Families from around the country joined actors Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey on June 4 for the "Green Our Vaccines Rally" in Washington DC. The rally was sponsored by Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), Generation Rescue, HEAL Foundation and Moms Against Mercury. Attendees were not protesting vaccines, rather they were asking for potentially dangerous chemicals to be removed from vaccines.
The event began with a march through the streets of the nation's capitol and concluded at a rally site in front of the Capitol Building. Following the march, a press conference was held featuring remarks from three doctors and environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., as well as McCarthy and Carrey. Ms. McCarthy concluded her remarks by asking the rally participants to turn and hold up photographs of their children for the TV cameras set up behind them, while "Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke played in the background.
View coverage from CBS News and CNN.
View Autism Speaks' video footage of families and speakers at the march and press conference
YouTube Video ~ 5 minutes
Autism Speaks is committed to actively supporting research that explores all possible factors in the etiology (cause) of autism. We are working diligently with high ranking officials in our government to establish world class programs in vaccine safety research that encompass both basic and clinical science. We believe this to be the most effective course of action toward creating meaningful change. Click here to see Autism Speaks' statement on vaccine safety and research.