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It's Time to "Act Up for ME Funding" - Demonstration in Washington DC

Discussion in 'Action Alerts and Advocacy' started by Nielk, Apr 20, 2015.

  1. Nielk

    Nielk

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    It’s Time to “Act Up for ME Funding”

    What: A marching demonstration to let Congress know, “We Want Real Funding for ME Now!”
    Where: Washington DC
    When: Week of April 27th during HHS/NIH Budget hearings for 2016.
    How: Make a donation and/or provide us a photo and bio to represent you!

    Donations matched! Deadline: Friday April 24th, 11:59 p.m. EDT

    http://www.meadvocacy.org/it_s_time_to_act_up_for_me_funding
     
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  2. Ember

    Ember Senior Member

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    Thanks for this great generosity:thumbsup::

    “To help keep our costs for this demonstration down, the travel expenses for this demonstration have been donated by one of our MEAdvocacy.org members, who will be leading this demonstration.”
     
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  3. Denise

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    I absolutely agree that significant funding increases are necessary for biomedical research on ME.

    I am troubled by this MEAdvocacy post stating that the org has "the heart and soul of ME patients". This sounds as though all patients with ME are in agreement with MEAdvocacy.

    The post also says "The demonstrators "danced in the rain" on the lawn of the Capitol."
    That they did so is very troubling to me. I don't know many patients with ME who can do more than occasionally waggle their fingers to imitate a dance. It is all many patients can do to stand up, let alone dance. Having "patient stand-ins" dance does NOTHING to convey the disability or severity of ME.






    As a side question - is the money that is being raised still being used for the pr firm?
    How did MEAdvocacy find out that people were inspired to learn more about ME and the need for funding?
     
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  4. caledonia

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    This demonstration is being organized without the PR firm.
     
  5. Denise

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    Thanks for the response.
    Have ties to the PR firm been severed?
    If so, why?
    If not, what work is the PR firm doing?
     
  6. Nielk

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    MEadvocacy cares about all ME patients even those who might not agree with some of our policies.

    It is clear to all that the protesters are stand ins for the patients who are too ill to be there in person. They each wear a large picture of the patients who is being represented. If they are marching or "dancing" it is to attract attention to the cause and it does not misrepresent the disease.

    Because people stopped and asked questions of them and they were able to convey awareness for the disease.
     
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    They are wrapping up the patient interviews with the media project which uses up the rest of the money earmarked for the PR firm. There are no further projects with the PR firm after that, as people stopped donating for the PR firm.
     
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    I appreciate the answer.
     
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    http://theargusreport.com/students-to-march-to-white-house-in-support-of-me-patients/

    Students to March to White House in Support Of ME Patients - by Penny Swift

    more here.
     
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  13. Nielk

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    See compilation of pictures and videos of the April 28th DC demonstration.
    http://www.meadvocacy.org/me_patients_visible_at_the_capitol_pictures_and_videos

    see more.
     
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