Despite Sacramento being one of the first Cities in the world to implement controversial 5G technology, our local media has been DEAD silent on the issue. Couple this with the fact that the City and wireless carriers are NOT providing notification of cell antenna installations and the result is a general public that is totally clueless about what is being installed right outside their homes!!! I am asking YOU to reach out to Sacramento’s media outlets and encourage them to cover this very important topic.
Below, I have provided a sample letter, sample tweet (please feel free to write your own email/tweet) and contact info for our local media outlets. Please help us raise awareness in Sacramento about the public health disaster happening right under our noses.
I am reaching out to all the local news outlets requesting that they cover the 5G antenna network that is currently being built throughout the City. Saturday was the International Day of Protest Against 5G. https://stop5ginternational.org/5g-protest-day/ There were roughly 260 events held worldwide. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in an attempt to raise awareness about 5G and prevent this technology from coming to their city. Here is some of the coverage the event received.
5G IS ALREADY IN SACRAMENTO! We were one of the original test cities and our local media has been virtually silent. Why? There is so much to cover with this story!
I am part of a group of activists that have been trying to get the city to adopt stricter guidelines for the installation of these antennas. Right now the City is installing antennas right next to homes which our group considers to be dangerous and intrusive. Many other cities are grappling with this issue, though most of them had the foresight to address the issue before the antennas were installed, not during the roll out. The local media in these other cities has far more active covering the struggle between activists and city officials to control the roll-out of 5G.
The City of Sacramento has taken a much more reckless approach to its 5G roll-out. In 2017 they signed an agreement with Verizon to make Sacramento one of the first 5G cities in the world. In the agreement the City agreed to an expedited permitting and installation process, essentially yielding their most important regulatory tools over to the wireless carriers. https://5gawarenessnow.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/verizon-sacramento-public-private-partnership-agreement.pdf
The deal was criticized as being bad for the City, giving up a lot of valuable infrastructure without really knowing what they were getting in exchange. https://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2019/06/24/citys-5g-deal-with-verizon-delivers-less-than.html
The deal was also NOT taken through the usual public process. https://voicesrivercity.com/2017/06/20/darrell_steinbundy_sacramento_salesman_extraordinaire/
Lastly, a term search of the contract for terms like “data,” “intelligent,” and “video,” clearly shows that the antennas will be collecting data and that the City is responsible for obtaining any required consents for this data collection. Our group has submitted multiple public records requests from the City regarding this data collection and required consents but all have been ignored. The City of San Diego has recently come under fire for a similar data collection operation using City infrastructure. https://californiaglobe.com/section-2/city-of-san-diego-awarded-ge-mass-surveillance-contract-without-oversight But once again, the story in Sacramento is not being covered.
Privacy and security violations are serious problems with the 5G roll-out, but threats to public safety and the environment are the most important issues to the majority of individuals opposing 5G. At least 600 small cell antennas have been permitted or installed in Sacramento as of the September 3rd City Council meeting, many in residential areas. Because the antennas are being installed closer to homes, both on the horizontal and vertical axis, microwave radiation exposure from these antennas is much higher than previous generation antennas and most wireless devices. This is PROVEN by a pilot study commissioned by the City of Sacramento and presented at that September 3rd meeting. https://imgur.com/a/r8TRdJP It can also be confirmed by purchasing your own RF meter.
The issue of 5G safety is a serious one and is being discussed by major publications and members of the U.S. House and Senate.
It is easy to dismiss these safety issues by thinking that the non-ionizing radiation being emitted by the antennas does not have enough energy to cause harm but this is a drastically oversimplified analysis of the situation based on an outdated and arguably disproven assumption that there are zero “non-thermal” biological effects resulting from wireless radiation exposure. This is the view promoted by the wireless industry and the FCC that supports that industry. https://ethics.harvard.edu/files/center-for-ethics/files/capturedagency_alster.pdf
The THOUSANDS of antennas that these carriers are hoping to install in Sacramento will also be energy hogs and have untold consequences on the environment.
One of the members of our group maintains a website with a ton of information on 5G in Sacramento and in general. https://5gawarenessnow.com
We are on the forefront of the 5G experiment and most Sacramentans still have no clue about this issue. I am asking you to cover this issue and bring the public up to speed on what is happening right in our front yards. Thank you.
Please cover the #5G roll-out that is currently happening in @TheCityofSac. We are on the forefront of a very controversial experiment and local media has been silent.
Please CC me into your communications with these media outlets. 5GAwarenessNow@gmail.com