You may remember my recent outrage over the short-sightedness of the CPSIA legislation designed to protect consumers from lead and pthalates in children's products. (Don't know what I'm talking about? Read the original post here.) I am pleased to say that the power of individual voices -- of bloggers and moms, craftspeople and Etsy shop owners -- CAN and DOES make a difference. I just got the following email from the Handmade Toy Alliance:
Thank you for your support on change.org! Because of your votes, 'Save Small Business from the CPSIA' is now one of the top ten ideas for change in America on change.org. These ideas were presented to President-elect Obama's change.gov/transition team at a press event in Washington DC this past Friday, January 16th.
With 12,280 votes from supporters, our issue is now part of a campaign to increase national awareness of the lack of provisions for small business in HR4040, the CPSIA, and bring about positive changes to the law. In the upcoming week, we will be working with the change.org team to engage an appropriate non profit group to help us further our cause.
A forum has been opened for discussion on how to most effectively turn our idea into a successful national campaign, and the Handmade Toy Alliance would love your suggestions on how to bring about this Idea for Change. You can join the conversation here:
You may wish to join in the conversation using the links above. But even if you don't, you should know that our voices DO get heard, that we have strength in numbers. This is an issue that was largely out of the mainstream media until bloggers and other online sources started paying attention and raising awareness. And now, it's in the top 10 agenda items the incoming administration will consider.
That, my friends, is a reason to speak out, speak up, and spread the word when the cause warrants.