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"The natural world is deteriorating and human health is declining because those who make the important decisions aren't the ones who bear the brunt. Our purpose is to connect the dots between human health, the destruction of nature, the decline of community, and the rise of economic insecurity that allow us to be divided and therefore ruled by the few."
Peter Montague, Founder & Executive Director

2006 Marks The 20th Anniversary of Rachel's Democracy & Health News!

Dear Readers,
Rachel's Democracy & Health News is the backbone of our program to strengthen grass-roots activism, to affect national policy and most importantly, to change American culture. We aim to affect the same kind of change the abolitionists did (1775-1865) — by making certain ideas and practices repugnant and unthinkable.

Thanks to you and the thousands of activists we support, the Precautionary Principle is steadily catching on! We began writing about it in 1991 and since then we have been one of the nation's leading advocates for precaution. In September we published our first issue of Rachel’s Precaution Reporter (RPR) to spread the word about how precaution is being discussed, put into practice and relentlessly attacked by the critics. You can find the latest issue here.

We need your financial support to keep these publications free and to keep real freedom of information alive! You can help us raise $100,000 to expand our readership and outreach programs helping community activists, local officials and small business owners protect nature, human health and democracy. Please make a special donation online today. Or call 888-272-2435 to donate by phone. Click here for a printable form that you can mail or fax.

With your help we will achieve our three overarching goals: for society to incorporate the precautionary principle, the public trust doctrine and sustainable development into all of its institutions and ways of achieving ‘success’ so that future generations can have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Please support building a vibrant democracy today and make a special donation online today to help us raise $100,000 and reach these goals.

We have big plans for the new year and with your help we will:

• Continue publishing Rachel's Democracy and Health News every two weeks.
• Publish Rachel's Precaution Reporter weekly.
• Help plan, and participate in, a national "Promoting Precaution" conference during 2006.
• With the Science and Environmental Health Network (www.sehn.org), we will continue to put on workshops on precaution for governments and community groups.
• We will continue to "answer the critics of precaution." We analyze how the precautionary approach is denigrated, so that "our side" can develop and use effective counter-arguments FOR precaution.

The list of our activities for 2006 continues here, but suffice to say that we need your support to make all of this happen. If 2,000 readers donate $50 each, we will achieve our goal of $100,000. Please make a special gift today. And thank you for your continued support and readership.



Ed Begley, Jr.
President of the Board

Peter Montague
Executive Director

Our work will be complete only when it is unthinkable to pursue our human interests in ways that degrade the environment and human health. In the twenty years that we’ve been publishing Rachel’s News we’ve learned that the problems of modern life are related and must be worked on together: deteriorating environmental conditions, worsening human health, the loss of good jobs with benefits, increased insecurity for individuals and communities, and low voter turnout indicating loss of confidence in democratic institutions. We exist to support the people who stir things up and eventually transform our society – but only with your help. Please make a special gift today to support the environment, health, jobs and democracy. Or call 888-272-2435 to donate by phone. Click here for a printable form that you mail or fax.

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Here's more of what we are up to in 2006...with your help:

• We are continuing to develop our web-based database of grass-roots organizations to help groups answer two questions: (a) who else is organized and working in my geographical area? and (b) who is working on my issue no matter where they are located geographically?
• We are continuing to develop the "What's Working Now" section of our web site, to give communities and community activists good ideas of what's possible, what's being done elsewhere. These real-world projects will begin to appear in Rachel's Democracy & Health News.
• Give talks and speeches, mainly on precaution, but also weaving in the bigger picture of what kind of deep cultural change we are all seeking and how such change has occurred in the past.
• Writing a Peoples' Guide to Risk Assessment, including "alternatives to risk assessment for decision-making."

• Providing specific information to people who are stirring things up: answering phone calls and emails from activists, journalists, librarians, and government officials seeking help with specific problems.
• Local work on environmental justice: To keep our work grounded in the real world, we will continue to work locally in New Jersey, promoting a precautionary approach actively within the Environmental Justice Alliance. This local work provides a place for us to advocate for precautionary approaches, which gives us direct feedback. It also helps develop an inter-racial coalition, which is essential for creating the deep cultural change we seek.
• Organize a conference on steady-state economics for 2007.

Precaution is an idea whose time has come!
When San Francisco (city and county) adopted the precautionary principle in 2003, they cited our book as their main source of ideas and inspiration. (See Mary O'Brien, Making Better Environmental Decisions. MIT Press, 2001; ISBN 0262650533.) Since that time, Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, have taken steps to embed precautionary approaches into municipal policy. Towns in Texas, Florida and New Jersey have adopted precautionary approaches to pest management in schools, minimizing the exposure of children and staff to toxic chemicals. Precaution is an idea whose time has come!

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