RISING UP GREEN e-Newsletter, GPUSA 3-29-2004
RISING UP GREEN
e-NEWSLETTER of Green Party USA
Green Party USA
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March 29, 2994
Hi People - Please send Items for Newsletter to Editor@greenparty.org.
In this issue:
--plea for help with GPUSA work in Ventura, California
--information on Hearings on monster garbage dump state wants to
site in Old Town, Maine (near Bangor).
--internship available with GPUSA activist on Maine saltwater farm,
small stipend available
--expose on pharmaceutical anti-depressants (legal) and how they
make you worse
--brief synopsis of work on marijuana component which seems to
assist cells in healing
--Note from Editor of Synthesis/Regeneration, A Magazine of Green
Social Thought, listing whatís in the latest issue ñ more than
would think could be stuffed into one issue!
Join GPUSA in our work to help create a better world. A subscription
to Synthesis/Regeneration comes with your dues, as well as the right to be
on our internal discussion lists and be part of GPUSAís decision-making.
Join with a couple of friends and form a GPUSA local. See website for
You can join online at http://www.greenparty.org or mail your check
(better for us ñ no fees) for $48. for one year (regular) or $24. for one
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- Nancy Oden, GPUSA Green National Committee member
1. Green Party USA member Ed Shacklett in Ventura, California needs some
help setting up an email listserve. He recently hurt his eye, so can't do
his computer work as well as he could. Can you help him with that and other
GPUSA work? He'd much appreciate it. His phone number is 213-643-8068.
2. For those of you in Maine, Hearings will be held on March 29, 30, and 31
on the Old Town Dump Proposal. This is the Governor's proposal which would
bring millions of tons of out-of-state garbage into Maine for dumping onto
Old Town's wetlands, close to the Penobscot River.
This state-owned (yours and mine) dump also accepts paper mill sludge,
which contains all manner of toxics chemicals. Come speak your mind!
Dr. Paul Connett, famous dioxin, incinerator ash, and dump activist,
will testify on Tuesday beginning around noon.
Hearings are being held at the Elks Club in Old Town.
Do we want Maine to be the garbage dump of the Northeast? Don't think
so. Come join us!
Citizens groups involved are We the People, whose members are primarily in
the Old Town/Bangor area, and Clean Maine Coalition, primarily located in
Washington and Hancock Counties.
3. Wondering what to do this summer? Want to do something worthwhile,
something that helps the Earth while you learn new stuff? Internship
available with GPUSA member, organic grower, and environmental/political
activist, Nancy Oden. Come stay in old saltwater farmhouse, North Coast of
Maine, and help with organic gardens, as well as anti-pesticide and
anti-toxic dump work. Work with other activists and be surrounded by
beautiful scenery in quiet, rural area.
Small stipend available. Must be self-starter. For more information, email
email@example.com , write about yourself and why you might want to do
this and what you would hope to get out of it.
4. Depressed? Don't take those pharmaceuticals; turns out they'll make you
worse! In fact, they've been shown to make people suicidal. Corporations
are amoral; money-making is all there is to them. And because so many
people are depressed today, anti-depressants are heavily used. See story
from Washington Post at
5. More on drugs - this one from NORML, the group that's been fighting for
decades for the legalization of marijuana.
The NORML E-Zine is a free weekly compilation of major news items
regarding marijuana policy. Text of archived stories is available on
NORML's website at: http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=3442
Pot Compound Increases Cell Survival, Study Says
Naples, Italy: Administration of cannabidiol (CBD), a
nonpsychoactive compound in marijuana, increased survival in cultured rat
cells, according to clinical trial data to be published in the April issue
of the Journal of Neurochemistry.
"Treatment of the cells with cannabidiol ... significantly
elevated cell survival," researchers at the University of Naples concluded.
"Our results indicate that cannabidiol exerts a combination of
neuroprotective, anti-oxidative and anti-apoptotic effects (effects
associated with the programmed cell death of malignant cells) against
Authors further speculated that CBD's anti-oxidative effects may
play a potential role in combating Alzheimer's disease.
A 1998 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy
of Sciences (PNAS) found that CBD protected rat brain cells from injury
better than standard anti-oxidants. A 1999 report by the National Academy
of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that marijuana's
neuroprotective qualities are the "most prominent" of its potential
Last year, researchers at the University of Milan reported that
the administration of CBD in gerbils prevented brain damage caused by
ischemia (a reduction of blood flow to the brain that can cause cell death).
Earlier this week, the Israeli pharmaceutical company Pharmos
announced that it had completed patient enrollment in a multi-country Phase
III study of the effectiveness of the synthetic marijuana derivative
Dexanabinol to treat brain damage resulting from Traumatic Brain Injury
(TBI) and/or stroke. Study results are expected by the end of 2004.
For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, senior policy
analyst of the NORML Foundation, at (202) 483-5500.
A note from Editor, Don Fitz, about the latest issue of
Synthesis/Regeneration, the Magazine of Green Social Thought.
Dear Green or greenish friend,
Congress has earmarked $11 billion for "biodefense"
research, which will give the US the largest research
program on biological weapons in the world.
In order to develop a vaccine for a hypothetical bioweapon,
a lab may devote massive effort to first creating the deadly
organism via genetic modification. It might combine
something deadly like the plague with something highly
contagious like Legionnaire's Disease.
Who is at greatest risk? Largely, those who work in bioweapons labs and
communities next to them. Existing nuclear labs, some of
which will add bioweapons development, have atrocious
records of leaks, spills and accidents. Following this subscription
information, see the list of articles in S/R issue 34.
Rates for S/R 34 are: 1-4 copies, $3.95 each; 5-9 copies, $3.00 each;
10+ copies, $2.00 each.
Please make checks to "WD Press" and mail to P.O. Box
24115, St. Louis MO 63130. No postage charges if in US., inquire for
A subscription to S/R comes free with your Green Party USA membership, for
which information go to http://www.greenparty.org [or see above ñ N.Oden].
Following is the list of articles in S/R Issue 34, available now.
Don Fitz, Editor, Synthesis/Regeneration
SYNTHESIS/REGENERATION 34: SPRING, 2004
BIOWEAPONS: THE TRUE DANGERS
US Leads in Production of Bioterror Diseases
Edward Hammond reveals that the US stands in the
way of international cooperation to prevent
Nuclear Labs Move into the "Biodefense"
Inga Olson documents a 50-year history of leaks,
spills and accidents.
Bioweapons in New Mexico
Colin King describes how scientists had been
conducting research on agents such as anthrax
without the knowledge of their superiors.
US Army Dugway Proving Ground: Basin for Bio-
testing Steve Erickson found Dugway unwilling to
provide any information concerning the anthrax
letter attacks of Fall 2001.
Resistance to Genetic Engineering in Africa
Raymond Bokor finds the greatest negative impact of
biotechnology to be on resource poor farmers.
Lead Poisoning in St. Louis
Daniel Berg observes a failure to confront a
totally preventable cause of brain damage.
Schmeiser Stands Up to Biotech Tyrant
Uncle Don Fanning thinks that Monsanto is aiming
for monopolistic control of our food supply.
GM Crops Increase Pesticide Use
Charles Benbrook's data convinces Lim Li Ching that
new resistant weeds will continue to arise.
Genetically Modified Crops in Africa
Glenn Ashton exposes an attempt to transform Africa
into a food dependent vassal continent.
Transgenic Trees Spread Mercury Poisoning
Joe Cummins explains "remediation" that would
simply move the pollution into the atmosphere.
Chemical Industry's Secret Plan to Attack
California's Anti-Toxics Trend
The Environmental Working Group uncovered tactics
including the creation of phony front groups and
spying on activists.
The Independent Science Panel on GM Final Report
The Institute of Science in Society reports on a
meeting concerned with misrepresentation and
suppression of scientific evidence.
Should the Democratic Party Nominate a
Presidential Candidate in 2004?
Don Fitz notes that the Democrats chose George W.
Bush as their "lesser evil."
The Avocado Declaration
Peter Camejo sees the two-party system shifting
back and forth to maintain corporate control.
Letter to the Green Party of the US
Ralph Nader says that a presidential candidate
cannot wait until June to see what the Green Party
"Atoms-Out" in Germany
Jason Murphy credits the Greens with the first
nuclear reactor being taken off the grid.
The Importance of Being Alienated (and
Patrick Eytchison argues that elections function to
transform dissent into manageable dialogue within a
system of exploitation.
Protecting the Economy in a Participatory Economy
Robin Hahnel advocates people in different regions
choosing tradeoffs between less pollution and more
Information Warfare in the Age of Empire
Ilyse Hogue & Patrick Reinsborough understand the
bigger agenda of Miami policing was to control the
public perception of mass protest.
GM Industry & Science Busy Exploiting Hunger
Devinder Sharma realizes that millions starve while
mountains of foodgrains rot in the open.
That's it for now, people. Please send your Newsletter items to
Editor@greenparty.org. Keep your spirits up - plant a garden to feel the
Earth and rejuvenate yourself. Lots to do this year!
Oh, yes, Free Kittens in Two Months!
Love to All,
- Nancy Oden
Green Party USA