Your Weekly Dose of Information!

As our children and grandchildren head back to school over the next week, I am proud of the strides we have made in such a short time! We met as a group this week and had the opportunity to refocus, regroup, and plan our next steps. We have been busy speaking with legislators, reporters, and school committees. The more we speak out, the more we are noticed both here in RI and throughout the country! Please continue to share our mission, contact your legislators, and don’t forget to sign & share the petition. People are watching and listening. Have a great week, We can’t wait to see all those first day of school photos on facebook!

In the News this week:

Aimee was featured in an article by The New American “Uprising Against HPV Vaccine Mandate Sweeps Rhode Island”

The Coventry School Committee voted unanimously calling on the governor to rescind the July 2014 HPV Mandate!

Reuters.com spoke with us earlier in the week! Rhode Island move to mandate HPV vaccine in schools faces criticism 

Stay tuned coming up in the next Weekly Dose

We should have the link to the State of the State show Dr. Christopher Black and I were on and we will have several task force announcements! 

Group Meeting Overview:

There were about 16 of us that met this past Wednesday. The meeting was productive and we are in the process of creating several task forces. As we make progress we will communicate with the group! 

Upcoming events:

Thursday September 17,2015
7:00
Group Meeting
Location to be determined

The group agreed we would meet the third Thursday of every month. If you are interested in getting involved or would like to join a task force please or send us a message on facebook. The agenda and confirmed location will be emailed to the group a few days prior to the meeting.

Calls to action:

Sign the petition

Contact and keep track of your legislators

How to find us…

Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/RIagainstHPVmandate

Facebook closed group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RIagainstHPVmandate/

Your Weekly Dose of Information brought to you by the RI Coalition for Vaccine Choice

It seems like our rally and press conference this past Monday was weeks ago! As I reflect on the evening I am overwhelmed by the progress we have made as a group. We have called on the Governor to reverse the July 2014 mandate by executive order. The Governor and the RI Department of Health have made statements to the press stating they will not remove the mandate. This could easily be viewed as defeat but it is quite the opposite! I see this as the beginning of change. In this short time we have come together as group that is focused, educated, and passionate about their convictions. Our voices have been heard and we will continue the fight to protect our right to choose.

I have included the entire recording of the RI Department of Health community meeting that immediately followed the press conference.

News:

Giovanni Cicione from the Stephen Hopkins Center for Civil Rights has reach out to the group and is looking for plaintiffs as he and his team prepare to file a lawsuit against the State of RI. They are interested in speaking with families that have either been told their child can’t attend school next week because they do not have the HPV vaccine, or families that are uncomfortable claiming the religious exemption because their objection is not in fact a religious one. If you are interested in being a plaintiff please email us at or contact Giovanni Cicione directly at

Upcoming events:

Tuesday August 25, 2015

RI Department of Health Community Meeting
6:30-8:00
West Warwick High School
1 Webster Knight Drive
West Warwick, Rhode Island 02893

The Department of Health has organized five community meetings to allow parents to “Ask the Experts” about HPV vaccination. Parents will also be able to ask questions about the requirement for children to start the HPV vaccine series before entering 7th grade. A doctor and staff from the Department of Health will be at all of the meetings. The meetings are open to everyone.

Coventry School Committee Meeting
7:00
School Administration Offices
1675 Flat River Road
Coventry, RI 02816

There is an HPV vaccine resolution on the agenda. If you are in this district we encourage you to attend if and make your voices heard. #NOHPVmandateRI

Wednesday August 26, 2015

Rhode Islanders Against Mandated HPV Vaccinations Group Meeting
7:00
Cranston, RI

This is open to the group, an agenda will be drafted prior to the meeting. If you are interested in attending please email us at We ask that you email us so we have an idea of how many will be in attendance, we might have to change locations.

Thursday August 27, 2015 

State of the State TV Interview

Dr. Christopher Black and Shawna Lawton will be interviewed on the State of the State, a politics/public interest show produced for public access in Rhode Island

RI Department of Health Community Meeting
6:30-8:00
Middletown Public Library
700 West Main Road
Middletown, Rhode Island 02842

The Department of Health has organized five community meetings to allow parents to “Ask the Experts” about HPV vaccination. Parents will also be able to ask questions about the requirement for children to start the HPV vaccine series before entering 7th grade. A doctor and staff from the Department of Health will be at all of the meetings. The meetings are open to everyone.

Calls to action:

Sign the petition

Contact and keep track of your legislators

How to find us…

Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/RIagainstHPVmandate

Facebook closed group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/RIagainstHPVmandate/

 

 

#NoHPVmandateRI Rally Update!

Stand Up – Unite – Win the Fight!

Join us Monday, August 17, 2015 5:45 pm at the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road for a Press Conference & Protest Rally held by the nonpartisan RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, in association with Rhode Islanders Against Mandated HPV Vaccinations, our parent group.

We need your help!

  • Share our emails, invites, blogs, social media posts EVERYWHERE!
  • Gather your friends and family
  • Invite others to the event
  • Create your signs
  • Use the #NoHPVmandateRI on signage & social media
  • Get teens involved!

Sign the Petition

Have you contacted your Representative or Senator and received a response? Check out this great site from a member of our group. #NoHPVmandateRI

 

Press Conference & Protest Rally

Please join us Monday, August 17, 2015 5:45 pm for A Press Conference & Protest Rally held by the nonpartisan RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, in association with Rhode Islanders Against Mandated HPV Vaccinations, our parent group.

Multiple statements from state legislators and former state health officials as well as spokespersons from various parents groups, physicians groups, legal organizations, and good government groups, are expected to highlight various civil rights, public policy, transparency, legal, and medical concerns over this coercive government edict. Also expected to participate are families who have suffered adverse side-effects from the vaccine.

The event will be held prior to the last of five pre-scheduled public forums orchestrated by the RI Department of Health.

We need your help!

  • Gather your friends and family
  • Invite others to the event
  • Create your signs
  • Use the #NoHPVmandateRI on signage & social media
  • Get teens involved!

 

 

Welcome to The RI Coalition for Vaccine Choice Website!

 

Fellow Rhode Islanders,

Our Facebook Group has grown exponentially over the past few weeks and we have made great strides. We want to thank everyone for their support, courage, and tireless efforts to help our voices be heard. The good news is we ARE being heard! We hope that this page will serve as an additional resource for updates, events, and the progress we continue to make and we try to reverse the July 2014 mandate and protect our right to choose.

We have a long road ahead of us, but with your support the sky is the limit.  Please join our Email List?

We hope to see you at the upcoming Press Conference.