Breast Cancer Awareness Tour May 29th – June 3rd

Semper Fi Always Faithful - Save the Date 5/29This tour is co-sponsored with a generous grant by the Alaska Run For Women.

Teleconference Call: Alaska Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE-AK) 5/29

Anchorage – 5/29
Fairbanks – 5/30 | North Pole – 5/30
Gambell – 6/1 | Savoonga – 6/2
Nome 6/3

Media Advisory: 5/17/13 – Breast Cancer Awareness Tour brings the film Semper Fi: Always Faithful to Alaska; Film exposes the military cover-up of one of the largest drinking water contamination incidents in American history and the uncovering of rare male breast cancer cluster


5/29, 9-10 am – The Story of Camp Lejeune: Contaminated Drinking Water, Cancer Clusters, and the Struggle for Justice

Alaska Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE-AK)

A free one hour teleconference call hosted by ACAT’s Alaska Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE-AK) with special guest Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Master Sergeant of 24 years. Jerry’s family is one of hundreds of thousands who bathed, drank, and cooked with water contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals at the North Carolina Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune. He lost his nine year old daughter, Janey, to leukemia in 1985. Jerry has dedicated his life to helping other victims of the contamination at Camp Lejeune, many of whom are men who developed breast cancer. In his pursuit of justice, Jerry illuminates how current policies contribute to disease clusters and works for policies that will prevent contamination and protect community health. His story, along with others who suffered tragedy from the water at Camp Lejeune, has been documented in the film, “Semper Fi: Always Faithful.” Visit the call web page to sign up or call 907-222-7714 or email diana at akaction dot org.


YWCA-lunch

5/29, Noon-1:30 pm – Free pizza lunch & Talk 

A Story of Environmental Health and Justice for Veterans:

Camp Lejeune and the Janey Ensminger Act 

Location: YWCA Anchorage, 324 E 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK

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This event is co-sponsored with a generous grant by the Alaska Run For Women.


Semper Fi Film & Talk 5/29, Anchorage MuseumFREE FILM, RECEPTION & DISCUSSION

5/29, 6:30-9 pm – Film & Talk at Anchorage Museum Auditorium  – 

Semper Fi: Always Faithful film showing and discussion with Jerry Ensminger

Please save the date for a very special visit with Jerry Ensminger who brought to national attention the Marine Corps cover up of groundwater contamination at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and exposing a large cancer cluster.

Join us for this special event at the Anchorage Museum. Free parking for the first 90 cars during the event is available in the Museum’s underground garage. Location: 625 C Street, Anchorage (Map).

Semper Fi: Always Faithful takes a personal look at a public health and environmental crisis. The documentary follows Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Corps drill instructor, who lost his daughter to leukemia in 1985. After he learns of the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, twelve years later, Ensminger embarked on a journey to expose one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history.

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This event is co-sponsored with a generous grant by the Alaska Run For Women.


Thursday, May 30th Interior Alaska Events

Poster for the Free Lunch & Talk with Jerry Ensminger, Thursday, 5/30/13

FREE LUNCH & DISCUSSION

North Pole, Alaska: 

5/30 Noon-1:30 pm – Lunch with Jerry Ensminger, at the Grange Hall, North Pole, Alaska 

This event is co-sponsored with a generous grant by the Alaska Run For Women.


Poster for Fairbanks FilmFREE FILM & DISCUSSION

Fairbanks, Alaska: 5/30, 6:30-9 pm – Semper Fi: Always Faithful film and discussion with Jerry Ensminger,

Pioneer Park Theater, Fairbanks, AK (Map)

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This event is co-sponsored with a generous grant by the Alaska Run For Women.


PRIVATE CATERED LUNCH WITH JERRY ENSMINGER

Friday, May 31st Anchorage, Alaska Events

5/31, 11:30-1:3o pm – Invitation only lunch with Jerry Ensminger, Location TBA, Anchorage, Alaska

Jerry will be available for interviews in Anchorage on 5/31, 2-3 pm.


Norton Sound Area Events

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Saturday, June 1st St. Lawrence Island,  Village of Gambell

FREE FILM & TALK 

6/1, 8-10:30 pm – Semper Fi: Always Faithful film showing and discussion with Jerry Ensminger

Join us at the John Apangalook School (Multi-Purpose Room) in Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

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This event is co-sponsored with a generous grant by the Alaska Run For Women.


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Sunday, June 2nd –  St. Lawrence Island, Village of Savoonga

FREE FILM & TALK 

6/2,  8-10:30 pm – Semper Fi: Always Faithful film showing and discussion with Jerry Ensminger

Join us at the Hogarth Kingeekuk Sr. Memorial School (Multi-Purpose Room) in Savoonga, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska.

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This event is co-sponsored with a generous grant by the Alaska Run For Women.


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Monday, June 3rd –  Nome, Alaska Events

FREE FILM & TALK & LUNCH

6/3, 7-9:30 pm – Semper Fi: Always Faithful film showing, lunch and discussion with Jerry Ensminger

Join us at the Old St. Joseph’s Church in Anvil Square, Nome, Alaska.

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This event is co-sponsored with a generous grant by the Alaska Run For Women.

“I have been fighting for justice in the Camp Lejeune drinking water contamination issue for 15 years. My fight has given me a very unique perspective into our country’s programs and policies which are contributing to disease clusters and the overall demise of public health in general.” – Jerry Ensminger



Short Bio and Film Synopsis

Semper Fi: Always Faithful takes a personal look at a public health and environmental crisis. The documentary follows Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Corps drill instructor, who lost his daughter to leukemia in 1985. After he learns of the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, twelve years later, Ensminger embarked on a journey to expose one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history.

It is estimated that nearly one million Marines and their families were exposed to high levels of carcinogens while they lived and worked at Camp Lejeune. The Marine Corps eventually closed the toxic wells, but never made the contamination public. Today, only a fraction of former residents know about their exposure. The film follows Ensminger’s personal and political campaign to uncover the truth, improve health care for those exposed, and change the environmental policies that threaten air and water quality in the United States.

Semper Fi: Always Faithful, directed by Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon, premiered in 2011 at the Tribeca Film Festival and has won several Best Documentary and Audience Awards at festivals across the U.S.

Semper Fi: Always Faithful Film Info

Short Video-Interview with Jerry Ensminger/New York Times


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