October 2, 2019 — New York may have a “stay” granted that will “pause” the repeal of the religious exemption to vaccination and allow unvaccinated children back into school. If it is granted, Tens of thousands of children will be allowed back into school for the duration of the legal proceedings. That is a very big deal to these children and their families.
The legal team that has gotten us here – James Mermigis, Kevin Barry and Elizabeth Brehm – needs your financial help. First Freedoms is the non-profit that we can donate to in order to help them continue their fight. Please give whatever amount you can. Right now New York is ground-zero in the fight for Health & Religious Freedom. A financial gift from you to this battle has a spiritual significance to it; even if you can only give $10, please do!
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Here is all of the information you need to donate to this cause, followed by a legal update from John Gilmore.
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First read my update on these court cases here: WE ARE REAL! Update on NY Vaccine Legal Challenges: 9-30-19.
Then read John Gilmore’s update from 10-1-19 in all italics below:
(Lead Attorney James) Mermigis said he was pleased with the hearing (on 9-30-19 in Bath, NY) and that Judge Robert Wiggins said he would be issuing a decision very quickly. Wiggins is a Republican and he has made decisions in the past directly at odds with the preferred outcomes of Gov. Cuomo.
Mermigis also said that the Attorney General has abandoned efforts to have Judge Denise Sher, who is also a Republican, removed from a similar case filed in Nassau County, and that the Attorney General’s office suggested that all the similar cases around the state be unified under Judge Sher once it became known to them that the issue was also going to be heard by Judge Wiggins.
Co-counsel Kevin Barry said the case hinges on two sections of the New York State Constitution, which is older than the US Constitution, Article 1, Section 3, which says, “The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed in this state to all humankind;”. And Article 11, Section 1. “The legislature shall provide for the maintenance and support of a system of free common schools, wherein all the children of this state may be educated.”
Many are concerned that if Judge Wiggins issues a stay on enforcing the law which allow children to return to school, the State would immediately file an appeal with the Fourth Appellate Division seeking to void the stay. Mermigis noted that seven of the eleven Judges in the Fourth Appellate Division were appointed by Republican Governor George Pataki. Party affiliation is significant because the repeal in the legislature was heavily opposed by Republicans and favored by Democrats.
The courtroom (on 9-30-19, in Bath, NY) has fewer than twenty seats for the public, so the vast majority of people were outside in the town square park across the street from the courthouse. There was a large number of Amish and Mennonite people present. The vast majority of children from those communities are not vaccinated and the new law, which was rammed through the legislature by Governor Andrew Cuomo, has entirely shutdown the school systems of those communities.
Law enforcement for the town of Bath and Steuben County closed the street in front of the courthouse to traffic to accommodate the crowd, arranged for portable toilets to be stationed in the park, arranged for several food trucks to open for business, and opened the nearby fairgrounds for fee parking. At a candlelight prayer vigil in the park on Sunday night there was exactly one law enforcement officer and he was holding a candle.