NYVIC (New Yorkers for Vaccination Information and Choice)

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Getting the Legislative Machine to Work for You

How to Communicate Your Demands and who (Federal and State) to contact.

What You Can Do to Change the Laws

New York State Law and Legislators
The Wexler Decision found limiting religious exemption solely to "bona fide members of a recognized religious organization" to be unconstitutional. Case includes reasoning as to why one family received exemption and another did not.

New York City - applicable codes and its strategies relating to vaccination

States which may grant a "personal beliefs" exemption to vaccination
National Issues and Information

http://dir.yahoo.com/Government/U_S__Government/State_Government/ Links to state government websites
http://www.washlaw.edu/ Very comprehensive access to law-related resources on the Internet which includes Full Text Search to State Laws
http://www.access1.net/via/ Links to various States Exemption Information, Individual State Health Departments, and State Vaccine Statute Search Engine
http://www.findlaw.com Findlaw Legal Research search engine; Findlaw State Resources Indexes

Advice on Contacting Lawmakers

Just a word of advice: As a former Member of Congress myself, I can tell you that volume mail, (or email) on an issue counts for far less than a well-written personal letter or email, however brief... personal letters or emails are far more impressive than a copy- cat message that comes in by the hundreds. Such messages are usually tied in a stack with a "total received" number on them, or just summarized as a number on a mail tally sheet. Even more impressive is a visit to the congressman's home district office, or a phone call to that office and to Washington. If the call is made to the Washington office, a person should ask for the congressman's "Legislative Affairs Assistance" who handles the (particular) issue. The caller should state that he or she is a registered voter in the (whatever) district of (state) and wants the congressman to support the bill. They should also ask for a written reply from the congressman in which he states his position. 

Bob Bauman, former Representative from Maryland (1973-81)

The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 examined by the National Vaccine Information Center and Global Vaccine Awareness League

1999 Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Human Resources and Drug Policy Hearing on "Compensating Vaccine Injuries: Are Reforms Needed?"

Media Tips
Grass-Roots Activists Handbook
Compiled by William H. Dailey, Esq.
Tips on Making Letters and Phone Calls Effective (provided by 20/20 Vision)
Tips on How to Use the Media Effectively - Writing Effective Letters to the Editor, Writing and Publishing an Op-Ed, Taking Action to the Airwaves (20/20 Vision)


Reach Out to Lawmakers

For those without a fax application on their computer - CallCenter V3.5.8, is a Native 32-bit Voice Telephony software application integrated with fax and data communications... free of charge! Download from http://www.v3inc.com/ 

Dialpad.Com permits you to make free long-distance calls over the Internet from http://www.dialpad.com/. System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT, MS IExplorer 4.0 or better/Netscape Navigator 4.5 or better, Internet connection, sound card, microphone/speaker.

 

       
  

What is the future of our Vaccination Decisions Support Group? Answers, (such as they are) will be posted here.

Audio and Video Vaccination Related Links

Trading chickenpox for shingles? Research published in the International Journal of Toxicology. 

  

     

  
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