LANDLINES UNDER THREAT IN CALIFORNIA: Urgent Action Required

Thank you to Vicki Sievers and Nina Beety, for this alert:

What’s happening (updated Nov. 1st 2023)
 
 The CPUC has been silent for three months on landline proceedings.
 
However, today AT&T meets with staff of CPUC Commissioner John Reynolds “to discuss AT&T California’s request for relief (from their role as carrier of last resort) as well as the status of and schedule for the proceeding with Sasha Goldberg, Advisor to Commissioner John Reynolds, and Carolyn Chen, Advisor to Commissioner John Reynolds…via Webex.” John Reynolds is the commissioner assigned to the proceeding.
 
TOMORROW, Thursday Nov. 2 at 11 a.m., CPUC holds its regular monthly meeting. https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/events-and-meetings/cpuc-voting-meeting-2023-11-02
What to do
 
CONTACT the five CPUC commissioners and their staff in either (or both) of two ways.
1) EMAIL Commissioner Reynolds’s office today or as soon as you can. In addition, call or email the other four commissioners. You may have written comments previously, and can draw from those. See more at the end of this message. (This action can be repeated weekly going forward.)
2) SPEAK during public comments at the Thursday, Nov 2 meeting. Ask that the CPUC DENY AT&T’s application. Tell why landlines are essential infrastructure for the state, for you personally, for rural and fire-prone areas, for EMF-disabled people.  You will have one minute to speak. Instructions here:  https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/events-and-meetings/cpuc-voting-meeting-2023-11-02  
 
!! Even if you do not require a copper landline, your calls/messages will support those who do, and will help prevent more wireless installations.
Contact info. Put  A2303003 in the subject line.
 
COMMISSIONER JOHN REYNOLDS john.reynolds@cpuc.ca.gov (no ph# available)
 
Maria Sotero Policy Advisor and Interim Chief of Staff
(415) 703-2494 maria.sotero@cpuc.ca.gov
 
Pilar Manriquez Deputy Chief of Staff (916) 894-5689
 
Sasha Goldberg Advisor  (415) 703-5340 **** mtg with AT&T
 
Cait Pollock Advisor (415) 703-1535
 
Jake McDermott Advisor (415) 703-1860
 
Carolyn Chen Advisor (415) 703-1980 **** mtg with AT&T

Reasons for needing copper landlines:

1. If you are a person who for any reason requires copper landline phone, wired DSL internet as the only usable, safe, reliable, phone, internet service.

2. Or if you require the permanent protection of accessible, affordable  copper landline, wired DSL internet as an ADA or medical/ health accommodation.

3. Or If you can NOT use wireless, wifi, smart technology, Modem-based phones, cell phones, computer, mobile or VOIP phones, wifi modems or wireless internet.

4. Or if the copper landline phone, wired DSL internet equipment, services are required for your situation, area, family, job, county, community, etc

5. Or you or your family, community, area will be adversely affected. Can NOT  survive without permanently available, affordable copper landline phone services, wired, DSL internet

6. Or you require the survival of the Lifeline subsidy program in order to have phone, internet use.

7. You, your community, your area require investment in preserving copper landline phones with a wired infrastructure. You or your region will be negatively affected by the plan to implement a wireless infrastructure for phone, internet.

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Stop Thacker Pass Lithium Mine: Another False Solution to Climate Chaos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2007, when I was a student at the University of the West of England, studying for a transportation planning masters degree, I remember sitting around with our instructor and other students looking at the data for human population growth, motorization, and future transport-related carbon emissions, and scratching our heads as the projected numbers were totally inconsistent with a livable future.

Even with a shift to electric vehicles, widely promoted by governments and industry as being a central solution to the  climate crisis, the reductions in carbon are at best marginal and the environmental effects of large renewable projects and mining are truly horrific.

As you know, corporations and governments tend to strongly push profitable technologies that they spin as being green but are anything but. Smart meters were promised to usher in a new era of emissions reductions, electrical reliability and efficiency. The truth is just the opposite.

Now we are seeing the same pattern play out with electric vehicles. General Motors has contracted with Lithium Nevada to mine lithium across a huge area in northern Nevada, violating sacred Native American land where Paiutes and Shoshone were massacred by US Cavalry troops in 1865.

For real solutions to the climate crisis, we need the support, participation and wisdom of indigenous people who have thrived on this planet for far longer than this arrogant, self-involved culture has.

Please consider joining and supporting those who are actively protesting the unlawful extraction of lithium on public lands, including indigenous tribes, in Northern Nevada. This is yet another false solution to climate chaos. Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric.

There is simply no way to continue with mass motorization without endangering the very necessities of life on this planet: clean water and air, and a livable climate.

Just as we put our bodies on the line to stop smart meters, now is the time to do the same to stop the illegal and destructive lithium rush now ramping up.

Please click on this link to read about the latest in the resistance to the Thacker Pass Lithium Mine and watch recent videos. Also check out the Protect Thacker Pass group and People of Red Mountain.

I have been inspired by the recent indigenous led group making a stand at Thacker this week. I’m heading to Nevada to show my personal support for this struggle and hope you will consider doing so too. We all have pressing needs for day to day individual survival, but if we can’t come together to stand up for our common survival, then we are in deeper trouble than we can imagine.

 

 

 

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Great Films on Electro-Hyper Sensitivity

As illness and injury from wireless technology spreads, there are beginning to be more and more films on the subject. Here are a couple of great examples. Thanks to the filmmakers for their efforts. Please watch and spread the word.

Watch entire Electric Malady film here.

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Great Sources for Smart Meter Resistance Updates

Dear Stop Smart Meters! supporters,

A few of you have asked where you can best keep up with smart meter/ wireless news and updates these days. We’ve assembled a list of allied organizations and individuals who do an excellent job keeping the public informed on the latest developments. See list below.

It’s incredible how the safer tech movement has grown over the past few years, and these folks deserve a good amount of credit. If we missed any sources, please contact us at info@stopsmartmeters.org

Also, if you ordered smart meter awareness brochures or public health warning cards from us over the years, and you no longer need them, please consider returning them to us so we can provide them to communities in need. They continue to be very popular outreach materials. Please send to Stop Smart Meters! PO Box 682 Portola CA. Thank you- we appreciate it.

If you would like to order outreach materials, EMF meters, books, and other items, you can do so in our online store. This supports our ongoing work to lend assistance to local communities resisting smart meter deployments and assisting those who have suffered injuries from this hazardous technology.

Also, if you are in a position to donate

Happy spring and stay safe,

Josh

Sources for Smart Meter/ Wireless Resistance News

Ed Friedman of Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (Maine) maintains an email list for periodic important health, environmental and smart grid news: edfomb@comcast.net

Virginians for Safe Technology and Wired Broadband hold weekly zoom meetings on Fridays- sign up here.

Arthur Firstenberg of Cell Phone Task Force Sends out impassioned and useful updates on wireless, including smart meters, satellites, etc. Make sure to see his recent e-mail newsletter that includes first person accounts of smart meter injuries. You can sign up for e-mail updates here.

Vicki Sievers sends out a regular bulletin on smart meters, 5G, and other issues, focused on California but applicable internationally. E-mail to sign up: victoriasievers@earthlink.net

Olle Johansson, the Swedish researcher who has been outspoken about the harms associated with EMFs, regularly sends out updates about new research etc. E-mail to sign up: olle.johansson500@gmail.com

Cece Doucette of Massachusetts for Safe Technology runs accessible online sessions for those new to the issue of wireless health harm and for those who want to reduce their exposure. She encourages “safer cell phone use” an idea anathema to folks like Arthur Firstenberg, but her updates are upbeat and perhaps more accessible to mainstream audiences. Sign up here.

Environmental Health Trust does great work including recently publishing an excellent report entitled 5G, Cell Towers and Wireless Legal & Liability Issues You can download the report in pdf here.

Smart Meter Education Network is a Michigan focused group providing direct support and advice to Michiganders. You can sign up for their newsletter which contains news relevant internationally here.

Children’s Health Defense runs a 5G and wireless campaign and you can sign up for their newsletters with updates from around the world here.

Smart Meter Harm regularly updates their website with news and info about smart meters, satellites, cell towers and other matters of interest. Based in California but applicable internationally, there is also a landmark report on smart meters and fires. Check out their website here.

Activist Post regularly publishes posts about smart meters and other issues. Click here.

And last but not least, we (Stop Smart Meters!) send out e-mail updates with news from California and beyond. To sign up please send a request to info@stopsmartmeters.org

Posted in Citizen rebellion, EMF Mitigation, neighborhood organizing, radio-frequency radiation | 3 Comments

Elettra: Great Italian Short Film About Electro-Injury/ Sensitivity

Posted in 5G, Cell phones, Citizen rebellion, Electro-Hyper-Sensitivity, EMF Mitigation, health effects, Italy, radio-frequency radiation | 3 Comments