I had a different idea for this week’s Sunday post, but after scrolling through FB on Friday evening I changed topics.
Joshua Coleman has been an advocate in our community for several years. Dad to a son with vaccine injury, he took his advocacy, and his talents, to the streets with V is for Vaccine.
When able, Josh records his efforts and quickly shares what he’s learned with other. I’ve always appreciated that about him. While I stay home taking care of my family, Josh and hundreds of other advocates have shown up. To the state capitol. To Disneyland. To Broadway. To the races, national conventions, and more. I’ve gotten to watch a few events as they were livestreamed. Standing in solidarity, sometimes in silence, it’s incredible to see.
When I’ve missed a livestream, I can’t wait to watch the recorded video later to see who was there, to hear what was said, and to also thank God for the bravery of those present. Some of those videos can be found here. Parents For Healthcare Rights - YouTube If you're Joshua Coleman, your photos and videos are very creative and informative. They feature parents, supporters and the public. They have been shot at small events and at blockbuster venues. Those who partake in the rallies have made local headlines and have even found their way onto news segments in mainstream news.
Uploading videos to the YouTube platform is commonplace, unless you're someone like Joshua Coleman though. Before his work is completely removed, head over to his channel and watch what he and groups like V is for Vaccine have done. Josh has reported that his videos are now slowly being taken down. If you appreciate what you see, tell him thank you. And please consider supporting the incredible efforts these parents are doing on behalf of so many.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.