“Last Wednesday night, I just couldn’t sleep. The story of traveler John Tyner just stuck in my head. ‘Don’t Touch My Junk’ seemed to be a powerful statement from a regular guy standing up to Big Brother. It was the linguistic equivalent of that Chinese student standing in the path of a tank in Tiananmen Square in 1989. And the phrase ‘Don’t Touch My Junk’ kept rolling around inside my head.”

— Michael Adams, aka The Health Ranger


Adams then wrote lyrics and recorded the vocals for a stunning rap song called “Don’t Touch My Junk (The TSA Hustle)”:

“I don’t want radiation

So I opted out (opt out!)

But when they grabbed my man junk

I couldn’t help myself I had to shout,

I had to shout, I had to get my message out, I said

Don’t touch my junk

Don’t touch my junk

I’ll have you arrested

If you touch my junk

Don’t touch my junk.”

“Don’t Touch My Junk,” has become an anthem. It exemplifies standing up to unjust power — a recognition that rights are being stolen.

There’s a little town, Antonito, in the poorest county of Colorado, Conejos, that is standing up to the U.S. Department of Energy. The DOE intends to establish a rail transfer station for low level radioactive waste just south of Antonito in order to transfer the highly toxic stuff from the Los Alamos, N.M., labs, to a toxic burial ground in Utah.

“Don’t Touch Our Land,” with your radioactive waste, could be their anthem.

You may recall Antonito as one of the towns of the Cumbres/Toltec scenic railroad. The antique train is pulled by a powerful locomotive and goes from Chama, New Mexico to Antonito and back — a breathtaking trip, especially when the aspen are gold, over the highest railroad route in the US.

Three environmental and citizens groups are shoulder to shoulder with the citizens of Antonito who are struggling to stand up to the DOE; they have joined together to sue the DOE. The suit claims department officials violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to look at the impacts of the proposal on the area and failing to notify local residents and officials of the proposal.

“That DOE would attempt to force these impacts on Conejos County, the poorest county in Colorado, without engaging the public in a meaningful way is inexcusable — and illegal,” said Andrea Guajardo, who sits on the board of directors for Conejos County Clean Water.

They need all of our shoulders to join them.

Judith Mohling is a volunteer with the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center.

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