Yesterday I posted about the new law that the City of Forest Park is putting into place and how it is just so wrong and the response I got from City Manager John Parker was even worse.
Here is the link to yesterdays post
I never thought I would get so many awesome comments on the post yesterday. I really appreciate everyone taking time to let their feelings be known.
So I never heard back from Forest Park Mayor Corine Deyton after leaving her a message yesterday so I called and left another message this morning.
I also printed the letter, and blog post and comments and faxed them to the different local news stations in Atlanta and also to Forest Park City Hall.
My wife T did a post yesterday about the different stats in the City of Forest Park in relation to crime and other stuff and Forest Park is worried about moms breastfeeding two year olds?
I cant begin to tell you that I am so impressed that this has gotten such a huge response by so many different moms, groups, forums, even dads and other male bloggers are leaving me comments and leaving comments at different places.
I am not a fan of facebook, in fact the only reason I go on facebook is to use a fake profile for work.
I did see that there are Nurse In's being formed and Petitions being set up all over the place.
Here is a Petition for people to sign
Facebook Page for Nurse In
I will add more as the day goes on and my wife gets me more info too. If you have something you want me to add to the blog, like a link or post.
So many things just make me shake my head over this whole issue with the City of Forest Park. The City Council looks to be made up of mostly women. Don't women care about women's rights? John Parker even told me his wife breastfed, I wonder what she thinks of all of this.
One of the readers who left a comment yesterday got this email back from an employee of the City of Forest Park, look at this
"I share your concerns as well as other things that was presented in this ordinance, that is why I decided to Abstain from voting on this amendment. I often ask questions, not just for myself, but to hopefully empower the citizens in our city to also begin to make a stand for their rights to inquire, hold their elected officials accountable and to demand that their local government are open, transparent and fair. Even though it is not always easy to make the right decisions on everything, it is easy to listen and consider the opinions and facts from the citizens.
I am tired of the political attacks on people, businesses, etc and I feel that the war should focus on that area and not to bring others into it who will suffer or get isolated involuntarily! Too much tax payers dollars are being spent on lawsuits, because our government do not know how to communicate, rationalize, reason and mediate on issues, but they want to attack. This should not be!
This is what I have always tried to stand up against, but in voting, I am only one vote and 3 is the majority to pass anything in this city that the city manager John Parker and others in his 'political' network, want to happen.
Keep our city government in your prayers!"
This right here shows that the City of Forest Park has NO idea of what is best for it citizens. Why on earth would you add verbage to a law that says you cannot breastfeed a child over 24 months? I am curious on how many moms in that City actually breastfeed? I am curious to find out the reason why someone would see this as such a problem that they would have to add to a law and vote on it.
It makes no sense.
So once again, I am going to hammer the City of Forest Park, the fax lines, the phone lines, the local new stations with the different posts, comments and links and whatever I can do to make a difference, a positive one.
I have many reasons for doing what I am doing.
I would like to think that I am doing it for reasons that will make it ok for a woman to breastfeed in public without getting nasty looks and disrespectful things being mumbled under someones breath.
Another is that I knew nothing about breastfeeding before getting married and having children. Since then I have come to find that not only is it what I believe the best thing for a child but also a great way for a mom to bond with the child.
Also for the people who like to use the excuse that breastfeeding is looked at as a sexual thing (Nudity), come on people. I am a man, 100% man. I joke alot on my blog and twitter about sex and other stuff along those lines and I have NEVER seen or thought of breastfeeding in a sexual way.
As a man, I also understand that the Womens Rights Issue comes into play here. Why would anyone try to limit and tell a woman, a mom, what she can and cant do when it comes to taking care of her child.
I also want my kids to know that their daddy stood up for something he believed in. That I wasn't all talk and no action. I want my wife T to know that no matter how much of a jerk I may be at times, no matter how impatient I am a lot of the time, I support her in her decision to be a strong woman and do what is best for our kids.
Kiss the Baby