How Can We Help M.E. Patients Overcome the Obstacles to Protest?
Answer: Recruit healthy and strong reinforcements to help them!
We are calling on a group of healthy volunteers to “Stand-in and Lay Down” in the place of M.E. patients who are too sick to protest for themselves, as well as any patients who are currently strong enough, to gather outside the NIH campus (Bethesda, MD, near Washington DC) for a peaceful protest of the NIH’s P2P Workshop for ME/CFS. Many believe the results of this workshop will be harmful to M.E. patients.
We will have at least 12 anti-gravity chairs and other medical-assist devices set up with people and posters (with pictures of patients too sick to protest) and we will have fact sheets to hand out. We will also be seeking out any opportunities with news reporters or film crews to cover this unique protest. Please share far and wide on social media.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014*
• 7:20 a.m. Arrive and set up protest site near Medical Center metro station (intersection of South Ave. and Rockville). Turn onto South Drive going towards the NIH Gateway Center and look for the protest.
• 7:30 a.m. Protest begins
• 8:30 a.m. P2P Workshop (Day 2) begins. If any patient/advocate in the meeting wants to mention our “stand-in, lay down” protest, that is up to you.
• 1:30 p.m. P2P Workshop (Day 2) ends
• 2:30 p.m. End protest
Parking is extremely limited on the NIH Campus; they suggest you use public transportation if possible. NIH visitor parking is also nearby off of Wisconsin/Rockville.
*Tuesday night at 7 p.m. we will meet in Derwood, MD at a location TBD to educate and network with volunteers the night before the protest by watching a film on M.E. Contact Christine (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
Intersection of Rockville and South
Bethesda, MD 20892
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