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Mann v. Ford Movie Night and Sleepover Fundraiser (Aug 12th- Mahwah, NJ)

  • Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp 95 Halifax Road Mahwah, New Jersey 07430 (map)

Join us for a film screening of Mann v. Ford, the story of the Ramapough Lenape Nation's epic battle against two American giants: the Ford Motor Company and the Environmental Protection Agency, which failed to ensure that Ford cleaned the land of deadly toxins and erroneously declared the community safe and clean of toxic waste. Following the movie will be a discussion led by Ramapough tribal members and storytelling by the fire. Free will suggested donation of $5-15 (no one will be turned away).

Bring blankets and/or something comfortable to sit on. All are welcome to pitch a tent and spend the night. All overnight guests must abide by the ground rules and follow protocol set forth by water protectors. Familyfriendly! **We ask that if you intend to stay overnight, please arrive by 3pm for Orientation and to set up your tent. Thank you!

Movie begins at 5pm sharp. Food and snacks will be available for purchase including smores!

Mann v. Ford movie trailer: http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/mann-v-ford/video/trailer.html?autoplay=true

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The Ramapough Mountain Indians have lived in the hills and forests of northern New Jersey, less than 40 miles from midtown Manhattan, for hundreds of years. In the 1960s, their neighbor in nearby Mahwah, the Ford Motor Company, bought their land and began dumping toxic waste in the woods and abandoned iron mines surrounding their homes.

Ford has acknowledged the dumping. In the 1980s, the Ramapough’s homeland was placed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of federally monitored Superfund sites – and supposedly cleaned up by Ford. However, thousands of tons of toxic waste were left behind.

In 2006, the residents of Upper Ringwood, after suffering for years from a range of mysterious ailments, including deadly cancers, skin rashes and high rates of miscarriage, filed a mass action lawsuit seeking millions of dollars from Ford as compensation for their suffering. Ford denied all responsibility for the illnesses devastating the community and claimed its flawed cleanup had fully complied with all EPA rules.