Mothers Against Illegal Aliens mad with MADD

Washington Times:

Michelle Dallacroce was hopping mad when she received a letter from Mothers Against Drunk Driving demanding she change the name of her organization, Mothers Against Illegal Aliens.

"I couldn't believe it," Mrs. Dallacroce said. "I don't know who would be confused by this. We don't even have the same acronym."

Mrs. Dallacroce, president of the Phoenix-based advocacy group, received a certified letter Oct. 10 stating that MADD owns the rights to the name "Mothers Against" and giving her 10 days to stop using it.

"While we do not oppose the name of your organization as a whole, we cannot permit the term 'Mothers Against' to be used in such a manner since it creates a likelihood of confusion to the public as to any affiliation with Mothers Against Drunk Driving," the letter stated. "MADD cannot be associated with your organization and the use of 'Mothers Against' gives a strong implication of a relationship with MADD."

Mrs. Dallacroce fired back with a terse reply: "No!"

An official from MADD could not be reached for comment.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of organizations that use the name "Mothers Against," including Mothers Against War, Mothers Against Cancer, Mothers Against Guns and Mothers Against Medical Error.

Why MADD would single out MAIA isn't clear, although Mrs. Dallacroce has her own theory. She contends that MADD fears running afoul of immigration advocacy groups, and at least one MADD official agrees with her.

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The MADD "trademark" may have been waived by the groups failure to object to the other uses of "Mothers Against." The objection, to the extent it is valid can probably be dealt with by using an asterisk at the end of MAIA* with a small note below disavowing any connection with MADD. However, if they choose to change the name of their organization I have a suggestion I think is even better than the one they have now--Citizens Against Illegal Immigration. It makes their case even stronger against their main concern and I don't think the CIA will object to the CAIA. The discovery process alone would probably discourage them.

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