Countdown to the Rally – April 1st is Tomorrow!
We are now working full speed ahead across multiple fronts. People from around the country started to arrived in DC ealier today and have literally moved on the spot to the U.S. Capitol and start our education campaign on how the CPSIA is so damaging to all of us for no benefits. As a result of all these efforts, a number of very productive meetings with Congressional staffers have occurred today. There is a lot of anticipation ahead of the Rally and more participants are joining every hour.
Glenn Beck and CNN have confirmed that they will cover our event with a camera crew. All the political press from DC will be represented and we are also expecting several national newspapers (WSJ, etc). Lou Dobbs has also expressed interest in our story.
Right now, we are briefing all our speakers, representing more than 12 different segments of the Children’s Products World. The event is set up to be an outstanding demonstration of the vitality of our democratic process when we, the citizens, decide to take back the power of free expression that is granted by our cherished U.S. constitution.
Many representatives and senators will attend and speak at the Rally. Considering that the initial vote on the CPSIA was so universal across both sides of the political spectrum, it is extremely encouraging that a number of elected officials are not only realizing that the law needs to be modified but are also willing to step forward and to push for the right solution.
Sadly, it appears that Representative Waxman (California) and his staff continue to be engaged in ‘behind the scene’ tactics of intimidation with their fellow Democrats. We believe that a number of Democrats do understand that the law needs to be changed but are being pressured not to appear to support our attempt to create a genuine, bipartisan and concrete dialogue. Apparently, Rep Waxman recently called for a meeting at the exact same time as our Rally. How pathetic is that? Please remember that this is the same fellow who, a few weeks ago, forced the cancellation of a Hearing set up by the Small Business Committee to allow for our stories to be told.
I remember the bullies I had to face in high school. I would not let them intimidate me or worse take advantage of my friends. Like I stood then (I may have received a few knocks as a result…), I will stand now for our constitutional right to have our voices heard and will certainly not be intimidated by such a ridiculous abuse of power.
Tomorrow cannot come soon enough!