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Friday, November 17, 2006There's now a petition setup at MomsRising.org that asks Delta to reevaluate their policies and that asks Congress to add protection for breastfeeding moms to the Civil Rights of 1964.
A petition not quite lactivist enough for ya? Well, how bout a phone call to the CEO of Delta? ;) You can reach Gerald Grinstein, Delta CEO, at (404) 715-2600. Just press 0 to get the operator and ask to speak with Mr. Grinstein. While you're on the line, you can also try asking for Lee Macenczak, Delta's Chief of Customer Service.
The story is also rapidly flying through the mainstream media. When I first wrote about it, the Burlington Free Press seemed to be the only mainstream media source covering the story. By yesterday, it had spread through across blog and online discussion forums at lightening speed. This morning, Google news is showing 139 news stories about it, including one in USA Today. In fact, the story is now spreading around the globe, which certainly can't be making Delta (which operates International flights) very happy. Too bad, so sad.
Great posts from out in the Blogosphere keep popping up as well. Keda at Mamahog says:
if someone asked you to cover yourself with a blanket while settling down to a meal at your favourite restaurant, because they felt uncomfortable looking at you due to some weird juvenile complex they had, would you do it?
if we continue to be ashamed of our own bodies, of providing the best food for our children and of seeing other bodies and human contact in it's most innocent form, we are not only repressing ourselves, but making sure that the next generation has the same hang ups. and all the underlying sexual predatory danger, and inequality that goes with it.
The Queen of Spain blog points out the idiocy of Delta's "cover up with a blanket" policy in a different way...
And the blanket. On our flight from Atlanta to WV our flight attendant TOLD US to put our blankets on our seats for the next passenger on the next flight. YOU WANT ME TO COVER MY CHILD WITH THAT???
You know the more I think on this the more upset I get. Usually with nursing in public type stories there's always that issue of "well was she being discreet or did she whip her shirt off" and that's what gets debated in the media. That sucks as it totally takes the focus off of the REAL issue which is that babies have the right to eat. period.
But when you consider the fact that Gillette was in the second to the last row of the airplane, sitting in the window seat with her husband next to her...you've got to ask yourself...could ANYONE on the plane other than those who chose to walk to the VERY back of the plane or who happened to be sitting in the aisle seat directly across from her have had ANY chance of seeing her? No. Delta planes are not exaction bastions of open space...in fact, about the only way to see what someone is doing is to stand in the aisle right next to their seat.
So this has nothing to do with ANYTHING except for the fact that some Delta flight attendant is apparently a big old prude. Add in the fact that Delta and Freedom are willing to back her up instead of towing the usual business line of "Our policy is to support nursing mothers, unfortunately one of our staffers was not clear on policy...blah blah blah..."