Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Schneider Go to Washington

lonestarFirst and foremost, we are moms.  

Moms that have witnessed ongoing vaccine injury in our children.

Moms that belong to a growing community of affected families.

Moms that have listened to the recorded admissions of CDC scientist and whistleblower Dr. William Thompson.

Moms that have read the accompanying evidence that substantiates his revelations.

And now . . .

We are pissed off moms with a very specific agenda.

Neither of us has any experience in government or politics. Neither of us aspires to do anything with our lives beyond caring for our children, protecting them in every reasonable way we can, and preventing further damage. Neither of us has expendable funds or the backing of well-known organizations either. We are truly just moms, first and foremost. The only exception is that we are now pissed off moms and have clear evidence what we believed to be true, absolutely is.

We’re sure this description seems familiar and that you can easily relate. And from what we have learned this past week, we now know that you can also easily do your part to make sure that your concerns are heard on a local, state and national level. Doing your part as an advocate for your child and political constituent is not only one of your many jobs as a parent, it is also your job as an American citizen. The process lends itself to those who are vocal and indignant, and we believe now is the time to stand up and be heard.

With little to gain and nothing to lose, we began contacting a couple of elected officials, simply asking for their time so that we could inform them of Dr. Thompson’s allegations. As the whistleblower situation develops and more documents continue to be uncovered, less media attention is paid to the issue, which signaled to us that we needed to ramp up our efforts, expanding our outreach to other lawmakers from Texas (our home state), including both senators, and inform anyone along the way who was willing to listen. What started as constituents communicating with those elected to represent them evolved into what many would consider to be a mission impossible.

Acknowledging that we voluntarily carried the weight of thousands of parents on our shoulders, we collected names of staffers and scheduled appointments in Washington, DC. Dragging fifty-pound suitcases loaded with informational packets printed and organized by us, we left the unusually warm temperatures of Austin, TX, and embarked on a life-changing journey of advocacy and activism, during which we were regularly schooled on the basics of government and bureaucracy.

In total, we were granted a dozen or so meetings, mostly within the Texas delegate, some with the politicians themselves. We cannot stress enough that these meetings happened organically, with the exception of one Congressman and one Senator. We had absolutely no pre-existing connections to these offices. These meetings were, for the most part, just the result of cold-calling or emailing the DC offices, beginning with the scheduler and being persistent yet flexible with follow-up contacts. But a little luck a lot of prayer and some sheer coincidence played huge roles in our journey once we arrived in the bitter cold of DC.

The first full day was supposed to begin with “Texas Tuesday,” basically an opportunity to enjoy free coffee and get a photo with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). But when we woke up and turned on the news that morning, we were greeted with the sudden revelation that there would be a Senate hearing related to vaccines that day. We frantically googled for more information and were dumbstruck to find out that these proceedings were happening just a short walk from Texas Tuesday and in the same building as our second scheduled meeting. As one of us is inclined to often say, “there are no accidents.”

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With Senator Ted Cruz

After a brief talk with Senator Cruz, during which he was hastily informed of not only the CDC whistleblower but also state efforts to restrict vaccine choice rights, we ran to the hearing and bulldozed our way to the second row for an up-close assault on our character and knowledge. We furiously jotted down choice quotes while we watched in absolute horror. What was reported to be a “full committee hearing” by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that was planned “in advance” of the recent measles outbreak was actually a well-orchestrated dog and pony show intended to misdirect blame away from the CDC and onto parents like us. The CDC expert (Rear Admiral Dr. Anne Schuchat) repeatedly contradicted herself and denied vaccine risks and failures. No matter, a majority of the few senators who did attend gave her an unequivocal pass. Our deep disgust at the senators’ continual rhetoric “vaccines are 100% safe” was quickly becoming obvious enough to elicit the concerned looks of press photographers, one of whom was distracted to the point of almost breaking with his routine and turning the camera on us. While Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) threw loaded questions at Schuchat that were clearly intended to exempt vaccines from her typical scrutiny of Big Pharma and place her undoubtedly on the side of universally mandated vaccinations, we were suddenly tapped on the shoulder, being invited to an interview for Central American TV. Having been insulted and appalled enough for a lifetime, we decided it was time to spare ourselves the agony of the hearing’s second panel of testimony. (Editor’s note: Yesterday we posted a Top 10 Lied Told at the Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Hearing.)

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Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rear Admiral Anne Schuchat


The petite, kind woman from TeleSur TV allowed us an open platform to discuss why we were in DC and what we felt about the hearings. As we were finishing up our five minutes of Spanish language network “fame”, dumb luck struck again. We turned to head to our next appointment, only to find Dr. Schuchat – champion of the US recommended vaccine schedule and scapegoater extraordinaire – standing right in front of us. Now was our chance to vocalize our distaste with the CDC in general and her testimony in particular, and we took it. Fortunately, the TeleSur crew captured it all on film (unfortunately, they were unable to get audio due to broken equipment). We asked her why there was no balance in the CDC’s public statements about vaccines, why she failed to even mention VAERS and the NVICP, and questioned her claim that vaccines have saved U.S. taxpayers $1.4 trillion in healthcare-related costs when even Thomas Insel of the NIH conceded that 70% of autistic children will require lifetime care and services at the average cost of $3.2 million each. She looked at us with a face dripping with pity and lacking in true empathy. Her response was condescending and inadequate: “It must be very difficult for you.” She was then rushed off by her staff, using the persistent camera crew as an excuse.

Needless to say, we walked away shaken, but we promptly regained our footing and felt a renewed sense of responsibility. Our trip to DC had just become even more important.

Thankfully, the remainder of that first day brought much promise. We sat with staffers for Senator Ted Cruz, Representative Randy Weber (R-TX), Representative John Carter (R-TX) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). Most listened with concern and interest while we detailed the CDC fraud and described its implications. They pledged their dedication to government accountability and support for personal liberties. Some walked in with little understanding of vaccine risks and the need for further independent research. Nearly none had ever heard of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Obviously, they know plenty now. All in all, we found people to be very receptive and willing to provide us some guidance on whom to approach going forward since an investigation and a hearing are the goals.

We ended our day by doing unscheduled “drop-ins” at offices of various senators. Our attitude was one of “the worst they can do is say no,” so we made it our job to make contact with Senators Warren, Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) who seem to believe that vaccines ought to be considered protected products, while our human right to bodily autonomy ought to be considered a privilege. Always the activists, we made sure to sign their official guest books with choice words of wisdom like “vaccines cause autism,” “#CDCwhistleblower,” and “protect parental rights.” We felt accomplished and limped back to the hotel (side note: bring comfortable shoes and be strategic about your schedule; walking from one side of Capitol Hill to the other and back again is a CHORE).

vaccines cause autismAs though the universe felt the need to remind us of our size and instill in us more humility, the second day started with repeated blows to our optimism. First, we were told that jurisdiction issues dictated that the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology would have to hand this matter off to either the Committee on Energy and Commerce or Committee on Oversight and Governmental Reform. This was one of many times that we were kicking ourselves for being so ignorant of the processes and rules which impact how our government functions (if only we had paid more attention in high school government class). Having been under the impression that the Science Committee would cover the hearings, we specifically chose many representatives with a presence on that committee when scheduling appointments. Suddenly, we had less than 36 hours to switch our direction completely . . . not an easy task!

Next up was Representative Michael McCaul’s (R-TX) office where we were treated to a brief and painfully pointless meeting with a staffer. He literally seemed as though he was on the verge of falling asleep during our appointment. With much to accomplish and little time to waste, we politely ended our ten-minute torture session. Representative Dr. Michael Burgess (R-TX) followed on the schedule and since we were told he would be particularly interested in the CDC due to his medical background, we felt our time would be much better spent with someone more receptive to our information. Dr. Burgess was also identified as a key member to approach because he sits on both the Science and Energy and Commerce Committees, so we expected some promising direction. Although his staffer listened patiently to our schpiel about the CDC whistleblower, she was cautious about moving forward right now due to measles mania. While she seemed to understand the significance of our request for hearings, she kept referring back to the need for physicians to educate patients. Yes, this does provide for informed consent, but only if the physicians are truly informed themselves. If all they know is what was hammered home at that hearing – that vaccines are safe and have NOTHING to do with autism – then what qualifies them to educate anyone? Unfortunately, she was unable to really grasp this concept.

Then, a scheduling mix-up delivered another blow to our confidence. Eager to shake Representative Bill Posey’s (R-FL) hand and personally thank him for his brave efforts to advocate for our community, we were disappointed to learn that wasn’t going to happen. We had been unexpectedly rescheduled to the next day with no guarantee of seeing Posey himself. We were defeated, feeling cut off at the knees. So it was almost too much to show up at Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) office and learn that we were being bumped from Paul’s schedule to accommodate another group. We would, however, meet with his staffer. Expecting the worst, we entered the conference room and were met with a young woman who had truly done her research. She referenced the risk to African-American males that was originally found in the CDC study and knew plenty about not only vaccine risks, but the NVICP as well. She also acknowledged the deliberate language used by Senator Warren in the hearing in Senator Paul’s absence (he is also a member of the HELP Committee). Warren had used Paul’s own wording (plucked from an earlier interview during which he voiced support for vaccine choice) about vaccines triggering “mental disorders” against him in order to separate herself from those who question vaccines, therefore supporting CDC lies. Paul’s staffer went on to describe Paul’s concerns about the lack of answers when it comes to the causes of autism and his desire to ensure that government funds do not get earmarked toward duplicative and useless research. She herself went to great lengths to educate herself about autism in the run up to the 2014 CARES Bill Reauthorization, complaining that she was unable to find many informational documentaries about the realities of autism (she now has a DVD copy of “Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis?”). A great sense of relief and hope washed over us as Senator Paul came in between meetings to greet us and take a photo.

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With Senator Rand Paul

It had been a rough day, emotionally and physically, but there was still a reason to be optimistic.

Our third and final day found us not only attending previously scheduled meetings, but also bombarding various offices to drop off informational packets and make sure as many people know about the CDC whistleblower as possible. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA), Fred Upton (R-MI and Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce), Tim Murphy (R-PA and Chairman of Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Oversight), Justin Amash (R-MI), Joe Barton (R-TX), and Pete Olson (R-TX) now have the evidence in their hands and we need to hold them accountable for proceeding on this issue. We also descended upon the office of Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) to leave information because we had been informed that he was planning to introduce the “Vaccines Save Lives” resolution, the language of which dismisses any evidence that vaccines cause “life-threatening or disabling diseases.” Needless to say, this man deserves further education about #CDCwhistleblower.

In yet another stroke of dumb luck, we ran into Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), who was on the receiving end of the #MeetMichelle social media campaign. He listened to us rush through the details of the CDC whistleblower story and told us he was late for a meeting with another constituent who wanted to talk to him about protecting religious exemptions, and that the two of them were then headed to Senator Orrin Hatch’s (R-UT) office to discuss attempts to federally mandate vaccines. He assured us that he supports our efforts, both to hold the CDC accountable and to uphold parental choice. Relieved, we looked at the clock and literally ran to our appointment, heels and all.


With Representative Lamar Smith

Our first official visit was to Representative Judge Ted Poe’s (R-TX) office. While we waited in his small lobby area for the staffer to call us back, Judge Poe himself came through and introduced himself. He promised to return to talk to us after completing an interview. His staffer was noticeably disturbed by what we had to say and asked for even more information. Judge Poe soon joined us and shook his head in disappointment as we informed him of proposed legislation to eliminate exemptions in Texas and of the CDC whistleblower. More than once he said, “I just have a huge problem with the government deciding what goes into our bodies.” YES! He then talked about how he isn’t afraid of the pursuit of truth or potential negative publicity from standing up for government accountability. DOUBLE YES!! A true thinker at the Capitol!


With Representative Ted Poe

We then met with Representative Louis Gohmert (R-TX) who sat with us for over 90 minutes . . . something we thought was unheard of, generally. A close friend to Representative Posey, he had obviously already listened to the recordings of Dr. Thompson and educated himself on the issue. He pledged his help, but warned us that the issue and vaccine safety proponents will continue to be disregarded, especially in the media, until we find a way to ease people into it. He was coming from a place of experience and concern, as someone who often has the “crazy” label slapped on him by reporters. What struck us most was his sincere surprise when he heard us talk about recovery. He had never heard of a child recovering from autism, and that revelation led him to advise us to continue sharing stories of kids healing, because if they get better then that means it’s treatable, which in turn means it’s preventable and ultimately means there is a CAUSE or CAUSES. Any logical person, he argued, would make the connection and want to delve deeper. He even went so far as to suggest that hearings be held to talk about the possibility of recovery from autism. That is huge. HUGE.


With Representative Louis Gohmert

From there, we headed to the office of Representative Roger Williams (R-TX). Having previously met with his regional staff in Austin, we had each received a letter from him in January acknowledging the existence of “vaccine related autism.” Williams was obviously in a rush (bells were going off throughout the building to alert representatives of a vote happening at that moment), but took the time to visit with us, take a photo, and get our meeting transferred to the appropriate staff member. We were again schooled, by this staffer, about the inner workings of government and given realistic expectations about how and when things might happen.


With Representative Roger Williams

We capped off our Capitol Hill mission with a meeting at Representative Posey’s office. The tables were turned during this appointment and we were the ones asking the questions. We were given upfront and honest answers by the two people in his office who are the most knowledgeable about Dr. Thompson. We were also asked to share these answers with the community so that everyone understands that Posey remains “committed to this until the CDC has information on [the health outcomes of] vaccinated versus unvaccinated, or they do a study.” They explained that after the CDC whistleblower story broke in late August 2014, the government was basically “frozen” due to election season being followed by holidays and a lame duck session. This is now a new Congress, however, and the first six weeks of 2015 have involved committee placements, office assignments, votes, and some confirmations. So, while it may seem as though this is moving at a snail’s pace, the reality is that it is moving as quickly as can be expected under the circumstances. Current representatives essentially have two years to make sure their pet projects get attention and Posey’s personal commitment is to the whistleblower story and hearings. Right now, they are working on finding the right committee to conduct the investigation. Once that is done, it is a matter of convincing committee members to take it on.

This is where our community members can take on a powerful and prominent role. By voicing your desire to have investigations into CDC misconduct, we can ensure that Congress makes this a top priority. Posey’s office asks that we also respect Dr. Thompson’s efforts to come forward and protect the very delicate relationship that now exists between him and our government. The focus needs to be on our children, our stories, our truth – NOT digging for juicy gossip or trying to publish unfounded rumors or baseless claims. What drives this process more than anything at this stage are the voices of constituents. Your responsibility is to make the calls, write the emails, show up to the local appointments in your Representative’s district with your children, tell your personal stories, and let them know we aren’t going away or giving up.

Our hope is that telling you this story of our trip to DC illustrates how simple this process can be. What we have done here is not unique and is very doable for everyone around the country. All you need to do is pick up a phone and tell your elected official that you care about this issue. We also hope that we did right by this community and did everyone proud. We felt a great sense of duty to represent how deeply disappointing the response from these federal agencies to the growing autism epidemic has been, and to properly verbalize the extent of everyone’s frustration and fear.

Please do not allow this to fade into oblivion. We owe it to our children and future generations of children to act NOW.

~ Michelle Taff Schneider (Lone Star) and Jeanna Reed


For more by Lone Star, click here.

Michelle Taff Schneider (Lone Star) is a long, not-so-tall Texan with brass balls and a strong will. It’s true about everything being bigger in Texas, including her attitude and her heart.

Jeanna Reed is the co-founder of the 501 (c)3 non-profit Autism Is Medical, the Public Relations Coordinator for Autism Media Channel, and the mother of three sons, one of whom suffered severe adverse reactions to his vaccine schedule. She is committed to education, advocacy, research and activism to help balance a system which has become adversarial to those who promote vaccine safety.

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45 Responses to Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Schneider Go to Washington

  1. Num Guy says:

    Sadly, vaccine makers have no incentive to change their ways. They make huge profits but are totally protected from lawsuits because Congress granted them immunity in 1986. We the taxpayers are paying for the damages they are causing. Sound familiar? Privatizing profits while socializing risk!! If you want to change this, please sign this petition

    Kindly pass this on to everyone you know. Together, hopefully, we can make a difference!

  2. Nira says:

    Wow, what a great job ” just 2 moms”!
    It’s 2 months later now- do you have any updates since your visit to wash d.c.?

    I sign online petitions but would love to see an “info graphic blueprint ” for how to step it up to your political activism on Capitol Hill – so that we can follow it! And it would be cool to have some website that moms/dads in different states can post into and get tallies or stars to see where the activism is mounting..

    It’s April autism action month. (Really who needs awareness ? I don’t even bother calling it that anymore, say “autism action” enough maybe it will stick for next year !)

    I want to get my husband involved into this legislative action. Is there any group or dads you know of I can connect him to? ( I am good at online stuff, he is better at the old fashioned calling and securing the right people).

    Any chance you would come out to the TACA east coast conference on May 1 in philly? We would love to meet you both.!

    P.s. I just love the title with Clever play on words – “mrs r and mrs s go to Washington “… following your story and the Photos was terrific!

  3. isabelle A.D. says:

    Does anyone know what happened to H.R. 1757 introduced by Bill Posey requiring vaccinated vs. non vaccinated studies? It was introduced in 2013. His website lists it there but no update that I could find.


  4. Lauren Ayers says:

    Thank you for being such determined and articulate representatives of the thousands of moms (and dads, and grandparents) who are motivated by wanting to protect other children from their child’s health challenge. And also for speaking for the tens of thousands of parents whose kids didn’t suffer (at least not as seriously) who also want to clean up the system.

    I thought I knew how useless vaccines were, but in the process of trying to write an explanation of Herd Immunity, I found out how bass ackwards the media has got it! Based on the reliable info put out by the Weston A. Price Foundation, my essay can be found at GoodSchoolFood(dot)weebly(dot)com, the “Vax” tab.

    Yes, the Bad News goes down better if people also get the Good News. So there are 7 better ways to prevent/treat childhood diseases. This one is the newest so I’ll mention it here:
    Homeopathic Prophylaxis (HP) is a branch of homeopathy using nosodes (homeopathic preparation made from respiratory discharges or diseased tissues of sick animals or people). See and Research with promising results happened in Cuba (1), Brazil, and India (2)



  5. Connie Habash says:

    Thank you so much for your courage, commitment, and determination to bring this issue before our government, and the people of the United States. You give me hope and inspiration that the efforts I and others in my area are making. We must persist, stay grounded, and stand in our truth – unafraid to voice it to others.

  6. Isabelle A.D. says:

    Thank you so much for being so determined and sharing your story. What would be your advice for key points to representatives for parents whose children have not been injured by vaccines, but who would like to make the point across nevertheless that vaccines are NOT safe as they are portrayed to be, and that the new mandate laws infringe upon citizens’ freedom and liberty? Thanks!

    Justice Keith Says
    On the MMR/MR UK Group Litigation
    But my final words must go to the claimants’ litigation friends. As I said in an earlier judgement, no-one can fail to have enormous sympathy for the parents of the children to whom this litigation has related. They have spoken eloquently and with great feeling of the tragedies which befell them when their children became ill. They blame the vaccines produced by the defendants for damaging their children, and they are bitter over their inability to proceed with their claims. But when they came to court, they always expressed themselves in a measured and moderate tone, despite their disenchantment with the Legal Services Commission which they believe has let them down, and at all times they treated the court with courtesy and respect. They made my difficult task less wearing that it might otherwise have been. I am grateful to them for that.” Justice Keith

  8. jennycat says:

    Thank you! You give us hope for CA.

  9. Alaska Mom says:

    You guys are amazing!!! Great work! I emailed Elizabeth Warren as soon as I saw video of the hearing. Will get on it with our local delegation. Thank you for doing this!

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  11. Kira says:

    I can barely pick up my jaw after reading that nearly none of them had even heard of VAERS. I am dumbfounded!!! Bless you, bless you, bless you for going, for being brave, and for giving a voice to the millions of us who desperately need a voice. I will write my senators. Thank you!!!!!!!!!

  12. Karen says:

    ” Nearly none had ever heard of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.” I just do not understand how this is possible? It is a government program. How is it that I know about it but members of our GOVERNMENT do not??????
    Thank you ladies, for paving the way!

  13. Julie Ware says:

    Thank you so much. I have been trying to help my friends (even the ones who vaccinate) to see the dangers of government mandating what we put in our bodies. I have spent thousands of dollars getting therapy for my 2 vaccine injured children. I spend thousands on special diets. My prayer is to keep my right to raise my children without fear that the government will force unnecessary medical treatments on them or their children. We get called all sorts of names and told we are unscientific or dumb. You ladies just proved, yet again, that we are not that. We are fighters. Keep fighting. Please! I will do all I can to support you. My prayers are with you. Thank you!

  14. Thank-you, Jeanna and Michelle!
    This is exactly what is needed – a “how-to” tutorial on becoming active and effective with the political process. So many of us (myself included) want to do what you have done, but find ourselves frozen in fear and apprehension because we don’t know how to get started or feel we have to have a deep understanding of the process in order to move forward.
    Your courage, heart, and just plain determination is inspiring!

  15. mostthankful says:

    Just, thank you. Would you consider making some of your informational packet available? I would love to be able to present something to my local government. I saw the request in another comment, and I think it’d be really helpful to have the same information across the board when talking with everyone. Good, amazing, wonderful job. I am so encouraged that there are people in our government who are willing to hear another side to all of this.

  16. Lone Star says:

    For all of those asking for help and direction with meetings, please refer to this video. Thanks for all the kind words! Jeanna and I were happy to do the work, but we definitely look forward to reading about everyone else’s efforts.

    • Jennifer says:

      Thank you! I will watch the video. I can definitely do my own work, but I was nervous and curious what types of info you brought, not all your actual info. Way to go ladies, you are an inspirati0n!

      To others asking the same questions, perhaps we should brainstorm. I have a meeting locally in April with Congressman Visclosky and want to be prepared. It seems we definitely should have our personal story and pictures of our children. Then we need facts and studies. So what do you think…info on fraud/CDC whistle blower, info on vaccines and links with autism etc, info on vaccine ingredients, discuss Posey and the study we want to be done, bring up support for parental choice/against mandated vaccines? Do we print out long studies, or just provide a bullet point of highlights with links to full source?

      • Lone Star says:


        We brought the one-page summary stapled on top of a double-sided print-out of the complaint filed with the HHS’s Office of Research Integrity. We limited our discussions to our personal stories and the whistleblower admissions, including how the fraud has impacted so many other areas like research and VICP outcomes. Neither of us is a scientist or medical doctor, so we did not touch upon research. We also did not discuss the Merck whistleblower lawsuit since that was not our focus. We want hearings on the whistleblower…the lawsuit is already making its way (slowly) through the court system and doesn’t require congressional intervention.

        You have to make your “ask” simple and doable – we want hearings.

      • Jennifer says:

        I just watched the video and downloaded the compliant, thank you! Also, thanks you so much for the tips. You are right! I am not a doctor or a scientist. Keep it simple. Tell my story. Ask for hearing. I feel more prepared already!!

  17. Chris Bell says:

    What a huge and admirable effort. I really feel for you all in the US, it has been amazing to be on the outside looking in at all the hysteria of late.

    Interestingly I was just reading about Anne Schuchat and saw that she has no children. Becoming a parent is not just the welcoming and tending of new members in a household, it is a period of biologically-driven and profound brain development and reorganisation within the parent. This process enables us for the first time in our lives to truly put our needs second to those of someone else, our children, it enables us to place their care as of prime importance in our lives. Without this developmental experience people cannot access this stuff. Hence I believe the inauthentic interaction with AS. In my opinion people without children should not be allowed anywhere near decisions concerning the care and well-being of children. On a biological level they actually lack the required brain development to fully comprehend the issue.

  18. thankfulmama says:

    Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you for your advocacy on behalf of our kids and our rights as parents. And thanks for the detailed summary of your meetings.
    I, like some pp’s, am also getting started with advocating too- I have already been emailing my reps, and signing petitions- but need to move on to phone calls and meetings. It would be fantastic if there is a way to share info- like the pamphlets you gave out to the reps, senators & staffers.
    And what do you think are the most important points to hit? CDC whistleblower? Merck fraud/ mumps? The fact that vaccine injury is not rare & that vaccines carry grave risks of permanent disability & death? (backed up by facts)
    I am in CA where there is proposed legislation to remove exemptions, so I know I have to make my voice heard- I’m just not sure what to focus on- I am very fortunate that I worked in an integrative medical office while I was pregnant & was supported and strongly encouraged by all the MDs to do my own research on each vaccine and be very cautious- I initially chose a delayed/ very select schedule, but have since done so much more research that I am very unlikely to choose any more vaccines for my child (or myself). I am also lucky my son did not suffer an injury, but my heart absolutely breaks for the millions of vaccine injured- and I cannot imagine the freedom to choose being taken away.
    If possible please share your info, and/or “bullet points” to hit in meetings/ phone calls.
    Again thank you so much!

  19. Anna says:

    From the mom of a vaccine-injured beautiful girl: thank you so much. And I agree: big disappointment with democratic women…

  20. Monique says:

    Wow! Great job! I’m so thankful to you both. I have contacted my state reps and senator on this issue. 🙂 I love how they were surprised to hear that healing is possible.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      That is one of the biggest messages we NEED to get across. When I was sitting with congressional staffers last spring, it was one of the messages I hit hard. The fact is that the mainstream up until LAST YEAR when a study came out that said up to 10% of children with autism “lose their diagnosis” was saying it was impossible. Who were the people who not only KNEW recovery was possible, but were making it happen? The very same people being labeled as crazy “anti-science” people. Cognitive dissonance, anyone?

  21. redrobin says:

    Amazing. You ladies are my real life heroes! I would also love to see your info packet. Something we could all send to our reps from various states, with a personal letter if our own concerns?

  22. Y Lewis says:

    Thank you, ladies, for your advocacy and information!

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  24. Allimama says:

    Awesome post! You have motivated me to make my voice heard by people in position to make decisions! How can I get access to the information you put together to give to the legislators you met with?

  25. Patti Carroll says:

    This is fantastic, ladies! Thank you so much for “walking the halls of congress” on behalf of our children. I love the reports on each meeting. Elected officials need to be exposed and publicly shamed to their constituents when they are ignorant, condescending, or uncaring about an issue as important as vaccine damage.

  26. Gregory says:

    Your commitment says it all. “Squeaky wheels get the grease”.

  27. nhokkanen says:

    Agreed on the “wow” — what an amazing three days for you both! Thanks for posting this detailed and inspiring account, with so many great photos. You both look so composed and professional.

    Promoting a hearing on autism treatment may be the key to opening others’ minds about causality. People like issues that come with hope and solutions. Bringing autism treatment information to the medicated masses would improve the quality of life and potential for countless affected children and adults and their families.

  28. Jennifer says:

    Great post!! I am trying to get into activism and advocacy now. I have emailed my state reps and senators many times. I need to move on to calling now. I requested a meeting with my senator and heard back from his DC staff to schedule it. I need to schedule it locally, though, and so he forwarded my info to the local staff,who have yet to contact me. When they do, what do you suggest? Just tell our story? Show pictures of my son? Should I take any nfo, like the 50 pages you printed? Request they support parental choice and follow through on investigating the CDC due to whistle blower? Thank you for a few tips to ease my anxiety and get me started in the right direction.

  29. Nicole says:

    Si disappointed in Elizabeth Warren. So very proud of you two amazing moms!!!

  30. Wow just wow, that has given me chills and good ones at that. Thank you Michelle and Jeanna. If anyone would like to add their voice to over 1,300 parents voices of vaccine they are very welcome, go to

  31. anotherinternetuser says:

    Thank you for efforts, insight and instruction. This was a great post. Why does it seem that republicans were more receptive to you than democrats. I am neither republican or democrat … just saying … Too bad you didn’t get to see Carolyn Maloney (democrat -rep NY) as I believe she would have been very receptive.

  32. Deanne Cox says:

    Thank you so much for being our voice in Washington! Both of you ladies are amazing advocates for our children.

  33. Lone Star says:

    Thank you Melissa! It’s great that you are getting involved at the state level. It can be frustrating, but persistence is key!

  34. melissad says:

    Thank you both so much! What an amazing trip. I have spent the last 4 days emailing my state representatives and I am tired and frustrated. I cannot imagine how you both must feel after 3 days of stressful conversations with all of those people. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for all your efforts!

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