GRP oppose 5G

TITLE: Oppose 5G

SPONSORS: GRP Co-chair Maha Visnu and CDLC member Maureen Doyle and GRP Statecom member Joshua Gerloff.

COSPONSORS: GRP Statecom members David Rolde and Jed Stamas.

FLOOR MANAGER: Joshua Gerloff.

PROPOSAL: The GRP demands a moratorium on 5G implementation in Massachusetts until a full, extensive and independent assessment of the technology is completed and public hearings are conducted. 5G should not be implemented until the safety of people and the environment are assured.

SUMMARY: We oppose this 5G based on the 10 Key Values of the Green Party.

As verbiage in the Ecological Wisdom Key Value says: “We support a sustainable society that utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end, we must… live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.” Scientific assurances must be made that 5G is not a hazard to human health, biosphere integrity, etc. There are too many unknown effects from the 5G system for us to embrace it at this time.


IMPLEMENTATION: Opposition can include a statement on the website, letters to various media, contacting state and federal legislators and local officials, and direct action if necessary. This opposition needs to include that the GRP demand a moratorium on 5G implementation in the state of Massachusetts until a full, extensive and independent assessment of the technology is completed and public hearings are conducted.

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  • Elie Yarden
    commented 2019-12-25 12:49:44 -0500
    I am quite convinced that there are many questions about the regulatory environment for the establishment of many aspects of the fifth generation of wireless communication tht remain unanswered, and that because of the necessity of a very large number of transmission points, local resistance will be less effective in the USA (interference with interstate commerce taking precedence over individual and social well-being) the in European countries. Of ecological significance is the matter of junk in space, the hundred fold increase envisaged. The absence of international agreements is glaring. The proposal is a modest one, and will be seen as such by functioning state authorities. Efforts are succeeding elsewhere. I would be very pleased to have Nat Fortune examine the concerns about excessive trash circling in the stratosphere.
  • David Spanagel
    commented 2019-12-25 09:39:59 -0500
    On December 14, 2019, while two active members of the Central Massachusetts Green Rainbow chapter were attending a special meeting of the State committee in Worcester, the two Co-Chairs and one other member of the regional chapter met in Westminster. Despite the lack of a quorum, these three took that opportunity to examine and discuss the Winter 2020 StateCom proposals. On behalf of Karen Sargent and Mark Laserte, David Spanagel here reports the views that were expressed about each proposal. [Please note, we do not express these as positions adopted by our entire chapter, but only offer them as the views of three individual members who have all been active in various leadership roles in the chapter for about 15 years.]

    Karen Sargent and David Spanagel do not support the Motion to Oppose 5G as written. Mark Laserte abstains from taking any position on the issue. Karen was unconvinced that the prospect of 5G poses any clear threats to the Ten Key Values. David was aware of some concerns about 5G, and shares the motion sponsors’ sense that this technological change is advancing primarily to serve corporate interests without adequate public reassurance about its potential risks. The scale of 5G network implementation is going to be global, however, not something easily regulated at the state level. Rather than calling for a moratorium in Massachusetts, David would prefer to see the motion simply call for public hearings and independent assessment of the technology’s potential negative ecological and human health risks, at the national level.
  • David Spanagel
    tagged this with Impractical 2019-12-25 09:39:58 -0500
  • Nathanael Fortune
    commented 2019-12-12 11:32:31 -0500
    I’m saying passing a proposal issuing a statement demanding a moratorium that no one expects" is honestly going to happen" is ineffective. It might also be impractical, but I didn’t say that.
  • Maureen Doyle
    commented 2019-12-12 10:37:57 -0500
    Hi! First of all, Elie, it doesn’t look all running together to me. I see breaks and underlines so it looks readable to me. But, if it is lacking in format, I am totally open to someone who is more skilled at computer stuff to present it better. I don’t think that should be a stopping point. In response to Nat saying that a moratorium is impractical, do you honestly think that is going to happen? We are making a statement! Yes, 3g and 4g are also bad. It wasn’t until it got to this level of corporate and personal domination that I became aware of it (not using those devices at all). So, better late than never!!

    Thanks, Josh!!
  • Nathanael Fortune
    commented 2019-12-11 20:17:23 -0500
    This proposal is ineffective — seriously, we’re going to demand a moratorium? – and fails to make the case that 5G is somehow substantially different from 4G or 3 G.
  • Nathanael Fortune
    tagged this with Impractical 2019-12-11 20:17:22 -0500
  • Nathanael Fortune
    tagged this with Bad 2019-12-11 20:17:20 -0500
  • Joshua Gerloff
    tagged this with Will co-sponsor 2019-12-09 23:24:00 -0500
  • Joshua Gerloff
    tagged this with Important 2019-12-09 23:23:59 -0500
  • Joshua Gerloff
    tagged this with Good 2019-12-09 23:23:59 -0500
  • Elie Yarden
    commented 2019-12-08 19:52:12 -0500
    No, the typography is essential. Running everything together makes for lack of clarity. The original uses Boldface, Italics and other devices to distinguish quotes, statements, notes, etc. Any response I made ws to the original.
  • Elie Yarden
    tagged this with Important 2019-12-08 19:52:12 -0500
  • Elie Yarden
    tagged this with Good 2019-12-08 19:52:11 -0500
  • Joshua Gerloff
    published this page in Winter 2020 Statecom Proposals 2019-12-07 23:59:13 -0500