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UPDATE: We're at 22,000 signers. Can you help us hit 30,000 today?

Good morning, I'm Forrest Brown, senior organizing fellow at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

We just sent out an email to PCCC members letting them know that BP blocked workers cleaning up the oil disaster in the Gulf from wearing protective respirators.

Keith Olbermann reports that workers are breathing in toxic fumes day after day -- and some have already landed in the hospital with nausea, chest pains, and headaches. Yet BP seems more worried about controlling what images the public sees than about the health of workers.

Shame on them. Watch Keith Olbermann’s report on this issue -- then join us, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, and  22,000 others in demanding action from the White House. Click here.

Then read the coalition statement below.

This morning, we launched a huge coalition of local and national activists -- including Gulf fishermen, Gulf Coast environmentalists, members of Congress, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Together, we're saying:

We cannot let the denial of protective gear that hurt so many 9/11 clean-up workers happen again with the Gulf clean-up workers.

President Obama and the federal government must demand that BP allow every clean-up worker who wants to wear respiratory protective equipment to do so -- and ensure that workers get the equipment and training they need to do their jobs safely.
Add your name as a supporter.

Obama says “the federal government has been in charge” of the clean-up efforts. Now's his chance to prove it.

In just a few hours, over 13,00015,000 22,000people have signed our coalition statement.  Our new coalition is already driving big headlines. Tech President calls it "the first high-profile push we've seen to use political organizing tactics, online and offline, to shape the ongoing disaster in the Gulf." But to really get President Obama's attention, we need those media reports to show that thousands of Americans heard about this cause and joined it.

Can you add your name and keep the momentum going?

Join the coalition here. Thanks for your support.

Originally posted to Forrest Brown on Thu Jul 08, 2010 at 09:32 AM PDT.

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