IDSA Lyme Guidelines Protest in San Francisco Recap

Photo courtesy of Lymedisease.org

Photo courtesy of Lymedisease.org

Yesterday, Lymedisease.org  hosted a widespread rally protesting the IDSA Lyme Guidelines in San Francisco, California. The protest coincided with the IDSA’s annual meeting.

Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend, as I am in Eugene for school and could not make it down to California in time for the protest. I was there in spirit! Also, I was wearing my Lyme Disease Awareness t-shirt, so I’m going to count that.

My mom and dad did go though! They’re wonderful allies. 🙂 From what my mom reported to me, about 100 people came out to the protest. There was a Lymie rapper, various speakers, including former park ranger Jordan Fisher Smith from UNDER OUR SKIN, a stage for protesters to tell their stories, and a truck sporting a gigantic protest sign.

Here’s some pictures!

My mom's sign she took to the protest. The IDSA has it wrong!

My mom’s sign she took to the protest. The IDSA has it wrong! Photo courtesy of my mommy. 

Protesters and their signs. Photo courtesy of Lymedisease.org

Protesters and their signs. Photo courtesy of Lymedisease.org.

Jordan Fisher Smith, former park ranger and writer, from Lyme documentary, UNDER OUR SKIN. Photo courtesy of Kai West Photography.

Jordan Fisher Smith, former park ranger and writer, from Lyme documentary, UNDER OUR SKIN, speaking at the protest. Photo courtesy of Kai West Photography.

Lots of protesters and their signs. My mom and dad are on the far left! Photo courtesy of Kai West Photography.

Lots of protesters and their signs. My mom and dad are on the far left with their awesome sign! Photo courtesy of Kai West Photography.

 

It looks like it was a fun day! I really, really, really wish I could have gone! It’s events like this that really helps to spread awareness about Lyme. Though the protest probably did not make a difference in the minds of the IDSA meeting attendees across the street, it’s still important to come together and raise awareness to the passerby. 100 protesters is not exactly a large number and there definitely could have been more, but the important thing to remember is that members of the Lyme community came together to protest something that has affected all of our lives. And that’s really great.

Best,

Sofia

 

 

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