Managing Editor's Note: The easiest way to participate is to click HERE and read the info on the Autism Action Coalition site. We've copied the info below, but please, go to their site for details and to particpate in this action alert!
Autism Telephone Call Action Alert! Your Response to Our Email Message Alert Was Overwhelming – tens of thousands of Messages Were Sent. Now it's Time to Call Congress!
“The bureaucrats responsible for this scandal are on the wrong side of history…”
- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and David Kirby, Huffington Post 1/27/09
Last week The Autism Action Coalition asked the autism community to send letters to key government decision-makers objecting to the inexcusable actions of the Federal members of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) in retracting vaccine-autism studies. Your response was overwhelming and thousands of letters were sent!
We’re asking for your help again before the next IACC meeting takes place – less than a week away! We are asking you to call 3 key legislators who are critical in making sure that autism research addresses the mounting health crisis of people with ASD.
Call Senator Edward Kennedy at (202) 224-4543
Call Senator Mike Enzi at (202) 224-3424
Call Representative Chris Smith at (202) 225-3765
Senators Kennedy and Enzi lead the Senate HELP Committee overseeing HHS activities and Rep. Smith leads the Congressional Autism Caucus. Please call them now. Let them know –
• Sound science on vaccines and autism must move forward and not be thwarted by Federal agencies with vested interests in on-going vaccine-autism injury litigation.
• Studies on vaccines and autism must be reinstated in the IACC’s Autism Research Strategic Plan, with their budgets intact.
• Vaccine-autism research must be conducted by unbiased scientists and overseen by those without conflicts of interest.
Click HERE to go to The Autism Action Coalition web site. Once on our web site or, if you are reading this on our site, scroll down the web site page for step-by-step instructions with telephone numbers and suggested talking points for your telephone calls to our Federal officials responsible for autism research.
Remember: ALWAYS BE POLITE AND RESPECTFUL –The Representatives You Call or their Staff Are Likely to Be Sympathetic to our Points.
Click here to access the original protest alert to send letters to protest about the IACC’s disgraceful actions. If you haven’t sent your letter yet, there is still time. Click HERE or here http://tinyurl.com/cxskhb (if link does not work paste the url into your browser address pane) to send your letter.
For More Background on the IACC and actions being taken by organizations supporting this alert go to these links:
Here is what happened. Click here (Go to the SafeMinds Pressroom, Age of Autism article) for more details on what happened at IACC and here to see what one of organizations supporting this alert is doing about it "Generation Rescue acts."
Here is what Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and journalist David Kirby had to say about the IACC’s action: (Click here to read entire article - http://tinyurl.com/d2zt4m)
On January 12, a cadre of mid-level health bureaucrats left over from the Bush administration ignored Federal requirements for advance notice in order to vote to quietly strip vaccine research studies from funding allocated by Congress in the Combating Autism Act (CAA) of 2006. Members of Congress had said that this money should be used to study the vaccine-autism connection.
These rogue bureaucrats — members of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee — held an unannounced vote to remove previously approved vaccine studies from funding under the CAA. Nearly all of the “Federal” members of the panel voted to remove the two studies, whose estimated cost was $16 million - or 1.6% of the billion dollars authorized by Congress for autism. The panel’s civilian members, in contrast, voted nearly unanimously to retain the funding.
We also urge parents to attend the February 4th IACC meeting in Washington DC if they are able to. Click here for the notice from the government on how to register, or visit the IACC website http://iacc.hhs.gov/events to register. We encourage you to sign up to make a public comment at the meeting.
Autism Action Network (AAN)
Autism Research Institute
National Autism Association (NAA)
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)
US Autism & Asperger Association