I haven't seen a message on this list for months. Why not let the content of this message speak for itself?

From: Neil Barnfather - TalkNav <ta...@talknav.com>
on Monday, March 01, 2010 6:02 PM

A quick note to all of you who have, and those who as of yet have not signed
the WFA user protest site.

Before I start my message the link right here and now is

Firstly, a note to all of you who have signed, thank you, but I have to at
this stage say that it is way too few who have made this effort. We are
nearing 700, yet for Vodafone to take this seriously we need thousands.

To date we've not even got close to even the number of users of the
application signing, let alone additional support.

Can I especially ask those of you who either work with or for the
organizations that supposedly represent us as blind folk, yes you lot, those
of you at the RNIB, CNIB, AFB, NFB, etc, etc, you lot really have made me
rather upset and irritated.

To date I've posted two messages via each of your web-sites informing you
all of our protest, has any one of you got back to me to ask for more
detail, have you mass mailed your members, have you lobbied in our favour, have you, no sir. Is this an outrage, is this a complete lack of competence
when it comes to supporting those who you claim to represent? This
individual thinks so. So if you represent, or have a contact at your local blind organization please forward this message, we, or certainly I, am very,
very disappointed in you all.

As for those private individuals who have not yet signed, even if you do not
own Access or a Symbian phone, your name should be on this list, the list
says something about who we are and what we stand for as blind folks, it
says that we will not lay down and be ignored whilst our tools to freedom
and mobility are stolen from us. It says we have a voice and we are prepared
to use it when necessary.

This protest is about more than just Wayfinder Access, it is a symbol, now
please, I urge you all, we need this link spreading, we need it sharing,
Face Book pages, Twitter, those of you who produce pod casts, mailing lists
etc, etc, if you believe in your freedom to mobility and your rights to
accessible products then make your mark.

More than this, those you know need to say that they too are in support of
our cause, so get your address book and forward this link, personalize it
with a few lines of message, get the word out there.

The protest site has a league table on it at the bottom of the public
signatures page, it's dynamic and countries move about on the list. To date
we've only had a tiny portion of blind people around the world sign up.
Spread the word folks.


This issue rests squarely in your hands, make a difference today...


Neil Barnfather.

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