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Old 11-28-2006, 02:53 PM   #1
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ATTN DFW BFING MAMAS!

Just got this from LLL yahoo group:

Contacts:
Maria Pokluda Tel: 972-745-8523 Cell: 214-684-1275 Email:
bpokluda@yahoo.com <BLOCKED::mailto:bpokluda@yahoo.com>
Amy Philo Tel: 214-705-0169 Cell: 817-793-8028 Email: amyphilo@yahoo.com
<BLOCKED::mailto:amyphilo@yahoo.com>

Nursing mothers and their supporters will be gathering on Friday,
December 1 at 10 AM, at the Delta ticket counter in Terminal E of DFW
airport.

On November 21, mothers and other advocates took part in a nation-wide
nurse-in at roughly 40 U.S. airports. Like all of the rallies across the
country, the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Nurse-in supported the right to
breastfeed in all public and private locations, anywhere a mother and
child might be, regardless of any issues of discretion. There was no
formal national organization sponsoring this event, but amazingly,
hundreds of mothers and other supporters turned out nation-wide. Unlike
the rest of the nation, however, the supporters at the DFW Airport rally
were harassed, insulted, and threatened with possible arrest by members
of the DFW police (Department of Public Safety officers), and then asked
to leave.

Though the right to breastfeed already exists, many people are unaware
of this right, or may choose to challenge this right, or otherwise
intimidate and cause discomfort for nursing moms, posing a great threat
to the continuation and exclusivity of breastfeeding relationships and
compromising the health of mothers and children, and the economic
well-being of the society.

The goals of this Friday's nurse-in are:

* To insist that the DFW Airport Police (DPS) apologize to the attendees
of the November 21st rally for the unacceptable comments and threats,
and provide documentation that training is being implemented to educate
all DPS officers about the laws concerning breastfeeding in the state of
Texas (specifically Texas Health And Safety Code Chapter 165 Section
002, which states "A mother is entitled to breastfeed her child in any
location in which the mother is authorized to be," as well as the
definitions of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct). The DPS should
ensure that in the future, officers will protect, rather than endanger
breastfeeding relationships, by refraining from engaging in harassment
of nursing moms and their children. The police should not approach
breastfeeding mothers, but rather the mothers should be left alone.
* To hold Delta accountable for the removal of Emily Gillette from one
of their flights and to insist that training procedures will be put into
place to ensure that all staff at Delta and its subsidiaries will uphold
and support a child's right to breastfeed.
* To call for airlines to revisit their breastfeeding and transport of
pumped breast milk policies, to support traveling families and working
mothers who must travel for business and be separated from their
children. Current policies about liquid items, which restrict the amount
of pumped breast milk allowed on board with mothers who do not have
their babies with them, compromise the health of babies who depend on
pumped milk, and force mothers to dump precious breast milk that they
have pumped while they were separated from their children. This
situation is especially harmful for babies whose mothers already have
difficulty pumping enough to meet the child's needs during times of
separation.
* To call for immediate passage of pending federal legislation that
offers civil rights protection for breastfeeding women in the workplace,
and new federal legislation to protect the right to breastfeed whenever
and wherever mothers and their children are allowed to be, regardless of
whether any part of the mother's breast might be exposed during or
incidental to the feeding. This legislation will clarify rights that
already exist, and nullify any business policies or laws throughout the
country that are already in place or might come into existence, which
would infringe on a mother and child's constitutional right to
breastfeed (For example, Tennessee law protects a mother's right to
breastfeed a child in public only as long as the child is younger than
13 months of age).

The issue of breastfeeding rights goes far beyond a woman's right to
nurse - it also encompasses a basic human right for children, the right
to eat and to receive comfort and nurturing at the breast.

The Nurse-ins have been coordinated by volunteers.

For more information about this event, contact Maria Pokluda or Amy
Philo directly.

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Old 11-28-2006, 08:00 PM   #2
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Re: ATTN DFW BFING MAMAS!

I would so be there if I lived in that area. I think it is ridiculous the way some mammas are treated.
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