St. Lawrence County Free Speech in Celebration of Martin Luther King Day 2013

On Monday, January 21, 2013, I visited the Sandstoner Arena in the
Village of Potsdam, New York and the Swamper Arena in the Village of
Louisville, New York.  My purpose in visiting these venues was
two-fold:  (1) celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by exercising
freedom of speech and (2) conduct educational outreach on the subject
of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization.

I had hoped to engage in free speech at the US Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) facility at the Massena-Cornwall International
Bridge, but learned that this would not be allowed.  It is the
position of the CBP that no free speech activity will be tolerated on
its property.  The explanation was that this constitutes a security
risk for officers engaged in searches and questioning of people
entering the country.  I chose to avoid any confrontation with the CBP
by staying away from their property.

Martin Luther King Day is my favorite national holiday.  I think of
this holiday as Follow Your Heart to Freedom Day.  Free speech is a
wonderful way to celebrate this great day.
Speaking freely in public places is the most powerful thing that an
individual can do to bring change.

My MLK Day free speech endeavors consisted of holding up a three-fold
display board that contained the message “POPs Cause Cancer” and
additional information on POPs exposure and disease outcome.  I stood
silently and spoke only in response to the efforts of others to
initiate a conversation.  A few people wanted to talk.  The best
memory that I have of this day of free speech was the young man who
gave me a high-five in solidarity on reaching for good change.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great speaker.  He brought great change
with his words.  I believe that by following his example of
non-violent action and speaking the Truth widely in public places it
will be possible to bring on the days of the use of scientific
knowledge to prevent cancer via government doing its part to warn the
public about the presence of industrial contaminants in the
environment and food supply.  At the current time, government is not
providing this warning because it is controlled by corporations.  I
want to change government so that it is no longer controlled by
corporations.  Once this change has taken place, the new government
will tell the Truth about chemical exposure and cancer risk.  Those of
us who follow the example of Martin Luther King, Jr. hasten the day of
this change coming.


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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