IAHF Webmaster: Breaking News
IAHF List: I am in the process of putting together some very hard hitting questions for Ralph Pike of the UK's National Association of Health Stores, and Peter Aldis- ceo of Holland and Barrett, (the largest chain of health food stores in the UK and Chair of the UK based Health Food Manufacturers Association, a member of IADSA, which as I have explained at http://www.iahf.com/iadsa is a pharma dominated controlled opposition group.
You all should know that in the aftermath of ANH's legal victory on January 30th, NAHS + HFMA have been pulling out ALL the stops to steal credit for a court victory which clearly was not theirs. The transcript of the hearing will bear this out. NAHS + HFMA have been pulling out all the stops to try to marginalize ANH in the aftermath of the hearing. They've been trying to block Rob Verkerk and David Hinde from speaking at industry trade shows, and have been doing MASSIVE spin control regarding what happened in court. I know because Ralph Pike has me on his email distribution list, and he sent me a copy of an email that he and Aldis sent to Scott Tips, JD, Legal Director of the National Health Federation in an effort to do spin against the truth.
(They were angry that Tips had attributed credit for the legal victory to ANH.)
Stay tuned. More very soon. It aint over til the fat lady sings....... read what happened to Grannie D for inspiration, we're all going to need all the inspiration we can get if we are to successfully thwart NAHS+ HFMA's sickening efforts to try to cut ANH's funding.
I feel very strongly that NAHS + HFMA don't WANT to overturn the EU FSD, and I feel strongly that the victory which ANH achieved in court on January 30th upset their plans, as I think they were hoping to lose.... more details on why I think so very soon.....
Granny D's day in court
90-year-old Doris "Granny D" Haddock was in court in the District of Columbia on Wednesday, May 24, to plead guilty to the charge of demonstrating in the Capitol building last April 21. Some 31 others were charged with her.
The judge, Chief Judge Hamilton of DC federal district court, was silent after Doris made her statement. In sentencing, he said to Doris and the demonstrators [this is approximate until the court transcript becomes available]:
"Sometimes some people are ahead of the law. It will change, catching up to where they are. In the meantime, some people like you have to act on behalf of the silent masses." He went on for several minutes with a beautiful statement. We'll get it on GrannyD.com as soon as possible. He could have imposed sentences of six months imprisonment and $500. Instead, he sentenced everyone to time already served, plus $10 (that was a reduced administration fee, not actually a fine. The usual fee is $50). He met with Doris in his chambers after the session and told her to "take care, because it is people like you who will help us reach our destiny." Some of his clerks were in tears at the meeting.
Doris and friends then went to picket the $26 million dollar Democratic Party fundraiser at the Washington MCI Arena, where $500,000 fat cats sat at tables on the arena floor eating barbeque and listening to the President and Vice President, while regular people --$50 contributors-- paid $3 per bottle of water to watch them eat. Doris was well interviewed there by NPR and several newspapers. When Doris crossed the street in front of the security-bristling arena she was approached by a squad of six DC policemen and women. They wanted to meet her.
Doris Haddock, called "Granny D" by her grandchildren, burdened by arthritis and emphysemia, walked 3,000 miles from California to Washington to deliver her message. And, deliver her message she did. Her statement before the court is reprinted below:
Doris "Granny D" Haddock
May 24, 2000
Your Honor, the old woman who stands before you was arrested for reading the Declaration of Independence in America's Capitol Building. I did not raise my voice to do so and I blocked no hall.
The First Amendment to the Constitution, Your Honor, says that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances, so I cannot imagine what legitimate law I could have broken. We peaceably assembled there, Your Honor, careful to not offend the rights of any other citizen nor interrupt the peaceful enjoyment of their day. The people we met were supportive of what we were saying and I think they--especially the children--were shocked that we would be arrested for such a thoroughly wholesome American activity as respectfully voicing our opinion in our own hall. Any American standing there would have been shocked. For we were a most peaceable assembly, until Trent Lott's and Mitch McConnell's police came in with their bullhorns and their shackles to arrest us. One of us, who is here today, was injured and required a number of stitches to his head after he fell and could not break his own fall. He was detained for over four hours without medical care. I am glad we were only reading from the Declaration of Independence --I shudder to think what might have happened had we read from the Bill of Rights.
I was reading from the Declaration of Independence to make the point that we must declare our independence from the corrupting bonds of big money in our election campaigns.
And so I was reading these very words when my hands were pulled behind me and bound: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it."
Your Honor, we would never seek to abolish our dear United States. But alter it? Yes. it is our constant intention that it should be a government of, by and for the people, not the special interests, so that people may use this government in service to each other's needs and to protect the condition of our earth.
Your Honor, it is now your turn to be a part of this arrest. If your concern is that we might have interfered with the visitor's right to a meaningful tour of their Capitol, I tell you that we helped them have a more meaningful one. If your concern is that we might have been blocking the halls of our government, let me assure you that we stood to one side of the Rotunda where we would not be in anyone's way. But I inform you that the halls are indeed blocked over there.
They are blocked by the shameless sale of public policy to campaign contributors, which bars the doors and the halls to the people's legitimate needs and the flow of proper representation. We Americans must put an end to it in any peaceful way that we can. Yes, we can speak when we vote, and we do. But we must also give our best effort to encourage the repair of a very broken system. We must do both.
And the courts and prosecutors in government have a role, too. If Attorney General Reno would properly enforce the federal bribery statute, we would see lobbyists and elected officials dragged from the Capitol Building and the White House, their wrists tied, not ours. I would be home in New Hampshire, happily applauding the television news as my government cleaned its own house.
In my 90 years, this is the first time I have been arrested. I risk my good name --for I do indeed care what my neighbors think about me. But, Your Honor, some of us do not have much power, except to put our bodies in the way of an injustice--to picket, to walk, or to just stand in the way. It will not change the world overnight, but it is all we can do.
So I am here today while others block the halls with their corruption. Twenty-five million dollars are changing hands this very evening at a fund raiser down the street. It is the corrupt sale of public policy, and everyone knows it. I would refer those officials and those lobbyists, Your Honor, to Mr. Bob Dylan's advice when he wrote: "Come senators, congressmen, Please heed the call. Don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall."
Your Honor, the song was a few years early, but the time has now come for change. The times are changing because they must. And they will sweep away the old politician --the self-serving, the self-absorbed, the corrupt. The time of that leader is rapidly fading. We have come through a brief time when we have allowed ourselves to be entertained by corrupt and hapless leaders because they offer so little else, and because, as citizens, we have been priced out of participation and can only try to get some enjoyment out of their follies. But the earth itself can no longer afford them. We owe this change to our children and our grandchildren and our great grandchildren. We need have no fear that a self-governing people can creatively and effectively address their needs as a nation and a world if the corrupt and greedy are out of their way, and ethical leadership is given the helm.
Your Honor, to the business at hand: the old woman who stands before you was arrested for reading the Declaration of Independence in America's Capitol Building. I did not raise my voice to do so and I blocked no hall. But if it is a crime to read the Declaration of Independence in our great hall, then I am guilty.
When elections are for sale, so is our freedom.