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Stand with kids, not the chemical industry

Posted on Oct 23, 2012
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KidspaintsThe numbers are in, and the chemical lobby has spent millions in this election to back candidates for Senate. We need your help to fight back and make sure Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren know that you care about increased oversight on toxic chemicals!

Will you join Americans across the country to contact Brown and Warren and ask them to support the platform of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, our national partners in updating the country's chemical laws?

To contact Elizabeth Warren, click here.

To contact Senator Scott Brown, click here.

See our sample letter to candidates below.

If you would also like to send a message to your local Congressional candidates, please do! Click here to find out how to contact them.

Chemical regulations are in desperate need of an overhaul in this country. Even a toxic chemical as notorious as asbestos is still causing the deaths of more than 10,000 Americans every year due to lack of regulation. Most asbestos-containing products were banned in 1989, but that regulation was overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Linda Reinstein lived through the devestating consequences of that legal decision when her husband, Alan, died from mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure. Linda has become a fearless advocate for stronger chemical regulations and is fighting for passage of the Safe Chemicals Act.

The fight for safer chemicals should be led by legislators, not grieving family members.This election season, we need to make it clear to each and every candidate that they need to stand with families, not the chemical industry. Please contact your candidates today and ask them to support the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families platform.

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Sample email to candidates:
Dear Candidate,

Every day American families are exposed to toxic chemicals like lead, cadmium, and formaldehyde -- often times through consumer products in our homes. Science has linked toxic chemicals to the rise in childhood cancer, early puberty, infertility, and learning and developmental disabilities; this is simply unacceptable.

Today I’m asking you to stand up for the health of American families over the interests of the chemical lobby. Big Chemical has spent millions in backing candidates for office this election season. I am writing to ask you to support the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families platform and to ask where you stand on the important issue of increased regulations on toxic chemicals.

I would like you to publicly support the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families platform and make this a priority in your campaign and subsequent public service. As a potential constituent, this is an important issue to me.

We have also recently heard that the big chemical companies and their lobbyists are spending an unprecedented amount of money to influence this election. And that is why we are asking our candidates to stand up for our kids, and not the chemical lobby.

Thank you.