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"The earth and myself are of one mind." Chief Seattle, Nez Perce
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Let the Rivers Flow
Posted on February 21, 2017 by residentsorganizedforasafeenvironment
This is my wife Joyce’s personal story of her childhood experience growing up with river pollution.
In February, 2017, Donald Trump signed a measure to cancel the Stream Protection Rule written by the Obama administration. This rule sought to protect 6,000 miles of streams near coal mining sites.
As children, my brother and I lived in a house on a hill overlooking the Acushnet River in Massachusetts. We were surrounded by fields and trees where we spent hours with our friends, playing baseball and searching for arrowheads. Our parents allowed us the freedom to roam within a mile of the river. We could go no further as they told us the river was poisoned and we would become ill if we went too close. We believed them because of the constant foul odor in the air, the unnatural looking color of the water, and the foam which we sensed did not belong in a river.
From our home, we could see the many factories lining the banks of the Acushnet River. As we grew older, we learned that these factories were responsible for the daily dumping of refuse into the river. Over the years, many people had been employed by the factory owners and enjoyed middle class lifestyles in small New England towns because of the consistent salaries provided by the work. My brother and I were among the recipients of this prosperous arrangement. Our parents worked at a factory which released some of the worst chemicals into the water. Along with an improved regional economy came destruction and pollution. The dumping of PCBs and other chemicals made the once beautiful natural resource unuseable for swimming or harvesting of food.
In 1899, the local Board of Health declared that going swimming in the river would be detrimental to health. By 1904, the river was closed to swimming and fishing. It was not until 1983 that the Acushnet River was designated a Superfund site by the EPA and today, after a massive clean up project, PCBs still linger in the sediments at the bottom of the river.
It was reported in an article from The Atlantic, dated March 27, 2013, that the EPA found half of all U.S. rivers and streams cannot support healthy aquatic life. According to a summary done by Food and Water Watch, approximately 3.5 billion people in 2025 will face water shortages due mainly from water pollution.
When I first read about Donald Trump’s executive order to allow coal companies to dump coal dust into the rivers again, I could hardly breathe. First, I felt disbelief, then anger, then finally deep grief. How could he so blatantly ignore the lessons of the past? How could he and his administration be so unaware or uncaring about the future of this planet and its inhabitants which cannot survive without clean water? How long will we allow the desecration of our earth and water?
We should not destroy our streams and rivers for short term financial profits. There are many alternatives to turning the clock back to 1899. We do not need to pollute any more waterways. The future holds the possibility of many jobs and economic growth connected with the clean energy industry. If you agree, please join Gene and I in considering the following actions:
1. Starting in March send postcards to the White House and tell #45 and the Congress that we will not go back to 1899’s environmental standards.
2. Stand in solidarity with Standing Rock. WATER IS LIFE NoDAPL
3 Call and visit your Senators and Representatives and tell them environmental standards must be improved, not destroyed. Clean renewable energies are our future, not dirty fuels of the past like coal and oil. Cleaning up our environment instead of polluting it will be the economic future of good jobs for years to come. We want to start the cleanup now.
4. Join your local groups taking actions now. Join the Resistance to the trump agenda.
5. Join together with others to take away the Republican majorities in the House and Senate in 2018. We must unite.
6. Please download the postcard below to send your note to your elected officials.
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Peace, Joyce and Gene

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Michael Flynn resigns tonight. One crazy person down. But the whole gang of them have all committed treason in my opinion. When the facts come out how many of them in this picture will be guilty?

This is long but it is important.
This is where I stand. To me, FB is a useful vehicle for my passion and activism. Our 45th President, his power hungry cronies taking positions of authority in his Cabinet and administration, and the majority of Republicans in Congress are a real and active threat to me, my way of life, and all the people I love. Some people are saying that we should give this Republican president a chance, that we should "work together" with him because he won the election and he is "everyone's president." This is my response:

•I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years...
•I will not "work together" to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid.
•I will not "work together" to build a wall.
•I will not "work together" to persecute Muslims.
•I will not "work together" to shut out refugees from other countries.
•I will not "work together" to lower taxes on the 1% and increase taxes on the middle class and poor.
•I will not "work together" to help Trump use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his family and cronies.
•I will not "work together" to weaken and demolish environmental protection.
•I will not "work together" to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands.
•I will not "work together" to enable the killing of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them.
•I will not "work together" to remove civil rights from anyone.
•I will not "work together" to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.
•I will not "work together" to slash funding for education.
•I will not "work together" to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.
•I will not "work together" to get rid of common sense regulations on guns.
•I will not "work together" to eliminate the minimum wage.
•I will not "work together" to support so-called "Right To Work" laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way.
•I will not "work together" to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that the new president and Republican his supporters are wrong on the facts.
•I will not "work together" to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women.
•I will not "work together" to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons.
•I will not "work together" to put even more "big money" into politics.
•I will not "work together" to violate the Geneva Convention.
•I will not "work together" to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred.
•I will not "work together" to deny health care to people who need it.
•I will not "work together" to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of a "pre-existing condition."
•I will not "work together" to increase voter suppression.
•I will not "work together" to normalize tyranny.
I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversite at any level of government.
•I will not "work together" with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators.
•I will not support anyone that thinks its OK to put a pipeline to transport oil on Sacred Ground for Native Americans. And, it would run under the Missouri River, which provides drinking water for millions of people. An accident waiting to happen.

This is my line, and I am drawing it.

•I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the beating heart that is the center of Life itself.
•I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN:
That "winning", "being great again", "rich" or even "beautiful" is nothing... When others are sacrificed to glorify its existence.

If you agree feel free to copy and re-post (this results in larger numbers of people seeing a post). Also, if we have left anything out, feel free to add it to this list.

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Send Donny a postcard about your environmental and political concerns. I made this post card for everyone to use for free. It is a picture I took while at the Red Warrior Camp at Standing Rock. My friend Lisa McClure helped with the technical part of the postcard. Please feel free to print them up and give them away for people who really want to send a postcard to Donny.
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Working on my postcard to trump, it goes like this so far.
Mr. "So-called" president this is my postcard to you. You are unfit and unqualified and an illegitimate president!
No Ban, No Wall!
You are a racist!
No Fascist coup of our government!
NoDALP, No more Pipelines!
Water is Life!
No more Corporate Destruction of our of Earth for profit!
Is Steve Bannon the real president?
Native lands are Sovereign land, stay out!
You cannot stop automation in the job market nor force companies to bring back jobs, stop lying to us!
You had the smallest Inauguration in modern history only 250,000 supporters!
Renewable energy jobs and cleaning up the environment are the best source of new and good paying jobs for Americans!
As activists we must thank you for awakening the 46% of Americans who did not vote. It was with their help that the Women's March in DC and throughout the nation the day after the inauguration was the largest (3.5 million people) and most successful protest march in American history. You will keep seeing us peacefully in the streets!
You and your entire administration should resign immediately for the good of the nation and the world before you are impeached!

Sincerely a American Veteran.

PS I don't hate you like some people think. I actually pray for you every day. I pray you get the mental health care that you so desperately need. After all you have a great policy, right?

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These are the companies I will vote for with my money & support freedom not fascism. Congrats do these companies. #Impeachtrump

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​Action 1: Celebrate the Resistance We Have Built, Brick-by-Brick
All-of-us should take a minute for a "high-five"--it's working!

Action 2: Ask Trump’s Economic Advisors to Stand up Against the Muslim Ban
All-of-us must ask these CEOs to stand up for what is right.

Action 3: Give Our Senators an Earful
All-of-us must keep dialing!

Action 4: Get Local
All-of-us must make our voices heard on the local level, too.

Stop the next War before it begins! The Spiritual battle for the Soul of America to stop the racist fascist takeover of our government has just begun. We have the opportunity to stand up right now for human rights for everyone before we are taken down by the trump administration into the dark hole of evil and War! 
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