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Friend of the Earth and Champion of Public Health Award, from Salem State College and HealthLink (2004) Clean Water Action's Children's Health Hero Award (2000) Toxic Action Center's Citizen Award (1999) Clean Water Action's Not in Anyone's Backyard Award for activism in protection of public health and the environment (1998) Aesculapian Society, Harvard Medical School (1979) Harvard University Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude (1973)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Favorite President and Why:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt often said that his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, would have made a better president than he. And in his last years, he relied on Eleanor to provide leadership in the White House and on foreign policy questions. She was the greatest president who never was, and her role as the architect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights makes her a role model for future American leaders.
"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Hobbies or Special Talents:
Semi-finalist National Musician Magazine's best unsigned bands of 1996 & 1998. MultiCultural Recognition Award from the Massachusetts Department of Education 1992 and 1993. Guitar, congas, djembe, keyboard.
2008 - Co-author, Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging: Focus on Alzheimers and Parkinsons Diseases. Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Science and Environmental Health Network. 2002 - Lead author, In Harms Way Toxic Threats to Child Development, Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Vol. 23:S1(S13-22), February, 2002 2000 - Co-author, In Harms Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development - a review of the scientific literature linking learning and behavioral disabilities with early life exposures to environmental chemicals; Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility
Reason for Seeking Public Office:
I seek the presidency as a mother and doctor concerned for my children's future, and for the future of every child.
I entered politics as a physician some twenty years ago. I saw how our broken health care system was desperately failing the people who most needed it. As a mother, I was especially concerned about the new, preventable disease epidemics descending on our children, including obesity, diabetes, asthma, and cancer. I insisted that our government take the necessary steps to protect our children.
In time I began to realize that to get elected officials to act, you needed to shower them not with information or cost saving solutions, but with bundles of big campaign checks. That was my wake up call. If we want to prevent needless harm to our children, if we want to get the health care we need, or the education or the jobs, we must first repair the broken political system.
Twenty years later, our young people are struggling in virtually every aspect of life. They are denied school funding, safe streets, access to college, secure jobs, and to the ability to live without heavy debt.
But the American people, young and old, are not giving up, and neither am I. In fact, Americans are standing up and moving forward like never before as a driving force for democracy and justice. That force is not represented by the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, all of whom are funded by and answer to the Wall Street corporations. The democracy movement has a voice in my campaign in this election, and together we can reclaim the promise of America, and begin building the peaceful, just, green future that all of our children deserve.
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