This issue is of pressing importance to us as parents.
I am a life-long resident and native of Washington, D.C.; my husband, a 9
year resident and native of Great Britain. We are the parents of two young
children -- ages 3 and 5 -- and looking forward to another child in the near
future. As a mother, I immediately took steps to mitigate my family's
exposure to lead: switching to bottled water, exploring blood-lead
testing for myself and my children, as well as researching bottled water
service (please remember the importance of fluoride to infants and young
But as a mother who belongs to several communities of
mothers -- lawyers, at home mothers, mothers of color, mothers of modest
upbringings, I can not help but think about the other moms, their unborn
children, infants and preschool age children. In particular, I have been
haunted by the lack of options that moms without means have with respect to
alternatives to tap water. I shudder to think about formula mixing
with lead contaminated water. In February 4th testimony, a local
expert on effects of lead on children and pediatrician, indicated that
infants should not be fed infant formula mixed with suspect tap water.
I can not help but think about the risk of brain damage to which indigent
babies have been exposed.
I want to do all that I can to prevent further harm to
other moms' children. My reason for attending law school, working as a
public interest lawyer, and becoming a stay-at-home mom, was for the sake of
children -- my own and others.
I humbly offer my spare time over to the end of protecting
the welfare of our children here in D.C., as their fate, especially in this
matter, is intimately intertwined with that of my own.
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those of my husband, who powers the website, you may