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10/4/13 Media Advisory: Green Party Candidate Hassig Calls for Government Accountability on Failure to Warn of Breast Carcinogens

Green Party Candidate Hassig Calls for Government Accountability on
Failure to Warn of Breast Carcinogens

Friday, October 4, 2013, 12:00 PM

Canton-Potsdam Hospital (on Leroy Street sidewalk bordering hospital
property) Potsdam, New York USA

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the corporate
controlled nations of the United States and Canada.  The petrochemical
corporations and many major manufacturing corporations that have
profited tremendously from the careless use of chemicals, as well as
the food corporations that profit from selling contaminated food are
intent upon using governmental public health entities to create the
illusion that chemical carcinogens do not cause breast cancer.  This
is of course a grave deception, since exposure to breast carcinogens,
including:  dioxins, PCBs, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs),
atrazine and cadmium is exactly what causes breast cancer.

I demand that the federal governmental public health entities,
including:  the National Cancer Institute, the National Center for
Environmental Health, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease
Registry, the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental
Protection Agency immediately begin conducting a series of public
forums throughout America so as to present the true facts of breast
carcinogen exposure and breast cancer risk to the American people.  A
public forum on the subject of breast carcinogen exposure and breast
cancer risk must be conducted in every county in our country.  The
first public forum should be conducted in St. Lawrence County, New
York where much PCB exposure has taken place and many women have been
harmed by breast carcinogen exposure.

The failure of the governmental public health entities to warn
Americans of the chemical carcinogen exposure breast cancer hazard is
inexcusable.  The decision makers in these governmental entities have
failed in this capacity with full knowledge of the facts of breast
carcinogen exposure and breast cancer risk.  The deception is
deliberate and has caused great harm.  All of the people who have
participated in this deception must be held accountable for their bad
behaviors.  Upon completion of the series of public forums, a national
inquiry must be commenced into laying criminal charges against the
offending parties.  Many, many Americans have suffered because of the
decision to follow corporate demands in public health messaging on the
subject of breast cancer risk.  Now is the time to bring out the Truth
and punish the deceivers.

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9/5/13 News Release: Free Speech Victory in NY-21

Free Speech Victory in NY-21

Freedom of speech is wonderful.  The more freedom of speech Americans have the freer our country will be.  Viva free speech in America!

I went to trial on a trespass charge in Canton Town Court today.  The charge resulted from an October 30, 2012 incident at the St. Lawrence County Human Services Building.  I was at the Human Services Building giving a free speech performance titled, “Kicking Ass on Breast Cancer”.  The purpose of my free speech, free singing and free dancing that day was to apply pressure upon government.  I used my beloved freedoms to speak out against the failure of the national, state and county public health entities to provide the public with a warning of the persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure health hazard constituted by the presence of POPs in the animal fat containing foods of the mainstream food supply.  I believe that speaking loudly and freely in public places about the decision of the governmental public health entities to remain silent about POPs contamination of the food supply is the best way to force government to tell the Truth about the chronic disease epidemic that has been caused by background exposures to POPs.  Since 2010, the World Health Organization has recommended action to minimize the exposures that children receive to POPs.  No governmental public health entity in the United States has yet published and disseminated a health hazard advisory for POPs.

My free speech Trespass trial was very brief.  The New York State Trooper and the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Deputy who had been subpoenaed as witnesses for the Prosecution were not present in the courtroom after a considerable period of time had elapsed after the start time of the trial.  I made a motion for dismissal stating in short that I was not guilty of Trespass due to these facts: (1) the St. Lawrence County Human Services Building where the incident in question took place is a public venue where free speech is protected by the US Constitution, and (2) at the time of the arrest I was in possession of a letter signed by St. Lawrence County Administrator Karen St. Hilaire giving me permission to engage in free speech on the subject of chemical exposure and damages to health in that particular venue.  Judge O’Horo dismissed the charge.  I have found Judge O’Horo to be a most fair and reasonable arbiter of justice.  Thank you Good Spirits of Nature for Good American Judges.

Building a New Age/New American Revolution is not easy.  However, the prize of wresting control of government from corporations, preventing cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other damages to health caused by POPs and ushering in a new era of safe chemical use is well worth the fight.  I am a New Age/New American revolutionary and this is a New Age/New American Revolution. Amen!

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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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1/3/13 News Release: 2012-2017 New York State Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan Falls Short of Identifying Major Industrial Chemical Exposure Cancer Hazards for Exposure Minimization Action

2012-2017 New York State Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan Falls Short of Identifying Major Industrial Chemical Exposure Cancer Hazards for Exposure Minimization Action

On December 19, 2012, the New York State Cancer Consortium and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) released the final draft of the 2012-2017 New York State Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan (CCCP).  This document contains a 2 page section on environmental exposure.  The information provided is seriously lacking in detail.  No industrial chemical carcinogens are named.  The scientific research literature contains a large number of peer-reviewed research articles that report increased cancer risk associated with exposures to specific chemicals and groups of chemicals.  This is so for carcinogenic metals, including:  lead, arsenic, cadmium, chromium and nickel.  This is so for persistent organic pollutants (POPs), including:  dioxins, PCBs and certain fat-soluble pesticides.  This is so for by-products of combustion of fossil fuels, including:  benzene, formaldehyde and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.  Stopping short of naming these chemicals and groups of chemicals in the CCCP and stopping short of presenting strategies for minimizing exposure to these chemicals and groups of chemicals can only be described as a failure to use scientific knowledge to protect public health.

The Environmental Exposure section of the CCCP provides an indication that the Cancer Consortium and the DOH are moving toward eventually naming chemicals and groups of chemicals and presenting strategies to minimize exposure, but this is not enough.  The people of New York State need to continue to pressure the Cancer Consortium and the DOH to assist with providing the residents of our state with warnings of the avoidable industrial chemical exposure cancer hazards.  The CCCP should make clear the existence of the industrial chemical exposure cancer hazards named above.  It should set forth strategies for exposure minimization that address these avoidable cancer hazards.

The CCCP lacks the content described above because corporations that have financial interests involving chemical carcinogens exert great influence upon the Cancer Consortium and the DOH.  New York State needs a CCCP that exists for the purpose of protecting public health to the fullest extent that is possible at the current stage of scientific knowledge.  Corporate pressure on politicians should not be allowed to cause the CCCP to fall short.

The CCCP is available on the Cancer Consortium website and can be accessed at the URL found below.

http://www.nyscancerconsortium.org/cancer/cancer_index.aspx

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Celebrating Truth Coming Out in 2012 and Looking Joyously Ahead to Days of Bringing Good Change in 2013

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
change.

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
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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12/31/12 Media Advisory: “2012 Brought Out the Truth About Chemical Exposures at Akwesasne. 2013 Will Bring Action to Minimize Harm.”

Spoken Word Performance:
“2012 Brought Out the Truth About Chemical Exposures at Akwesasne.
2013 Will Bring Action to Minimize Harm.”

Monday, December 31, 2012, 12:00 PM

St. Lawrence County Courthouse, Main Hallway Outside Legislative Board
Room, Canton, NY USA

2012 was the End of the World as we know it.  Things are very
different now.  This is because the Truth had been coming out for some
considerable period of years and it came out most powerfully of all in
2012.  Here in the St. Lawrence River Valley, the Truth about
industrial chemical exposure and damage to health came clear for many.
At the November 15, Grasse River Superfund clean-up meeting, the
people of Akwesasne spoke the words of exposure to PCBs, ruined health
and determination to bring about changes that would begin to protect
and improve their health.  In 2013, like never before, we will see the
fruits of the Truth having become know.

The people of the Akwesasne Reserve have received exposures to
industrial chemicals including PCBs and mercury that are resulting in
damages to health.  Many are suffering cancers, diabetes, heart
disease, reproductive problems, and learning disabilities.  Action to
minimize the harm that results from these exposures is of critical
importance.  Such actions include:  education on avoidable exposures,
high quality health care and clean-up of contamination.  These things
will only be done if significant numbers of people voice support for
doing them.

Cancer Action NY and Eagle Creek Entertainment are working together to
organize an awareness raising concert.  This concert will feature Native
American performers and keynote speakers on the subject of the
poisoning of Akwesasne.  We are hopeful that the event will galvanize
widespread public support for action.  The concert will take place in Spring
of 2013.


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 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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