Hi Dr. Awerkamp,
I am emailing you as I see you listed as the first one of the American Lung Association National Board of Directors. I also emailed the event coordinator of the walk, Vanessa Petersen, who is a just super person.
I am really excited to partake in the 2012 American Lung Association Fight for Air Walk
in Santa Monica, CA on October 21st, especially as I have been an advocate for clean air for over a decade, and have even intertwined this topic in my artistic creations, as I am a performing artist. I created a smoke-free, dance song titled I Can Breathe <Smoke-Free>
, which was given national club play in 2003 and 2004, and is still being played to this day on the net. www.Broadjam.com/Monique
Dr. Awerkamp, as I reach out to potential supporting donors of next month's walk, I have had many supporters saying they would gladly donate to my efforts with the American Lung Association if they were sure their donations would not go towards animal experimentation. I as well as they are adamant that in this day and age, not only is it cruel, but it's unnecessary.
In this email, I have copied and pasted responses from some of the people, who expressed their viewpoint's on the matter. Many would gladly give if they knew this current practice of testing on animals was headed for elimination in favor of a more progressive and compassionate research program, one which doesn't impose unbearable experimental practices upon sentient beings. Many of them wanted me to express their thoughts to the higher ups of the organization. I feel obligated to them and the animals, so I have chosen to reach out to you. I hope you will forward this along to others working within the American Lung Association, who can make this difference.
Thank you for your attention, Dr. Awerkamp. We hope we can find an advocate for change in you.
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Subject: Re: [animalrights-177] Please sponsor Monique w/ $5 for the 2.55 mile 2012 American Lung Association Fight for Air Walk I'm registered for on the Santa Monica Promenade from 8am - Noon, Sun.10/21. Click the link in this email. Make a donation that wi
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You go for it, girl!
Monique, you are an amazing contribution to the planet.
Go for it and at the same time, hold the space energetically that as you walk, everyone wakes up.
And set your intention with the universe that the people who you are walking for get real, quality healing and information which will allow them to heal authentically, with ease and grace.
...and that the organization you are walking for be infiltrated with people of integrity who also have compassion and kindness towards animals.
...and that the animals also are set free and treated as the living, sentient beings they are.
On Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 11:13 AM, Dave R wrote:
I think it is great if you go and talk about veganism. It is my perspective that it would be good to consider goingwithout actually raising any funds to contribute to animal experimentation.
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subject:|| Re: [animalrights-177] Please sponsor Monique w/ $5 for the 2.55 mile 2012 American Lung Association Fight for Air Walk I'm registered for on the Santa Monica Promenade from 8am - Noon, Sun.10/21. Click the link in this email. Make a donation that will save lives!
...horrendous animal vivisection of all kinds imaginable. Attempting to artificially recreate mock symptoms of human disease in healthy animals is not dealing with the problem of human disease, which occurs spontaneously and is intimately related to the host body. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, muscular dystrophy, etc, etc, etc. increase steadily over the decades because society is not addressing the root causes and taking the steps necessary to prevent and reverse these immune deficiencies and toxic conditions of most individuals and the planet.
COMMENTS FROM FACEBOOK:
Thanks for your message, Monique. Just donated $5, as you requested and as I promised.
I typically don't support the large national/international "name" charities-- e.g., American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, etc. -- because they don't advocate anything about nutritional healing and because they endorse, support and approve of testing on live animals, perpetuating the pain, harm and atrocities committed on gentle, living creatures in the name of "advancements in medicine."
Where it asked for a "name" for the attribution of the donation, I filled that in with "Stop doing animal testing!" so I hope you won't be offended. If every person who donated $5 for you wrote the same thing, I think it would capture at least one person's attention-- and maybe more.