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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