Target: The CEO’s and owners of Halliburton and Kellogg-Brown & Root
Goal: Clean up toxic open-air pits that are endangering human health and the environment on military bases.
Military bases have been dumping extra consumable resources in large open-air pits, where they are eventually incinerated as a form of disposal. The chemicals in these products not only leak into the soil of the base and of the native Iraqi and Afghani land they are placed on, but also harm the stationed American soldiers from the thick air pollution released by the smoke. Victims of the pollution have filed several lawsuits against Halliburton and KBR, who funded these burn-pits, and the companies appealed to the Supreme Court that they did not have any control over what the military did with their funding in a time of war. If Halliburton and KBR truly do not support the actions taken with their funds, then we ask them to stand with us and file against the U.S. military for damaging the environment and American veterans.
In 2004, Mike Shiley went to Iraq with a fabricated press pass, dedicated to revealing the true events that occurred within the native villages of Iraq as well as on the military base camps where American soldiers were stationed. While on the military’s Anaconda base, he visited a scrap metal and dumping yard. During a sixty-second rummage, Shiley and the platoon that accompanied him found a pair of usable boots, an electric fan, 45 pounds of fresh, raw beef, two packs of Oreo cookies, 12 packages of Cheetos, six boxes of raisins, a 12-ounce can of peanuts, a bundle of candy bars, a pack of hard candy, a case of toilet paper, two cases of popcorn, five packs of Oreo Minis, and two packs of crackers. There are mounds of new and unopened goods that are going up in flames rather than being given out to the poorer civilians surrounding the base.
Our mission is to achieve justice for the crimes against the Earth and humanity committed by the U.S. military. While it is technically forbidden to dispose of new or usable goods in these dumps, the military makes little to no effort to enforce these rules and thus countless platoons are tossing usable materials aside instead of returning them to redistribution centers. We need to make sure that whoever allowed for this damage to occur realizes the consequences and contributes to the solution and healing of the soil as well as the respiratory systems of many young soldiers.
To the CEO’s and owners of Halliburton and Kellogg-Brown & Root,
Your appeal that you lack control over how funding you give to the U.S. military is used, and that you are not responsible for unsafe waste disposal practices in burning pits, was recently denied by the Supreme Court. We are willing to believe your claim that you did not support or condone the actions of the U.S. military in regards to these dumping and burning pits, but only if you are willing to stand with us and demand that the misuse of these pits be corrected.
We want justice for the irreversible damage done from the pollution at military sites, and the true culprits should acknowledge their own actions and make reparations for what has been done. Please join us in helping the victims of pollution from these burn pits.
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Photo credit: Margarito Garcia