OccupyWashingtonDC joins OccupyEPA: Call on employees to blow the whistle
Civil Servants Should Tell the Public About EPA Actions That Harm the Planet and Cost Human Lives
Wednesday, Nov. 30 at noon, Freedom Plaza – OccupyWashingtonDC joined Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, EPA whistleblower and author of “No Fear: A whistleblower’s triumph over corruption and retaliation at the EPA,” for a march to the Environmental Protection Agency to protest their weakening of clean air standards under pressure from Big Industry.
The weakening of clean air standards has a proven consequence of increased rates of asthma and death. This is one example of corporate pressure on a government agency that enhances industry profits at the expense of human lives and sustainability of the planet.
Protesters set up a tent on the EPA lawn to signify that this is a step towards the occupation of the EPA. Dr. Coleman-Adebayo created OccupyEPA in the spirit of the occupy movement to publicly state that the corruption of the EPA is not acceptable and that it will be exposed through regular actions.
"We cannot sit idly by and wait for the 7,200 deaths, 11,000 emergency room visits and 38,000 acute cases of asthma that the Agency said could be avoided by the implementation of the clean air act,” said Dr. Coleman-Adebayo."The president must immediately reverse his decision. We call upon EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to fight for the people who cannot fight for themselves. She must blow the whistle on the real reason her proposal was rejected; that corporate greed outweighs American lives. Jackson must also stop her policy of retaliation again EPA whistleblowers and victims of civil rights abuses."
This action was part of OccupyWashingtonDC’s campaign to encourage government employees who are pressured by industry to weaken regulatory standards or who witness others being pressured to speak out either publicly or anonymously.
During the action, occupiers blew whistles and passed cards out with information on whistleblower resources. They chanted "Hey Hey, no fear, you can blow the whistle 'cause we are here." And they read portions of the No FEAR Act which protects whistleblowers.
Dr. Margaret Flowers of OccupyWashingtonDC.org said that “It is imperative that the connection between lobbyists for big industry who pressure public officials and resulting orders, implicit or explicit, to weaken regulatory standards be exposed. The exploitation of people and the planet for corporate profit must be stopped if we are to create a world that is peaceful, just and sustainable. Government whistleblowers are true patriots and the 99% is here to encourage them and provide them with resources so they can tell the truth. This is one more step on the path to creating dignity for ourselves, our nation and the planet.”
OccupyWashingtonDC and OccupyEPA intend to make Wednesdays Whistleblower days. Join us for the marches and protests.
All photos by Scott Galindez
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