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Posted on: Fri, 03/19/2004 - 4:46am
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OK. Our efforts haven

Posted on: Fri, 03/19/2004 - 6:01am
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I wish you mom good luck. I contacted Nancy Johnson asking her to support this legislation and got back a very noncommital letter from her. Sent her back a letter inviting her to go to a support group meeting or even to the grocery store, but never heard back from her. Rosa DeLaura and Chris Shays, 2 of CT's other Reps, do support this legislation.

Posted on: Fri, 03/19/2004 - 11:02am
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Nutternomore, way to go Mom!! That is great she is doing this. I hope she gets results! Also wanted to let you know Ive written my letters, and appreciate all you are doing. Thanks for keeping us updated as well!

Posted on: Mon, 03/22/2004 - 3:17am
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Just an update on town hall meeting on Saturday w/Rep. Nancy Johnson.
My mom reported as follows:
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I did a quick summary of main points made in the letter you wrote, said I had it in writing with attachments and gave her staff two sets, which she liked and commented that she

Posted on: Thu, 03/25/2004 - 3:19am
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Three more co-spononsors were added to HB 3684 this week including
Republican Jeb Bradley- [NH-1]. The two others are John W. Olver, - [MA-1]
and Rick Larsen, [WA-2]
Woohoooo!
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Jana
[url="http://www.seattlefoodallergy.org"]www.seattlefoodallergy.org[/url]

Posted on: Wed, 03/31/2004 - 4:00am
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Nuttermore,
I hope you don't mind but I used part of your letter to write to our representative (although I don't think you will being you wrote feel free to use it, just letting you know). I wrote to her back in April or last year. This time I added pictures of our children to the email, hoping like the postcard idea, that it will put a face to the issue. Let's keep pushing for this!

Posted on: Wed, 03/31/2004 - 5:50am
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[i]Anna McCartney, a member of the Seattle FEAST group, has asked that I post the message below on her behalf. If you decide to take up Anna on her generous offer, please consider offering to reimburse her - the supplies, postage, and ink aren't cheap!
This is another great way to get the word out, to supplement the letters & phone calls. Jana R.'s post from 2/9 in this topic (on page 1) pointed out where the files have been placed if you prefer to do this on your own, or would like to see the files.
Anna...this is awesome![/i]
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Subject: Can I make you some FALCPA postcards to send out?
Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know that a bunch of us in our local food allergy group are doing up postcards to give to friends/relatives to send in to their representatives.
I made a bunch up with my son's picture on one side, then some info about the FALCPA on the other. It's really cute, and several legislative offices we sent them to said that they were very eye-catching. Probably not as good as you sending a personal letter or calling, but more something to ask your relatives and friends to send. Basically, the goal here is to let the Representative know that a lot of people are asking about the FALCPA. [I STILL think a personal letter or phone call from parents is the very best thing - this is just in ADDITION!!]
Anyway, I had a pretty good response with the postcards with my son on them. I offered to do up postcards for anyone else in our local allergy group. I figure, it's sort of a hassle going to the computer store to buy the heavyweight paper (plus it's cheaper in large packs), then it's a pain to do the layout from scratch, so I figured I can just use the same template and do them up for other folks too.
I'd like to extend my offer to this group, too. I just went out and bought 5 big packages of the heavyweight paper, so I can do up a bunch of postcards for anyone who's interested.
My husband took a stack of them to work and I gave them to friends and relatives. It was a very easy way to get lots of people to write their congresspeople in support of the FALCPA this way. (It turns out, people do more if you make it really easy! Heh!) We are currently targeting one particular Rep in our area who hasn't shown much interest in the FALCPA -- she's about to get about 300 postcards with about 15 different kids on the various cards. Hopefully, it will make a big impact, and make her realize that there are lots of FA kids around, and lots of voters who care about them!
So, I'd be very happy to do some up for anyone in this group.
If you're interested, email me privately at [email]"anna@mccartneyfamily.com"[/email]. I'll need the following info:
Child's name
Child's age
What child is allergic to
Is it a life threatening allergy?
How many postcards do you think you could distribute?
I have a little blurb at the bottom, saying something like "For more information about food allergies and the FALCPA, please contact X's parents, _____________ at ___________". So, you might want to tell me your name (and your spouse if applicable), and whether you'd prefer your phone number or email address for the contact info.
Also, do you want the postcards addressed to your congressperson (in which case I can preaddress them for you) or do you want to be able to distribute them to friends in various districts (in which case I will leave the address blank and people can look it up at [url="http://www.house.gov)."]www.house.gov).[/url]
I'll also need your postal address, so I can mail the postcards to you.
I just bought a new faster printer, so let's keep this thing humming! It would be lovely to do up a whole bunch of these and get lots of pictures of cute allergic kids sent in to the various congresspeople. I'm hoping that having them look at pictures of our kids, it will guilt trip them more into co-sponsoring the bill. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
If you already have some heavyweight paper sitting around and you'd like to do these yourself, I'd be happy to give you my template or whatever would make it easy for you.
A couple of people have also told me that their child doesn't want to be on postcards. (One of the great things about my son being a toddler is that he has no shame!) If you'd like to DISTRIBUTE postcards, but not have your child on one, let me know, as I can share other postcards with you. (You can give out ones of my son or something.)
I'm really happy to do this, so please let me know if you'd be interested!
Anna McCartney
Ewan, age 3. Anaphylactic to eggs; sleep apnea.
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Posted on: Mon, 04/05/2004 - 2:59am
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Two more co-sponsors have signed on:
Rep. Brian Baird [WA-3] and Rep. Danny Davis [IL-7]
Thanks to all of you who have contacted your Reps so far.
We still needs lots more support to make this legislation a reality. Please contact your Rep. today to let them know you want safer food labeling!
Also - in light in the recent research results about the prevalence of seafood allergies, please update your "pitch" to include the latest stats re:food allergies.
[i]4% of the general population suffers from food allergy, or approximately [b]11 million[/b] Americans (or roughly 1-in-25 Americans).[/i]
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Posted on: Wed, 04/21/2004 - 3:25pm
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We've picked up three more co-sponsors!
Rep. Abercrombe [D-HI], Rep. Nethercutt [R-WA], and Rep. Tauscher [D-CA] (my rep!) are all on-board.
In the meantime, the bill remains stuck in the Subcommittee on Health. PLEASE contact your Reps. today!

Posted on: Thu, 04/29/2004 - 1:39pm
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I want to help, tell me what I can do, I am in FL! I went to that site but didn't want to send it on to family and friends because from the sounds of it, its a different level.
I am new to the PA world but already want to make a difference, I know I can!

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