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NPR asks us about children and body size

National Public Radio (NPR) is a vast network of local and university radio stations in the US; partly government funded, partly supported through fundraising drives. NPR stations often feature programs that focus on classical music or jazz, and almost all carry the nationally distributed NPR news programs. It's the only radio news in the US that could be compared to the BBC in the UK or the CBC in Canada.

Right now, NPR news is running a series called Living Large; Obesity in America. So far this series has been lukewarm at best, only occasionally questioning common misconceptions or mentioning the possibility of fat acceptance.

Now they're asking the public how we think body size should be discussed with children.

NPR is working on a story about how adults - including parents, teachers, doctors, etc. - interact with children regarding health, weight and body image. Is there a child in your life who you've talked to - or avoided talking to - about these issues? Tell us your story here. Nothing you write will be shared beyond our newsroom unless you give us permission at the bottom of this form.

Here's the link.

I commented already; said that children should be taught that people come in different sizes and shapes, just as they have different hair and skin colors. I said that all children should be taught about nutrition and given plenty of opportunities for active play, but that children should never be singled out because of their size.

What do you think?

Is this really happening?

From The Telegraph, Obese children to be put up for adoption; A couple may have their obese children removed after social services ruled they had not lost enough weight, by Nick Collins:

The mother and father of seven children, six of whom are overweight, face the "unbearable" prospect of never seeing their four youngest again if authorities act on a threat to remove them.

Three girls aged 11, five and one, and a boy aged five, are to be put up for adoption or "fostered without contact" because their parents failed to help them slim down.

This means the parents will be unable to trace them and the family could only be reunited if the children attempt to find their family when they are grown up.

Social services warned the couple three years ago that their children would be taken away from them if they did not bring their weight under control.

According to an article in The New American, Obese Children Removed from Home in Scotland, by Raven Clabough:

The family lived in government housing for two years, called a “Big Brother” house, where they were the subject of government scrutiny. A social worker was present during all meals to monitor the family, and imposed a strict curfew as well as set of rules regarding their lifestyle.

This 2008 story from the Mirror, Parents told to put their six obese children on a diet or face having them taken into care, by Mark Smith, appears to be about the same family.

A couple have been given three months to get three of their six overweight kids slimmer - or have ALL of them taken into care.

The warning centres on their fattest children - a 12-year-old son who is 16 stone, his 12st sister, 11, and a girl who weighs four stone aged just three.

This is taking place in Dundee, Scotland.

Why was this particular family being picked on? There must be plenty of families with two fat parents that have fat children - the genetic odds of that happening are 80%. How were they able to force the family to live under the supervision of social services? How is that legal? How could this possibly have been cost effective? And why do they think that taking these children away from their parents is going to magically change them into thin people? The family did what they wanted, and it didn't work!

Is weight really the main issue here, or is there something that isn't being mentioned in the news articles? This seems so extreme that it's hard to believe, especially given the fact that the heaviest kids weighed 11 stone, which is 168 pounds (around what I weighed at 11!) and 16 stone, which is 224 pounds.

I'll see if I can find out more about this tomorrow, but for now, here are some e-mail addresses at the Dundee Local Authority:

  • Dundee County chief executive David Dorward: david.dorward@dundeecity.gov.uk.
  • Dundee County public relations head Les Roy: les.roy@dundeecity.gov.uk
  • Dundee County education director Michael Wood: michael.wood@dundeecity.gov.uk
  • Dundee County Social Services direct Alan G. Baird: alan.baird@dundeecity.gov.uk

Also covered on Big Liberty and Fat and Not Afraid.

Fatosphere blogger needs a hand

I've mentioned it before. I'm a fan of Tasha's Fierce's blog, Red Vinyl Shoes, which explores issues of race, gender, size, and disability. Maybe you've enjoyed reading it too (if not, check it out). She's written classic posts such as As Fat as I Wanna Be, Total Body Conditioning and The Class Dynamic of DIY Clothing. There was a huge debate on Jezebel over As Fat as I Wanna Be and Tasha commented on it here, in a post called My Fat, Your Issues.

She wrote a series of posts for Bitch Magazine, Size Matters, (scroll down for the Size Matters posts) and has a newer blog called Sex and the Fat Girl. She commented on the Size Matters series here, in a post called What I Learned About Fat and Feminism in 24 Posts or Less. The Bitch Magazine link also has a short bio, as does her blog.

Anyway, she's in big financial trouble, as detailed here, at her Chipin donation page. I've contacted her independently to confirm that this is for real, and it is. So, if you have a few dollars to spare and feel like giving something back for the excellent blog and articles, then please help her out.

Tasha, I hope you're back on your feet soon, and I hope that we get the opportunity to read a lot more of your work in the future.


Big Fat Kiss-In

So, no doubt you've heard about the Marie Claire fiasco, or as Lesley Kinzel calls it, the "EWWW, FATTIES!" debacle.



Stacy Bias had the incredible idea of doing a kiss-in in front of Marie Claire in NY. But since Stacy isn't in New York for a few more weeks, someone else took up the task of organizing it. As Substantia Jones said, IT'S ON!!!!!!!!



If you are anywhere near NYC and can manage, DON'T MISS THE BIG FAT KISS-IN!!!! The more people, the better.



How incredible that this will happen! It is sure to be a fantastic, empowering event.




If you can't go, kiss anyway! Send me your kisses to withoutscene at gmail dot com. (Addendum: I want to stress that you do not have to have a partner/s to submit a kiss. Air kisses, dog kisses, platonic kisses, hugs, and well, pictures of you walking and/or existing will do since it's the existing, just not the kissing that's 'bothersome.') Received a few already!



And I hear rumblings of future events as well. Global fat events....yup, here we come!




UPDATE!!!


And there's ANOTHER BIG FAT KISS IN in Philly!!! And ANOTHER BIG FAT KISS IN in San Fran!!!!!



If you are holding a kiss-in in your town, please leave a comment! And remember to send me your kisses to post on BFB!






Also, I thought I'd add a little something that I made up, which goes to the tune of Cee Lo's "Fuck You"



I see your ignorant shit on Marie Claire's blog & I'm like, Fuck you! Oo, oo, ooo.

Seein fat people kissin must be real tough. I'm like, Fuck you! And fuck Marie Claire too!



(Fuck you can alternatively be "Boo Hoo")

Body Love Attack!!!!


This is a call to action, a fun & feisty project, and a way for me to connect my activist and academic endeavors.

So, I humbly invite you:

Have a body love attack on Wednesday, for Love Your Body Day.

 

First, A Note on Love Your Body Day

If nothing else, LYBD is a day to promote respect for body diversity and awareness of body oppression—OF ALL KINDS. We should be raising awareness of different bodies which are ‘othered’ or different physical features which are devalued. We can think about body diversity and oppression terms of race, class, gender (including transgender), disability, body size, body shape, and beyond—and we should be thinking broadly.

 

Also, remember that LYBD should not be used as a way to make people feel shame about not loving their body or struggling to do so. It’s not a prescription or a moral imperative. Some people love their bodies more than others, but pretty much no one loves their bodies completely, all the time. In our culture, that’s really not possible. This project aims to fight the culture of body hate, not the people who experience body shame or have a difficult experience with their bodies. People are at different places with their bodies and our relationships with our bodies are constantly in flux—and that’s okay. But trying to feel better in your skin, or helping others to see that they can, is a valid option and worth exploring.

 

Okay, I get it…so what is a body love attack?

The idea of a body love attack is a humorous response to body hate. We are constantly attacked by a barrage of messages encouraging us to hate our bodies. But we can fight back—with love—and draw attention to the fact that body hate is so prevalent that body love seems counter-intuitive, so embedded in how we live that people often BOND by hating on their bodies and the bodies of others.

 

Can anyone have a body love attack?

Of course! Everyone has the right to love their body! People of all kinds are subject to body shame. We all need a body love attack! At the same time, you don’t have to be chock full of body love to participate, spread body love to others, or recognize the harm that body hate causes.

 

But what is a body love attack, in practice?

A body love attack can be acted out in any number of ways.

 


·         A body love attack might be a parody of a heart attack, acted out instead as a joyous proclamation of body love. You love your body so much you can’t stand it! Grab your chest, groan, and then scream it to the mountaintops! Marilyn Wann envisions “holding my hand to my chest in mock drama and pulling away a previously palmed red heart piece of paper with some sort of rad fatty slogan on it and handing that to a passerby.”

 

·         A body love attack can also be interactive. Stand in public and “attack” people with body love by complimenting them! And then hand them some body positive messages! This one was my boyfriend’s idea.

 

·         Marilyn Wann had a funny idea for a ‘Body Love Attack Movie:’ Turn a body love attack into a romantic comedy, using that formula to explore our back and forth relationships with our bodies as a “love affair where you fall in love with your body.”

 

·         According to Marilyn, A body love attack could be a video game where you fight body hate, or in real time (for example, for LYBD) it can be made into a life-size pinball game “cobbled-together-from-bits-of-wood-from-street-find-furniture-and-old-coffee-cans-and-spraypaint…mounted on a rolling table tennis table. To play, people have to hand over 2 tokens that symbolize body-hate experiences they've had. Via the rock-opera alchemy of pinball, they'll turn into just a little bit of body love. I can totally imagine the string of battery-powered sparkly lights (Sparkle is the new black.) outlining the pinball game's name: Body Love Attack! And who wouldn't want to try to go tilt at that endeavor?”

 

·         After hearing Marilyn’s idea, I thought also that it might be cathartic set up a table where people could write down and then throw away body-hate experiences or thoughts in exchange for some body-love affirmations. Or set up a table where people can make body-positive art or body positive posters (see ideas below), think Wil from Huge and her “stop body fascism” poster, the fat lib classic “Riots not diets!!!!” or a poster about the way beauty ideals have changed over time.

 

·         Notblueatall, who will be working at her café all day, plans to attach body positive sayings to tree branches outside for people to take.

 

Where to have a body love attack?

Do it anywhere, but do it in PUBLIC for Love Your Body Day! A body love attack can be done in private, as a personal reminder and celebration of one’s body (my body love attacks are usually in the form of spontaneous one-person dance parties). But Body Love Attacks that are public can be powerful in a different way, both personally and as a form of activism. Proclaiming body love is a way to subvert the powerful messages of body hate embedded in our culture. So have a public body love attack on Wednesday--at the office, at a park, on campus, at the mall, at restaurant, at a rally or public meeting, on your favorite city block. Do it all by yourself or with a group! If you want to raise awareness with your body love attack, take along some information to hand out to onlookers. This will give them something to take away from the experience…beyond the awesome spectacle that is a Body Love Attack.

 

What can I hand out on LYBD to raise awareness about body diversity, body love, and body oppression?

So glad you asked! Here are some slogans/resources you might use:

 

“I respect body diversity.” or “Body diversity is hotttt.”

 “Celebrate weight diversity!” or “You look fabulous!” or "Love your body, change the world!"

 “Welcome! Weight diversity is celebrated here. Kindly refrain from diet talk, body disparagement, and other unpleasantries. Thank you!”

 You might also create a handout which on one side says “Celebrate with us on Love Your Body Day” with a list of body diversity/body oppression related Google search terms.

 

Here are some links to bookmarks, brochures, etc.:

Love Your Body Day! Detroit signs, courtesy of Amanda Levitt of Fat Waitress  

NAAFA Brochure on Size Discrimination, h/t Fatties United! 

“This Book Lies” anti-dieting bookmarks by Adrienne Hill and Sheana Director. Made to be inserted into diet books, this bookmark can be adapted for LYBD purposes. Front. Back.

Lesleigh Owen also has some great anti-dieting/body love bookmarks.

There’s, of course, the always fabulous Fat Liberation Manifesto

And here’s Patti Thomas’ “I Take Up Space Manifesto”




Share your Body Love Attack!

Tell us all about it! Please, oh, please share your ideas below and tell us if you do a body love attack for Love Your Body Day! Fight back against body hate!

 

Where did you get the idea for Body Love Attack?

I’ve been brainstorming similar ideas for a long time, but the other day I heard the song “Walking on the Sun” by Smashmouth, which may sound corny…but listening, I remembered why I liked that song so much. It was a call to action. In the song, they mention a “love attack.” This was something I’d heard about before, but hadn’t thought too much about. Since I am a fat activist obsessed with body love, I instantly envisioned a “body love attack.”

 

Body Love Attack, especially as a form of fat activism, turns body hate on its head. Fat people are considered a threat especially in Western countries. Our mass, it is thought, might topple our entire civilization. In addition, we are considered an assault on aesthetic sensibilities—that is, according to many, we are not so “easy on the eyes.” Because of the unquestioned fear of fat, body love is also a seen as a threat. Government officials are concerned when women of color continue to love their bodies at higher weights than fat white women do. Loving your fat body is a threat. It is an attack on a culture that would have you hate your body at all costs.

 

Body Love Attack is also rejection of the way our bodies are medicalized and pathologized, purposefully invoking the imagery of the fat person having a heart attack. To have an ‘attack’ is usually to be subject to physical or psychological distress. For anyone, let alone a fat person, to have a body love attack is counter-cultural. Instead of body distress, it is radical, joyful embodiment!

 

Special Thanks to everyone who contributed ideas or resources to the development of this project. You know who you are, and you rock!

 

 

Call for Participants

Please read and participate if you can!

Hi, my name is Michaela A. Null, and I am a doctoral student in Sociology at
Purdue University. I am doing a study about the embodiment of size-accepting fat
women, with attention to the ways in which gender, race, sexual orientation, and
body size intersect.

I am currently looking for individuals who are interested in volunteering to
participate in my study. If you are interested in volunteering to participate in
an interview, I ask that take an electronic informational survey, which will
take approximately 5 minutes. Please go here and complete the
informational survey. After all survey data has been collected, participants
will be selected for interviews, which will be conducted in-person, by phone, or
via internet chat, and will last between an hour and an hour and a half.

Participation is voluntary and participants must be at least 18 years old.

This project has been approved by my university’s Institutional Review Board,
which protects human subjects of research. I will provide confidentiality to all
volunteers and participants will be referred to by a pseudonym in all research
documents.

If you have any questions regarding this study, you can contact me at
mnull@purdue.edu. For more information on me, you can access my university
profile here.
You can also contact Professor Eugene Jackson, Assistant Professor of Sociology
at Purdue University, at jacksone@purdue.edu.

Sincerely,

Michaela A. Null, Doctoral Candidate in Sociology, Purdue University

Testify!

Marilyn Wann announced today that there will be another hearing for a height/weight anti-discrimination bill in Massachusetts! The hearing will be on January 27th. Marilyn says:

Let's flood the legislative inbox! Email Tracy.Choi@state.ma.us. Please copy me: marilyn@fatso.com. Forward this! -- What to write: That you support H.1850. Your ht./wt. discrimination story (esp. at work, school, doctor, housing, seating) and why you care about this law. THANKS!

Please take the time to send an e-mail in support of this bill. If you are interested in testifying in person, please contact Marilyn at the above e-mail. Getting this bill passed would be a huge win for everyone everywhere.

Byron Rushing of Massachusetts tried two years ago to get a similar bill into law and from what I remember--although the bill didn't go through--things went pretty well. It would be fantastic if we could make this happen this year.
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PS--Check out Marilyn's words regarding Rep. Rushing and her experiences with this bill below in the comments.

PPS--I failed to see Rep. Rushing speak the one time I was in Boston. I now may never forgive myself.

My Completely Unneccessary, Silly Letter to Jon Stewart: What's a Girl So Upset About?*




I know this letter is long and that's now how you're supposed to do protest letters, but I'm long-winded, people.


Dear
Jon Stewart,

Your bit with the fat suit on Monday’s show (September 14th,
2009) was distasteful, less than amusing, lazy, and sorely problematic. I know
what you were trying to do. People called you all lazy for taking three weeks
off; and since fatness is the ultimate symbol of being lazy, you got in a fat
suit. And since Jon Oliver had joked on his radio show about eating two whole
cheese steaks (or so I hear), you threw that in. Since you have a playful
relationship with Brian Williams, you took the opportunity to incorporate him.
I get that you were taunting your naysayers.  

 

I also get that for you it (likely) wasn’t about fat people
at all—but that’s part of the problem because it was on our backs. I know it seems initially an outlandish notion, but
you being in a fat suit and TDS using stereotypes and images of fat people the
way you did affects my every day life. I’m not saying you hate fat people or
that you are responsible for all of the derision and discrimination fat people
face—certainly not. But you are responsible for what you do, the messages you
spread, and your complicity, especially when so many people regard you as
someone well-reasoned, critically-minded, and progressive, someone who engages
in smart, sharp (if silly) comedy. Hang with me a second.

 

See, I am a fat person, and every day I deal with people
judging me as just some lazy fatass who doesn’t deserve a god-damn thing (aside
from a good fat-shaming, for my own good).
Fat discrimination, according to a recent study[1],
is as prevalent as race and gender discrimination in this country. I’m not just
talking about how people judge me on the street or how there is no room for
bodies like mine on TV. Fat discrimination and weight bias are prevalent in
health care, education, and employment. It affects real living, breathing
people. For instance, it affects the quality and thoroughness of care we
receive from medical professionals, and we suffer and some of us die because of
that.[2]


But what does this have to do with you in a fat suit? Fat suits have
been compared to blackface. Now, that’s not a historically equivalent
comparison in any way, but the the function is similar. You can put
on a fat suit and laugh with everyone else at the fat representation of you and
how gross and disgusting and wrong it is. TDS can further dehumanize fat
people by using a picture of a (faceless) bed-ridden fat person with Williams
face Photoshopped on—participating in what Charlotte Cooper calls the parade of
headless fatties—to drive home how disgusting it is to be fat. [3] And
in the process you and TDS can metaphorically masturbate stereotypes that perpetuate
the bias and discrimination we face in our every day lives—all for your joke
that really isn’t about fat people, which just means you have no regard for us
in the process.
And then you can take
that suit off and you don’t have to deal with the consequences.


Your promotion of fat stereotypes and dehumanization of fat people is part of a greater system of bias, discrimination, and dehumanization which directly affects my quality of life. It helps give people the idea that it's perfectly okay not to have any regard for us. After all, if we didn't like it, and if we had any dignity, we'd just put down the sandwich, right? If you had any sense, you might not assume fat people give up their dignity by virtue of being fat. For more a more
nuanced critique of “Fat on Film” you can visit the recent Newsweek slideshow of the same name: http://www.newsweek.com/id/213419.

 

This is why I’m disappointed in you and the TDS writers. I
expect better. And frankly, the best way to show your audience you haven’t
gotten lazy isn’t by telling lazy
jokes.

 

There are three things you can do to help fat people and
our work toward social justice. First, educate yourself on this issue. Do not
take what you think you know about fat people for granted. Put some critical
thinking into it and be willing to challenge your own assumptions. Second,
bring critical fat studies scholars or fat activists onto your show. Open a
conversation. Linda Bacon (yes, bacon, haha) is a preeminent scholar of Health
at Every Size, who has found that fat people who don’t diet and don’t lose weight can be healthier than
ones who do.[4] She has
just published a book on the subject. Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby also have
a book out called “Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere.” Recently, scholars in the UK
have published a book called “Fat Studies in the UK” and soon the long-awaited
“Fat Studies Reader” will be out. Finally, we don’t care if you make fat jokes,
just make them funny. Make sure that you aren’t merely reinscribing harmful
stereotypes, and make sure they are the same critical quality as the rest of
your bits.

 

Sincerely,

 

Withoutscene

Fat Human Being, Fat Activist, and Doctoral
Student in Sociology and Women's Studies

 


[1] Puhl,
RM., T. Andreyeva, and KD Brownell. 2008. “Perceptions of weight
discrimination: prevalence and comparison to race and gender discrimination in
America.” International Journal of
Obesity
32: 992–1000.

[2]  See the blog
“First, Do No Harm: Stories of Fat Prejudice in Health Care”: http://fathealth.wordpress.com/ and
also the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity website: www.yaleruddcenter.org/what_we_do.aspx?id=10

 

[3] For the record, I know
TDS uses Photoshop to do much more ‘horrible’ things to people’s images—but
there is a particular history of fat people’s faceless bodies being debased and
dehumanized in the media, as your colleague, Colbert, has even pointed out.
Charlotte Cooper’s piece on Headless Fatties can be found here: http://www.charlottecooper.net/docs/fat/headless_fatties.htm

[4] Linda
Bacon’s website: http://www.lindabacon.org/





*Apparently being upset about something so trivial is just silly. And after all "The joke was funny--I'm a fat person and I thought so." And "It wasn't about fat people. C'mon, they make fun of EVERYBODY on that show." "Being angry about it isn't going to solve anything." "You shouldn't let words upset you so much--we should be showing people that words can't hurt us." And, of course, "Don't we [fat people] have bigger fish to fry?"
(These are paraphrases of claims made to me from people who identify as fat-positive, size-accepting, fat-accepting individuals. Claims that I hope to have arbitrated in this here letter.)





Edited to note: I know the racial comparisons I make are problematic. I hate to rely on comparisons to racial discrimination and bias to highlight fat discrimination and bias. I am open to finding new ways to make our cause seem serious and our claims seem legitimate without using analogies to other oppressions. I try not to. But in some cases, I just haven't quite figured out how to really put things in perspective for people without using comparisons. Even if I know it is problematic.

Strike a blow for fat friendly fashion!

Fat Fancy, one of the most incredible fat clothing shops in the WORLD is up for a grant so they can finally open their own permanent store. Please go here, watch their video, and vote for them as inspiring, useful and funny! The videos with the most votes will be given seed money to get their businesses going.

We only have today and tomorrow before the end of the grant contest so help me get the word out! Please repost on your personal blogs and send to all of your fat friendly internet savvy friends. It's a simple way to DO SOMETHING about the lack of good fat fashion available today. Help empower your fat brothers and sisters in Portland, Oregon to look good and feel good about their bodies!

Also, the video is pretty awesome all by itself, so be sure to give it a look-see.

Update: Well, they didn't win this time, but your votes got Fat Fancy to 9th place out of 50 finalists! That's pretty impressive, no?

Fat Positive community help needed

Reposting from Shapely Prose:

Friend of the blog Heidi, who wrote one of our most memorable guest posts about a year and a half ago, could use some support from the SP community right now.

On Friday, her father committed suicide. (Her heartbreaking and potentially triggering first post about it is here.) He was the primary breadwinner for the family — Heidi and her mom both have chronic health problems that limit their ability to work. Now, with no insurance and no savings, they’re dealing with burial costs and will likely have to move in the near future. They don’t know how they’re going to manage, and they’re obviously both terribly traumatized right now.

I know money’s tight for everyone, but if you can spare anything, she’s accepting donations via PayPal here. There’s also a mailing address at that link if you’d like to send a card. (As she says, “Mail that isn’t bills would make me so super happy.”) Huge thanks to anyone who can help out. And huge love and sympathy to Heidi and her mom from all of us at SP.

And from all of us at BFB as well. Please help if you can.

Help NAAFA change Nevada laws on weight discrimination

For those of you who have been looking for an opportunity to advance the fat rights cause, now is your chance! NAAFA members in Nevada have been working to get a bill drafted and voted on that would "help to eliminate discrimination based on physical appearance which is defined to include weight and height" Please read the letter below and take a moment to email the committee members listed, even if you're not a NAAFA member. Our voices can make a difference but only if we say something!

For forty years, NAAFA members have been writing letters to legislators working to improve the lives of people of size. Since those humble beginnings we have seen one state (Michigan) and a handful of cities change their anti-discrimination laws to include height and weight or physical appearance.

The most recent was just last year when Binghamton, NY changed their laws to protect people of size. They modeled their anti-discrimination laws after the laws in San Francisco. This is a proud day for those of you involved in that work in San Francisco. We never know the far-reaching effect our work will have!

It is to this end that members of NAAFA in Nevada have been working to see that their laws are changed as well. A bill has been drafted and is now awaiting review by the Commerce and Labor Committee before it can be passed along and voted into law. AB 166 modernizes Nevada's anti-discrimination laws and would help to eliminate discrimination based on physical appearance which is defined to include weight and height. The latest word from my assemblyman is that the committee chairman does not want to give this bill a hearing.

We're asking NAAFA members to step up to the plate and start writing letters again. Whether you are a Nevada resident or a visitor to Nevada, we need your help to insure that this bill will be passed into law. For residents, it would affect hiring processes, employment, housing and public accommodations. Why would you as a non-resident have any impact at all in this situation? The economy of the state of Nevada is heavily reliant on tourism. We need visitors in order to survive. As a visitor to Nevada, this change would affect "public accommodation."

What "public accommodation" includes for you as a visitor to Nevada is hotel stays, restaurants, theaters, clubs, etc. This law is about how you are treated while you are here. This change to our laws would mean that you could not be discriminated against because of your weight, height or a physical characteristic beyond your control. This is why this change is important to you and why we need your help!

Please write to the following committee members and tell them that it is VERY important that this bill become law:

mconklin@asm.state.nv.us, katkinson@asm.state.nv.us, banderson@asm.state.nv.us, marberry@asm.state.nv.us, bbuckley@asm.state.nv.us, whorne@asm.state.nv.us, mkirkpatrick@asm.state.nv.us, mmanendo@asm.state.nv.us, kmcclain@asm.state.nv.us, joceguera@asm.state.nv.us, cchristensen@asm.state.nv.us, hgansert@asm.state.nv.us,
egoedhart@asm.state.nv.us, jsettelmeyer@asm.state.nv.us

PLEASE take a few moments of your time and write today. It doesn't have to be anything elaborate, simply tell them in your own words that you support the passage of AB 166. We REALLY need you to act on this. Change only comes in society when we make it happen! Speak out today and take a stand for your rights. It's for your future and for the future of those you love. We need all of you to write in support of AB 166. People come in all sizes and it's time to support one another!

Thanks everybody!

Chicago: Help Save a Plus-Size Business

If you're in the Chicago area, there's a store that could use your help to stay afloat.

Oak Park's Sew Particular - an alteration shop specializing in plus sizes - and its companion consignment shop It's Sew You are holding a 'Help Me Stay in Business' sale. Shop owner Vivian Colette is behind on rent by several months and could be out of business altogether soon.

Colette, 56, is single, and says the business is her only source of income. If her last-ditch effort fails, she's uncertain of her next step. Working out of home isn't ideal. She started out with an at-home venture and knows that many of her customers who are handicapped would have difficulty climbing stairs to her home.

When my wife needed a dress altered last year, Vivian was nothing but professional, helpful, and welcoming.

Here's a map of the store and the website. Please check it out.

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