10/11/12 Media Advisory: Green Hassig Declares Intention to Occupy Fort Drum and Veterans Administra​tion Hospitals and Clinics on Visit to Jefferson Community College

Green Hassig Declares Intention to Occupy Fort Drum and Veterans
Administration Hospitals and Clinics on Visit to Jefferson Community

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

Jefferson Community College, in Front of the Clock Tower in the Quad,
Watertown, NY USA

I have made a reasonable effort to communicate with decision-makers at
Fort Drum and in the Veterans Administration concerning educating
veterans and active military service personnel on the subject of the
persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure health hazard.  Military
service can involve exposures to toxic substances that are of greater
magnitude than those exposures that are experienced by the general
public.  The most effective way to minimize the harm that will result
from these exposures is to minimize ongoing exposures to toxic
substances.  This is because disease risk increases with increasing
exposure.  In the case of cancer, lifelong exposures to chemical
carcinogens impose cancer risk.  The higher the total of lifelong
exposure the higher the risk of developing cancer.  Reducing lifelong
exposure reduces risk.  This means that people who have had a history
of exposure to carcinogens can lower their risk of developing cancer
if they begin to minimize the exposures that they are receiving on an
ongoing basis.  Thus, it is of benefit to veterans and military
personnel to minimize their ongoing exposures to carcinogens.

Veterans and military personnel can best minimize their exposures to
carcinogens if they are knowledgeable on the subject of avoidable
chemical exposure cancer hazards.  One of the major avoidable chemical
exposure cancer hazards is POPs exposure.  Veterans and military
personnel who have knowledge of the POPs exposure cancer hazard can
take steps to minimize their exposure.  The most important strategy
for exposure minimization is restricting consumption of animal fats.
This is because POPs are contaminants of animal fats.  In the case of
dioxins, over 95 percent of exposure results from consumption of
animal fats, including:  meats, fish, eggs and dairy products.

Having attempted to obtain permission to conduct educational outreach
to veterans and military personnel on the subject of POPs exposure
minimization and met with opposition from the authorities in the
Veterans Administration, I have concluded that the only way to conduct
educational outreach on this subject among veterans and military
personnel is to visit the places where these people live and work and
speak out there.  Therefore, I am going to start visiting Fort Drum
and Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics for the purpose of
speaking out on the subject of the POPs exposure health hazard.  This
is a very mild mannered form of occupation.  It is a very good
intentioned form of occupation.  Occupy Fort Drum!  Occupy the
Syracuse Veterans Hospital!  Occupy the Massena Veterans
Administration Clinic!  Occupy the Watertown Veterans Administration


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