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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Fireworks Alliance?
A: The Fireworks Alliance is a grassroots coalition of hobbyists, professionals, and citizens that seek to preserve and promote the safe and legal use of pyrotechnics in support of fireworks, model rocketry, chemistry, amateur science, and other related disciplines.

Q: What can the Fireworks Alliance do for me?
A: All activities that involve pyrotechnics have been overregulated for many years, despite the fact that a clear majority of citizens are against such regulation. There are calls by dozens of groups to ban the sale of consumer fireworks, and there is an active campaign by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban all of the chemicals that are used to make fireworks and model rocket engines. Federal laws have been enacted that essentially bar high school students from building high power model rockets, and fireworks hobbyists are facing substantial hurdles when attempting to renew ATF permits and other certifications. In addition, there are battles being fought at a State level to heavily regulate or eliminate pyrotechnics in New York, Pennsylvania, and many other jurisdictions. By building a grassroots organization, we can stop the assault on pyrotechnic activities and work together to turn the tide of legislation that continues to dominate our freedom to pursue these intellectual activities.

Q: How much does it cost to join the Fireworks Alliance?
A: Nothing. Just register on the website and you are a member. We need your voice to support our advocacy efforts.

Q: How do I sign up for the Fireworks Alliance?
A: Go to the website at www.fireworksalliance.org and click on the link that says "Register" in the menu on the left side of the page. The first page will ask you to choose a userid and password, and the next page will ask you for your name, address, and contact information. If you know your nine-digit zip code, enter it. Otherwise, the software will try to determine your nine digit zip code based on the address you entered. We need the nine digit zip code to determine which legislators represent you in congress and in your State government. The security information at the bottom of the form is optional -- it allows you to provide information that can be used to identify you over the phone if you ever need to contact us.

After you register, you will be sent a couple of email messages to confirm your email address. If you do not receive these messages immediately, please check your spam filters and make sure email from the Fireworks Alliance is allowed to pass. All email from the Fireworks Alliance will come from the domain name "fireworksalliance.org". If you still do not see the messages, please sign on to the site and verify your email address -- this step makes sure we can contact you when we need you to take action regarding specific issues.

Q: Why do you need to know name and address information for members?
A: This information is used to determine who your elected officials are at a state and federal level. Generally, members of congress will ignore correspondence if it does not come from one of their constituents. By knowing who your elected officials are, we can target correspondence more effectively and improve the effectiveness of our advocacy efforts.

Q: Why do I need to sign-up for the Fireworks Alliance?
A: The strength of our advocacy group is only as strong as the size of our organization. For example, the National Rifle Association is successful because it has over four million members. Environmental groups are successful because they have millions of members. We need a million members of the general public to make sure our voice can be heard in congress. Without a large membership, our efforts will be ignored by regulators.

Q: Who can be a member of the Fireworks Alliance?
A: Anyone can be a member of the Fireworks Alliance, regardless of age, nationality, or interest. The more people that sign up, the more effective we will be as an organization.

Q: I noticed you call your organization the Fireworks Alliance, but you also advocate for model rocketry and science enthusiasts. How does this work?
A: There are a lot of similarities between fireworks, rocketry, and amateur science experimenters. In many jurisdictions, laws that regulate the sale and use of fireworks also restrict the sale and use of rocket components. Chemicals that are used in fireworks are the same chemicals that are used in rocketry and general chemistry experiments. The power of a grassroots advocacy group is determined by the size of the membership base. If we bond together as a group, our ability to advocate our views will be much more powerful than if we separate into different groups.

Q: How does the Fireworks Alliance work?
A: The key to organizing our efforts is enhanced by special computer software that handles our membership, email, and political advocacy functions. The members of the Fireworks Alliance board monitor news, legislation, and legal activity affecting fireworks. When an issue arises, the board formulates a strategy to use to respond to the issue, and then notifies the membership to take action. We may ask you to send a letter to your legislators or to call them on the phone. We may also ask you to send letters to journalists and other media, or we may organize a rally or leaflet campaign. As a member, we will use email to contact you when we need you to take action.

We know that your time is valuable, so we will make it as easy as possible for you to take action on specific issues when ever we can. For example, if we ask you to send correspondence to a legislator, we will ask you to go to the action center on our website to respond. In the action center we will provide a canned letter (which you can modify) that can be sent with the a click of a button. The system will automatically address the letter to the correct person and place your name and address at the bottom -- all you need to do is take thirty seconds to read the action alert and click a button.

In some cases, we may ask you to call your legislators. The action center on our website will provide you with the phone number and a series of talking points. In most cases, a phone call can take three minutes or less to complete, but the impact of that phone call can be significant when a legislative bill is up for a vote in congress.

From time to time, we may ask for volunteers to help us organize an event, to pass out leaflets, or to talk about the Fireworks Alliance to your local club or civic group. The amount you participate is up to you.

Q: What does the Fireworks Alliance need me to do?
A: We need you to read the email that we send you and respond to action alerts by going to the action center on our website. We will provide the URL to get to the action center in the email message. All you need to do is login with your member userid and password, click on the action item in the list of items, and submit the request -- we will do the rest of the work.

The Fireworks Alliance also needs volunteers that want to assume leadership roles in the organization. For example, states that are fighting for specific issues need state captains to champion their cause. We also need people to help us build the size of our membership. We need writers, thinkers, speakers, and others to help us from time to time. If you think you can help us, please send email to .

Q: How will I know when an action alert exists for me to respond to?
A: We will send you an email message to notify you of new action alerts. We also will send out an email newsletter from time to time to keep you informed of our activities and the issues we are facing.

Q: I noticed the Fireworks Alliance does not solicit donations or membership dues. Why is this, and how is your organization financed?
A: The Fireworks Alliance requests that all donations or contributions be sent to the Fireworks Foundation. The Fireworks Alliance is not a 501.3(c) charitable organization, so any donations to the Fireworks Alliance would not be tax deductible. However, the Fireworks Foundation is a charitable organization and it is currently trying to raise money to fight the Consumer Product Safety Commission in court. One way to look at this is that the Fireworks Foundation provides financial support to the cause, while the Fireworks Alliance provides the political muscle.

The Fireworks Alliance is an all volunteer organization. No one on the board of the Fireworks Alliance is paid. Some support has been provided through small grants from the PGI, the Fireworks Foundation, the law firm of Brooke and Mahworr. All of the software, computers, network resources have been donated to the Fireworks Alliance through Dave Stoddard's company, Accelix LLC. We also receive non-financial assistance from industry members that hand out flyers or recommend our organization to potential members.

As our membership continues to grow, we may re-evaluate our method of organization, and the way the organization is financed. Our membership will always be free, but we may consider accepting donations at some point. In the mean time, send all donations to the Fireworks Foundation, not the Fireworks Alliance.

Q: What assurances do I have that the Fireworks Alliance will not abuse the information I give them or give my email address to spammers?
A: As a membership organization, we value each and every member we have. We would never do anything that would compromise the trust of our members or disclose their information to third parties. We have developed a very detailed privacy policy on our website that covers every aspect of the data we collect and how it is used. You can review this policy by clicking here.

Q: Who is on the board of the Fireworks Alliance?
A: This information is provided in the "Board of Directors" link in the menu on the left hand side of our website. You can view this page by clicking here.

Q: What is the difference between the Fireworks Alliance and the Fireworks Foundation?
A: The Fireworks Alliance is a membership-based grassroots political advocacy organization. We are not a charitable organization, and we do we solicit donations or membership dues from members. The Fireworks Foundation is a charitable 501.3(c) organization that solicits donations in order to fund legal challenges against pyrotechnics. By charter, the Fireworks Foundation cannot have members. The Fireworks Foundation is run by a board of five Trustees that are elected to five year terms. You can learn more about the Fireworks Foundation by clicking here.

Q: What is the difference between the Fireworks Alliance and the Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI)?
A: While the Fireworks Alliance and the PGI are both membership-based organizations, the PGI requires annual dues to join. The PGI provides a conference in August of each year to promote fireworks and support the fireworks community. Because the PGI is a paid membership organization, its ability to organize broad grassroots political activity is limited. You can learn more about the PGI by clicking here.

Q: What is the relationship between the Fireworks Alliance and companies that market to the fireworks, rocketry, and science communities?
A: The Fireworks Alliance needs industry to promote the Fireworks Alliance to their customers. The Fireworks Alliance provides a brochure that can be handed out when people make purchases. We do not provide member information to any commercial entities, nor do we endorse any industry groups on our site.

Q: Will the Fireworks Alliance allow me to advertise on their site?
A: No. We do not allow any advertising or promotional links on the website or in any literature.

Q: How do I change my email address?
A: Go to our website and login with your userid and password. In the Member Center on the left-hand side of the page you will see a link titled "Email Addresses". You can add, change, or delete addresses through this link. There is no limit to the number of email addresses you can use for your account.

Q: How do I change my password?
A: Go to our website and login with your userid and password. In the Member Center on the left-hand side of the page you will see a link titled "Change Password". Click on the link and follow the fields on the form. Your password must be a minimum of six characters long.

Q: I have forgotten my userid and/or password. How do find my information to login to the website?
A: Go to the website and click on the Logon link in the menu on the left hand side. Midway down the login page you will find a button labeled "Lost Password". Click on the Lost Password button and enter your first name and email address in the form. Your userid and password will be sent to you via email.

Q: Who do I send email to if I have questions about the Fireworks Alliance?
A: Send your email message to the Fireworks Alliance board at .


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