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Re: Re: other dangers to children

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Re: other dangers to children
  • From: "Stan Call" actionseed@hotmail.com
  • Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 22:57:01 -0800

Dear Lisa and listserv,

Just a thought on how to get some action on lead drinking water and arsenic gardens:

The more this network is present and involved in the anti-war and global justice movement, the more visibility issues like this will have. I attended a workshop on water rights at the World Social Forum, and it really brought home the urgency of ecological matters to me and other participants, some of whom went on to get involved in the World Water Forum! We need to brainstorm some strategic targets for a nonviolent direct action, boycott, and protest campaign to force someone to clean this stuff up.

1. Choose a strategic target with the resources and moral responsibility to conduct environmental cleanups in schools/stop using arsenic in lumber

2. Bring together a coalition of organizations to sponsor the campaign whose staff can help spearhead the organizing and publicity

3. Have some planning meetings with core people

4. Publicize a date and location, and turn-out to all the anti-war rallies and other big events with tons of (recycled, soy ink) flyers

Maybe this is already being done, and maybe there are entire organizations specifically working on such a campaign. But I haven't heard of them yet, so there is still some networking to be done.


Stan Call

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  • Subject: [cg] Re: other dangers to children
  • From: "lisa vandyke" vandykelisa@hotmail.com
  • Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 18:42:15 -0600

Jack and all you folks,

I have avoided treated wood for years, and also see the statistical odds as minute, but...

why do we continue to produce stuff like this?

Along your thought line - I was recently really set back when I spent a few hours in one of our area inner-city highschools and was told not to drink from the hall water fountains as the lead in the pipes has never been dealt with. The  kids are forced to buy bottled water produced by the Coke company. In line with all the budget cutting in this part of the country and our presidents proposed cuts, the poor kids will continue to get lead poisoning, and Coke will get richer. Hmmmm.

Lisa in Mpls

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