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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 VaccineChoiceRI@gmail.com or contact Giovanni Cicione directly at gcicione@gdcesq.com

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 VaccineChoiceRI@gmail.com 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/

 

 

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