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From the NY Daily News (link below):<br><br><i>Autism parents plan campaign against W</i><br><br>
A coalition of parents with autistic children is launching a stinging lobbying campaign against President Bush today, accusing him of reneging on a campaign-trail promise to ban mercury from vaccines.<br><br>
The group, Unlocking Autism, will deliver letters to the White House and Capitol Hill, urging Bush and lawmakers to prohibit use of Thimerosal, a vaccine preservative that contains mercury.<br><br>
Whether mercury actually causes autism is still disputed among scientists but advocates note autism has been rising dramatically in the past 20 years.<br>
"Regardless of whether it causes autism, mercury is toxic and it shouldn't be put into children's bodies," said Shelley Hendrix-Reynolds, 36, whose son, Liam, 9, is autistic. "There's a safer alternative."<br><br>
For the rest of the story visit:<br><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/06-07-2005/news/story/316541p-270817c.html" target="_blank">http://www.nydailynews.com/06-07-200...p-270817c.html</a><br><br><br>
Apparently, the White House is trying to divert all the calls from today's telephone campaign to a "comment line." In other words -- an answering machine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
From a UA email: We will be heard on this issue. Our concerns are not to be given to a recording only to be deleted and not given the attention they deserve.<br><br>
If Mr. Levin diverts the calls, we will get you another number. We will go down the hall as needed to make sure that you as a community have the opportunity to express your opinions.
 

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I would love to think that it will make a difference. Unfortunately I know too much about Bush and Co. to have that optimism. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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WooHOO!! annoy G. W.....Not that I think it's going to WORK.....but it's better than doing *nothing at all.*<br><br>
I just came up with another line for my dr.....'I will reconsider my position on vaccination when the President bans thimerosal in vaccines.'<br><br>
And I personally do NOT think this should just apply to CHILDREN'S vaccines, it should apply to ALL vaccines........what about thimerosal in a pregnant mama's vaxes?
 

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Not that I'm against the message....I'm all for it....but I wonder if this will do more harm than good ......
 

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It has to be done!<br><br>
Right now there are only two states that I know of (CA and Utah) that have thimerosal ban laws - I think one more just passed legislation. New York has similar legislation in the assembly and senate yet to be passed as do other states.<br><br>
We need a <i>federal</i> law banning thimerosal!
 

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<b>I just received this email today:</b><br><br>
NEED YOUR HELP CALLING THE WHITE HOUSE AGAIN TODAY!<br><br>
NEW NUMBERS FOR YOU!<br>
KEEP THE PRESSURE UP!<br><br>
Yesterday was just fabulous. The UA/NVIC ad campaign was delivered to every member of Congress and the Senate. The packets were distributed at the National Vaccine Advisory Committee meeting and we told them that parents would continue calling and fighting for this until the mercury was removed from vaccines.<br><br>
We received a phone call last night from an autism community leader that informed us that the White House had contacted him and asked him to persuade us to stop interfering with the White House. He said that they asked us to direct calls to the comment line. <b>We told that leader that we will not allow parents comments to be diverted to a recording where the can be ticked off as a piece of data and then deleted.</b><br><br>
With everything your child and your family has been through, you certainly deserve to speak to a live person.<br><br>
We called the White House this morning and told them that we were making a decision about whether or not parents should continue contacting the White House today. We told them to get back with us with a decision maker by 8:30am central time. No one called us back.<br><br>
They apparently need to hear from you all again.<br><br>
New numbers below. We want all the offices in the West Wing talking to parents this week.<br><br>
JUNE 8th<br><br>
Send all your calls to<br><br>
a) The Senior Advisor of President Bush, Carl Rove<br>
202-456-2369<br>
202-456-2461 - fax<br><br>
b) White House Communications Director<br>
Nicole Devonish<br>
202-456-7910<br>
202-456-2983 - fax<br><br>
Calls to the numbers from yesterday are still useful as well if the above numbers start to get busy:<br><br>
Claude Allan<br>
White House Domestic Policy<br>
202-456-5594 - phone<br>
202-456-5557 - fax<br><br>
Andrew Card<br>
Chief of Staff<br>
202-456-6798 - phone<br>
202-456-1907 - fax<br><br>
If you didn't reach your Congressmen and Senators remember to call them today to press them to put pressure on the White House Administration.<br><br>
Capitol Hill Operator:<br>
202-224-3121<br><br>
Do not be discouraged if the numbers are busy. That just means that people across America are responding. Keep dialing as if you were trying to win $1 million from a radio station. They need to hear from you. They need to know your concerns.<br><br>
THANKS! Unlocking Autism
 

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There are many congressmen who are trying to get Bush to fulfill his promises to ban thimerosal - apparently it's not enough. This is why he's being bombarded with telephone calls.<br><br><i>This sort of effort gets noticed . . . a call here and there from concerned parents doesn't have the same effect.</i>
 

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Missouri banned thimersol on all childhood vaccines immediately. They will ban thimersol in all vaccines (those not on the childhood schedule) by 2007. This does not include the flu vaccine for now. It is not mandated for children. It is still just 'suggested'. Nothing was mentioned about using up those vaxes still on the shelves. This was passed at the beginning of April.
 

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Jen - thank you! I couldn't remember the other state! I knew it was recent, but couldn't recall.<br><br>
I'm keeping an eye on the NY bill, but so far nothing . . .
 

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June 8th - <b>EOH Day was just fabulous!</b> David Kirby's book SKYROCKETED through the numbers at Amazon and Barnes and Noble to reach the top of the charts!<br><br>
Leslie Weed...GREAT JOB! Generation Rescue had a GIGANTIC spectacular ad comparing mercury and autism in the New York Times. Keep telling your co-workers, neighbors, family, etc to get a copy. Keep it up. No reason to stop now! <b>We got it past Oprah for goodness sake!</b><br><br><br>
AMAZING job with calling the White House for the last two days. We are getting reports that they are tired of answering the phone, that our giving out these numbers is inappropriate, that some people are getting through and having really decent conversations and that one lady had a stack a couple of inches thick in her lap of faxes from you all from just one fax machine. GREAT JOB everyone!<br><br>
After a conversation with the White House this morning we are asking that you hold calls to the White House numbers and flank Congress for today. We asked the White House to get back with us by tomorrow morning and that we still want President Bush to issue an Executive Order banning the use of mercury in vaccines for children and pregnant women.<br><br>
We will let you know when to let it rip again or if we get an answer this time.<br><br><br>
JUNE 9th & 10th<br><br>
Send all your calls to<br>
Your Congressman and both Senators<br><br>
Capitol Hill Operator: 202-224-3121<br>
Ask for the Senior Health Staffer's name.<br>
(Not an intern or junior staffer)<br><br>
For June 9th, stop calls to the White House and call Congress!<br>
All calls should now be going to Members of Congress to:<br><br>
a) promote Congressman Weldon's bill HR # 881<br>
b) Make sure they have located their magazine with all the ads that we dropped on Tuesday.<br><br>
Get their fax numbers and fax them a letter to let them know your opinions about HR 881 and which ads you want to run in their district.<br><br><b>HR 881 has been introduced by Rep. Dave Weldon (R-Fl) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).</b><br><br>
Ask your congressperson to co-sponsor this bill and ask your Senators to introduce a companion bill in the Senate. <b>HR 881 focuses on banning vaccines for children and pregnant women that contain more than 1 mcg of mercury. Some vaccines still contain 25 mcg of mercury. Currently the bill has 35 co-sponsors.</b><br><br>
Check the list and if your member of Congress has signed on. If they have, thank them and leave them alone.<br><br>
To review the bill and the list of co-sponsors <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/" target="_blank">http://thomas.loc.gov/</a> (Type in HR 881)<br><br><b>In our meeting on May 16th, the CDC estimated 20 Million children and pregnant women would receive flu vaccines in the 2005-2006 season. They have only ordered 6 - 8 Million mercury-free versions of the vaccine.</b><br>
So approximately 12 - 14 Million children and pregnant women could receive doses of mercury exceeding EPA safety limits for anyone under 500 pounds.<br><br>
How many children and fetuses weigh 500 pounds?<br><br>
Find your Congressman at <a href="http://www.house.gov" target="_blank">www.house.gov</a>.<br>
Find your Senator at <a href="http://www.senate.gov" target="_blank">www.senate.gov</a>.<br>
Points on HR 881 below.<br>
Keep Pressing On Toward the Goal.<br><br>
THANKS! Unlocking Autism & NVIC<br><br>
To review the bill: <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/Type" target="_blank">http://thomas.loc.gov/Type</a> in HR 881<br><br>
In 1999 the Public Health Service and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended removal of thimerosal from child vaccines. Five years later, thimerosal (50% mercury) remains in childhood vaccines. Last year, the CDC recommended that children receive the flu vaccine without recommending that infants and pregnant women get only the mercury-free dose.<br><br>
---The EPA found that 1-in-6 infants are born with a blood mercury level above the level considered safe by the EPA. Furthermore, the Food and Drug Administration and the EPA have warned pregnant women and young children to limit their consumption of certain fish in order to reduce mercury exposures.<br><br>
The Legislation:<br><br>
• Requires that beginning with the 2006/07 flu season, the flu shots for children under age three and pregnant women may not contain more than 1 microgram (mcg) of mercury;<br>
• Requires that beginning with the 2007/08 flu season, the flu shots for children under age six and pregnant women may not contain more than 1mcg of mercury;<br>
• Requires by July 1, 2006, all other routinely administered childhood vaccines, may not contain more than 1mcg of mercury and on Jan 1, 2009, all pediatric, adolescent and adult vaccines that contain more than 1mcg of mercury are banned;<br>
• Expresses the Sense of the Congress that the CDC should incorporate into its vaccine promotion messages, a recommendation against administering a mercury-containing vaccine to pregnant women.
 
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