Think Again… You’ve seen the film, so now what? I started my journey as a grassroots organizer and campaigner for corporate accountability and I appreciate the opportunity to share the power of film to educate, engage and inspire folks to get involved in issues important to us all. The coming few years will be critical for the issue of vaccine safety, and our site has lots of tools for you will get involved in whatever way you can. Check out all the resources to help you do that, including a discussion/facilitation guide, tips for hosting a screening, an FAQ, links to studies and resources mentioned in the film and much more available on the Screenings page.
One particularly important policy issue emerging in the coming months is the protection of state level exemptions to vaccines, for philosophical religious and medical reasons. It is important that all 50 states give families the right to all three of these exemptions. Coalitions are forming across the country to educate their communities about the complex issue of vaccine safety. These groups include natural health practitioners, families, midwives, doulas, nurses, teachers, elected leaders and vaccine safety advocates of all stripes. I encourage you to reach out to groups in your community and learn what is happening in your state. Collaborating on a screening is a great way to get started, even if it is just a few friends or family members in your living room. Or gift the film to someone in your life to open a dialogue. The tag line for The Greater Good is “If you think you know everything about vaccines… Think Again.” My colleagues and I are working to share this film with people like you because we believe that together we can thank and act to create a world where:
- Vaccines can be made safer
- Doctors and parents are educated about adverse reaction to vaccines, so that these reactions may be treated appropriately thereby reducing long-term impact
- Parents have the information they need to make informed choices about vaccines
- Schools and doctors respect and value parents’ rights to choose how they keep their families healthy
- Families feel safe to make their own choices regarding their family’s health and well being without fear of expulsion from school or being excluded from their communities
- Scientists are free to pursue research into vaccine safety without fear of jeopardizing their income or career prospects
- All 50 states uphold family’s rights to exemption from vaccination for religious, philosophical or medical reasons
- The top priority is health and wellness, and all vaccines go through a vigorous due diligence process for safety
I hope you will consider bringing the film to your community and to those you love. You can stream the film, buy a DVD or share either as a gift. Perhaps host an event yourself, or make a donation to our engagement campaign online to help us bring the film to families, healthcare practitioners and policy makers nationwide so they too can Think Again about vaccine safety issues. Most importantly, I hope you will tell five friends about the film, and continue to learn more yourself. Check out the Screening Tools we have created for the film, find us on Twitter @GreaterGoodFilm, and join our active community on Facebook.