Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
- The cost of school supplies will go up. Yep, even glue sticks and crayons fall under the scope of the CPSIA.
- Handmade children's items will virtually disappear since most artisans won't be able to afford the cost of third-party testing.
- The landfills are going to be filled with brand-new toys, clothes and books that haven't been tested, just in case they might have lead in them. It will be illegal to sell anything that hasn't been tested.
- Kids items will be nearly impossible to come by at second-hand stores. Low income families will no longer be able to find affordable clothing and toys for their children.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
And then, on our way home, we spotted the lost little mitten. It was hanging from a bush. She must have reached out to touch the bush and snagged it on the branch as we passed. I'm so glad I had my camera this morning; it was such a funny little sight!
Monday, January 26, 2009
- Congressman Howard Berman - Southern California (818) 994-7200
- Senator Diane Feinstein - California (310) 914-7300
- Senator Patrick Leahy - Vermont (802) 863-2525 or (802) 229-0569
- Congresswoman Hilda Solis - 32nd District, California (323) 307-9904 or (626) 448-1271
- Congresswoman Maxine Waters - 35th District, California (323) 757-8900 or (310) 642-4610
- Congresswoman Diane Watson - 33rd District, California 323-965-1422
- Congressman Bobby Rush - 1st District, Illinois 773-224-6500 or 708-385-9550
- Congressman Henry Waxman - 30th District, California
- CNN - 404 - 827-1500
- Bill O'Reilly, host of the O'Reilly Factor, FoxNews - 212-301-3320
- Todd Ciganek, National News Editor, FoxNews - 212-301-3352
- Associated Press - 212-621-1500
- New York Times - 888-NYT-NEWS
- Wall Street Journal -1-800-369-2834
Friday, January 23, 2009
- Start now. The Republicans in Congress will be taking their annual retreat next week. This means that many of the Democrats will be returning to their home states, taking the opportunity to hold town hall meetings and meeting with their constituents during office hours. This is the perfect week to call your Congressperson's local office and try to arrange a meeting. Who knows, maybe he/she will actually be in town and have time to meet with you!
- Get on the phone. Forget emails and letters folks. Phone calls are the way to go. When you send an email or a letter to your local congressperson's office it goes straight into a database in their D.C. office. What comes next? Well, as many frustrated Etsians will tell you: a form letter arrives in your mailbox or inbox. A phone call, though, means that you talk to a real person. You get to share your story, ask them to work for real changes, tell them how this ridiculous law is going to affect the lives of their constituents and cripple an already ailing economy. The more people who call, the more pressure we put on Congress to make changes.
- Contact the national media. Lungren also urged us to go to the national media - forget the local news, it's small potatoes at this point. Each of us has a story that would make incredible headlines: "Congress forces closure of countless small businesses" or "Women- and minority-owned businesses close up shop due to Congressional blunder" or "Senior citizens forced into poverty by hastily written law". You get the idea. Once again, though, forget about letters, emails and press releases. Those take too long and are too easily ignored. Pick up the phone and dial CNN or FoxNews or The New York Times. Maybe if enough of us call and make a lot of noise, we'll be heard.
- Focus on the big fish. We need to put pressure on the guys in Congress who matter. Right now, that's folks like Reps. Henry Waxman and Bobby Rush. Rep. Waxman is the Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce - he has the power to call a hearing on concerns regarding the impact of the CPSIA. Rep. Rush, of course, is the man who sponsored the bill. We need to flood their offices with phone calls, asking them to work for reasonable changes to the law. And if you happen to live in their districts or know someone who does, we need your support! They're much more likely to listen if it's a constituent calling.