This pandemic is just the beginning. Here is my public health program as your City Council candidate.

This pandemic is just the beginning. Here is my public health program as your City Council candidate.

This pandemic is just the beginning. Here is my public health program as your City Council candidate

March 13, 2020
For Immediate Release
CC: Ann Arbor City Council, to the Mayor, and to the Human Rights Commission

Ann Arbor, Michigan: This is a good time to share my program for the basic building blocks of our public health. The pandemic which is staring us in the face won’t be the last one. Let’s get prepared for it all.
 
As of today, I am still the only candidate on the ballot for Ann Arbor City Council, Ward 4.
 
I am also the only candidate who is an environmental toxicologist, a PhD who is focused on global public health. I am an author of dozens of articles in environmental and public health journals. I have delivered dozens of lectures worldwide on public health. My latest lecture at the University of Michigan, just four days ago, is here: 
http://leccap.engin.umich.edu/leccap/viewer/r/jnjDOM  (My talk starts at 25 minutes and 50 seconds into that video)
 
You may wonder why I campaign so hard for the public health of everyone facing contamination from the Gelman dioxane plume, and why I’ve demanded an immediate cleanup now, unlike any other candidate for City Council. 
 
You may wonder why I campaign so hard for the public health of the Palestinian people, millions of whom are caged up in the Gaza Strip, with severely crippled hospitals, thousands of whom are massacred by Israel with your tax dollars. Of course we should stop sending military aid to Israel, all $38 billion of it. Don’t forget that a large part of our Ann Arbor community is Palestinian too. Their lives matter. Their loved ones’ lives matter. It should be said more often.
 
You may wonder why I am campaigning for the basic building blocks of public health, like a $15 minimum wage now, affordable public housing now, expanded public transport now, the immediate unionization of every workplace where a majority of workers sign up for it, the immediate provision of single-payer health care for every person, and emergency unemployment checks so that no one starves. Those things give us the strength and organization to preserve health and life. 
 
Wealth is a poor means of rationing the necessities of life.
 
You may wonder why I say that our City must do its best to expand our available hospital beds, our medical personnel, quarantine centers (including motels), and homeless shelters.  If the federal, state, and county governments refuse to do that bare minimum, then our City should do it quickly.
 
You may wonder why I campaign so hard for public health, inside and outside Ann Arbor. Now you know: because the health of every person, from Ann Arbor to China to Palestine, is literally connected. The first person who sneezes in the Gaza Strip (which Israel has turned into a prison with only a few crippled hospitals), could infect millions with no means of treatment or escape.
 
This August 4th, I urge everyone reading this message to vote for our public health. 
If you agree with my program for our public health, then I would appreciate your vote.
 
Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, PhD
VoteForTheDoctor.com
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Dr. Mozhgan's continuing fight for immediate cleanup of the Gelman dioxane contamination Ready to Support Dr. Mozhgan?
Dr. Mozhgan demands to clean up the expanding dioxane contamination immediately before it poisons Ann Arbor’s drinking water

Dr. Mozhgan demands to clean up the expanding dioxane contamination immediately before it poisons Ann Arbor’s drinking water

Shovels in the ground now!

Dr. Mozhgan demands that City Council clean up the expanding dioxane contamination immediately, before it poisons Ann Arbor’s drinking water

  Dr. Mozhgan told City Council to put its shovels in the ground now, and clean up the toxic dioxane mess. She reminded the Council that an EPA official just told them that it could take 30 years before a feasibility study could be completed, before EPA could even decide on whether to clean up the dioxane or not. If the City Council succeeds in passing the buck to the EPA, the Council could sit back and vegetate for 30 more years while the Gelman dioxane plume spreads further into our waters. On February 4, 2020, MLive reported on Dr. Mozhgan’s speech to the City Council: “Dioxane is classified by the EPA as likely to be carcinogenic to humans by all routes of exposure. It also can cause kidney and liver damage, and respiratory problems. “Just a few parts per billion in drinking water, with long-term exposure, poses a 1 in 100,000 cancer risk, according to EPA. “Ann Arbor resident Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, an environmental toxicologist who plans to run for council this year, encouraged city officials Monday night to move forward with a city-led cleanup. “For the second meeting in a row, she brought a shovel to illustrate her call for putting shovels in the ground.”
Dr. Mozhgan announces her election campaign

Dr. Mozhgan announces her election campaign

ANN ARBOR, MI — After many years of speaking out before City Council, Mozhgan Savabieasfahani is eyeing a seat at the table. 
 
The Ardmoor Avenue resident publicly announced her campaign this week, vowing to challenge 4th Ward incumbent Jack Eaton in the August 2020 Democratic primary. 
 
An Iran native, Savabieasfahani has regularly demonstrated before council, decrying the killing of Palestinians by the state of Israel and calling on council to pass resolutions to boycott Israel and to call for an end to United States military aid for Israel. 
 
Savabieasfahani, an environmental toxicologist who does grant-funded research internationally, also is frustrated about what she considers a lack of progress on addressing threats to the city’s drinking water supply, including the Gelman dioxane plume and PFAS. 
 
She’s been regularly attending forums and speaking out about those issues… 
 
It’s time to “put the shovel to the ground and clean it up now,” said Savabieasfahani, who wants to put a property tax proposal before voters to fund an aggressive cleanup…  
Dr. Mozhgan calls upon city council to immediately act and clean up the Gelman dioxane contamination

Dr. Mozhgan calls upon city council to immediately act and clean up the Gelman dioxane contamination

Dr. Mozhgan’s continuing fight for immediate cleanup of the Gelman dioxane contamination

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Dr. Mozhgan calls upon city council to immediately act and clean up the Gelman dioxane contamination

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Statement urging the City of Ann Arbor to immediately clean up the toxic Gelman Dioxane Plume

Statement urging the City of Ann Arbor to immediately clean up the toxic Gelman Dioxane Plume

To: Mayor Taylor and Ann Arbor City Council

Regarding: DC-1 19-1887 – “Resolution Supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s Active Involvement with the Gelman Site and Encouraging its Listing of the same as a “Superfund” Site”
 
Your vote, wishing for a “Superfund Listing” of the Gelman contamination site, and its eventual EPA cleanup, is only a wish. 
 
Fifty years of City neglect has allowed the dioxane contamination of our waters to become the largest in the world. Now, at a time when the whole structure of the U.S. EPA is being purposefully dismantled, Ann Arbor City Council tells us to pin our hopes on Trump’s dying EPA?
 
After 30 years of doing nothing, now you are trying to put the Gelman dioxane contamination on a fading Superfund list? That is, at best, wishful thinking. 
 
The EPA’s pitiful record speaks for itself. That record shows that it will take decades for sites already on the Superfund list to be cleaned up. Some Superfund sites have languished on that list, uncleaned, for 20-30 years. 
 
Even in the best case scenario, assuming the City somehow gets the Gelman dioxane contamination site on the Superfund list, it will still take decades for the EPA to start working on it. 
 
Are we to wait another 30 years for an EPA cleanup of the Gelman contamination?
 
Look at the EPA’s record:
 
Since passage of CERCLA in 1980, more than 1,700 sites around the U.S. have been listed on the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). Since then, only 23% of sites on the Superfund list have been fully cleaned up
 
When Charles Schmid first moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington, in 1970, the Wyckoff Company was still stripping bark from timber and treating the logs with creosote, an oily liquid processed from coal tar.
This is happening as the Trump Administration is drastically slashing the EPA’s enforcement and compliance staff:
This article appears in the Winter 2019 issue of The American Prospect.Subscribe here.. This fall, the Midwest regional division of the Environmental Protection Agency posted soil-test results from homes located across from metal and mineral storage facilities along the Calumet River in southeast Chicago.
This is also in a context where the Trump Administration just shut down public access to its ToxMap. For many years, ToxMap allowed users to pull up detailed EPA data for each toxic release site, and to overlay other information, such as mortality statistics, onto those maps. And it’s precisely those capabilities that earned Toxmap a devoted following among researchers, students, activists, and other people keen to identify sources of pollution in their communities.
 
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In the 7 long years that Mr. Eaton has been on the Council, the Gelman contamination could have already been cleaned up. But, the contamination has only grown during his tenure.  
 
It is outrageous that in such a grim atmosphere, the best Jack Eaton can do is to offer us, the people of Ann Arbor, a useless resolution (DC-1 19-1887).
 
That resolution is no more than a mirage, a wishful proposal that means waiting decades longer for a potential cleanup of our environment by Trump’s EPA.
 
It is time, long past time, for this City Council to care for its people. That means City shovels in the ground now, cleaning up the Gelman contamination now.
 
I am announcing, right here tonight, that when I replace Eaton in that chair, I will demand an immediate, aggressive City cleanup of the Gelman contamination, and a millage vote by the people to pay for it. If we get the polluter and the state and the feds to pay us back, great. 
 
But you cannot sit on your hands for another 30 years holding endless meetings, and making wishes for a dying EPA to save the day. When elected, I will see to it that this City Council meets its obligation to CLEAN UP THAT CONTAMINATION OF OUR WATER. 
 
Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, PhD,
Environmental toxicologist.
Candidate for Ann Arbor City Council, Ward 4.
 

   

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