ALCOA Forced Massena Town Supervisor Joseph Gray to Write Falsely About the Work of Cancer Action NY

19 Nov

Dear St. Lawrence County Policy Makers and Mindful Citizens,

Massena Town Supervisor Joseph Gray recently wrote a letter to the
North Country Now news organization in which he makes several libelous
statements about Cancer Action NY. (See link to news article below.)
He states that I have deliberately misled him. This is absurd. I
made it very clear in my October 2011 presentation to the Massena Town
Board that persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization
education was of particular importance to residents of the Town of
Massena because of the PCB exposure that they had received as a result
of living in the vicinity of the ALCOA West facility where PCBs were
disposed of in a careless manner for many years. PCBs evaporate from
contaminated sediments and soils and enter the outdoor atmosphere.
The residents of the Town of Massena have inhaled ALCOA PCBs for a
long period of time. This has imposed an unusually large quantity of
exposure upon these people. POPs exposure minimization education is
very important to them because they are at higher risk of developing
POPs associated diseases including: type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular
disease and cancer.

I suspect that ALCOA management has forced Supervisor Gray to attack
me so as to create confusion about the substantive matters of PCB
exposure and POPs exposure minimization education. ALCOA is afraid of
the truth. ALCOA wants to suppress the respiratory exposure to PCBs
issue so as to avoid being held responsible for much of the disease
burden suffered by the residents of the Town of Massena.

I brought a POPs exposure minimization resolution before the Massena
Town board many months ago as part of a campaign to obtain such
resolutions from local governments in St. Lawrence County pursuant to
motivating the St. Lawrence County Legislature to authorize the
creation of a POPs exposure minimization educational outreach program
within the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department. The Massena
Town Board hesitated to adopt the resolution because they were
concerned about displeasing ALCOA. After many town boards had adopted
POPs exposure minimization education resolutions, I decided to bring
the matter once more before the Massena Town Board. Supervisor Gray
suggested that he would revise the resolution. I agreed to this
because several towns had wanted to make small changes. In October
2011 the Massena Town Board unanimously adopted the revised
resolution.

I wrote and transmitted a news release on the subject of Massena Town
Board adoption of this resolution. I used the news release to
emphasize the significance of past respiratory PCB exposures when
addressing lifelong cancer risk imposed by cumulative POPs exposures.
I said nothing in the news release that I had not said in the Massena
Town Board meeting at which the resolution was adopted.

Supervisor Gray states in his letter to North Country Now that the
resolution I brought to the Massena Town Board was unreasonable,
promoting the position that everything caused cancer. This is false.
Supervisor Gray knows that it is false. Joseph Gray has libeled me.
I am providing a copy of the original resolution submitted to the
Massena Town Board. It is clear that Joseph Gray has spoken falsely
when one reads this resolution. It does not say anything unreasonable
about POPs exposure cancer risk. This unrevised resolution was
adopted by several town boards because it is a very good resolution.

ALCOA is using Supervisor Gray to attempt to derail the work of Cancer
Action NY. The truth is coming out now. ALCOA will learn that it
does not rule St. Lawrence County. The people rule St. Lawrence
County.

I demand an apology from Supervisor Gray and ALCOA.

joyous in Nature-Viva the Revolution,

Donald L. Hassig

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SUPPORT OF A PUBLIC EDUCATION/CANCER PREVENTION INITIATIVE OF CANCER ACTION NY

WHEREAS, the incidence of cancer in Massena is of great concern to the
Town Board, and

WHEREAS, scientific research published in the peer-reviewed scientific
literature demonstrates the presence of dioxins and other carcinogenic
persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the food supply, and such food
supply contamination constitutes a major source of exposure, and is
thus a major contributor to cancer causation, and

WHEREAS, many citizens are unaware of the presence of carcinogenic
POPs in the food supply and steps that can be taken to decrease
exposure and thus lower cancer risk, and

WHEREAS, the problem is not isolated to Massena, but requires state
and national government actions to reduce exposure, and

WHEREAS, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are POPs, and animal
studies have shown that exposure to PBDEs imposes increased cancer
risk, and these chemical compounds are soluble in fat, and food sample
analysis has demonstrated that these pollutants contaminate all animal
fat, and education of the general public concerning the animal fat
consumption exposure route for these and other POPs, including:
dioxins, dioxin-like compounds, PCBs, and lipophilic pesticides is
necessary as a cancer preventative measure, and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board for the Town of
Massena, meeting on the date of , does hereby
commend the organization CANCER ACTION NY for its efforts to raise
awareness about the problem, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Board calls upon its elected
officials at both state level and federal level to use their influence
to help educate Americans on the subject of the cancer risk imposed by
consumption of animal fat, all of which is contaminated with
carcinogenic POPs, and recommends that the educational outreach
described herein be configured such that: (1) the National Institute
of Environmental Health Sciences is made responsible for review of the
scientific literature for the purpose of finding scientific knowledge
that can be utilized in the creation of cancer prevention messages for
the general public; (2) the National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences is made responsible for producing public education pieces
that clearly set forth the cancer prevention knowledge discovered in
the literature review; and (3) the State and County health departments
are made responsible for disseminating the public education pieces to
the residents of their jurisdictional areas, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Board encourages its citizens to
be mindful of the dangers of carcinogenic substances in our
environment and supports initiatives that will promote the health and
happiness of its constituents.

________________________________________________________________________

Massena supervisor says town duped by local cancer activist

http://northcountrynow.com/news/massena-supervisor-says-town-duped-local-cancer-activist-042989


Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625
315.262.2456
http://www.canceractionny.org

Cancer Prevention Activist Abused by Armed Police Officers in St. Lawrence County, New York USA

15 Oct

To All Those Concerned About the Failures of Government to Take Action to Protect the Public from Harmful Chemical Exposures,

I am an American citizen.  I am a free man.  I will not accept the abuse that I received at the hands of armed police officers in the county where I went to school, farmed and work as a cancer prevention advocate and educator.

I was thrown on the floor and held in handcuffs for over 4 hours before finally being released after an arraignment in Canton Village Court.  All of this was done to me because I refused to stop talking to St. Lawrence County Administrator
Karen St. Hilaire when she told me that she was not willing to debate the subject of chemical exposure breast cancer risk.  I chose to pursue speaking further with the County Administrator to demonstrate my determination to confront the bad corporate-government culture on its deceptions concerning chemical exposure and cancer risk.  The federal, state and county  governments in the United States have become controlled by corporations to the extent that they function largely to satisfy corporate demands.  The corporations prefer that the American people remain in the dark regarding the role of exposure to chemicals in cancer causation.  Thus the various levels of government disseminate corporate messages on the subject of cancer risk, which address life style factors and omit all information on chemical carcinogens.

Please see below an account of what I consider to be an absolutely outrageous experience.

joyous in Nature-Viva the Revolution,

Donald L. Hassig

10/14/11 Statement of Cancer Action NY Director Donald L. Hassig Concerning Unlawful Actions of St. Lawrence County and New York State Law Enforcement Personnel in Responding to a Complaint from St. Lawrence County Administrator Karen St. Hilaire Arising from the Refusal of Donald L. Hassig to Stop Talking to Her About Corporate-Government Culture Deceptions on the Subject of Breast Cancer Risk

On October 13, 2011, I entered the St. Lawrence County Courthouse at approximately 12:10 PM.  I proceeded to the main hallway outside the Office of the Clerk of the St. Lawrence County Legislature where I planned to conduct a news conference setting before the public the Cancer Action NY position that the New York State Department of Health’s (DOH) Cancer Services Program (CSP) was providing misleading information to the residents of New York State.  In the next five
paragraphs we set forth our conclusions concerning these public health deceptions.

The DOH established the CSP to promulgate the corporate position on cancer.  County public health departments throughout New York State conduct local educational outreach in partnership with the DOH CSP.  The corporations want people to believe that chemicals do not cause a significant quantity of cancer.  They want people to believe that there is no scientific evidence supporting the conclusion that chemical exposure at background levels of exposure causes significant quantities of cancer.  The corporations use government to spread their false messages.  The CSP spreads these false messages.

The corporations are liars.  The scientific literature contains thousands of research articles describing  the role of chemicals in cancer causation.  The corporations do not care about the harm that they cause to people.  They are blind with greed.  Their power over government must be broken.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in America.  The idea of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and pink ribbons came from the corporations.  They seek to spread the view that breast cancer is not caused by exposure to chemicals.  The corporate message public educational materials utilized by the CSP only address lifestyle factors.  These materials set forth the following recommendations for reducing breast cancer risk:  eat fruit and vegetables, maintain a healthy body weight, limit alcohol intake and exercise regularly.  There is nothing in the corporate breast cancer awareness educational materials about chemicals that impose breast cancer risk.  The CSP educational materials focus extensively on screening and early detection.  This is not the proper focus for public health education on breast cancer.  Focus should be on minimization of exposure to breast carcinogens.

The corporations want to control the people’s thinking about breast
cancer so that they can continue to use chemicals in a careless way.
The corporations believe that it is not possible  to make large
amounts of money without using chemicals carelessly.  They omit from
their educational materials all information about the chemicals known
to impose increased breast cancer risk.  These carcinogenic substances
include:  polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), cadmium, dioxins,
DDT and radioactive nuclides such as tritium.

We say “Viva the Revolution” to the corporations and the bad
government that has worked hand in hand with them to deceive the
public about the role of chemicals in cancer causation.  American
girls get breast cancer now.  This is an outrage.  If government had
acted upon its responsibility to warn the public of avoidable disease
hazards, our society would not have failed to bring the corporations
under control decades ago when the Nixon Administration declared the
War on Cancer in 1971 with passage of the National Cancer Act.  The
cancer epidemic in America has been caused by the corporations and
their bad government allies.  They caused this awful harm to the
public health by suppressing scientific knowledge on the role of
chemicals in cancer causation.  American girls would never have
developed breast cancer if corporations and bad government had not
done this.  Enough Already!  Viva the Revolution!

Upon arriving in the main hallway of the courthouse at approximately
12:15 PM, I observed that no members of the news media had chosen to
participate in our news conference.  This has long been the practice
of the members of the news media in St. Lawrence County following the
events that took place involving the opposition that Cancer Action NY
mounted against the proposal to construct and operated an oriented
strand board facility in the St. Lawrence River Valley in the Town of
Lisbon.  In succeeding to derail this proposal, Cancer Action NY
became the object of much ridicule and abuse, resulting in the
eventual shunning of our organization by many people with money and
power.  The news media followed these people’s example and decided to
deny us any coverage.

I began to dance for environmental revolution in the main hallway of
the courthouse.  After dancing only a short time, I observed that St.
Lawrence County Administrator Karen St. Hilaire had stepped into the
hallway outside the Office of the Clerk of the St. Lawrence County
Legislature.  I approached Ms. St. Hilaire and commenced a
conversation with her by requesting that she give me an invitation to
attend the annual meeting of the CSP, which was about to take place
later that day.  I had already requested permission to attend from the
St. Lawrence County Public Health Department .  I had requested that
my legislator, Scott Sutherland seek to obtain an invitation for me to
attend.  The County Administrator refused to give me an invitation to
attend.  I stated that I wanted to talk with her about the
misinformation that the CSP was setting before the public.  Ms. St.
Hilaire responded by suggesting that I was being unfair considering
the fact that I was allowed to present information about chemical
carcinogens on bulletin boards and at information tables on county
property, including the courthouse and the Human Services Building.  I
replied that this was not a matter of freedom of speech as she sought
to cast it.  I stated that the Cancer Action NY educational materials
presented the truth and that the CSP materials provided falsehoods by
omitting all information on pollutant carcinogens.  Ms. St. Hilaire
then stated that she was not going to debate this with me.  I stated
that I wished to continue talking to her about this critical public
health matter.  She walked away from me, entering into the Office of
the Clerk of the Legislature.  I followed her into this large room,
occupied by two secretaries.  I attempted to continue my dialogue with
the county administrator.  She began demanding that I leave.  During
all contact with County Administrator St. Hilaire, I spoke in a calm
and reasonable  manner.  I raised my voice only a few times when she
attempted to dismiss me with her bad intentioned comments.  One of the
secretaries summoned law enforcement personnel upon being directed to
do so by County Administrator St. Hilaire.

I was approached by one Cassidy Mock, a security officer of the New
York State Unified Court System.  Officer Mock demanded that I leave
the office.  I refused.  He repeated his demand and upon my refusal,
he grabbed my shoulder stepped behind me and pushed me out into the
hallway.  He pushed me down the hallway to a bench and ordered me to
sit.  I stated that I would not sit.  He pushed me down onto the
bench.  I believe that I said “Fuck You” to Officer Cassidy after
having received this rough treatment for doing nothing rough myself.
I pointed my index finger up at Office Cassidy and stated that he was
part of the corporate-government culture that was causing girls to get
breast cancer in the United States.  I believe that my words were such
or something close to this concerning corporate-government culture
deceptions relating to breast cancer.  Officer Mock demanded that I
not point at him.  I said “Fuck You” and continued to point up at him.
He then grabbed my left arm, twisted it behind my back, threw me on
the floor, put his knee or his foot in the middle of my back and
cuffed me.  Under Sheriff Bono assisted with the use of handcuffs and
getting me to my feet and placing me in a sitting position on the
bench.

I was soon escorted by Under Sheriff Bono and a deputy sheriff out of
the courthouse and across the street to the St. Lawrence County Public
Safety Building where I was forced to remain in a small holding room
chained to the wall with a short piece of chain and two sets of hand
cuffs.  I remained chained there for approximately three hours.

At no time during the foregoing series of events did I in any way make
any physical effort to resist the physical acts of the law enforcement
personnel.  The physical act of pointing my finger up at Officer Mock
was not an act of physical resistance to his actions.  It was a
demonstration of my determination to hold the corporate-government
culture accountable for its deceptions and its abuses.

Officer Mock and Under Sheriff Bono have stated in sworn statements
that I resisted arrest.  I did not even think about resisting arrest.
I did not resist arrest.  I was willing to be arrested for the purpose
of demonstrating my determination to confront the corporate
-government culture upon its deceptions and abuses involving cancer
and cancer education.  I chose civil disobedience.  I chose to allow
the law enforcement personnel to arrest me.  Office Mock and Under
Sheriff Bono have committed perjury.  County Administrator St. Hilaire
has also committed perjury.  These people should be removed from
their positions in St. Lawrence County and New York State government.


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

Mohawk Leading POPs Exposure Minimization Revolution

21 Aug

Dear Green Party Voters and Comrades,

Please find below an opinion piece that I have submitted to the Watertown Daily Times, North Country This Week and Indian Time. St. Lawrence County is poised to become a leading entity in addressing the matter of POPs contamination of the Earth. If you are interested in taking action to build public interest in this issue, I would love to strategize with you. On Friday, August 19th, I conducted a public educational outreach on the embankment overlooking the GM Powertrain Super Fund Site. During the course of an hour and a half, many drivers on State Route 37 read my message, “POPs Cause Cancer”. The honking horns and fists raised in the air created an exciting good vibe.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

Dear Editor,

The month of August has given us a beautiful series of change driving events. On August 11th, 2011, Larry Thompson, a primal Mohawk resident of Akwesasne took action to focus public attention on the continuing presence of PCBs on the GM Powertrain Super Fund Site located adjacent to and West of the Mohawk reservation. PCBs and other industrial wastes disposed of in an illegal industrial landfill during the 1960s contaminate an approximately 12 acre portion of the site. US EPA decided that capping was a satisfactory remedial action for this toxic waste dump. The cap consists of a layer of synthetic material and approximately 18 inches of mineral material.

The primal Mohawk of Akwesasne are opposed to the decision to leave the wastes of the industrial landfill on the site. It is their position that the land is Mohawk land and the hazardous waste must be removed. Larry Thompson drove a backhoe onto the site and began excavating the industrial landfill. He dumped some of the hazardous waste into a railroad boxcar thus demonstrating his determination to bring about the removal of all of the hazardous material. Mr. Thompson was arrested and charged with several counts including two felonies. A grand jury is being convened to try him in St. Lawrence County Court.

The Thompson action has created a situation in which the St. Lawrence County Legislature is now expressing recognition of its responsibility for protecting the health of people who are receiving exposure to PCBs emanating from that site. As a preliminary step in providing this protection, the County Legislature has requested that EPA provide documentation of the process whereby the decision was made to cap the landfill.

The GM Powertrain Super Fund Site PCB exposure controversy that has now begun to boil presents a wonderful opportunity for the people of St. Lawrence County and the Mohawk reservation to become involved in persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization. Focus on GM PCBs will facilitate the growth of public awareness concerning total POPs exposure, which includes: (1) respiratory exposure to PCBs that evaporate from contaminated sites, (2) oral exposure to POPs resultant from drinking St. Lawrence River water and (3) oral exposure that takes place via consumption of animal fats, all of which are contaminated with a large number of POPs. Those who understand total POPs exposure are empowered to minimize their exposure by restricting consumption of all animal fats and choosing to drink bottled water. Removal of the hazardous wastes that contaminate the GM Powertrain Super Fund Site is the only way to minimize respiratory POPs exposure.

The timing of Mr. Thompson’s action is perfect. Cancer Action NY had just completed a several year project of educating town and county policy makers on the subject of POPs exposure cancer risk. Cancer Action NY is committed to helping the primal Mohawk people succeed in forcing the removal of all hazardous wastes disposed of on the GM site. We have initiated a dialogue with several county legislators regarding forcing the US EPA to come to St. Lawrence County for the purpose of participating in an open public meeting that would make possible an on the record dialogue on the scientific knowledge that is relevant to making a decision about the disease risk imposed by the PCB contaminated site. If EPA can be forced to participate in such a meeting, we will finally corner the federal government on the matter of failed government regulation of polluters, which has led to the contamination of the food supply with health damaging levels of POPs. Additionally, we will hold EPA accountable for failure to warn the public of the POPs exposure cancer hazard constituted by contamination of all animal fats. Once these matters have become well known among regional residents, a groundswell of support for removal of the GM hazardous waste will insure that the site is fully cleaned up.

– Donald L. Hassig, Director Cancer Action NY Cancer Action News Network P O Box 340 Colton, NY USA 13625 315.262.2456 http://www.canceractionny.org

love enough revolution August 27, 2011 Calendar Notice

18 Aug

love enough revolution 2012 23rd Congressional District Campaign Kick-Off Raw Organic Food Potluck

Saturday, August 27, 2011, 7:00 PM

Ives Park Gazebo, Potsdam, New York USA

Come enjoy the good vibe of an open mic, a raw organic food potluck dinner and all new political activism.  This is the beginning of the love enough revolution Party’s 2012 23rd Congressional District race.  Meet candidate Donald L. Hassig, founder of Cancer Action NY and the love enough revolution Party.

8/15/11 Kick Ass Revolution Media Advisory

14 Aug

News Conference/Environmental Dance Performance:  Honor to Mohawk Environmental Revolutionary Comrade Larry Thompson for Acting to Force GMC Hazardous Waste Dump Clean-Up

Monday, August 15, 2011, 9:00 AM

Massena Town Hall, First Floor, Main Hallway

Larry Thompson is an American hero.  He has taken action to bring an end to the poisoning of the St. Regis Mohawk First Nation (SRMFN).  There are many episodes of poisoning of the SRMFN by US corporations:  (1) Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) disposal of hazardous waste including PCBs and carcinogenic metals at its Massena West facility, leading to the contamination of the Grass River and the St. Lawrence River;  (2) the former Reynolds Metals disposal of hazardous wastes in
such a way as to contaminate the St. Lawrence River;  (3) General Motors Corporation (GMC) disposal of hazardous wastes including PCBs in lagoons that emptied into the St. Lawrence River at its Powertrain facility, which borders SRMFN property; (4) GMC illegal disposal of hazardous wastes including PCBs in the GM Powertrain Industrial Landfill; and (5) release of pollutants to the outdoor atmosphere from numerous emission sources operated by the ALCOA West, Reynolds Metals and GMC Powertrain facilities.

Mohawk environmental revolutionary comrade Larry Thompson has taken action to force the clean-up of the GMC Powertrain Industrial Landfill.  Digging into the cap of the Industrial Landfill and loading waste into a train boxcar was an act of true revolutionary genius.  The hazardous wastes in this landfill have been contaminating ground water since the 1960s.  During the course of many decades, the SRMFN has complained repeatedly about the poisoning of its water to the US and New York State governmental agencies responsible for controlling GMC.  The response of our governments has been to merely place a layer of clay on top of the Industrial Landfill.  This is not enough!  Capping the Industrial Landfill does not stop the hazardous chemicals in the Industrial Landfill from continuing to contaminate ground water.

“For many years I have advocated for clean-up of this illegal hazardous waste dump.  As a candidate in the 2012 23rd Congressional District of New York race, I will renew my efforts to insure that the Industrial Landfill is cleaned up to standards that satisfy the SRMFN.  I will speak the name of Larry Thompson often during my campaign so as to spread his revolutionary story far and wide in the St. Lawrence River Valley and Adirondack Mountains.  I can feel the winds of change blowing.  This is wonderful.  Life is exciting now.  Viva the total, spiritual, environmental revolution!.”-Donald L. Hassig


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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