LIBBY KELLEY

LIBBY KELLEY is the FOUNDER & DIRECTOR of the COUNCIL on WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY IMPACTS, a non-profit organization dedicated to education, research and advocacy on the potential health effects of electromagnetic radiation.

Ms. Kelley holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, specializing in Health Care Service Administration, from the University of Southern California. From 1978 through 1986, Ms. Kelley worked for the U.S. government in Washington, D.C., entering as a U.S. Presidential Management Intern and later employed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Ms. Kelley started working on the electromagnetic public health issue in 1996 when her local church announced that it had entered into a contract with a telecommunications company to place a microwave antenna on the steeple of their church. At the time, her son was in a preschool on the church grounds in the microwave beam of the proposed antenna. She had a friend who had worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and after consulting with her and others she became concerned about possible health effects. These concerns grew to the point where she eventually helped organize local opposition and was instrumental in the church’s successful termination of the antenna contract.

In educating herself, she became connected with citizens and scientists around the world. She became convinced that more independent research was needed and that the federal government needed to adopt a precautionary policy position until the research was more definitive about the dangers of cell phones, cell towers and similar wireless technology.

Ms. Kelley organized a citizen led Federal Court Appeal challenging the Federal Telecommunications Laws and the FCC, which went to the U.S. Supreme Court. She also participated in a U.S. Congressional Staff presentation and has briefed Members of the Japanese Parliament and the British Parliament.

Our health and our children’s future are at stake here. Scientific research shows that electromagnetic radiation can affect the DNA in cells and alter blood pressure, trigger loss of melatonin and calcium, cause permutation of the blood brain barrier, alter brain physiology, trigger heat shock protein release, promote cancer, affect reproduction and cause cardiac and neurological disease. We know that children and the elderly are more at risk than the general population. We all know of people who were early adaptors or heavy users of cellular phones who now have developed brain cancers or extreme sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation. At the same time, the telecommunications industry is building out an enormous infrastructure of wireless transmitters and other equipment. We believe that more should be done to protect the public’s health by giving local governments more say in the location of transmitters in residential areas, near schools, hospitals and nursing homes, by designating EMR-safe areas for persons who suffer from environmental illness, and by encouraging publicly funded independent research agenda.

Among Ms. Kelley’s accomplishments:

•In July 1999, she organized a “Citizen’s Lobby Day” in Washington, D.C., to bring together scientists, government officials, legislators, and local citizens. Actor Linda Evans was part of this citizen-led delegation.

•In 2000, Ms. Kelley co-produced a documentary film, PUBLIC EXPOSURE: DNA, Democracy and The Wireless Revolution, in collaboration with EON International. This film on wireless and health issues is being distributed around the world, has been translated into Japanese and Portuguese and has been featured on television and radio.

•In 2000, she consulted with former State Senator Tom Hayden who sponsored legislation calling for research on potential cell phone risks.

•In early 2001, Ms. Kelley initiated a California State PTA Resolution to call for more precaution around children by limiting exposure to cell phones, wireless laptop computers and antennas.

•Kelley’s non-profit organization is working with a national disability research firm to further understanding of electrical sensitivity and microwave sickness as a public health problem.

Ms. Kelly will speak on The Dangers Of Cell Phones & Cell Towers and show 8 Film Clips from ABC News in Washington, DC on Cell Phone Cancer Danger.


 


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