Parents invited to unite for children at Mama Summit on May 7 in Columbus

Have you ever wished you could be a lobbyist working on behalf of children? Even if you are not a paid lobbyist, you can still embrace your role in the democratic process and demonstrate that you are paying attention to the decisions our elected officials make that affect the health and welfare of children by attending Mama Summit 2014 on May 7 in Columbus.

Organized by Moms Clean Air Force, with various partners, Mama Summit offers a chance for organizations and individuals focused on children’s issues to come together in a nonpartisan setting to ask elected officials to consider our children's future when making energy, air quality and health related decisions in Ohio.

Parents can harness their passion and power to fight for children's health. While you may work hard and shop carefully, trying to keep your children healthy, safe and sound, there are some areas where families need the help of laws to promote and protect health. Perhaps you're concerned about the negative health implications of polluted air or toxic chemicals in everyday household products such as air fresheners, cleaning products and lawn chemicals; or, you have concerns about other issues that have a negative impact on children. The Mamas Summit is an opportunity to unite with others and to share your concerns with those who make the laws that will protect, or jeopardize, the well-being of children.

Moms Clean Air Force is a community of moms and dads united against air pollution—including the urgent crisis of our changing climate—to protect children's health.

Last fall, Moms Clean Air Force representatives from Ohio joined the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition www.saferchemicals.org in Washington, D.C. for a Stroller Brigade to advocate for a stronger Safe Chemicals Act. Members joined together with advocates from 40 states visiting legislators' offices to advocate on behalf of children and families. The Mama Summit provides another opportunity for advocacy closer to home.

A free bus will travel to Columbus on May 7 for a full day of advocacy, including training, a press conference, legislative meetings and a legislative luncheon. The bus will depart from the Lakefront Lines Depot (13315 Brookpark Road, Brook Park; secure parking is available) at 6 a.m., and return at approximately 6:30 p.m. For more information and to register, visit www.momscleanairforce.org/mama-summit.

Joan Spoerl

Joan Spoerl is a community educator for Beyond Pesticides Ohio, an early childhood consultant, with more than 13 years of combined experience teaching kindergarten, Head Start, preschool and college, and a proud resident of Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 11:01 AM, 05.05.2014