April 19, 2010
Five weeks and counting! We have lots of great news to share.
UNVEILING... THE RALLY PLATFORM SPEAKERS!
Our two-hour rally program will feature platform and rapid testimony speakers. A couple of notable leading voices will be added to this list soon. Listed in alphabetical order, we proudly announce our platform speakers:
▪ Judith Converse, MPH, RD, LD. Judy will describe the American public health crisis. In addition to testifying before state and federal lawmakers on vaccine safety, she works closely with our most vulnerable and damaged children. An author of three books on the subject, Judy is a licensed registered dietitian specializing in pediatric special needs nutrition care since 1999.
▪ Louise Kuo Habakus. Louise is the lead organizer and emcee of the Rally. Through the selection of speakers and coordination of the rally program, she will show that the ascendant zeitgeist of vaccination is first and foremost a rights issue. Louise is a board-certified health practitioner specializing in homotoxicology and integrative nutrition. A former senior corporate executive, she is the founder of Life Health Choices and a founding board member of the Center for Personal Rights.
▪ Boyd Haley, PhD. Boyd will speak to the organic chemistry of vaccine ingredients. He is Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky. Boyd is the founder and President of CTI Science, a biotechnology company.
▪ Mary Holland, JD. Mary will tell us why vaccination is a human rights issue. She is a New York University law school professor and previously worked for several major U.S. law firms. She also worked at a major U.S. human rights advocacy organization, Human Rights First, as director of its European program. Mary clerked for a federal district court judge, taught international law courses at Columbia Law School, and served as a consultant to the Aspen Institute Justice and Society Program. She is a founding board member of the Center for Personal Rights, and the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy.
▪ Abdulkadir Khalif. Abdulkadir will address a microcosm of the immigrant experience with vaccination. Why is the reported rate of autism among US-born children of Somali refugees in Minnesota so high (an estimated 1 in 28 versus 1 in 110 for all US children)? Abdulkadir is the father of a little boy who stopped talking after receiving vaccines.
▪ Robert J. Krakow, JD. Bob will explain the recourse available to parents after their children are injured by vaccines. Responding to government public health exhortations, millions dutifully line up their children to receive 69 doses of 16 different vaccines by age 18. Bob is an attorney in private practice in NY, focusing on the trial of civil and criminal cases, specializing in the representation of persons injured by exposure to environmental toxins and vaccines, as well as legal services to individuals with disabilities.
▪ Captain Richard Rovet, RN, BSN, B-C (USAF ret). Captain Rovet recorded post-vaccination illnesses at Dover AFB in Delaware, Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, and Keesler AFB in Mississippi. He will speak to the absence of informed consent for vaccines in the military, as told through the stories of our Gulf War veterans. Of the 700,000 troops deployed in 1990-1991, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports 300,000 Gulf War veterans have filed disability claims as of March 31, 2010.
▪ James S. Turner, JD. Jim will talk about the high stakes dangers involving outdated laws, underfunded government agencies, and powerful corporations driven by bottom-line profits. As Chairman of Citizens for Health, Jim is the nation's leading natural health freedom advocate. He is a principal in the law firm Swankin & Turner which represents businesses, consumer groups and individuals in regulatory matters involving food, drug, health, environmental and product-safety.
Stay tuned for more details. Coming soon... rapid testimony speakers.
WEEKLY MEDIA ALERTS
We'll be sending weekly media alerts to national and Chicagoland press. The first one goes out today, in English and Spanish.
Please send these to your favorite reporters and media outlets. We'll also be pitching pre-rally stories to increase awareness about our event. We welcome all your ideas and connections.
If you'd like to translate the weekly alerts into another language for your community, let us know.
ALBANY SATELLITE RALLY ANNOUNCED!
You can organize one, too!
A message from Albany lead organizer, Heather Walker:
New York Campaign for Liberty, New York Alliance for Vaccination Choice, Albany Vaccine Choice, along with New York State healthcare workers and concerned citizens, are delighted to host a satellite rally in conjunction with the historic, inaugural American Rally for Personal Rights taking place in Chicago on May 26, 2010. The Albany satellite is the perfect way for a large community of people who are unable to travel to Chicago but eager to demonstrate support.
"We don't want to miss out on the excitement of the event and the opportunity to listen to an impressive roster of world-class speakers. We've made it easy and economical to rally with our colleagues and friends in Chicago."
The OTB Teletheatre, Capital Room in Albany, New York was chosen to hold the satellite rally. The venue is equipped with 35 television screens, two large screens, and a full-service bar. A private caterer will provide the food. There is no fee to use the room; however, a New York State Gambling Law limits participation to adults 18 and over, and levies a $2pp fee.
Heather urges supporters in other states to organize a similar event. Does your town have an OTB-type facility or auditorium you could use? Use modern technology to be part of the rally. For the live video stream, a laptop computer, wireless card and internet connection are required to hook up to the television screens. A simple camera hook-up is needed for the live feed from Albany to Chicago. Mini DV camera wire firewire input is recommended but a simple built-in webcam can work, too. Check out USTREAM and the way it integrates into social media, including Twitter. Get in touch with us. We'll tell you how.
Albany media advisory in English and Spanish
AMERICAN RALLY FOR PERSONAL RIGHTS
Vaccination Choice * Parental Consent
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
(live webcast of Chicago rally begins at 4:00 p.m.)
OTB Teletheatre – Capital Room
711 Central Avenue, Albany, NY
After making history in Grant Park, it's time to party! Join us at the LaSalle Power Company after the rally. We've reserved the entire second floor and booked deejay Andres Martinez to play our favorite rally songs and more. Wait out the rush hour traffic and come mingle with rally speakers, press, volunteers, supporters, exhibitors, and friends.
It will help us out if you tell us that you're coming. Until May 18, party admission is just $10pp (kids are $2pp). Tickets will be $15pp after May 18 and also available at the door, if space is still available. Click HERE to save your spot. Your fee includes a wristband, one drink ticket, and light snacks. The drink ticket is good for one domestic draft or bottled beer or a well drink. Children receive one juice box. And everyone is welcome to order from the cash bar and restaurant menu. The only rule is that guests under 21 must leave by 10:00 pm.
Click HERE for the After Party flyer.
$11 VALET PARKING - THE BEST DEAL DOWNTOWN!
LaSalle Power Company is starting their valet parking service on rally day at 1:00 pm with a great deal... $11 until closing, just for us. So plan ahead. It's only 1.5 miles from the rally site. Arrive early and park at LaSalle. Walk or cab to Grant Park to check out the exhibitors/giveaways. Stake out the best rally seats for the program that begins at 3:00 pm.
And your car will be precisely where you want it, when the After Party is over and you're ready to head home.
SUPPORT THE RALLY... DONATE AND BUY GEAR!
If we think small, we limit ourselves before we're out of the starting gate. When we think big, anything is possible. When we plan big... we also incur some huge bills!
If you support our message and our work, we need you to support the rally. In addition to many thousands of dollars in Grant Park permitting fees, we are required to hire a professional security firm, rent portable washrooms, a stage, podium and sound system, and more... it adds up. Please know that none of the speakers is being paid to address the rally.
So buy a shirt. And remember that your donations are tax-deductible.
If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at our event, click HERE for more information. Then contact us.
We are expecting a huge turnout of participants and national media attention. If you'd like to share the spotlight, we'd love to work with you to structure a promotional opportunity that can benefit us both.
IT'S TIME TO REGISTER NOW!
Thank you for registering... keep them coming. Click this link or go to the rally website and sign up.
If your plans change and you can no longer attend the Rally, just return to the registration page, fill out the form again using the same e-mail address, and put "0" as the number of people attending.
Our volunteer teams are working incredibly hard and we'd love some help. Click HERE, review the list and pick the one that's the best match for your skills and interest. Set up, clean up, self-marshalls, rally gear sales, handouts, petition clipboards, music, social networking, community outreach, signage, satellite rally organizers, and more...
There's no pressure to do more than you are able. If you care about these issues, volunteer a few hours or a few days. It's your chance to show that this cause is important to you.
WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU!
Louise Kuo Habakus
and a growing list of volunteers and supporters