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Our Mission:

We provide Takoma Park residents with resources and opportunities to explore the wide range of public-interest issues posed by 5G and other wireless technologies and to exercise their democratic rights as savvy participants in decision-making about the future of those technologies in our community and across the nation.

Our Goals:

We oppose the roll-out of 5G small cell antenna installations, and the densification of 4G wireless antenna installations, near homes, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and recreation areas until hazards for human health, wildlife, and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from the telecommunications industry. We recognize that the companies selling or standing to profit from these technologies are not able to address in an unbiased way the many questions about the related risks and harms—including issues of health, safety, privacy, and the social, ecological, psychological, economic, and political impacts. We also recognize that the federal government does not allow local jurisdictions to consider health reasons in their small cell antenna permitting processes. This means that the City of Takoma Park is not allowed to take the health of its residents into account when reviewing permits. We seek to balance the plenitude of information promising benefits that these for-profit interests provide to residents and our elected officials with an alternative source of information that pays attention to the risks and harms these technologies may pose to the public interest. Our goal: Empower Takoma Park residents to become savvy leaders in wisdom-guided democratic deliberations about whether and how to adopt these unprecedented technologies in our own community and across the nation.