I am pleased to announce that on April 1 there will finally be an opportunity to go to Capitol Hill to tell Congress directly about the terrible impact of the CPSIA on our lives and businesses. Having been repeatedly denied the opportunity to explore the issues created by the CPSIA in public hearings by both the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on Small Business since December, we have elected to organize our own rally and open hearings for this purpose. This unprecedented event is a true demonstration of democracy at work – the People will not be denied their say in this vitally important matter. The date – April Fool’s Day – is ironic but the open hearing and rally are quite real and will be held on time with a full slate of speakers and a wide range of participants. This event will include support from numerous trade organizations and is expected to feature remarks by Members of Congress as well as scientists and representatives of various organizations affected by the legislation such as small businesses, libraries, charities and thrift stores. This event will also be open to the media.
Jennifer (Chapter One Organics) will be representing the Fashion-Incubator contingency but she’s going to need help so please contact her by email or phone at 312-860-1186 to volunteer or mention your participation. There are several ways you can signal your intent to join the event. You can leave a comment here, be sure to click “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail” under the comment box to be notified of updates. There’s the Facebook page, CPSIA-Ning and I’ve also created a thread in the forum (open to the public). A central planning site listing all activities and committees in charge of logistics (like accommodations) isn’t live yet but the URL is Amend the CPSIA (bookmark and check back later for content). However it is you sign up to come, be sure to drop Jennifer a mention so we can get a head count of F-I participants. Feel free to road trip and bring the kids to witness democracy in action. This event will be big, and include members of Congress!