Strong Stands Make a Difference


By Kirstin Beatty

Updated 21 July 2021, 6 April 2022


Note: The article originally here has been moved and can be found here.

As advocates for safer electronics and communications, we need strong stands supported and led by the grassroots. When you examine the civil rights movement, there wasn’t talk among the African-American community of letting the legislators form a commission to discuss how to dole out civil rights. The civil rights movement went ahead and said we want decent health care, transportation, and housing – equal treatment.

Just recently I put several amendments together as it is a last ditch effort this session to see if hard-wiring might get support.

I was on the phone with a sensitive friend who promised to call her legislator. I later asked how it went and she said she just had too much to do taking care of her family and avoiding wifi. Another said she was going to change things basically through meditation and spirituality. Now, lots of people I have no idea what they do and others even donate or say thank you. But when I hear this from just 2 people who I know can take action, I feel betrayed. Politics is personal.

Substantive change can come through the courts or legislative action, and neither is certain.

The courts are just as afraid as legislators to take action, and for this reason, we must take a radically strong stand. We must ask and make demands.

I know sometimes we are sick and simply can’t do what needs to be done. But when we can, we should be able to make a sacrifice and take a strong stand.

Asking for a commission to study the issue is not a strong stand.

Asking for an opt out of smart meters is not a strong stand.

We can make small requests such as opt outs (and by the way, the commission bill needs revision). Compromise is a way of moving the dial.

However,  we can’t just ask for compromise. We can’t just ask to fix one detail, smart meters, and be railroaded by 5G antennas outside our windows or a block of smart meters on our wall.

We need to make a strong stand and ask for much more, and when there is an opening, take that opening. The amendments are an opening, but only if legislators are convinced of the issue’s importance.

The bills I prepared for 2021-2020, this session, included hard-wiring schools, hospitals, public buildings, requiring insurance for cell towers, etc. The amendments I managed to write are for hard wiring, basically, and fixing the proposed commission.

The reason I wrote those bills and amendments is because I knew it is very hard for legislators and their staff to find the time, plus the time to understand what we need.  Many legislators simply lack staff and time, and staff complain of being overwhelmed and underpaid. For this reason, I suggested trying to meet the legislator in person to discuss the issue, as it might otherwise be lost in emails.

Preparing the bills and amendments was time consuming. I had to read slowly through the General Laws, which will change again next year. Because of changes, I would have to rewrite these for next year.  I don’t know if I can do keep doing this as a volunteer with health problems.

In 2021, after sending out a quick note about the legislative bills, I received a mass email asking I get sponsors for other bills, in other words excluding mine, for bills such as H. 115  to ‘best’ continue using wireless. I’d spoken with the sponsor, Representative Dykema, and she’d said point blank that she would only support a bill to continue using wireless. I cannot fathom why my bill to hard wire was not included and instead a bill to continue wireless was.

Do people even read these bills?

People need to read these bills, clearly, and read the legislative analysis on this website and through the Last Tree Laws email lists.

I should be getting a lot of support. The amendments and bills I suggested are truly common sense ideas. Moreover, we may not have another chance for some time to pass a bill or win a court battle.

If you can, please call your legislator and ask them to support the amendments and why. Secondly, please ask them to give me a call.

Here are the amendments:











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