Medical Freedom Court Battle

Justice for Thorn in New York Court

Medical Exemptions to Vaccination

Ali Hamideh Fighting For Thorn

Calling All #WarriorDads!


February 22, 2020 — Thorn Schwartz is a 12-year-old boy with Autism who has a valid medical exemption to vaccination that his school denied in September of 2019, banning him from public school. However on January 30th, Judge Dan Doyle signed a temporary order honoring Thorn’s medical exemption to vaccination, returning the boy to school. There are two aspects to this case that were argued in court on February 21st, which are:

(1) Will Thorn’s medical exemption to vaccination be permanently accepted by his school?

(2) Will the emergency regulation that came from Governor Cuomo in August of 2019 – that effectively stopped all medical exemptions from being accepted in New York State – be thrown out?

If the emergency ban on medical exemptions – issued by the New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker – is overturned by Judge Doyle, it will open the door for hundreds of disabled students who are currently kicked out of school to be readmitted with their valid medical exemptions to vaccination.

We may know the answer to the above questions within the next two weeks, however sources working very close to the case believe the ruling will likely be dragged out further than that. Judge Doyle has given all the attorneys involved two weeks to submit their written arguments to the court. The Schwartz family is represented by attorney Patricia Finn, who is an expert in the laws surrounding vaccine exemptions in New York State. Find out more about Finn at her website:

There were protests in front of the courthouse during the hearing, which were covered by local media including a local NBC affiliate that has been covering Thorn’s case since September. Watch that coverage at the following hyperlink: Family of child with autism seeks permanent order that he can go back to school with medical vaccine exemption.

(There has been a decent amount of local, upstate New York coverage of this story but I have not seen anything state-wide or national at this point.)

In the local NBC coverage you will see Thorn Schwartz’s father, Carl Schwartz, who happens to be an attorney himself, telling Judge Doyle his son has had a medical exemption to vaccination for years. It wasn’t until August of 2019 when the New York Department of Health decided to change the rules that his son was ripped out of his BOCES public school program. We all know where that change came from – it was an emergency order given to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Commissioner Howard Zucker by Governor Andrew Cuomo himself. The gruesome viciousness of Governor Cuomo’s horrifying attacks on disabled children is so repulsive the words do not exist to adequately describe how despicable Cuomo truly is — #AnyoneButAndrew2022 !!!

The case is effectively two cases rolled in one; one against Thorn’s school and one against the NYSDOH. Ali Hamideh – whose son Ameer recently won a court battle over his medical exemption to vaccination – was at the courthouse on February 21st to show his support for Thorn and his family.

Ali Hamideh – WARRIOR DAD!

Pictured at the top of this report is Ali Hamideh with Thorn Schwartz. Hamideh is not Thorn’s father, but he can identify with Thorn as if he was his very own son. Ali Hamideh went through the same battle to get his own disabled son, Ameer, back in school. When Ameer was finally allowed back into school, Ali posted on Facebook he was so happy that he could finally go back to his normal life.

But he hasn’t returned to his normal life.

After he made that Facebook post Hamideh tossed and turned all night long in bed. He couldn’t sleep. His son was back in school, but what about the 26,000 other children – many of them also disabled children just like his son – who were still segregated and banned from school? The Hamideh family had received so much love and support as they battled in court for their son, Ali felt obligated to give back what he had so freely gotten.

He first got involved in Thorn’s case when Christa Kinsley from Take Action Roc reached out to him after his victory in court. She asked Hamideh to help bring attention and raise awareness to Thorn’s case. Hamideh was honored to help. Besides Thorn’s case, Hamideh has been traveling across the Northeast fighting for Health Freedom, Religious Freedom and Vaccine Choice where ever these precious rights are being threatened – most recently in New Jersey and Connecticut.

Now Hamideh plans to start a WARRIOR DAD GROUP. If you are a father fighting for Health Freedom, Religious Freedom, and/or Vaccine Choice for your family please contact Ali Hamideh to find out how you can be a part of his WARRIOR DAD GROUP.

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Democrats Assault on Disabled Children is Crumbling

Courts Override NY Democrats, Return Vaccine Exempt Children to School

February 1, 2020 — Disabled children in wheelchairs, walkers, with autism and far worse afflictions have been kicked out of all New York schools by the Democrats; thousands of them, because they are exempt from getting vaccinated. The Democrats claim any child with a “valid medical exemption” to vaccination is allowed in school, but today that is not the case.

In August of 2019, Governor Cuomo issued an emergency regulation to deny virtually all medical exemptions to vaccination. The NY courts have now determined – at least twice – that Cuomo’s emergency regulation is in essence illegal. The courts ruled two children with valid medical exemptions must be allowed back in school. Those two children are Ameer Hamideh (pictured above left) and Thorn Schwartz (pictured above right). Ameer is multiply disabled and Thorn is autistic. Ameer has been back in school since November and Thorn returns to school on Monday, February 3rd.

Both children were kicked out of school even though their parents presented valid medical exemptions to vaccination written by their doctors. Both had no choice but to sue the schools that had illegally denied the children their federally guaranteed right to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) (which is guaranteed by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).

In both cases the parents won, and both children are back in school. But thousands of other disabled children right now are at home – in their wheelchairs and walkers; with their assistive technology and communication devises – deprived of special education services and interaction with their peers. In fact the state isn’t even providing their mandated services at their homes in most cases. They have been completely written off. These are the children whose parents can’t afford a lawyer to fight their cases. The courts are now poised to hear arguments as to whether Cuomo’s emergency regulation denying medical exemptions is entirely illegal, and if the regulation needs to be thrown out or amended.

How the hell did New York get to this horrendous place?


This all started when the Democratic majority in Albany repealed the Religious Exemption to vaccination on June 13, 2019. When this happened most Albany Democrats made two gigantic mistakes:

(1) They did not do their due diligence on the matter, and

(2) They did not count on how heartless and ruthless Governor Cuomo was going to be.

You must understand the history of vaccine exemptions in New York to fully appreciate Cuomo’s sick cruelty towards disabled children. In New York it is nearly impossible to get a medical exemption to vaccination that is actually honored. The law here is clear – only a medical doctor can write a medical exemption to vaccination, but the schools still deny them by referring the exemption to the Department of Health where they are almost always killed. Because of this unfair, and illegal structural flaw, for years many doctors have told parents, “Yes, your child will get injured if they get another vaccine; but your only recourse is to go get a Religious Exemption for your child.”

So thousands of children who had valid medical reasons to not be vaccinated received Religious Exemptions (REs) to vaccination because it was their only true option. When the RE was repealed, instead of doing anything to assist these vulnerable children who could not be vaccinated, Cuomo did the opposite. He issued an emergency regulation through Howard Zucker, the Commissioner of the New York Health Department ensuring they would not grant medical exemptions to the thousands of students who needed them because their REs were just made null-and-void by the repeal law. However under New York law the Department of Health (DOH) plays no role in accepting or rejecting a medical exemption to vaccination to begin with. Therefore Cuomo’s new regulation was clearly an over-reach of power: it was attempting to strengthen a power of the DOH that it never legally had!

So now the New York Democrats are the political party who kick disabled children while they are down. This is a bad, bad look for them (to put it nicely). Especially when the Democrats have traditionally been the party that speaks about equal access, universal design for learning for all children, accessibility of transportation, equal employment, and on and on an on…

Now thousands of disabled children are home bound, illegally denied an education because of laws Democrats baked like a cake and a ruthless regulation King Cuomo iced that cake with. I do not think the 2020 election cycle is going to be kind to many incumbent Democrats in New York. We are seeing many Dems being challenged in primaries, as well as many who may lose their seats to Republicans.

Brave Democrats

Not every Democrat fell for Cuomo’s okey-doke. 19 Brave Democrats voted NO to repealing the Religious Exemption to vaccination, and they may be the future of the party. We are seeing many of these Democrats thrive!

Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte who bravely went against party leadership – voting NO to repealing the Religious Exemption to vaccination – has just taken her place as Brooklyn’s new Democratic Party chair. This makes her the first African American woman in New York City to hold the position of Party chair. An excellent piece was written about her in the Amsterdam News by Rev. Dr. Kahli C. Mootoo.

Also in Brooklyn Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright is getting endorsed left-and-right to fill a soon-to-be vacant Senate seat. She too voted NO to repealing the Religious Exemption to vaccination. The outgoing Senator, Velmanette Montgomery – who held the Senate seat for 34 years – has endorsed Assemblywoman Wright to be her successor. Oddly enough Senator Montgomery voted YES to repealing the Religious Exemption to vaccination – twice! She voted YES in the Senate Health Committee, and YES on the floor of the Senate. Less than 7 months later she announces her retirement and gives her endorsement to a rising star in Brooklyn who voted NO to repeal.

Both Bichotte and Wright are African American. New Jersey Assemblyman Jamel Holley is an African American man who stopped the repeal of the Religious Exemption to vaccination in New Jersey. He has swiftly become a national leader on the issue, and has pledged to engage legislators all across the country – including in New York. This makes me think of a quote from Virstyne Henry back in December; she has a theory she likes to call The Once black people find out about it it’s over for them” theory. We may be witnessing this theory becoming a reality right here, right now.

Meanwhile Brad Hoylman, the Big Pharma-loving State Senator who originally sponsored the bill to repeal the Religious Exemption to vaccination, is being challenged by Liz Glass, who has made Vaccine Choice and Health Freedom a centerpiece of her candidacy.

Smart Democrats

Senator Monica Martinez from Suffolk County, Long Island is not falling for Cuomo’s okey-doke either. She sees how horrendous the situation is for her political party as it relates to kicking disabled children while they are down. Because of this she proposed new legislation – bill S7573 – that would protect the medical exemption to vaccination and restores it to the clear intention of the letter of the law: the medical judgment of the child’s physician shall prevail, and his or her decision may not be overridden by school or public health authorities.

It is abundantly clear that there is a huge shift happening in New York politics, as well as a rift in the Democratic party. Leadership is siding with Big Pharma but a growing minority of Democrats see that this unholy marriage is a sinking ship that could cost them their jobs in 2020.


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Interview with Del Bigtree: The Great Harlem Vaccine Debate

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BREAKING NEWS on Vaccine Injured NY Boy Ameer

Has Anyone Debated Del on Vaccines?

Del Loves New York!

Trump & Vaccines


December 6, 2019 — Del Bigtree, CEO of ICAN and producer of the movies VAXXED and VAXXED II, is coming back to New York for The Great Harlem Vaccine Debate on December 15, 2019. Buy your tickets to the debate at the following link:

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Curtis Cost helped connect me with Bigtree for a phone interview that went in many directions; from vaccine debates, to Del’s most memorable trip to New York, to a breaking news update on vaccine injured Ameer from Buffalo, to the coming “REAL ID” and mandatory adult vaccination.

Where to begin…


On November 12th here at The Fed Up Democrat we reported that a temporary restraining order was granted sending a 9-year-old vaccine injured boy named Ameer back to school. I asked Del Bigtree what were the next legal steps to be taken in this case.

“We are going to break this story on The Highwire next week,” said Del Bigtree during our phone interview. “The school board that removed Ameer from school is not going to push back. The temporary restraining order that put Ameer back in school last month is now permanent.”

This sets a firm legal precedent in New York that medical exemptions to vaccination written by doctors cannot be overridden by the Department of Health.

“Unlike other cases that went after health departments, it is actually the schools that enforce the denial of a medical exemption to vaccination. Aaron Siri made a smart tactical move by going after the school. So if in the future a New York school overrides a valid medical exemption written by a doctor lawyers can cite this case as a precedent to return a child back to school.”

Aaron Siri is the attorney who represented Ameer. Del Bigtree and his non-profit ICAN have worked with Siri on many cases, including cases against both federal and state government agencies that related to vaccination. Siri was also involved in lawsuits where Brooklyn residents were fined for refusing to be injected with the MMR vaccine back when Mayor DeBlasio declared a state of emergency forcing the vaccine on every Brooklyn resident in 4 zip codes.

“We helped fund some of the legal work where there were 100 people fined (in Brooklyn for not taking the MMR vaccine) and we were able to win over 90% of those cases,” said Bigtree.

Real Vaccine Debates?

Anyone who follows Del Bigtree knows he always wants to get into real debates over vaccines with anyone who is willing, but has anyone ever accepted the challenge to debate him and his colleagues? Here’s the response I got from Bigtree:

“I showed up for a conversation which was setup to be a debate in Atlanta, Georgia. Six doctors – including neurologists and pediatricians – were going to debate us. Chris Shaw was one of the doctors on my side, so was Dr. Toni Bark and James Lyons-Weiler. We all showed up for the debate but about a week before the event the AMA found out, contacted the other side and made them drop out. We had the debate anyway – we debated 6 empty chairs across from us. I always say yes to debates, but now I’m doubtful the other side will show up because they never do. I hope the other side shows up in Harlem this time.”

There was one time Bigtree was able to debate, unexpectedly, at the state Capitol in Oklahoma:

“I had a debate in Oklahoma once when they had a meeting at the Capitol. The head of their health department spoke to the legislators and answered questions. They asked the health department head a question and his response was not based on the science. When they came to me I said, ‘hold on, can I refute what was just said,’ they said, ‘Yes, this is what this is for.’ That was fantastic! It was the first time I had the vaccine debate in public. Even the head of the health department eventually realized he was out-manned. He said vaccines are safe and effective over and over. I think it was when we discussed the DTaP vaccine and how the pertussis component does not stop transmission, but rather creates asymptomatic carriers of pertussis that are very dangerous especially to newborns: from that moment on he seemed to tap-out of the debate. At times he would lean in to the mic as if he was going to make a statement, but would ultimately just stay quiet and not really answer.”

Even Dr. Stanley Plotkin, the so called “Godfather” of the modern vaccine movement, has admitted the acellular DTaP vaccine allows those vaccinated with it to be carriers of pertussis in their lungs. You can watch Plotkin admit this when he was legally deposed under oath at the following link: (go to 24:30)

Del Loves New York!

Bigtree has been spending a lot of time in New York lately. I asked him what was his favorite or most memorable visit to New York

“That’s hard to say, I met my wife in New York. It’s a favorite place of mine. But I think that the events in the ultra-orthodox Jewish communities in Rockland County and in Brooklyn – at the center of the measles outbreak – were very special. I feel it was historic. Over 1,000 ultra-orthodox Jews were in the room in Rockland. A rabbi said to me this isn’t something they normally do; they don’t bring in a gentile in to educate them. But they greatly appreciated the information I brought and it made them look at things from another perspective. The intensity around the issue made it really special too. What was so unique and frightening was that we were talking about a quarantine at that time. Even the law that just got passed in New York to repeal the religious exemption to vaccination was not as dangerous as that quarantine. The quarantine laws were saying you could not go to the synagogue during Passover if you hadn’t been vaccinated with the MMR.”

Remember that Rockland County Executive Ed Day had banned all unvaccinated children (healthy children!) from being in any public spaces. Thankfully that emergency order was over-turned in court.

Trump & Vaccines

I asked Bigtree what he felt about Trump and his vaccine policies, as we have seen both positive and negative acts by Trump when it comes to vaccination. Here is Bigtree’s extensive response:

“We have got to get over the idea that there is a single president or leader who can help us. This problem, and all of our problems, are because our government leaders are funded by lobbyists and industries we are supposed to be protected from…I personally believe Trump has slowed down the push for a mandated adult vaccination program. It’s clear this thing goes down party lines. Democrats for some reason have decided to make this a platform for their party, which is hard to understand how they are environmentalists on one hand but have no problem forcing known toxins to be injected into everybody.

“But to jump on the other side of this what it shows is that people should be cautious on all sides. Trump represents the possibility that anyone can win the presidency…There are a lot of Latinos, African Americans and members of the LGBT community that believe Trump does not want them in this country. Here’s what’s shocking – many of those same people will support a forced vaccination program that today would be headed by the man they don’t trust; Donald Trump!

“I want to be very clear about this: We should’ve learned from Nazi Germany that we don’t want our government injecting us with products or performing medical procedures that we do not agree with. I think we all know it’s possible that a ‘bad actor’ could become the president of this country; as I already said some think Trump is that bad actor. And it is the president that determines health policy in this country; the president picks the head of the CDC, HHS, NIH, FDA and EPA.

“Imagine a bad actor that doesn’t like a certain race or lifestyle-choice who gets into a position to target that group through medical means. The vaccine issue only opens the door to a far more insidious problem we are facing with Big Pharma having captured our regulatory agencies.”


“I think we are in a position now where we are on the precipice of losing informed consent altogether. It’s not about just the children any longer, it’s about all of humanity. The adult vaccine mandates are coming,” said Bigtree. “The ‘REAL ID’ is moving towards becoming mandatory in America by October of 2020, which will maintain all types of data about a person that could include your vaccination records. We will see in America what happened in Argentina recently, where you can’t get a drivers license, a marriage license, etc… unless you are up to date on all of your vaccines.”

Age of Autism recently reported that the European Union is planning on making a vaccine ID attached to the European passport by 2022. In New York there are behind the scenes discussions in Albany over mandatory vaccination of all teachers and educators. The world is also moving towards assigning a Universal Digital Identity (UDI) to every man, woman and child that will be needed to buy food, travel, utilize government services, see a doctor, access moneys and so on. Just like the REAL ID a UDI would have the capability of holding your entire medical history on it, including vaccination records.

I couldn’t agree more with Bigtree – the danger that is in front of us is for every American and every human being on planet earth. The battle for #HealthFreedom is about way more than whether or not our children can attend public school.


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Tim Kennedy Runs from Father of Disabled Boy Ameer

November 23, 2019 — When Ali Hamideh came to a public event held by New York State Senator Tim Kennedy to discuss why he voted to repeal the religious exemption to vaccination, Kennedy ran out the back door.

Tim Kennedy voted to kick disabled students out of public school on June 13, 2019. Ali Hamideh had to fight in court to get his disabled son Ameer readmitted to school with a valid medical exemption to vaccination. This was a major court victory that high-ranking New York Democrats and the medical industrial complex did not want to see happen. But it did happen.

Kennedy is a coward, plain and simple.

The Senator used to work as an Occupational Therapist. That is someone who works on fine motor skills with disabled children. He used to work with disabled children to help them learn how to improve the use of their bodies. Now he works to kick them out of school. Tim Kennedy is a disgraceful human being and I am not surprised at all that he would sneak out the back door of an event he invited the public to – like the weasel he is – rather than face the father of a vaccine injured disabled child.

Watch Ali Hamideh describe what the almost-encounter with Senator Kennedy was like.

And read my blog post from July 14th on the insincerity, the cowardice and the corruption of Senator Tim Kennedy:

Tim Kennedy Kicks Disabled Children Out of Public School


I keep making this point, but I feel it is absolutely necessary to continue to bring up. There has been no mainstream news coverage of Ameer’s victory in court outside of one extremely tiny report in a local Buffalo ABC affiliate. That small report took a full week to come out, was only 356 words, contained some inaccurate information and was not picked up by any other mainstream news outlet on planet earth. When news of this story first broke in October it was national news, but once Ameer won and was put back into school all you hear is crickets…

Even Associated Press Black’s Out Ameer Vaccine Victory in NY

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:

Disabled Vaccine Injured 9 Year Old Boy Back In School, and

Media Blackout For Vax Injured Disabled Child’s Court Victory

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.

Media Blackout For Vax Injured Disabled Child’s Court Victory

“There’s Something Really Wrong Here”

November 15, 2019 — Ameer’s court case was a national story, until he won.

The court has granted a temporary restraining order that has placed the disabled boy back in school and the media has been completely silent that this happened. Ameer is a disabled vaccine injured child whose doctor granted him a valid medical exemption to vaccination, however the Department of Health (DOH) said the exemption was invalid so he was kicked out of school

Ameer’s parents sued the school, but the school didn’t show up!

In New York the law is clear that a medical exemption can be written by a doctor, and the doctor is the only person empowered with granting such an exemption. That exemption is then given to the school, and that is supposed to be the end of the process. However after the New York Democrats and Governor Cuomo repealed the religious exemption to vaccination, Cuomo directed his health officials to make it far more difficult to obtain a medical exemption to vaccination. He did this assuming that those who formerly had religious exemptions would make attempts to get medical exemptions (that’s a whole other story we will address at another time…)

Ameer was a fully vaccinated child, but after he had an adverse reaction to his last DTaP, his life-long neurologist wrote a valid medical exemption for him. When that was presented to the school they forwarded it to the DOH which was the agency that then denied the exemption. The DOH said it is the school’s decision, but New York schools *never* go against a DOH recommendation.

So Ameer’s parents sued the school. The school did not show up to court, and Ameer’s father, Ali Hamedi, believes the school wanted Ameer back but was too intimidated by the State and the DOH to make that decision on their own – they needed the court to order it.

As it was becoming clear that Ameer had an open and shut, slam dunk case, the judge ordered that the doctor who granted the medical exemption to vaccination sign an affidavit stating the signature on the medical exemption was actually his signature. This is an extremely bizarre request. Del Bigtree and ICAN were recording Ali Hamedi and his family throughout the court process, but at this point they decided to cut the cameras as it appeared it may have a negative impact on the court’s decision.

Ali called Ameer’s neurologist asking him to sign the affidavit and the doctor – so confused by the request – said no. Ali does not hold anything against the doctor, as it is highly likely any doctor would say no to such a bizarre request. Ali was heartbroken, however it was not long after this happened that Ali’s lawyer, Aaron Siri, received an email from the doctor with the signed affidavit attached. Now there was no reason for the court to deny Ameer access to school, and thus, Ameer is back in school today.

You can listen to Ali Hamedi recount what happened here:

After Ali was interviewed, Del Bigtree went in front of his own camera and stated the following:

I will tell you my experience today and watching how the courts were dealing with this issue; and watching the hoops having to be jumped through lawyers don’t normally see in any other case in the world. Doctor’s being forced to sign a signature to their own signature. This is just a bizarre world we are living in right now. And it’s extremely distressing that in every department of our government…nothing is acting or working the way it’s supposed to work. This is not how our system is designed. This vaccine issue is putting everything on tilt. There’s something really wrong here.