By Ed Coghlan.
75 Don’t Punish Pain Rallies held around the country on Tuesday (September 18) were termed a success by the Rhode Island Woman who organized them.
Claudia Merandi, who used social media to promote the events, some rallies had a handful of people and others more than 200.
She also said that there was considerable media attention which pleased her and the protesters greatly. She believes the media are starting to get it.
“I think the mainstream media is ready to have the discussion because the general public has grown tired of the words “opioid crisis,” she said. “The media and the public acknowledge we have an illicit Fentanyl crisis and it’s being shipped in through the US postal service.”
Merandi said during a live feed Tuesday night, the members expressed a euphoric feeling “because that’s what happens when you protest for a cause that affects you day and night”.
“I get hundreds of messages a day but the ones that resonate are the people telling me the protest gave them a reason to BE…that’s big…so that makes it all worth it.,” she said.
“Some of these people didn’t know who their senators were and here they were, yesterday, talking with the media, giving them a sense of empowerment – that’s cool,” she said.
Many of the protests had speakers, shoes to represent the lives that were taken; some rang a bell to acknowledge those that couldn’t be present.
Her favorite sign that she saw was “Three’s a crowd” meaning the government, patient/provider.
“I thought that was brilliant.”
The logical question is what happens next.
She is already planning her next event – in January 2019. Her goal is to have at least three rallies in each of the 50 states.
If a person is interested in being a contact person in their region – Merandi wants to hear from you.
More on that in future blogs.
Quick question for our readers.
Did you attend one of the rallies? If so, share your experience with us in the comments section.