Monday, July 28, 2008

Will They Choose Life?

Will our government choose life? I am hopeful and have been at the same time it is hard to ignore that there are those who would rather bury their heads and ignore the humanistic side. I for one will hold a pit in my stomach until tomorrow shows a result not only because I lost a loved one in an dust explosion but because I know the Imperial sugar families could have been spared this agony and we are once again faced with the possibility that nothing will change. I have went over this material in detail and it is heart braking. I really don't know how anyone can dismiss this let alone the NFPA and CSB findings.

My heart and prayers are with all the families and all those working so hard for the greater good!
Hear Our Battle Cries!

Bread & Roses

As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: "Bread and roses! Bread and roses!"
As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women's children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!
As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for -- but we fight for roses, too!
As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler -- ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life's glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

Below are a few things about Imperial Sugar and this is just one incident. Don't let it happen again.

Imperial Tribute

5 months after: A tragedy born in dust


Senate Committee: Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety

Title: Dangerous Dust: Is OSHA Doing Enough to Protect Workers?
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 10:00 a.m.

Webcast/Testimony (when available): Here

Online Extras
Go to the SMN Imperial Sugar Plant page for the latest on Imperial Sugar:

911 Calls
Video: Watch OSHA's briefing on the Imperial Sugar Co.'s inspection; discussions on what caused the blast; and talk of penalties resulting from the investigation.
Documents: Read the Imperial Sugar Co.'s citation and penalty summary report; OSHA's inspection report highlights; OSHA's investigation findings; comments from OSHA's assistant secretary; and e-mail correspondence about the Port Wentworth plant's safety problems.
Past coverage: Watch video, read all headlines, hear audio of the 911 call and view photos. You can also sign the guest book of condolences.

US Chemical Safety Board
Media Advisory
July 28, 2008

CSB Chairman & CEO John Bresland to Testify Tomorrow, July 29, 2008, before Murray-Isakson Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety on Imperial Sugar Explosion, Hazards from Combustible Dust Across Industries.

Contact: In Washington, contact Public Affairs Specialist Hillary Cohen at 202-261-3601 or Sandy Gilmour at 202-251-5496.
The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agency’s board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in safety management systems. The Board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA. Please visit our website,

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