Paralysis and Climate Change
It occurred to me the other day that Spinal Cord Injury is a lot like Climate Change. No, not that SCI portends the end of civilization as we know it but rather the gravity of proximity. We whose lives have been up ended by paralysis must be something like the President of the Maldives who serves the lowest lying country on the planet. The immediacy of his fight to garner the attention of the world is driven by rising sea levels that will disappear his country, just like we (and those we care about) are driven by the every day reality of a disappeared and unresponsive body.
So, when I send out these messages asking you to sign a petition, call a public official or even simply care about this reality where we live, I get it. Proximity is king and even further our ask is not a one to one effort to solution proposition. If you make a call it doesn’t end paralysis, it just moves a small tick in a big dial towards the end game.
I’m not offering some novel solution to this little conundrum, just letting you know that I get what we’re asking. And to thank you, especially those of you who are not directly affected by paralysis, for caring enough to make a call, send an email, mail a letter, or even just keep reading. I’m convinced we are going to get there and further convinced that more of you taking up the cause will speed up the ‘getting there’.
In an effort to offer you a little bit of proximity, please watch this short video we made: ‘A Conversation about Paralysis’ so you know who is going to the Capitol every week and why.
And then, here’s the ask for this week, Please call/email/write:
Our authors: just to say Thank you for authoring (which means they are our champions who will fight for this effort) our Bill
Sen. John Hoffman 651-296-4154, email@example.com
Representative Rod Hamilton 651-296-5373, firstname.lastname@example.org
These are the legislators we are meeting with this week, highlighted are those on critical committees:
Rep Nick Zerwas 651-296-4237 email@example.com
Rep Kathy Lohmer 651-296-4244 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Deb Kiel 651-296-5091 email@example.com
Rep Erin Murphy 651-296-8799 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Gene Pelowski 651-296-8637 email@example.com
Senator Karin Housley 651-296-4351 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Tina Liebling 651-296-0573 email@example.com
Rep Jerry Hertaus 651-296-9188 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Joe Hoppe 651-296-5066 email@example.com
Rep Lien 651-296-5515 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Joe Schomaker 651-296-5505 email@example.com
Rep Dan Schoen 651-296-4342 firstname.lastname@example.org