VAXXED: Why the Documentary is Like the Normandy Landings for the Autism Community…

by Kent Heckenlively JD

On Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. I hosted a screening of VAXXED: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe at the Crow Canyon Cinemas in my hometown of San Ramon, California.

Brandy Vaughn, the former pharmaceutical sales representative from Merck and now a health activist, joined me for a panel discussion after the movie.  We ended up selling a hundred and thirty two tickets, a number beyond my wildest expectations.

But it was something deeper than showing of a film.  It was an opportunity for my wife and our 16 year-old neuro-typical son to better understand what we have been living with for the past eighteen years.

My daughter, Jacqueline is vaccine-injured and severely autistic. 

While my son spends his summers in the weight room working out to earn a spot on his high school track team, my daughter has trouble walking.  That is the reality of my life.  I rescued my son from the path of autism, but have not yet rescued my daughter.

I’d like to report that those friends and family members who reacted so violently to my invitation to view the documentary reconsidered their response, grudgingly came to the movie, and despite their reservations, found themselves deeply moved by the experience.  But they didn’t.

Despite all my efforts, we did not have a single representative from the office of Congressman Mark De Saulnier, or from the office of another local congressman I had contacted, Eric Swalwell.

I am happy to report that we did have in attendance the president of our local teacher’s union, Ann Katzberg, as well as her vice-president, Bob Donovan.

There were also some of the former leaders of our local Tea Party, Heather Gass, and Pam Farly.  Every one of these people is committed to children’s health and are heroes in my eyes.

The documentary ran from 7:30 to 9:00 and the theater manager told us we would have about a half an hour after the movie to take questions from the audience before they had to close up.  However, when the theater manager came to tell us we really needed to stop at 10:15, the questions were still flying fast and furious.

The event was profoundly moving to me because of the presence of my wife and son in an audience of people who were learning about and reacting to the story.  I think there was something so deeply healing to them to see that despite the slings and arrows of insults and cold shoulders from people who don’t believe us, the truth endures.  Their father spends his time actively engaged in a righteous cause.

Big Changes…

VAXXED is the first wave of an invasion to liberate the world from the lies spread by the pharmaceutical companies that vaccines are safe, and not causing damage on a massive scale.  It is impossible to watch the film and not come to the conclusion that the whole story is not being told.  I understand why the pharmaceutical industry is pressuring film festivals to not show the movie, whether it be in New York, Florida, Australia, or Italy.

Like Hitler, the pharmaceutical companies know they have to defeat us on the beaches, or else the game is up.

The more than 50,000 people who have now seen the film in theaters or purchased it on-line are the new soldiers of truth in this war for our children.  How will they “science-shame” us when our numbers are so large and we say something as simple as, “Hey, why don’t you read the confession of Dr. William Thompson that he released from his lawyers on August 27, 2014?”  Or “Perhaps you should read the six-page detailed confession of Dr. Thompson that he submitted to Congressman William Posey on September 9, 2014?”

You see, most people consider such confessions to be what we call “evidence.”  And while the New England Journal of Medicine may choose not to publish these documents, in the real world, people go to jail when they confess crimes and provide evidence of their wrong-doing.

While I was disappointed not to have the attendance of certain family members and friends, I must note that there were certain family members I did not expect to attend, who did, and other friends to whom I had offered an invitation, who gladly accepted.

One friend from college, with whom I had rowed on the crew team, wrote me a text the following day.  “Thanks for inviting me last night.  My company is sponsoring free flu shots so after last night I decided to read up.  I read an article SO condescending, calling the anti-vaccine people a cult.  I’m stunned.  Keep up your great work.  It is heroic.”

I’m not interested in cutting the friends and family members who disparaged me for even attempting to show the film out of my life.  However, I do feel a bit like the coach of an athletic team, making decisions on who to put on the field.  A coach needs to decide what is best for the team, and I need to decide who is best for me.

Although it pains me to take the former all-stars of my life out of the game and put them on injured reserve, it’s what’s best for me.  There are others who seem to understand me better.  And after all, isn’t that what being a friend or family is all about?  I haven’t cut anybody out of my life, but I have made some decisions on who gets the lion’s share of my attention.  Maybe they will someday come around.  Maybe not.

There is a war to be won, not just for our children, but for the children and grandchildren of those who do not currently understand our fight.

And we will not stop until our flag flies above the capital of our enemy.

by Kent Heckenlively JD




12 thoughts on “VAXXED: Why the Documentary is Like the Normandy Landings for the Autism Community…”

  1. May this message make it to the front lines to you Kent- you’ve got an army behind you. I’ve got nothing but respect for you! Keep fighting the good fight!

  2. An eloquent post. Even though I hear no comments or “likes” when I share anti vax posts I know those of my friends who haven’t unfollowed me are seeing…. That’s a beginning to hopefully open the door.

  3. Kent, This is absolutely stunning. I do suggest that you put this wonderful phrase about the Normandy landing together with an article about what is happening as the bus tour goes around America. Wecant help but be amazed at what the bus tour has uncovered and how it has energized everyone. The parents coming out – saying one an d all , “We wont be quiet any longer. We are not afraid any longer”
    How often in my life with autism (since 2000) have I encountered amazing coincidences. Last night, something about autism and vaccines triggered me to thinking “Just what is a true friend?” What do they do that is different? ” So Im very happy to see your touch on this topic today. i think that all of us have to deal with our reality that we consider that the fate of more little children has to take precedence in our lives over many things. At this time I may not be a very good friend to others. .
    Years ago , in Seattle, when I was about 8 my parents “showed” their old home for sale to a black family. That set all our old neighbours against us . I wish that my parents then had explained to me why they had to stand up for their principles. Yet today I would be happy to be friends – and I am with all those same families and their children, all grown- and some even married to black people. Let us search for our common values at this important time. Search for the good people and leave those who cant yet understand till later- I guess that is what you have already said. Thanks again for the great article

  4. NEJM. This is the real report into the possible causes of microcephaly in Brazil, presented for publication March 2016: Please share the REAL reference, as it will never be published, CDC and WHO too obviously corrupt, as is NEJM.

    This was sent for publication in March 2016, within two weeks, had
    been replaced with this absolute nonsense (full reference is given)

    The reference below is hot off the press, please open all references and save them, they will no doubt be removed from internet by Monday. Yeah, they are disappearing, the CDC still burning the books it seems.

  5. Kent- One more coincidence- Today is Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary and we remember a man who galvanized a nation of slaves. A nation of people who had been subjugated first by Muslim invaders and later by the British Empire. He led them by travelling all around this huge nation of India. He led them in fasting; he led them in marches. And finally the British gave up the land that they had pillaged of gold, silver and gems for centuries- and left.
    As we remember Gandhiji,may we one day remember the Vaxxed bus tour , and the great people who fought against pharmaceutical tyranny.

  6. I totally get what you’re saying. It is heartbreaking to know that your loved ones “just don’t get it and may never” but they are still our loved ones and yes, I have become more reserved around them. I don’t think we can give up the fight though. We have to persevere and help the ones that are open to helping.

  7. Keep up the fight, we have to get the word out even if one at a time! I am a 57 year old female and also a vaccine injured patient # 2881 on the VAXXED bus (signed in Savannah this past week 09/28/16(and also affected by Gadolinium contrast from 9 MRIs with gadolinium contrast, done in pursuit of a Lyme DIagnosis (Positive for Lyme, Babesia and b.Burgdoferi) Gadolinium deposition disease affects all organs and the skin, deposits in the brain as well!
    Please go to for well researched medical info and join in the fight if you or your children have had these MRIs in the past. It is NOT chelating from our bodies and has NOTHING to do with the fact that some people had kidney disease and some do not (that they know of) I was told to see a psychiatrist to deal with this, that I would NEVER be able to PROVE that Gadolinium did this to me, I invite you to see my FB and Twitter pages!
    If you or your loved ones need testing info, please contact me on FB! HEre’s to better health!

  8. I’m so very inspired by your passion and your grace. It seems there is no more controversial topic today, than vaccine harm. Yet, you risk it all by continuing to inform and inspire. Thank you.

  9. There’s far more than 50,000 of us out there. Add a couple zeros to that and that’s a bit more accurate. The media will never concede to the awareness of this important fight, or other important fights, such as ending needless war. Keep up the fight, exponential growth will take over soon and it cannot be stopped. The only thing we need to fear is how those who hold the ill-gotten power in this world react to the rapid awakening of people. I keep posting information about vaccines, and in recent months, I have several up to a couple dozen people liking or commenting. A year ago, very few if any. Mathematics and truth go hand in hand. Keep it up. Cheers.

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