I’m a political activist. Yes, that’s what my title is in the world of titles. Why? Because on this 10th Anniversary of my 15 year old daughter’s death from suicide, due to being prescribed SSRI medication that was never approved for children under twenty-four years of age (yes, you read that correctly), I recall how I set out to find out why this happened ten years ago and how I have ended up here —running for NY State Senate — knowing full well that I am doing this for all the right reasons, NOT because I am a politician or even want to be…..
When I look back to where I was ten years ago, I was a Long Island mom, working as a bookkeeper, trusting my government, trusting the doctors I had chosen to support my family in times of sickness, trusting the teachers in the school system, trusting the people running the government locally and nationally… I had no idea that the rabbit hole I was about to crawl into was filled with special interest, nepotism, lobbying (bribery), cover-ups, lies and a world full of people whose sole purpose in life was to pander to the almighty dollar. I especially had no idea that the health and safety of my family was not in the best interest of most of the people running our lives — and that most of the people running our lives were, in fact, corporations!
I know, I’ve just said a mouthful with nothing to back up my words in this short blog –but if you do the research yourself, you’ll find out plenty. For instance in 2012 there was a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline, makers of SSRI Medication like Paxil and Wellbutrin, who admitted fraud in using tactics aimed at promoting the use of the drug in children, including helping to publish a medical journal article that misreported the data from a clinical trial. Who admitted to trying to win over doctors to push their medication for perks including vacations, concert tickets, spa treatments and speaking engagements. Being hit with the knowledge that my daughter may have died so that a doctor could attend a spa vacation was hard to swallow. Soon you start to notice things, like when you open up a magazine and most of the ads are from pharmaceutical companies, and watch TV to see that every third commercial is telling you the side effects of another drug. You then start connecting the dots. Would we even have media without these pharmaceutical companies paying for the advertising on most of the nightly news shows? You eventually start connecting the dots to places like Open Secrets to see who contributed to the campaigns of your state and federal legislators and see a lineup of pharmaceutical companies names and you have to ask yourself why there is never a mention against these companies by anyone in government. When you start to take notice that our liberty is being infringed upon after disasters like school shootings when the “guns” get the blame but no one looks to see what was behind the mind-set of the child that did the shooting – That nearly all of them were done by kids on SSRI medication…… You start to connect the dots that corporations are calling the shots over our Constitution and that they are running the show.
Take another issue like GMO food entering our food supply with the splicing of seeds with insecticide to the point we are afraid to eat anything store bought anymore. A few Google searches and you find out that men and women who have sat on the board of Monsanto Corporation have also enjoyed a seat at the FDA. Does this make sense? Does it make you wonder how the FDA who is supposed to protect the interest of the American people has actually spent so much time protecting the interest of a corporation, that our food system is completely compromised?
I can go on with issue after issue – from Smart Meters to Vaccines to Geo-Engineering and you will see at the core of everything happening “to” us is the result of a corporation being in bed, somehow, with our Government. We are not one nation under God today. We are one nation under many corporations! Don’t believe me? Just check out Common Core Education and find out who and what is now running our classrooms and who is in control of the young minds of our country.
And so, in 2009, sometime after the 2008 Presidential election, a friend of mine, Edward Weaver, and I started an little organization called Save Long Island. What we do is show films and have speakers once a month to awaken people to the issues taking place that are affecting us. We talk about every issue from those mentioned above to those on Alternative Medicine, the War on Drugs, Industrial Hemp, as well as tools to find our way out of the muck and mire, like Prepping and Nullification. We do this because we care – not to make money or to benefit anyone or anything – but because we give a damn about our country, our community, and the future of our children.
….And then I found myself running for office for all the same reasons. To spread awareness –to talk about these issues that are affecting all of us. To get the word out that we can only fight back if we have the tools to do so and that means actually knowing what is happening and why. Education is Key. My daughter cannot have died in vain.
In January, Save Long Island is running a forum at the Hauppauge “UpSky” Hotel (formerly known as the Sheraton Hotel). We are having speakers on every issue mentioned above and more. We are flying speakers in from all over the country – many of whom have made the films we have shown at our monthly Save Long Island Events. It’s a three day event that includes an economic debate, a film clip festival, a full day of speeches from 18 speakers, and a brunch the following day with a three hour Q&A with all the speakers about solutions.
If we don’t start educating ourselves about what’s going on around us then we can’t fight back and the corporations get to be our rulers. I don’t know about you but I don’t pledge allegiance to Monsanto or to a pharmaceutical company. I’m fighting back – if you can’t fight back and run for office too – then support my campaign – Win or lose I will be heard. Come to the Save Long Island Forum and find out for yourself what’s going on in our country. Let’s band together. Let’s fight back.
Save Long Island Organization: www.savelongisland.org
Save Long Island Forum Event: www.savelongislandforum.com
If you want run for office: www.libertycandidates.com
My Blog: www.gigibowman.com