Community Gathers to Defend One of Their Own in Ann Arbor

Residents gather to defend their neighbor from a power shut-off threatened by DTE for refusing a “smart” meter. Photo courtesy MLive.

On Monday, August 14, 2017, people from across Michigan participated in a community defense mass action to stop unauthorized “smart” meter installation and to show the utility company that they will not submit to the utility’s coercive tactics. Since then, Michigan residents have continued to stand up to DTE Energy’s bullying tactics and have refused to cave in to shut-off threats. These folks are taking action and putting their money where their mouth is, in the truest form of activism!

In early August, at least eleven Ann Arbor residents received shut-off notices from DTE, their electricity provider, stating that if they did not call DTE to accept a smart meter on their home, the electric service to their home would be shut off.

Linda Kurtz, 55, Director of Michigan’s Smart Meter Education Network, who received one of the shut-off notices, organized a protest at her home to demonstrate public outrage over these illegal tactics. Kurtz cannot have any type of smart or digital meter on her home because she is severely affected by both wireless radiation and the “dirty electricity” that digital meters generate. Her symptoms, when exposed for more than 20 minutes at a time, include unremitting insomnia, heart palpitations, tinnitus, and extreme fatigue. She has what is known as “electrosensitivity.”

Kurtz was not the only one whose life and health was threatened by her electricity provider. Eleven others in the community also received notices that they would have their power shut off that day as well. Of the eight who resisted DTE’s extortion tactics, six had their power shut off, including women and men in their 80s and 90s. As Kurtz and others said, “DTE may cut off their electric service to my home, but they cannot shut off my power!”

Kurtz did not have her power shut off on the 14th. That may be due to the fact that DTE was afraid to disconnect her when dozens of people were standing witness, in solidarity and protesting DTE’s tactics at her house. Kurtz still has her power (and her electricity) and has a generator as a backup if it is cut off at a later date.

DTE is adamant that “smart” meters are completely safe, even though there are thousands of people who have contacted the Smart Meter Education Network, Stop Smart Meters! and similar groups to report that their health has been affected since smart meter installation. Literally thousands of peer-reviewed studies document harm from smart meters and other wireless devices. Like public policy in the United States and other “developed” countries, DTE is behind the times when it comes to the health and well-being of their customers. The company apparently does not think twice about coercively disconnecting power to the elderly- including those who have been paying their bills faithfully and on time for decades.

Community direct actions such as this are what *really* work to stop smart meters- not online petitions, fake EMF charms or “orgonite.”  This is in fact what the utility companies are most afraid of- the spectacle of community solidarity and the resulting media coverage. Don’t stand for your neighbors being abused, and they won’t stand it when you are abused- it’s quite simple.

An injury to one is an injury to all.

Local news stations showed up to cover the event. Several videos and articles about the protests can be found below:

MLive   WXYZ   Metro Times

Michigan activists hope to bring attention to the brutality of DTE’s actions and also gain support for House Bill 4220, currently in limbo, which would allow any resident in the State of Michigan to opt for an analog meter without paying an extortionate “opt-out” fee or being threatened with power disconnection, a state of affairs that prompted the events of the 14th.

As utilities like DTE continue to threaten the health and safety of customers everywhere, this will definitely not be the last smart meter protest to make headlines. Unless utilities change their policies to get with the times – both in terms of health and what their customers want – they will face a massive loss in revenue from customers who move off-grid as well as people organizing and protecting their communities against utility injustice.

Join the effort today by volunteering and donating to Smart Meter Education Network, Stop Smart Meters! and other local groups actively organizingWalk door to door in your neighborhood to raise awareness with brochures, public health warning cards, and EMF Meters — all available in our online store.

Posted in Changing a Meter, Citizen rebellion, Democracy, Dirty Electricity, Electro-Hyper-Sensitivity, health effects, legal issues, Michigan, neighborhood organizing, radio-frequency radiation, Safety, Smart Grid, Wi-Fi | 1 Comment

Fake Back Your Power? The Emperor Wears no Clothes…

The film “Take Back Your Power” by Canadian immigrant Josh del Sol- released in 2013- did an excellent job of dramatically describing the problems caused by smart meters. Unfortunately the solutions that Mr. del Sol proposes to deal with the smart meter problem have always seemed to come up short. Del Sol’s latest effort, called the “In Power” Movement, apparently based on the use of a series of “liability documents,” is no exception.

From 2012- 2014, Stop Smart Meters! partnered with the TBYP filmmakers, distributed thousands of DVD’s, and helped organize numerous screenings around the country. That was before Mr. del Sol questioned the disability rights of those with EHS, took credit for our work, recklessly made statements denying that fossil fuels damage our climate, and promoted false, dead-end “solutions” to the smart meter crisis. These actions- we are sad to say- led to us parting ways with Mr. Del Sol.

Ornately worded documents and one-sided contracts, based on the discredited “sovereign citizen” movement, are nothing but a fool’s errand, and unless backed by true political grassroots power, these promises provide false hope and misdirected energies. In a recent post entitled The Emperor’s Clothes and Smart Meter Resistance, Michigan Stop Smart Meters spokesperson David Sheldon says that the “InPower Movement” is “inherently flawed” and diverting well intentioned funding and support from truly grassroots anti-smart meter groups. We agree.

Just because someone correctly identifies a problem does not necessarily qualify them to pinpoint the best solution. Mr. Del Sol has brought his own agenda, but not an open mind to this debate, according to many people in this movement.  He is apparently now teaming up with Jason Bawden-Smith, who promotes false solutions such as “Blueshield” devices that claim to “defend against EMF’s” but actually emit more EMF into already saturated environments. These false solutions distract from the real ones, and erode the credibility of the problems we are working to raise awareness about.

Real solutions to the problem of utilities forcing smart meters include communities organizing, raising awareness, taking direct action, passing legislation and winning court cases. Shifting social norms. Talking to one another.  No one document will magically cure all our woes, without this basic “shoe leather organizing.” We need to commit to solidarity with our communities, and never back down from what we know to be the truth.

There is nothing wrong with holding criminals accountable in writing. The question is – who is going to ensure accountability if political and judicial systems continue to be corrupted by the industries they are meant to hold in check? Unless the answer is “us” then such dogma only serves to empower the state, and the utility executives committing their heinous crimes.

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SB 649 Hearing Videos- Corruption on Sickening Display

SB649 IS MOVING THROUGH THE CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY- CONTACT YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER TODAY TO DEMAND THEY VOTE NO.

Posted in California, Cancer, Cell phones, Citizen rebellion, Democracy, Electro-Hyper-Sensitivity, Environmental Concerns, health effects, Health studies, landlines, legal issues, neighborhood organizing, Physicians, radio-frequency radiation, Sacramento, Safety, Smart Grid | 1 Comment

Exposing California’s Cell Phone Risk Cover Up

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“Microwave Radiation has been Shown to Cause Neurological Damage”– Physicians and Other SB 649 Opponents Address California Assembly June 28th

URGENT CALL TO ACTION FOR CALIFORNIANS:

Update July 13th, 2017: the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee voted on July 12th to approve SB 649 10-0 with 3 abstaining. Watch the Video of the 7/12/17 Communications and Conveyance Hearing here.

(Choose Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee — Jul 12, 2017
Opposition Testimony starts at 01:03:40 in the video)

TAKE ACTION to Stop SB 649– this bill would strip all local govt. planning control over thousands of new cell sites planned for residential neighborhoods where you live.

READ what physicians and health professionals are saying: Vice President of Community Health for Santa Clara County Medical Assn. Cindy Russell: A 5G Wireless Future: Will it Give us a Smart Nation or Contribute to an Unhealthy One?

CALL your Assemblymember today and insist they vote NO on SB649.


Comments to the California Assembly Local Government Committee 6/28/17:

My name is Josh Hart, Director of the grassroots organization Stop Smart Meters! Through my work over the past 7 years I have helped thousands of people whose health suffers from exposure to RF microwave radiation, a toxic agent that causes disease and death.

We strongly oppose SB 649. This bill threatens to disrupt the traditional, longstanding and constitutional role that local governments play in the planning process. SB649 would unleash the wireless industry to do as they please—virtually unregulated. It would cost Californians dearly in rising health care costs, privacy breaches, reduced property values, and growing carbon emissions from always-on wireless infrastructure.

If SB649 passes, big telecom would claim the legal right to install wireless cellular sites practically anywhere- on power poles, outside our homes, in neighborhoods, public parks, and on bus stops, without any notice to residents or adequate compensation for local governments. We would all be exposed to high frequency microwave radiation in close proximity, and involuntarily. This would affect everybody’s health, drive those with electromagnetic sensitivity out of their homes, tear communities apart, and push endangered species past the brink.

Despite the failure of AB 2395 last year, AT&T continues to threaten the safest and most reliable communications network we have. Our analog landline telephone service works when the power goes out, unlike inferior alternatives.  Millions of Californians depend on our landlines for basic, quality connectivity, access to 911, without the unsafe wireless exposure.

No matter the outcome of SB649, this issue will be fought in the courts, at the ballot box, and in the streets. If people wake up with pulsing high frequency 5G microwave transmitters outside their bedroom windows, their homes inundated with RF radiation making them sick, they will not be happy.

Californians will ask who voted for SB649, the legislation that forced this unwanted, hazardous equipment into their neighborhoods and homes when safer and more secure wired options exist.

Posted in California, Citizen rebellion, Democracy, Electro-Hyper-Sensitivity, health effects, Health studies, landlines, legal issues, neighborhood organizing, Physicians, radio-frequency radiation, Sacramento, Smart Grid | 2 Comments