Kennedy, De Niro vaccine challenge has Ojai connection
Last Updated on Friday, 17 February 2017 08:49
Published on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 08:39
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (from right) talks with Eliza and Bill Moses during a 2016 fundraiser for the World Mercury Project at the Casa Barranca Estate in Ojai.
Tim Dewar, Ojai Valley News publisher
When Robert Kennedy Jr. and Robert De Niro stepped to the podium Feb. 15 to announce a $100,000 challenge to ultimately make vaccines safer, it was thanks, in part, to an Ojai couple.
“My wife, Eliza, became involved with the online safe vaccine communities and as she learned more, she got me involved,” explained Bill Moses, owner of the Casa Barranca Winery in Ojai. “We decided to hold a fundraiser for Bobby Kennedy and the World Mercury Project (WMP) and we had a great turnout,” he explained. “I was able to sit down with Bobby and learn more about his mission to have mercury removed from vaccines.”
Moses said that discussion in March 2016 led to an invitation to Kennedy’s home in Malibu to talk more and help the group strategize. The idea of the challenge — at the time it was $10,000 — appealed to Moses so much that he made a substantial donation to the group and to the reward fund.
At the Feb. 15 press conference at the National Press Club, Kennedy and De Niro made public the details of the challenge, that offers $100,000 to the first person who provides a peer-reviewed scientific study demonstrating that thimerosal is safe at the levels currently being administered to American children and pregnant women.
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