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Support: Moms Clean Air Force

Melissa Greiner

Melissa Greiner

Executive Editor & Director of Operations

Posted October 1, 2014

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Help parents locally and nationwide protect one of the simplest and most essential needs of our families: clean air.

Almost one quarter of children in southeastern PA suffer from asthma. It’s a staggering statistic, and one that gets right to the heart of any parent who has ever watched, helplessly, as their child struggles to simply breathe. Moms Clean Air Force is a group of more 53,000 moms and dads nationwide, including celebrity names like Julianne Moore and Laila Ali, who have a distinct passion for improving the quality of our air, not only for those currently suffering from it, but for the health of all children.

Locally the Pennsylvania chapter is powered by Gretchen Alfonso, a Philadelphia mother of three. After attending a mercury testing that found she was harboring high levels, she’s worked to organize and mobilize as many concerned parents as she can in an effort to create change in how we treat our natural resources. “Our issues go beyond just telling pregnant women to stay away from tuna,” she says. “Children and women from across our region are dealing with the effects of mercury, carbon, and other toxins that are in our air.” Read more on the organization’s website to see just what she and the group are up against.

No matter how daunting the statistics, even a few moments of time can help. If you only spare five minutes, Alfonso says signing this current petition to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney may help get the presidential candidates to address greenhouse gas pollution in their campaign speeches and future legislation.

Or join Alfonso and other local supporters at one of two upcoming events:

Join Moms Clean Air Force & Physicians for Social Responsibility at “Moms Night Out”
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
PHS Pop-Up Garden (Walnut Street between 19th & 20th streets, Philadelphia)
5:30 – 7 pm
Happy Hour and light hors d’oeuvres
Free & open to the public
RSVP to Gretchen Alfonso at

Join Moms Clean Air Force as they deliver Pennsylvania’s petitions to local campaign offices
Governor Romney
15 S. Church St.
West Chester, PA 19382
Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 10 am
President Obama
1 E. Lancaster Ave.
Ardmore, PA 19003
Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10 am

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