Great Opportunity to Testify on Coastal Forestry Herbicides

Dear No-Forestry-Herbicide Advocates:

Beyond Toxics is working to bring Governor Brown’s Environmental Justice Task Force to the Oregon coast so that coastal residents can give them public comment about the environmental problems threatening community health. This is a great opportunity to get close to members of the Task Force about an issue they hear very little about.

The event is in Newport on September 7 (evening for the Public Forum) and September 8 (for the full Task Force meeting).

The Thursday evening time is dedicated solely to a community forum.  That would be a good time to show up to speak and do a meet-and-greet.

You can sign up here, or just use this to send to others and get more community participation:

The meeting is dedicated to any and all issues impacting the health of communities and their environment.

Please don’t hesitate to call me or email me if you have questions.  I really hope to see many of you at the Environmental Justice Task Force meeting in Newport in September! Please share this announcement widely!

Be healthy, Lisa
Lisa Arkin, Executive Director
Beyond Toxics
1192 Lawrence Street, Eugene, OR  97401

For Our White Friends Desiring to be Allies


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Margaret and Helen: On one side there were Nazis and on the other side there were no Nazis and Trump still came down on the wrong side. #charlottesville

By Helen Philpot

Margaret,  several people have asked me why I haven’t been writing. The truth is, honey, this isn’t funny anymore.  Our President… scratch that…  the moron currently occupying the White House just equated George Washington to Robert E. Lee.  He can’t understand why a memorial to the symbolic founding father of our country is different than a memorial to a general in an army that fought a failed rebellion against our government.

Mr. President, with no respect intended, I implore you to please step down.  You are not qualified for the position you now hold.  Quite frankly, you are not qualified to be much more than a reality TV star, a position I hold in very low regard by the way.

There is a reason that in Germany you will find no statues of Hitler, no monuments to the Third Reich, and no Chancellor of Germany suggesting there was blame for World War 2 on both sides.  And there is a reason that Robert E. Lee himself didn’t want statues honoring the Confederacy.  In his own words, “I think it wiser not to keep open the sores of war but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, to commit to oblivion the feelings engendered.”

Mr. President, you joked recently that you might one day be on Mount Rushmore.  I wonder at times what color the sky is in your world?  Are you really this stupid?  How in God’s name did you become the leader of the free world?

No, Mr. President.  There were not many sides in Charlottesville.  There were just two. Right and wrong. There were white supremacists on one side and Americans who believe all people are created equal on the other side.  There were hate groups and there were Americans who oppose hate. There were neo-Nazis and… Do we really have to go beyond that? Isn’t that what we call a non-starter?  There were Nazi’s you stupid piece of shit and still that wasn’t clear enough for you?  Really?  You couldn’t even get this one right? On one side there were Nazis and on the other there were no Nazis, and you still came down on the wrong side?

Now, I don’t know what the Alt Left is, but if it’s the group that wants to stand up to neo-Nazis and white supremacists to end racism, bigotry and hate then sign me up.  I suggest however that it is just more crap from the endless pile of crap falling freely from your mouth.  Mr. President, how many Alt Right funerals took place this week?

What kind of a man is so cowardly that he is unable to distinguish between those groups? What kind of a man can’t comprehend the simple concept  that while we all have  a right to protest, not all protests are right? What kind of man, I ask? Well, I’ll tell you exactly what kind of man.  The kind that molests women, makes fun of the handicapped, jokes about having sex with his daughter, and espouses beliefs that people from Mexico are rapists and murderers.  My God if this man had an honest thought, it would die of loneliness.

Everyone wants to claim that we need to get back to the issues that Trump ran on.  We are quick to say that the majority of Trump voters were voting because of the economy. Well pardon my French but in this case the bullshit is both walking and talking.  This is exactly the issue he ran on.  He kicked off his campaign accusing immigrants from Mexico as being rapists and murderers.  The Republican Party owns this.  If you are a Republican today, you condone this.

Hillary Clinton called them a basket of deplorables. I prefer to call them a confederacy of dunces.  My heart goes out to Charlottesville and to this great country of ours as we suffer this fool of a man who was too stupid to know he was too stupid to be President. I mean it. Really.

margaret-mug1 From Margaret:

Helen, dear.  I know I’ve lived too long that when given the choice between dinner with the President of the United States and dinner with Sarah Palin, I would gladly ask Sarah to pass the peas.   And I don’t even like peas.

On one side there were Nazis and on the other side there were no Nazis and Trump still came down on the wrong side. #charlottesville


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