Standing Up for Childhood in Los Angeles


October 11, 2012 BY Kimberly Sutton

One of the things I love the most about my job is getting to travel across America, meeting amazing people who have generously donated their time, money and voices to help children in developing countries receive the immunizations they need through the Shot@Life Campaign. Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, CA and meet with a remarkable group of women living in the area who are already hard at work in support of increasing access to global vaccines. But, what was so awesome about this trip was getting to introduce these women to a new way that they can support the campaign through advocating for global vaccines.

After a day full of stories and presentations from Shot@Life Campaign Director, Devi Thomas, Dr. Tanya Arora from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Tracey Clark from Shutter Sisters, we were lucky to be joined by Actress Amanda Peet, Every Child by Two Ambassador to the Shot@Life Campaign, who joined us for the advocacy session! This session focused on something that tends to surprise most people -- how truly easy advocacy is. I think most people understand how important it is to take their voice to Congress, but not how easy it can be to do it. That’s why I love leading these training sessions because I get to see already engaged individuals become advocates. 

Immediately following the advocacy training session, the Shot@Life team, the advocates, and Amanda Peet headed to the Los Angeles office of Congressman Henry Waxman. Ready to put their advocacy skills into action, the advocates met directly with the Congressman and shared their passion for ensuring that every child has a healthy shot at life. Next, it was off to the office of Senator Barbara Boxer to make sure she too understood that global vaccines are a priority for her constituents.

This may seem an unlikely group of people to come together: an actress, a campaign director, a physician, students, mothers and bloggers: but they all have one thing in common, a passion for standing up for childhood and ensuring that every child has a shot at a healthy life. These dedicated individuals took time out of their busy days, braved hours of traffic, spent hours in training, and then got out there and used their voice to help save the lives of children in developing countries. That’s passion, and that’s pretty incredible.

 

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