First I want to note how important it is to have local news media that are actually located in the cities and towns they cover. Today the only time we see real, important MSM coverage of the most critical issues is when it comes from local network affiliates and those stories rarely get picked up nationally or syndicated. A perfect example of this is the Bronx boy who was illegally vaccinated with the HPV vaccine by a nurse in a Bronx, NY school without parental consent or knowledge. That was reported by BRONX12 News and no other MSM outlet.
Secondly I want to further emphasize that even though WKBW in Buffalo, NY has covered Ameer’s victory still not one other mainstream news outlet has picked up the story. Ameer’s case made national news headlines, but once he wins the media is silent. It should be noted WKBW got some major facts of Ameer’s case wrong. They called Ameer “unvaccinated” when he has only missed 1 DTaP shot due to his current medical exemption. However sloppy coverage is better than no coverage at all. Nowadays we gotta take what we can get…
November 16, 2019 — The Associated Press ran the ICAN press release on November 13, 2019, through the paid PR Newswire service. The report stated that a New York court granted a temporary restraining order allowing a disabled, vaccine injured boy named Ameer back into school. Read extensive details of the court’s decision and what transpired at the following reports:
However the Associated Press (AP) did not run any reporting of their own on these facts. This is odd considering that the AP has been reporting on the Ameer case since it made national news last month.
How does the AP not realize that this is historic news of a court order by a sitting New York judge? It looks really bad upon their credibility to completely ignore a ruling in a case that garnered national media attention especially when AP had been covering the story! Every MSM outlet in the country, and on the planet, has ignored it, even the Associated Press; the oldest news organization in the United States of America;
The media blackout on Ameer winning in court and being allowed back into school in New York is fascinating, frightening and alarming. A vein in the beast was sliced with this recent victory – not quite an artery, but a vein – and the beast is temporarily hiding its wound as it plots it’s next move against the populace.
The elites are very angry that Ameer is back in school.
***Update 11-13-2019 — 24 hours after this historic courtroom decision, not a single news organization has picked up the story. The *only* coverage of this came from P&T® Community, who provides information to pharmacy and therapeutics committee members; however even that was quickly pulled off of the internet.
November 12, 2019 — God bless Del Bigtree and the ICAN Network! Thanks to their legal efforts a temporary restraining order has been granted sending a 9-year-old vaccine injured boy named Ameer back to school. This is important for at least 3 major reasons
Ameer is a human being who deserves to be treated with dignity and respect; and he deserves an education.
This proves that in New York the law is clear – only doctors can write medical exemptions to vaccination, the Department of Health cannot override the doctor’s expert opinion.
This opens the doors for other medically fragile children who were kicked out of public school to have a pathway back in.
Thank god there is a judge in New York who brought a little bit of justice to this disabled, injured 9-year-old boy and his family. This is a much needed victory for Health Freedom and Vaccine Choice Advocates in New York. Below is the complete press release from ICAN and Del Bigtree: (below that is a youtube video of Del Bigtree and Ameer’s father)
New York Judge Re-Admits Expelled Disabled Student Missing Single Vaccination, According To Informed Consent Action Network
BUFFALO, N.Y., Nov. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — A New York State court granted a temporary restraining order today, re-admitting disabled student Ameer Hamideh to school at the CHC Learning Center here, according to Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) which supported Ameer’s case.
Nine-year old Ameer became an unwilling national story when he was expelled from school at CHC in October because he lacked a single mandatory vaccine for school attendance.
Ameer has numerous neurological impairments, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and a seizure disorder. He has received all vaccinations required to attend school, with the exception of a fifth dose of a pertussis (whooping cough) Tdap vaccine.
Ameer was expelled even after his life-long treating pediatric neurologist submitted a medical exemption to the school. He was expelled because the New York State Department of Health opined that the medical exemption should be denied.
Because of Ameer’s previous severe reaction to the DTaP vaccine—most recently a grand mal seizure that sent him, uncontrollably screaming, to the hospital—his parents Ali and Orooba Hamideh followed the advice of Ameer’s physician to not give him an additional dose.
ICAN took up the family’s cause and turned its team of attorneys to the case, which pointed out—among other things—New York state law allows any doctor to provide a valid medical exemption, and does not provide the Department of Health the authority to overrule that exemption.
“This is so satisfying because of what it means for the Hamideh family,” says Del Bigtree, founder and CEO of non-profit ICAN. “The State thought they could steamroll the Hamideh family. Their bureaucratic decision regarding Ameer’s medical treatment, made without ever even talking to his doctor, could have seriously injured him.”
Ali and Orooba Hamideh appeared on the October 24th episode of ICAN’s weekly online fact-based medical and health news show “The HighWire with Del Bigtree,” which streams Thursdays at 11am PST on https://thehighwire.com/, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter (@HighWireTalk).
The below youtube video is of Del Bigtree interviewing Ameer’s father after the temporary restraining order was granted: In this video I learned for the first time that Ameer’s lawyer is the legendary Aaron Siri; the same lawyer who deposed Stanley Plotkin for 9 hours.
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!
(Please note that none of these financial donations come to The Fed Up Democrat. Everything I do and write is 100% for free. I do this solely out of love and passion for the critical issues of Health Freedom, Religious Freedom, Vaccine Choice and Bodily Autonomy.)
Here is all of the information you need to donate to this cause, followed by a legal update from John Gilmore.
There are two ways to donate:
(1) Donations can be made online via PayPal (www.paypal.me/firstfreedomsinc) and Venmo (@First-Freedoms) or by check to First Freedoms, PO Box 1816, NY, NY 10113-1816
(2) Marilyn McDermott and Melissa Chios are hosting a wine and cheese party at the McDermott’s home, in Cold Spring Harbor on Thursday, October 3rd at 6pm to support First Freedoms and the New York lawsuits. Please RSVP to Marilyn McDermott at email@example.com or at 917-328-6437. $500 minimum donation to attend. If you have someone you would like to attend, please contact me.
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.
September 30, 2019 — I spoke to a mom – and a dear friend – who was in Bath, NY today for the hearing where oral arguments were presented to stop the repeal of the religious exemption to vaccination. Approximately 1,000 people showed up. A candlelight vigil was held last night of about 200 people. The above picture shows perhaps the most prolific sign of the event – WE ARE REAL!
Very few people were allowed in the tiny courtroom today – some said 20 people at most were present. The judge who heard the case is a small-town conservative judge, which may help us get a fair hearing of our side of the case. The attorneys reported that the judge said there will be a decision made “very soon.”
It appears the strategy of Attorneys Elizabeth Brehm, Kevin Barry & Jim Mermigis is to file in multiple jurisdictions. A similar case was also filed in Nassau County as well as Suffolk County. They are able to do this because the plaintiffs in the case come from multiple jurisdictions. The judge who was going to hear the case in Nassau County was appointed by Republican Governor George Pataki. The New York Attorney General’s Office was fighting to get that judge removed from the case. However, when they found out they had to go to small town Bath, NY, I am sure the AG would have much preferred to be back in Nassau County Court; Pataki appointee and all.
Remember these lawsuits are separate from the case filed in Albany, NY by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Michael Sussman funded by Children’s Health Defense. The most notable difference is that the case filed in Albany is making federal claims while these cases only makes state-based arguments. The RFK Jr. case has the potential to rise all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. The cases in Bath and Nassau County do not, as they only make New York state-based claims.
The below in all italics comes from Rita Palma, who was present today in Bath, NY:
Some notes from the preliminary injunction hearing on the lawsuit that challenges the repeal of the religious exemption in New York State:
(1) The judge said he will come to a decision ‘very quickly’.
(2) (Attorney) Jim Mermigis felt that the AG’s office did not fight back hard. Their arguments, they say, speak for themselves.
(4) At one point, the AG’s office brought up the fact that the kids were already kicked out of school so where is the irreparabile harm? It already happened, Jim was quick to point out that everyday a child is kicked out of school it is harm to them. The stenographer was cringing as Jim spoke and the judge seem startled as well.
(5) The oral arguments took about an hour. About a thousand people showed up. Please stay tuned for more public information about additional suits as they are filed and it is appropriate to share the information.
There is a case in Nassau County, NY challenging the repeal of the religious exemption to vaccination and the judge hearing the case was appointed by former Republican Governor George Pataki. The Attorney General of New York, Democrat Letitia James, is attempting to have the judge removed from the case.
I wonder why?!
Add to it that New York Department of Health officials are claiming Nassau County now has new measles cases. Read the press release below from John Gilmore for more details on a PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY:
Join us Monday, September 23rd, 10:30 am,
Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building
1550 Franklin Ave, Mineola
To demand FACTS behind the claims of measles in Nassau County and demand JUSTICE for parents challenging the repeal of the religious exemption.
Nassau County suddenly reports there are two measles cases in the county after the Attorney General tried to change the Judge in the Mermigis/Barry lawsuit to challenge the repeal of the religious exemption. But where are the facts behind the reports? Doesn’t the Dept. of Health think the public has a right to know all the FACTS/ DETAILS about these cases?
What tests did the Nassau County Department take to determine these measles cases?
What types are they?
Are these vaccine-strain measles?
Are they from vaccine failure? Did the cases appear because others are shedding the live virus from the vaccine itself?
Are they exotic strains?
Where are these cases and do these people LIVE in Nassau County?
Are these cases being quarantined?
Why is the Attorney General Leticia James trying to challenge and change the judge in the Mermigis/Barry lawsuit that challenges the repeal of the religious exemption? Manipulation, anyone?
PLEASE JOIN US! Encourage the media to get the facts behind the fear. If we show up, they care. SIGNS: DEMAND JUSTICE! DEMAND SCIENCE! HEALTHY KIDS BELONG IN SCHOOL (we are getting VERY good feedback on this message
September 17, 2019 — Those who follow this blog no there is a *2nd* lawsuit against the repeal of the religious exemption to vaccination and we are still waiting to see if if a preliminary injunction will be granted in this case. This case was filed in Nassau County, NY. The RFK lawsuit filed in Albany had its preliminary injunction denied (but is still moving forward). Attorney Jim Mermigis gives a brief update below and, based on his comment about “multiple jurisdictions,” it sounds like a 3rd lawsuit is moving forward in Suffolk County, NY. Mermigis’s comments are followed by a comment from Rita Palma:
INFO FROM Attorney JIM MERMIGIS:
I know this is an extremely stressful and sad week for everyone. Please keep the faith. We have cases in multiple jurisdictions and as soon as we have something concrete, we will let you know. I will NOT comment on any lawsuits at this time because commenting could be detrimental to our cases.
Do NOT comply! Please stay true to your religious beliefs!
COMMENTS FROM Rita Palma:
IF THE INJUNCTION IS GRANTED AND ANY PARENT MUST RE-APPLY FOR A RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION, I WILL SEND YOU THE HANDBOOK/ EXEMPTION PACKET (N/C) I PUT TOGETHER ALONG WITH FAQs ABOUT HOW TO FOLLOW THE LAW AND PROMISE ANY HELP THAT I CAN OFFER YOU. PLEASE BE PATIENT- KEEP YOUR KIDS HOME FOR A LITTLE WHILE IF YOU MUST UNTIL THE COURT CASES MOVE FORWARD. YOU WILL NEVER BE SORRY YOU WERE PATIENT AND YOU WILL BE GLAD FOREVER THAT YOU HELD TO YOUR CONVICTIONS.