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Beverly Kerr 
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Re: “Career employee to DENR Sec. Skvarla: Take this job and shove it.

Dear Friends, I recommend PEER. ~ Beverly Kerr, BREDL.org

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER):

PEER PRESSURE

PEER is ready and willing to come to the aid of employees in need. With PEER’s guidance, resources and strategic support, “peers” benefit by participating in a full-fledged campaign that can focus on a particular issue, incident or agency. The purpose of a PEER campaign is to help employees document and expose wrongdoing by public agencies.

A “peer” is eligible for free media training and assistance. Staff members are on hand to help you use our press lists, compose press releases and set up press conferences and other events. PEER members also have access to our publishing house, which we call the “vanity press.” In short, if you draft a white paper or other report, PEER edits it, prints it, distributes it and acts as “press agent” for the project.

Another very effective means to alert the public to problems plaguing an agency is to have PEER conduct a confidential survey of employees. This involves having interested employees actually write the questions. PEER provides postage and distributes the questionnaire to all staff. Because responses are anonymous, employees can answer truthfully without fear of reprisal.

Free campaign planning is another benefit to becoming a “peer.” Bring PEER to your state or office for “brown bag” presentations, private meetings, conferences, and so on. PEER can also set up conference calls for employees to “meet” over the phone when it is difficult or impossible to safely gather outside of the office.

In addition to all of these services, members can use PEER’s web page to post information about their agency, display forbidden documents or network with allies. The potential for activity is limited only by your energy, creativity and imagination.

Being a “peer” means making a difference. If you are reading this and are not a member please join. If you are a member, please sign up a colleague. And let’s start working for a better tomorrow inside your agency.

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Posted by Beverly Kerr on 09/03/2013 at 5:37 PM

Re: “State plans to demolish contaminated Club Blvd. building in May

Samiha,

Thanks for posting the answer to the question that EVERYONE should be asking:

"The demolition will NOT remove the source of the contamination, but give the contractors access to the source, which is in the soil under and next to the actual building."

Posted by Beverly Kerr on 04/04/2011 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Sludge, a free fertilizer for farmers, can pose health and environmental risks

Thank you, INDY reporter Rebekah Crowell for helping bring to light this environmental justice issue and political issue. Farmers deserve the truth. Farm land deserves to be preserved for future generations. The whole system is broken in so many ways. It is wrong that sludge is being “sold” to farmers without telling them what is in it. Who's raking in the profits while misleading the public? Following the money often makes confusing issues clear. For more info on sewage sludge and other environmental issues, visit www.bredl.org and www.sewagesludgeactionnetwork.com.

PS: Please publish an article on the big fish kill in the Haw River that "couldn't be blamed on the 1.45-million gallon sewage spill July 14th."

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it."
— Upton Sinclair

Posted by Beverly Kerr on 07/31/2010 at 9:01 AM

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