ELECTION OUTCOME STATEMENT FROM OUR CO-CHAIRS
Friends, supporters, and Coloradans, though the polls did not lean in our favor, we are not discouraged. We are inspired by the largest grassroots campaign in Colorado history.
We did win. We raised our collective voices, and stood up for what is right and what is true. We collected over 171,000 signatures from every corner of this state to get 105 on the ballot. We had conversation with thousands of Coloradans. From kitchen tables to public debates, we stood our ground, conducted ourselves with dignity, spoke the truth, and stood up for our fundamental right to know what we are feeding ourselves and our families. The powerful grassroots campaign has been an inspiration to the country and to the world.
We will use this energy to propel us forward, not back. And while the polls have closed, Coloradans can vote every day with their wallets and shopping carts. Huge biotech and food industries spent millions to confuse voters about Proposition 105, and continue to keep us in the dark about what we are feed our families. These companies include Monsanto, DuPont, Dow, PepsiCo, Coca Cola, Kraft, Land O’ Lakes, General Mills, Hersheys, Smuckers, Bimbo Bakeries, Kellogs, and ConAgra.
These huge, out-of-state corporations motivated by profits may have won the battle, but they will never win the war. Our voices can never be drowned out with truth on our side. This campaign has always been about the people of Colorado. From the time we launched this campaign all the way through to today, we have been fueled by the mothers, grandfathers, farmers and ranchers of Colorado.
We want to thank the hundreds of volunteers who collected signatures and the 171,000 Coloradans who from nearly every county in the state added their name to our petitions to get Proposition 105 on the ballot. We will not quiet our voices until Colorado families have access to the same information as families in 64 other countries around the world. We will continue to fight for our fundamental right to know what is in the food we are eating and feed our families.
We are so proud of what this team and this state has accomplished, and we are inspired to keep moving forward. Thank you to everyone who has believed in this campaign, and supported us along the way. As Margaret Mead so famously stated, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
Larry & Tryna Cooper, Co-Chairs