By Kim Stagliano
When actor James Garner decided to help organize and attend the March on Washington in 1963, he wasn’t just listening to his conscience. He and other actors who attended may have been embarking on Hollywood’s first large-scale political act since the days of McCarthyism and Hollywood’s anti-Communist blacklist. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/21/james-garners-legacy-a-commitment-to-civil-rights-and-political-activism/
I love this article about James Garner. What have you done in your life - to go against the grain for what is right? For me? It's talking about vaccine injury and autism. That has meant being called "Anti-vaccine" and an "American Loon" and derided in the media (anyone remember my name splashed across the front page of the Chicago Trib for feeding my girls "toxic waste products" courtesy of Trine Tsouderos? Miss cupcake reviewer turned "science" beat writer?) I am proud to make people uncomfortable. Just as I am proud to support Skyhorse Publishing, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, Dr. Martha Herbert and Dr. Mark Hyman and the new book Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak.
As I type, there is an ad by the State of New York running on NBC 4 featuring a man desperately trying to breath as he coughs, clearly in agony. This is an acceptable way to tell people that smoking is dangerous. But if I, we, dare try to tell anyone what vaccines did to our kids? We're as welcome as lung cancer.
I never ever want to be a bowl of melty vanilla ice cream - quietly acquiescing to industry and government pressure. And I will not. Autism is not a gift or a blessing in my home - my girls? They are Mark's and my joy. Autism has robbed them of their rightful lives.
Who wants to take my 18 year old to meet Peppa Pig at the mall Thursday?
STAND UP. SPEAK OUT. You can do it. And to Robert F. Kennedy, Dr. Martha Herbert and Dr. Mark Hyman, THANK YOU.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her new novel, House of Cards; A Kat Cavicchio romantic suspense is available from Amazon in all e-formats now. Her memoir, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book.