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Asbestos claims the lives of approximately 15,000 people every year in the United States. And yet, this lethal substance is still legal, permitted to keep threatening consumer safety and the health of the general public. Soon, legislators will cast votes that will have an immense impact on asbestos victims’ civil rights, consumer safety, and public health.

If there was ever a time to make sure our voices are heard, it’s now. Through our shared stories, we must put a face to what is both a public and deeply personal man-made asbestos disaster.

Now, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is giving you an opportunity to “Share Your Story.”

The Event

On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is hosting the 9th Congressional Staff Briefing, “Asbestos: Impact on Consumer Safety, Public Health, and Asbestos Victims’ Civil Rights.” ADAO will be presenting each staffer with stories from their states.

Through our stories, we will discuss how asbestos has impacted and continues to impact victims from mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases. Specifically, the briefing will focus on Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform that ensures the EPA can take expedited action on asbestos, Reducing Exposure to Asbestos Database (READ) Act, and the Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act.

The Speakers

At the briefing, in addition to myself, there will be a number of speakers including mesothelioma patients Heather Von St. James, Julie Gundlach, and Annamarie Kearns, along with a mesothelioma widow, Marilyn Amento. Our 9th briefing is another opportunity to help lawmakers understand asbestos and the tragic reality those who encounter it often face.

The Details

When: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Where: SD-G1, Washington, D.C.
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch will be provided. Please note, this briefing is for credentialed staffers only.

Take Action

Please call your two US senators and urge them to send Judiciary, Health, and Environmental staffers to ADAO’s one-hour briefing on February 23rd. It’s so easy and very gratifying. Details and the phone script can be found online.