Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What are you doing to End The Word?

Its not enough for me to just post on my blog about Spread the Word to End the Word. I think most of the people reading my blog already know about the campaign. After seeing these ads Tricia posted at Unringing the Bell, I wanted to make sure everyone I know sees them. I put together this email with help from the Special Olympics website and spammed everyone I know IRL.

Dear Friend,
Help me Spread the Word to End the Word. I invite you to be a fan of respect and join me in a campaign to stop the use of the “R-word.” On 3.31.09 thousands of people across the country will pledge to end the use of the word “retard.”
Visit www.r-word.org and take the pledge and pass this email along to all your friends. Help us get 100,000 pledges and spread the word.
Goldie's Family

PS. the small print in the ads below reads:
Most people who would never knowingly use disparaging terms don't see a problem with saying "retard." This must change. It's just as hateful as any other slur. And for millions of people with Intellectual Disabilities, their families and friends, it hurts just as much. Please, don't use the R-word.

At the bottom I attached the ads. Thanks Deborah for finding out what the fine print said!

ETA: Does anyone know how to get around hotmail's spam blocker? I even tried sending the email individually to people with hotmail and it still bounced back.


SunflowerMom said...

Good email! I don't know how to avoid the spam blockers, sorry. Thanks for taking it to the streets!

Monica said...

I wasn't on my computer at all yesterday, wish I had and read this!! I'm still going to copy your letter and send it out today a day late!! Great idea, Thanks for sharing!

Cathy said...

Hi Brandie...I would LOVE to hear what you've learned about nystagmus. Lily doesn't go back to the doctor until June. I think it's improved somewhat, but it's still there, especially when she's tired.

My e-mail is charms6297@yahoo.com

Thanks!! :0)