No FEAR Coalition
National Whistleblower Center
Protestors from a wide range of organizations led by the Occupy Washington, DC. org, the No FEAR Coalition, the National Whistleblower Center, net-We.org, Federal Alliance for Workplace Accountability, and others will demonstrate against the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, November 10 at noon.
The demonstration will gather from 12 noon at Freedom Plaza before proceeding to the Environmental Protection Agency to lay wreaths at EPA's door symbolizing the illness and deaths from asthma and other upper respiratory diseases that will occur as a result of the Administrations' decision to delay smog regulations.
Led by E.P.A. whistleblower Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo the protest is directed against the Environmental Protection Agency for bowing to pressure from President Barack Obama to postpone changes to the Clean Air Act to protect Americans from smog and other dangerous pollution.
In May the Centers for Disease Control reported that from 2001--2009, 24.6 million additional people were reported with asthma. A rising trend in asthma prevalence was observed for non-Hispanic black children (11.4% to 17.0%), non-Hispanic white women (8.9% to 10.1%), and non-Hispanic black men (4.7% to 6.4%). That higher prevalence costs around $50 billion a year for medical expenses. according to the CDC. Add to that, $3.8 billion in missed school or work hours, and $2.1 billion for 12,000 premature deaths. Medical expenses associated with asthma were $3,259 per person per year during 2002—2007. And the biggest toll is among African-Americans.
Dr. Coleman Adebayo noted:
“Occupy groups around the country should demand that President Obama and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson immediately reverse their decision on clean air. We don’t have enough laws to protect the sick, but we have enough good people with conscience, spirit and bravery to do the right thing. Even when political leaders fail us.”Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo is the author of “No FEAR A Whistleblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA.” Her website: Marshacoleman-adebayo.com contains a petition demanding that the president reverse his decision. (No Fear Coalition)