May 31, 2008
By: Alvaro Fernandez
Zack Lynch asks for support to Write Congress Today in Support of the National Neurotechnology Initiative Act, explaining:
“With the recent introduction of the National Neurotechnology Initiative (NNTI) Act in the House (H.R. 5989) and the Senate (S.2989) earlier this month, the time has come to ramp up a national grassroots campaign in support of the NNTI and I would like to ask for your help. It is imperative that we get a substantive amount of Congressional support as quickly as possible as we are targeting Congressional hearings prior to the August break.
Take action: We need to flood Congressional fax machines and mail boxes with individual letters of support from key constituents like you over the next four weeks. I urge you to visit NIO’s Take Action webpage.
Here you can download sample letters to customize and send. Full instructions appear on that webpage, as well as a link to help access your representatives’ contact information and fax numbers.
Spread the word: Because of limited resources and an aggressive legislative schedule, it is absolutely vital that we build a network of support for this bill. Please forward this appeal along with a personal note of support to your network of contacts and ask that they express their support to Congress and share with their networks as well. Please forward onto co-workers, board members, researchers, clinicians, nurses, patients, advocacy groups, friends, family, anyone with a stake in elevating therapies and cures for brain related illnesses.
We need your help – and ten minutes of your time – to secure Congressional support for newly introduced legislation designed to dramatically accelerate new treatments for brain and nervous system injuries and illnesses. This legislation stands to significantly improve the lives of more than 100 million Americans. Take 10 minutes to protect your future brain.”
You can think of it as great brain exercise: if you had your Congressperson and Senator in front of you right now, what one application of brain research would you ask them to support? and how would you measure the impact of any additional research dollars?.
Once you have thought about that, why not actually let them know what you think?