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.
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.