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Jan 7, 2012

Greetings, friends.

 

First, let me take a minute to thank you all for all the cards and kind notes I’ve received around the holidays.  I deeply appreciate it.

Second, I want to share what’s going on with me, and some of the ways you can help me with it. I’m sure you’ve all read about the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal, Care2 has covered it extensively, and the Syracuse University scandal that broke a few weeks later. Well, I live about an hour and a half from Syracuse, NY, so this case is both geographically and emotionally close to home for me. The ridiculousness of NY’s statute has been the subject of national attention. So you’d think politicians would be jumping all over themselves to eliminate the statute, and I’d be able to put my feet up, write my next book and watch cute cat videos between passages. But alas, there is strong opposition to this bill in the NYS senate, which means I’m doing a lot of education and legislative work. Prevent Child Abuse NY, the organization I volunteer for, is looking of another sponsor for the bill. A slightly sad note- Republican Roy McDonald, who had indicated interest in it early in June, cast the deciding vote in favor of marriage equity in NY- he famously said to the legislator “f__k it, let the gays get married”, making him the hero of many but a traitor to the Republican party. An expert analyst who’s opinion I trust said he’s now very unlikely to break party ranks and sponsor the Child Victims Act. So I’m making office visits, phone calls and generally keeping myself busier than usual, trying to get this sponsored and passed.

 

The other children’s issue that is going to drink up plenty of my time, soon, is the expected funding cut/elimination for Healthy Families NY, an evidence-based, exceptionally effective child abuse prevention program (for more information about how child abuse prevention programs work and what they are, check out http://www.healthyfamiliesnewyork.org ). Last year the program was slated for elimination in the governor’s budget, and after a long fight its funding was restored. This year, we’re expecting a cut, and are less optimistic about the restoration. And here’s where you guys come in- I’ll probably post an article in the Albany Times-Union in Care2, and send you folks a frantic message asking you to read it and comment on it. Hopefully, if enough people pay attention to the article, some of the Care2 bloggers may, as well, and we can get some real attention focused on this. And if anyone has had any success with getting articles up AND READ on Care2, please PM me. Most likely, a few days after the funding cut is announced, I’ll send out a link to Prevent Child Abuse NY’s advocacy page, where you can feel free to email the governor, saying this is a bad idea. As always, it doesn’t matter if you’re a NY resident, or even a US resident. I actually think it makes a bigger impression on politicians if they get pleas from far away- it shows them that their transgression cannot be easily swept under the rug, and that the whole world is watching. And then, if I’m really motivated, I’ll put up some cute pictures of my pets and a picture of the lovely snowy owl who’s wintering a few miles north of my house, as a thank you for putting up with me

Once again, I wish a new year full of blessings and the best life has to offer to each and every one of you.

Peace,

Melanie

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