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Oil spill cleanup workers at risk!

BP's record on worker safety is beyond pathetic.
Sign our petition: Any worker who wants safety equipment – like respirators – should get it, and BP should pick up the tab.

Manny Herrmann, American Rights at Work

Did you know that over 27,000 men and women are working to clean up BP's toxic mix of oil and chemicals without any breathing protection? Every day they go without respirators, their lungs – and ultimately, their lives – are put at risk.

Just how dangerous is it to be exposed to oil and dispersants without proper breathing protection? Well, cleanup workers have already reported nausea, vomiting, nosebleeds, headaches, and chest pain.(1)

Sign our petition for BP to pay for proper safety equipment and respirators for cleanup workers.

Despite clear evidence that folks are getting sick from its toxic mix of oil and chemicals, BP won't provide respirators to the people cleaning up the Gulf Coast. In fact, there are even reports of BP threatening to fire workers who tried to use their own respirators. Why? For starters, BP is afraid that news footage of people wearing this critical safety equipment will show the public just how bad the spill is. The company is putting PR above workers' lives.(2,3)

Fortunately, we know that BP responds to public pressure. So we're joining with our friends at the leading progressive blog and advocacy group Firedoglake to launch a petition to BP. We're also delivering copies to the government agencies responsible for worker safety in the Gulf Coast, and Admiral Thad Allen, who is overseeing the government's cleanup efforts.

Our request is simple: Any worker who wants safety equipment – including a respirator – should get it, and BP should pick up the tab.

Demand respirators and other safety equipment for the workers who are cleaning up BP's toxic disaster in the Gulf Coast. Sign our petition now!

BP's oil disaster isn't the first time in recent history that workers responding to a hazardous emergency have had their lungs – and lives – put at risk. In the aftermath of 9/11, police, firefighters, and cleanup workers spent months in the wreckage of the World Trade Center, and many inhaled toxic ash. Over time, that ash has caused major health problems for tens of thousands of people, and even caused some people to lose their lives.(4)

The longer Gulf Coast cleanup workers go without respirators, the greater the danger. Don't let history repeat itself: Sign our petition to protect the men and women who are working to clean up BP's toxic disaster!

Eleven BP workers died when the Deepwater Horizon rig blew up. And so far, over 100 people in the Gulf are reportedly sick. But that's only scratching the surface. Because right now, 27,000 men and women are working with their lungs totally unprotected. And many aren't speaking out because they're afraid they'll befired.(5,6)

Sign our petition to BP: speak out for the workers who are afraid to speak out for themselves!

Thanks for all you do to protect working men and women across America.

P.S. OSHA – the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, which is responsible for overseeing worker safety – has been working non-stop to figure out which kinds of respirators are most effective against the specific toxins in the Gulf Coast. Because not just any generic respirator will protect workers well, this is critical work that needs to continue. But as the government figures out these important details, we can't lose sight of the big picture: oil cleanup workers must not be asked to work with their lungs totally unprotected. It's common sense! Sign our petition now!

1 http://www.propublica.org/documents/item/oil-spill-surveillance-summary-report
2 http://www.georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2010/06/bp-tells-cleanup-workers-theyll-be.html
3 http://www.racewire.org/archives/2010/06/bp_threatens_to_fire_cleanup_workers_who_use_their_own_safety_gear.html
4 http://workinprogress.firedoglake.com/2010/06/09/rep-maloney-address-health-of-gulf-cleanup-workers-now-before-they-lose-it/
5 http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0611/rfk-center-bp-discouraged-crews-respirators/
6 http://workinprogress.firedoglake.com/2010/06/18/bp-failing-to-report-workers-sick-from-pollutants/

Protest Glenn Beck - Boycott FOX Advertisers

  • Glenn Beck doesn't just poison the airwaves with hatred. His hatred actually incites violence and murder.
  • Our boycott of Fox News advertisers is having a huge impact - over 200 advertisers have pulled their ads from Beck's show.

Bob Fertik, Democrats.com

Today (Aug 28), Glenn Beck tried to hijack Martin Luther King's legacy for his own rightwing agenda - and the corporate media gave saturation coverage to help him.

Yes, the same Glenn Beck who insisted President Obama "has a deep-seated hatred for white people ... This man is a racist."

  • Yes, the same Glenn Beck who said social justice "leads to death camps" and "a Jew, of all people, should know that."
  • Yes, the same Glenn Beck who called progressives a "virus waiting for their chance to suck all of the blood out of the Democratic neck."
  • Yes, the same Glenn Beck who called Hillary Clinton "the stereotypical bitch."

Join over 60,000 progressive activists who are boycotting Fox News advertisers.

Glenn Beck doesn't just poison the airwaves with hatred. His hatred actually incites violence and murder.

  • On 7/18/09, Beck inspired a gunman to attack the little-known Tides Foundation, after demonizing them for 18 months. The gunman got into a massive shootout with police and wounded two of them.
  • On 4/4/09, Richard Poplawski murdered 3 Pittsburgh policemen after posting Beck videos on a neo-Nazi website.
  • On 4/9/09, Beck poured "gasoline" on an "average American" and asked, "President Obama, why don't you just set us on fire?"
  • On 8/16/09, Glenn Beck dramatized giving Speaker Pelosi a glass of wine with poison.

Join over 60,000 progressive activists who are boycotting Fox News advertisers.

Our boycott of Fox News advertisers is having a huge impact - over 200 advertisers have pulled their ads from Beck's show. No sane company wants to destroy its brand through association with Glenn Beck's hate.

The advertiser boycott is cutting deeply into Fox revenues and alienating investors who want profits, not hate.

Join over 60,000 progressive activists who are boycotting Fox News advertisers.

Thanks for all you do!

Protest Glenn Beck - Boycott FOX Advertisers

  • Glenn Beck doesn't just poison the airwaves with hatred. His hatred actually incites violence and murder.
  • Our boycott of Fox News advertisers is having a huge impact - over 200 advertisers have pulled their ads from Beck's show.

Bob Fertik, Democrats.com

Today (Aug 28), Glenn Beck tried to hijack Martin Luther King's legacy for his own rightwing agenda - and the corporate media gave saturation coverage to help him.

Yes, the same Glenn Beck who insisted President Obama "has a deep-seated hatred for white people ... This man is a racist."

  • Yes, the same Glenn Beck who said social justice "leads to death camps" and "a Jew, of all people, should know that."
  • Yes, the same Glenn Beck who called progressives a "virus waiting for their chance to suck all of the blood out of the Democratic neck."
  • Yes, the same Glenn Beck who called Hillary Clinton "the stereotypical bitch."

Join over 60,000 progressive activists who are boycotting Fox News advertisers.

Glenn Beck doesn't just poison the airwaves with hatred. His hatred actually incites violence and murder.

  • On 7/18/09, Beck inspired a gunman to attack the little-known Tides Foundation, after demonizing them for 18 months. The gunman got into a massive shootout with police and wounded two of them.
  • On 4/4/09, Richard Poplawski murdered 3 Pittsburgh policemen after posting Beck videos on a neo-Nazi website.
  • On 4/9/09, Beck poured "gasoline" on an "average American" and asked, "President Obama, why don't you just set us on fire?"
  • On 8/16/09, Glenn Beck dramatized giving Speaker Pelosi a glass of wine with poison.

Join over 60,000 progressive activists who are boycotting Fox News advertisers.

Our boycott of Fox News advertisers is having a huge impact - over 200 advertisers have pulled their ads from Beck's show. No sane company wants to destroy its brand through association with Glenn Beck's hate.

The advertiser boycott is cutting deeply into Fox revenues and alienating investors who want profits, not hate.

Join over 60,000 progressive activists who are boycotting Fox News advertisers.

Thanks for all you do!

Summary: Advocating for Peace: Week of August 29

6 New Items including:

  • Peace: The Real Deficit Buster
  • Tell NBC: Debate the Afghanistan War

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

Jeff Danziger

 

Peace: The Real Deficit Buster, Joe Volk, Friends (Quakers) Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

  • For the first time in decades, real cuts in Pentagon spending could be on the agenda.
  • But military contractors and some members of Congress are demanding that no cuts be made in their favorite Pentagon projects.
  • Tell the deficit commission: Cut military spending, not Social Security

Helping Veterans, Will Shapira, Evergreene Digest
Here are some capusle reviews in the hope that those interested in helping our brave troops reintegrate into society---regardless of your opinion of the wars they were involved in---will follow up.

Upcoming Peace Events! Coleen Rowley, Evergreene Digest
WAMM's new campaign...protest Robert Delahunty at U of St. Thomas...End the war on terror...Talk: War is Bankrupting Our Nation and Making Us Less Safe!...more!

Tell NBC: Debate the Afghanistan War, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
Thousands have signed on to FAIR's petition--add your voice today and keep the pressure on NBC to have a real war debate!
Meet the Press missing antiwar voices

Minneapolis Denies Permits for Anti-War March at Democratic National Convention, Women Against Military Madness
Officials responsible for making the decision to turn down the application for the anti war march have not even bothered to put forward coherent reasons that are consistent with the law.

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