srmny, I like the idea of some type of protest. But would not support a PR stunt like a threat to infect the blood supply, that would be viewed by some people as a type of terrorism. We do not need that type of identity. Anyway, I see you have moved past that original idea. Having lived much of my life in the DC area, including as a teenager during the Watergate and Vietnam protest era, I have thought over the types of protests people could make that would be successful for CFS. We would want to communicate more than just that we are angry, I think we need to teach people about CFS. Here are some ideas: Walkathons might be interesting, that can also raise money as well as bring awareness, and we could say that every mile walked was for a CFS patient who can not endure walking anymore. And we would want at least a million miles to be walked for that. That raises awareness, and maybe could increase sensitivity. Sit-ins or stand-up protests are well beyond CFS patient endurance. But what about a lay-in? Or even a sleep-in protest? Ask people to sleep-in on a given day as a type of solidarity. I think a lot of people would love that and find it even a bit humorous as a stunt. National sleep-in day for CFS. And ask everyone to stay in their beds, like it or not, at least until noon. Here is one that might really raise some eyebrows. National CFS Week, asking people to live a CFS lifestyle for a full week, perhaps also a fund-raiser. Could anyone actually even do this? I would love to set out how they would have to live that week and see if activists might 'get the idea' what CFS is really like. Or how about sensitivity training for doctors where they dedicate a full week of their time to serving housebound and bedridden CFS patients. Most interesting would be for them to follow one of their CFS patients for two or three days, maybe they would finally 'get it' about things like PEM. Of course not many doctors would do this, but if you had a camera crew with a few who actually did maybe that would make an interesting spot on some TV weekly like 60 minutes. There are many positive ways to raise awareness like this. Even a 'lay-in' somewhere in DC or in Atlanta at the CDC main gate. There are activists who just need a cause and they will protest, this is a well known fact in the DC area among those involved in public issue PR. So tell them to spend a few days as 'lay-in' protestors, in front of some federal buildings perhaps, wherever it is legal (I hope this is still legal!). So the protesters bring a cot and lay down, while holding a sign of some type about CFS and someone else hands out leaflets, etc.