On December 31, 2012, I gave a spoken word/environmental dance
performance in the Main Hallway of the St. Lawrence County Courthouse
celebrating this past year when the World as we have known it changed
in a tremendously important way. In 2012, the Truth came out about
the harm that corporations are doing to the Earth and its inhabitants.
Together with this Truth came the Truth about government failure to
act upon its responsibility to protect the environment and the public
health. These Truths are now widely know. This knowledge matters.
This knowledge of fundamental Truths concerning life in a World
dominated by industrialized societies is a powerful force for bringing
As I danced and spoke freely about Truths of such significance, I
experienced intensely a panoply of feelings: the desire to create
justice, anger that corporate/government culture people are causing so
much harm, determination to keep on pounding away at the work of
creating government accountability, and gladness that 2012 had
unveiled the bad behaviors of the corporate/government culture. I am
so happy to have found a way to move forward with bringing change that
is beautiful, exciting and mindful.
In the wonderful moments of dance and speaking from my heart, two new
thoughts came to me. I conceived of the need for action to minimize
the suffering that is taking place due to harm having been done to the
people of Akwesasne and the Town of Massena by the use and disposal of
industrial chemicals including PCBs and mercury. Additionally, I
realized the responsibility that dairy farmers bear for having
produced and sold milk fat in a time of animal fat contamination.
This responsibility imposes the duty to take action for minimizing the
suffering of those who consumed milk fat that contained persistent
organic pollutants (POPs) and the duty to take action to minimize
ongoing exposures to POPs. The dairy farmers of St. Lawrence County
should be showing support for the educational outreach on POPs
exposure minimization that Cancer Action NY has long advocated for.
They should be glad to have the St. Lawrence County Public Health
Department start providing such education.
Exercising freedom of expression has proven itself to be a great
source of inspiration and spiritual power in my life. As the first
year of the New World begins to unfold, I am deeply joyed to have
dancing and speaking freely to share with my fellow Americans. I
believe that 2013 will bring amazing advances in the use of scientific
knowledge to protect the environment and the public health. This is
good for America. We are finally moving forward with environmental
Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625