I want to support the Occupy movement with more than Facebook shares, but I have disabling MCS/EI/EMF (multiple chemical sensitivities/environmental illness/electromagnetic field sensitivities), and public places are not accessible for people like me. They are too harmful. But you — the rest of the 99 percent — can change this, too.
We need to avoid breathing in pollution, including pollution on people emanating from common everyday “consumer” products like conventional petroleum-based laundry products, especially dryer sheets and fabric softeners, anything that contains fragrance chemicals (like personal care products, such as scented deodorants, shampoos, and cosmetics), smoke from fires, tobacco, and exhaust from diesel and propane.
Many of us also suffer possibly debilitating symptoms from wireless technologies. We can’t be in areas with wifi or cell phones. We need clean, unpolluted air to breathe and/or radiation free areas, or we can’t function properly, and some of us even suffer life-threatening symptoms from exposures.
All of this is also precisely why we support the Occupy movement!
We see how corporations have been making, marketing, and selling everyday products with cheap, unnecessary, harmful, toxic ingredients derived from fossil fuels, while they claim these pollutants are safe. We see their efforts at blocking legislation to ban toxic ingredients and preventing warnings to consumers to keep their cell phones at least an inch away from their bodies at all times and to keep them off when not in use.
We see how children are being affected by asthma, behavior problems, neurodevelopmental issues, and cancers. We know that these health problems are due to the pollutants in our air, water, food, clothing, and personal care, cleaning, and laundry products.
Many of us lose our jobs, our families, our homes — becoming homeless without any supports — because others are not willing to change their personal care or cleaning rituals to less-toxic ones that would be safe for us. We become prisoners in our homes (if we are lucky enough to have and keep a safe enough one to live in).
We see corporations, advertisers, governments, and retailers expertly manipulating the populace into believing these products are indispensable, when really they are lethal. Is it acceptable that we can now expect one in three people to get cancer?
We sing and cry from our cages (as canaries in the coal mines did) to warn you who have not yet been irreversibly injured that the pesticides, dryer sheets, chemical cleaners, “air fresheners,” and perfumes are harming your families and neighborhoods. Because we don’t want what has happened to us, to happen to you.
The corporations have had a more powerful voice then we do. They do their best to silence us, to block the laws that would protect all of us. They helped create the federal law that does not allow health considerations to be factored into where cell towers are placed! They have bought off the EPA and the FDA. They infiltrate government decision-making bodies. They pollute our air, water, and food, destroy vast areas of the earth we all call home. They destroy people’s lives and health, all the while making huge profits, receiving government subsidies, and leaving us to pick up the pieces, if we’re still able
Isn’t the Occupy movement here to change this? Isn’t the Occupy movement for the 99 percent? We, too, are part of the 99 percent!
If you want to include us in this movement, we need you to want to learn how to make all spaces more accessible to those of us who have been poisoned by pollution and are now chemically “sensitive” and/or harmed by wireless devices.
- Can you have wireless free zones?
- Can you have fragrance-free and smoke-free areas at the encampments?
- Better yet, can you change your laundry and personal care products to safe, non-toxic, petroleum-free and fragrance-free products?
We want inclusion and access! We want to support you, but we need your help to be able to do so!
We are the canaries of the 99 percent.