CORRUPT CPS STILL TRYING TO KEEP LAW ENFORCEMENT OUT OF THE LOOP
Madison, Wisconsin – The State Senate on Tuesday passed two bills backed by Attorney General Brad Schimel aimed at protecting child abuse victims.
One of the bills grants an advocate to victims of sexual assault, human trafficking or child abuse and another creates a new felony crime for engaging in repeated acts of child abuse. Under current law, different acts of child abuse must be prosecuted separately.
The bills were introduced in October as part of a package that included two other bills that have drawn broader opposition, including a resolution opposing them by the Dane County Board.
Those bills, which broaden the definition of child neglect and expand reporting requirements to law enforcement for child abuse and neglect, passed committee on party lines, but have not been scheduled for a full Senate vote. Opponents worry they will disproportionately affect low-income minorities and widen disparities in the criminal justice system.
Jason Mugnaini, an aide to Sen. Rob Cowles, who authored the bills, said the senator remains hopeful the other two will pass this session.
With fewer jobs available than at any other time in the 20th and 21st Centuries it is only a matter of time before the average American Lemming awakens to the fact that the biggest non-issue at this point in time is WE THE PEOPLE.
At a time when the average American Family could have benefitted from lower prices, instead we are forced to bear witness to more frivolous, out-of-control spending, sending the National Debt higher and higher by the second, just to pay for one non-issue.
What can’t be covered-up for long is the ever so obvious COLLUSION necessary to cover the Climate Change trail of lies, while so many happy little American LEMMINGS rode on the bandwagon to the tune of their crying hero playing his fiddle, as Rome burned.
Little did we know that the tears of COLLUSION that could be traced back to under the tables of Insurance Providers, on to under the tables of the Pharmaceutical Companies, and at some point coming to rest under the AMA’s table; would be found while following the quickening pace forward again, as the happy little American LEMMINGS ran faster and faster to catch sight of their glorious now-crying hero as he fiddled louder and louder…. for he had finally found the CROCODILE TEARS TUNE.
The good part of it all is that very little COLLUSION is needed to add a bunch of numbers from totally irrelevant categories to make the Gun Violence Non-Issue into a make-believe issue.
How do I know this???? I am a farm boy, so a laughing wolf isn’t hard to spot even when he is wearing a crying wolf’s clothing while playing a fiddle…. BUT, I CARE, so I know how many suicides there are, and it is very easy to spot a number that is a fabrication made of at the very least 65% suicides. But then I know that Law Enforcement numbers have to be added too.
SO, before the little happy LEMMINGS start to drown in the great flood of 2016, as the crocodile tears rush to the swelling waters of the oceans already overflowing from the NON-CLIMATE CHANGE, here are some very real numbers which apparently mean nothing to the crying hero playing his fiddle, as Rome burns.
2,000,000 Runaways last year.
1 in 6 Runaways will fall into the hands of Child Sex Traffickers.
333,340 Child Runaways fell into the hands of Child Sex Traffickers in 2015 and were raped, then forced into Child Sexual Slavery.
11 to 14 is the average age of Child Sex Slaves.
3 to 7 years is the average life span of a Child Sex Slave (found dead from attack, abuse, HIV and other STD’s, malnutrition, overdose or suicide).
10,000,000 Children and Young People 13 years of age to 24 will contract at least one or more STI or STD this year alone.
35% of teens ages 14 to 19 have Human Papillomavirus.
3,200,000 adolescent females are infected with at least one or more STI or STD.
25% or more of new HIV diagnoses are young people age 13 to 24.
Over 47,000 prescription drug overdose deaths in 2014.
7 deaths a day related to alcohol use.
At least 9 and more probably 13 Child Deaths daily from Child Abuse.
78,000,000 Babies murdered to date, while many were under-the-table abortions performed on 11 to 13-year-old Child Sex Slaves in Our Country.
Teacher says Bureau of Child Welfare ignored pleas for help
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – A FOX6 Investigation has found that kids with disabilities are dying in Wisconsin from abuse and neglect, despite repeated calls to child protective services.
It’s a frustration shared by many who work to keep kids safe, including mandated reporters like teachers.
“I feel like I failed so much because I don’t view my job as a teacher — I view my job as also protecting them because they are disabled,” says April Eckdahl, a special education teacher in Milwaukee.
Eckdahl says she’s watched the child welfare system in Milwaukee County fail kids in her classroom.
“They need an advocate and I just feel really powerless even though I have done everything I can do. It makes me really, really worried about all those kids,” Eckdahl said.
A FOX6 review of state records shows 15 disabled kids have died in Wisconsin in the last five years, even though there were repeated reports of abuse and neglect to county welfare agencies. Nine other disabled kids were seriously injured, despite repeated calls to child welfare agencies.
Our research got the attention of Disability Rights Wisconsin.
“Until something bad happened, nothing was done,” says Lisa Pugh, public policy director for Disability Rights Wisconsin.
A boy with autism drowned while his mom got high. A toddler with cerebral palsy overdosed on morphine. A blind, paralyzed six-year-old was left in a scalding hot bath. A little girl starved, locked in the basement.
These families had previously been reported to CPS — sometimes dozens of times. When FOX6 took a closer look we noticed most of them had one thing in common. The victims, children with disabilities, couldn’t talk or had a hard time communicating. When that happened, investigations would stall, or be shut down altogether.
“If they can’t have the kid, the student tell them — literally say out loud what is going on, they just close it,” Eckdahl says.
Eckdahl says she spent an entire school year trying to get the Milwaukee County Bureau of Child Welfare to help one of her students with autism. kids Before she became a teacher, she was a social worker.
“She is being sexually abused and nobody is helping her,” Eckdahl said.
In the classroom, her eight-year-old student used Barbie dolls to tell her teacher what was happening at home.
“She turned Barbie over and put Ken on top of Barbie,” Eckdahl says.
Then the student said, “and then boyfriend lays down next to me and says, ‘I’m sorry.'”
Eckdahl says it was the worst thing she’s ever heard.
“It’s classic manipulation. Like, ‘I’m sorry. I’m going to do it again later, but I’m sorry right now,'” she says.
Eckdahl says she reported suspected sexual abuse and neglect at least 15 times. When caseworkers would come out to the school, though, nothing would happen.
“It took me a long time to build that relationship with her. They are not going to tell some random person that they just met. They need to build a rapport with someone,” Eckdahl said.
She says children with autism will often have a lot of anxiety. They will repeat themselves and change the subject to avoid talking about traumatic or uncomfortable topics. That’s why, Eckdahl says, specialists should be brought in to interview these kids after allegations are reported.
After reviewing FOX6’s research, Disability Rights Wisconsin officials saw a pattern.
“It appears that clearly there’s no one in the room or required to be part of that investigative process that would have any level of expertise in communicating with a child with a disability that has difficulty communicating,” Pugh said.
It’s an issue that’s now getting the attention of lawmakers in Madison.
“There’s been a number of situations in which we’ve had children die in this state. We’ve had a number of situations in which children continue to be abused. So we have to make some changes,” says Ismael Ozanne, the Dane County district attorney.
One of those proposed changes comes with the Justice for Children package.
“The need for this legislation is now,” Ozanne says.
The Justice for Children package is a series of bills, supported by Attorney General Brad Schimel, aimed at making Wisconsin kids safer.
“Many cases involving children with special needs indicate repeated calls to child protective services and in one fatal case there were more than 20 calls,” Pugh testified.
While the legislation doesn’t specifically focus on kids with disabilities, if passed, it would require Child Protective Services to get police involved every time abuse or neglect is reported.
“We are asking human services to actually share information with law enforcement and the prosecution,” Ozanne says.
Remember the girl with autism in Brookfield, forced to live in her basement? Her family was reported to county child welfare agencies 40 times in eight years. It wasn’t until a concerned citizen called police directly that she was removed from her home.
In Dane County, another teenage girl with disabilities was helpless and suffering.
“We found that child had been in the basement for six years.
That child had been malnourished to the point of having her physical growth permanently stunted,” Ozanne said.
Her family was reported to the Dane County Department of Health and Human Services eight times, but nothing was done until police got involved after the girl was found wandering the streets.
“That is a problem,” Ozanne says.
Eckdahl agrees. She says when she walked her student to her bus at the end of the school day she felt helpless.
“I feel like I am sending her right back to be abused,” Eckdahl said.
Eckdahl made a trip to Madison to advocate for her former student, whom, she says, is still not safe.
“This was a little girl with autism,” she told lawmakers. “And she was trying to do the best she can to articulate to us, the people that she trusts, what’s going on with her.”
She told lawmakers what she’s been trying to tell the Milwaukee Bureau of Child Welfare for a year.
“I don’t think I should have to be worried when I put her on the bus. I don’t think I should have to be calling 15 times and then still have a case shut. Their jobs were made to help and protect kids,” Eckdahl said.
Disability Rights Wisconsin has initiated an investigation to see if the Milwaukee Bureau of Child Welfare followed proper protocol when investigating the teacher’s reports.
The organization also hopes to craft new legislation, to be introduced next year, that would specifically address the investigative process used in Wisconsin when victims of abuse and neglect are children with disabilities.
On this day in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addresses Congress in an effort to move the nation away from a foreign policy of neutrality.
The president had watched with increasing anxiety as European nations struggled and fell to Hitler’s fascist regime and was intent on rallying public support for the United States to take a stronger interventionist role.
In his address to the 77th Congress, Roosevelt stated that the need of the moment is that our actions and our policy should be devoted primarily–almost exclusively–to meeting the foreign peril. For all our domestic problems are now a part of the great emergency.
Roosevelt insisted that people in all nations of the world shared Americans’ entitlement to four freedoms: the freedom of speech and expression, the freedom to worship God in his own way, freedom from want and freedom from fear.
After Roosevelt’s death and the end of World War II, his widow Eleanor often referred to the four freedoms when advocating for passage of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Mrs. Roosevelt participated in the drafting of that declaration, which was adopted by the United Nations in 1948.
We are scared. Many have lost crops. The heavy metals released from the mine spill is very toxic to babies and Elders and anyone who has health problems. My well is capped, I destroyed my small garden, and moved my horses….
SHIPROCK, NM – Rows of dried corn stalks stand in front of Earl and Cheryle Yazzie’s home. On a portion of land where melons grew, a pair of puppies sniffed, then nudged ruined fruit.
Months after the Gold King Mine spill, the couple, like many farmers in San Juan County, continues to worry about the future of their farm.
On Aug. 5, the spill released millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a tributary of the Animas River.
The mustard yellow plume flowed through the Animas into the San Juan River, which flows through the northern region of the Navajo Nation. The Yazzie residence is about a mile north of the river that they have used to irrigate their crops.
“This was an eye opener for everybody,” Earl Yazzie said about the spill and subsequent actions by government officials and residents in response to the spill.
On a recent Wednesday, Yazzie said he wants to see testing results from federal and tribal entities before he decides to again irrigate his farm with San Juan River water.
Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accepted responsibility for the spill, he said, the agency should be supplying a clean water source and start testing the soil on farms.
The toxic spill received nationwide attention and, as The Daily Times reported on Sept. 9, environmental activist and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich visited the farm while touring the Navajo Nation.
During the visit, Brockovich listened to the Yazzies as they talked about efforts to save their crops and why they opposed resuming irrigation with the suspect river water.
Cheryle Yazzie said she remains angry and disappointed by the response of government officials, especially since it seems no one “can do anything.”
“A lot of people, I think, don’t understand the real casualties, the effects of this. Sure, it’s not going to happen this instant, but we’ll see it in a few years,” she said.
At the time of Brockovich’s visit, officials had set up a water tank to irrigate a section of the Yazzie farm. When asked if that effort helped the crops, Earl Yazzie said it helped, but the crops did not mature.
“The whole field was lost. Our crops were a loss. It really affected me,” Yazzie said.
Cheryle Yazzie recalled previous seasons when people would visit the farm to buy produce. The couple estimates they suffered a financial loss of more than $10,000.
Earl Yazzie is a lifelong resident of this town and grew up on a farm, learning how to work the ground from his parents and grandparents.
“To see this actually happening, it made me think about things. I thought, `This is going to destroy our farm life,’” he said.
When asked if they will be planting crops during the upcoming season, Cheryle Yazzie said she is opposed to that if the river water is going to be the source of irrigation for the crops.
“We don’t want that water on our land,” she said, adding she remains proud of the Shiprock residents who opposed reopening the irrigation canal that delivers river water to the farms.
The answer is not as easy for Earl Yazzie, who said he would have to evaluate the situation in the spring. He reiterated the need for testing.
An effort by federal lawmakers to address the spill came on Dec. 18 when New Mexico”s Democratic U.S. senators, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-Santa Fe, included a provision to support monitoring efforts in the end-of-year appropriations bill before Congress. That provision directs the EPA to coordinate with states and tribes impacted by the spill to develop a plan for independent monitoring, according to a joint press release from the lawmakers.
It also directs the EPA to provide support for the monitoring efforts of states and tribes.
Udall said in a press release that the provision will help hold the EPA accountable and ensure it keeps its commitment to prioritizing transparency in water quality monitoring.
“If a situation like a flash flood or thunderstorm were to cause contamination in the water once again, we need the EPA making determinations and giving prompt warnings to impacted communities based on the best scientific advice,” Udall said.
Luján was pleased that the provision was included.
“There are serious concerns about the effects that this spill will have on our communities in the months and years to come, and it is critical that there is a coordinated effort to conduct long-term monitoring of the Animas River,” Luján said in the release.
Heinrich acknowledged that families deserve to be compensated for damages incurred because of the spill, and he said he will continue to work on overhauling federal hard rock mining and abandoned mine policies. Mining interests have successfully blocked efforts to update the Mining Act of 1872, which allows mining companies to obtain claims for a small investment and does not require companies to clean up inactive or abandoned mines.
EPA officials and an agency contractor, using taxpayer dollars, were working to clean up the Gold King Mine when they caused the spill.