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Can We Forge a New Era of Humanity — Before It’s Too Late?


As a new, saner administration sets up shop in Washington, D.C., there are plenty of policy initiatives this country desperately needs. Beyond a national plan for the COVID-19 pandemic, progressives will strive to focus the administration's attention on challenges like fixing the broken health care system, grappling with systemic racial inequities and a just transition from fossil fuels to renewables.

These are all critically important issues. But here's the rub: Even if the Democratic administration were resoundingly successful on all fronts, its initiatives would still be utterly insufficient to resolve the existential threat of climate breakdown and the devastation of our planet's life-support systems. That's because the multiple problems confronting us right now are symptoms of an even more profound problem: The underlying structure of a global economic and political system that is driving civilization toward a precipice.

Take a moment to peer beyond the day-to-day crises capturing our attention, and you quickly realize that the magnitude of the looming catastrophe makes our current political struggles, by comparison, look like arguing how to stack deck chairs on the Titanic.

The climate emergency we're facing is far worse than most people realize. While it was clearly an essential step for the U.S. to rejoin the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, the collective pledges on greenhouse gas emissions from that agreement are woefully insufficient. They would lead to a dangerous temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius this century — and many nations are failing to make even these targets. We are rapidly approaching — if we haven't already passed — climate tipping points with reinforcing feedback loops that would lead to an unrecognizable and terrifying world.

Even if the climate crisis were somehow brought under control, our current growth-oriented economic juggernaut will bring us face-to-face with a slew of further existential threats in future decades. As long as government policies emphasize growth in gross domestic product and transnational corporations relentlessly pursue shareholder returns, we will continue accelerating toward global catastrophe.

We're rapidly decimating the Earth's forests, animals, insects, fish, fresh water — even the topsoil we need to grow our crops. We've already transgressed four of the nine planetary boundaries that define humanity's safe operating space, and yet global GDP is expected to triple by 2060, with potentially calamitous consequences. In 2017, more than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries issued an ominous warning to humanity that time is running out: "Soon it will be too late," they wrote, "to shift course away from our failing trajectory."

We need to forge a new era for humanity — one that is defined, at its deepest level, by a transformation in the way we make sense of the world, and a concomitant revolution in our values, goals and collective behavior. In short, we need to change the basis of our global civilization. We must move from a civilization based on wealth accumulation to one that is life-affirming: an ecological civilization.

A life-affirming civilization

Without human disruption, ecosystems can thrive in rich abundance for millions of years, remaining resilient in the face of adversity. Clearly, there is much to learn from nature's wisdom about how to organize ourselves. Can we do so before it's too late?

This is the fundamental idea underlying an ecological civilization: using nature's own design principles to reimagine the basis of our civilization. Changing our civilization's operating system to one that naturally leads to life-affirming policies and practices rather than rampant extraction and devastation.

Originally published by YES!.

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переводить | Thu, 04 Mar 2021 15:18:56 +0000

#ScreenB4Vaccine Could Protect Millions From COVID Vaccine Injuries, Surgeon Tells FDA


Dr. Hooman Noorchashm's #ScreenB4Vaccine plan is coming into view by many as a potentially important way to protect the vast subset of Americans who have already been naturally infected with COVID-19 and are thus immune.

In the below video, Noorchashm, an accomplished surgeon and patient safety advocate,  argues that at least a fraction of these millions of already infected Americans — especially the elderly, frail and those with serious cardiovascular comorbidities — are at risk of being harmed by a dangerous exaggerated immune response triggered by the COVID vaccine.

Additionally, Noorchashm says that by limiting vaccinations to those who are not already immune, the U.S. can not only protect people from being harmed by the vaccine, but can also get to herd immunity even faster by vaccinating only those who would truly benefit from the vaccine.

The question of whether people who have already been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins, as is the case with those who have had COVID, should be offered SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is inextricably tied to the question of medical ethics: The vaccination of those who are already immune is seen by many — patients and physicians alike — as unethical because it is an unnecessary, all-risk, no-benefit, medical procedure.

In such cases, there are established medical grounds for grave concern. One concern is the possibility that some people who get vaccinated will experience disease enhancement, a condition that could cause them to develop more severe symptoms when exposed to the wild virus than if they hadn't been vaccinated.

Pathogenic priming is another concern, now confirmed by researchers at Harvard Medical School, Boston General Hospital and elsewhere.

Noorchashm raises a third concern: that viral antigens may linger in antigen-presenting cells or elsewhere leading to multi-organ immunopathology in people who receive the COVID vaccines.

As The Defender previously reported, in January, Noorshashm wrote to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning of the danger COVID vaccines pose to the recently convalescent or asymptomatic carriers of SARS-CoV-2, including the elderly and anyone with significant cardiovascular risk factors.

Last month, Noorchashm wrote a second letter to the FDA, in which he called for people to be pre-screened for risk before being vaccinated, so as to reduce serious illness and mortality attributed to COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines. In his letter, Noorchashm writes:

"It is my sincere hope that these gentlemen along with the other executives and risk managers at Pfizer will have the clarity and foresight to urgently act on my recommendation: to amend their vaccine warning label with FDA, so as to mitigate against the risk of potential harm to the recently or currently infected "class" of persons being considered for vaccination."

If the FDA fails to act, local physician groups should publish white papers establishing their views to help establish bottom-up standards-of-care in their community.

In the interview on #UnbreakingScience, we discuss Noorchashm's latest letter to the FDA and why he believes it's urgent that more people be pre-screened for SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins before being vaccinated against COVID.

Watch a clip below from James Lyon-Weiler's interview with Dr. Dr. Hooman Noorchashm. Click here to watch the entire interview.

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переводить | Wed, 03 Mar 2021 20:42:39 +0000

CHD Sues FCC to Stop New Rule That Could Lead to ‘Wireless Wild West’


On Feb. 26, Children's Health Defense (CHD) filed a new lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) challenging the adoption of a rule that would allow people to install wireless transmitting antennas on their homes without notifying neighboring properties. The suit was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the DC Circuit.

At issue is an amendment to the "Over-the-Air Reception Devices" rule ("OTARD") that would deprive people of the opportunity to object to the installation of wireless transmitting antennas on neighboring homes.

The rule, set to take effect March 29, would facilitate the fast deployment of 5G and 1,000,000 SpaceX' Satellite antennas and create super Wi-Fi mesh networks in urban and rural areas.

CHD's lawsuit, filed under the Administrative Procedure Act, asserts that the FCC's amended OTARD rule violates constitutional rights and upends long-standing common law personal and property rights. The suit alleges that the amended rule leads to due process violations, is arbitrary, represents an abuse of discretion and was passed without authority and statutory jurisdiction.

OTARD allows private property owners to place fixed point-to-point antennas supporting wireless service on their property and, for the first time, to provide wireless data/voice services, including 5G, to users on neighboring properties by connecting a "hub" or "relay" designed to transmit the signal onto neighboring properties.

The only limitation imposed on property owners is the size of the antenna: Under the amended rule, the diameter of the antenna should not exceed 1 meter (approximately 3 feet).

The amended rule will not directly allow placement of "personal wireless service" (e.g., traditional mobile service) antennas, although it can effectively achieve the same outcome.

Scott McCollough, an attorney representing CHD in the case, said that while this distinction is important, "it does not mean that the rule change will have insignificant effects. To the contrary, the fixed wireless can be used to support private mobile service (3G, 4G, 5G) and it will allow for significant expansion of wireless services."

OTARD eliminates all state and local zoning authority over these antennas. No permit is required. No notice to neighboring properties owners is required. And homeowners' association and deed restrictions and any other state laws are preempted.

As a result, those affected will have no right to object to or prevent installation of the antennas, even though they will be involuntarily exposed to harmful radiofrequency radiation.

As public awareness about wireless harms grows, communities are working with their municipalities to adopt ordinances that will keep antennas away from their homes, residential neighborhoods and schools. OTARD will severely undermine the effectiveness of these efforts.

Dafna Tachover, director of CHD's 5G and Wireless Harms Project, said:

"This rule will create a wireless 'wild west.' Because of the extensive preemptions and how easy OTARD makes it to install antennas to propagate the signals, the rule will likely lead to the most significant and fastest proliferation of 5G by using homes and private properties for the deployment."

The new rule also preempts federal and state civil rights laws that protect the disabled. Sickness from wireless is widespread. Those who have already been injured by wireless devices and infrastructure, such as Wi-Fi and cell towers, will not be entitled to accommodation, which could force some families out of their homes in order to protect themselves. Under OTARD, even rural areas will no longer be safe

CHD's petition was joined by four individual petitioners, including a physician and parents of five children who have been injured by wireless radiation.

"This rule is an unprecedented and intolerable attack on our rights and constitutional protections," Tachover said. "From the moment we became aware that the FCC intended to adopt this rule, it was clear to us that allowing it to go into effect without a challenge was not an option."

CHD started its campaign against OTARD and laid the ground for a lawsuit in April 2020, when the organization filed a 22-page letter with the FCC. The letter was joined by a record number of 15,090 people. Of those, 6,231 people declared that they and/or their children have become injured by wireless radiation.

More than 2,500 people added personal comments, many of them substantive, with heartbreaking testimonials of sickness and death caused by wireless radiation. Parents wrote about their children's sickness with cancer, radiation sickness and the aggravating effects wireless has on the autism symptoms of their children and on seizures. They said they fear the devastating effects the adoption of OTARD will have on their lives.

Still, despite these widespread objections from municipalities, homeowners' associations and the conference of mayors, the FCC adopted the rule.

"This new rule is draconian" said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., CHD chairman and chief legal counsel. "It is an unprecedented attack on our most basic constitutional rights, and without authority or due process, preempts disability laws that are a cornerstone of a moral society.

"Our children are already suffering terrible illnesses from this radiation. This rule has the potential to devastate the lives of families who will have nowhere to go to escape this radiation. The FCC's disregard for the public interest is rising to new heights every day. CHD is committed to lead the efforts to hold the FCC and our government accountable and defend the public interest, health and our children."

This is the second case CHD filed against the FCC. The first case, filed in February 2020, challenges the FCC's obsolete health and safety guidelines regarding 5G and wireless radiation. The case is now awaiting the court's decision.

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переводить | Wed, 03 Mar 2021 17:51:52 +0000

Big Oil’s New Plan: Flood the World With Plastics


As oil companies' profits sink amid decreasing demand for their product, oil and gas giants are setting their sights on a new market — they're pouring billions of dollars into new plants designed to produce plastic from chemicals sourced from fossil fuels.

The oil industry plans to increase plastic production by 40% over the next decade. Big Oil's big plan means millions more tons of plastic — and millions more tons of emissions — will flood into the marketplace and into the environment.

According to the Center for Environmental International Law more than 99% of plastic is made from chemicals sourced from fossil fuels. A recent study published by Environmental Research Letters identified 88 petrochemical projects in the planning or development phase along the Gulf Coast. If all are completed, the combined emissions output could reach 150.8 million metric tons, the equivalent of 38 coal plants.

By 2030, emissions from global plastic production and incineration could reach 1.34 gigatons annually, the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide released by 295 coal plants each year.

"Plastic is fossil fuel in another form. Everything that happens before you see that plastic on the shelf is emissions intense," said Steven Feit, a lawyer of Center for Environmental International Law. "It releases all manner of pollutants and toxic chemicals."

There are more than 30 plastic plants in the pipeline, from the Ohio River Valley to the Gulf Coast, as oil companies aim to turn the current oversupply of fracked ethane gas into polyethylene, a type of plastic.

For example, 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, near the Ohio border, Shell is constructing a massive $6 billion petrochemicals complex. The 386-acre property is fed by a 98-mile pipeline system that will deliver up to 100,000 barrels of ethane per day to the "cracker" plant, which will "crack" ethane molecules apart to produce plastic for phone cases, auto parts, bottles, bags, toys, food packaging and other plastic products.

According to Popular Science, the plant will have its own rail system with 3,300 freight cars and will produce more than a million tons of plastic each year — along with millions more tons of pollution.

Shell's cracker plant will be allowed to produce more than 2 million tons of carbon dioxide each year, 152 tons of ammonia and more than 522 tons of volatile organic compounds that can cause nervous system damage, according to a report by Pittsburgh Action News.

In addition to air pollution, the plant will produce hard-to-recycle plastic, most of which will end up as waste in landfills.

Chemist and environmental advocate Wilma Subra has studied cracker plants in Louisiana and the industrial area between New Orleans and Baton Rouge known as "cancer alley." She projects Shell's plastics plant will lead to more petrochemical plants in the area, severe air emissions and the development of a Pennsylvania cancer alley that will have a dramatic impact on public health.

Bob Schmetzer, chairman of a local Pennsylvania group opposed to fracking, told Popular Science:

"The pollution we have here was caused by previous plants, and now Shell is coming to add more on top of that. They will make their money, and then they will pack their bags when the money stops coming in, leaving behind the pollution."

The Shell plant is just one of many plastic plants that have been built or are in development in the U.S. In 2017, DowDuPont became the first chemical giant to start up a major ethylene complex along the Texas Gulf Coast.

In 2019, Chevron Phillips Chemical made a deal with Qatar Petroleum to develop its second plastics plant — an $8 billion plant on the Gulf Coast capable of processing 2 million metric tons of ethylene a year and 1 million tons of ethylene into polyethylene, the world's most common plastic. The plant is scheduled to open in 2024.

ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, started construction of its multi-billion dollar plastics plant in 2019 and announced a $2 billion expansion at its chemical plant in Baytown, Texas, to begin mid-2021.

In 2019, ExxonMobil partnered with Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp. to build a $10 billion chemicals and plastics complex in Corpus Christi, Texas. The joint venture with the Saudi Arabian-owned company will create the largest steam cracker plant, two polyethylene units and a monoethylene glycol unit to be finished in 2022.

The ExxonMobile's Baton Rouge plastics plant location alone produces 1,080 million pounds of polyethylene and 200 million pounds of ethylene elastomer each year, the company reported.

Along the Mississippi River corridor's "cancer alley," seven new petrochemical facilities and expansions have been approved since 2015, threatening impoverished and polluted neighborhoods.

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Oil companies misled public on recycling to sell plastics

In order to sell people on plastic, oil and gas companies spent millions of dollars intentionally misleading the American public about the causes of plastic pollution. They also falsely advertised the recyclability of their products, according to an investigation by NPR and PBS Frontline.

The news sites investigated internal documents and interviewed top former officials of the oil industry. They found that the industry "sold the public on an idea they knew wouldn't work — that the majority of plastic could be and would be recycled — all while making billions of dollars selling the world new plastic."

"Selling recycling sold plastic, even if it wasn't true," a former top industry insider told NPR.

Larry Thomas, former president of the Plastics Industry Association, also shared his take on plastics with NPR. "If the public thinks that recycling is working, then they are not going to be as concerned about the environment," he said.

According to a report by Carbon Tracker, only about 5% of the world's plastic actually gets recycled. In the U.S., less than 10% of plastic is recycled. Another 15% is burned to generate energy and the rest ends up in landfills where it takes hundreds of years to break down.

A landmark study by Science Adventures found that global production of plastics increased from 2 million metric tons in 1950 to more than 400 million metric tons in 2015. During the same period, humans created 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste. Of that waste, only 9% was recycled, 12% was incinerated and 79% accumulated in landfills or in the natural environment.

If this trend continues, scientists project that roughly 12 billion metric tons of plastic waste will be in landfills or the environment by 2050 — the equivalent weight of 35,000 Empire State Buildings.

Dangers of plastics to the environment

According to an exposé in Rolling Stone, plastic pollution is global, impossible to fully remediate and threatens to disrupt everything from oceans to carbon in the atmosphere.

A report from Oceana revealed that nearly 1,800 marine mammals and sea turtles had swallowed or become entangled in plastic along American coastlines since 2009. Of those animals, 88% were listed as endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

Turning fossil fuels into plastic also pollutes water as tiny plastic pellets produced in cracker plants pollute waterways and are eaten by birds and fish.

Plastic accumulates in the food web appearing in seafood, table salt and even bottled water. It's mixed with colorants, flame retardants and plasticizers. As plastic breaks down over a long period of time, it absorbs toxins from the environment, including polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.

Joe Vaillancourt is CEO of a company that refines plastic from curbside recycling into fuel. In one small 10-pound batch, he found a thousand different chemicals, many of which have been linked to cancer and severe health problems.

There are more than 100 concerning chemicals in air pollution from cracker plants, including carcinogens like benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene that can cause health problems in neighboring communities, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.

Numerous lawsuits initiated by environmental advocates are poised to take on plastic plants and force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies to implement regulations.

The plastics industry is ultimately "going to have to deal with the sticker shock that they are now responsible for and they're going to have to pay to keep plastics out of the environment," said Rep. Alan Lowenthal of California.

"What we have in plastic is something that has made our lives more convenient and easier. But unless we figure out how to keep this out of the waste stream, it's just going to kill us."

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переводить | Wed, 03 Mar 2021 17:37:22 +0000

Why Many Black Americans Aren’t Rushing to Get the COVID Vaccine


Black Americans have been the least inclined of any racial or ethnic group to say they'd get vaccinated against the coronavirus. The proportion of Black people who said they'll probably or definitely take the shot has risen over time — but even by mid-January, with two COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use in the U.S., only 35% of Black survey respondents said they'd get it as soon as they could, or already had gotten the shot.

Will you get a COVID vaccine?
Surveys were conducted Jan. 11 – 18, 2021 Chart: The Conversation, CC-BY-ND Source: KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor

At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately harmed Black, Indigenous and other people of color in comparison to white members of American society. With Black Americans being hospitalized at rates 2.9 times higher than white Americans and dying from COVID-19 at rates 1.9 times higher, you might assume that Black people would be lining up at breakneck speed to receive the vaccine as soon as it's available to them.

But the Black community has reasons for distrust — even beyond what might be attributed to the mixed messaging of the nation's COVID-19 response. And it's not a simple or sole matter of miseducation. I'm a medical humanist and bioethicist who studies history, ethics and literature to understand racial and gender health disparities. My research explores the history of unethical and abusive treatment Black Americans have experienced at the hands of the medical establishment. Based on past experience, Black people have many legitimate reasons to be in no hurry to get the vaccination.

A troubling track record

The American medical establishment has a long history of unethical treatment of Black research subjects. Medical ethicist Harriet A. Washington details some of the most egregious examples in her book "Medical Apartheid." There's the now notorious Tuskegee syphilis experiment, in which the government misled Black male patients to believe they were receiving treatment for syphilis when, in fact, they were not. That study went on for a total of 40 years, continuing even after a cure for syphilis was developed in the 1940s.

Perhaps less widely known are the unethical and unjustified experiments J. Marion Sims performed on enslaved women in the 1800s U.S. that helped earn him the nickname the "father of modern gynecology." Sims performed experimental vesicovaginal fistula surgery on enslaved women without anesthesia or even the basic standard of care typical for the time.

Sims experimented on Anarcha, a 17-year-old slave, over 30 times. His decision not to give anesthesia was based on the racist assumption that Black people experience less pain than their white peers — a belief that persists among medical professionals today. Historian Deirdre Cooper Owens elaborates on this case and many other ways Black women's bodies have been used as guinea pigs in her book "Medical Bondage."

Cases of medical malfeasance and malevolence have persisted, even after the establishment of the Nuremburg code, a set of medical ethical principles developed after World War II and subsequent trials for crimes against humanity.

In 1951, doctors harvested cervical cancer cells from a Black woman named Henrietta Lacks without her permission. Researchers went on to use them to create the first immortal cell culture and subjected her descendants to ongoing study for years without informed consent. Investigative journalist Rebecca Skloot details the cascade of ethical violations in her book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Despite heightened awareness after the book's publication, the ethical violations continued when a group of scientists mapped the HeLa genome without her family's knowledge or consent.

Advances in genomics are still being used to resuscitate theories of racial "science." For example, a now-debunked 2007 study purported to isolate a so-called "warrior gene" in Maori Indigenous men and argued they are genetically "hard-wired" for violence. Scientists and news outlets in the U.S. jumped on board, suggesting there's a genetic predisposition for Black and Latino males to engage in gang activity.

Legal scholar Dorothy E. Roberts explains in her book "Fatal Invention" how incidents like this one perpetuate the harm of race-based science. Using biological data and flawed reasoning tainted by racial stereotyping reinforces racist beliefs about Black people. Such logic focuses on purely biological factors and ignores the social and systemic factors that produce negative and inequitable health outcomes.

While there is now an ample body of scholarly research that reveals these truths about racism in the medical establishment, Black Americans need only to gather around the kitchen table with a few friends and family to share and hear personally experienced stories of medical malfeasance.

Present-day persistence of racism in health care

Even though their experiences at the hands of researchers like J. Marion Sims were central to advances in modern gynecology, today Black women have not benefited from these advances to the same degree as white women. Black women still suffer worse outcomes and more deaths from gynecologic cancers and have worse health and more deaths affiliated with childbearing, just to name two.

When tennis star Serena Williams gave birth, she saw firsthand how Black women are disbelieved by the medical establishment. She might have died from postpartum blood clots if she hadn't advocated for herself in the face of dismissive medical professionals.

Black people are acutely aware of this history of racism in the medical establishment, and the ways it persists today on both an individual and a collective level. Stereotypes about Black patients, whether the result of explicit or implicit bias, continue to affect the care they receive and their medical outcomes. Again and again, when surveyed, Black Americans report that medical providers don't believe them, won't prescribe necessary treatments, including pain medication, and blame them for their health problems.

And the association between racism and increased disease cases and deaths has held true during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overcoming these challenges

Ongoing trust issues around the COVID-19 vaccines are just the latest indication of racial health disparities in the U.S.

Still, there are ways to begin to close the COVID-19 racial health and mortality gap. Vaccinations for Black people may otherwise continue to lag in proportion to population size.

An important first step is for health care workers and policymakers to learn these painful histories and develop strategies informed by an understanding of the systemic racism Black Americans face.

Originally published by The Conversation.

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переводить | Wed, 03 Mar 2021 17:19:56 +0000

OTARD-PR


Press Release

March 3, 2021

For immediate release

CHD's New Case Challenges the FCC's "Wireless Wild West" Rule

Children's Health Defense ("CHD") filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC"), challenging the amendment to the "Over-the-Air Reception Devices" rule ("OTARD") that was adopted on 1/7/2021. The case was filed in the US Court of Appeals of the DC Circuit.

OTARD allows private property owners to place fixed point-to-point antennas supporting wireless service on their property and, for the first time, to extend wireless data/voice services including 5G and satellites, to users on neighboring properties. It enables installation of harmful radiation transmitting antennas on homes.

The most insidious aspect of OTARD is that it eliminates all state and local zoning authority over these arrangements. No permit is required, deed and homeowners' association restrictions or any other state laws are preempted. No notice to neighboring property owners is required. Therefore, people adversely affected will have no right to object or prevent these antennas' installation, even though they will be involuntarily exposed to harmful radiation.

In April 2020, CHD filed a letter with the FCC against the rule. The letter was joined by 15,090 people, of them, 6,231 declared that they and/or their children have become injured by wireless radiation.

"This rule allows a wireless 'Wild West,' and will cause irreparable harm to the many who have already become injured by wireless" says Dafna Tachover, CHD's 5G and wireless harms project director. Because OTARD preempts federal and state civil rights laws that protect the disabled, those injured will not be able to obtain accommodations and families will be forced out of their homes with nowhere to go.

CHD's Petition was joined by four individual petitioners, including a physician and parents of five children who have been injured by cell towers and Wi-Fi.

The Petition was filed under the Administrative Procedures Act. It asserts that the FCC's adoption of OTARD violates constitutional rights, leads to due process violations, that it is arbitrary, an abuse of discretion and that it passed without authority and statutory jurisdiction.

"We had to file this case to stop this draconian law and to keep antennas away from homes and children," says Robert F. Kennedy Jr., CHD's Chairman.

This is the second case CHD is leading against the FCC. Its case challenging the FCC health and safety guidelines regarding 5G and wireless radiation is now awaiting a court decision.

For more information, please contact Dafna Tachover or call 202-599-1461.

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