The Campaign to Save the North Shore Birth Center

RALLY INFO — PLEASE READ

Posted on: November 17, 2008

Get ready for the Save the North Shore Birth Center rally – Tomorrow, 6:15am!!!

Gather with us to ask the Board of Trustees to hear our pleas to save the North Shore Birth Center! This will be a peaceful, non-confrontational gathering to show our community support of the Birth Center and its commitment to safe, natural birth.

We are expecting hundreds of supporters. Bring all your friends and family! Children welcome!

Based on the response we have received about the Rally, we are now asking people to arrive in the area promptly by 6:15am, allowing yourself enough time to park on side streets and walk over to the Herrick Street sidewalk in front if the hospital grounds. Board members meet at 7 a.m. and we want them to see our HUGE crowd as they arrive!

GETTING READY:

* Consider bringing your own sign, backed by cardboard if possible, with messages such as “Save the Birth Center” (or come up with your own!)
* Consider making a t-shirt that reads “Birth Center Baby” for any babes/kids who will be joining you who were born at the Birth Center. Make it large, to fit over warm outerwear!

IMPORTANT GUIDELINES FOR RALLY DAY:

* Dress warmly – forecast is for 30 degree temps in the morning.
* Park on surrounding street, NOT on hospital grounds.
* Children are very welcome, but watch them closely on this busy street!
* Gather on the Herrick Street sidewalk, NOT on hospital grounds.
* Check in when you arrive. Organizers will be holding balloons to identify them.

PARKING SUGGESTIONS:

Curbside parking is available on many of the residential streets near the hospital. Possibilities include Heather St, Story Ave (from Henderson to Colon), and Henderson Ave. The side streets between Cabot Street and Sohier Road are also an option, including Lyman St, Mason St, and Swan St. Please DO NOT park on hospital property.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

* BE THERE, with as many friends and relatives as possible!
* SHARE this rally information with all who might be interested.
* BRING your own SIGN. (We will have some to share but the more the better!)
* VOLUNTEER to help with crowd control at the rally. Email Deb Cleansehhc@aol.com and Annalisa annalisa_walker@hotmail.com to sign up. Men especially encouraged!
* INVENT CHEERS in support of the Birth Center.
* LEAD CHEERS during the rally.
* BRING something FUN to share with some of the KIDS at the rally (suggestions: cups of cocoa or cider, sidewalk chalk, stickers, “Birth Center Baby” signs).
* FLOOD THE MEDIA with tips today. Tip lines listed below.

THANK YOU FOR PLANNING TO COME OUT TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

SEND NEWS TIPS TO:

The Globe: newstip@globe.com

The Herald: http://www.bostonherald.com/about/contact/news_tip.bg

WBUR: http://www.wbur.org/contactus/

WGBH: http://www.wgbh.org/contact/

WHDH Boston: 1-800-280-TIPS / newstips@whdh.com / viewer_news@whdh.com

WBZTV: 877-WBZ-TIPS / http://wbztv.com/contact / newstips@wbztv.com

WCVB: http://www.thebostonchannel.com/newscenter5/index.html

FOX25: http://www.myfoxboston.com/myfox/pages/InsideFox/ContactUs?pageId=5.11

Daily Item of Lynn: contactus@itemlive.com

Daily News of Newburyport: svartabedian@newburyportnews.com (Sonya Vartabedian )

Gloucester Daily Times: rlamont@gloucestertimes.com (Raymond Lamont) / jpope@gloucestertimes.com (Jeff Pope) / 978-283-7000

Peabody & Lynnfield Weekly News: bcurtin@weeklynews.net (Robert Curtin) / 978-532-5880

You can find the info for the various cnc papers at http://www.wickedlocal.com
(click on Towns & Newspapers, then select the town, and ‘contact us’)

Skirt!: Alison O’Leary Murray, Editor alisonm@skirtboston.com

Phoenix: Send letters to the editor, press releases, and article commentary to letters@phx.com

Dig: laura@weeklydig.com

River 92.5: info@wxrv.com

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