Monday, August 18, 2008

E Waste and Our Inside Track To The Democratic Convention

Good Evening Neighbor:

Well my heart was overcome with pain when I saw this video about the discarding of our Electronic Waste in Ghana .  You will understand when you watch this video - it is no different than having pesticides dumped in your backyard because there are no laws to protect you.  The same for the people in Ghana because there are no laws of protection there - American Corporations can quickly disguise their garbage as second hand goods and literally dump them in their backyard.  After viewing this video, I began to research where our community might have some assurance when discarding our electronics to be truly recycled.  I spoke with Peggy Denby the Director of Keep America Beautiful in Atlanta.  They offer E Waste recycling and truly try to learn and have guarantees that the waste will not be dumped in another country.  Go to .

On a much brighter note,  I have had a wonderful call from Erin Marie Glynn who is an elected District 3 Congressional Delegate to the Democratic Convention.  She is an avid environmentalist and is employed by the Sierra Club as a Grassroots Organizer focusing on Energy Policy in Georgia.  She is very impressed with our website and would like to use it as a tool to inform us via blog, pictures and video to give us an insider's view into the convention.  She will be informing us on any environmental initiatives that become a part of the Democratic Platform as well.  So be sure to check the website a daily basis in the coming days to hear from Erin - she may post some pre-convention news very soon and would love to have your blogs responses or questions.  

If anyone knows a Republican Delegate, please ask them to call me and post as well during the Republican Convention.

Your neighbor,


Connie Thomas Biemiller, Chair
South Fulton and Fayette Community Task Force
Environmental Institute of Georgia

As Margaret Mead once said:

Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

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