September 13, 2021 | Freedom Angels and Children’s Health Defense | NeedToKnowNews | Video |
“The Freedom Angels explain strategies for parents to protect their children from illegal vaccine mandates. The Los Angeles Unified School District now requires two doses of Pfizer Covid Vaccines for children 12 and older, but the Freedom Angels are organizing parents and showing them how to confront the school boards with the fact that there are laws on the books that forbid this policy unless it comes from the legislature. Elected legislators have this power but administrators (like governors and members of school boards) and bureaucrats (like public-health officials) do not. The Freedom Angels cite the California Constitution as an example, but most U.S. states have similar provisions. [These ladies apparently have studied the strategies of such famous organizers on the political Left as Saul Alinsky and Cesar Chavez and they recognized that one does not have to adopt the ideology of these men to benefit from their experience with creating popular movements. It’s invigorating to see such clear thinking and unstoppable determination.]” -GEG
Summary by JW Williams
“The Los Angeles Unified School District and the Culver City school board just mandated vaccines against Covid for children 12 and up. The Freedom Angels explain that this is unlawful because neither the school district nor the school superintendent have the power to mandate vaccines. They provide several strategies to stop the vaccine mandates that are a model that can be used in other states. According to Wikipedia, Freedom Angels was founded in 2019 by three women who met at protests against the tightening of California’s vaccination regulations: Denise Aguilar, Heidi Muñoz Gleisner and Tara Thornton.
In 2015, the California legislature passed a law, SB277, that removed the personal belief exemption for child vaccinations. There were some amendments, including exemptions for children on individualized education programs (IEP) and another, 504 Accommodations, that applies to immunocompromised children. They said that parents can request a 504 meeting to make reasonable accommodations for their child. Filing for a 504 meeting puts the school on notice that there is a problem and they are required by law to do something about it. If the problem is not resolved, a second 504 meeting with outside counsel and can cross-examine them.
The Angels discussed another strategy that they call ‘number eleven’, which refers to the vaccine schedule of 2015 that mandated 10 vaccines, but stipulated that if any more were added, authorities were required to accept personal belief exemptions. New vaccines may only be added by the legislative process or through the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). They said that school districts do not have the authority to mandate vaccines and parents have the right to refuse it. Any policy, regulation or order may be changed quickly. The recommended organizing with others and keeping the issue in the spotlight. They gave examples of peaceful resistance.
The Angels mentioned another strategy utilizing California Education Code 4900 that prohibits suspension of children from kindergarten through 8th grade for defiance. It also states that children in high school may not be expelled for defiance. Children may not be removed by force from school property. Children, backed up by parents and the community, have used this regulation to peacefully resist mask mandates.
Children’s Health Defense, the organization led by Robert Kennedy Jr., sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Culver City school board putting them on notice that its vaccine mandate is beyond their authority. The Angels recommended organizing with other parents and giving the letter to school officials and staff, putting them on notice that they are violating the law, so that they no longer have the excuse that they did not know.
Finally, the Angels recommended parents make Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) public record requests for all conversations by the school about their child so that school officials and employees know that they are being watched and will be held accountable. If requests are denied, civil rights lawsuits may be filed and punitive damages may be awarded on 504 violations.”