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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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Green Party Candidate Hassig Steps Up Love of the Earth Revolution on Shale Gas

Monday, November 25, 2013, 3:00 PM

Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas Office, 33 Stearns Street, Massena, NY USA

High volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) or fracking is a heavily
polluting activity.  Tremendous quantities of untested chemicals are
injected into the Earth along with water and sand to shatter shale
formations thereby releasing natural gas from pockets within the rock.
This process leads to contamination of ground water and surface water
via mingling of fracking fluid, chemicals present in the shale pockets
and water.  Fracking a gas well involves a very large amount of truck
traffic.  The diesel exhaust emissions from this trucking onslaught
are a major impact upon air quality.  Additional contamination of air
occurs via evaporation from condensate tanks and waste pits.  The
heavy contamination of water and air resulting from fracking is
harmful to all living beings.  There has been far too much harm to
life on Earth from petrochemical corporations already.  Fracking is
unacceptable.

Enbridge Corporation is transporting and marketing natural gas that is
extracted by fracking.  This company that profits from fracking has a
responsibility to participate in dialogue concerning the pollution
associated with fracking for gas.  I will endeavor to engage Enbridge
Corporation in that dialogue.  Going to the Massena Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas
Office is a perfect way to start the talk on fracking pollution.  This
office is part of my home region.  It is within the home region that
matters of health and environmental protection should be discussed
most extensively.  Where we live is where our words have the most
power.

I visit the Enbridge Office in the name of love, love of the Earth and
all of the living beings of the Earth.  I believe that love is the
most powerful force that can be brought to bear for protecting the
Earth Mother.  Love of the Earth and her many children will bring an
end to fracking.  This is a beautiful, non-violent, environmental
Revolution.  As we move forward with acting upon our love of the Earth
and all of her children, we create the great changes that will soon
eliminate pollution, cancer, greed and arrogance.

Green Party Candidate Hassig Endeavors to Initiate Dialogue with
Enbridge Corporation on Fracking’s Harm to All Earth’s Children

Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 11:00 AM

Enbridge Office, Brasher Falls, NY USA

High volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) or fracking is a heavily
polluting activity.  Tremendous quantities of untested chemicals are
injected into the Earth along with water and sand to shatter shale
formations thereby releasing natural gas from pockets within the rock.
This process leads to contamination of ground water and surface water
via mingling of fracking fluid, chemicals present in the shale pockets
and water.  Fracking a gas well involves a very large amount of truck
traffic.  The diesel exhaust emissions from this trucking onslaught
are a major impact upon air quality.  Additional contamination of air
occurs via evaporation from condensate tanks and waste pits.  The
heavy contamination of water and air resulting from fracking is
harmful to all living beings.  There has been far too much harm to
life on Earth from petrochemical corporations already.  Fracking is
unacceptable.

Enbridge Corporation is transporting and marketing natural gas that is
extracted by fracking.  This company that profits from fracking has a
responsibility to participate in dialogue concerning the pollution
associated with fracking for gas.  I will endeavor to engage Enbridge
Corporation in that dialogue.  Going to the Brasher Falls Enbridge
Office is a perfect way to start the talk on fracking pollution.  This
office is part of my home region.  It is within the home region that
matters of health and environmental protection should be discussed
most extensively.  Where we live is where our words have the most
power.

I visit the Enbridge Office in the name of love, love of the Earth and
all of the living beings of the Earth.  I believe that love is the
most powerful force that can be brought to bear for protecting the
Earth Mother.  Love of the Earth and her many children will bring an
end to fracking.

Hassig Announces 2014 Green Party Run in NY-21

Friday, September 6, 2013, 1:00 PM

Clock Tower Plaza, Jefferson Community College

Watertown, New York USA

During my 2012 NY-21 campaign, I repeatedly promised to run until I
won.  Perseverance is a key element of success.  It is with great
excitement and joy that I enter the 2014 race.  This will be a
campaign highlighted by love, creativity and beauty.  I will be a
member of the US House of Representatives someday soon.

Our Earth Mother is ever so much in need of relief from the human
onslaughts of careless chemical use, over population, habitat
destruction and fossil fuel combustion.  I will campaign so as to show
good leadership in loving the Earth and protecting the Earth.  My
campaign will emphasize how we must change everything to live in
harmony with fellow humans and the other living beings.

I have chosen Jefferson Community College (JCC) for the kick-off of my
campaign because of the large amount of positive energy that I
received from students in 2012.  It is my greatest hope that the
grassroots, good, solid people of America will take control of our
destiny by regaining control of federal government.  The students of
JCC, Canton College, Potsdam College and Plattsburgh College can make
great strides in establishing the control of the people over our
national government.  They can start by speaking freely about what
they want their government to be.  I want Congress to be free from
corporate control.  I will endeavor mightily to accomplish this.  I
can do a good job of freeing Congress if I am elected.  As the
students proceed with speaking freely about changing government, they
will sense the time is right for civil disobedience to pressure
government to break away from corporate control.  This is my dream for
a new America.  We will change everything as soon as we have taken
back our government.  A government that is acting for the betterment
of the lives of the vast majority of Americans will protect public
health and the Earth by ushering in the days of safe chemical use,
sustainable human reproduction, habitat protection and transition to
non-combustion energy sources, including solar and wind.  This is good
for the Earth and it is good for the people.  My campaign is all about
great change coming.  Viva the Revolution!

US Constitution Missing from Massena “Justice”

On July 12, 2013, I faced a Trespass charge in the Massena Village
Court.  My defense strategy was based upon the most powerful law in
America, the US Constitution.  The First Amendments of the
Constitution guarantee our freedoms, including freedom of speech.  My
free speech can not be labelled as Trespass and stopped.

I was exercising my freedom of speech at the Massena Memorial Hospital
on the October day last year when hospital administrator Mark
Brouillette and Massena Police Chief Tim Currier teamed up to deny me
that freedom.  In the courtroom, my opponents were Andrew Botts an
assistant district attorney in the St. Lawrence County District
Attorney’s Office and Hon. James Crandall, Massena Village Justice.
None of these men give any consideration whatsoever to the protection
of free speech.  It is as if the Constitution does not exist in their
world.

Judge Crandall found me guilty of Trespass despite the fact that I
established beyond any reasonable doubt the lawfulness of my actions
in the Massena Memorial Hospital.  The US Constitution trumps all laws
and regulations in the United States.  Americans are free to say what
they want to say in government buildings so long as they do not
disrupt the work of the people employed in those buildings.  The
Massena Memorial Hospital is owned by the Town of Massena.  It is a
public building.  The Constitution guarantees me free speech there.  I
did not disrupt the work of Massena Memorial Hospital employees.
Nevertheless, Judge Crandall found me guilty of Trespass.

The Massena Police Department and the Massena Village Court serve the
purpose of maintaining the status quo in the Village of Massena.  When
a person in a position of authority, such as Mark Bouillette at
Massena Memorial Hospital wants to stop an environmental health
protection activist from educating Massena residents about the risk of
cancer, heart attack and diabetes that is imposed by PCB exposure and
the ongoing PCB exposures entailed in consumption of supermarket foods
containing animal fats, the police and the court are quick to join
forces with the authority figure.  None of them give a single thought
to the right of the activist to speak freely.

The hospital is the perfect place to educate Massena residents about
minimizing the harm to health caused by past and ongoing exposures to
PCBs.  I tried for many months to speak with Mark Brouillette and
Zachary Chapman, Director of the North Country Veterans’ Clinic about
educating on the subjects addressed herein.  They refused to discuss
this.  After they gave me no satisfaction in my efforts to move
forward with public educational outreach on PCBs, I decided to go to
the hospital and hand out pamphlets describing the PCB exposure health
hazard.  This is what I did.

The founding fathers created the US Constitution to insure that
Americans were free to do what needed to be done to keep the country
vital and free.  I use my free speech to warn fellow citizens of the
harm that has been caused and continues to be caused by careless use
of chemicals by people with positions of power in corporations.  This
information is of critical importance to the health and happiness of
Americans.  The people need to know that the corporations have
poisoned the air, land and water of America and that in so doing they
have poisoned the people of America, causing much sickness and death.
Only when large numbers of Americans know this Truth will it be
possible to hold the corporations and their government allies
accountable.  The corporations and government must be held accountable
if we are to have a strong, healthy, just country.

I was doing the right thing handing out pamphlets about PCB exposure
and damage to health at the Massena Memorial Hospital.  The people
need this information.  The governmental public health entities will
not give the public this information because they are controlled by
the corporations that used the PCBs.  I plan to appeal the guilty
decision to County Court.  I am going to keep right on speaking freely
about PCBs and the other persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the
meats, fish, diary products and eggs purchased in the supermarkets.
Speaking freely about these things is an environmental revolution in
the making.  It is good that environmental revolution is taking shape
in the St. Lawrence River Valley of New York State.  Good people
taking action can save America.

Warning Public of Ongoing PCB Exposure Trespass Trial in Massena Village Court

Friday, July 12, 2013, 2:00 PM

Massena Village Court, 60 Main Street, Massena, NY USA

I made a determined effort to obtain the opportunity to conduct
information tabling events at the North Country Veterans’ Clinic.  My
proposed subject was the health hazard constituted by the presence of
persistent organic pollutants (POPs), including PCBs, dioxins and
brominated flame retardants in the animal fat containing foods of the
mainstream food supply.  POPs are contaminants of all animal fats.
Veterans are likely to have received excess exposures to PCBs and
dioxins due to the fact that these substances are released into the
air when modern buildings and vehicles burn.  Fire is a frequent
accompaniment of warfare.  Additionally, many Viet Nam War veterans
were exposed to dioxin, as a result of aerial application of
herbicides, including Agent Orange.  Dioxin was formed in the
manufacture of 2,4,5-T, one of the main ingredients of the tactical
herbicides.

North Country Veterans’ Clinic administrators refused to discuss
educational outreach to minimize ongoing exposure to PCBs and dioxins.
Eventually, I learned that Massena Memorial Hospital was a public
institution.  I attempted to contact Mark Brouillette, Director of
Ancillary Affairs at the hospital.  Mr. Brouillette has a voice in
determining what is done at the North Country Veterans’ Clinic.  He
would not return my telephone calls.  After many months of trying to
communicate with these people, I decided that the time had come to
start conducting educational outreach at the Massena Memorial
Hospital.  When permission was being denied, it was my duty to go to
the hospital and exercise my freedom of speech concerning POPs
exposure minimization.

I stood in the main entrance lobby of the Massena Memorial Hospital
and spoke to patrons entering the facility, offering them a pamphlet
that explained the matters of POPs exposure, disease outcome and
exposure minimization.  After about half an hour, Mr. Brouillette came
down and introduced himself.  He requested that I go outdoors and
conduct my educational outreach on the public sidewalk off hospital
property.  I declined to do so.  Clients were driving into the
hospital parking lot and walking from there into the building.  I
would miss the opportunity to engage every one of them, if I were to
move to the public sidewalk.

Mr. Brouillette summoned the Village Police.  Police Chief Currier
attempted to convince me that the hospital was not a pubic place.  I
did not believe his complicated explanation.  Massena Memorial
Hospital is a public place and it is a good place to provide patrons
with information warning of the POPs exposure health hazard.

I am not guilty of Trespass.  The definition of Trespass is to remain
on a property with knowledge that it is unlawful to remain on that
property.  The US Constitution guarantees my right to freedom of
speech.  I had the right to speak to patrons of the Massena Memorial
Hospital about POPs exposure minimization.

I will be calling Zachary Chapman, Director of the North Country
Veterans’ Clinic and Mark Brouillette as witnesses.  It is my
intention to establish that these men had sought to deny me the
opportunity to speak freely at the North Country Veterans’ Clinic and
the Massena Memorial Hospital.  When they would not cooperate with
making arrangements for information tabling, I was perfectly justified
in going to the hospital and exercising my freedom of speech.  To do
otherwise would be to allow them to rob me of that freedom.

As the scientific facts of POPs exposure and disease outcome become
known to more and more people, it will become clear that the
governmental public health entities, including:  the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, the US Environmental Protection
Agency, the US Food and Drug Administration and the New York State
Department of Health have chosen to keep the public in the dark about
this avoidable health hazard.  It is my responsibility as a person
with expert knowledge in the subjects referred to herein to speak
freely concerning these matters so as to warn the public of the harm
caused by exposure to POPs and to give people the opportunity to
choose not to consume foods containing animal fats, thereby minimizing
their exposure to POPs.  The Constitution protects my right to act
upon this responsibility.  If there is justice in the Massena Village
Court, I will be found not guilty of Trespass.

“Genetic Roulette” Showing at Massena Public Library

Thursday, July 11, 2013, 6:00 PM

Massena Public Library, Massena, NY USA

Scientific research is beginning to establish the facts of how
consumption of genetically modified crops and consumption of milk
produced using genetically engineered bovine growth hormone are
causing damage to human and animal health.  “Genetic Roulette”
provides much insight into this critical health issue.  Now that
genetically modified corn and soybeans make up such a high percentage
of what is available for Americans to eat, it is time for evidence
based decision making about what to eat and what not to eat.

This event is sponsored by Cancer Action NY and the St. Lawrence River
Green Party.  For further information contact Donald Hassig at
315.262.2456 or donaldhassig@gmail.com.