Organizer, feminist, mom, occasional surfer. Former head of North America campaigns at Change.org and former head of campaigns and technology at MomsRising.org
This kid beat cancer. Don't make him face measles too.
Rhett Krawitt, age 6, fought leukemia for 4 and 1/2 years. Now, his cancer is in remission, but he won’t be healthy enough to be immunized for another several months. Marin County, where he lives, is one of the newest areas to be hit by the current measles outbreak in California, with two children infected this week. Rhett’s dad, Carl, is asking the Superintendent of his son’s school district to require that all children be vaccinated so that kids like Rhett, who can’t be vaccinated, can benefit from ‘herd immunity’ that will keep them protected from the dangerous disease. "It's a risk that shouldn't even be there, and that's what's so emotional for me. This was a disease that was gone," says Carl. Join me in supporting Carl and Jodi Krawitt's plea for their son's health and safety at school by signing the petition asking the Reed Union School District to require students to be immunized. 15 years ago, we declared the U.S. measles-free thanks to successful vaccination programs. But measles is back. There was a huge outbreak last year in several states, and an outbreak that started a few weeks ago at Disneyland continues to grow. I live in the Bay Area, and my daughter and I love to take the ferry to Tiburon on sunny Saturdays. At my daughter's school, and at many schools in the Bay Area, we are asked to keep nut products out of our children's lunches because of other children's nut allergies. It's a bit of an inconvenience -- how many times have I looked long at the jar of peanut butter on the shelf when trying to assemble a healthy lunch on a busy morning -- but it keeps other children at the school safe. If the school can ban nuts to protect a few kids, it can require immunizations too. We all have a responsibility to the health of our children. Reed Union School District can help Rhett stay safe and healthy at school by making sure all kids are protected from dangerous and preventable disease. Join me in asking Superintendent Steven Herzog to help keep Rhett healthy by signing the petition. See video of Rhett and his family here: http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/26/not-vaccinated-stay-home-from-school-says-marin-dad-of-leukemia-patient and read more about Rhett and his family, and see pictures, here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/29/ua-usa-measles-disneyland-idUSKBN0L207O20150129
Tell King County: restore funding for the most vulnerable homeless
King County will cut $814,862 from DESC's HOST Outreach & Engagement Program (86% of total funding) on December 1, 2010. This funding cut will devastate the program, causing the immediate suspension of outreach and engagement services to hundreds of vulnerable men and womenTime is short. The King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) plans to finalize these cuts THIS WEEK. Your immediate action is needed!! Tell King County Executive Dow Constantine and Department of Community and Human Services Director Jackie MacLean to restore HOST's funding. *Sign the petition to send a letter today!* Homeless Outreach, Stabilization and Transition serves men and women with long histories of homelessness and numerous psychiatric hospitalizations, living on the streets of Seattle with untreated schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other serious mental illnesses and often co-existing chemical dependency. Left unengaged, these individuals cycle back and forth from hospital, to jail, to the street. These are the most visible, vulnerable and costly individuals in Seattle. They are frequently exploited on the streets by other people. One-third are defined as high utilizers of jail or hospitals, or referred directly by the criminal justice system to HOST.