RALLY PLATFORM SPEAKERS
Michael Belkin. Michael will offer an analyst's view of the "vaccine bubble." Michael is a leading market strategist, author of the Belkin Report, published since 1992. He was a Vice President in the equity department at Salomon Brothers where he was a quantitative strategist in global macro proprietary trading. Michael testified before Congress about his daughter, who died at the age of five weeks, about 15 hours after receiving her second Hepatitis B booster vaccine.
Judith Converse, MPH, RD, LD. Judy will describe the American public health crisis. In addition to testifying before state and federal lawmakers on vaccine safety, she works closely with our most vulnerable and damaged children. An author of three books on the subject, Judy is a licensed registered dietitian specializing in pediatric special needs nutrition care since 1999.
Louise Kuo Habakus. Louise is the lead organizer and emcee of the Rally. She is the Director and co-founder of the Center for Personal Rights. Through the selection of speakers and coordination of the rally program, Louise will show that the debate about vaccination choice reflects our deepest concerns in society today. Louise is a board-certified holistic health practitioner and founder of Life Health Choices. She was formerly a Managing Director and Head of Corporate Marketing for Putnam Investments.
Boyd Haley, PhD. Boyd will speak to the biochemical toxicity of vaccine components. He is Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky. He was an NIH Post Doctoral Scholar in the Department of Physiology at Yale Medical School. Boyd is the first scientist hired in the Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky with academic appointments as professor in the College of Pharmacy and in the Department of Biochemistry of the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He is the founder and President of CTI Science, a biotechnology company. Boyd has testified as an expert witness in government hearings on the health hazards of mercury in vaccines and dental amalgams.
Mary Holland, JD. Mary will tell us why vaccination choice is a human right. She teaches at New York University Law School and previously worked for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, a national human rights advocacy organization. Mary clerked for a federal district court judge, taught international human rights advocacy at Columbia Law School, served as a consultant to the Aspen Institute Justice and Society Program, and has practiced law at two international law firms. She is a founding board member of the Center for Personal Rights and the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy.
Robert Johnston, PhD. Robert will speak on the deep and powerful history of activism around vaccinations throughout American history. He is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he directs the Teaching of History program. He has also taught in the Yale History Department and at Yale Medical School. Robert is the author of several award-winning books and will publish another, under contract with Oxford University Press, on the contemporary vaccination safety movement and the democratization of medicine. He urges Americans to be proud of our successful tradition of dissent and democracy. He also challenges us to think about the ways that scholarship and advocacy have always been intermixed.
Abdulkadir Khalif. Abdulkadir will address a microcosm of the immigrant experience with vaccination. Why is the reported rate of autism among US-born children of Somali refugees in Minnesota so high (an estimated 1 in 28 versus 1 in 110 for all US children)? Abdulkadir is the father of a little boy who stopped talking after receiving vaccines.
Robert J. Krakow, JD. Bob will explain the recourse available to parents after their children are injured by vaccines. Responding to government public health exhortations, millions dutifully line up their children to receive 69 doses of 16 different vaccines by age 18. Bob is an attorney in private practice in New York, focusing on the trial of civil and criminal cases, specializing in the representation of persons injured by exposure to environmental toxins and vaccines, as well as legal services to individuals with disabilities. He is the Board Chair of Lifespire, Inc., a 55 year-old nonprofit organization that provides residential, day habilitation, occupational, educational and medical programs and supports for more than 5,000 developmentally delayed adults and children.
Amy Pingel. Amy is the mother of a thirteen year-old daughter who sustained two seizures and lost the ability to eat, walk and communicate three weeks after receiving her first dose of human papillomavirus (HPV) quadrivalent vaccine (Gardasil). Amy’s healthy, active, straight A daughter now breathes through a tracheotomy and receives nutrition via a feeding tube. Amy will explain that thousands of girls are having adverse reactions and at least sixty-seven girls have died following receipt of the HPV vaccine. She is part of a movement of parents committed to telling the truth about their children’s neurologic and other injuries.
Captain Richard Rovet, RN, BSN, B-C (USAF ret). Captain Rovet recorded post-vaccination illnesses at Dover AFB in Delaware, Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, and Keesler AFB in Mississippi. He will speak to the absence of informed consent for vaccines in the military, as told through the stories of our Gulf War veterans. Of the 700,000 troops deployed in 1990-1991, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports 300,000 Gulf War veterans have filed disability claims as of March 31, 2010.
James S. Turner, JD. Jim will talk about the high stakes dangers involving outdated laws, underfunded government agencies, and powerful corporations driven by bottom-line profits. As Chairman of Citizens for Health, Jim is the nation's leading natural health freedom advocate for over 40 years. He is a principal in the law firm Swankin & Turner which represents businesses, consumer groups and individuals in regulatory matters involving food, drug, health, environmental and product-safety.
William Wagner, JD. William is a tenured law school professor teaching ethics and constitutional law. A frequent speaker at world conferences, Professor Wagner passionately advocates for protecting freedom of expression and the free exercise of religious conscience. He addresses executive, legislative, parliamentary, and judicial audiences throughout the world, and presents at various diplomatic forums including the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. He previously served as a Federal Magistrate Judge, a U.S. Senate legal counsel, a Senior Assistant United States Attorney, and as an American Diplomat. Professor Wagner currently is President of Salt and Light Global and Vice-President of ParentalRights.org
Andrew J. Wakefield, MB, BS, FRCS, FRCPath. Dr. Wakefield is an academic gastroenterologist. He received his medical degree from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School (part of the University of London) in 1981, one of the third generation of his family to have studied medicine at that teaching hospital. His remarks will underscore the central message of the rally, that vaccination choice is a fundamental human right. He will talk about the suppression of science and the real dangers to the universal childhood vaccination program due to the absence of free and informed consent. In pursuit of possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurologic injury in children, Dr. Wakefield lost his job, his country, his career, and his medical license.
RAPID TESTIMONY SPEAKERS
Twila Brase, RN, PHN. Twila is president and co-founder of the Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC), a freedom-focused, patient-centered health care policy organization. She will speak about newborn DNA acquisition without parental consent as a 21st century vaccination requirement.
Maureen Drummond. A vaccination choice activist for nearly 20 years, Maureen now applies her organizing and leadership skills in the #1 vaccination state in the country. Maureen will tell you why you need to keep an eye on New Jersey. In the words of a CDC official: "As goes New Jersey, so goes the rest of the nation."
Alex Hintz. Alex is a 13 year-old boy who no longer has autism. He will talk about his recovery and the reasons that his family supports vaccination choice and parental consent.
Barbara Mullarkey. A dedicated advocate for nearly 30 years, Barbara is president of the Illinois Vaccine Awareness Coalition. She will tell us how, the more things change, the more they stay the same. She reminds us that the change we seek is "left up to us to get right down to it."
Alan Phillips, JD. Alan is a vaccine rights attorney who helps individuals, families, groups and organizations throughout the U.S. exercise their current vaccine exemption rights and pass legislation expanding those rights. Alan explains how there is a profound disconnect between policy and reality, and what is at stake.
Allen Tate. Allen is a student at New York University. He will describe how the vaccine injuries of his two younger siblings have impacted his family and his outlook on life. He makes an appeal to all affected families to commit to creating positive societal change.
Sherri Tenpenny, DO. Dr. Sherri is board-certified in Emergency and Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. She is an author, international medical consultant and founder of an integrative medicine clinic in Ohio. Sherri speaks as a member of the licensed physician community that challenges mainstream orthodoxy regarding the safety, effectiveness and appropriateness of the nation's universal vaccination program.