Guess my hunting, acknowledging, and thanking for the GOOD just got a little bit more necessary....
CPSIA Law Bans Sale of Used Children's Items
The Sale of Children's Books to be Banned
By Heather Idoni
Oh, how I wish this were a joke! But it is a grim and looming,
almost Orwellian, reality.
Effective February 10th, in the United States, the sale of
all children's books (books intended for children ages 12 and
under) is to be PROHIBITED. Every single book printed prior
to the ruling is affected, whether new or used. New books in
production are required to include a "lead-free" certification
and will be the only books that are legal to offer for sale.
What does this mean to the homeschooling family?
Well, for one, curriculum fairs across the country will be
cancelled as book vendors scramble to figure out how to comply
with the new ruling. Complete book inventories will have to be
destroyed -- the ruling even prohibits giving away the books!
Local thrift stores will be hard hit -- most will likely have to
close their doors -- yes, even Goodwill and Salvation Army.
Clothing, toys and books -- even CDs and DVDs are included in the
ruling. Thrift stores will no longer be able to accept or process
anything (including clothing) that would be intended for a child...
Full article including links to full information can be viewed at The Homeschooler's Notebook.
ACT NOW before the quickly approaching deadlines:
1) Email or call the CPSIA - the office of the CPSC ombudsman at
Comments on Component Parts Testing accepted through January 30, 2009.
2) Contact your local representatives. For their contact informa-
tion, just enter your zip code.
3) Make your voice heard by voting on this issue! The top 3 in
each category will be presented to President-elect Obama.
4) Sign the petition.
5) Spread the word!
Forward this article.
Send an email.
Write about this on your blog. Tell others about this issue and
encourage them to do the same.
Edited to Add: Thanks to Devildogwife, I hear the law has been clarified... A bit.
For little victories, I am grateful.
Still, I would encourage anyone and everyone to continue to make their voices heard. Perhaps more *little* victories could be made...