Shannon Watts, Everytown For Gun Safety: UPDATE: Loaded Gun Found In Target Toy Aisle.


 

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UPDATE: Loaded Gun Found In Target Toy Aisle.

 

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This is horrifying: According to multiple news outlets, a Target employee found a loaded handgun in the toy aisle of a store in South Carolina.

 

When you’re shopping at Target, you shouldn’t have to worry about someone parading around with a semiautomatic rifle, or whether your kid is going to find a loaded handgun while looking at toys.

 

More than 115,000 people have already signed the petition to Target asking for gun sense policies to protect customers and employees from gun violence — and over the next two days volunteers are going to be delivering these petitions all across the country.

 

Target’s paying attention. Can you sign the petition right now so we can include it when we deliver signatures to Target offices and stores?

 

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Click here to automatically sign the petition and we’ll hand deliver it to Target offices and stores in the next two days:

TARGET, please issue gun sense policies to keep your customers and employees safe from the risk of gun violence by protecting against people openly carrying weapons in your stores.

 

The problem is that in the majority of states, virtually anyone can openly carry loaded weapons without any permits, training or background checks. That means it’s up to companies like Target to do the right thing and issue gun sense policies for their stores.

 

We’re making a huge impact. Moms and other supporters are taking over social media to ask Target to protect its customers, and our petition has been covered by media all over the world, including the Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and CNBC.

 

Automatically sign the petition asking Target to create gun sense policies that ask their customers to leave their guns at home. We’ll deliver your petition signature along with more than 115,000 others tomorrow and Tuesday.

 

Thanks for standing with us,

 

Shannon Watts
Founder
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

 

Everytown for Gun Safety is a movement of Americans fighting for common-sense gun policies. We are moms, mayors, survivors, and concerned citizens.

 

Thanks! Take the next step:

Members of Moms Demand Action will deliver this petition in person to Target. Please spread the word about the petition on social media.

 

Gun extremists armed with semiautomatic rifles have walked into Target locations around the country, weapons out and loaded, making sure customers saw their guns.

 

It’s often legal to do this, because many states have weak laws that allow people to openly carry around loaded weapons without any permits, training, or background checks. That means it’s up to companies themselves to protect their customers when the law won’t. Yet according to the Wall Street Journal, Target doesn’t have any policies to stop people from carrying weapons in its stores:

 

Target, which boasts on its website that between 80% and 90% of its customers are women, has no restrictions on customers carrying guns in its stores.

 

Chipotle, Starbucks, Chili’s, Sonic Drive-In, and Jack in the Box have already responded to petitions from moms and other gun sense supporters asking the stores not to allow guns. Now it’s up to Target to protect families who shop in its stores.

 

Sign the petition to automatically send a message to Target’s CEO asking him to create gun sense policies to protect customers in its stores.

 

Dear @Target, it’s not OK to allow people to openly carry guns in your stores! #OffTarget https://act.everytown.org/act/target-petition. Via @Everytown

 

 

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Gov. Nikki Haley: Pass “Sierra’s Law” To End Teen Dating Violence In South Carolina.


 

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Gov. Nikki Haley: Pass “Sierra’s Law” to End Teen Dating Violence in South Carolina.

 

By Robert (Bobby) & Jessica Landry

Lancaster, South Carolina

 

Our daughter was murdered, – There’s a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it:

 

Please read & sign this petition…..

 

Our daughter Sierra Landry was killed by her abusive ex-boyfriend. An Order of Protection could have saved her life, but according to South Carolina law, she was too young to get one. We’re asking the South Carolina legislature to create “Sierra’s Law,” which would allow people under 18 to get Orders of Protection from abusive partners.

 

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Sierra was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Tanner Crolley, 18, from Lancaster, SC. The whole relationship was toxic from the beginning.  Crolley was controlling, physically/mentally abusive and very manipulative. Every time Sierra left Crolley he would find a way to stalk and harass her. He would continually call her phone, leave messages on Facebook making her feel like everything was her fault, and ride by our home over and over again.

 

In loving memory of Sierra Landry

 

Published on Jan 14, 2014

She was so full of life and her life was tragically taken to soon… Gone but forgotten, until we meet again luv, please watch over us. Love and miss you.

 

 

Sierra finally decided she had enough. We were so relieved and so excited that Sierra had ended the relationship she had with Crolley. We were planning a new path in life as a family and for her. But Crolley began calling our home, cussing at us, threatening us, and demanding to speak with Sierra. He would drive by our home every day. No matter where Sierra went, it seemed Crolley was there or not far behind. Sierra would tell Crolley to leave her alone and that they were over, but Crolley would never take “NO” for an answer.

 

On Monday, December 30, 2013, Crolley told her “If you can’t love me, you will not love anyone!” and shot her in the face and left her to die in a stranger’s yard. We not only lost our daughter, but a lost a piece of us as well.

 

According to Breakthecycle.org, South Carolina has some of the weakest laws about teen dating violence in the U.S. – reports give us the grade of “F”. South Carolina laws exclude those under the age of 18 who are in dating relationships from accessing Orders for Protection (OP)s, which can save the lives of dating and domestic violence victims.

 

Sierra’s Law would make the following important changes:

 

Orders of Protection would be available to minors 16 years of age and older without parental or guardian consent, however parents or guardian will be notified within a 24 hour period; minors under the age of 16 are allowed to obtain an OP with parental or guardian consent. This applies to all people in dating relationships, including same-sex couples

 

Abusers with a history of domestic violence will be placed on a registry for publication and acknowledgement to the community and state.

 

Abusers of teen dating violence will not be eligible for pre trial intervention or combined with any other charges.

 

Include Teen Dating Violence Awareness as a part of the sexual education program schools offer.

 

Please, join us in fighting for Sierra’s Law to make sure what happened to Sierra never happens to another young person in South Carolina.

 

Sign Robert and Jessica’s Petition, Please.

 

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Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s PBS Documentary ‘The African Americans’


 

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Published on Oct 3, 2013

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Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking new six-part series premiering Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 8-9 p.m. ET on PBS and airing six consecutive Tuesdays through November 26, 2013 (check local listings). For more, visit: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-ameri…

 

 

 

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Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. investigates the life of a slave known only as Priscilla. She was purchased as just a young girl at a slave auction in South Carolina by a rice planter, Elias Ball. She arrived on Ball’s South Carolina rice plantation in 1756, alone, without family. A third of South Carolina’s slaves died within a year of their arrival. Nearly two-thirds of all children were dead before they turned 16. Priscilla beat the odds. For more, visit: http://www.pbs.org/manyrivers/ The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross airs on PBS on October 22, 2013, 8-9 pm ET

 

 

 

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“The Age of Slavery” premieres on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 8/7c on PBS. For more, visit: http://www.pbs.org/manyrivers Many stakeholders in the South and North benefited from the cotton economy that fueled slavery’s expansion. The cotton economy increased the number of slaves in America and led to cotton plantations spreading west across the Deep South to Texas. This created the second largest forced migration in America’s history, as African Americans were uprooted from the Upper South to the Deep South.

 

 

 

PBS Documentary Charts Five Centuries Of African American History

 

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NEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) — Slavery in the United States was once a roaring success whose wounds still afflict the country today.

 

So says Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who examines both its success and shame in “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” his new PBS documentary series that traces 500 years of black history.

 

“Slavery is a perfect example of why we need limits on the more unfortunate aspects of human nature,” he says. “Slavery was capitalism gone berserk.”

 

The horrifically profitable practice of slavery and the brutal inhumanity of Jim Crow loom large in “The African Americans” (premiering Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT; check local listings), which, through its six hours, performs a neat trick: Its reach extends far beyond American shores, venturing through the Caribbean region and all the way to Africa, while deftly folding this sprawl of black history into the larger American story that, too often, has kept the role of black America shunted to the margins.

 

Slavery — “the supreme hypocrisy” — was always an essential ingredient of the American experiment. White America always drew heavily on the labor, culture and traditions of blacks while denying them due credit in exchange, not to mention their human rights.

 

The father of our country was one of its largest slave owners, even as one of his slaves, Harry Washington, understandably fled to join a British regiment and fight against the patriots.

 

“Because of the profound disconnect between principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and the simultaneous practice of slavery, we’ve had historical amnesia about slavery,” Gates was saying in a recent interview. “We still see the effects, and feel them.”

 

Even the site for the nation’s capital city — Washington, D.C. — was chosen to accommodate the mighty bloc of Southern slave owners.

 

And the series also notes that, among too many other cruel paradoxes, slaves cut the stone and laid the bricks for the U.S. Capitol.

 

“The African Americans” doesn’t fall prey to white scapegoating. For instance, Africans practiced slavery long before white Europeans cashed in, and Gates journeys to Sierra Leone, where he visits with Africans whose forebears profited from it.

 

Gates — an author, Harvard scholar, social critic and filmmaker — is more interested in recognizing and discovering oft-neglected pieces of the American puzzle.

 

The series starts with what Gates deems a downright scoop. It turns out the very first African to come to North America was a free man accompanying Spanish explorers who arrived in Florida in 1513. This was more than a century before the first 20 African slaves were brought to the British colony of Jamestown by pirates who traded them for food.

 

Thus does his series roll the clock back 106 years to a largely unknown starting point in African-American history.

 

From there, it covers slavery, the Civil War, the Jim Crow era and the rise of civil rights. It concludes on a high note, exactly 500 years from where it began, with the second inauguration of Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president.

 

Even so, Gates says he didn’t want to sound a false note of triumph: “By nature, I’m an optimist, but we end the series with the message, ‘This is the best of times, the worst of times.'”

 

Worst? He points out many dismaying facts. A disproportionate number of black men are imprisoned today. A huge percentage of black children are born out of wedlock to single mothers.

 

And it’s no secret that, while a winning number of Americans cheered on Obama, many others disdain the idea of a black man in the White House, a mindset Gates sees as yet another legacy of slavery and the racism it perpetuated.

 

One possible solution — and one mission for his series — is to bring the big picture to the nation’s schools, where Gates hopes to place “The African Americans” as part of a permanent curriculum.

 

“If we start with first grade, in 12 years we’ll have the whole school re-educated about the real nature of American history,” he says. “The series is designed to inspire black people about the nobility of our tradition in this country, and to inspire ALL people about the nobility of that struggle.

 

“If we confront the excesses and sins of the past,” he says, “it will help us understand where we are today.”

 

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The introspective, six-part, six-hour series, hosted by the Harvard scholar, social critic and filmmaker, examines the trials and tribulations of African-American history, charting the course of five centuries.

 

During episode one titled “The Black Atlantic,” Gates explored the earliest documentation of enslaved and free Africans arriving on American shores.

 

And as expected, many are commending the docu-series for its in-depth storytelling;

Everyone (you hope) knows that slavery existed at least as long ago as Ancient Egypt. Many are also aware that black Africans helped the white slave traders who arrived on their shores. But Episode 1 (“The Black Atlantic: 1500-1800”) delves deeper — in Sierra Leone, the Temne people would sell the Loko people, so they didn’t see it as turning against their own — and points out that Europeans invented the idea that skin color determined who was and was not enslavable. As Mr. Gates observes, “the dehumanization of an entire race” takes a while. — The New York Times

 

Gates’ documentary remains faithful to the familiar template of African American history we learn in school. But by adding the less familiar facts and figures of history to the story, he gives us a much broader perspective. — The Washington Times

 

Chapter one, “The Black Atlantic,” races through the 300-year history of the slave trade. Part two covers the 19th century up to the start of the Civil War, and so on, with the final chapter beginning in 1968 — the year Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated — and carrying through the present, and how the election of the first African-American president hasn’t resolved long-simmering racial tensions. — Variety

Besides its all-inclusive historical sweep — from the first African to set foot in the New World to the first African American to occupy the White House — what distinguishes Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s new series, “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” from many previous documentaries on the black experience is … Henry Louis Gates Jr. — Los Angeles Times

Gates intends the series to help teach race in what he considers to be an utterly ineffective school system; he’s quick to cite studies indicating that black history is not being taught well in schools. –Salon

 

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Moms Demand Action: Updates


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Moms Demand Action Launches October Domestic Gun Violence Awareness Campaign

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Grassroots Movement Partners with Violence Policy Center to Release Gun-Related Domestic Violence Report; Study Finds Nine American Women Shot to Death Each Week by Husband or Intimate Partner.

 

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In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America today launched a domestic gun violence awareness campaign to push for stronger policies surrounding domestic violence and gun ownership. The campaign includes state-specific press events on Oct. 19, a week of action including in-district meetings with key members of Congress, an email and phone outreach program, and a social media project.

 

In addition, Moms Demand Action is partnering with the Violence Policy Center (VPC) to promote its report, When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data, released Sept. 25, 2013, which lists the top 10 states with the highest rates of females murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2011. Based on data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s unpublished “Supplementary Homicide Report,” the top 10 states (from one to 10) are: South Carolina, Alaska, Oklahoma, Delaware, Arizona, Tennessee, Idaho, West Virginia, Louisiana and New Mexico.

 

According to the new report:

  • Firearms—especially handguns—were the most common weapon used by males to murder females in 2011.
  • Of the females killed with a firearm, nearly two-thirds were murdered by male intimates.
  • The number of females shot and killed by their husband or intimate acquaintance (489 victims) was more than five times higher than the total number murdered by male strangers using all weapons combined (92 victims) in single victim/single offender incidents in 2011.

 

“We are asking Congress to protect women from domestic abusers by immediately enacting common-sense reforms that will help keep guns out of dangerous hands,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “It is far too easy for an abuser or someone with a domestic violence conviction to get his hands on a gun without a background check. We urgently need better policies that protect women and their families from this senseless violence. No American, adult or child, should live in a perpetual state of fear. It’s inhumane.”

 

“Nine women each week are shot to death by their husband or intimate partner. That’s nearly 500 domestic gun violence deaths each year – more than twice the number of servicewomen killed in military conflicts since the Korean War,” Watts said.

 

Moms Demand Action is asking for:

  • Members of the House to co-sponsor H.R. 1565, the King/Thompson bill, which would extend background checks to private and online sales of firearms.
  • The Senate to bring the Manchin/Toomey bill back to the Senate floor and pass it. This legislation would also expand the background check system and close loopholes that would help keep guns out of dangerous hands.
  • Both chambers to commit to working on and supporting legislation to protect abused women, like S. 1290, the “Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2013;” H.R. 2648, the “Keeping Guns from High Risk Individuals Act;” H.R. 1914, the “Preventing Victims of Stalking Act of 2013;” and, H.R. 1177, the “Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act.”

 

“The sad reality is that women are nearly always murdered by someone they know,” said VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand. “We need new policies in place from local communities to the federal government to protect women from harm.”

 

As part of the domestic gun violence awareness campaign, Moms Demand Action is encouraging moms to create and decorate a number “9” to represent the nine women who lose their lives each week to domestic gun violence. The “9” will be sent electronically and delivered in-person to members of Congress.

 

In addition, Moms Demand Action is sponsoring a “Week of Action” beginning Monday, Oct. 14, during which members will have in-district meetings with members of Congress, as well as coordinated days of action, include email, phone and social media campaigns. The week will culminate with press conferences on Saturday, Oct. 19, in Arizona, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas – three of these four states appear on VPC’s top 10 list, with South Carolina ranked at number one.

 

Moms Demand Action is asking women nationwide to participate in the week of action with the following daily activities:

 

Monday, Oct. 14: Call your members of Congress and tell them to support expanded background checks and other common-sense legislation. Ask eight friends to call, too, for a total of nine calls.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Join Our Thunderclap: A thunderclap, is a coordinated message that spreads across social media. Moms who sign up by Tuesday will be part of the thunderclap that launches the following day during our Twitter time window, spreading the message that we demand action to prevent domestic gun violence.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 16: Tweet from 1 to 3 p.m.: Tweet facts about domestic gun violence. Moms can use our Fast Tweet page to send pre-formatted, customizable tweets to members of Congress.

 

Thursday, Oct. 17: Email Congress: Tell your legislators to enact common-sense reforms to prevent domestic gun violence. Use our email tool to reach all of your members of Congress in one click.

 

Friday, Oct. 18: Post Photos of “9” for the Nine: Create a number “9” and post photos of it to Facebook—on your own page, and your Congress members’ pages—and send them to photos@momsdemandaction.org. Tweet and Instagram the photos using the hashtags #Savethe9 and #momsdemandaction. Here are instructions for creating the “9.”

 

Read the full press release

Moms Demand Action | October 1, 2013
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New Law Allows Concealed Carry Guns Inside Restaurants and Bars
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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America North Carolina chapter is asking diners to talk to restaurant managers about the state’s new gun law and to only patronize restaurants that prohibit concealed weapons.

 

The new state law allows individuals with a valid concealed carry permit to bring concealed weapons into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. However, owners of these businesses are legally allowed to post signs that forbid concealed weapons or all weapons. The law goes into effect today.

 

“Not one person I’ve spoken to, including customers, has thought that bringing loaded weapons near alcohol is a good idea, including several concealed carry permit holders,” said Haldeman. “Restaurants and bars shouldn’t expose their employees or customers to a potentially dangerous situation involving guns and alcohol. As moms, we don’t want to put our families in these situations.”

 

Currently, North Carolina gun laws DO NOT:

  • Require gun dealers to conduct a background check if a firearm purchaser presents a state permit to purchase or possess firearms that meets certain conditions, exempting the state from the federal background check requirement;
  • Provide local law enforcement with discretion to deny a license to carry firearms;
  • Require more than 8 hours of training to receive a concealed carry license;
  • License or significantly regulate firearms dealers; or
  • Regulate ammunition sales.

 

North Carolina members of Moms Demand Action have been making in-person visits to several hundred restaurants in the Triangle, Triad, Charlotte, and Wilmington areas since the bill became law this past summer. The grassroots movement is asking all North Carolinians to have similar conversations wherever they dine in the state, and to eat only at restaurants that protect the safety of staff and patrons by prohibiting weapons. The group has also created the North Carolina Moms Safe Dining Pledge in reaction to the law that took effect today, members can sign at http://www.credomobilize.com/p/NCGunFree.

 

Recently, Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz announced in an open letter that customers are no longer welcome to bring firearms into stores nation-wide. Similarly, restaurant owners should understand that they have a choice to not allow firearms on their property. Moms Demand Action will offer window seals to any interested North Carolina business that states: “NO FIREARMS ALLOWED.”

 

“We’ve found during our canvassing that very few restaurants have even heard of this new law,” said Kaaren Haldeman, leader of the Moms Demand Action North Carolina chapter.

 

Haldeman and her group cite recent cases in which concealed carry permit-holders have posed a danger in public places. For example, in August, a Wake Forest mother was shot with her own concealed handgun in a Staples store when her toddler reached into the mother’s purse and fired it.

 

“We ask all the time about guns when our kids go on play dates,” said Haldeman. “Now North Carolina moms need raise our voices and let the restaurants we visit know that we don’t wish to eat in establishments that allow loaded concealed firearms.”

 

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The Maryland Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America supports the Maryland Firearms Safety Act of 2013, which goes into effect today. The new legislation includes a requirement for all handgun purchasers to acquire a license and a fingerprint-based background check; a ban on the sale of assault weapons and gun magazines with more than 10 bullets; new penalties for the use of cop-killing bullets; and, the ability of the state police to regulate gun dealers. The Maryland Chapter of Moms Demand Action resolutely advocated for the passage of this law.

 

“Requiring handgun purchasers to submit to a fingerprint-based background check system will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. And, as mothers, we feel safer in a community where military-grade weapons and gun magazines with more than ten bullets can no longer be sold,” said Jenifer Pauliukonis, Moms Demand Action Maryland Chapter Leader. “The new law will make for safer schools, safer homes, and safer communities.”

 

“However, as proud as we are of what we’ve been able to accomplish in Maryland, we know that because each state regulates guns differently, we are only truly as safe as the weakest gun laws in the country,” said Pauliukonis “That’s why we are committed to continue our push for comprehensive reform of our national gun laws. And, because mothers across the country are now more acutely aware of the gun violence epidemic, ultimately those changes will come.”

 

Moms Demand Action believes Maryland’s new finger-print based background check should serve as a national model.

 

“We are calling on all members of the House of Representatives to show the same display of bravery as the majority of the Maryland legislature and co-sign the King-Thompson background check bill (HR 1565),” said Pauliukonis . “While this federal bill is not as far-reaching as the Maryland law, it would create solid foundation for national gun reform and help close huge loopholes in the current system. Our children and families deserve a safer future.”

 

Read the full press release

Moms Demand Action | October 1, 2013
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Baby Veronica Brown, Keep Her Home With Her Dad.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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From SAVE VERONICA.org:

 

On Dec. 31, 2011, Veronica was removed from her home in Charleston, South Carolina where she was a happy, thriving 2 1/2 year old little girl. The reason for her removal? The misapplication of the controversial Indian Child Welfare Act. Veronica is a multiracial child, predominantly Hispanic and Caucasian and approximately 1 percent Cherokee. Her birth father, who would have otherwise had no rights under state law, used this federal law to block Veronica’s adoption.

 

Veronica was removed from her family, friends and community without any transition period. She was home one day and gone the next. Immediately following her abrupt transfer, a groundswell of supporters surrounded Veronica and her adoptive family – a grassroots campaign named Save Veronica was born with a mission to ensure Veronica was returned back to her rightful parents, the parents chosen for her by her birth mother. Her family and birth mother have not been allowed to see or speak to her in 19 months.

 

More than 30,000 courageous individuals came together to stand up for Veronica’s rights –we became her voice. Despite the odds, after months of raising awareness and standing behind Veronica, her birth mother and her adoptive family, Veronica’s case found its way to the steps of the United States Supreme Court on April 17, 2013.

 

On June 25, 2013, on behalf of the court, Justice Samuel Alito issued a ruling confirming that, just as we had said all along, theIndian Child Welfare Act did not apply to Veronica’s adoption and reversed the South Carolina Supreme Court’s prior order. Despite the odds, we had won at the U.S. Supreme Court! Moreover, Justice Alito expeditiously remanded the case back to the state Supreme Court, a rare occurrence that has happened only twice in the last 15 years.

 

Upon receipt of their orders from the U.S. Supreme Court, the South Carolina Supreme Court ordered that Veronica’s adoption be finalized and she be returned to her family and home in Charleston. Chief Justice Jean Toal reiterated the court’s ruling by denying all petitions for a rehearing, sending the case immediately to Charleston County Family Court to determine a transition plan centered around Veronica’s best interests. Finally, on July 31, the family court presented Matt and Melanie with their adoption decree and ordered a thoughtful transition plan.

 

We are so grateful that the U.S. Supreme Court, S.C. Supreme Court and Charleston County Family Court agree Veronica should be allowed to come home to her family. Let them find it in their hearts to return her in a way that respects her needs, despite their feelings of loss.”

 

Save Veronica has made great progress in helping bring Veronica home. The reality is she’s not home yet. Now that Matt and Melanie are officially Veronica’s parents, we ask everyone to please pray for a healthy, safe return – a return that is sensitive to Veronica’s needs. Keep everyone involved in your thoughts in the coming days as we look forward to seeing Veronica reunited with her family, friends and community.

 

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STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEYS – 8/11/13 (re: arrest warrant for Dusten Brown)

 

 

RESPONSE TO CHEROKEE NATION’S STATEMENT – 8/10/13 (re: arrest warrant for Dusten Brown)

 

 

Indian Child Welfare Act  For breaking news and updates on this case, follow Save Veronica Rose on Facebook.

 

 

The following post contains articles from CNNThe Raw StoryCBS News, & The Daily Mail UK.

 

The commentary/opinions are fully my own.

 

Lets start with why a caucasian couple thinks they have a right to a child of The Cherokee Nation over her biological father? An Iraqi War Veteran no less?

 

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From The Raw Story:

 

Native American rights in play while Iraq vet fights for 3-year-old daughter

 

By David Ferguson

 

An Iraq War veteran who says he mistakenly signed away his parental rights is trying to keep custody of his 3-year-old daughter.According to CBS News, Army National Guardsman Dusten Brown believed that he was signing over custody to his daughter’s mother when he sent a text message and signed a parental rights agreement on his way to Iraq in 2009.

 

Instead, both he and the mother lost all custody rights and the baby girl was taken home from the hospital for adoption by a South Carolina couple named Matt and Melanie Capobianco. When Brown found out about the adoption, he invoked the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, a law designed to keep Native American families from being separated by the government. Brown is of Native American descent, a member of the Cherokee Nation.

 

“That’s my daughter. I’m not wanting to abandon her,” he told CBS. “I want to be right there along the whole time, watch her grow up, make her decisions and everything. Never once did I want to just give her away.”

 

Now baby Veronica is living with Brown and his wife in Oklahoma. For two years, she lived with the Capobiancos until a South Carolina court awarded Brown custody of his daughter in 2011.

 

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled five-to-four that the 1978 law does not apply in this case. Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the Court’s decision that Brown “abandoned the Indian child before birth and never had custody of the child.”

 

Brown told CBS, “I mean, they could think what they want, say what they want. But I never abandoned my child.”

 

The Supreme Court has handed the case back to a South Carolina court to rule on. For now, Veronica’s fate hangs in the balance between staying with her father or going back to the couple who raised her for two years.

 

Thank you The Raw Story.

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Veronica‘ dad released from custody after turning self in

 

Published on Aug 12, 2013

The biological father of a young girl in the middle of a bitter custody dispute with the child’s adoptive parents was taken into custody by local authorities in Oklahoma on Monday morning after turning himself in.Iraq war veteran Dusten Brown was wanted for failing to show up to transfer custody of his 3-year-old daughter, Veronica, back to her adoptive parents within 72 hours as ordered by the court.Brown was taken into custody by the Cherokee Nation marshals service on Monday morning and released at 11:11 a.m. local time on a $10,000 “fugitive from justice” bond.

 

The baby’s whereabouts remain unconfirmed.A five-day transition had been planned to help the child, known as “baby Veronica,” adjust to the transfer back to her adoptive parents Matt and Melanie Capobiancos in South Carolina, but “nobody showed,” Matt Capobianco told TODAY on Aug. 9.

 

The Capobiancos raised Veronica for the first two years of her life before a South Carolina court awarded custody to Brown in 2011, citing a federal law that seeks to keep Native American children with their birth parents. The Capobiancos fought to regain custody all the way to the Supreme Court, which overthrew the South Carolina court’s decision earlier this month by ruling that the federal statute did not apply in this case.

 

 

 

 

 

Why Adopted People Support Baby Veronica Brown living with her Father Dusten

 

 

 

New round in custody battle over ‘Baby Veronica’ CBS News

 

Published on Jul 23, 2013

(CBS News) NEW YORK — Dusten Brown has raised his biological daughter, 3-year-old Veronica, for the past year and a half. We met Veronica and Brown outside Tulsa, Okla., earlier this month.
Everybody just needs to realize that she’s happy. She’s very happy here with us,” Brown told us at the time.

 

Brown surrendered his parental rights before Veronica was born. Her unmarried biological mother then gave permission for her to be adopted by Matt and Melanie Capobianco.

 

The Capobiancos raised her for the first two years of her life, but Brown objected to the adoption. A Cherokee Indian, he cited a federal law protecting Native American children from being separated from their families and tribes.

 

“The only people that could really give you the – your history of your ancestors is your family,” Brown said.

 

 

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From CBS News:

“Baby Veronica” adoptive parents Matt, Melanie Capobianco seek deal over custody

 

AP/ August 14, 2013 Updated at 5:36 p.m. ET

 

TULSA, OKLA. A South Carolina couple seeking to adopt a young Cherokee girl took their fight to Oklahoma on Wednesday, hoping to visit the child who previously lived with them for 27 months and seek a compromise with her biological family that would return Veronica to their home.

 

Matt and Melanie Capobianco believe they have done everything necessary to regain custody of the girl, who is about to turn 4. The U.S. Supreme Court said in June that provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act, which would favor the girl’s father, didn’t apply in the case, and a South Carolina court awarded the couple custody on July 31.

 

The ongoing dispute has raised questions about jurisdictions, tribal sovereignty and the federal law meant to help keep Native American tribes together.

 

“We made the trip to Oklahoma to get our daughter,” Matt Capobianco said at a news conference in downtown Tulsa on Wednesday. “Veronica will be coming home, but if there is going to be some thoughtful solution that continues to involve all who love her, then this is the time.”

 

The girl, under a Cherokee Nation court order, has been with the family of Dusten Brown, her biological father. The tribe’s chief urged patience.

 

“The Capobiancos have requested the Cherokee Nation and Dusten Brown to follow the South Carolina court’s order, but they forget that Dusten Brown has the same rights to have his arguments heard before our Oklahoma courts and Cherokee Nation Tribal Court,” Chief Bill John Baker said. “The Cherokee people throughout time have stood our ground and for the rights of our people, and this is no different. We will continue to stand by Dusten and his biological daughter, Veronica, and for what is right.”

 

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin urged the families to get together and talk — eventhreatening Brown with extradition to South Carolina on a charge of custodial interference if he was “unwilling to cooperate.”

 

Veronica was born in late 2009. Brown initially did not press his parental rights — the girl’s mother is not Native American — but when he discovered Veronica was going to be adopted, he objected and said the ICWA favored the girl living with him and growing up learning tribal traditions.

 

The Capobiancos and their supporters said Wednesday a compromise is in order.

 

“We don’t seek victory. What we seek is peace for our daughter,” Melanie Capobianco said.

 

Troy Dunn, a family representative, said he was willing to meet with Brown to discuss arrangements.

 

“Only one side has been deemed the rightful parents,” Troy Dunn said at the family’s news conference. “Possession is not nine-tenths of the law.”

 

A handful of protesters shouted “Keep Veronica home” and “You’re trying to break laws in Oklahoma” at the Capobiancos as they emerged from a hotel after meeting with reporters. Some held signs reading “Keep Veronica Home” and others that were written in the Cherokee language.

 

Under the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Cherokee Nation has a vested interest in the child and, if invoked at the right time, the law allows the tribe to take over the adoption proceedings. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that South Carolina courts should decide who gets to adopt Veronica, rejecting earlier decisions in South Carolina that said the federal Indian Child Welfare Act favored her father.

 

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has written to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin seeking Brown’s extradition after he was charged with custodial interference after missing a court hearing this month. Fallin initially said she would consider the warrant next month, after Brown’s expected Oklahoma court appearance, but on Wednesday she tried to use the extradition papers as leverage in an effort to get the families talking.

 

A first step would appear to be setting up a meeting between the Capobiancos and Veronica.

 

“Mr. and Mrs. Capobianco deserve an opportunity to meet with their adopted daughter. They also deserve the chance to meet with Mr. Brown and put an end to this conflict,” Fallin said.

 

The Oklahoma governor urged a quick resolution and said, “If Mr. Brown is unwilling to cooperate with these reasonable expectations, then I will be forced to expedite his extradition request and let the issue be settled in court.”

 

Fallin did not set a deadline. The Capobiancos said they didn’t know how long they planned to stay in Oklahoma.

 

Dunn said he would meet with Brown anywhere, anytime to develop a plan to raise the child.

 

“There is but one solution which takes Veronica’s short-term and long-term needs into account: compromise,” Dunn said.

 

Thank you CBS News.

 

 

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From CNN:

Birth father arrested in ‘Baby Veronica’ adoption fight

 

By Melissa Gray, CNN August 13, 2013

 

(CNN) – The biological father of a Native American child was arrested Monday after defying a court order to return the girl to her adoptive parents, the latest development in a four-year case that has spanned state lines and tested an unusual federal law.

 

Matt and Melanie Capobianco, a white couple from South Carolina, legally adopted Veronica at birth in September 2009. When Veronica’s father, Cherokee Nation member Dusten Brown, learned of her adoption a few months later, he asserted his custody rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act, setting off a lengthy legal fight.

 

A family court judge ruled in Brown’s favor in late 2011, and he took his daughter back. The Capobiancos have fought ever since to have Veronica returned.

 

Timeline of ‘Baby Veronica’ adoption case

 

The case has bounced from family court to the U.S. Supreme Court and back again. After South Carolina’s Supreme Court ruled last month to allow the Capobiancos’ adoption to be finalized, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene, thus giving the ultimate go-ahead for the Charleston couple to regain custody of Veronica.

 

The girl’s transition back to the Capobiancos was supposed to begin last week. Brown, however, never showed up with his daughter.

 

A family court judge in South Carolina ordered the girl to be handed over immediately, saying she was being “unlawfully withheld from her lawful parents.” The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Brown on Friday for interfering with custody.

 

Brown was arrested Monday in his home state of Oklahoma after turning himself in. He posted a $10,000 bond, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and Amanda Clinton, spokeswoman for the Cherokee Nation District Court.

 

Justices refuse again to intervene in adoption dispute

 

It wasn’t clear Monday evening, however, where Brown or his daughter were.

 

Melanie Capobianco told reporters that Veronica is being “illegally held against the wishes of her parents and the courts,” and she pleaded for her daughter’s return.

 

“With every passing hour, we fear more and more for her safety and well-being,” she said. “If anything should happen to our daughter while she’s being left in the hands of those who hold her captive from us, the responsibility will be shared by many.”

 

She added, “We pray that those who are holding Veronica will do the right thing and send Veronica home to us, please.”

 

Charleston County authorities said they are in touch with Oklahoma officials about extraditing Brown “as well as pursuing all available options in locating Baby Veronica.”

 

Brown told CNN’s Randi Kaye over the weekend that he is willing to go to jail for his daughter.

 

“I’m going to fight till I have no fight left in me and till they say you can’t fight no more,” Brown said. “This is my daughter. It’s not a yo-yo that I can just say, hey, I borrowed it for two years and here’s it back.”

 

Brown claims the Indian Child Welfare Act allows him to have parental custody of Veronica over the Capobiancos. The Supreme Court, however, ruled that Brown could not rely on the act for relief because he did not have legal or physical custody of Veronica at the time of the adoption proceedings, which the birth mother initiated without his knowledge.

 

Brown, who was not married to Veronica’s non-Indian mother when she was conceived, signed a legal document agreeing to put the girl up for adoption and relinquishing his parental rights in exchange for not paying child support.

 

His attorneys say Brown did not understand the extent of the waiver and that the mother never indicated she intended unilaterally to give Veronica up for adoption.

 

CNN’s Marlena Baldacci, Christine Theodoru, Mayra Cuevas, Joe Sutton, Randi Kaye and Bill Mears contributed to this report.

 

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From  DAILY MAIL:

 

This is my daughter, it isn’t a yoyo’: Baby Veronica’s biological father defiantly refuses to return her to pleading adoptive parents

 

  • Melanie and Matt Capobianco of James Island, S.C., have been trying to adopt Veronica since her birth in 2009; they raised the girl for two years
  • Brown has had custody of his daughter since 2011, but the Capobiancos recently won her back
  • The adoptive parents now say the girl has been kidnapped

 

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

 

The father of the three-year-old Cherokee girl at the center of a tug-of-war dispute turned himself in to authorities on Monday but refused extradition to South Carolina.

 

That’s where Veronica’s adoptive parents Matt and Melanie Capobianco live and where state authorities have finalized Veronica’s adoption and charged Brown with ‘custodial interference’ for refusing to turn over the girl.

 

‘This is my daughter,’ Brown said, according to Anderson Cooper 360. ‘It isn’t a yoyo I borrowed for two years.’

 

Dusten Brown  with his daughter Veronica on Monday

Dusten Brown with his daughter Veronica on Monday

 

Brown posted $10,000 bond and was released at 11am Monday, according to Oklahoma’s Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Brown, a member of the Cherokee Nation, was charged over the weekend with custodial interference after failing to appear at a court-ordered meeting in South Carolina.

 

He’s now refused extradition without a governor’s warrant from South Carolina.

 

Brown’s lawyer, Robert Nigh, said his client is caught between competing jurisdictions and is ‘making every effort to do the right thing for himself and his daughter.’ Nigh refused to say where Brown is currently. He’s due in court again in 30 days.

 

The James Island, South Carolina parents, meanwhile, have been trying to adopt Veronica since her birth in 2009. after which they raised the girl for two years.

 

But Brown has had custody of his daughter since 2011, when South Carolina’s Supreme Court ruled that a 1978 federal law written to ensure Native American children stay with Native American parents gave him preference over the Capobiancos.

 

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the law does not apply in this case because the biological father never had custody of Veronica and abandoned her before birth.

 

Veronica is in the care of her paternal grandparents and Dusten Brown’s wife, Robin Brown.

 

Earlier Monday, the Capobiancos called on federal law enforcement to help them bring the child to South Carolina, saying they’ll take the matter into their own hands if necessary.

 

‘Send someone to the location our daughter is being held and work with us to bring her home. No more delays and no more excuses,’ Matt Capobianco said during a news conference.

 

‘Our daughter has been kidnapped, and I expect the situation to be treated as such.’

 

Brown had never met his daughter and, after Veronica’s non-Indian mother rebuffed his marriage proposal, played no role during the pregnancy and paid no child support after the girl was born.

 

The legal proceedings began when Brown found out Veronica was going to be adopted. He objected and said the Indian Child Welfare Act favored the girl living with him and growing up learning tribal traditions.

 

The Capobiancos appealed the South Carolina Supreme Court’s 2011 decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, and it ruled in June that South Carolina courts should decide who gets to adopt Veronica. The state court said the Capobiancos should raise the girl.

 

Last week, South Carolina Family Court Judge Daniel Martin finalized the couple’s adoption, approving a transition plan detailing a gradual process for reintroducing the girl to the Capobiancos.

 

South Carolina authorities issued a warrant for Brown’s arrest Saturday, charging Brown with custodial interference for failing to appear with the girl for a court-ordered meeting with the Capobiancos on August 4th — a date the couple has said was set by the judge and to which Brown’s attorneys did not object.

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'I'm always going to be her daddy': Dusten Brown and daughter Veronica met for the first time on New Year's Eve 2011

‘I’m always going to be her daddy’: Dusten Brown and daughter Veronica met for the first time on New Year’s Eve 2011

 

In the middle: Veronica has been caught in an ongoing tug of war custody battle for most of her young life

In the middle: Veronica has been caught in an ongoing tug of war custody battle for most of her young life

Veronica, her biological father Dusten Brown, feed their geese and ducks at his home in Oklahoma where she has lived for the past 19 months

Veronica, her biological father Dusten Brown, feed their geese and ducks at his home in Oklahoma where she has lived for the past 19 months

 

Native American tribes across the U.S. see the case as a test of tribal sovereignty which could set a precedent for other adoptions

Native American tribes across the U.S. see the case as a test of tribal sovereignty which could set a precedent for other adoptions

 

I’m sorry but The United States Judicial system has no jurisdiction over this tribal legal case. This is a Cherokee Nation child and therefore not subject to the court system of The United States Of AmeriKKKa.

 

I wonder why it is caucasian AmeriKKKans seem to have a need to adopt/steal children from other countries & nations and raise the the AmeriKKKan caucasian way?

 

This Cherokee Nation child belongs with her Cherokee Nation father.

 

Thats legally, morally and culturally right.

 

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