Alexandra the Author Welcomes You!
                                                                                         also known as alexandra allred

Alexandra Allred was named Athlete of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee for her sport ... but that was just the beginning. After making the first ever women's US Bobsled team, Allred turned to adventure writing and never looked back ... until she discovered fiction!  *Be careful ... if you say it, she'll write it down*

 

Alexandra's work with Earthjustice, Asthma&Allergy Foundation of America, American Thoracic Society, American Lung Association, testifying before the EPA, etc earned her a nomination for WHITE HOUSE CHAMPION OF CHANGE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH in 2014!

Clicktivism!

What is "clicktivism?"

You know that great feeling you get when you click on a "like" button to lend support to a cause or you sign a petition?  This is good.  It is a great start to sincere activism but it is not enough.

While attending the Sydney Writer's Festival in Sydney, Australia, Alexandra had the tremendous honor of meeting former Australian Senator Bob Brown (see www.bobbrownfoundation.org) and Sen. Christine Milne to discuss global responsibility for clean air/clean water.  While talking to Sen. Milne, Alexandra learned the expression of "clicktivism."  And like Alexandra, Sen. Milne insists that simply clicking a button is not enough to change the world.

 

When Everything Clicked for Alexandra:

Alexandra Allred, her husband Robb, and three children (Kerri, Katie, and Tommy) moved to Midlothian, Texas, in July of 2001.  They hoped to get land to keep their horses and goats, and have a place where their kids could play outside.   Allred asked about the cement plants a few miles away from their property, but was told that it was “just steam coming out” and that there was nothing to worry about.  

 A few months later, Tommy, then 2, became sick with one respiratory problem after another – pneumonia, double pneumonia, bronchitis, fever, coughs, and unexplained shortness of breath.  Tommy was hospitalized six times in two months and things only worsened.  After research, they learned that

the steam coming out of the cement plants near her home wasn’t just steam – it was filled with hundreds of thousands of pounds of mercury, lead, and other toxic chemicals. In 2008, Tommy’s elementary school was named in a USA Today Special Report to be one of the most toxic elementary schools in the nation.  By 2004, Allred began speaking out regularly.

In 2004, Allred joined the Downwinders At Risk organization, petitioned in Dallas, appeared in the Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram and reached out to local and state politicians.  She traveled to the EPA headquarters in Raleigh, N.C. and Washington D.C.

In 2005, Allred continued to testify before the EPA, TCEQ (Texas Commission of Environmental Quality) and state representatives.  She joined forces with Earthjustice and interviewed with local and national media outlets.  Allred arranged to have Erin Brokovich come to her town for a Town Hall meeting and became “the client” for Brokovich’s law firm.  She appeared in the Chicago Tribune and again, traveled to Washington D.C.

2006 – 2010, Allred testified before the EPA, lobbied on Capital Hill with Earthjustice, made a commercial with the League of Women Voters (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUSYf7PuMTM), a video with Earthjustice (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga4LanhTS4o )  and was named as an Air Ambassador to testify before US Senators and the EPA.  See Allred on the www.earthjustice.org site (http://earthjustice.org/50states/alexandra-allred) where she and her son, Tommy, also posted a blog on the White House website.

In 2012, after too many frustrating deadends with politicians and an increased attack against the EPA to deregulate, Allred penned a fictionalized account of live under the cement stacks.  The book, DAMAGED GOODS, getting excellent reviews, is being endorsed by Erin Brokovich and actress-turned-activist Daryl Hannah.

 

ALEX ALLRED

  •         Why she’s speaking out:  “Over the last decade, I’ve held hands with more neighbors than I can count as they tell stories about upper respiratory diseases and asthma that came without medical explanation. I can’t express how little concern is given to the health and welfare of children or any residents of Midlothian.  I want Congress and the EPA to listen to us and make decisions based on what’s right.  But unfortunately, it always seems to come down to money.”
  •         The most scared she’s ever been: “I was driving like a maniac to the emergency room [in 2005], and Tommy was having so much trouble breathing that he was almost purple. He’s sitting in the back seat, and gasping for breath, and he says ‘Mom, do kids die from asthma?’ I’ve never been so mean to Tommy in my life. I said ‘Don’t be stupid, of course they don’t! Kids don’t die from asthma. Don’t be ridiculous!’ But of course, they do.”
  •        Calls from the local pharmacist:  “I always know when there’s a new pharmacist in town, because they call to double check the doses on Tommy’s medication.  They can’t believe such a small boy is on such high doses of so many different drugs.  I tell them, no, the doses are correct. Sometimes, they want to call the doctor to check.  I tell them, go right ahead.  But don’t delay filling that prescription.”

 

So What Can You Do?

  • Never hesitate to speak out 
  • Get involved with local foundations and groups 
  • Do more than click a button or post about an issue

Alexandra has been passionate about environmental issues, women's issues, and political problems... so she writes about them. 

You can make a difference, too. Whatever you are passionate about, you can make a difference in but it has to start with more than just a click!