National Coalition For Men VP Marc Angelucci on panel at San Francisco Earth Day event

April 23, 2012
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National Coalition For Men represented at San Francisco Earth Day event

Today I spoke on the panel at the Earth Day Festival in San Francisco on behalf of NCFM.¬† The subject was, “What is Green”?¬† There were about 6 panelists.¬† The festival itself was packed but there were numerous events going on at the same time.¬† Most people were walking around looking at vendors.¬† But there was about 30 people or so sitting¬†or standing¬†to listen to the panel discussion, and lots of¬†people could hear as they walked by.¬†¬†I spoke first and thanked the organizers for inviting the National Coalition For Men.¬† I said we are not an environmental organization but some of the issues we address can¬†affect the environment.¬† I mentioned some of the issues we address (men’s health, fathers’ parenting rights, male victims of DV).¬† I said being green needs to include consideration of¬†men’s health and well-being.¬† I mentioned some statistics re men and homelessness, incarceration, and job deaths.¬† I said¬†only one state (Georgia)¬†has an office of men’s health, and only one state (New Hampshire) ever had a Commission on the Status of Men, and it was unfunded and was recently cut along with the Commission on the Status of Women.¬† I mentioned how these issues are neglected because we assume men “have everything.”¬† I explained that when we neglect men’s issues¬†it can¬†harm inner cities.¬† Fatherlessness leads to homelessness, dropouts, and incarceration.¬† We¬†send men to war and when they return with mental illnesses we do little about it and they often become homeless or incarcerated.¬† Lots of homeless people are war veterans.¬† Homelessness, crime, and incarceration¬†cause inner cities to deteriorate, which leads to urban flight¬†and urban sprawl, which destroys farmland and creates traffic and people commute from the city to suburbs.¬† And when cities deteriorate, so do their sewer systems.¬† I mentioned that there are many other issues we address¬†con! cerning men that are neglected.¬†¬†At one point I also said that some chemicals are¬†apparently damaging men’s reproductive systems, such as reducing their sperm count and increasing testicular cancer and tumors.¬† I¬†only had so much time so I just re-stated that we need to consider men’s issues when we set policies.¬†¬†The audience clapped.¬†¬†As I was speaking, more people came in to listen who¬†heard¬†while walking by.¬†¬†Then the other panelists each spoke, but¬†surprisingly didn’t say anything about¬†sex/gender.¬† I think one was from NOW but I¬†didn’t hear her introduced that way.¬† Due to time constraints¬†(a band was about to perform) there was no¬†Q & A, but afterwards¬†several people asked me¬†the name of¬†the organization and the website.¬† I also spoke to a few people about the additional issue of circumcision.¬† The organizer, Bianca, was very pleased with us.¬†¬†Another¬†woman said she is writing an article¬†and wanted my name, title, and organization, took a picture of the panelists together, and said she’ll¬†send me the article.¬†¬†I also volunteered a little by¬†walking around offering people sunscreen in the heat during the first few hours before the panel started.¬† I saw that as a way to not only contribute but so the organizers would be thankful to us.¬† Overall it went very well.

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