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Q&A with #MillionsMissing UK Organisers

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On Thursday 18th April, #MEAction UK held a conference call with organisers of #MillionsMissing event past and present from across the UK. There are already events planned for 2019 in all 12 UK regions, with over 25 events in the UK Claire from Southampton, Janet from Edinburgh, Carolyn from Sheffield and Denise ...

What can you do before this Thursday’s ME debate?

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Listen to this article on #MEAction’s Soundcloud here This Thursday 24th January, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) will be discussed in the main chamber of the House of Commons, as Members of Parliament from all Parties debate a motion on ME put forward by Carol Monaghan MP.  We want this debate to be ...

Meet with your MP about ME – Our Toolkit shows you how!

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Advocates at #MEAction UK are working hard to engage Members of Parliament in the fight for appropriate clinical care and investment in biomedical research for ME. Gaining MPs support in lobbying for change is vital to our success. So whether you are a person with ME, their carer, friend, family ...

The Power of the Shoe

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    Shoes have been a powerful, unifying symbol for #MillionsMissing since the first global protest in 2016. Demonstrations across the world have displayed rows of shoes to represent what people are missing from their lives due to myalgic encephalomyelitis. The haunting image of rows of shoes symbolizing the effect of this ...

Activism 101: Educate Medical Providers about ME

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Most doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers belong to a medical association in order to connect to a community of their peers. These medical associations typically send out regular magazines, newsletters and emails about the latest news and topics of interest to the medical field. A great way to begin to ...

What ME Activists Can Learn from the AIDS Crisis

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I read "How To Survive A Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS" by David France to learn lessons from the AIDS movement that could help ME activism, and to summarize it for people without the energy and/or time to read it. The book tells an ...

UNREST: Best Practices for Hosting a Community Screening

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This guide will provide you with ideas for hosting your own impactful screening of Unrest that will be well-attended, well-publicized and garner support from important institutions in your community for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).   Community screenings of Unrest have taken place all over the globe. While all successful events can look ...

Hosting a Screening of Unrest? Learn How to Talk to the Press

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If you are hosting a screening of Unrest in your community, you will want to reach out to your local press about covering the screening. Below are some training resources to help you prepare to speak to the media. These tools were developed by #MEAction for the #MillionsMissing Day of ...

How to Build a Protest

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Learn from the success of the #MillionsMissing protests that galvanized dozens of cities around the world to take to the streets and demand their governments stop the neglect of people with ME. Read the full guide here.   ...

City Proclamation for ME: How-To Guide and Case Study

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Timbre Livesay and Mary Dimmock contributed to this article. This is an outline of the steps a California ME advocate, Mark Camenzind, took for getting city proclamations for ME. Below the steps is a template you can use for your own city proclamation. Feel free to adapt either for your city's ...