Archive for June 7th, 2011

by jhwygirl

The Crow Nation is suffering the some of its worst flooding ever – and a second round of it at that. Over 400 families have been evacuated – twice – in the past month, and by all appearances, the evacuations will both grow and continue for a while.

Red Cross and other agency, state and federal resources have been stretched enormously thin with the impacts to flooding that have occurred now for nearly a month. Democrats across the state have put out an Emergency Water and Recovery Drive for the Crow:

On the 19th of May a state of emergency was declared in Montana and on the reservations. One of the hardest hit areas was the Crow Indian Reservation. People are still unaccounted for and a few deaths have been reported.

Floods on the reservation have isolated many people, trapping them in harm’s way without clean water. Babies need formula, baby food and diapers.

It is assumed that wells have been contaminated, so a boil order is in effect on the reservation–meaning any water must first be boiled before it is potable.

We are asking for DONATIONS OF BOTTLED WATER, BABY FORMULA, BABY FOOD AND DIAPERS. Non-perishable food is also requested, but water and baby supplies are the priority.

Missoula, Helena, Butte, Bozeman and Billings will ALL have drop-off locations that will be available from 9-5pm Thursday June 2nd through Friday June 10th.

In Missoula, drop items off at the Union hall(right next to the union club bar we are the first 2 doors on the right) at 208 East Main St. with Molly Moody or Nathan Kosted. Phone-406-546-2382

In Helena, drop items off at the Montana Democratic Party Headquarters at 303 N. Ewing St. with Staff

In Butte, drop off items at the Carpenters Union hall at 155 W. Granite across from the courthouse.

In Bozeman, drop items off at the Help Center at 421 E. Peach.

In Billings, drop items off at Grace United Methodist Church at 1935 Avenue B with Sheena Rice. Phone- 406-490-9777

I hope people don’t think of this as a party thing – if your org, or your place of work has or can gather items, this could be a very easy way to both make those donations by helping out those in need and getting it there efficiently.

by jhwygirl

Montana’s own U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg proposed an amendment to the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill that could undercut U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulation of tobacco products. That amendment passed through the House Appropriations Committee last week by a vote of 29 to 20 earlier this week.

So I guess we can add this amendment to his list of accomplishments.

What does the amendment do? It halts funding for U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) rule-making activities or guidance programs unless they are based on actual harm…not the collective evidence of harm. In essence, it requires the harm to actually occur first before the FDA can act.

Said the FDA of the amendment:

“(The) FDA must sometimes act when there are credible risks, but before the weight of scientific evidence has been established. This amendment would require that consumers actually be harmed before FDA can take certain actions to protect the public health.”

U.S. News and World Report calls it “a gibberish agenda,” I call it dismantling America.

Now we want to promote children smoking? Or are we saving the rights of the tobacco industry? What is, exactly, Rehberg’s goal?

I knew Rehberg was intent on dismantling health care reform, what little we got – who’da thought he’d start campaigning on making America more unhealthy?

Here’s another thing: It’s 2011. I’d like to think by now the American Cancer Society could be focusing the main thrust of its funding towards subsidizing private investment in finding a cure for cancer…but instead they’re having to take 40 steps backwards to the 1970’s and ’80 to battle the tobacco lobbyists and Congressional lunatics like Denny Rehberg.

What is it about “hard science” and tobacco usage that Rehberg denies? He and the rest of the 29 people that voted for this amendment? Do we really need to educate them in the very real science that tobacco is bad for people? And worse for kids?

Under Rehberg’s “hard science” rule, kids would have to die before the FDA could kick in with regulations.

Think about that.

Why not send Denny a quick email and ask him why he wants more kids smoking tobacco. Ask him why he’s wasting time dismantling America.

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