Proud of being poisoned? Drop the state rock

September 26, 2007

San Pedro, CA – September 25, 2007

A symbol is a powerful thing. Gold for California has represented wealth, hope, promise, sunshine, and the bright allure of a better life in the West. Symbols can just as easily demean and destroy. Whether it’s the twisted cross that adorned the flag of Nazi Germany or the stars-and-bars of the Confederacy that flies over Mississippi, symbols can communicate contempt and disrespect with ease.

Tens of thousands of Californians have died, and thousands continue to die from asbestos. Yet those who suffer from asbestos poisoning must also endure the fact that the state of California demeans their plight by heralding asbestos ore as its state rock. If the legislature could take the time in 1965 to pass such frivolous legislation at the behest of the asbestos industry–at a time when the industry knew of asbestos’s dangers but criminally concealed it from workers and their families–then our legislators can step forward to erase this demeaning symbol.

In the last week our law firm and the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blook Institute met with assembly member Betty Karnette, assembly floor majority leader Karen Bass, state senator Jenny Oropeza, assembly member Mike Davis, and assembly member Mike Feuer to discuss this important issue.

Please take a moment to call and thank these concerned and hard-working legislators for listening to asbestos victims and their families, and encourage them to sponsor or vote for legislation that will strip the insipid and insulting “state rock” from the laws of California. With so many pressing and complex issues facing Californians today, this simple symbolic step will let asbestos victims know that they are not alone and put California back in the front ranks as a state committed to the public health of its citizens.

Assembly member floor majority leader Karen Bass
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 565
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 937-4747

Assembly member Betty Karnette
461 West 6th Street, Suite 306
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 548-6420

State senator Jenny Oropeza
2512 Artesia Blvd., #200
Redondo Beach, CA
90278-3279
(310) 318-6994

Assembly member Mike Davis
700 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(213) 744-2111

Assembly member Mike Feuer
9200 Sunset Boulevard, PH 15
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 285-5490

Learn more about the effort to eliminate asbestos ore as California’s state rock by visiting:
Mesothel.com state rock campaign
Phlbi.org state rock campaign
Drop the rock! petition site

Law Office of Roger G. Worthington, P.C.
1-800-831-9399


Drop California’s state rock

September 24, 2007

San Pedro, CA – Aug. 30, 2007 – It’s time for California to drop its state rock permanently. The state rock of California, serpentine, is a form of asbestos ore. Asbestos is notorious for indiscriminately killing tens of thousands of people every year without regard to the color of their skin, their social or economic standing, sex, age, occupation, or health.

The Pacific Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, working with our firm, has taken the lead on contacting legislators and setting up meetings in order to change the law that makes asbestos ore the state rock. You can get involved or voice your support by contacting PHLBI at http://www.phlbi.org.

Asbestos has been called the worst public health crisis in the history of this country. California leads the nation in asbestosis and mesothelioma deaths. Beginning in 1979, when asbestos-related deaths were first tracked, until the end of 2007, the total number of mesothelioma and asbestosis deaths in California will exceed 7,600. Staggeringly, Los Angeles County leads all American counties in deaths from asbestosis and mesothelioma by a wide margin.

The state rock symbolizes a public health catastrophe, particularly since the companies that made and sold asbestos-containing products knew of its deadly consequences, and since the state rock was adopted at the behest of the asbestos mining industry. We refuse to accept this mockery of Californian men, women, and children dying from asbestos poisoning. We ask you to support legislation to get rid of this pernicious state symbol.

Click here to read a letter to legislators. Please feel free to copy and send to your assemblyperson and state senator.

Click here to read a fact sheet about toxic serpentine.

Click here to take a survey about California’s state rock.

Click here to find your California legislators.

Call us for more information: 1-800-831-9399

The Law Office of Roger G. Worthington, P.C.
273 W. 7th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
http://www.mesothel.com


Drop the State Rock

August 31, 2007

San Pedro, CA – Aug. 30, 2007 – It’s time for California to drop its state rock permanently. The state rock of California, serpentine, is a form of asbestos ore. Asbestos is notorious for indiscriminately killing tens of thousands of people every year without regard to the color of their skin, their social or economic standing, sex, age, occupation, or health.

The Pacific Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, working with our firm, has taken the lead on contacting legislators and setting up meetings in order to change the law that makes asbestos ore the state rock. You can get involved or voice your support by contacting PHLBI at http://www.phlbi.org.

Asbestos has been called the worst public health crisis in the history of this country. California leads the nation in asbestosis and mesothelioma deaths. Beginning in 1979, when asbestos-related deaths were first tracked, until the end of 2007, the total number of mesothelioma and asbestosis deaths in California will exceed 7,600. Staggeringly, Los Angeles County leads all American counties in deaths from asbestosis and mesothelioma by a wide margin.

The state rock symbolizes a public health catastrophe, particularly since the companies that made and sold asbestos-containing products knew of its deadly consequences, and since the state rock was adopted at the behest of the asbestos mining industry. We refuse to accept this mockery of Californian men, women, and children dying from asbestos poisoning. We ask you to support legislation to get rid of this pernicious state symbol.

Click here to read a letter to legislators. Please feel free to copy and send to your assemblyperson and state senator.

Click here to read a fact sheet about toxic serpentine.

Click here to take a survey about California’s state rock.

Click here to find your California legislators.

Call us for more information: 1-800-831-9399
The Law Office of Roger G. Worthington, P.C.
273 W. 7th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
http://www.mesothel.com