" should be? To drink a half-pint of healthy carrot juice in less than a minute? Or maybe even drink a pint of our own locally-bottled kombucha from the Cultured Pickle Shop! http://www.culturedpickleshop.com/kombucha.html