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Enough —

February 6, 2012
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I know, I know, I said no fresh, new content until we reach 1,000 donors, but I’ve also been blogging on the issue every single day, Monday through Friday, since January 5 (I’ve missed two days due to illness), and I’m not stopping until the billboards come down. As a compromise between competing commitments, I’m not using a theme.

Do you think it’s fun for me to write about the same subject day after day after day after day, trying to think of new angles, or digging up new dirt, on an organization that I otherwise couldn’t give two shits about?

I only have so much creative energy on hand each day and this project has been the Hummer of psychic fuel consumption. I’m happy to spend it fighting against bigotry, ignorance and hatred, but I, for one, can’t wait until the billboards come down and we can all go back to whatever it was we were doing before all of this began.That includes Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. I don’t think they want to be deal with a bunch of pissed off fatties, or continuously develop new and interesting justifications for their sinister ad campaign which may or may not be profiting their weight loss and weight surgery center.* They’re just as sick of our shit as we are of theirs.

Isn’t it time we all said, “Enough” and wrapped up our respective campaigns?

With approximately 280 more donors needed to unlock the $5000 More of Me to Love Match, our goal of 1,000 donors is just out of reach. Once we reach that goal, we have decided to end the donation phase of our project (see how easy it is to switch from phase to phase, CHOA?) and begin the development phase of our Billboard Project. This will cap our advertising budget around $20,000, which is plenty for our needs.

So, I want to ask you all to help us throw a one-two punch today. There are two simple forms of armchair activism which will help us achieve our duel goals of ending the fundraiser and pressuring on CHOA to bring Phase 1 to a close. They’re pretty basic:

  1. Ask one person to donate $1 to our Solidarity Dollar campaign, or donate yourself
  2. Comment, like, and share my question for Michelle Obama on CNN iReport and/or ask your own

We can easily reach our goal of 1,000 donors today if everyone who reads this blog on a regular basis asked just one person to donate a Solidarity Dollar. So, please help us reach that goal today.

And if you want to see the First Lady give her opinion on Strong4Life, then we need to make it impossible for her to ignore our voice. With every question, comment and like, we improve our odds that she will hear our question.

I have a hard time believing that, in spite of the misguided, but well-intentioned, Let’s Move program, Michelle Obama would approve of the advertising campaign used by Strong4Life. If we can get her to discourage the use of such tactics, we would have a powerful ally in our corner.

So, please, take a moment and help us say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and bring both of our campaigns to an immediate close. Thank you!

*Because although obesity rates leveled off for women and children in 1999, and for men in 2003, for some strange reason, CHOA is expecting to double their customers patients from 600 per year to 1,2000 at their Health4Life Clinic. The clinic treats overweight and obese children for metabolic disorders, but they also offer weight loss and bariatric surgery services as well. They have yet to disclose how many of those 1,200 anticipated customers patients are going for disease treatment versus weight loss or bariatric surgery.
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8 Comments leave one →
  1. vesta44 permalink
    February 6, 2012 6:12 pm

    I noticed that they said the number of children they saw at their Health4Life Clinic had doubled from 300 to 600. I’m wondering how many of those original 300 are repeat customers/patients? After all, they’re selling weight loss/weight loss surgeries at that clinic, and we all know how successful those treatments are. So, how many of those 600 kids they’re seeing now are kids they’ve seen in the past that they’ve sold weight loss to, for whom that weight loss worked short-term, the kids regained the weight, and now they’re back, looking for another answer (or the same answer they were given before – with a dose of ‘you didn’t try hard enough/do enough/it’s your fault you got fat again’)?
    Which is a question you can ask CHOA until the stars fall from the sky, but you’ll get an answer from them on that about the same time as they give you an answer on their “research” for the 75% of parents in GA who don’t know their kids are fat and the 50% who don’t think it’s a problem (in other words, don’t hold your breath).

  2. February 6, 2012 10:37 pm

    Well said, Shannon.

  3. Fab@54 permalink
    February 7, 2012 8:37 am

    I’m clicking on the donation links… I keep getting an error page. Any clues?

    • February 7, 2012 9:40 am

      Try the link on Small, Unmarked Bills. That one works.

      • Fab@54 permalink
        February 7, 2012 11:17 am

        thanks J, I’ll try that

  4. Fab@54 permalink
    February 7, 2012 12:01 pm

    $10 Donation went through!
    Glad to help, wish I could have given more, but well…. you know – these tough times….

    • February 7, 2012 12:13 pm

      Fab,
      At this point, we’re more interested in getting donors than dollars. If we get just 200 more donors of any amount, we get the extra $5,000, so thank you for your generosity!

      Peace,
      Shannon

  5. February 8, 2012 7:15 pm

    In just 2 days I’ll be able to donate! Finally, pay–and food! I’m sick of eating trail mix.

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