Archive for July, 2012

7/30/12 News Release: Green Party Candidate Arrested for Warning Children of POPs Exposure Health Hazard

Free Speech Violation by Town of Parishville and New York State Police:  Green Party Congressional Candidate Arrested for Educating Children on Subjects of Persistent Organic Pollutants Exposure Health Hazard and Exposure Minimization Strategies

During my first telephone conversation with Jerry Moore, Town of Parishville Supervisor, he said that he didn’t want “any of my foolishness in his town board meetings”.  That was a warning signal.  I have now come to know enough about Mr. Moore to validate my suspicion that he was a backward person with too much power.  During the July 2012 Town Board meeting, Supervisor Moore told me that he wanted to have nothing to do with Cancer Action NY because I had written a letter to St. Lawrence County policy makers criticizing Dr. Susan Hathaway, Director of the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department for speaking falsely having stated that the World Health Organization report, “Persistent Organic Pollutants:  Impact on Child Health” was not valid due to the fact that no epidemiological evidence existed that supported the conclusions of this report.  Mr. Moore did not want to talk about providing St. Lawrence County residents with a warning of the persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure health hazard.  I left the Town Board meeting and went out to the Parishville Town Park to assess the possibilities for cancer prevention educational outreach there.  There were quite a number of children playing on and around the beach.  This was clearly a good place for educational outreach.  I spoke with two young women who held positions of authority at the park.  They told me that I would need to obtain the approval of Supervisor Moore before conducting any educational outreach at the Parishville Park.  I told them that Mr. Moore was not likely to give me permission to educate in the park and that I did not believe that I needed his permission considering the fact that Americans are guaranteed freedom of expression in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Later the same day, I received a call from Jeff Woods, Town of Parishville Recreation Director.  He informed me that Mr. Moore was opposed to me conducting any educational activities at the Town Park.  Mr. Woods went on to tell me that he had been instructed to tell me to leave and if I tried to educate any of the children at the beach on the subject of chemical exposure cancer risk he was to call the “authorities”.  I asked him what authorities and he said the State Police.  I told him that I would be visiting the park to educate on cancer prevention.

On Monday, July 30th, 2012, I  went to the Parishville Park at high noon and started educating.  This involved placing a 3-fold display board on a bench at the edge of the water and dancing at the far edge of the beach.  The message on my display board was this, “POPs Cause Cancer”.  Mr. Woods came down to where I was dancing and told me to leave.  I told him that the Parishville Park was a public place in the United States of America, which meant it was a free speech place.  He went back up the beach, called the “authorities” and then just stood there watching.  Eventually, the New York State Police showed up.  They came down across the sand to the water and I met them standing beside my message board singing Tom Petty’s song “I Won’t Back Down”.  They told me that they wanted to talk in the parking lot.  I told them I wanted to talk on the beach where the kids could hear what we were talking about.  They told me to leave.  I said “Hey baby, there ain’t no easy way out, and I won’t back down.”  The two of them grabbed me and put the hand cuffs on tight.   Under arrest again.  Viva the Revolution!

The decent and reasonable police officer gave me the choice of going to Canton in the back of the police car to be handed my trespass charges or getting these papers here at the park and driving out of the park in my own vehicle.  I chose the quickest route to freedom.  It was nice of him to make the arrest as easy as possible for me.

I wish there were more people who would stand up and say that it is wrong for the government to continue seeking to maintain the illusion that the food supply is safe when the right thing for government to do would be to warn the public of the avoidable POPs exposure health hazard.  Government should tell the people the truth:  the food supply is contaminated with sufficient quantities of POPs to impose significant disease risk and exposure minimization is warranted.  I hope that the children who saw what happened at the Town Park today grow up fast and become fellow revolutionaries.

I plan to file a federal free speech violation lawsuit against the Town of Parishville and the New York State Police.

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7/30/12 Media Advisory: Freedom to Educate Children on Subjects of Food Supply Contamination and Disease Risk in USA

Educational Outreach to Children on Subject of Food Supply
Contamination and Disease Risk

Monday, July 30, 2012, 12:00 PM

Parishville Town Park, Parishville, New York USA

Cancer Action NY has moved ever so slowly forward with the work of
providing the people of St. Lawrence County with a warning of the
persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure health hazard.  This
work has included:  (1) advocacy for the creation of an educational
outreach program within the St. Lawrence County Public Health
Department on the subject of POPs exposure minimization and (2)
educational outreach to the general public on the subjects of POPs
exposure disease risk and strategies to minimize exposure.

The Town of Parishville has not responded positively to the advocacy
and educational endeavors of Cancer Action NY.  Supervisor Jerry Moore
takes the position that educational outreach on the subject of the
POPs exposure health hazard will not be permitted at the Parishville
Town Park.  This is a position that he will ultimately have to retreat
from.  THe Parishville Town Park is a public venue.  The Constitution
of the United States trumps every law and regulation in this country.
Freedom of expression is guaranteed in the First Amendments to our
Constitution.  This means that Cancer Action NY is free to conduct
educational outreach to children in the Parishville Town Park.

American children are being kept in the dark on the subject of
chemical exposure disease risk.  This is very wrong.  It is being done
because the adults who hold power do not want the children to know
that they are responsible for the contamination of the entire world
and all of the living beings of the world with many man made
chemicals.  The adults who run corporations and the adults who run
government do not want the children to know that this contamination is
of sufficient magnitude to be causing epidemics of chronic disease
including cancer, diabetes and heart disease.  By attempting to hide
this from children, the corporate/government people are robbing
children of the health protective benefit of scientific knowledge on
the subject of chemical exposure disease risk.  Robbing children of
this benefit is causing children to be exposed to disease causing
chemicals that they could readily avoid exposure to.  These
unnecessary exposures are causing children to become sick and die.
This is very, very wrong.

The adults in corporations and government must stop creating obstacles
to the use of scientific knowledge for the protection of children’s
health.  Cancer Action NY will continue to provide children with a
warning of the POPs exposure health hazard and we will be victorious.

Viva the total, global, spiritual, environmental revolution!


Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625
315.262.2456
www.canceractionny.org

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21st CD Green Party Candidate Hassig on Federal Taxation

I am in favor of eliminating the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.
 
I am in favor of an estate tax for estates in excess of 200,000.00 dollars.
 
I am proposing a Pollution tax on industry and agriculture, which would bring back to the public some of the monies of corporate profits for the purpose of funding environmental clean-up and environmental health education.  America needs an Environmental Health Education Corps (EHEC).  The first mission of the EHEC would be to warn American children, their parents and teachers of the avoidable persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure health hazard.  The EHEC would be active in the St. Lawrence River Valley in the Town of Massena and on the Akwesasne Reserve as well as in the Hudson River Valley, in the Towns of Fort Edward and Fort Miller.  These places are high priority POPs exposure minimization education locations due to the excess POPs exposures experienced by residents during the recent past as a result of PCB contamination associated with the ALCOA West facility, the former Reynolds Metals facility, and the former GM Powertrain facility in the St. Lawrence River Valley and PCB contamination of the Hudson River downstream from the General Electric facility in Hudson Falls. (The Thompson Island pool in the Town of Fort Edward is one of the most heavily contaminated reaches of the Hudson.)  Excess exposure took place via consumption of locally caught fish and via inhalation of PCBs that evaporated from contaminated soils and sediments.
 
I am in favor of a Profits Tax on corporations.  The public incurrs a cost when corporations profit.  The corporate activity that generates profits causes many negative impacts upon the general public, including:  habitat destruction, competition for limited energy resources, release of pollutants into the environment, damage to highways and competition for labor.  These damages could be compensated for by collecting a Profits Tax.
 

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News Conference: The American People to the Oil and Gas Corporations: “Stop Abusing Our Earth Mother Now or We Will Force You to Stop”

News Conference:  The American People to the Oil and Gas Corporations:
“Stop Abusing Our Earth Mother Now or We Will Force You to Stop”

Friday, July 27, 2012, 1:00 PM

Federal Building, 15 Henry Street, Plattsburgh, NY USA

The American people sent a strong message to the oil and gas
corporations in the month of July.  Over 100 activists from across the
country gathered in Washington this week to advocate for a ban against
high volume hydraulic fracturing.

July is revolution month.  The Fourth of July is revolution day.
Americans are experienced in revolution.  Our country was conceived in
revolution.  Stop abusing our Earth Mother or we will force you to
stop.  This is the New American Revolution.  Occupy the oil and gas
corporations.


Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625
315.262.2456
www.canceractionny.org

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Passion for Protection of the Earth Driving Political Activism: 21st Congressional Race Green Party Candidate (Video)

Dear Green Party People of the 21st Congressional District,

Glens Falls Look TV Channel 8 news anchor David Storey has created a
very good interview covering my love of the Earth, which serves as
deep motivation for political activism.  Please share this video with
friends and relatives.

http://www.looktvonline.com/21st-congressional-race-green-party-candidate-video

joyous in Nature,

Don Hassig

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7/27/12 Media Advisory: Green Congressional Candidate Hassig on Government Failure to Warn Public of Avoidable Chemical Exposure Health Hazards

A News Conference on the Subject of Government Failure to Warn the
Public of Avoidable Chemical Exposure Health Hazards

Friday, July 27, 2012, 9:00 AM

Lake Flower Park, Saranac Lake, NY USA

The governmental public health entities of the United States have
failed to provide Americans with warnings of numerous significant
chemical exposure health hazards, including:  mercury amalgam dental
fillings, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) contamination of the
food supply and concentrated exhaust clouds.  This has occurred due to
the influence of corporations upon the federal and state levels of
government.  Corporations, with monetary interests in the matters
impacted by these chemicals place tremendous amounts of pressure on
elected officials and high ranking government administrators to remain
silent or mislead the public concerning the damages to health
associated with exposure to chemicals.

Failure to provide warning of avoidable health hazards is one of the
most egregious of governmental inactions.   Many Americans have become
sick and died as a result of these failures.  Monsanto Corporation,
Dow Chemical Company and General Electric Corporation are some of the
worst companies when it comes to pressuring government to ignore
scientific knowledge on chemical exposure disease risks and remain
silent at a time when warning the public is a clear public health
protection responsibility.

The best way to bring an end to corporate control of governmental
public health entities is to cut the ties between corporations and
government.  Prohibiting corporate contributions to political
campaigns is a high priority strategy for establishing a buffer zone
between corporations and our government.  Additionally, corporate
employees should not be allowed to take positions in government.

“Public health education that provides warnings of avoidable chemical
exposure health hazards must become a well established part of
government.  As a member of Congress, I would sponsor legislation for
the creation of an Environmental Health Education Corps.  This would
create hundreds of thousands of new jobs across the United States.  It
would bring about reductions in the incidence of cancer, type 2
diabetes, heart disease, auto immune diseases, reproductive problems
and learning deficit disorders, all of which are known to be
associated with exposure to chemicals.  I would confront the
corporations on their wrongful influence peddling and I would not back
down.”-Donald L. Hassig


Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625
315.262.2456
www.canceractionny.org

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My Love of Freedom of Speech Going Strong at 2012 Clinton County Fair

I love freedom of speech. I love exercising this freedom frequently. Thus, it is my mission to find free speech places. These are places where a significant number of people are gathered and I feel comfortable giving a dance performance in connection with a message. I present the activist message via 3-fold display board.

I was so excited about visiting the 2012 Clinton County Fair and speaking freely. The concern existed that authorities might tell me this was not allowed, that I had to rent a booth or get a permit in order to do any kind of outreach. The problem with these scenarios is that there is no sense of freedom in them. I put the concern out of my mind.

On Saturday, July 21st, 2012, I bought my ticket and entered the Clinton County Fairgrounds. I proceeded to the dairy cow barn where I planned to conduct a news conference on the subject of farm animal protection, this being done as part of my campaign as the Green Party candidate in the 21st Congressional District race. As is often the case, the news media chose not to attend. Nevertheless, I had transmitted a Media Advisory to the news organizations of the 21st CD well in advance of the event. I had done all that I could do to engage their interest. I was good.

I felt slightly disappointed that no news media had showed up, but this negativity was fleeting. I continued strongly upon the path of finding my free speech excitement. I proceeded to the most appealing and attractive spot on the fairgrounds. This was the Talent Show venue. There in the crowd that stood watching the stage performances, I opened up my 3-fold display board. Now I was doing something that felt good. People were reading the message. I was communicating. Viva Free Speech!

Didn’t last long. A disgruntled male, radiating an aura of authority started over toward me making close-up-the-sign gestures. I turned my face away from him and kept on with the free speech. He came up close and stated that I was not allowed to have a sign. I told him that it was the United States of America and I was intent upon having my freedom of speech. I asked him what entity owned the fairgrounds. He ignored my reasonable question, pulled out his cell phone and called the police. This person had no respect whatsoever for freedom of speech.

When the several armed officers arrived on the scene, I walked up to meet them with sign full open. They ordered me to close it up, which I then did. I explained to them my hopes of using freedom of speech to communicate with voters. The officer in charge explained that he had been ordered to remove me from the fairgrounds. I asked about ownership of the property and stood my ground on the matter of it being unlawful for them to stop me from speaking freely if the fairgrounds was owned by Clinton County. Nevertheless, I did not want to be arrested, so I cooperated and left.

I have experienced such interference with free speech many times during the past several decades of activism. Once a person in a position of authority has complained to the police about someone doing something that they consider to be unacceptable, the police follow the route of bringing an end to the complained of activity with no regard for civil liberties. There is no justice in this. There is no fairness in this. There is no freedom in this. There is a considerable amount of frustration in this. It is all about the people who have the power using that power to minimize the effectiveness of anyone’s efforts to have a tiny bit of power.

This is the truth. America is a very repressive society. My heart yearns to break free of that repression. I want to be free to walk into a crowd gathered in a public place and open up a message board that speaks from my heart about the harm that Americans are doing to the Earth and the inhabitants of the Earth. I want to be free to set my message board on a bench or place it on a stand that I have carried there and then dance in the joy of my freedom of speech. That is the America that I love and will work relentlessly to create. I believe that it will take a revolution to have that America. I am calling on all Americans who love freedom of speech to start using it now. Start telling the people in power that they have come dangerously close to damaging our Earth so badly that our lives on Earth will be full of suffering. Start telling them that you want them to step down so that you can take the power and lead to a more beautiful way of living.

– Donald L. Hassig, Director, Cancer Action NY and Cancer Action News Network; P O Box 340, Colton, NY USA 13625; 315.262.2456; http://www.canceractionny.org

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