Mann v. Ford: An HBO Documentary

Posted on 15 July 2011

Did you ever march in a peaceful protest or encourage your children to do so?   Did you ever watch our nation’s Capitol Building emerge through the mists of a foggy dawn as you joined a group that effected positive change upon our nation without ever firing a shot or aiming a blow?  Or did you do so at a grassroots level, right in your own community?  If you answered, “Yes,” do you still hold tight to those values?  Or, do you go about your daily business in a cocoon, cowed by a state of affairs that our government has engendered and promoted?  Does the economy, rampant unemployment, the national debt about to crash-land, and the rising crime rate make you imitate an ostrich, forget that we are all truly connected, and ignore the fact that we share a common, once-proud land called the United States of America?  Or does the fire still burn in your heart?  Do you still rage against the machine through the way that you vote, the way that you protest, and the way that you educate yourself concerning matters to which the our government turns a blind eye?

Answer these questions carefully, please, for you are about to discover a situation that impacts us all — particularly New Jerseyans, New Yorkers living on the New York-Jersey border, and residents of Big Apple.

If you’ve ever traversed the Ramapo Mountains in northern New Jersey, you must have felt this area to be an oasis not far from the maddening crowd.  Carpeted with lush forests in the spring, the mountains are green; dying a glorious death in autumn, those woods make a blazing, breathtaking patchwork that can be seen for miles around.  But a mere forty miles from Manhattan Island, all is not as pristine as it seems in the Ramapo Mountains, home for centuries to the Ramapo Native Americans.

In the still-Baby Booming 1960s, when Americans loved and drove great big gas-guzzlers, auto manufacturers fed those desires with increased production.  Ford Motor Company was one such manufacturer.  In Mahwah, lying close to the Ramapos, Ford purchased land once handed down through generations of Ramapo Native Americans.  They did so in order to acquire a secret and illegal dumping ground for the detritus of their production facilities.  Their toxic waste poisoned the beautiful woods and abandoned iron mines surrounding the homes of the Natives.

That waste seeped into the land, tainting the entire food chain, including some of the water that we Jerseyans and New Yorkers drink.  “But that water is treated,” you say. “Governmental regulatory agencies assure that it is.”  Are you certain?  How sure would you be if you discovered that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) was not only in on this situation but covered up the most salient portion of it?  It’s true: the EPA not only neglected to ensure that Ford take necessary remedial steps to clean up their toxic waste, this governmental watchdog also declared the area safe and clean when it was anything but!

Are you interested now in learning more?  If so, tune in to HBO on Monday, July 18th at 9 PM ET/PT.  Watch the debut of an exclusive film, MANN v. FORD to further your education about this dangerous, unconscionable situation right here in our own backyard.

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4 Responses to “Mann v. Ford: An HBO Documentary”

  1. Sarah Carriagano says:

    OMG! I live in North Jersey & never knew this! Rest assured I will be watching this tomorrow & hopefully the show will educate us as to how we can all do something about this. I won’t march, but I’ll write letters to the appropriate people, whoever they may be at this point.

  2. Bobby Pinto says:

    I was shocked when I read this. My daughter and her family moved to Jersey a number of years ago as they thought they’d be living in better environs. Now I read this & am so disgusted. I fought in Korea and came back to have a family & always hoped they would have better than I did. But the more I read in the media, the more I hear, the more I’m convinced our govt. does not give a big fat you know what about veterans or anyone else for that matter. I hope there is a hell & I hope the Ford execs rot in it and I hope that the EPA people involved in this cover up join them.

  3. JH says:

    This is indeed a catastrophe that is an embarrassment to all parties involved. I would only reference that this documentary DOES NOT tell the whole story of how this pollution was allowed to take place. While it is easy to blame Ford and brand them as an ”
    evil corporation” who did this deliberately, there is a larger story about the environmental regulations and mafia control of the trash industry during that time that is not being told. The mafia and organized crime has played a large, large role in poisoning the land in this area of by not dumping / disposing of industrial waste in a legal / proper manner.

  4. Paul from Pomona says:

    JH is spot on.
    In the 50’s and 60’s.
    NYC waste haulers would travel Harriman and Ringwood state parks in the wee hours of the morning.
    Valves open and waste flowing into the forests.
    Hikers still find 55 gal. drums from 50 years ago.

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