In my opinion, most of the meetings went extremely well. We of course had the meeting every so often where the staffer could not care less, but those were the vast minority. What I found got the easiest response for immediate need for address was the issue of 4th Amendment privacy violations in the home from smart meters/grid. We have ample evidence of this and that is something that may get the quickest response from the reps as was evidenced in our meetings. So this is clearly an angle that needs pushing in congress. It needs a bill, it needs hearings and could potentially be what moves this issue first.
How It Went
A huge thank you to all who participated in these meetings. They were informative, productive and well worth our time. I do believe that if we continue along the lines of this week and stay vigilant with follow ups, continued meetings on the hill and in executive branch, applying pressure in the right places and growing our numbers, we will get movement from Washington on this issue, maybe sooner than we think.
National security was not something I personally focused on when selecting chairs of committees for us to meet with, but I think it is something that may be worth focusing on as this also got an obvious response from many of the offices we met with who were doubtful about the health issues or showed little interest in them...just not 100% sure how this would shut down funding of smart grid though...they may want to just do some kind of fix like more upgraded protection for the grid...something we could use but not something that is of the most concern to me and many of you and certainly not something that will solve our immediate problems.
The health effects issue was of interest to many of the staffers we met with. They want to see proof (which I had sent them) but they want more proof and any US military studies showing non thermal effects could help seal this deal. Anita (our incredibly hospitable and awe inspiring hostess) is in the process of helping gather these but if anyone has links to this in their computer, please send them over and mark MILITARY NON THERMAL STUDIES in heading of email. I know we have some special military people in our group, so if any of you have access to things we might not, of course that would b e extremely helpful. It is preferable to use US military but I think UK and Canadian military will also hold muster.
Particularly Effective For Health Effects Argument
What we found was particularly effective was when a large group of constituents was gathered together for the meeting. This happened when MSMA as a group came in for our very important meeting with Sen. Mikulski, Chair of Appropriations full committee and for our meeting with Rep. Joe Pitts, Chair Health Committee and sits on Energy Committee. We got some of the best responses from Sen. Mikulski's staff (which I am excited about) and although he did not want to hear it, the Rep. from Cong. Pitts staff clearly was impressed with the 15 constituents who showed up for the conference call in the local Congressional office in Pennsylvania while we were in the DC office and he held the meeting with an open ear, mind and heart. Our issue goes against his bosses bread and butter - the energy industry. But he heard the issue and told me out in the hallway as we were leaving, that he felt our request was reasonable - a moratorium on funding of smart grid/meters until a risk assessment is done and of course opt outs made available in that state - and all states. Now we just have to get this reaction from Cong. Pitts himself and then the big Cahuna - the chair of the Energy Committee, Fred Upton - whom we still must have a meeting with. Which brings us to this...
FRED UPTON CONSTITUENTS NEEDED
He is chair of the Energy Committee and no matter how many on the committee we meet with who are members, it is all ultimately up to the chair. We need a meeting with him/his staff and he needs to hear what is happening with health effects from smart meters/grid. Please everyone reach out to people in his area of Michigan who might be able to help with this. We may be able to have a moratorium on funding for this program through other committees, just would be good to have this guy's ear and let him know what is going on so it is not such a shock to him if we do gain traction on a funding moratorium and perhaps he doesn't fight it too hard...he might not fight it at all if a lot of his constituents portrayed it to his office as a real problem...he does have to get re-elected after all.