[act-ma] Thursday 4/18: "Mann vs Ford" - Free UPandOUT film screening

pf soto pfsoto at mynas.com
Fri Apr 5 14:23:51 PDT 2013

  vs Ford

    after years of toxic dumping, one small community fights for its life

Showing Thursday, April 18, in Cambridge [please download distribute & 
flyer <http://rule19.org/download-film/film-130418-Mann%20vs%20Ford.pdf>]

In 1955, Ford built America’s largest auto plant in Mahwah, New Jersey, 
just up the river from New York City. Between 1967 and 1971, Ford dumped 
hundreds of tons of toxic waste into mineshafts in northern New 
Jersey—right in the backyards of communities.

The sludge of lead, arsenic, Freon, paint chemicals and dioxins poisoned 
the members of the Ramapough Native American community, causing a spate 
of severe health problems. Mothers started having miscarriages; people 
started coming down with cancer.

One member of the Ramapough, Wayne Mann, led the charge against Ford in 
2005 with a lawsuit stating that they had deliberately poisoned the land 
and the people living on it. The class action suit finally carried 
through in 2008; but with an impending bankruptcy on the horizon, the 
Ramapough took a settlement averaging $8,000 per plaintiff—except for 
the 30 people in the area who died of cancer while the lawsuit went 
through the courts.

Less than 5 percent of the community have lived past 60, indicating what 
one doctor in the film matter-of-factly refers to as '/a massive 
die-off' rate/.'

"/The Record called this time period a “toxic wild west,” ... The 
investigation found that Ford repeatedly dumped waste in poor 
communities, and knowingly dumped sludge into a stream that feeds into 
the Wanaque Reservoir. This was reportedly done through organized crime 
and government manipulation, coupled with relaxed environmental 
regulations and clean-up efforts./" ~ Jessica Mazzola, patch.com

"/If I poisoned 10 children, I’d go to jail for life; if a corporation 
poisons hundreds of people, it will get away with it./" ~Wayne Mann

doors open 6:40; film starts promptly 7pm
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor,
entrance on Windsor
rule19.org/videos <http://rule19.org/videos>

Please join us for a stimulating night out; bring your friends!
*free film, free refreshments, & free door prizes.**
**[donations are encouraged]*

"/You can't legislate good will - that comes through education/." ~ 
Malcolm X

*UPandOUT film series* - see rule19.org/videos <http://rule19.org/videos>

Why should YOU care? It's YOUR money that pays for US/Israeli wars - on 
Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine, Libya. Syria, Iran, So America, etc 
etc - for billionaire bailouts, for ever more ubiquitous US prisons, for 
the loss of liberty and civil rights...

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