Updated August 25, 2019
Tamara Rubin is a multi-award winning independent activist for childhood lead poisoning prevention and a consumer goods toxicity watchdog. She has authored, testified for and otherwise supported legislative initiatives (both national, state-wide and local/city focused) designed to protect children from being poisoned by legacy lead paint disturbed in home renovations or poisoned by lead in water generated by systemic water fluoridation. She was also a key whistleblower exposing the administrative coverup of the issue of lead-in-water in the Portland Public School District (Portland, Oregon) in 2016.
Over the past 14 years since her children were acutely lead poisoned she has personally helped thousands of families protect their children from being exposed to lead. Every single day she answers questions from parents concerned about lead in their homes when they could not otherwise find answers. She has more than 27,000 followers on her LeadSafeMama Facebook page , and more than 6,300 members in her public Facebook group "The Lead (Pb) Group". She also runs a "secret" group with nearly 700 families of lead poisoned children. She volunteers much of her time to guide parents (around the country and the world) navigating the traumatic experience that is the aftermath of their child's poisoning. With the help of an XRF instrument (which she is trained and certified in using) she also personally tests for lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium in consumer goods and reports the results on her blog. She currently has more than 1,800 blog posts with consumer goods toxicity test results , and has personally discovered unsafe levels of lead in newly manufactured baby bottles , cookware , toys (including fidget spinners ) and more in the past three years.
Since March of 2016 (shortly after her presentation with Bernie Sanders in Flint, Michigan) her advocacy work has been under attack by both corporate interests and public agency employees attempting to shut her down. She needs help covering costs incurred as a result of these attacks, including legal fees to pay for the efforts to defend her against much larger and better funded interests. She is not affiliated with any nonprofit or company, so she is otherwise currently self-funding this important work.
Your contribution here on GoFundMe will help with the following things:
1) Creating a legal defense fund to help support Tamara's ability to continue her important work. [Current outstanding legal bills for her attorney team total about $47,000+ .] NOTE: Since this campaign started, no fewer than four companies (of children's products and "green"/"safe" kitchenware/cookware) have threatened Tamara personally with legal action because she has found lead in their recently produced products, many of which are being marketed and sold as "lead-free" ! Some companies with products marketed as "Lead Free" - products that she has discovered test positive for Lead include Marble King, VitaClay , Xtrema / Ceramcor , Boroux , Corkcicle and others. Companies that have threatened legal action in response to her findings include Marble King, Green Sprouts and Xtrema / Ceramcor.
2) Covering other basic expenses to help make it possible for her to continue the momentum of her advocacy work during what is otherwise a very difficult time for her family.
3) Once the legal fees are covered, eventually chipping in with the cost of purchasing an XRF to be used to help other families!
Your contribution will also be a show of support to the world – so even if you can only give $5 or $10 and sign your name to this campaign (with a comment!), it will make a big difference!
I'm not offering any rewards or incentives with this campaign, other than a giant heartfelt Thank You, a shout-out on social media & a chat by phone (if you like!), but I promise to keep in touch with each of you and look forward to collaborating with you in support of outreach events and efforts in your communities in the future. I need your help now more than ever. Getting support now is crucial for my advocacy work to continue. Several battles have been won but the war is not yet over.
Video below is just a minute of assembled news footage from Tamara's presentation with Bernie Sanders in Flint, Michigan in February of 2016.
Story Updated August 25, 2019
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