A strange thing is happening in California. From all that I can gather, we have a chance at winning.
And by winning, I mean, getting enough signatures by September 25 to put a referendum on the ballot so that the voters of my home state can decide whether the corporate fascists of pharma can force our kids to follow their vaccination schedule or else throw our children out of school.
I'm not used to having a chance at winning, but what else can I think when I see on Facebook that people are turning in 7,000 signatures at a time to the leader of our movement, Tim Donnelly? What can I think when I see posts from groups of people at tables in front of churches who report that hundreds of people are signing the petitions at these events? Yes, I know we need 365,880 signatures, but it seems like a lot of people are working very hard to make this happen.
I have to start first with the leader of our movement, former assemblyman, Tim Donnelly, who actually ran for governor in California. Our state has an open primary, which means the two top candidates run against each other, presumably, the democrat against a republican. Donnelly finished third in the open primary. I never believed we would get such high-profile support for our cause.
And what about fund-raising? Last week we tried to raise $100,000 for the effort and hit the goal two days early! Yes, there are additional challenges to come, but so far, so good. I'm not used to being in this position. I'm much more used to losing arguments to family and friends who have no idea of the monstrosity of the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act which created the "Vaccine Court" and although they don't remember any kids with autism when they were young, they engage in some sort of magical thinking which makes them believe these kids were all hidden away in some secret colony that would eventually produce people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.
You'll forgive me if I believe that this issue is more important than any other this year. Yes, I care about ISIS, the economy, and tax-dodging hedge-fund managers, but to me this is the burning house in which we all live. If we can't put aside our differences to figure out how to stop the fire, none of us are going to have a world remotely resembling one in which we want to live.
Even if you don't live in California, this fight is your fight. In many ways, California leads the way for the country in social trends. If we lose here, the fight will be coming to you very soon. Don't believe you are safe, or that you live among enlightened people who would never embrace California style fascism. This is our modern Thermopylae, and instead of the brave 300 Spartans, we have more than 4,000 Californians who are waging this fight for all of you. Help them.
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Kent Heckenlively is a Founding Contributing Editor to Age of Autism and co-author with Dr. Judy Mikovits of Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases. Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can order the book HERE.