Well..... I was trying to avoid organizing and merely attend due to an attempt to get to my folks' place tomorrow for Thanksgiving, but it just ain't working.
I was just interviewed by the Tennessean and told them to expect AT LEAST 20 people -- either nursing pairs AND / OR advocates of nursing families. Please come join me / us tomorrow!! Your peaceful presence is needed!! With recent passing of legislation in our state and more like items current nation wide, your pro-nursing selves are needed. You do not have to nurse in public. You can choose instead to simply show up and support the rights of nursing pairs. Please wear lactivist / pro BFing wear if possible. Be peaceful! Bring signage to both commend Delta for taking initial right action and to call for further action (see below) and to support BFing in general. Commending Delta is a critical piece of the pie here. They HAVE moved in the right direction; we want to encourage their moving further along the path of protection and advocacy for nursing families everywhere.
Here's the scoop!:
What: National Nurse-In
When: tomorrow, Tues 11/22/06 -- 10 AM local (plan to stay for an hour, as mamas and children often run late... come early if you can)
Where: near / in front of Delta check in and ticketing counter Nashville International Airport
Why: See below.
Please call / write to let me know you'll be participating. I need a head count. Can you bring signage? Can you bring children and friends? Husbands? Partners?
Are you a media person? Do you want me to send you a really nice media kit? Holler at me. This nurse in is NOT affiliated with any particular group, though there may be members of groups present a the nurse in. This in a grassroots volunteer effort.
Breastfeeding Rally To Take Place At Airports Nationwide
Nursing mothers and their supporters will be gathering on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 10 AM, local time, at Delta airport counters across the country.
Emily Gillette was flying with her husband and 22 month-old daughter, on
October 13, 2006 out of Burlington, Vermont on a Delta/Freedom Air flight
when a flight attendant asked her to cover up with a blanket. Ms. Gillette
declined and informed the flight attendant of her legal right to nurse her
daughter. The flight attendant then told Ms. Gillette that Ms. Gillette was
offending her and subsequently a gate agent removed the family from the
flight. Ms. Gillette and her family complied. They were rescheduled on a
different flight the following day.
Ms. Gillette has filed a complaint with the Vermont Human Rights Commission regarding the incident. A woman's right to breastfeed wherever she is legally allowed to be is protected in Vermont under the Public Accommodations Act. Although Delta has issued a public apology, the Gillette family has still not received any personal apology.
The goals of this action are:
- Insist that Delta/Freedom both apologize to the Gillette family and
offer written proof that policy and training procedures have been changed.
- Call for all airlines to revisit their breastfeeding and transport of
pumped breastmilk policies to support traveling families.
- Call for immediate passage of pending Federal legislation that offers
civil rights protection for breastfeeding women in the workplace; and new
legislation to protect, on the Federal level, a nursing mother and child's
right to do so whenever and wherever they are legally allowed to be.
- Introduce a new breastfeeding accessibility icon and call on American
businesses to adopt and use it. Participants will be wearing the logo on
t-shirts, stickers and buttons.
The issue of breastfeeding goes far beyond just a woman's right to nurse; it also encompasses a basic human right for children, the right to eat and to receive comfort and nurturing at the breast.
The Nurse-Ins have been coordinated completely by volunteers.