My Fight for Justice: Dewayne "Lee" Johnson and his fight against Monsanto @ Manny’s
April 15, 2019
6:30-8PM at Manny’s
3092 16th St, San Francisco, CA
Mackenzie Feldman organized the event and introduced Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, who is one of her advisors for the Herbicide-Free UC campaign.
What does corporate greed and irresponsibility look like? What are the human consequences of a toxic chemicals used as herbicides? Could the grass you are sitting on be killing you slowly? We are lucky to have a modern day hero, Dewayne "Lee" Johnson, coming to Manny's to discuss his decision to fight the power in the midst of also fighting for his life after spending years drenched in Monsanto's herbicide working as school groundskeeper and developing terminal cancer in 2014. Dewayne made headlines when he won a $289 million judgement against Monsanto. There are over 11,200 plaintiffs waiting to sue. The second trial just happened the other week and the plaintiff won $80 million.
Dewayne is a 46-year-old father and husband, and spent several years working as a school groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District. He developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and sued Monsanto for allegedly including cancer-causing chemicals in its weed-killer products Roundup and Ranger Pro, and causing his cancer, as he sprayed the products frequently as a groundskeeper. Mr. Johnson won the case and received $250 million in punitive damages, and another $39 million in compensation. He is starting a foundation called Fill a Need and wants to dedicate the rest of his life to developing a policy of 0 tolerance for toxic herbicides at schools, playgrounds, parks and high-traffic areas.