We republish the below press release from our colleagues at the Make It Safe Campaign & Coalition (MISC) and support Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo who blew the whistle on corruption at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Occupy EPA Receives Support for American Spring!
March 19, 2012
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor, Noam Chomsky, has given his full support and endorsement of the Occupy EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) demonstration and rally being held on March 30, 2012 outside EPA headquarters in Washington, DC. Chomsky has written 100 books on U.S. foreign and domestic policy and is considered one of the preeminent intellectuals and activists of the 21st Century. Dr. Chomsky is preparing a promotional video encouraging public support of Occupy EPA and the occupy movement throughout the United States.
Occupation, civil rights, environmental, and community groups from around the country will launch the American Spring (AS) on Friday, March 30th at 12:00 noon with a march from Franklin Square Park (13th and I Sts, NW, Washington, DC) down 12th Street to the EPA Headquarters at 12th andPennsylvania, where the rally will begin at 1:00 pm on the lawn in front of Lisa Jackson’s office at the EPA’s headquarters. The march will be lead by NOW DC organizers Dr. Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese and EPA Whistleblowers Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Susan Morris. Speakers will include: Pediatricians, Drs. Helen Caldicott and Margaret Flowers; Lawrence Lucas from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Coalition of Minority Employees; Alexis Baden-Mayer of Organic Consumers Association; activist Lisa Longo; Department of Energy Whistleblower, Joe Carson; a Gray Panthers representative; King Downing an anti-racial profiling attorney; Patrick McCann, a member of Veteran’s for Peace; and representatives from occupy groups.
On Saturday, March 24th, the Occupy EPA will also demonstrate outside the “D.C. Environ-mental Film Festival” to protest the appearance of Administrator Lisa Jackson at the National Museum of American History, where she will be introducing the documentary “Watershed” produced by Robert Redford’s son. “Mr. Redford, an environ- mentalist of long-standing, must not be aware of Lisa Jackson’s war against Whistleblowers at the EPA and her poor and egregious civil rights record,” said Dr. Coleman-Adebayo, author of No Fear: A Whistleblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA. “I am sure if Robert Redford knew what was going on at EPA against the employees and the poor communities and those of color that are being adversely impacted by Lisa Jackson’s policies, he would be appalled
The Occupy EPA and NOW-DC groups have listed four demands that will be addressed at the demonstration that include: An end to Lisa Jackson’s War Against Whistleblowers and victims of civil rights abuses at EPA; a reversal of the President’s decision on smog that will impact on millions of Americans to support corporate greed; environmental justice for poor communities and communities of color; an independent investigation into vanadium poisoning, fracking, mountaintop removal and other green crimes; and a demand that Lisa Jackson step down as the EPA Administra