My name is Louise Kuo Habakus. I am a co-founder and the Director of the Center for Personal Rights. On behalf of the Center, all the speakers, many volunteers, and nearly 100 participating organizations and sponsors, we are delighted to welcome all of you to the inaugural American Rally for Personal Rights. We are here in Grant Park, downtown Chicago, the birthplace of many great social movements. Grant Park is the location of the historic victory speech by President Obama, when our nation stood in solidarity as he promised our country new leadership characterized by change and courage. Today, we stand in the heartland of America and affirm our rights to vaccination choice and parental consent.
We are many hundreds of us here, joined by thousands more from all over the world, watching the live webcast of this event in their homes, at house parties and satellite rallies. Take a look at these balloons! People who could not travel to Chicago sent balloons so they could be counted… each red balloon represents an adult, each yellow balloon a child.. these hundreds of people are also standing with us today. In the US, this event is gathering crowds coast to coast. The 4 foot balloons represent our satellite rallies. Let’s give a special shout out to everyone watching live, incl our satellite rallies in NYC, Edison NJ and Kent, WA.
Before we go any further, let me be extremely clear. To the press, most of all. And to our public health officials. To doctors, politicians, school nurses and the pharmaceutical industry. And anyone else who attempts to write us off with facile and misleading labels.
We are not anti-vaccine.
You have not been listening.
We reject your divisive and inaccurate labels.
We are in favor of choice. We are pro-vaccination choice.
We demand, for this medical intervention that is mandated for all of our children, as for every other medical intervention, the human rights standard around the world.
That is… the right to free and informed consent. Vaccination choice is a human right.
Look at us now. We are mainstream America. And there’s no denying it. We have some important and special news to announce, that was shared, earlier this week in a press conference. Three weeks ago, the Center for Personal Rights contracted with Harris Interactive to conduct a national survey, the first of its kind. Harris reached a representative sample of 1,114 parents with children up to 17 years of age. And here are the results. Today, a majority of American parents believe that:
• parents should have the right to decide which vaccines their children should receive without regard to mandates
• a majority believe that government should fund an independent scientific study of fully vaccinated versus unvaccinated individuals to assess long-term health outcomes… and
• a majority believe that pharmaceutical firms have undue influence over vaccine mandates
Those deeply concerned about vaccination choice, parental rights, and vaccine safety science free from industry influence are the majority. Parents are asking more questions about vaccines. Parents want a national dialogue about vaccines. This has never been stated on a national platform before national press. Mainstream America affirms the right to vaccination choice and parental consent.
But… if you watch TV or read the papers, you’d never know it. How many of you watched the Frontline program on the Vaccine War last month? They presented a small handful of Ashland, Oregon moms against the FDA, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and a number of Establishment doctors in white coats.
You may not have realized that Frontline left a lot of footage on the cutting room floor. Right now, we are going to share with you many deep and diverse perspectives that are not discussed in the national narrative on vaccination choice. Because, not only are we the majority. We have some very smart, credentialed, professional, courageous, high integrity and impressive people in our ranks.
Today we will present to you 13 big ideas about vaccination choice.
Big Idea No. 1: Vaccination Choice is a Human Right
Mary Holland, JD. Mary tells 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.
Big Idea No. 2: America’s Kids, The Most Highly Vaccinated In the World, Are Not Well
Judith Converse, MPH, RD, LD. Judy will describes 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.
Big Idea No. 3: Our Soldiers Should Have the Same Vaccine Rights
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 spoke 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.
Big Idea No. 5: Vaccines Are Known, Expected and Accepted to Cause Harm and Death — the Gardasil Story
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.
Big Idea No. 7: Big Pharma is Banking on the Vaccine Bubble, and it Will Pop
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.
Big Idea No. 10: The Government Has Lost Moral Authority after Decades of Mandated Vaccines
James S. Turner, JD. Jim speaks 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 has been 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.
Big Idea No. 11: Blame the Victim is Alive and Well in the American Vaccine Program
Robert J. Krakow, JD. Bob explains 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.
Rapid Testimony Speakers
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. 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.
Keynote Speaker: Andrew Wakefield 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 underscore the central message of the rally, that vaccination choice is a fundamental human right. He discusses 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.