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By Lori Brozek

I had an idea.

The idea was to have a coordinated event across the country on Mother’s Day. 

The Mother’s Day Dissent.

In every state there would be designated sites where mothers could drive.  The sites would be the State’s Department of Health Office, an office of the State’s Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the office of a Vaccine Manufacturer or other similar sites.  No overnight trips - just a car ride to a spot in your state on Mother’s Day.  We all would gather at the sites across the country at the same time.  And here’s what we’d do:  one by one, burn a copy of our child’s vaccine records.   

There were a couple of other ideas for coordinated events the following week.  Everyone gets four or five cereal boxes, empties them and covers the boxes with white paper.  On the front is a picture of your child with autism and above the picture are the words:  Have You Seen This Child?  Below the picture are the words of Mark Blaxill:  What Did You Do During the Age of Autism?  The boxes are addressed to various people:  the CEOs of Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, the Special Masters in the Cedillo case, the President, etc.  We mail them all the same day.

Then we get really crazy (we are a bunch of lunatic parents aren’t we?).  We assemble groups of mothers to stand in front of trucks trying to leave a vaccine manufacturing plant.  We form a hand-holding chain and don’t let them cross.  Maybe we get arrested.  I think everyone should get arrested at least once in a lifetime, no?

Unfortunately, I never got very far with the idea.  For one thing, I’m not exactly a big name in the autism biomedical movement.  Lori who?  The autism paparazzi are not following me around for photographs and I’m not on the secret list of decision makers.  And life got in the way.  I’ve been in the process of buying a home, buying a new car, planning a trip to Rome/Santorini (my first vacation without kids in 26 years), working full-time and dealing with autism.  I didn’t have time for one more thing.

But I wonder if it’s more than that.  I wonder if I/we(?) have the guts to do such a thing.  It’s one thing to get a permit and assemble in Washington for a walk on the street holding signs.  It’s a whole ‘nother ballgame to stand in protest in front of a truck trying to exit a plant and risk getting arrested.  Did I mention everyone should get arrested once in a lifetime?

I work in Philadelphia, four or five blocks away from a large office of GlaxoSmithKline.  In 2008, it was reported 12 Argentinean babies that participated in GlaxoSmithKline vaccine trials died.  Sometime after I heard this news, I had a sleepless night wondering why I wasn’t out there on my lunch hour holding a sign in protest.  Who was speaking for these babies?  Why wasn’t I?  What was I afraid of?

So even though I wasn’t able to organize a cross-country Mother’s Day Dissent event, I’m going to be there anyway.  Alone.  I decided it’s not important to me if I’m the only one out there.  I need to do this for myself – to say what I need to say and commit my own personal act of defiance.   I plan to stand in front of the offices of GlaxoSmithKline and burn a copy of my son’s vaccine records this Mother’s Day and every Mother’s Day until it is acknowledged that vaccines played a part in the autism epidemic.  And on that final Mother’s Day, I’ll burn the original records of all three of my children.

I encourage you to commit an act on behalf of yourself this Mother’s Day, whether it’s saying something unsaid to a spouse, a family member, a friend or burning a vaccine record.  I hope you’ll join me in finding a way to say what you need to say. 

Lori Brozek is the mother of three including a 15-year old son with autism.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Autism Association and is employed by the IRS.  Feel free to join her at noon on Mother's Day 2012 at One Franklin Plaza in Phildadelphia, PA.

Comments

Amy Stoutjesdyk

Love this idea! Sign me up whenever you want to block those vaccine trucks, I am all in on that one.

Tammy Swarek

I'm just reading this now or I would have so talked you into this!!!!! I'm all about getting crazy on these people!. Every mother needs to wake the hell up and snap out of the Autism coma or we are going to be stuck there forever WITH our kids...IF they live. I know mine is hanging on by a thread. The inflammation in his brain leaves him blind at times that at any time can become permanent. I am NOT playing with these people anymore. When you are serious about going all John Q...call me! I'll be the first one in!

richard p milner

MOTHER'S DAY IS TOMORROW.

Sue Morgan

Would have been nice to have read this BEFORE Mother's Day, like, a couple of weeks before, so we could have had time to prepare and organize. I don't read the internet on weekends, so I didn't see this until the Monday. How about posting this next year in time to really organize??

Angie

I didn't get this until today or I would have been there for sure. I love this idea for Mother's Day and have been saying lately that I really need an outlet for all of the anger and sadness that I feel. I have come to the conclusion that although I will NEVER EVER stop talking about vaccines (to whoever will listen to me) in hopes that it will help someone avoid the anguish that my family continues to experience, it all has become more personal for me. Most days, this is between me and my boys. I don't care anymore what mainstream doctor's believe. They can find out what I know if they wanted to. It's that simple. Until we come up with the money to take a few to lunch and buy them a calendar and some pens for their office, we're on the loosing end of things. I don't care anymore what anyone thinks (including my family who think I'm a raving lunatic lol) I care about getting my kids better and, just like someone said above, answering the question of what I did during the Age of Autism. I often sit at night and try to think of things that would be effective in helping out with awareness of the dangers of vaccines. We are a smart group- smarter than pharma. I KNOW we are. This kind of gathering is a great personal outlet and is what we need to come together and gather the strength needed to really take more action.

Autism Comic

Great job Lori! Enjoy ur trip and we will start planning civil disobedience when you return!

Joanna

I wish I had read this in time - I'm in Philly too and I would definitely have been there. I can't think of a better day TO get arrested than Mother's Day (if bail money is set aside as the Mother's Day gift, your husband can't be too mad)...

Jill Rubolino

Lori,
I am itchin' to see the inside of a holding cell. I have a bail fund (Uncle George) ready and waiting with strict instructions every time I travel to D.C. for some autism related travesty of justice. I relish when watching Whale Wars and fantasize about our own "Autism Wars" TLC reality show where we chase down vaccine manufacturers and Department of Justice members to save our "whales" i.e. our children. I wish I could throw a stink bomb at the sidewalk outside the Department of Health and Human Services. I spend late nights talking to fellow warrior moms about how preventing the passage of trucks delivering poisonous vaccine stock to distributions centers or even delaying them would cost said vaccine manufacturers money.....just about the only thing that's going to matter to them.
I am ready. I love your ideas and ready to make them a reality. How about an action network? Why wait until Mother's Day? How about a monthly gig?
Call me, I'm around.
Jill Rubolino
AIM, Autism Is Medical Meetup

Lauren

if you do have these 'events' or demonstrations, may I suggest: T-shirts, featuring an enlarged closeup of the vaccine insert- the one with the side effects, including seizures, encephalitis, autism, etc....

Donna L.

Shawn Siegel -
In a perfect world, your suggestion would be ideal. But if like me, you have ever tried to present information to a pediatrician, you would realize what a futile effort this is. You'll be met with a scoff and the statement, "I see over sixty patients a day. I don't have time to read this."

But more importantly, it is not the responsibility of parents to educate pediatricians. That responsibility falls upon the medical schools as well as each individual aspiring physician. If a doctor is not fully educated about the possible harmful effects of each vaccine and each medication he/she recommends, then he/she has no business prescribing or recommending them. There is more than enough information readily available to physicians via libraries and the Internet. If they are too lazy to access this information, then they have no business recommending to new parents anything more than diapers and a rocking chair.

Shawn Siegel

How 'bout a brief discussion with a doctor (less preferably, with the staff) about the reality of vaccine risk, starting, but not ending, with autism; blood disorders, coma, death, and onward, through the alphabet. It perhaps may be more effective at raising the eyebrow of the pediatrician, who simply has never had the issue seriously raised before him by parents in his own community, than an act of protest in front of the organization filtering the same information out of the doctor's reality.

Or, maybe make a point by posting the following, accurate, disclaimer that would have to accompany an ad for, say, DTaP:

(Check with your doctor – the vaccine is contraindicated in some circumstances; for instance, if you’ve had a prior adverse reaction to the DTaP vaccine, or are immunocompromised. Some people experience nausea immediately following vaccination, or within a few hours. The aluminum adjuvant in the vaccine, used to stimulate the immune system, may leave a hard lump at the injection site, which may be hot to the touch – this will typically dissipate in a few days, but has been known to effect muscle pain and chronic fatigue, and, though rare, may trigger development of autoimmune disease, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease); consult with your doctor at the first sign of any such reaction. The vaccine recipient may issue a high-pitched shriek sometime within the twenty-four hours following vaccination, which may indicate brain inflammation, and may be followed by a lengthy period of regression – consult with your doctor. The DTaP may cause bulging fontanelle in infants – this typically subsides after a few days, but may indicate brain damage; be alert for unusual behaviors, and call your doctor should you detect any. Also in infants, reports associate SIDS with the vaccine; for a period of about three weeks following vaccination, do not place your infant face-down. And, you may experience any combination of the following reported reactions, some of which may require hospitalization: abdominal pain, anaphylactic shock, apnoea, autism, bacterial/viral infections, convulsions, disintegrative disorder, coma, abnormal EEG, blood disorders, diabetes, eye movement disorder, hearing loss, trouble walking, narcolepsy, paralysis, pneumonia, impairment of psychomotor skills, screaming, and speech disorders. This vaccine has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.)

rileysmom

I'm in. Get a hold of me through Kim. She knows my email address.

Birgit Calhoun

I have always wondered how one could best open people's eyes to the problem. I could easily do this if someone were to join me.

The problem around here is the lack of understanding of what is at stake. There are mothers of autistic children, but most of the ones I know insist that it isn't vaccines no matter what logic I apply. They have been fully indoctrinated to believe that what their doctor and teachers tell them is gospel.

My talking about the subject to teachers and care-givers only gets me belligerent counter-arguments. The most common phrase is that that theory has been debunked. I usually keep talking anyway, and I am sure that people by now think that I have no other subject to talk about. Most people only read and believe what's in the newspaper: All mercury has been removed. Vaccines have been proven to be safe. When I ask if they have heard of Dr. Thorsen having being indicted, they don't know about that. I ask if they have read the Danish study they tell me they have not. They usually promise to read it. But that is how far it goes. They probably think I am wacko.

I am not wacko. I do have other interests, and I do try as hard as I can to keep standing on my opinion. But to find arguments without being drowned out by the counter-lunatic fringe is down-right exasperating. I am waiting for a tipping point.

Maybe standing as the lone person in front of GSK could get me a few pitied glances. It still is worth a try. It'll have to wait till next year. Maybe the pendulum will have swung my way by then.

Sylvia

I am always IN for something like this. I am pretty sure my husband has Sylvia Bail Money set aside for just such an occassion.

Donna L.

LOVE IT!!! Count me in!

For my acts of dissent, I keep in my car full-page printed copies of VACCINES CAUSE AUTISM and a roll of tape. When my son has horrific meltdowns that can only be stopped by driving him around, if it's during regular business hours I park in front of the pediatric clinic where he was vaxed into autism and I tape one of these signs to their front door. It doesn't cure autism (it doesn't even stop the meltdowns) but damn, it sure feels good.

JHouston

Lori, you are right.

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