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Hi there,<br>
I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm organizing the nurse-in for the Boston/South Shore area. Specifically in Quincy, MA. So far I've got a head count of about 8. I'd love to see that go up because this state really needs to have attention brought to it regarding it's lack of breastfeeding laws. So please, sign up, head on over!<br><br>
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200 Hancock Street<br>
Quincy, MA<br><br>
September 8th, 2007 @ noon<br>
We'll be hanging around for awhile to wait for any stragglers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Please feel free to PM me or find me on the applebees group that's been started on yahoo for further info. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol">
 

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I'll be there !
 

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Awesome, I look forward to seeing you! Did you by any chance email me? I just want to make sure I don't double my head count.
 

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i just wanted to remind those that may not realize this but this applebees is T accesible. Take the Red Line Braintree train to North Quincy station. The Applebees is across the street from the T parking lot.<br><br>
Jessica
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i just wanted to remind those that may not realize this but this applebees is T accesible. Take the Red Line Braintree train to North Quincy station. The Applebees is across the street from the T parking lot.<br><br>
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Thanks so much for this Jessica! It's very accessible, so if you have to make a little trip to head in, it should be pretty simple travel wise.<br><br>
I just wanted to give a quick update 9/7/07:<br><br>
As of now I've got a mother headcount of 8. So again, plus at least 1 child (if not more) and other friends and supporters, this could be a pretty decent turn out! I also managed to steal a half hour this morning and call 7 of the 8 media outlets I had emailed two days ago. A few seemed pretty interested. So hopefully we'll have some media attention for our State's protest. I'm going to be heading to kinko's today to print off the press kits, flyers, and other info for the Store itself. I'm also going to try and find some of the stuff to make stickers. I assume it's just printer paper that's got a backing to make stickers right? I meant to swing by Applebees yesterday to take a look at the location again and see where would be a good place for us to sit. I'm going to do that today. I'll give you all another brief update either this evening or tomorrow morning before the nurse out. I look forward to seeing everyone there!<br><br>
Jessie
 

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Hi everyone,<br>
I went by Applebees this evening to check out the lay of the land. I honestly had never actually been that location although I had driven past it before. I'm thinking that it's not a very safe place to hold this nurse-out. There is a large parking lot between both Panera Bread and Applebees, and sidewalks in front of Applebees, but I think it's safe to assume that is all private property. There is also side street that runs along Applebees, but it's nowhere near any entrances or a place that would be seen by really anyone. The area that we would sit in runs right along a main road, Hancock Street. If any of you have toddlers, like I do, that can be pretty unsafe. I'm thinking we may have to cancel this location's nurse-out unless someone has an alternative idea. PLEASE RESPOND! I haven't been getting too much feedback from people and I think it's important that this gets discussed. Thanks everyone!
 

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I feel weird responding with ideas because I can't be 100% sure I'll make it, since I'm tutoring in Kingston until noon and then would head up after that.<br><br>
At any rate.....Panera has always been VERY nursing-friendly. I've NIP'd at the Plymouth, Hingham and Hanover locations and nobody's given me a second of crap over it, or even any weird looks. And their food is quite good, nothing like the food at Applebees. I think it's practically impossible that the two businesses are in any way associated. So I'm thinking that the property owner is a third party leasing space to both restaurants, and that THEY would be the ones who'd have an issue with you being there if anyone does.<br><br>
So.....if there's a way to call them, find out who owns the property (could be someone like Messina or Tedeschi or Flatley or something) and ask if they have a problem with people nursing on their properties? That might provide a safer solution.
 

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I know that Dan and I and the dog had eaten under the trees between Panera and the gas station.<br><br>
If you can get a large enough sign that makes it clear that it is re Applebees??<br><br>
Sorry gotta go... back later
 

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Thanks SO Much for the input!!<br><br>
Jess e-mailed me and let me know that she thinks there is a nice patch of grass near the Panera bread that could be used for those of us with antsy toddlers. So, the nurse-out is STILL ON. Tomorrow at noon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I've also heard from several people that they are breastfeeding friendly, so I thought maybe making some positive signs<br>
and maybe asking if they'd put a nursing mother friendly decal in their window would be a nice thing to do. Signs can focus on our own need for a law in this state and what Applebees CORPORATE needs to do. What do you think? Thanks Jess!
 

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Hey, Sorry I havent responded, I haven't been on mothering in a bit. Anyhow Panera is wonderful, looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!
 

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Hello Everyone!<br>
I just got home from the Boston Nurse-Out. It went really well! We had a head count of 19. Lots of cute babies and some great and supportive Dads. We didn't have any media show up, but we did get the Applebees to put the Breastfeeding Friendly sign in their front door. Hooray! They had also received info from their corporate offices that they are not to ask breastfeeding mothers to move, cover-up, etc., but rather to offer the offended patron a new seat. So despite no media coverage (which would have been great because our state is one of the few without a law on the books) I think there was a great effect and things were accomplished.<br><br>
Also, several of the moms that attended took the press kits I put together and are going to send them out to the media contacts that I had sent info to and spoke with earlier this week in the hopes that maybe they'll run a story after the fact.<br><br>
Applebees was really great to us. They let us sit on their property under a shaded tree, brought us cups and cups of ice so we could have some ice cold water. They let us use their restrooms as we needed to and were very receptive and supportive.<br><br>
Thank you so much to everyone for all the awesome support. It was so fun and I had a great time.<br><br>
Also, someone who took the press kits to send out to the news stations also took my list of email addresses and names by accident. Can you email me a copy? Thanks!<br><br>
Jessie
 

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Send me copies of anything you want to go to media ..I work with all of the radio stations from Boston to Maine, to Ct to Buffalo and everything in between.<br><br>
I was slammed with work this week, but managed to get some RI radio talking about the nurse in's in a few locations.<br><br>
I would love to help however I can, especially in Mass to get more support...I don't work with the am stations, or classic rock staions, but pretty much everything else in between.
 

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Popbaby that would be awesome! Would you mind PMing me your email address so I can send you some documents?<br><br>
Also, to those that are sending out those press kits, I think adding how the event turned out would be a great addition. Citing numbers for the nation and our location as well as what we accomplished (sign in window, corporate response, etc.)
 
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