Dear NVIC Advocacy Team Members,
Your action is urgently needed this week to help stop an extremely threatening and overreaching proposed Centers for Disease Control (CDC) rule granting police powers to forcibly detain, isolate, vaccinate and quarantine citizens. This is very serious and we need you to contact your U.S. legislators and ask them to demand that the CDC withdraw this proposed rule. The Notice of Public Rulemaking (NPRM) is published in the Federal Register.
To familiarize yourself with the important details of the CDC’s proposal, read (or watch a video) of this very important referenced commentary on this NPRM by Co-founder and President of NVIC Barbara Loe Fisher. We also published a press release that summarizes the problems with NPRM. NVIC has also published additional resources on government police powers.
ACTION NEEDED:
1) Contact your U.S. Congressional Representative and both of your U.S. Senators Representatives and ask them to stop this outrageous federal overreach and unnecessary expansion of police powers by demanding the CDC withdraw the proposed rule. To find who represents you in the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate, register/login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal, click on the “NATIONAL” tab on the top of your home page, and the names of your personal U.S. Congressional Representative and your two U.S. Senators will be listed on the right hand side. Click on their names to be linked to all of their contact information. Send your letter by email, fax or regular mail then follow-up with a personal phone call expressing your concerns. You should be contacting all three of your U.S. legislators.
3) Share this alert with family and friends by forwarding this email or sending them to http://NVICAdvocacy.org on our National page or sharing this note from the NVIC facebook page.
4) Register with the NVIC Advocacy Portal to view and receive updates.
SAMPLE LETTER TO U.S. LEGISLATORS:
Oct. 11, 2016
The Honorable FIRSTNAME LASTNAME STREET ADDRESS Washington, D.C. 20515
RE: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) by CDC and HHS Concerning Quarantine CDC Docket No. CDC-2016-0068
Dear Representative or Senator LASTNAME,
As a constituent of yours, I am writing to you for your assistance. I have serious concerns about an overreaching proposed HHS/CDC Rule that would expand police powers to forcibly detain, isolate, vaccinate and quarantine citizens. This Notice of Proposed Rule Making was published in the Federal Register on 8/15/16 and is currently open for public comment until 10/14/16.
I am asking you to demand that the CDC withdraw this proposed rule for the following reasons:
  • The proposed rule is a violation of civil liberties. U.S. health officials could hold a person in custody for 72 hours without the right to contact an attorney to appeal the detention. Detainees could be asked to sign a contract with the CDC that gives consent to the “public health measures” being applied to the adult or a minor child, which may include “quarantine, isolation, conditional release, medical examination, hospitalization, vaccination, and treatment.” The proposed rule states that “the individual’s consent shall not be considered a prerequisite to any exercise of any authority” by the CDC. After release, the person can be electronically tracked and monitored, including by electronic tracking devices attached to the body.
  • The proposed rule is a clear case of federal government overreach. Federal and state laws are already in place to address the control of outbreaks of serious communicable diseases. When similar rules have been proposed in the past they have been withdrawn over concerns of civil rights violations and the cost to implement. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-04-01-quarantine_N.htm
  • The proposed rule has very subjective and unreasonably broad definitions of illness. The proposed rule defines a potentially “ill” person deserving of special government scrutiny to be someone with “areas of the skin with multiple red bumps, red, flat spots or blister like bumps filled with fluid or pus that are intact or partially crusted over,” warning ominously that “the presence of skin rash, along with fever, may indicate that the traveler has measles, rubella (German measles), varicella (chickenpox) meningococcal disease or smallpox.” These definitions (on pages 54239-40) are very subjective and will open the door for travelers to be detained for something as simple as a skin rash while suffering from a bad sunburn, acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, the hives, or severe allergies and a mild fever that could be due to an old fashioned cold. Measles is not Ebola and chickenpox is not smallpox.
Sincerely,
YOUR NAME YOUR STREET ADDRESS YOUR CITY, STATE, ZIP YOUR EMAIL YOUR PHONE

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