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8:30 PM Start Time for 4/16/14 Conference Call on Creating Government Accountability

Dear All,

I have found it necessary to change the start time on this
teleconference. Please call in at 8:30 PM on Wednesday, April 16th.
Thank you for your flexibility.

joyous in Nature,

Don Hassig

Calendar Notice
4/10/14

 

 

Donald L. Hassig
Director, Cancer Action NY
Green Party Candidate NY-21 Love the Earth Protect the Earth Change
Everything
315.262.2456
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Green Hassig Town Hall Conference Call on Creating Government Accountability

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 8:30-9:30 PM

dial-in number: 712 432 0140
participant access code: 141527#

For background information on the subject of government accountability
in matters of public health messaging please visit the website named
below.

http://nysdohcancerpreventionfailure.wordpress.com/

This conference call is for talking about creating government
accountability. I want to create government accountability in all
matters of governance. I have a wonderful record on working to create
government accountability. If voters want government accountability,
I’m their man.

“I have worked for decades to create government accountability in
matters of environmental health protection. The federal government’s
public health entities: the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDCP), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food
and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI)
are working hand in hand with corporations to deceive the American
public about the damages to health that are caused by exposure to
pollutants. I have thought long and hard about how to hold government
accountable for these harmful deceptions. When I am a member of the
House of Representatives, I will create legislation that establishes
accountability by requiring transparency and responsiveness. Every
government employee will be bound by law to cooperate with citizens
who are interested in discussing government action. This means that
when a cancer activist requests an on-the-record discussion with an
EPA scientist who is responsible for PCB clean-up, the discussion
request is automatically granted. When hundreds of recorded
discussions such as this are amassed on the internet where everyone
can listen and hear for themselves the inability of the government
employees to answer the straightforward questions of cancer activists,
the day of government accountability will have arrived.”-Donald L.
Hassig

I want to talk with residents of NY-21 to get their ideas on how to
create government accountability. I am certain that putting all of
our ideas together we can figure this out and then get it done fast.
Government accountability will go a long ways to restoring an
honorable and good America.

 


Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
42 Green Pond Lane
Colton, NY USA 13625
315.262.2456
http://www.canceractionny.org

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3/30/14 News Release: NYS Department of Health Knows Persistent Organic Pollutants Present in Mainstream Food Supply Animal Fat Foods Cause Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease and Chooses to Remain Silent

NYS Department of Health Knows Persistent Organic Pollutants Present
in Mainstream Food Supply Animal Fat Foods Cause Cancer, Diabetes and
Heart Disease and Chooses to Remain Silent

On 3/26/14, I spoke with Wendy Kuehner an employee of the New York
State Department of Health (DOH) Center for Environmental Health.
Over the course of the past several months, I have sought to engage
Ms. Kuehner in a discussion of the damages to health caused by
exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) at current  and past
levels of food supply contamination.  POPs are contaminants of all
animal fats.  These industrial chemicals are present in foods,
including:  meats, fish, dairy products and eggs worldwide.

Ms. Kuehner has informed herself on the subject of POPs exposure and
damages to health by reading the 2010 World Health Organization (WHO)
report, “Persistent Organic Pollutants:  Impact on Child Health”.  Due
to the risk of serious harm associated with POPs exposure at current
levels of food supply contamination, WHO recommends action to minimize
the exposure that children receive to POPs.

I had requested that Ms. Kuehner read this report as part of my
strategy for motivating the DOH to assist with informing school boards
and school administrators on the subject of POPs exposure
minimization.  School meals contain many high animal fat food items
leading to unnecessarily high POPs exposures.  Hot dogs, hamburgers,
chicken patties, sausages and ravioli are foods high in animal fat.
These foods should not be fed to children.

Ms. Kuehner stated that there was nothing the DOH could do about the
decisions of school districts to feed children meals high in animal
fats.  I pointed out that the DOH could educate the school
decision-makers about the health protective benefit of POPs exposure
minimization.

Ms. Kuehner stated that the DOH was indeed taking action on POPs
exposure minimization.  It was her position that facilitating access
to low fat dairy products and promoting eating meals high in fruits
and vegetables were actions that served this purpose.

I asked Ms. Kuehner what was the point of DOH silence on POPs in food
and the harm that POPs exposure was causing.  I stated that the first
thing a parent would do after reading the 2010 WHO report on POPs
would be to warn her/his children about this health hazard.

I explained to Ms. Kuehner that the US Department of Agriculture
(USDA), which sets standards for school meals did not take POPs
exposure into consideration when it set these standards.  The USDA
based its most recent school meal standards on the recommendations of
the 2010 Institute of Medicine report, “School Meals:  Building Blocks
for Healthy Children”.  There is no mention of food supply
contaminants in this lengthy document.

I requested that Ms. Kuehner read the above named report and she
agreed to do so.  Reducing the quantity of animal fat in school meals
is a key step in any POPs exposure minimization strategy.  The DOH
Center for Environmental Health needs to assist with informing school
decision-makers on the subject of POPs exposure minimization.

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3/3/14 Media Advisory: Green Hassig Asks St. Lawrence County Legislature to Make 3 New Laws

Green Hassig Asks St. Lawrence County Legislature to Make 3 New Laws

Monday, March 3, 2014, 7:00 PM

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

The county legislatures of NY-21 and all other county legislative bodies in New York State have a great deal of power to bring change.  New York is a Home Rule state.  This means that local governments can adopt legislation that stands alone without the need for any supporting legislation on the state or federal level. In cases where there are related state and federal laws, if the local law is more stringent, it stands.

There are 3 new laws that I want St. Lawrence County government to set in place.  These laws will change things for the better.  Without these laws, life in St, Lawrence County and the rest of our country will continue to become worse.

(1) A prohibition against the sale and consumption of fracked gas in St. Lawrence County

Fracking is a technology that causes serious and irreparable harm to the Earth.  Fracking contaminates water, air and land.  Fracking will not continue if people can’t buy and burn fracked gas.  The county legislature can help with bringing an end to fracking by prohibiting the sale and consumption of fracked gas in St. Lawrence County.

(2) Establish public financing for all local election campaigns

Publicly financed election campaigns in which it is illegal to spend any money other than what is provided by law would go far to eliminating corporate money and influence in local government.  With publicly financed election campaigns the field of candidates would expand beyond those who have sufficient wealth to mount their own campaigns and the candidates of major parties, which now fund much of campaign spending.  Political parties should not be able to buy elections by outspending their competition.  Public financing of election campaigns will bring better candidates into public office.

(3) Require the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department to provide residents with information on all known and suspected human carcinogens

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) publish lists of carcinogens that are classified for human carcinogenicity.  Many chemicals are now classified as known or suspected human carcinogens.  Dioxins, PCBs, hexachlorobenzene, benzene, formaldehyde, arsenic, lead, cadmium, chromium and mercury are among the chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer in humans.  With knowledge of these chemicals comes the ability to avoid exposure and thereby minimize cancer risk.  The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department is not providing this information now because it depends upon the New York State Department of Health (DOH) for cancer information and the DOH is controlled by corporate influences that oppose informing the public on the subject of chemical exposure cancer causation.  This is wrong.  Lack of information is causing people in St. Lawrence County to get cancer and die.  We can change this by enacting a county law that requires public education on chemical carcinogens.

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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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11/19/12 News Release: Bringing Out the Truth About Government Deceptions Involving the POPs Exposure Health Hazard: Focus on Akwesasne and Grasse River Superfund Site

Bringing Out the Truth About Government Deceptions Involving the POPs
Exposure Health Hazard: Focus on Akwesasne and Grasse River Superfund
Site

The full, unedited recording of my words bringing the Truth out is
available at the URL named below.

http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/64454

I attended the 11/14/12 and 11/15/12 US Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA)  Grasse River Superfund Site clean-up meetings in Massena
and Akwesasne with the intention of questioning government
environmental health scientists on the subject of failure to provide
the populations which reside in the vicinity of persistent organic
pollutants (POPs) contaminated sites in the St. Lawrence River Valley
with a warning of the POPs exposure health hazard constituted by
contamination of the mainstream food supply.  The first one of these
meetings turned out to be a party attended by ALCOA, local politicians
and government employees.  Everyone was smiling and much laughter
could be heard in the board room of the Massena Municipal Building.  I
felt offended by this showing of disregard for the suffering of
wildlife and human beings that had been caused by the poisoning of the
Grasse River and the much resisted effort to initiate clean-up of the
site.  During the hour prior to the start of the second of these
meetings, which took place in the Massena High School, I danced and
spoke out in protest against the corporate/government culture
deceptions that were being promoted at this event.  I concluded my
protest performance once the meeting began.  Many Massena business
people and politicians spoke in favor of the limited clean-up that was
being proposed by EPA and promoted by ALCOA.  There were nearly 200
people at this meeting.  Only four people, including myself spoke on
the subjects of the less than acceptable clean-up that was being
proposed or expressed any concern for better protection of public
health.

The two meetings that took place at Akwesasne were very different.
These were meetings attended by considerable numbers of First Nations
people.   The First Nations participants outnumbered the whites in
attendance.  The energies of these two Akwesasne meetings were
absolutely wonderful to feel.  These meetings were all about people
standing up for the protection of Earth and the inhabitants of the
Earth.  The goodness and strength of character of the people of
Akwesasne made these meetings powerful steps upon the path of bringing
an end to the abuse of the Earth by greed driven corporations and
their government underlings.  The people of Akwesasne were unified in
their demand that the industrial contaminants be totally removed from
the Grasse River and the surrounding lands.

With such wonderful people to share energy with, I spoke the words of
bringing out the Truth about federal government deceptions concerning
POPs exposure and disease.  I questioned the EPA scientists and the
New York State Department of Health (DOH) public health educator on
the subject of the educational outreach that had been conducted at
Akwesasne describing the harm that is associated with the presence of
the PCBs and other industrial contaminants in the environment.  I
established the fact that this educational outreach had been limited
to elucidating the PCB exposure health risk associated with consuming
fish from the Grasse and St. Lawrence rivers.  I asked for an answer
to the question of why no educational outreach had taken place on the
subject of mainstream food supply POPs contamination, considering the
loss of local wild caught fish as a food source.  The less than
truthful government people who attempted to answer this question took
the position that they were not the proper people to be discussing
this matter due to their lack of expertise and that their particular
agencies were not responsible educating on the subject of mainstream
food supply contamination.  I countered this by stating that the EPA
risk assessment scientist, Dr. Marion Olsen possessed expert knowledge
on the subject under discussion and that the mandate of both EPA and
DOH was to protect public health.

After much argument, it was conceded that we held diametrically
opposed views of the matters in question.  I believe that my words
moved the human race forward upon the path of achieving full awareness
of the deceptions perpetrated by corporations and government involving
the role of chemical exposure in disease causation.  The Truth is
coming out about the poisoning of the Earth and the inhabitants of the
Earth.  The Truth is coming out about the efforts of corporations and
government to hide the Truth about the disease epidemics that have
been caused by this poisoning.  These great Truths will serve as the
foundation of a worldwide environmental revolution.  This revolution
is already swirling around us.  Yes!

The full, unedited recording of my words bringing the Truth out is
available at the URL named below.

http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/64454

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11/19/12 Media Advisory: Cancer Action NY Hassig Speaks Truth of Government Failure and Deception Loudly at Dulles State Office Building: Focus on Akwesasne, POPs Exposure Health Hazard and Grasse River Superfund Site

Cancer Action NY Hassig Speaks Truth of Government Failure and
Deception Loudly at Dulles State Office Building:  Focus on Akwesasne,
POPs Exposure Health Hazard and Grasse River Superfund Site

Monday, November 19, 2012, 4:30 PM

Dulles State Office Building, Watertown, New York USA

Environmental genocide has been taking place on the Akwesasne Reserve
for many, many years now.  I have heard the accounts of exposure and
terrible disease outcome over and over again.  I have participated in
government meetings on the subject of the presence of industrial
contaminants in the St. Lawrence River Valley, the damages to health
caused by exposure to these contaminants and clean-up of contaminated
sites.  The people of Akwesasne also participate in these meetings.
Government conducts these meetings for the purpose of addressing
public health concerns, but government is under the control of
corporations to the extent that it is not free to provide the best
guidance concerning minimization of exposure to industrial
contaminants.  Not only is government not free to provide the best
public health protection guidance, government is also engaging in
deliberate attempts to deceive the people of Akwesasne and the St.
Lawrence River Valley region on the subject of the persistent organic
pollutants (POPs) exposure health hazard as constituted by the
presence of POPs in the mainstream food supply.  As a result of the
failure to provide the best public health protection guidance and the
deliberate attempts to deceive, the people of Akwesasne continue to
receive unnecessary exposures to POPs.  This is an outrage.

I will speak loudly and freely about the environmental genocide at
Akwesasne until the federal and state government environmental
protection and public health protection entities admit to the failure
and deception described above and take actions to correct the harm
that has been caused by the failure and deception.  The US
Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of
Health must immediately warn the residents of Akwesasne of the POPs
exposure health hazard constituted by POPs contamination of the
mainstream food supply.  This is the most important thing that can be
done to minimize the harm that will result from the presence of
industrial contaminants in the St. Lawrence River Valley.

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11/2/12 Media Advisory: NY-21 Green Party Candidate Hassig Visits Watertown to Confront Military Abuses of Environment, Abusive News Media and Abuse of Dairy Cattle

NY-21 Green Party Candidate Hassig Visits Watertown to Confront
Military Abuses of Environment, Abusive News Media and Abuse of Dairy
Cattle

Friday, November 2, 2012, 3:00 PM

Outdoor Plaza at Entrance to City Hall,  Washington Street, Watertown, NY USA

I will speak the Truth and speak it loudly in Watertown because this
is a place that is dominated by a considerable number of bad people.
It is the responsibility of good, strong people to confront bad people
so as to take the first step toward bringing an end to their bad
behaviors.  The bad behaviors of the bad people must be brought to an
end because the total harm that has been caused by the bad people has
reached such a large quantity that more harm is absolutely
unacceptable.  In the case of the harm to the Earth that has been
caused by bad people, this harm has reached such a great quantity that
it may be close to ruining the habitability of the Earth.  Human
beings can not risk any further harm occurring to the Earth.  We must
stop the bad people from inflicting any further significant harm upon
the Earth Mother.

The US military has a long history of polluting activities:  burning
supply depots rather than transporting the supplies outside of areas
that may fall into enemy hands; using depleted uranium munitions;
bombing modern cities; aerial spraying of defoliants in the Vietnam
War; and dropping nuclear bombs on Japan during World War II.  If I am
elected to Congress I will take action to bring an end to the
polluting activities of the military.

The US Army at Fort Drum appears to be acting in violation of the
Clean Air Act by allowing uncontrolled releases of
hydrochlorofluorocarbon-22 (HCFC-22) also known as R-22 an ozone
depleting chemical (ODC).  R-22 destroys upper atmosphere ozone and is
also a greenhouse gas.  According to information that I have received,
R-22 refrigerant is leaking from a large refrigeration unit on the
base and the Army has made no significant effort to repair the leaks.
Military personnel are directly involved in an effort to hide this
violation of the Clean Air Act (CAA) from the US Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA), which is responsible for enforcement of the
portion of the CAA that addressed ODCs.  I have written to the EPA’s
Office of Air and Radiation requesting an investigation of the alleged
violation.

The Johnson Newspapers Corporation is a bad corporation.  I know this
from personal experience.  The Watertown Daily Times and the
Ogdensburg Journal, both of which are published by the Johnson
Newspapers Corporation are bad newspapers.  Robert Gorman, managing
editor of the Watertown Daily Times has made repeated efforts to harm
me so as to decrease the effectiveness of my work as Director of
Cancer Action NY.  He has done this because he is a bad person that
works for a bad corporation.  I am moving forward with commencing a
federal lawsuit alleging violation of the Civil Rights Act by the
Johnson Newspapers Corporation.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and
the New York State Department of Health (DOH) have regional offices in
Watertown.  There are bad people who work for these bad government
agencies.  The DEC and DOH employees who have ignored the complaints
made by City of Watertown residents concerning damages to health
attributed to exposures to toxic chemicals that are present upon the
New York Air Brake Superfund site are bad people.  The city residents
who have suffered much disease as a result of exposures associated
with New York Air Brake Superfund site contamination are being abused
by DEC and DOH.  This abuse must not continue.

There are factory dairy farms in Jefferson County and the rest of the
21st Congressional District where dairy cattle are being abused.
Genetically engineered crops are being fed to the cattle, despite the
existence of scientific research demonstrating harm to livestock
caused by consumption of these crops.  Factory dairy farmers are
injecting the cows with genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.
This practice causes much suffering of the cows due to the excessively
large quantity of milk that the cow is forced to produce.  Factory
dairy farmers are keeping their cattle confined on concrete in the
stench of cow wastes.  This is all the bad behaviors of bad people.
These abuses of cattle must be brought to an end.  When I am elected
to Congress, I will work to establish a ban on factory farming.


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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