The Massachusetts state Department of Children and Families (DCF) is harassing parents whose children are allegedly not participating in virtual learning programs set up due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Em Quiles, a woman working a full-time job, was harassed by the DCF because her 7-year-old son was allegedly not participating in virtual school sessions. She said she asked Heard Street Discovery Academy in Worcester for assistance considering her circumstances, but they refused to do so.
“They didn’t offer any help,” she said.
Then the DCF called her up and accused her of neglect because her 7-year-old was reportedly missing assignments.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Quiles said.
A neglect complaint could result in Quiles having her children kidnapped from her by state agents, all because she lacked the financial means to supervise her child’s virtual education. Other low-income individuals, including minorities, are faced with similar predicaments, the Boston Globe has learned.
“It’s the exact wrong thing that the moment calls for,” said Michael Gregory, managing attorney with the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative of Massachusetts Advocates for Children and the Harvard Law School.
Gregory noted that schools throughout Massachusetts are not “building bridges and building relationships” with parents undergoing an unprecedented amount of stress and hardship due to the pandemic, but rather are implementing “punitive measures” against them.
“There were so many kids with disabilities, language barriers … who were having trouble engaging in remote learning. You shouldn’t infer anything about a parent, simply because a child’s not showing up on Zoom,” Gregory said.
Dalene Basden, a family support specialist with the Parent/Professional Advocacy League, noted that two parents were reported to the DCF despite the fact that they could not receive alerts through Facebook and e-mail. They could have theoretically had their children kidnapped by state thugs because they could not afford internet access.
Worcester superintendent Maureen Binienda is denying any wrongdoing on behalf of the district and defends sicking state thugs on low-income parents who are having difficulty transitioning to online learning.
“One of our primary responsibilities was to ensure that every child in our district was safe, had access to food, and received appropriate care,” Binienda wrote in an email, adding that Quills story is “wholly and completely inaccurate.”
Quilles noted that DCF quickly determined that she was not a neglectful parent and dropped the complaint.
“They weren’t interested in working with parents,” said Quilles, who runs an organization for Latino empowerment. She is worried that other Latinos, including some who do not speak English, are going to have a much more difficult time fighting against the complaint than herself.
Leon Smith, executive director of Citizens for Juvenile Justice, has noted that schools are not making complaints to DCF “in the suburbs, where kids are blowing off their online schooling.”
“It’s happening in communities of color,” he added.
It seems that systemic racism is coming directly from the public schools, with the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to crack down on minority communities. Perhaps funds could be denied at the federal level to these institutions that fuel white privilege.
Michigan AG Challenges Voter Integrity Lawsuit, Pushes to Keep Social Distancing Mandates to Stop Poll Challengers
Democrats are dedicated to their steal.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is aggressively fighting back against legal efforts to ensure voter transparency in her state.
Nessel issued a brief on behalf of Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Bureau of Elections Director Jonathan Brater. Two conservative activists have filed a lawsuit against Benson and Brater to get an injunction on a state directive that disenfranchises poll challengers by forcing them to stay six feet behind poll workers at all times.
“The State of Michigan has a strong interest in protecting the health and safety of people when they are voting, and also in protecting the election workers while they perform their vital functions. The Secretary’s directive furthers that objective while also providing for challengers to perform their tasks,” Nessel wrote in her brief arguing to make poll challengers irrelevant.
Nessel attempted to claim that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit – state representative candidate Stephen Carra and electoral integrity watchdog Bob Cushman – have only “speculative and hypothetical” concerns because they are not directly impacted by the directive disenfranchising poll challengers. Nessel embarrassed herself by writing blatant falsehoods in her brief.
“Plaintiff Carra has no greater interest in a lawful election than any other citizen who likewise expects that people at polling locations will adhere to the laws,” she wrote.
“Cushman does not allege that he has been informed by any organization that he will be appointed as a challenger for the November 2020 election, or even from which organization he expects to be appointed. It should be noted that—at the time of filing this brief—less than 8 days remain before Election Day. Cushman’s alleged interest, therefore, remains speculative and renders his interests merely hypothetical,” Nessel added.
However, Cushman promptly produced his poll challenger credential for the court, proving Nessel’s brief to be filled with deceptions. He showed that he is an official poll challenger for election day certified by state Republican Party chairwoman Laura Cox.
Big League Politics reported earlier today on how the Michigan Secretary of State is still enforcing the six-feet mandate, despite any doubletalk coming from the Democrat administration desperate to stop Trump at all costs:
In the aftermath of the #DetroitLeaks scandal, there are serious questions about electoral integrity in the state of Michigan. Big League Politics has reached out to representatives in the Trump campaign and officials with the Secretary of State to clarify what is being done with regards to poll challengers.
We released the audio from poll worker trainings in Detroit, in which the instructor and the prospective workers were cackling about how poll challengers would be disenfranchised due to social distancing mandates. The instructor advised for poll workers to call the police on poll challengers who refuse to adhere to these policies that are not based on any law passed by the state legislature.
We reached out to the Trump Victory team in Michigan to see what is being done with regards to protecting the rights of poll challengers to guard the vote. One representative from Trump Victory explained that the Secretary of State would be giving a directive to local clerks informing them that the six-feet distancing rule is not binding and will not be enforced.
However, Big League Politics reached out to the elections division of the Secretary of State and heard a contradictory perspective. We made contact with the Bureau of Elections Outreach Coordinator, Kristi Dougan, and had a brief discussion about the policy. Dougan confirmed that the six-feet distancing policy will be implemented on election day but danced around exactly how the policy will be enforced.
Dougan disputed the notion that poll challengers will be disenfranchised as a result of the six-feet distancing policy, and she believes that election officials will figure out ways on the fly to keep an orderly process.
“There are some creative ways to accommodate everyone involved,” she said.
The lawsuit was filed after the #DetroitLeaks revelations showed poll workers cackling as an instructor informed them that they could hide behind COVID-19 social distancing requirements to neutralize poll challengers. Big League Politics will report on the court deliberations in this landmark case for electoral integrity, which begins tomorrow morning.
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