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Working for Dow
In March 2006 Golin Harris was appointed to run a global campaign to help clean up the poor reputation of Dow Chemical. In an email to O'Dwyers PR Daily, Dow Chemical staffer Terri McNeill wrote that the company wants "stakeholders to better understand how its products, people and actions contribute to human progress." Dow has refused to compensate the victims of the 1984 Bhopal disaster in India, a liability it inherited when it took over Union Carbide.
Managing NGO Activists
On August 23, 2006 G-H issued a press release on its 50th anniversary, emphasizing its "specialty areas" of work. Number one of seven highlighted areas is 'Engage: Activist Issues Management'. According to G-H, "In response to the growing influence of NGOs, GolinHarris has formalized its approach to leverage and deflect the influence of activists on issues ranging from the environment to animal welfare." 
Who manufactured the majority of Agent Orange? Dow Chemical
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Agent Orange and "Super Orange" were the nicknames given to a herbicide and defoliant used by the U.S. military in its Herbicidal Warfare program during the Vietnam War. Agent Orange was used from 1961 to 1971, and was by far the most used of the so-called "rainbow herbicides" utilized during the program. Degradation of Agent Orange (as well as Agents Purple, Pink, and Green) released dioxins, which have allegedly caused harm to the health of those exposed during the Vietnam War. Agents Blue and White were part of the same program but did not contain dioxins. Studies of populations highly exposed to dioxin, though not necessarily Agent Orange, indicate increased risk of various types of cancer and genetic defects; the effect of long term low level exposure has not been established. Since the 1980s, several lawsuits have been filed against the companies who produced Agent Orange, among them being Dow Chemical, Monsanto and Diamond Shamrock (produced only 5% ). U. S. veterans obtained a $180 million settlement in 1984, most affected veterans receiving a one-time lump sum payment of $1,200. American veterans of the war on Vietnam were seeking recognition of Agent Orange, compensation and treatment for maladies that they and their children suffered from; many Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange have not been able to receive promised medical care through the VA medical system and only with rare exception have their affected children received healthcare assistance from the government. Vietnam veterans and their families who brought the original Agent Orange lawsuit stated 25 years ago that the government "is just waiting for us all to die". They alleged that most of those still alive will succumb to the effects of toxic exposure over the next several years, before age 65. Elsewhere, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand veterans obtained compensation in an out-of-court settlement that same year. In 1999, South Korean veterans filed a lawsuit in Korea; in January 2006, the Korean Appeal Court ordered Monsanto and Dow to pay $62 million in compensation. However, no Vietnamese have obtained compensation, and on March 10, 2005 Judge Jack Weinstein of Brooklyn Federal Court dismissed the lawsuit filed by the Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange against the chemical companies that produced the defoliants/herbicides.
Update: June 14, 2007 (Flag Day, representing our country and what we stand for, a NATION of LAWS embodied in the Constitution guaranteeing free speech in the FIRST AMMENDMENT)
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Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsiblity Campaign
Youtube: Vietnamese Struggle with Agent Orange (seeking reparations)