I hope you'll forgive me if I talk about this idea for the next couple weeks. I think it's the game-changer for which everybody in our community has been hoping and praying.
The legal system is rigged against us. The dying traditional media is begging for advertising dollars from pharmaceutical companies in this economic crisis. And the politicians have their hands open for pharma dollars.
All these doors are closed. We won't get them to help us by playing nice. As somebody once said, "if all the doors are closed, find a window."
The "Green Vaccines Initiative" is our window. Consider how we might change the course of autism and other neurological conditions with this single effort. Here are what I think are the three most compelling reasons to support this initiative:
1. If we make this a political fight, then the media has certain additional legal protections. It's my opinion that a good deal of the media fears giving us too much of a voice because they'll be looking down the barrel of a lawsuit like the 100 million dollar claim made against Oprah Winfrey by the cattle industry for going after beef. (I know she won it, but how many of the media companies have the money of Oprah Winfrey? Come to think of it, only Oprah has that kind of money!) If it's a political fight, the media is obligated to cover both sides, and their LEGAL protections are just about invulnerable. They could run an entire issue on what we say and the pharmaceutical companies couldn't lay a finger on them. Do you know how many young reporters must be itching to do this story and make a name for themselves? This gives the press the opportunity to do the job it should have been doing for the last fifteen years.
2. It means the medical community has to come out of hiding to defend themselves. Have you noticed how lately when our community goes on television that all we get from the CDC or some other medical group is a damned written statement? Where are the flesh-and-blood doctors willing to defend vaccines? How do you think that's going to look in the context of a political debate? Will they be able to defend the theft of data from the Vaccine Safety Data-link? What about the complete absence of studies of the neurological health of vaccinated and unvaccinated children? If they show up they lose on the facts. If they don't show up, they lose because they public will see them as cowards.
3. It takes us out of the shadows. How many of you would like to tell the story of what happened to your child either after a vaccination or bio-medical interventions? Is the press running to your door? No. But let your child be kidnapped, or God forbid, come down with the swine flu, and they'd be rushing to your door. If this measure gets hot they will be rushing to tell our stories.
I think that the Green Vaccines Initiative can become the hot-button issue of 2010. The pharmaceutical companies have tried to prevent this from becoming a public debate for more than 25 years. A public debate on vaccines is their WORST NIGHTMARE. This insures it will become one. And we'll have friends. Look at Bill Maher's recent comments in the Huffington Post for confirmation that something in people's opinions is changing HERE.
The Green Vaccines Initiative is a mighty sword which can be taken up on behalf of our children, but I can't lift it alone. We need your help. With some people worried about 2012 as the end of the world, wouldn't it be nice for 2010 to be the beginning of a new one for our children. I don't care if all you can contribute is $10, the price of a movie ticket in most places, but now is the time to make your voice heard.
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Kent Heckenlively is Legal Editor of Age of Autism