[act-ma] Thursday 4/18: "Mann vs Ford" - Free UPandOUT film screening [ an estimated 74 million Americans live in dangerous proximity to Superfund sites]
pfsoto at mynas.com
Tue Apr 16 09:52:38 PDT 2013
".../it can happen anywhere. It can happen in my community. It can
happen in yours/"
[and 2 days ago we have this, from Helen Caldicott:
Obama Approves Raising Permissible Levels of Nuclear Radiation in
Drinking Water. Civilian Cancer Deaths Expected to Skyrocket
after years of toxic dumping, one small community fights for its life
Showing Thursday, April 18, in Cambridge [please download & distribute
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 [spoiler alert: it does not have a happy ending].
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
Posted in 2011 at *writeonnewjersey.com:*
I have a personal saying, "There is no justice in this world, but
there is the law." But after seeing the staggering denouement of
the Mann vs. Ford case, I am no longer confident in the law.
The plight of the Ramapoughs, and the blind eye that they have
received from a mega-corporation and our own government is not
simply 'their problem.' If it can happen in the once unspoiled
Ramapough Mountains of New Jersey, it can happen anywhere. It can
happen in my community. It can happen in yours.
When I was asked last week to craft an article to help launch the
upcoming HBO documentary, Mann vs. Ford, I had no idea how hard my
heart was about to be wrenched, or how far my head was about to be
I strongly urge you to view [the documentary], absorb it, and
understand how it impacts us all, not just a group of Native
Americans who have been living under these untenable conditions for
more than 40 years.
Fly over the Ramapo Mountains and you will see, lying incongruously
and stealthily among the green trees and shrubs, dried lakes of
bright blue, red, and tan. These are the waste products of paint
whose colors, decades later, are as vibrant as the day they were
applied to the cars churned off the assembly line.
What you won't see, unless you look and tread very carefully, is how
the paint, discarded metals, and other waste infiltrated and tainted
so very many other areas: how the toxins are now literally part of
the landscape, how they have seeped into a reservoir whose water is
consumed by than 2 million people, and how they impacted every level
of the food chain.
"/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
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/." ~
*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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