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When toxic fumes from a neighborhood roof-tarring project started impacting the health of her daughter, Shelby Rodriguez sprang into action. A self described "stay at home Mom" at the time, Shelby took on the housing development with her "No More Tar Roofs" campaign - successfully halting the project and forcing them to switch to a more eco-friendly solution.  Shelby's story has since been published in People Magazine, the Sacramento News & Review, and Lifetime's "Remarkable Women" series. In addition, Shelby was awarded the first annual Mom on a Mission award from Healthy Child, Healthy World.

I recently had the opportunity to ask her about her campaign:
Shelby and Daughter Elise
RP: What motivated you to take action to stop the roofing project?
SR: My motivation for fighting the roofing tar project was my daughter, Elise (age 5). I had been diagnosed with intermittent asthma and was put on inhalers after being exposed to the tar fumes for several months. The symptoms I had were nose sores, twitching lungs, constant coughing, fatigue, nausea, difficulty breathing, and asthma.
I was living in fear. We couldn’t play outside, and I was forced to tape my door shut and close off air intakes, etc. On several occasions, the inside of our house was filled with fumes so badly that and I had to put a mask over Elise and leave the area to breathe. When Elise told me she had a sore throat I went into a productive panic because one of my first symptoms was a sore throat too. Finding out that the project was for three years and knowing that we had limited options financially I knew that I could not sit by and be a victim anymore. Elise deserved a safe place to live.

RP: What did you do to get the project stopped? (and how did you know what to do?)
SR: The first step in getting the project stopped was to research and learn everything I could about the project and the product. Once I knew what and who I was up against I began making contacts within the community, local government, the US EPA, grassroots organizations, and the Air Quality District to plead my case. In addition, I needed to find an alternative to asphalt roofing tar so that I was asking for a change that was actually realistic. The people I was asking help from respected that because I wasn’t just complaining; I had found a doable solution to the problem.
I actually didn’t know what to do! But I was very persistent and never took no for an answer. My first strategy was to try and force the Carmel Partners (owners of the community) to change to the alternative “cool” roof system. I learned that no one in local government was going to help me force them to stop because what they were doing was actually legal; so I had to change my strategy.

The combination of several things helped me change the project. I received great advice from helpful allies along with media attention. In addition, the help from the US EPA through their TASC (Technical Assistance Services for Communities) was a huge win for the community.  I also had the backing from SAQMD (Air Quality District). They are the governing agency and very kindly informed the owners of the repercussions should they use asphalt roofing tar and have the community fight back with the public nuisance law. I would say that was the ultimate reason the Carmel Partners opted to try the “Cool” roofs instead. I think it made sense to them to choose an easier route rather than to move forward against such opposition. It was a gamble, but I wasn’t going to give up.

RP: What was the biggest lesson you learned from your experience?
SR: The biggest lesson I learned was the power of one person to influence change. I was nearly discouraged so many times by people, who meant well, but who tried to squash my momentum by pointing out I was alone in my quest. They told me to give up for the sake of my own sanity, to know my place as a middle-class woman with no influence in our society. But the truth is, when you have the facts, and are truly dedicated and passionate, eventually others will take notice and positive changes can happen no matter who you are.

RP: Why did you choose Care2 for your petition?
SR: I learned about Care2 when the Sierra Club helped me author the No More Tar Roofs petition. I knew I needed to have a place online where people could sign the petition even if they hadn’t met with me in person.

What I like most about Care2 is the community of people taking action on issues that are important to them.  It helps bring awareness to issues not covered in the media, which is extremely empowering for the everyday person out there who knows change needs to happen but could feel powerless otherwise.

It’s based on the idea that one person can make a difference, which is what I’m all about! I love that when I visit the site I’m shown petitions to sign, there are blogs to read, and there is other good work to participate in. It was a positive influence in my community, throughout the country, and hopefully will be the catalyst for the human movement needed the help save the world for future generations.

RP: If Care2 members have similar environmental health concerns in their neighborhood, what would you recommend they do?
SR: My advice to others would be to pace yourself, know your stuff, make a reasonable plan, and don’t let your emotions overpower your will to succeed.

  • Do your homework— If you know who and what you’re up against you are more likely to succeed.
    • Create a flyer to hand out with a site they can visit with more information online. Also create a paper version and an online petition to document and empower others to join in on your cause.
    • Don’t just complain. Find an alternative to the problem in your community and mention it at every opportunity.
  • Find allies and contacts for advice and to spread your story.
    • Don’t be afraid to hit the pavement and respectfully knock on doors and talk to your neighbors to find out if they are having symptoms too. You can find help with your campaign that way and it also helps in knowing you’re not alone.
    • Write, call, and attend public meetings to get the attention of your local government or other local activist.
    • Don’t stop there. In my case the Federal Government was helpful as well.
    • Sometimes, you’ll need to bypass the staff and go directly to the person at the top of the organization or public office. You’d be surprised at how helpful the big wigs can be if contacted directly.
    • Take notes about advice and contacts. Contact everyone you’re directed to call. You never know who will be the right contact. I was able to get on the news because one of my new contacts knew a news reporter.
    • Be passionate, but calm and factual.
    • Make sure everything you say or write is true to the best of your knowledge. Sometimes retaliation comes in the form of threats of lawsuits for defamation or libel by your opponent.  As long as you can prove that you thought what you said was true at the time you said it they will lose (and they know that too).
    • Know your rights about freedom of speech. Talk to the local police to make sure they know about your campaign or any threats you’ve received, and so that you know the rules about campaigning on public and private property.
  • Just don’t give up!
    • You will hear more “No’s” than” Yes’s” during your campaign. Just know that people are used to business as usual. They have a job duty and protocol but when moved to act because of your enthusiasm and dedication they may eventually decide to help you. Just remember that in the confrontation between the rock and the stream, the stream always wins—not through strength but through persistence.

RP: Congratulations Shelby, and thank you for your courage, tenacity and for being such an inspiration!

Watch Shelby's story, below, as told during the Healthy Child, Healthy World award ceremony where she was named their first annual "Mom on a Mission."

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Posted: Monday January 4, 2010, 7:46 pm
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Melissa Ahumada (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:16 am
very inspirational

Bilyana T. (41)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:26 am
I agree

Cheree M. (46)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:27 am
Indeed Inspiring!! CONGRATS!! Great Job Shelby, You Rock!! Thank You for standing up & taking action.

Kevin S. (15)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:34 am
well done Shelby.Just goes to show we all have power.

Linda G. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:43 am
Well done, you GO girl!!!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:45 am

gerlinde p. (161)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:49 am
great work,an award wellearned.

Ulrike B. (148)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:53 am
You´ve done a great job. Everyone can hold still, it takes courage to stand up for what you believe in.

Roxy Alina (5)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 1:10 am

Kate L. (8)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 1:10 am
Well done! go girl-friend!

Jenny Dooley (830)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 1:26 am
Great story! Thanks for the share.

Stephan B. (38)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 1:32 am
Tar is a petroleum product and is just one of a list of 'permissinble' pollutants. My congratulations to Shelby of taking this action, its' one many of us have not thought of.

Annabelle T. (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 1:39 am
Congratulations, Shelby! Your story is very inspirational.

Hinhanni Wicahpi (28)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 1:47 am
Good job Shelby!

EcoWorrier M I A MoonWalk Again (947)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 2:02 am

Bonnie H. (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 2:08 am
Thank you Shelby, You are a true hero. I needed your inspiration as I am standing alone in regards to a "Bully Boss" I feel stronger and ready this morning!

Carol W. (2)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 2:18 am
Every time I read or hear of people like Shelby taking time to care enough to help not only her daughter but everyone in her community I am moved to think the world still has a chance - thank you for lifting my spirits today.

Angel W. (267)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 2:21 am
You go girl, Congratulations hun xx

Pat M. (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 2:30 am
How brave and wonderful you are

Gary Casto (5)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 2:32 am
I have worked on tar roofs in the past, back in the 1980,s. They are very dangerous to peoples health. The Fumes from the hot tar are bad to the lungs, and Respatory areas. I back this Petition one hundred per cent.

Elizabeth C. (25)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 2:47 am
Thank you. I appreciate the bullet points, very important for anyone who is about to be as courageous as Shelby Rodriguez. No easy task.

Alicya L. (228)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 2:56 am
it ios great to read about these kind of post.It shows when you take action,it pays of
Well done Shelby
*wishing you a wonderful,healthy 2010!*
]Care2 is an amazing place because of the members and C2 ofcourse!
Keep it up@!

Sydney White (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:00 am

Shirley S. (176)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:02 am
What a resourceful mother you are Shelby.My admiration for you is HUGE.

Mona E. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:09 am
Good going, Shelby. You fought, you won and you didn't lose your sanity in the process. And some very good advice too.

Michael B. (15)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:17 am
Great Work!!!

Andrea L. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:17 am
good luck for the future

Brenda S. (597)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:21 am
Good Story

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:24 am

Betsy Bee (1017)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:25 am
Amazing woman. She learned of a hazard and took action.

Tanwi S. (26)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:29 am
Bedankt voor je actie en dat je gehandeld hebt naar eigen gevoel en dat is altijd goed.

Vicky C G. (7)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:35 am
Thank you for your persistence Shelby. It is people like you, working to save one place at a time, that will save the planet. If every community had someone like you this would be a better world.

Elainna Crowell (174)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:37 am
What a wonderful story. I am so very proud that this mother could make such a difference and hope she will continue to be an example for the rest of us!

Isis MorningStar (39)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:41 am
What a great example Shelby has shown us of how her persistence and tenacity helped not only her family but her community. She is a great example of not giving up when you have a problem with the system.

nancy Clark (32)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:44 am
randy, thanks for bringing this to our attention...shelby, i am so proud of you...yours is a very inspirational story and proves that every one of us can make a difference...we really can change things...thank you

Pamela C. (75)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:45 am
Thank you for your strength and commitment.

Dawn Walker (3)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:49 am
what a wake-up call.

Alessandra Solina (9)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:56 am
The power of a mother! Great job, congratulations!

Neha S. (14)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:03 am
Kudos and Congratulation to Shelby!!! Another Erin Brochovick in this world!!!!

Diane Vandermast (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:04 am
She is woman - hear her roar!!!

Wendye Kolles wendyelouise@hotmail (58)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:06 am
Mom's are NEVER 'just' moms. Moms' can be very powerful and persistent - especially when it comes to their children. Thank you for this article.

Anna Lombardo (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:15 am
very inspirational...good job Shelby

Chetna P. (306)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:19 am
What a fantastic story, well done Shelby! Thank you for caring and taking action

Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:24 am
Very brave and well done!

Vivi S. (11)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:26 am
Empowerment, maybe?

Dessie Almlov (12)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:30 am
Great story

Sharon Kinnier (4)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:33 am

. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:34 am
thanks for inspiring all of us!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:35 am
Shelby you are a motivator for others to act on environmental issues that impact their own community. That's what I call a REAL hero.

. (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:37 am
Great story.

H Nick H. (1826)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:38 am
Fantastic and inspiring. We can make changes, only when we decide to change.

Gilles E. (30)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:42 am
Bravo a cette maman ... Merci Randy pour cette article , tres enrichisant et agréable a lire et écouter ...

David T. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:52 am
Thanks for a job well done!

robert m. (3)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:56 am
What must this be doing to the guys who work with this stuff day in and day out??????

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:00 am
The biggest point that was made was this: "I wasn’t just complaining; I had found a doable solution to the problem."

Marie Noelle Cyr (2)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:16 am
Wow! COngratulations and may you be inspiration for others.

Scott Z. (23)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:21 am

Gloria Clements (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:22 am
This is a wonderful example of how realistic use of facts and resources can accomplish what unintelligible, incoherent ranting will not. We must present ourselves as determined; but calm, intelligent and credible opponents to environmental problems if we want to be taken seriously. Congratulations, Shelby!

Edward Janus (291)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:25 am
Edward Janus | Disability Advocate and Activist (Disabled myself).
Doing Daily Internet Activism for Supporting Causes of Change. Signing Letters, Petitions, and Sharing News.
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You learned of a hazard that really ment something to you, and took action. Thank you for your persistence also Shelby.

Shirley S. (3)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:28 am
I didn't actually realise that builders were still using these materials and that they could have such an affect on people. I hope that with our help with petitions etc that these builders can be convinced not to use these materials any longer. There are much better ways to build a roof. Flat roof's have many other problems, like leaking etc and should be banned. I wish you and your family the very best.

Richard N. (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:32 am
Very fact awesome...Thanks

Valerie S. (70)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:40 am
Congratulations Shelby, you have made quite an accomplishment and set a wonderful example. Thank you for doing the research and standing up to create change!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:45 am
It is so great to read your sucsess. Congrats Shelby.

Diana Casoliba (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:48 am
good work!

Kelly D. (8)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:53 am
Such an inspirational story of one person's capability to seize control over their own destiny and make a global difference!

Beth S. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:56 am
Yes, very inspirational

Dianne D. (465)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:00 am
You go girl!! This proves one person can make a difference.

Diane B. (33)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:04 am

Joycey B. (750)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:05 am
Well done Shelby.

Lynn M. (192)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:08 am
Congrats. You go girl. Job well done!

Marta Away (55)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:08 am
Congratulations. You´re brave.

Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:11 am
Very inspirational!

Teresa W. (724)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:11 am
Interesting! Thank you.

korina r. (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:16 am
great work Shelby!

Oishimaya Sen (66)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:16 am
Shelby has just shown us what an individual is capable of just needs courage, determination and a true heart to convince the society of what is right .

. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:16 am

Sukram R. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:18 am
congratulations, well done!

Anita S. (22)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:22 am
Very Inspiring indeed and I do agree..

Patti R. (211)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:30 am
Well Done Shelby! Strong inspirational work.
Here is to you and healthy living.

kathryn cook (628)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:40 am
ty for this post

April D. (14)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:40 am
Congratulations! You are a strong woman, and we can all learn from stories like yours. Thank you!

Suzanne Katz (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:47 am
Don't give up!!

Debbie B. (76)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:52 am
you go girl !!!!! its all about the commitment we all make to the challenge of big companys and progress, they don't think we can ever defeat them its all about the money these days and the goverment should have a better handle on this but they dont. Unfortunately we all have to pay with our health and warfare if we as a people would stand up against the goverment we could get alot more done glad u won for now but how many other communities are going through this and we don't know it ????

Stephen Hill (639)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:54 am
Thank you for inspiring all of us who may occasionally give up hope. Perseverance and caring for our loved ones can prevail.

Alicia v. (181)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:55 am

Heather D. (7)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:00 am
I am happy that it worked out for you!

Ant m. (47)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:17 am
Great job ......

Kim Blubaugh (5)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:22 am
I's good to know that people are willing to get involved in a productive way. Rather that a destructive way.
I think it gets so much more accomplished.
You Go Girl!

Sue L. (68)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:23 am
Congratulations Shelby! I am glad to hear that a petition here at Care2 was helpful to you in getting the builders to substitute a more healthy alternative in roofing material.

Kathy Becchetti (2)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:25 am
Where I was working at the time, the company was having their roof tarred. The project lasted 4 weeks. By that time we (all employees) were so sick with burning noses, eyes and throats and also had a bad cough.

veronika P. (67)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:26 am
Thats an awesome story! Very inspiring!

Elaine S. (34)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:30 am
Well done, a very positve action

Alessandra Ciappa (2)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:34 am
Don't let it go! It is possible to do all things without polluting the envirnment... and keeping ourselves healthy!

. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:40 am
Great job Shelby!

Sandra D. (4)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:44 am
Good for you!

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:49 am
Thank you for showing us that every voice makes a difference - we just have to make ourselves heard.

Carolee L. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:51 am
wow, that is awesome, great work hun, God bless you and your family :)

. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:52 am
How very brave of you!

Emily Cooper (4)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:53 am
Looks like the main way through opposition is perseverance and not taking no for an answer. My mum always says that you've already got as many no's as you need, you just need a yes or two and you're off. Well done for keeping at it and not getting discouraged.

Jane H. (138)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:58 am
Thank you for this wonderful success story...not only for Shelby and her daughter but also for Care2 which I think has huge potential as well as present power.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:01 am

Jane S. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:05 am
we should all be so proactive!

Sandi F. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:08 am
God bless you Shelby; keep up the great work. I wonder if some of those people who threatened have come down with the same symptoms as you and your daughter did. When they realize that, if they ever do, maybe they would change their way. I hope you and your daughter are in better health now.

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:11 am
Congratulations on your courage to act immediately ...we need more people like you...

June K. (10)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:16 am
Thank you Shelby. You are an inspiration to many, that we can stand up and change our community and world for the better. You have my best wishes for a Happy & Healthy New Year.

Blue Sky (22)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:17 am
Thank you Shelby, You are a true hero. I needed your inspiration as I am standing alone in regards to a "Bully Boss" I feel stronger and ready this morning!

Pamylle G. (463)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:19 am
Well done, Shelby !

Ellen Mcclamrock (2)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:22 am
I know your kids are going to be so proud of you!

. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:25 am
Wow! Impressive and inspirational. Shelby is a great role model for her daughter.... and all of us.

Margrit S. (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:27 am
Very encouraging to see what one single person can achieve!!

Monica Y H Wai (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:29 am
Well done and congratulations, Shelby!

Vukan Simic (121)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:30 am
very insoirational

Screamingbelle Belle (341)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:32 am
Great job Shelby

Denise S. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:34 am
Keep up the good work!

Stacey E. (3)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:35 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:38 am
Well Done

Deborah O. (98)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:42 am
Never underestimate mothers--they are extremely committed and extremely motivated.

Chris McCabe (35)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:45 am
Brilliant work - people power!

Jan Billy Pedersen (44)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:48 am
Brilliant work. Really deserved the award.

Jenna West (2)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:53 am
While this is the story of an incredible mother, and an incredible woman--it's most importantly something more: the story of an incredible person. Shelby is truly an inspirational person.

Barbara Brown (13)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:55 am
I read this article and it sounds just like the same symtons as the Chinese drywall here in Florida. Some folks just are highly more sensitive than others. I'm happy this lady and her family are doin well now. It could have gone all wrong but she was smart enough to realize that something was making her and her family sick and done something about it. We as American's have come to the everyday life with taking the easy way out and short cuts to get what we want or get the job done. It's really sad that quality doesn't mean crap in this society anymore!!!!

Rufaida Shamead (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:57 am
As you have said Shelby, your story shows the difference one person can make as long as they truly believe in their cause and don't give up.

Sandra Q. (8)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:01 am
Good for you...It looks like you might have a new career..You know how to do it right...Maybe you can help others that aren't a strong?

Elizabeth Aldam (278)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:01 am
Congratulations!I think it`s great that someone questions the system on the use of this or that when it causes harm.

Catherine C. (114)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:06 am
Thank you ! You have wonderous courage and feet!! Feet- they carry the intention... yours are rock solid! bravo to you !

Crystal A. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:08 am
Thanks for the inspiration & useful information! Gives me hope that my own efforts will be fruitful. Maybe an alternative can be found for repaving streets & school playgrounds as well?

Winefred M. (88)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:08 am
I couldn't sign(Petition was closed), but I admire what Shelby Rodriguez is doing.

Carla E. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:11 am
everyone deserves to live in a safe environment, so this is just the sort of thing that benefits all involved, creating awareness and a real solution to a real problem! Congrats on the success, I hope all is well with you and your beautiful daughter now!

Janice D. (5)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:24 am
Very well done,thank you for having the guts to do the research, then stand up for what is right!

Gaias Son Aiki (40)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:28 am
This is an example of grassroot activism at its best. Truly an inspirational story. It proves it can be done, even with limited resources and support (at the outset). I just love this recipe for grassroot activism. It is something each and everyone one of can (should?) emulate concerning causes the we also fight for and believe in. Every obstacle can be overcome if one has the right attitude and develop the right tools. Thank you Randy for highlighting this inspirational story on Today's action.

Dee C. (23)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:42 am
What a wonderful young woman..Never..ever give up..for what you believe in or stand for..or hope for..

Rajna T. (97)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:47 am
Amazing story...My respect !

Cheryl Ulrich (109)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:48 am
Way to go Shelby ! :)

Eva H. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:51 am

Kari D. (192)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:06 am
Great job Shelby! :0)

Amara P. (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:09 am
nothing like a mom on a mission... great work :)

Fay T. (6)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:10 am
I am impressed! Great job Shelby!!

Casey Broughton (27)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:13 am
i'm very impressed. congratulations

Annie Cowling (118)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:15 am
What a inspiration to to many people

Abo r. (103)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:18 am
LOVELY ...Great....I like it.

Abo r. (103)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:20 am
LOVELY ...Great....I like it.
Go ahead do more.

JoAnna B. (386)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:26 am
Congratulations,Shelby! You did it!

Milena Z. (9)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:30 am
Way to go!

Joanne C. (47)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:37 am
Well done. It's great to read a story like this and to hear of people like you taking action. And it's a great example of how one person really can make a difference. ;-)

Snezana Miletic (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:39 am
Good story

Dorothy Gates (2)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:42 am
well done.

Brad Miller (120)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:49 am
Awesome story, tremendous! We need more like Shelby.

Deb g. (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:51 am
What a powerful story! I thank you Shelby for not taking no for an answer.

Kerstin Strobl (379)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 11:05 am
Thank you Shelby, great!

Darlene K. (361)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 11:21 am
Shelby is a true inspiration for all, and thank you for sharing her story. Her actions and advice empowers my HOPE within humanity...much love and peace...namaste

Diana W. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 11:25 am
Thanks for sharing your story, it is truly inspiring.

Shaheen N. (64)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 11:25 am
Welldone Shelby, you stood up for your child's health which will infact now help different communities as well.Congratulations & Thumbs Up:)

cheryl o. (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 11:41 am
Thank you for showing us that one person doing the right thing can make the difference!!

Georgeanne W. (6)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 11:45 am
Great story of how to do activism!

Eric Gilmartin (361)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 11:59 am
Good going, Shelby! Well done.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:00 pm
now that's inspiring enough to get even me off my butt!

Nina R. (12)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:01 pm
We need more people like you! Thank you!

Aimee B. (5)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:03 pm
Good job, Shelby!

Joanne Cooper (756)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:08 pm

j l (34)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:09 pm
good job

juli barwig (18)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:11 pm

Cathy L. (12)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:12 pm
Shelby you are a love. Talk about don't mess with my daughter... my family, my community hey I'm the mother & this isn't going down like that!
Thank you for fighting a battle you had no choice but to win. Congratulations you are the best!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:13 pm
Thank you for sharing this wonderful and inspirational story. ^-^

Vanessa Cavaliere (4)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:20 pm
Congrats! Very inspiring and you go girl!!!! Keep on trucking! :)

Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:34 pm

Dalia H. (1281)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:37 pm
Amazing work Dearest Shelby. We need more people like you!!! You inspire me much, because being a mother of three Beautiful girls, I would do the same like you, fighting until the end, not matter what!!!
Thank You so much to Randy Paynter for the interview.
Much Love and Happy New Year 2010!
Black Dalia:)

Jennifer G. (26)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:45 pm
I'm proud of you for what you managed to do, because I can imagin that it is not easy to take on a company alone

Stephie D. (10)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:47 pm

Sheila Goff (2)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 12:49 pm
"A doable solution." Whatever a brilliant young lady!

Maritha Bergman (8)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 1:01 pm
A very tragic situation but she was a strong and courage woman.

Rhonda Maness (583)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 1:13 pm
Thanks for the inspiring story.

A S. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 1:13 pm
Well done. Proof that one person can bring about big changes.

Taylor K. (4)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 1:23 pm

Beverly Bilsborough (13)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 1:25 pm
Very good......Interesting Thanks for sharing

Linda H. (199)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 1:32 pm
You go!Tell them! Children matter they do not have a voice unless we step up and speak for them!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 1:32 pm
There is nothing more moving or inspirational than a mother standing up for her young especially against the odds. Well done Shelby.

Debbie G. (311)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 1:33 pm
Great job, Shelby. It's so encouraging to hear of the success stories for petitions.

. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 1:38 pm
Congrats Shelby! Well deserved. Good interview

Andrea Lahouze (20)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 1:48 pm
Awesome Shelby! I love Care2, it's such a great way to nurture positive change.

Dia Bryan (4)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 1:51 pm

Sharon S. (57)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 2:07 pm
Well done Shelby, alot of us get angry about things, but few of us actually pick up the reins, fight the fight and make a difference. You are an inspiration, Thank You!

Joao Varela (3)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 2:12 pm
What an exemple for everyone of us to fight for our rights!

Hilary Smith (11)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 2:21 pm
an inspiration to us all..... Well Done!

Chris B. (4)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 2:28 pm
A great inspiration in this apathetic world. Well done.

Elizabeth O. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 2:45 pm
Thank you and you are such a wonderful mom!

Donna B. (2)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 2:59 pm
I am living in an area with a mushroom farm. Their practices have caused asthman in my child. I have been to the health department with no help. Thanks for giving me the encouragement that something else might be done!

Jenni Graham (17)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:01 pm
Well done Shelby, you're an inspiration

Teresa T. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:12 pm
Very well done..

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:22 pm
thats great.

carol narick (243)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:37 pm

Dana B. (134)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:39 pm
Very good!!! I wish more people took action for the environment, and animals.

Dana B. (134)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:45 pm
Very good story! And well done Shelby!!!

Sharon W. (20)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:48 pm

Starlite M. (26)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 3:48 pm
Go momma! Go momma!

Pennie McCart (6)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:13 pm
We all need to summon the type of strength and perseverance that Shelby has, when corruption, unhealthy practices, illegal actions, etc., directly impacted our lives. Imagine what it would be like around here if we all took the initiative to instigate change.

Too much apathy exists within us, and we become complacent; "Someone should do something soon..." How about us, how about now?

Thank you for your compelling story, Shelby. It will serve as a reminder of just how much one person can accomplish. Nicely done.

I wish you, your daughter, and all your loved ones good health and peace.

Evelyn D. (9)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:21 pm
Thanks for the share! Good to know why I react to tar flumes.

Nuning M. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:25 pm
Great JOB! You go, girl!

. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:26 pm
a woman of action and courage. bravo!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:39 pm
excellent. I wish I was more like her.

Lori T. (18)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:44 pm
I agree

Alicia N. (87)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 4:54 pm
Congratulations Shelby, good luck and God bless you !!!

Leia P. (7)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:18 pm
good job

Mandy B. (30)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:25 pm
Amazing :)

Ekeim Teeuwisse (147)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:27 pm
good job shelby !

Ekeim Teeuwisse (147)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:30 pm
great job shelby !

Mr Shorcuts (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:37 pm
Amazing what persistence can do

Dell Nidor (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:50 pm
Well done, Shelby. Can just imagine what your kids will grow up to ac complish, with a mom who leads by example

Dell Nidor (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:53 pm
When do you run for office? People, not legislators. Run, girl

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 5:55 pm
How very admirable, Shelby; congratulations on the award! Thank you for sharing this, Randy.

Misty Delahay (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:02 pm
i agree. Keep up the good work

Julie F. (67)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:05 pm
What a story. Great job. You have a lot to be proud of.

Larry S. (645)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:18 pm
Awesome, do we ever need more like her!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:22 pm
Absolutely awesome Shelby hugs oxoxo

Maria L. (25)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:23 pm
Great Job:)

Anne Cerutti (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 6:32 pm
This story is very inspirational and should give everyone hope for grassroots change!

Daffy McGee (276)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:09 pm
Congrats. I very much agree with this.

Linda J. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:51 pm
I like many are proud of you & you are an inspiration too many I am sure.

KangHan Weng (12)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:54 pm
Thanks for the share~!!

Glenn Byrnes (192)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 7:58 pm
A remarkable woman.

Paula Taylor (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:06 pm
Good for you, Shelby! Thanks for protecting our air, and reminding us that we can all be a force for positive change.

Ashley Brooke (2)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:30 pm
It's amazing how children can make us fight harder than we ever thought possible. My son does it for me.

Chelsie H. (19)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:37 pm
Very Inspirational!

Ruchi K. (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:40 pm

Danielle S. (54)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:42 pm
Wow. An amazing story. Way to go, Shelby!

Kelsey M. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:47 pm
wow, that's amazing. great job for standing up against that, especially for such a great reason

Chris B. (35)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:51 pm
Fantastic article; fantastic woman! She's an inspiration to all of us 'regular folks' that would like to bring about change. And kudos to Care2 for providing a much needed venue for achieving those changes!

Shelby Rodriguez (13)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 8:54 pm
I wanted to thank all of you for your comments. You made my day! Feel free to ask me any and all questions on my page about your community projects as well. Happy New Year!

Rosemary Rannes (643)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:05 pm
Randy after reading Shelby Rodriguez account and watching 2009's Mom on a Mission "Sick and Tarred" all i can say is that I am rpfoundly impressed and inspired by her courage, intellingence and her perseverance.
Love is defined and expressed in many ways.
Shelby's love for her daughter was her motivation I believe and it is true, by virtue of her success here, that in fact, love does conquer all !
Thank you for a great story and start to my New Year!

Ruchi K. (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:06 pm
very good story.....thanks for sharing with us

Conni M. (103)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:24 pm
Thank You for standing inspiring!

Danny Loftin (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:33 pm

Sandra El Lackany (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:37 pm
good job, well done :)

Debbie F. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 9:39 pm
Thank you, Shelby! There are so many people like you and your daughter who are sensitive to harsh chemicals. We need more people like you!

Peter Stickney (2)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:05 pm
Very cool Shelby, you found in yourself the power to act against seemingly overwhelming odds by always moving forward regardless of appearances; your perseverance and commitment led you through the tight places to your final goal. Thank you for being a model of the inborn power we all have when we trust ourselves.

Merry L. (74)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:17 pm
Thank you very much for your advice. Wonderful story.

Cassidy Martin (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:42 pm
What an amazing story! Congratulations!!

David Cohen (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:43 pm
Way to go!!!

David Cohen (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:43 pm
This lady should definitely be running for national office

Mister H. (4)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:44 pm
Congratulations, ma'am. Well done

Mister H. (4)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:45 pm
A mom to be proud of. Bet she's raising great kids. Such tenacity!

David Cohen (2)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:50 pm
Warmest congratulations on a job well done

David Cohen (2)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 10:51 pm
What a role model and a half. Better than Brokovitich or whatever her name was. Really outstanding for a "small" citizen to take such big steps, and benefit not only her daughter and self, but the wider community as well. Good on you!

Nightcat Mau (81)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 11:01 pm
That is amazing! Goes to show just how much impact one human can have. Thanks for posting!

David Cohen (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 11:21 pm

Richard Cohen (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 11:22 pm
You much to be proud of. Congratulations on a long, hard job well done through persistence.

David Cohen (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 11:22 pm
I would certainly vote for this lady, in a minute

Richard C. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 11:27 pm
Powerful lady, powerful story, and one lucky kid who chose her parent well. heheh. Nicely written. Great to see real people winning for a change, isn't it?

Richard C. (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 11:27 pm
What missions can we individually take on?

Amy Weintraub (1)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 11:27 pm
Repeated congratulations, Shelby

Dovid Miller (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 11:36 pm
Congrats, Shelby, now, how about doing this for all of the country? Go ahead, run for office!!

Dovid Miller (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 11:36 pm
No kidding. You'd be great. By the way, this post was well-written. Thank you

Dovid Miller (0)
Tuesday January 5, 2010, 11:38 pm
oh, we'd be happy to vote for a woman like this

Cathi Hartline (248)
Wednesday January 6, 2010, 12:00 am
awesome! so nice to have met her! blessings

Gaby Micallef-Trigona (0)
Wednesday January 6, 2010, 7:03 am
How wonderful.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 6, 2010, 2:53 pm

CareTwo Support (473)
Wednesday January 6, 2010, 3:25 pm
Way to go Shelby!!! Your perseverance pays off!!!! Amazing story!!!

carole h. (0)
Thursday January 7, 2010, 1:17 am

Debra C. (3)
Thursday January 7, 2010, 10:51 am
Congratulations!!!!!! And thank you for being a voice for all mankind.

Debra C. (3)
Thursday January 7, 2010, 10:55 am
Thanks for standing up & speaking out for all of mankind!!!!!

carole h. (0)
Thursday January 7, 2010, 4:40 pm

Les Derbyshire (28)
Friday January 8, 2010, 7:12 am
Well done Shelby for not just complaining but finding a way out of the situation. That's a lesson for all environmental campaigners!

Denise S. (0)
Friday January 8, 2010, 7:39 am
You are indeed an inspiration!

Stacey C. (0)
Friday January 8, 2010, 11:36 pm
thank you, this is great

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 9, 2010, 9:06 am

Frances Z. (48)
Sunday January 10, 2010, 10:15 am
Congratulations Shelby - awesome!

Jeannie D. (5)
Monday January 11, 2010, 8:10 am
Good job Shelby. Our children are our greatest motivators.

Joy Catalan (95)
Wednesday January 13, 2010, 3:24 am
congratulations Shelby! You did a great job my dear! Taking action demands persistency, dedication and sincerity. You just did it my friend!

aar c. (12)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 1:08 am

Ana R (220)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 4:31 am
Great work, congratulations,Shelby:)

Odin Torchwood (45)
Friday February 19, 2010, 1:24 pm
I totally agree with this, Nice one Shelby, your inspiration to stand up to these people shows unlimited care and courage. We need more people like Shelby to make the world a better place for everyone.

Margo T. (11)
Saturday March 20, 2010, 4:58 pm
Wonderful story about persistence and determination and the power of one. If you see something wrong that is damaging people, the environment or the animals, keep trying to have that project stopped or changed. Never be discouraged. Well done Shelby!

Louis Breitbach (5)
Sunday March 21, 2010, 9:52 am

Ritwick Saikia (11)
Monday March 29, 2010, 10:58 pm
Shelby, you deserve that award fully. Congrats and hope that others are as inspired by your actions as me. Also I hope that your daughter's symptoms have disappeared and she's growing up healthy as can be. Enjoy your family and your life. You've earned the right.

Jane J. (6)
Tuesday May 18, 2010, 2:09 am
Good for her!

Past Member (0)
Friday July 16, 2010, 8:34 pm
This article proves that it doesn't take a village, just one person on a mission with conviction and determination!

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 5:14 am
Congratulations Shelby, very well done.

Huyen Hoang (47)
Wednesday August 11, 2010, 3:35 am
thanks for the post

Bonni Fellows (24)
Wednesday August 11, 2010, 9:12 am
Great Work! Thank you.

. (0)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 10:25 am
Well done Shelby. Elise and the rest of your community are lucky to have you.

Shakeel Ahmad Awan (0)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 6:02 pm
Nice story for inspiration. Thanks for sharing

Past Member (0)
Friday September 10, 2010, 5:13 pm
Good for her! What an inspiration

Pami W. (214)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 10:57 pm
Shelby, you are a awesome, successful inspiration to your neighbors, your family and us. What a great story.

Courtney Coggins (11)
Thursday December 2, 2010, 9:56 pm
how awesome. way to go! one person can make a difference.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 17, 2011, 1:28 pm
I'm totally speechless! But as a mother with sensitive children, I would do the same. This mother walked through fire for her precious daughter. May God bless this woman and her child!

Dan P. (0)
Tuesday January 25, 2011, 9:50 pm
very inspiring

Sonia S. (0)
Wednesday February 2, 2011, 3:03 am
Congratulations and go on to the future

Mariliis M. (1)
Friday April 1, 2011, 6:46 am
Amazing story, really inspirational. All the best to Shelby and her family!

Valarie C. (9)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 10:41 am
What an inspiration

Elena Arutiunova (34)
Monday April 25, 2011, 10:04 am
Shelby, you are a great one!

Angela J. (64)
Saturday May 21, 2011, 9:54 pm

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 2:38 pm
Great work Shelby, well done. Nice change to hear some good news for a change in contrast to what the newspapers print.

Danuta Watola (1217)
Saturday July 2, 2011, 6:59 am

BrXce R. (1)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 3:07 pm
thats awesome! We need more people like this!

Aristotle Romanov (29)
Friday August 12, 2011, 11:41 am
Congratulations, Shelby! :D

Regina P. (79)
Monday September 5, 2011, 9:32 am
What a great person., Give her big kudos. Thanks

Rachel k. (9)
Tuesday September 6, 2011, 4:26 pm
YOU GO GIRL! This is exactly why we are here, using our voices to get stuff done! Yay for Care2!!!

Anni Walker (49)
Saturday September 17, 2011, 10:41 am
Your action is awesome!

Stella Nobrega-Garcia (4)
Monday September 26, 2011, 2:39 pm
A great story. Very insprirational. Thank you for posting!

Wednesday October 5, 2011, 3:32 pm
GREAT JOB! A 1000 KUDOS to you. :))

Budi Hugani (6)
Monday November 7, 2011, 12:17 am
Ellise has a good and great mother. awesome.....

Ruby W. (21)
Friday November 11, 2011, 1:59 pm
Wow, that's impressive!

Michaela Peters (39)
Friday December 16, 2011, 12:09 pm
Well DONE! Inspiring indeed ;-)

Carol P. (46)
Friday December 30, 2011, 8:50 am
I suppose I only wonder why she would have been "alone" in her mission, why her neighbors wouldn't have been equally upset about being exposed to carcinogens for three years. Inspirational and empowering.

Sunday January 22, 2012, 11:19 am
Well done, Shelby!!! U've just shown us the way.

Mary E. (124)
Wednesday January 25, 2012, 5:44 am
Way to go Shelby!

Bianca D. (86)
Sunday January 29, 2012, 7:31 pm
Amazing job Shelby. Congratulations.
Thanks for sharing this Randy.

gillian brown b. (79)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 10:17 am
well done.

Ariel P. (48)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 1:12 pm
What a great, inspirational story. One person can make a difference, and right a wrong. I am very glad for your success! Congrats, Shelby!

Amanda Goodwin (27)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 9:37 am
Great Job, mom! Keep up the good work!

Gabriella Bertelmann (38)
Friday February 17, 2012, 7:32 pm
Congratulations Shelby, what a great job. ARe you still in the same place or have you moved?

Vicki P. (124)
Saturday February 18, 2012, 2:03 pm
Thank-you for the inspiration Shelby and Randy..we can make a difference!

Adam C. (32)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 5:41 pm
Inspiring! Thank you.

Nina Anghel (8)
Wednesday March 28, 2012, 11:24 pm
well done Shelby.Just goes to show we all have power.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 9:42 pm
Awesome! I admire Shelby's determination and constructive approach.

Emily Drew (88)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 11:12 am
That's awesome! The needs more people like you who will stand up for what is right.

Terri H. (4)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 4:16 pm
What an inspiration to her daughter, her community and to other Care2 members. Thanks so much for the additional advice to others. Much appreciated and congratulations on your victory.

Frans Badenhorst (562)
Friday August 17, 2012, 5:59 am
thanks for sharing Shelby, you're a STAR mom!!!

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Monday August 20, 2012, 11:57 am
I admire you for your action!! Thanks.

Oceana Ellingson (14)
Monday October 1, 2012, 2:14 pm
Thank you

Mari 's (1360)
Wednesday October 17, 2012, 12:17 pm
Great news!! :) Very inspiring!!

Chiquita Weideman (0)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 11:13 am
very inspirational.

Summerannie M. (45)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 12:44 am
Well done and congratulations on a job well done with great results. I know what you mean when you said, how can i make a difference when its just me' I had this happen to me too but pressed on and as miracles happened I met a man in a chat room by chance who decided to create a share and where did he put it? Right here in C2 and that was back in 2005 and thats why Im here today. We all need to believe in ourselves and if we have all the facts completely by working on it then those agin us wont usually have the answers. Good on you!

Gautam Gigoo (18)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 10:42 pm
love youuuuuu both angel mom and princess you both live in my heart bless youuuuuuuuu all the love and long healthy life

Gautam Gigoo (18)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:12 pm
bless you both mom and angel princess angel shelbey am soo happy for you both love you both keep smiling always :)))

Gautam Gigoo (18)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:14 pm
keep smiling angel shelbey and your angel princess my all love to both of you will always care for you :))) rainbow of love and happiness for both of you

Gautam Gigoo (18)
Friday December 7, 2012, 5:47 am
god bless you angel mother shelbey and your daughter always shower of happiness

Gautam Gigoo (18)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 2:10 am
god bless u shelbey u r angel and ur daughter wish u happy happy new year full of happiness and celebrations good healthy and long life keep smiling:)

Robyn Town (13)
Friday December 28, 2012, 7:42 pm
Good for her!!

Gautam Gigoo (18)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 11:58 pm
happy new year both mom and daughter lots of love and blessings for both :) :) may god bless uuu

Gautam Gigoo (18)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 11:59 pm
haappy new year shelbey wish you long and healthy life both mom and daughter

Lynn D. (0)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 1:01 am
Sounds good to me, thanks!

Tom Tree (239)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 8:57 am
very inspirational

Jennifer T. (4)
Monday March 18, 2013, 5:12 pm
Awesome story! Knowledge is power.

Aud nordby (718)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 1:39 am
well done

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 1:20 am
Thank you for taking such inspirational action.

Tammy B. (9)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 3:34 pm

Ruth R. (216)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 4:42 am
Thank You Shelby Rodriguez. You took action and showed the way.

Tammy B. (9)
Friday March 29, 2013, 10:33 am
thank you for sharing

paolo gualandri (5)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 12:33 pm

Day R. (9)
Wednesday April 17, 2013, 4:36 pm

Silvia G. (5)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 2:41 pm
Inspiring indeed! You are an example to everyone. Congrats!!

elaine wasekanes (0)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 11:16 pm

Patricia Geraldes (15)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 4:08 am
Good job Shelby :) thanks for sharing.

Diane K. (132)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 8:48 am
Good action. thanks

Virginia Belder (32)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 6:32 pm
Awesome story...

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday June 1, 2013, 8:12 pm
Thank you for sharing Shelby's moving story! She is an inspiration, and her story is a testament to the power of a single voice.

Barbara B. (1)
Monday June 3, 2013, 2:36 pm
Wow! This sure shows the doubters just what ONE person CAN do. Stand up for what you believe in and make a difference; you never know whose life you may change for the better.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 5, 2013, 3:52 pm
Heroic mom :)

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 9:06 am
Well Done!!!

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 9:08 am
Well Done!!!

Sur Tambe (35)
Monday July 8, 2013, 10:49 pm

Vivian B. (156)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 5:04 pm
Way to go, Shelby!! Keep up the good work!!

Simone Schwinn (0)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 11:24 pm
awesome, we are more powerful than we think! Time to be the change we want in the world.

Linda T. (1)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 8:00 am
I am so impressed with Shelby's passion and dedication to taking care of her neighborhood problem over seemingly insurmountable odds, including threats of legal prosecution. I am inspired to do more!

Paul E. (1)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 7:45 am
Good on her, well done.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 10:05 am
Awesome! I'm so proud of you Shelby!
Thank you for sharing! :)

Peggy A. (0)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 8:27 am
Great Job!

Lexi M. (0)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 11:52 am
Good for her :D

neena beeharry (0)
Monday August 26, 2013, 4:52 pm
Great well done :)

Thursday August 29, 2013, 12:51 pm
Good for you standing up and taking action and responsibility in your community!

. (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 1:38 pm
thanks, this may inspire others to do the right thing

Dmitry Nikiforov (236)
Monday September 30, 2013, 10:55 pm
Congratulations, Shelby!

Tom Tree (239)
Monday October 14, 2013, 7:21 am
Awesome !
Thanks for sharing this !

Lyn Romaine (108)
Monday November 4, 2013, 8:53 am
This is so wonderful!!!

Isaac V. (0)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 10:51 am
Well done.

Vivian P. (0)
Monday November 25, 2013, 9:53 am
Congratulations Shelby! You've inspired all of us

. (0)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 1:30 am
Well done shows one person can make a difference.

Beth Nipper (70)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 9:40 pm
This makes me feel even better about being a member of

Maria S. (54)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 5:10 am
Insperational TY !

Dianne T. (0)
Monday January 27, 2014, 2:00 am
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Saturday February 1, 2014, 6:05 pm
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Randy Paynter
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Hillsborough, CA, USA
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\nMany of you probably remember way back to the days of those \"email petition\" chain letters from well-intentioned friends that used to inundate our inboxes. They never reached their target and they never had any impact.\r\nMy mother used to send me thos...
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\nToday’s Shine a Light (where we take a simple action to help someone in need) is focused on our friends in Japan.\r\nAs you know, on Friday afternoon Japan suffered an 8.9 earthquake, which was followed by a devastating tsunami. Several thousand ...
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\nSpring conference season is in full swing, and I\'ll be at several conferences in March: Harvard Social Enterprise Conference -- Presented by the students of the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, I\'ll be speaking on Sunday, March 6th...
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\nWe\'ve got an important Shine a Light action to share with you today, but first a quick update and a big thank you for participating on our last action:In December, we asked you to Shine a Light on Ann P. and your response was overwhelming. Close to 1...

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New Petition! Speak out against Time-Warner Merger with Comcast! Let your opinion be know before your bill goes up and your programming choices dwindle.\\r\\n\\r\\nUrge DOJ and FCC to Not Allow Merger of Time-Warner and Comcast\\r\\nhttp://www.t hepetitionsi...
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New Petition! Speak out against Time-Warner Merger with Comcast! Let your opinion be know before your bill goes up and your programming choices dwindle.\\r\\n\\r\\nUrge DOJ and FCC to Not Allow Merger of Time-Warner and Comcast\\r\\nhttp://www.t hepetitionsi...
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\\nIn a meeting of the EU General Affairs Council nineteen states opposed the approval of  GM Maize Pioneer 1507, developed jointly by DuPont and Dow Chemica l, while five supported it and four abstained from any view, EU officials s...

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(0 comments  |  0 discussions ) — \\nGarcinia Cambogia Reviews From Actual People Garcinia Pure Extract Is A Huge Success February 20\\r\\nGarcinia Cambogia System The Dr. Oz Lose Weight Quick Process Without Having Side Effects\\r\\nHe went on to say, “At any time I see a researcher... more
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