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The EPA Occupied


By Marsha Coleman Adebayo

On October 10th, a coalition of whistleblower and civil rights organizations under the auspice of Occupy Washington, DC, the No FEAR Coalition, the National Whistleblower Center, net-We, the Alliance for Workplace Accountability and NIH Workplace Fairness convened a rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC.  We held a spirited march to EPA Headquarters demanding that  EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson promulgate revised clean air/smog regulations. According to Senators Barbara Boxer and Ben Cardin, over 200,000 new cases of asthma and other upper respiratory diseases will occur unless new air regulations are implemented. The president ordered Jackson to stand down on promulgation of new air regulations.

The protest also called upon Jackson to stop retaliation against whistleblowers 

We acknowledged our solidarity with South African vanadium workers. EPA Whistleblower Jon Grand was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the National Whistleblower Center. 

Please see pictures, video and news clippings from the Occupy EPA event. Please post on your website, Facebook, twitter account and distribute to friends and colleagues.

The next march on  EPA will take place Wednesday, November 16th at Freedom Plaza.  Please come out and support the communities suffering from mountain top removal.  

 

EPA Warns Employees -- Occupy Washington, DC is coming to protest!!!

By Kevin Zeese

Today Occupy Washington, DC protested the lax clean air standards of the Obama administration under EPA administrator Lisa Jackson. 

After the protest an EPA employee visited us to tell it was a great protest and provided us a copy of an email all EPA employees received warning of the occupiers visiting the Agency.  Below is a copy of the email.

Protesters Expected at EPA HQ on Thursday, 11/10/11

EPA Security Updates to: Federal Triangle Broadcast (AR, East, West, CW, RR)

11/9/2011 02:02 PM

From: EPA Security Updates

To: Federal Triangle Broadcast (AR, East, West, CW, RR)

The Federal Protective Service has informed the EPA that Occupy DC protesters are expected near EPA Federal Triangle facilities tomorrow, November 10, any time from approximately 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As a precautionary measure, FPS will have an increased presence in the Federal Triangle area.  You will see additional EPA guards, as well as Security Management Division personnel outside wearing orange vests. The following measures will be in place:

- All day Thursday, EPA guards will chck badges outside the entrance rather than inside. Please have your badge ready so guards can easily check your photo.

- If you are expecting visitors, please alert the Security Management Division by sending an email to OARM-OA-SMD-OB@epa.gov. Visitors will be initially checked outside.

- Automatic entrance buttons will ve disabled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Personnel will be available to assist with the doors.

Additional security alers will be sent as needed. If you have questions, please send an email to OARM-OA-SMD-OB@epa.gov.

We want to thank EPA Security for alerting all of the EPA to our protest.  One of our goals was to make sure employees of the EPA knew we were protesting the Agency and you did the job for us!





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