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Motivating Government Action for Environmental Protection

Saturday, September 28, 2013, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Potsdam Public Library Meeting Room, Potsdam, NY USA

This meeting is for planning activities that will motivate government to act upon its responsibility to protect the environment.  Protecting the Earth must become a high priority for all levels of government.  Citizens in concert with good government can bring the changes that will make possible the restoration of the healthfulness of our environment.  Everyone who is interested in environmental activism is welcome.  For more information:  donaldhassig@gmail.com

NY-21 Green Party Candidate Hassig Visits Potsdam College to Speak on
Free Education and Safe Chemical Use

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 2:30 PM

Plaza South of Barrington Student Union

Potsdam, New York USA

As a Green Party congressional candidate, it is important to bring
forward new proposals that are of benefit to the electorate. Free
education through graduate school and safe chemical use are two such
ideas.

American youth should have the opportunity to learn free from the
repressive burden of high education costs. Operating a motor vehicle
and obtaining housing impose a considerable demand upon a student’s
finances. Free college tuition can help make education more
affordable for all. It is reasonable and good that our society would
use its wealth to make intellectual growth a reality for large numbers
of young people. This is one of the best investments that we can
make.

Safe chemical use will usher in a new era of environmental restoration
and improved health. The best way to begin using chemicals safely is
to recognize the harm that has been caused by unsafe chemical use. I
propose to create thousands of new jobs in the field of environmental
health education. There should be one environmental health educator
for every one hundred Americans. Educating on past unsafe chemical
use and strategies for transitioning to safe chemical use is of such
critical importance to our future that such a favorable educational
ratio is well warranted.

It is with new ideas that we will enter into a New Age of happiness
and well being. Government can take a leading role in making new
ideas reality. Government can foster change. Good government can
help make things better. Let’s get started.

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!

Akwesasne/Massena Public Forum Leading to Actions on PCB Exposure
Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 2-4 PM
Massena  Community Center, Conference Room
Massena, NY USA

The purpose of our forum is to build community involvement in actions
that address both past and ongoing PCB exposures.  Several actions
that have great merit follow:  (1) removal of the PCB contaminated
wastes of the Toxic Mound, an illegal hazardous waste landfill on the
GM Powertrain Superfund Site, (2) educational outreach on the subject
of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization, and (3)
creating a team of tutors for children experiencing learning
difficulties residing in the Town of Massena and on the Akwesasne
Reserve.

We will have a panel discussion and take input from anyone who wishes
to speak.  David O. Carpenter, MD, Director of the State University of
New York University at Albany Institute for Health and the Environment
will provide scientific expertise.  Dr. Carpenter will be joining us
via telephone connection.

By integrating scientific knowledge with community activism, we can
move forward with accomplishing the actions listed above.  Once we
have created a critical mass of public involvement, we will begin to
see strong progress toward fulfillment of our dreams for environmental
protection in the St. Lawrence River Valley.

8/3/13

Ursula Rozum
2012 Green Party Candidate in 24th Congressional District Race
Syracuse, New York USA

Hi Ursula,

I focus much of my work as Director of Cancer Action NY on carcinogen
exposure minimization. Minimizing the release of carcinogens to the
environment is the most effective way to prevent cancer.

Syracuse has two major public hospitals and a public medical school.
These are places where the message of carcinogen exposure minimization
via environmental protection should be heard. I have been in
communication with Winthrop Thurlow, Esq. counsel to the State
University of New York Upstate Medical University. We have discussed
free speech on the campus. I will be exercising my free speech at
this venue during early September.

Would you be interested in joining forces to raise awareness on the
carcinogen releases associated with fracking? I would be most happy
to share the opportunity to engage in free speech on the Upstate
campus.

Thank you for your work on the Peace Council. The Whistleblower
protection event was well done.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

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.