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From Autism Action Network: US Take Action: NY County banning un-vaxxed kids is a threat to all of us

    Yesterday, Ed Day, the County Executive of Rockland County, New York, declared a state of emergency and ordered that no minors under the age of 18 who are not vaccinated with the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine (MMR) are allowed in public spaces for the next thirty days beginning this morning at midnight. Violation of the order is a Class B misdemeanor punishable with up to 6 months in jail. Public places include schools, businesses, public transportation, houses of worship, and other indoor spaces. Unvaccinated minors are allowed to remain in private homes, private vehicles and outdoor spaces.

    Day stated at a press conference yesterday that this is perhaps the first time in American history where any healthy person has been excluded from public places based on their vaccine status.

    Since last November there have been a reported 153 cases of measles in Rockland County. Yesterday, Kevin McKay, an investigator with the Rockland County Department of Public Health stated in an interview with John Gilmore of the Autism Action Network that there are currently 4 known active cases of measles in Rockland County. Rockland County is a suburb of New York City with a population of 328,000.

   This unprecedented move is a direct threat to anyone in the United States who has a religious or secular exemption from vaccine mandates. Normally we would not encourage people outside of a jurisdiction where an event is happening to get involved, but this is an action of national significance. Regardless of where you live please make the following calls.

     Please click on the Take Action Link above to send a message to Ed Day, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, and NY Health Commissioner Zucker stating your opposition to the ban.

   Before you take action if you value the news, information, and advocacy brought to you by the Autism Action Network please support our work here: https://grouprev.com/autismactionnetwork2019

    Please call County Executive Day and Rockland County Health Commissioner:

Rockland County Executive Ed Day, (845) 638-5122

Rockland County Commissioner of Health Patricia Schnabel, (845) 364-2512

Comment on Day’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/edwin.j.day1/

Tweet Day at @rocklandgov and @ElectEdDay (his 2018 campaign site)

    Please call the office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker and ask them to override Day's declaration. Cuomo has not ruled out a run for President in 2020, so non-New Yorkers please call.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, (518) 474-8390

Commissioner Howard Zucker, (518) 474-2011

    The target for this move is children who have religious exemptions from vaccine mandates. Rockland County has a large Hasidic Jewish population where religious reasons contrary to vaccination are common. The majority of cases have been in the Hasidic community.

    According to statements made yesterday by Day the vaccination uptake rate at public schools is very high. In fact the Clarkstown School District, one of the largest in the county, is notorious for not allowing any religious exemptions despite the legal right to do so in New York. The claim was also made that the vaccination rate among children country wide with the MMR is 72% indicating that the majority of religious exemptions are among the private, mostly Jewish, schools. Despite the obvious concentration in the Hasidic community Day referred on his Facebook to people who have religious exemptions as "mentally nebulous" and followers of "expert teachings of Hollywood actors" and referred to Jenny McCarthy and Robert DeNiro in yesterday's press conference.       

     Day recently drew a great deal of attention to his Irish Catholic roots around St. Patrick's Day but he is obviously unaware that the Roman Catholic Church, Day's church, has serious moral reservations with vaccines made from aborted fetal tissue like the MMR. In a 2005 document written under the direction of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict 16, the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life stated, "Therefore, doctors and fathers of families have a duty to take recourse to alternative vaccines  (if they exist), putting pressure on the political authorities and health systems so that other vaccines without moral problems become available. They should take recourse, if necessary, to the use of conscientious objection with regard to the use of vaccines produced by means of cell lines of aborted human foetal origin."

    The declaration does not include adults who do not have immunity, estimated at 7%, nor children not vaccinated for medical reason even though they could still be potential carriers.

    Day claimed that more than 17,000 MMR vaccines have been given since November. The MMR is a live virus vaccine; therefore recently vaccinated people can infect other people with the measles. If the people getting measles are ill with the strain in the MMR, that would indicate that they were infected by a shedding person.

    Parents of children with an IEPs please be aware that your child's school is still required to provide the services called for in the IEP, regardless if the child is in school or not. Please call your school today to determine how the school will provide the federally mandated IEP services.

    Despite the number of religious exemptions in the Hasidic community, or perhaps in part because of them, Rockland was declared the "Healthiest County in New York." in statewide survey released on March 19.

    Please share this message with friends and family, and please share on social networks (while you still can.) 

Comments

Gayle

I agree Bob that hopefully protecting our humanitarian right to informed consent will not require a massive civil disobedience movement like the one that ended the unfair and unjust Jim Crow Laws of the south. However once one county executive starts this type of action it will inevitably lead to other political leaders to follow suit out of unnecessary fear of the "deadly" measles spreading to unvaccinated children. When I was a child I had all the typical childhood illnesses=measles, mumps, German measles as it was known then, chicken pox and so did everyone else I knew and everyone was sick for a week or two and got over it without any dangerous side effects or death. Suddenly we are now being told these illnesses are life threatening and a danger to children who contract them. What happened in the middle 80s that all of a sudden everything changed and vaccination was made mandatory for school attendance? Why did our children have to suffer the life time effects of autism because they were forced to get these vaccines and we as parents had no clue about how risky these vaccinations would be to our children. I believe with all the technology that there are researchers out there who can discover how to cure our children and prevent them from living a life with a devastating condition known as autism.

Michelle Valenti

If you call Day’s office and are not a county resident, they will not take your call. They give you another number. 845-364-2111, which they apparently set up forthis reason as there are only two options. Leave a message if this is a general call about the state of emergency or call your primary care physician concerning specific questions about the MMR vaccine. I doubt they’ll be listening to or concerning themselves with any messages left.

Mary

Is there a link somewhere to the interview where they state there are only four active cases?

Sonja Grear

This violates our constitutionally protected freedom of religion. They are have banned healthy Jewish kids from attending synagogue on Passover. I would imagine some parents will bring their kids to synagogue and alert the authorities so they can file a lawsuit.

Montana NAR

Are there any "statistics" from Rockland County's Hasidic Jewish community?

Like how how many days was each child who contracted measles sick? How were those sicknesses treated and cured by their parents? Have the sick ones fully recovered and are now feeling fine?

Was the strain of measles which they got a wild strain or a laboratory creation?

It might be helpful to people who are "afraid of the measles" to get real-life reports on how average and non-dangerous measles is to most kids. Especially to kids whose parents have exercised their children's HUMAN RIGHT to a natural immune system.

Bob Moffit

"Violation of the order is a Class B misdemeanor punishable with up to 6 months in jail. Public places include schools, businesses, public transportation, houses of worship, and other indoor spaces. Unvaccinated minors are allowed to remain in private homes, private vehicles and outdoor spaces."

Haven't seen this type of governmental coercion .. threatening arrest, jail and fines .. for exercising our God given HUMANITARIAN RIGHT TO INFORMED CONSENT .. since the 1950-60's .. when black citizens were routinely arrested, jailed and fined .. for violating laws denying them access to public places, public schools, businesses, public transportation and other outdoor spaces.

Hopefully protecting our humanitarian right to informed consent will not require a massive civil disobedience movement such as the one that finally brought an end to the unjust JIM CROW LAWS of the South. After all .. the absolutely last thing I want to witness at my advanced old age is a recreation of the ugly scenes of dogs being unleashed against moms holding their unvaccinated children while desperately trying to exercise their RIGHT TO INFORMED CONSENT.

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