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3/26/14 News Release: Greens Hassig and Funiciello Talk Environmental Protection and Job Creation

Greens Hassig and Funiciello Talk Environmental Protection and Job Creation

I called Matt Funiciello and we spoke substantively on a number of
issues.  I asked him what his position was on hydrofracking.  He
stated that he opposed this energy extraction activity.  I asked what
he considered to be the other environmental issues of importance.  He
stated that he was concerned about the Keystone XL pipeline and the
oil trains that are bringing crude oil to the Port of Albany.

These are environmental issues that we have in common.  The difference
between us on the environment is what he and I have done to oppose
hydrofracking, the Keystone XL pipeline and oil trains coming into
Albany.  I don’t know what he has done on these issues.  Here is what
I have done.  I produce an internet radio show, “Grassroots
Environmental Protection Radio” that has covered hydrofracking and tar
sands exploitation (the source of crude for the Keystone XL pipeline).
You can find my radio show at the URL found below.

http://grassrootsenvironmentalprotectionradio.wordpress.com/

Additionally, I have created two websites, “Stop Shale Gas” and “Stop
Tar Sands Now” that serve to build opposition to hydrofrackiing and
tar sands exploitation.  You can access these websites by clicking
below.

http://stopshalegas.wordpress.com/

http://stoptarsandsnow.wordpress.com/

Another thing we talked about was creating jobs in NY-21.  Matt is for
a government program that creates jobs by subsidizing alternative
energy including wind and solar.  I am for ending participation in the
World Trade Organization (WTO) and renegotiating the Free Trade
Agreements including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
As these agreements now stand they are not good for the US.  They make
it possible for multinational corporations to avoid environmental
protection laws.  These agreements should be referred to as Dirty
Trade Agreements.  Participation in the WTO and the Free Trade
Agreements has led to the loss of millions of US jobs to foreign
manufacturers.  Loss of manufacturing jobs to China is the most
significant example of this job loss.  By ending participation in the
WTO and renegotiating the Free Trade Agreements we can bring
manufacturing jobs back to the United States.

Another strategy for job creation in NY-21 and the rest of the country
centers on government education.  Most government agencies are already
well set up to provide educational outreach.  Government education can
promote changes that will spur growth and thus create jobs.  One
example is organic food production.  I am in favor of tasking the
National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health and the
Environmental Protection Agency with educating Americans on the
subject of the health benefits of eating organic food.  This education
would increase demand for organic food and the increased demand would
support expansion of organic farms, leading to more jobs in organic
farming.  The same thing can be done with alternative energy.

Finally, we discussed how to give Green Party voters the best
information for making their choice of candidates in the June Primary
Election.  We agreed to hold at least one debate/candidate forum style
event.  This would most likely take place in the geographical center
of the congressional district.  Long Lake would be nice.

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2/6/14 News Release: NY-21 Green Party Candidate Hassig on Farm Bill Animal Welfare Provision and Future Animal Protection Measures

NY-21 Green Party Candidate Hassig on Farm Bill Animal Welfare
Provision and Future Animal Protection Measures

The Farm Bill has passed both House and Senate and is now ready for
President Obama’s signature.  This legislation contains an important
provision for the protection of animals.  It makes attending or
bringing a child under the age of 16 to an animal fighting event a
federal crime.  Dog fighting and cock fighting are barbaric activities
that should not exist in our society.

It is unfortunate that pigs, cattle, chickens and turkeys are not
receiving the protections that they need.  Factory farming makes the
lives of these animals little more than empty suffering.  On the
family farms of an earlier day animals experienced some considerable
amount of freedom and socialized with each other in quite natural
ways.  Cattle roaming in pasture had a far better life than those
confined year round in barns.  The use of bovine growth hormone on
dairy cows has caused much misery in the form of grossly overfilled
udders and incessant machine milking.

When I am a member of Congress, I will sponsor legislation that
prohibits factory farming.  The animals that are used for food deserve
to live relatively natural lives.  This is only fair.  The confinement
and over exploitation of factory farming must end.

As a member of Congress, I will endeavor to eliminate all animal
fighting activities.  I love dogs and will create a bill that makes it
impossible for dog fighting to continue.  My bill will establish a
special police unit tasked with ending dog fighting.  These officers
will mount a war on dog fighting and it will be eliminated.

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2/7/13 Letter to Congressman William Owens Concerning Failure of EPA to Provide Americans with Warning of POPs Contamination of Animal Fats Health Hazard

2/7/13

Hon. William Owens
US House of Representatives
Washington, DC USA
Transmitted by electronic mail

Dear Congressman Owens,

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides educational outreach to the general public on the subject of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).  This is accomplished primarily via a webpage.  I have examined the information on that page.  I have concluded that the information is being presented for the purpose of downplaying the significance of POPs exposure in disease causation.  The EPA’s POPs webpage does not warn of significant harm to consumers of animal fats resulting from POPs exposure at current levels of food supply contamination.

The non-expert reader would fail to comprehend the significance of the POPs exposure health hazard after reading all of the information on the EPA page. The information presented by EPA focuses the attention of the reader on the need for more research and would cause the reader to conclude that risk of harm is likely to be limited to subgroups of the general population.  The EPA does not make clear the fact that all animal fats including those found in meats, dairy products, fish and eggs available in supermarkets are contaminated with POPs.

The EPA presents information on POPs for the purpose of creating the illusion that the US government is actively addressing the POPs contamination problem.  The US government is doing very little to actively address this problem.  The US government is attempting to avoid its public health responsibility to provide warning of the avoidable POPs exposure health hazard.

What EPA presents is very different from what is being presented by the World Health Organization (WHO).  I have provided you with the WHO report titled, “Persistent Organic Pollutants:  Impact on Child Health”.  This report acknowledges the existence of harm to public health caused by POPs exposure at current levels of food supply
contamination.  This report recommends action to minimize the exposures that all children receive to POPs.

Please contact EPA and make known my position on this matter.  I would like to have the opportunity to discuss with EPA action by that agency to warn US citizens of the existence of the POPs contamination of animal fats health hazard.  I believe that it would be very useful to have a member of your staff involved in this discussion.  Please attempt to motivate EPA to join into such a three-way dialogue on POPs exposure minimization.  The most effective way to move forward with this issue is to speak with EPA and Steve Hunt from your office via conference call.  I am hopeful that your office can make arrangements for this call.

Thank you for your attention to this request.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

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1/12/13 Calendar Notice: Change the World Movie Night in the North Country

Change the World Movie Night in the North Country

Saturday, January 12, 2013, 6:00 PM

Home of Lewis M. Shepard (call 386.4589 for directions)

We will watch and discuss one of the following videos.  Grassroots activism in America can bring great change.  This is a Green Party building event.

Mercury Undercover

Vanishing of the Bees

Fresh

5 Boldface Truths

The Tapping Solution

Genetic Roulette

Simply Raw

Foodmatters

Burzynzki

Cut Burn Poison

The Amen Solution

The Greater Good

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My Brother Dave Hassig’s Letter to Editor Honoring My Activism and Confronting False Stalking Charge

Honor to My Brother Donald Hassig

Having been off in the Remote Wilds of the Alaskan Interior since
early June, it came as a real shock to learn from my Brother, Don
Hassig of the terrible negativity, which certain newspapers and local
government officials had interjected into Don’s Green Party run for
Congress in the new 21st CD.  With 1000s of miles separating me from
the family in northern New York, one likes to think of family members
being safe and out of harm’s way back home.

Amidst all the anger and frustration, I keep asking myself–What can I
do to stand up against these abuses as a caring Brother?  First, I
want to say, “Honor to Donald Hassig”.  My Brother’s record of 20
years of dedicated environmental activism speaks for itself–standing
strong in opposition to a county garbage incinerator; battling against
an ill-conceived Chatham chip-board factory; bringing forth the
science that led the way to a state-wide ban on trash burning;
promoting the clean-up of hazardous waste sites in the Town of Lisbon,
on the Grasse River, ALCOA and GM sites; and cancer prevention via
public education regarding industrial pollutants contaminating
animal-fat foods.

How can it be that in our so-called “free” country an activist is
arrested for Stalking because he sought to persuade the St. Lawrence
County Public Health Director, Dr. Susan Hathaway, to use the power of
her office to inform the public of cancer risk associated with
consuming animal-fat foods?

To any thinking person, Don’s arrest was for one purpose–to stop him
from putting pressure on government to deal with the issue of
industrial pollutants and disease.  It’s an evil day for American
agriculture when the interests of industrial farming run counter to
the Public Health.

I ask myself–What can I do to defend my Brother against this abusive
charge?  How can I defend the Honor of our family name?  It’s clear to
me that County Administrator St. Hilaire, Health Director Hathaway,
and our County Legislature are intent upon keeping the public in the
dark on this whole matter of industrial pollutants in animal-fat
foods.  Can it be that the local power of the dairy industry will
succeed in suppressing strongly research-based scientific information,
which proves the link between industrial pollutants and disease?
There’s also the larger social question here–Have American civil
liberties been eroded away to the point that an activist must face
criminal charges, social disapproval and possible imprisonment in the
course of exercising the right to speak freely on matters of the
Environment and Public Health?  Have American morals decayed to the
point that government officials feel free to lie about Good People
like my Brother?

Let’s hope that Our Country still has enough character to honor civil
liberties and dedicated activism above the dollar interests of any
particular industry.

David W. Hassig                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 General Delivery Lake Minchumina, AK USA

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12/10/12 News Release: Larry Thompson on Trial for Action to End Chemical Assault

On August 11, 2011, Larry Thompson entered the GM Powertrain Superfund
site and proceeded to excavate the Toxic Mound, an illegal industrial
waste landfill that EPA had decided to leave in place on the site.
The Toxic Mound industrial landfill had no liner.  It is located
adjacent to the Akwesasne Reserve.  Water stands on the reserve within
a short distance from the base of the Toxic Mound.  This water has
been found to be contaminated with PCBs.  There is much suffering and
death from diseases that are associated with PCB exposure amongst the
people of Raquette Point and the rest of Akwesasne.

Larry Thompson had consulted with his Clan Mother and it was her
position that the Toxic Mound must be removed from the GM Superfund
site.  Considering the many years of inaction on clean-up and the EPA
decision to leave the Toxic Mound, Larry chose to take action on
removal.

The New York State Police responded to a complaint of an intruder at
the Superfund site.  Mr. Thompson was arrested and charged with
criminal mischief, criminal trespass, reckless endangerment and
resisting arrest.  A Grand Jury was convened and decided to indict Mr.
Thompson.

Larry Thompson has chosen to represent himself.  A trial date has been
set for December 11, 2012.  St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome Richards
will be presiding.  It is Mr. Thompson’s intention to argue that New
York State courts have no jurisdiction over him due to the fact that
he has never given up any of his primal sovereignty.  Mr. Thompson
considers himself to be a member of a tribal group of people that
refer to themselves as Onkwehonwe, which means pure people.  The
Onkwehonwe have never made any treaties or pacts with New York State
or the government of the United States.

St. Lawrence County benefited from the economic activity that took
place in connection with the industrial facilities located along the
St. Lawrence River between Massena and Akwesasne.  St. Lawrence County
government bears responsibility for minimizing the harm that will
result from the polluting of the region with industrial chemicals.
The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department should commence an
educational outreach designed to warn the residents of Akwesasne and
Massena of the persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure health
hazard.  By telling the people of this region the whole Truth of food
supply contamination, much of the ongoing exposure to POPs could be
eliminated.  Most people are still unaware of the presence of POPs in
the meats, fish, eggs and dairy products that are available in
supermarkets.  They think that by avoiding eating the fish and
wildlife of the area they are eliminating their exposures to PCBs.
Minimizing ongoing exposures is a critical part of minimizing harm.

Exposure to industrial chemicals has imposed a terrible burden of
disease upon the people of Akwesasne.  Many, many people who live
downwind and downstream from the ALCOA facilities and the former GM
Powertrain facility in St. Lawrence County have died from cancer,
diabetes and heart disease.  Scientific knowledge has accumulated,
which provides a solid foundation for concluding that exposure to
industrial chemicals caused this.  The people of Akwesasne are under
an assault that consists of industrial chemical exposures.
Corporations that used hazardous substances including PCBs and mercury
are responsible for this assault.  The governments of New York State
and the United States are also responsible for this assault because
they failed to control the corporations that were using the hazardous
chemicals.  Government responsibility for this assault also arises
from government’s failure to warn the residents of Akwesasne of the
health hazard constituted by persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
contamination of the mainstream food supply.  All of the animal fats
present in foods available in supermarkets, including:  meats, fish,
dairy products and eggs are contaminated with POPs.  In 2010, the
World Health Organization (WHO) published a report titled, “Persistent
Organic Pollutants:  Impact on Child Health”.  WHO calls for a
worldwide effort to minimize the exposures that children receive to
POPs.  WHO states that populations residing in the vicinity of POPs
contaminated sites such as the GM Powertrain Superfund Site should be
given first consideration for action to minimize their POPs exposures.


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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12/11/12 Media Advisory: Honor to Larry Thompson for Taking Action to End the Environmental Genocide at Akwesasne

SPEAKING OUT ACTION

Honor to Larry Thompson for Taking Action to End the Environmental
Genocide at Akwesasne

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 9:00 AM

Lobby outside Legislative Board Room, St. Lawrence County Courthouse,
Court Street, Canton, NY USA

On August 11, 2011, Larry Thompson entered the GM Powertrain Superfund
site and commenced to excavate the Toxic Mound, an illegal industrial
waste landfill that EPA had decided to leave in place on the site.
The Toxic Mound industrial landfill had no liner.  It is located
adjacent to the Akwesasne Reserve.  Water stands on the reserve within
a short distance from the base of the Toxic Mound.  This water has
been found to be contaminated with PCBs.  There is much suffering and
death from diseases that are associated with PCB exposure amongst the
people of Raquette Point and the rest of Akwesasne.

Larry Thompson had consulted with his Clan Mother and it was her
position that the Toxic Mound must be removed from the GM Superfund
site.  Considering the many years of inaction on clean-up and the EPA
decision to leave the Toxic Mound, Larry chose to take action on
removal.  By entering the Superfund Site and excavating the hazardous
waste of the Toxic Mound, he demonstrated defiance of the bad
corporate/government culture and focused public attention on removal.
This well thought out act of civil disobedience is the work of a New
American hero.  Larry Thompson has excited the minds and hearts of
many who live here in the St. Lawrence River Valley with the energies
of great change coming.  “Honor to Larry Thompson.  His name will long
be spoken with respect and joyfulness in the company of those who love
the Earth and stand for protecting the Earth.”-Donald L. Hassig

St. Lawrence County benefited from the economic activity that took
place in connection with the industrial facilities located along the
St. Lawrence River between Massena and Akwesasne.  St. Lawrence County
government should take responsibility for minimizing the harm that
will result from the polluting of the region with industrial
chemicals.  The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department should
commence an educational outreach designed to warn the residents of
Akwesasne and Massena of the persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
exposure health hazard.  By telling the people of this region the
whole Truth of food supply contamination, much of the ongoing exposure
to POPs could be eliminated.  Most people are still unaware of the
presence of POPs in the meats, fish, eggs and dairy products that are
available in supermarkets.  They think that by avoiding eating the
fish and wildlife of the area they are eliminating their exposures to
PCBs.  Minimizing ongoing exposures is a critical part of minimizing
harm.

The good people are coming together to bring an end to the
environmental genocide at Akwesasne.  Exposure to industrial chemicals
has imposed a terrible burden of disease upon the First Nations people
who reside here.  Many, many people who live downwind and downstream
from the ALCOA facilities and the former GM Powertrain facility in St.
Lawrence County have died from cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Scientific knowledge has accumulated, which provides a solid
foundation for concluding that exposure to industrial chemicals caused
this.

There is much that can be done to minimize the harm that will result
from the poisoning of the environment and people of Akwesasne.
Actions to minimize harm include:  (1) full clean-up of all industrial
contaminants in this part of the St. Lawrence River Valley; (2)
industrial contaminant exposure minimization education; (3) provision
of enhanced health care; and (4) payment in compensation for losses of
health and happiness.  We say, these things must be done now.


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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