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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.

6/16/13

Gloria Mattera, Co-Chair
Michael O’Neil, Co-Chair
Green Party of New York State
New York USA

To the Green Party Establishment,

I have encountered and continue to encounter a considerable amount of
negativity coming from the Green Party Establishment.  My thoughts are
to confront this by going to a State Committee meeting and asking what
basis the Green Party Establishment including:  Mark Dunlea, Gloria
Mattera, Michael O’Neil, Peter LaVenia and Howie Hawkins has for
treating me badly.  I want to confront the people who are attempting
to cast me as a bad Green Party candidate.  I want to hear from their
own lips what they think it is that they know about me that gives them
the right to say that I am a bad candidate.

The Green Party Establishment is merely following the example of the
corporate people, the bad politicians and the bad news media people
who started saying that I was a bad candidate way back in the 90s.
They started saying this because I had the strength of character that
it took to stand up to the powerful corporate people and politicians
and say that they were wrong on a considerable number of issues here
in the St. Lawrence River Valley:  trash burning that contaminated
milk and meat with dioxins and PCBs; hazardous waste sites that were
contaminating air and water; and a proposal to construct an oriented
strand board facility that would have released a major quantity of
carcinogens into the air.  The Green Party Establishment is going
along with the people who say bad things about me because the Green
Party Establishment is afraid of the corrupt corporate people, the
corrupt politicians and the corrupt news media.

I can overcome the bad treatment that I am receiving from the Green
Party Establishment by continuing to follow the path of bringing out
the Truth about corporate abuse of the Earth, politicians who
facilitate this abuse and news media that can’t see any of this abuse.
The good American people honor me for doing this good work.  The
Green Party Establishment will fail because it is nothing more than an
obstacle that I rolled over top of.

joyous in Nature-Viva the Revolution,

Donald L. Hassig

Dear Mr. Garbarini,

Following up on our conversation from earlier today, I am providing
you with the URL for accessing the World Health Organization (WHO)
report, which I have requested that you read.

“Persistent Organic Pollutants:  Impact on Child Health”, World Health
Organization, 2010

http://www.who.int/ceh/publications/persistent_organic_pollutant/en/index.html

This report recommends government and non-government joint action to
minimize the exposure that children receive to persistent organic
pollutants (POPs).  Please read this landmark environmental health
protection report.

POPs exposure minimization is of major importance to the protection of
public health.  I am hopeful that you will help facilitate
communications between Cancer Action NY and the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) on the subject of POPs exposure minimization
education.

Please find below a letter to EPA employee Suzanne Wells, concerning
the matter of educational outreach on the subject of POPs exposure
minimization for the Akwesasne reserve and the Town of Massena.  I am
interested in speaking with Ms. Wells about POPs exposure minimization
education.  My purpose in speaking with Ms. Wells and other EPA staff
is to motivate the agency to commence educational outreach on the
subject of POPs exposure minimization to the Akwesasne reserve and the
Town of Massena.  Please speak with Ms. Wells about this matter.

Additionally, I would like for you to facilitate communications with
Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck on the subject of changes that
should be made to the information that is provided on the EPA’s POPs
webpage.  I will forward the letter that I have recently sent to
Administrator Enck concerning this matter via a second email message.
Please speak to Administrator Enck about the need for science based
educational outreach on the subject of POPs exposure minimization.

Thank you for your attention to this correspondence.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Donald Hassig <donaldhassig@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2012 00:01:31 -0500
Subject: 12/27/12 Letter to Suzanne Wells, US EPA Concerning POPs
Exposure Minimization Education on Akwesasne Reserve and in Town of
Massena
To: wells.suzanne@epa.gov
Cc: gurtner.lois@epa.gov, steve.hunt@mail.house.gov

12/27/12

Suzanne Wells
Superfund Program
US Environmental Protection Agency
Transmitted by electronic mail

Dear Ms. Wells,

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a broad mandate to
protect the environment and public health.  I believe that this
mandate includes making full use of scientific knowledge to minimize
the harm that will result from contamination of the environment with
man-made chemicals.  Populations, which reside in the vicinity of POPs
contaminated sites, have received respiratory exposures to site
specific contaminants as a result of evaporation from the sites.  Oral
exposures have occurred whenever local fish and wildlife were
consumed.  These exposures have taken place in addition to exposures
received as a result of the presence of POPs in all animal fats
available in the mainstream food supply, including those animal fats
found in meats, dairy products, eggs and fish.  Consumption of
mainstream food supply animal fats is a major source of exposure for
the populations referred to above.  Exposure minimization is key to
minimizing harm.  Accomplishing exposure minimization requires
providing people with warnings of major exposure routes.  Providing
such warnings makes possible exposure avoidance behavioral changes.

I am interested in creating an educational outreach for the
populations at the Akwesasne Reserve and in the Town of Massena that
provides residents with a warning of the
POPs exposure health hazard constituted by contamination of mainstream
food supply animal fat foods, including:  meats, eggs, fish and dairy
products available in
supermarkets.  This education is important due to a history of site
related exposures to POPS.  I have spoken with leaders in both
Akwesasne and the Town of Massena and it is clear that there is little
or no public awareness of this health hazard.  People are aware of the
PCB contamination that exists in St. Lawrence River, Grasse River and
Raquette River fish, but they are completely in the dark regarding
mainstream food supply contamination.  Making mainstream food supply
contamination known to these populations is a key step in minimizing
the POPs exposures received in the St. Lawrence River Valley.  I am
hopeful that widespread awareness of this health hazard will lead to
new consumption patterns that exclude hotdogs, hamburgers, bologna,
butter, lard, and other foods high in animal fats.

I believe that EPA is one of the governmental entities most suited to
providing populations that reside in the vicinity of POPs contaminated
sites with a warning of the POPs exposure health hazard constituted by
mainstream food supply contamination.  I would like to enter into a
dialogue with EPA for the purpose of creating an educational outreach
within the agency designed to provide this warning.

I have provided a copy of my proposal for educational outreach below.
Please review the proposal as a preliminary to entering into the
proposed dialogue.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

______________________________

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Proposal for Minimizing Harm to Human Health Resultant from Persistent
Organic Pollutants Contamination of the Environment:  Focus on
Akwesasne

Overview

Exposure minimization is a key paradigm of public health protection.
The Akwesasne Reserve located along the St. Lawrence River at the
mouths of the Grasse, Raquette and St. Regis rivers is a place of
above average exposures to persistent organic pollutants (POPs).  This
exposure has resulted from the contamination of the region with PCBs,
which were used and disposed of at the ALCOA West facility, the former
Reynolds Metals facility and the former GM Powertrain facility.  The
region has received additional inputs of POPs as a result of being
located downstream and downwind from the Great Lakes Basin.
Considering the excess exposure that has occurred here, POPs  exposure
minimization is merited.  Two important strategies of exposure
minimization are:  (1) contaminant removal and (2) educational
outreach on exposure minimization, which involves making known the
existence of the POPs exposure health hazard constituted by
contamination of all animal fats, including both fats present in local
wild caught fish and wildlife as well as fats present in the meats,
fish, dairy products and eggs available in the mainstream food supply.

This project proposal is for the establishment of an educational
outreach on the subject of POPs exposure minimization on the Akwesasne
Reserve and in the Town of Massena.  The educational outreach would
implement strategies, including:  (1) door to door visits for the
purpose of distributing literature and speaking directly with
residents; (2) development of a website based upon the website
akwesasnehealth.wordpress.com; (3) presentations to community groups;
and (4) dialogue with the health professionals of the project area.

Contamination of the Global Environment

During the past 100 years the manufacture and use of certain
halogenated hydrocarbons has gradually led to the contamination of the
global environment.  These substances are highly resistant to natural
break-down processes.  They are also soluble in fats.  Because of
these two characteristics, POPs accumulate to the highest levels in
organisms at the top of food chains.  Many species of organisms have
body burdens of POPs.  Consumption of animal fats is the major
exposure route for this group of anthropogenic chemicals.

All peoples of the Earth bear body burdens of POPs, but those who
consume relatively large quantities of animal fats have the greatest
accumulation of POPs in their fat tissues.  First Nations peoples with
diets composed largely of fish and wildlife have received particularly
heavy POPs exposures.

POPs are not evenly distributed throughout the world.  These
substances evaporate at elevated temperatures and condense out of cold
air to redeposit onto the surface of the planet.  The boreal and
arctic ecosystems are reservoirs of POPs.  The sediments of the Great
Lakes are another vast POPs reservoir.  The outdoor air of the Great
Lakes region contains elevated concentrations of POPs.  Those First
Nations peoples living in the Great Lakes region and downwind from the
Great Lakes on the St. Lawrence River receive significant respiratory
POPs exposures in addition to the POPs exposures  resultant from
consumption of fish and wildlife produced in these ecosystems.

Excess Exposures of the People of Akwesasne

The people of Akwesasne, a Mohawk reserve located on the St. Lawrence
River East of Massena, New York, have a long history of consuming fish
from the St. Lawrence River.  Akwesasne is not only downwind from
Great Lakes POPs.  It is downwind also from nearby POPs contaminated
waste disposal sites on the ALCOA West property, the former Reynolds
Metals property and the former GM Powertrain site.  All three
properties contain areas that were classified as Superfund sites.
Major remedial activities have taken place at these sites, but
remediation was conducted many years after disposal activities
contaminated soils and sediments.  Large quantities of PCBs remain on
the former GM Powertrain site.  All sites were sources of PCB releases
to the outdoor atmosphere leading to respiratory exposures for
decades.  Thus the people of Akwesasne have received oral and
respiratory exposures to POPs that are far in excess of the average
exposure of residents of North America.

Damages to Human Health

The scientific research literature of POPs exposure impacts on human
health is vast and rapidly growing.  Scientific knowledge now supports
the conclusion that POPs exposure at current levels of food supply
contamination imposes a significant quantity of disease risk upon the
average consumer of animal based foods.  Damages to health associated
with POPs exposure include:  cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular
disease, immune system dysfunction, impairment of sexual function,
autoimmune diseases, impairment of cognitive function and obesity.

Akwesasne residents experience high rates of type 2 diabetes,
cardiovascular disease and cancer.  Epidemiological studies have
demonstrated a connection between PCB exposure and elevated incidence
of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease at Akwesasne.  Anecdotal
evidence supports the conclusion that cancer incidence is far above
average in this place where so much exposure to POPs has occurred for
so very many years.

Minimization of Harm to Human Health

A groundbreaking public health policy document titled, “Persistent
Organic Pollutants:  Impact on Child Health” was published in 2010 by
the World Health Organization.  This report recommends that health
arena leaders take action to minimize the exposure that children
receive to POPs.

POPs exposure minimization can be accomplished via a number of
strategies.  The strategies involving action to reduce the presence of
POPs in the environment and food supply include:  banning the
production and use of POPs such as brominated flame retardants,
clean-up of POPs contaminated sites and establishing a prohibition
against the use of animal fats in the feeding of food animals.  POPs
exposure minimization can also be accomplished by implementing
strategies that motivate exposure avoidance behaviors.  Principal
among these strategies is POPs exposure minimization education.  Such
education involves providing the general public with a clearly set
forth warning describing the POPs health hazard and recommending
limited animal fat consumption.

“Persistent Organic Pollutants:  Impact on Child Health”, World Health
Organization, 2010

http://www.who.int/ceh/publications/persistent_organic_pollutant/en/index.html

Restricting consumption of all animal fats is highlighted as a
priority strategy for POPs exposure minimization.  Simona Surdu, PhD
is the report’s major author.  David O. Carpenter, MD, Director of the
SUNY Albany Institute for Health and the Environment is a contributing
author.  The WHO recently designated the Institute for Health and the
Environment as one of its world-wide centers.

“Children are more sensitive than adults to almost all dangerous
substances, and that particularly is true for persistent organic
pollutants (POPs).  Prenatal and early life exposure to POPs results
in reduced cognitive function, suppressed immune system function and
altered development of the reproductive system as well as increased
risk of development of other diseases, such as cancer, later in
life.”-David O. Carpenter, MD

Multiple exposure to POPs and resultant unquantified total damages to
health are addressed in the 2010 WHO policy document.  Use of
precaution is advised in the face of incomplete yet substantial
knowledge of serious damages to health resulting from POPs exposure.
Concerns involving gestational, lactational, childhood and adolescent
exposures are raised.  This is the first time that a governmental
public health entity has provided leadership on the use of scientific
knowledge to minimize the harm that will result from global POPs
contamination.   Focus on action to minimize exposure makes this a
highly important public health protection document.

The National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic
Substances and Disease Registry of the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention have begun a process for developing educational pieces on
the subject of POPs exposure minimization.  Early documents in this
vein include a piece intended for education of physicians on the
subject of PCB exposure health effects and another physician education
piece on the subject of dioxin exposure health effects.  These
documents would be utilized in educational outreach to physicians
practicing within the project area.

Summary

During the course of the past 100 years the global environment has
become heavily polluted with a large number of man-made chemicals,
many of which persist in the environment and accumulate to the highest
levels at the top of food chains.  POPs are a major part of global
contamination.  Human beings are heavily impacted by POPs exposures:
cancers, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, ADHD, reduced
cognitive function, impaired immune system function  and altered
reproductive function.  The time is upon us for cooperative efforts by
governmental public health entities and non-government environmental
health organizations to conduct educational outreach programs focusing
on POPs exposure minimization.  Such educational outreach is a crucial
part of the overall effort to minimize the harm that will result from
POPs contamination of our world.

Environmental Health Protection Activist Hassig Moves Canton Town Court for Dismissal of Stalking and Trespass Charges

I will appear in Canton Town Court on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 to make oral argument in support of my motion for dismissal of the two pending charges.  My principal point supporting dismissal is the legitimate purpose which existed for all of my actions involving St. Lawrence County Public Health Department Director Susan Hathaway, PhD.  I criticized Dr. Hathaway for the purpose of motivating her to take action upon her responsibility to protect public health.  She did not like this criticism, but the criticism was not illegal.  I criticized her for the purpose of causing her to stop speaking falsely about the scientific knowledge that I had been bringing before St. Lawrence County government on the subject of the persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure health hazard.  My purpose in criticizing Dr. Hathaway centered upon providing the residents of St. Lawrence County with the health protective benefits of scientific knowledge describing the POPs exposure health hazard.  Dr. Hathaway did not want to provide the public with this knowledge because it was not politically comfortable for her to do this.  I spoke as I did with regards to the failure of Dr. Hathaway to protect public health so as to motivate her to start protecting public health regardless of political considerations.   For further detail on my motion for dismissal of all charges, please see the Supporting Affidavit provided below.

Supporting Affidavit for Dismissal of Stalking and Trespass Charges

1/31/13

Joe Kardash, Superintendent
Colton-Pierrepont Central School District
Colton, New York USA
Transmitted by electronic mail

Dear Superintendent Kardash,

On October 13, 2011, I was arrested and charged with criminal
trespass, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct as a result of an
incident that took place in the St. Lawrence County Courthouse.  These
charges were based upon false statements made by County Administrator
Karen St. Hilaire and New York State Unified Court System Security
Officer Cassidy Mock.  I did nothing that was unlawful on that date
other than say the f-word in response to being treated with disrespect
by Officer Mock.  He pushed me twice and he demanded that I stop
pointing my finger at him when I told him that he was part of the
problem with bad people in government not acting upon their
responsibility.  I said the f-word because he was abusing me.

In the Spring of 2012, Canton Village Justice William Galvin dismissed
all charges except the disorderly conduct charge.  I plead guilty to
that charge because the definition of disorderly conduct includes
speaking profanely in public.  I did nothing significantly unlawful.
Judge Galvin did not fine me or impose any other type of penalty.

At a time shortly after the arrest described above, I contacted your
office about Cancer Action NY information tabling at the school.  You
told me that the Colton-Pierrepont Central School District Board of
Education had decided that I was not welcome in the school during
instructional hours.  I was disappointed that the board had made this
decision considering my long history of information tabling at the
school.  In hopes of changing the minds of board members, I attended a
school board meeting and explained all that is stated above concerning
the October 13, 2011 arrest.  I found that the board was unwilling to
change its position.

During the course of the past several weeks, I have encountered the
experience of being excluded from the Town of Colton’s Winterfest
Health Fair.  I have participated by invitation in this yearly event
for a considerable period of time and had planned to participate in
2013.  When I spoke with Mary Long, the organizer of the Health Fair
about the decision to exclude Cancer Action NY, she stated, “The
school doesn’t want you around.”  The school board’s decision to
exclude Cancer Action NY was now being used as justification for
exclusion from the Health Fair.

I have spoken with you about all that is stated above.  You have
reiterated that it is the position of the school board that I am not
welcome in the school during instructional hours.  Please provide a
detailed written basis for this exclusion.  I want to know what
reasons the school board has for excluding Cancer Action NY.

Thank you for your attention to this request.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

Freedom of Speech Branded Disorderly Conduct by Watertown City Court

On January 16, 2013, I defended myself against a charge of Disorderly
Conduct before Hon. Judge Eugene Renzi in the Watertown City Court.
The trial hinged upon whether my dance/spoken word performance of
August 28, 2012 was free speech or Disorderly Conduct.  The arresting
officer of the Watertown City Police provided testimony for the
District Attorney’s Office.  He described my actions as “screaming”
and “waving my arms”.    His own words make very clear the fact that
the officer had a negative attitude toward my demonstration.  Speaking
loudly to be heard above the sounds of traffic on a busy city street
is only “screaming” to the person who does not like people who choose
to demonstrate against the corrupt government.  Dancing is only
“waving arms” in the mind of the person who sees all protest in a
negative light.

I took the witness stand and explained that freedom of speech was my
only option for educating voters about the bad government that has
come to exist in Washington.  I stated that the Watertown news media
had given me no positive coverage prior to the dance/spoken word
protest.  I stated that my strategy was to speak loudly and freely on
Washington Street in Watertown on August 28th so as to attract the
attention of voters.  I described the success of my endeavor, three
young men stopping to speak with me about the issues of my Green Party
campaign.

In addition to relating the events of August 28th, I gave Judge Renzi
a brief history of my environmental activism.  I pointed out that my
message linking industrial chemical exposure with cancer causation was
displeasing to the powerful people of the North Country.  The key
Truth for the matter before the City Court and my activism as a whole
is that these powerful people had repeatedly tried to damage my
efforts to educate the public on the connection between industrial
chemical exposure and cancer.  I stated emphatically that I would
continue to use my freedom of speech to bring out the Truth about
chemical exposure and cancer in America.

Judge Renzi rendered his decision immediately following my closing
statement.  He obviously had his mind made up before the trial.  He
found me guilty of Disorderly Conduct and fined me 100.00 dollars.

I will appeal this bad decision.  Viva Freedom of Speech!  Viva the
Truth!  Viva the Revolution!

1/14/13

Hon. Scott Sutherland
St. Lawrence County Legislature
48 Court Street
Canton, New York USA
Transmitted by electronic mail

Dear Scott,

I would like to meet with you, Karen St. Hilaire, the County Administrator and Jonathan Putney, Chair of the St. Lawrence County Legislature.  I would like to meet with the above named government officials for the purpose of discussing the use of scientific knowledge to prevent cancer.  This subject is of great importance to the people of St. Lawrence County and Akwesasne.  Thus far there has not been any significant action by St. Lawrence County government to prevent cancer.  The county government must begin to take a role in cancer prevention that uses scientific knowledge on the subject of chemical exposure cancer causation.  Failing to use this knowledge is causing much suffering and death.  This failure results from fear that widespread awareness of chemical exposure cancer risk will cause losses to the dairy industry.  This fear should not dictate inaction on cancer prevention.  St. Lawrence County government must rise above the inaction of fear and do what is best for public health.

Thank you for all of your good efforts to move forward with cancer prevention in St. Lawrence County.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig