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Dr. Andrew Wakefield At The American Rally for Personal Choice

Yesterday was the American Rally for Personal Choice in Chicago, IL. We'll have a follow up on the rally shortly, but wanted to share these photos of Dr. Wakefield, and our Contributing Editors Jake Crosby and Teresa Conrick. Congratulations to Louise Kuo Habakus and her team for this important event.

Rally Wakefield 
Dr. Andrew Wakefield

Rally Jake 
Jake Crosby

Rally Teresa 
Teresa Conrick 

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Louise Kuo Habakus

The impact of the rally is only just beginning to be felt. The number of attendees is only one way to evaluate its influence. We had 350 people in Grant Park on a Wed late afternoon, and about 2,000 watching online. There were nearly 400 live connections and many people were watching in groups. I heard that over 50 people gathered at the NJ satellite. Steve Janak also reported that many hundreds watched afterwards. USTREAM continued to run the event on its home page, even after the rally ended.

There are many ideas in the works. Please share your feedback.

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Thank you for your support. It matters.

Debra

This is just the beginning , it is time the medical establishment realised as Dr Wakefield says THE CHILDREN ARE NOT GOING AWAY AND I AM NOT GOING AWAY and i as a parent of an Autistic child am certainly not going away

Helkie

Kim,
I never thought of that aspect from my kids' perspective before, i.e., before bringing it up with them. You raised a really pertinent point. However, I have told my kids that whatever they have is likely related to heavy metal exposure, in one way or another. One of the outcomes is that our older sons are interested in studying Life Sciences and ways of reclaiming earth that has been damaged through various current processes/industries. I am happy that they are interested in that endeavour, but I have also reminded them to keep themselves safe in whatever work environment they find themselves in.

Helkie

Supporters in the woodwork are actually a positive thing, sometimes. They remind me of queen ants which squeezed their way out of a planter near my school.
One weird spring afternoon, teachers were all of a sudden having to dissuade students from stomping on rather large ants which were crawling their way through to the outside of the planter, and finally taking off, flying through the air, once they had enough air in their bodies again.
Even though Dr. Wakefield has been stomped on by media and people who know nothing about what he is all about, there are enough of us around to make sure that he survives and that his message and studies survive as well. He does well enough on his own, but it does not hurt to have supporters to help snuff out the crap from the detractors, who have their own dubious agendas in many cases.
All my best to Dr. Wakefield,...

Helkie

Congratulations to all of you who participated in this wonderfully positive event! I think Dr. Wakefield has more supporters in the woodwork, than he even realizes!

Kristina

Approximately how many people were there? I wish I could have been there! But most of us don't have travel expense accounts like the attendees of the Pharma conference down the street.

AmyG

In my post, I meant to say that my child has not received any childhood vaxes.
Amy

AmyG

I was at the rally, and I wish more people would have been able to make it. It was the first one, so maybe the organizers can "tweak" it a bit for next year. It was a great first rally though! All of the speakers were excellent! I was so glad to see and hear a representative from parentalrights.org speak. (They are trying to pass legislation to make sure that the parents of a child make the decisions for the child and not the gov't.. This, of course, would not include behaviors like child abuse etc.)

I think it would be great to have it on a Saturday next year so that more people can attend. Hopefully, next year, people who were "on the fence" about attending will know how important it is for them to show up!

My child has moderate level autism but has never not received ANY childhood vaxes. I went to the rally b/c I still believe that vaccines contribute/trigger autism, and I went to support all of you who have children or family members who have been vaccine injured.
Amy

rileysmom

I adore Jake. I think the pic signifies a lot or perhaps he doesn't want the crazy nut job's out there seeing his face. I would have done the same thing Jake. Keep 'em guessing babe!
I LOVE the pic of DOCTOR Wakefield and the handing over of the balloon. What a sweet picture.
AND Looking good Teresa!!!!
Wish I could have been there. I'll keep fighting on the home front though.
Yea, Trace, you ever want to unload that book you know who to call!

Autism Grandma

Re: "Jake has a slew of supporters at Autism One"

Jake, we all owe you bigtime!!!!!

Autism Grandma

Dagnabit I missed the live feed and so I am hoping that video of this was taken and will be posted online for viewing. PLEASE tell me that this is true!!!

Hopefully,this must have been recorded because people really need to hear the message of these expert speakers. Maybe Autism One will post this?

Joan Campbell

I watched the live stream and I was delighted to see you have this event. The speakers were all excellent and I posted the link on various facebook sites so people could enjoy it as well. Keep up the good work everyone.

Trace

Ha Ha Benedetta!! Not a chance! I am going to cherish my signed book! Not sure if this made the difference but I bought it through the book website instead of amazon. I had a grin from ear to ear when I opened that book today!

Benedetta

Trace, now your copy is all written on and you probably don't like people writing in books, so I am willing to trade you my copy from Amazon when I get it (brand new). In my New copey nobody has written in it like yours. Is it a deal? Am I not kind?

Trace

Thank you to everyone who attended. Wish we could have been there! And Thank you to Dr. Wakefield. I recieved my copy of Callous Disregard today and I was delighted to see that Dr. Wakefield had signed the inside cover. What a wonderful personal note from a doctor whom I admire and respect so much. I can't wait to read it!

Jenny

Unfortunately we had to travel earlier in the month already and could not swing it twice. But my heart was there! I keep trying to do the live streaming for the conferences but haven't quite got it figured out yet. Not quite as technical as some, I guess :(

Alison MacNeil

I watched the rally on the live feed and I was really impressed with the speakers. Louise is amazing, so articulate. I was blown away by the recovered adolescent who spoke. Gave me such hope. Can't wait to get out to Chicago. Hope the after party was brilliant.

DCannon

Thank you for standing there. We are in Texas. Hard to travel

John

How many people did show up?

kathleen

I am hoping more people showed up than what the pics look like. I wish that our finances allowed for time off work nad travel to these events! And I know that I ma not alone on that:)
Thanks to everyone who was able to attend!!

Stagmom

Jake has a slew of supporters at Autism One. But imagine how it feels for those with Asperger's and HFA as they learn that maybe this diagnosis isn't a purely genetic situation? Maybe it "happened" to them? It explains some of the intense anger and backlash we see from them. It must be breathtaking to realize that maybe life didn't have to be so challenging, despite the upside many feel and see from their diagnosis.

Bad apple

Ack it scares me to see how lonesome Jake looks there. I hope he didn't feel as lonesome as he looked. Love ya Jake -- same as I do Wakefield. Hang in there.

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