Wednesday, October 20, 2010

More Crap Looking For Money - They Have No Shame

Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 6:01 AM

Subject: Tell Congress: Protect Your Littlest Constituents!

Tuesday morning, my son decided he wants to be an astronaut-firefighter. 
At three-years-old, three feet tall, and with a trusty teddy bear sidekick, he’s a boy on a mission, with a bear on a mission, and they’re ready to put out those pesky space fires. 
My son has new dreams every week: Cowboy, farmer, magician, the list goes on. I'm also on a mission. I’m on a mission to help my son stay healthy by protecting him from contamination by toxic chemicals. 
Can you chip in $5 today to help MomsRising amplify our voices so that we better protect our kids from toxic chemicals?
 *Time is tight. With the Safe Chemicals Act (H 5820/ S 3209), an important update to the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA), being considered by Congress, now's the time to urge Congress to protect their littlest constituents from toxic chemicals like hormone disrupters, neurotoxins, and carcinogens! We need Congress to know that the Safe Chemicals Act (H 5820/ S 3209) should be a top priority once Congress comes back from elections.
With your help, we've got big plans this fall to capture the attention of our elected leaders and change toxics legislation, including:   
• Organizing local in-district meetings with moms in U.S. Senate offices across the country. 
• Sending creative messages to Congress that are impossible to ignore 
• Hosting a blog carnival for moms, dads, and grandparents, as well as bloggers, elected officials, and organizational leaders to get the word out about toxic chemical policy and solutions. 
Why now? 
It's an important time to make our voices heard. New legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate that would completely reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. Our current legislation lacks a requirement that chemicals be tested to assess their ability to disrupt hormones. The Safe Chemicals Act (H 5820/ S 3209) would require chemical manufacturers to provide basic health and safety information for all chemicals as a condition for staying in or entering the marketplace. It would also, for the first time, make that information public. [1]  
Studies are showing that one of the many contributing factors to the rise in early puberty is that young children are exposed to dozens of potentially toxic chemicals on a daily basis. Endocrine disruptors, which are chemicals that mimic and interfere with hormones, show up in a wide variety of everyday items including: household cleaners, canned foods, and school supplies. These endocrine disruptors can cause the early onset of puberty in girls, as well as boys. [2] 
Our children deserve better. That’s why as parents we need to be even louder! Can you donate $5 to help us get loud? As U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) recently said: “America’s system for regulating industrial chemicals is broken. Parents are afraid because hundreds of untested chemicals are found in their children’s bodies. Chemical safety reform is not a Democratic or Republican issue, it is a common-sense issue…” [1]
We’re focused on making a change in toxics legislation, and we're sending a clear message to Congress that it’s time to do what’s right for American families and make updating the Safe Chemicals Act (H 5820/ S 3209) a priority when Congress reconvenes.
Can you chip in $5 today to help us bring the voices of parents across the country directly to Congress?
 Together we’re a powerful voice for children and families!
---Sarah, Kristin, Claire, Joan, Anita, Mary, and the whole MomsRising Team
[1] Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families: [2] "Pubertal Assessment Method and Baseline Characteristics in a Mixed Longitudinal Study of Girls":  Like what we're doing? . Your donations make the work of possible--and we deeply appreciate your support. Every little bit counts.

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