Support Tamara's Lead (Pb) Advocacy
Note: Contributions are not tax-deductible.
Your contribution will help with:
• Chipping in with the costs of purchasing a new XRF to be used to help other families! [Right now Tamara - in a collaborative effort with other mothers around the country - is renting an XRF for a week each month (or so) to test consumer goods and soil samples.][Approximate cost, $25,000 to $50,000 depending on which model we can find & if we can find one used!]
• Creating a legal defense fund to help support her ability to continue her important work. [Current legal bill for her attorney team (3 lawyers either volunteering or working at a reduced rate, plus many other volunteer lawyer friends chiming in on various questions!) $6,100. Anticipated legal fees in the coming months will be about $20,000 more.]
• Covering other basic expenses to help make it possible for her continue the momentum of her advocacy work during what is otherwise a very difficult time. [Let's just say the basics are not being covered right now, with funds being diverted to advocacy activities and attorneys to keep the momentum going!]
• And possibly... funds permitting... sending Tamara (and other mothers of lead-poisoned children and a film crew!) to the International Lead Conference [the industry’s unabashed celebration of the professional opportunities that abound for mining, refining, manufacturing and selling neurotoxic lead — with a special emphasis on aggressively expanding the industry - through more effective marketing & promotion] in Germany in June. [Oh my – that promises to be interesting, especially if we can capture some of it on film!] [This would be about $10,000 for two or three moms to go, with all costs covered.]
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 Thank You postcard and a shout-out on social media (and a chat by phone if you like!), but I will 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 over the next four months is crucial for my advocacy work to continue.
Unexpected Lead Expert
Mother of Four Boys
The video here is just a minute of a draft of recently assembled news footage from Tamara's presentation with Bernie Sanders in Flint, Michigan in February of 2016.
Dear everyone—all one hundred and eight of you who have donated a total of $3,506 to this campaign in the past month! THANK YOU!
Your support has been so important during this critical time for my advocacy work. This past month your help made it possible for me to pay my attorney bills (there are more coming, but it's nice to get off on the right foot there!) as well as to continue doing what I do... healthy home visits with families, testing consumer goods (& report results), helping families directly in many other ways too, writing blog posts (answering questions that come to me each week -my blog posts had more than 39,800 unique hits in March alone!), sharing relevant articles on social media, and answering specific questions of countless families each week via social media (my Facebook reach this past month exceeded 50,000 a week some weeks!) , e-mail and phone calls. Thank you.
It actually has gone a long way to making me "whole" again to dive back into what I do - after being stopped in my tracks for four months last August.
For more frequent updates, I encourage all of you to subscribe to my newsletter (if you are not already subscribed) via the “subscribe” window on any page of my website: www.TamaraRubin.com (I currently have just over 1,850 subscribers on my new list & have room for 2,000 total) and to follow my film’s page on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/MisleadMovie (where “the film” now has 12,753 followers, as the numbers have spiked due to all of the activity on the page in the last few months [bone broth, sippy cups and Earthpaste, oh my!!!)
Here is the link my most recent newsletter from this morning - with links to 12 recent articles about lead, lead poisoning prevention (and environmental toxicity in general) that were published in the last week or so.
If you haven’t yet spoken to me on the phone, but would like to, please feel free to text me at 415-609-3182 (the same phone number I have had for nearly 20 years now!) and I will do my best to call you back as soon as I have a quiet minute without children underfoot.
On the more personal front, Charlie (my 8 year old) may actually start school tomorrow! His first day of school this year (2016/2017 school year!) after the school he was assigned to in September had ridiculous lead hazards (window sill lead dust levels in the special needs classroom exceeding 20,000 micrograms of lead per square foot [When the hazard level is 250 or 400 depending on which standard you look at!]!) and first the district denied the hazards existed, then (September/October) they were convinced (by me) to test, and then (November) they assured me that the hazards had been taken care of, but when I went back to check on the classroom -they hand't even been touched! (It's a much more dramatic story that this actually - I will have to write it up as a blog post!) And this is AFTER all the alleged "bad apples" were let go from the school district over the Portland Public School District lead-in-water scandal that finally broke last year! #Sigh. Anyhoo, Charlie's new school was extensively remodeled in 1985 (even though it was originally constructed in 1930), and we actually think it is one of the lead-safest schools in the Portland Public School district that we have seen so far!
Thank you again for your support of my work helping others,
I am unmeasurably grateful for your help during what continues to be an incredibly difficult time for my family.
Tamara Elise Rubin
Unexpected Lead Expert
Mother of Four Sons
P.S. One of the fun new advocacy things I am doing with my friend Carissa ( http://www.CreativeGreenLiving.com) is #GuerillaXRFTesting of consumer goods on the shelves in retails stores. We have made 8 YouTube videos of testing we did last month at Target (everything we could film before the manager threw us out because you are “not allowed to film in a store without permission”! :-), and as soon as this #GoFundMe reaches $5,000, we’re going to go out and do another store too (chosen by a survey of members of the public Facebook group The Lead (Pb) Group)! Here’s the link to the Target videos we made - check them out; they’re actually pretty fun! http://tamararubin.com/category/videos/. [If you are in “the industry” at all and have any contacts that might be interested in helping us polish, produce, market and distribute these videos (featuring me and Carissa as the dynamic-duo of non-toxic mama warriors, with an XRF in hand! ;-) , please let me know. We would love to get sponsorship/ producer interest so we could do a ton more of these.]
P.P.S. I am also urgently in search of an additional attorney for my legal team - someone licensed to practice in Oregon with a focus on nonprofit law. If you have any suggestions or referrals, please do let me know. Thank you!
P.P.P.S. If you shop on Amazon at all, here’s a link with another way you can help (and invite your friends to help too - at no cost to them!). http://tamararubin.com/2017/04/amazon_april/
My son was diagnosed with elevated lead in 2013 in Cleveland, OH thanks to Tamara Rubin we were able to work quickly to protect our infant and my family from further exposure. She does a great job of advocating for the dangers of lead, where to find lead exposure in common household items, and how to get support in your local community. Her direct work with my family & her community outreach facebook groups directly impacted another 3,000 families in NEO. Hundreds of families were encouraged to get their infants lead screened at their annual pediatric appointments, they were educated on possible concerns for lead exposure through paint, dust, and household items. Dozens of families were able to prevent further lead exposure for their families because of the resources and education Tamara Rubin has made available... and we will forever be thankful!!! We love you and your family Tamara Rubin!
Tamara has tirelessly and passionately helped and advocated for countless families and communities affected by lead poisoning, including mine. She has spread awareness and knowledge to an ongoing crisis that many believed was a "thing of the past". It is critical that her message and efforts are supported to save others from harm from this completely preventable neurotoxin that is lead.
Tamara has helped dozens of families affected by lead poisoning like mine more quickly and effectively than anyone in America. The world need Tamara to be fully supported to continue her work, at greater and greater levels - there are so many other children and adults that are being affected now or will be affected. Lead poisoning is preventable and it is time for Tamara and anyone working alongside her to be able to educate and assist before its too late. Lead poisoning is not only an environmental disaster, its an irreversible impact when not prevented on our society. The future of our country is our children and we cannot afford to impact them in this way.
Tamara is a wonderful mother of 4 lead poisoned boys. I know personally how hard it is to raise a child with lead poisoning. The doctors don't even understand the impact that lead poisoning has on a family. But, Tamara does! She has donated so much of her personal time to research and teach others about the devastating effects of lead poisoning. She has brought so much support to so many families across our great United States. She is a woman I am honored to call my friend. I just wish we had a chance to be friends who don't have children with lead poisoning! Thanks friend for ask you do!
Tamara is doing important work that isn't being done by other groups or individuals. Her film underscores the importance of not letting lead poisoning be swept under the rug of the past. Her advocacy for clean water in Portland Public Schools, Flint Michigan and other places affected affected by lead in their water is bringing awareness to an issue that has gone ignored for far too long to the detriment of our nation's children. Her recent work testing consumer goods for lead is helping families make healthier choices in their homes and bringing to light areas where CPSC regulation is grossly inadequate.