Tell Georgia: Speaking Spanish Isn't Cause to Take Children from their Parents
  • Petitioned Judge Connie Maples Blaylock

This petition was delivered to:

Judge Connie Maples Blaylock

Tell Georgia: Speaking Spanish Isn't Cause to Take Children from their Parents

    1. Petition by

      B Loewe

      chicago, IL

This summer, Georgia passed a copy of Arizona's racial profiling law that's created a climate of intolerance for immigrants in the state.

Current immigration laws are creating a foster care crisis. For the Mendez family, that crisis has become a reality.

Ovidio and Domitina Mendez have had their parental rights terminated by a Georgia Judge and many believe its because the couple only speaks Spanish.

On Thursday, December 1st, the family will go to court to appeal a Judge's decision to terminate their parental rights.

They need your voice to defend the sacred bond between parents and children and ensure that language and immigration status are not seen as reasons to separate families.

Read background on their case  here:

***UPDATE: Motions filed in the case have delayed the court hearing. We now have more time to collect signatures. Please keep spreading the word.

 

To:
Judge Connie Maples Blaylock
Dear Judge Blaylock,

Please reconsider your decision to separate the Mendez family.

The love of parents for their children is sacred and should be honored at all costs.

The Mendez children deserve the best care they can get, that includes the love, attention, and connection to their parents.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Court Date Postponed

      B Loewe
      by B Loewe
      Petition Organizer

      Due to motions filed yesterday, the appearance in court has been postponed which gives us more time to build support. Please keep sharing the petition.

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. "No Han Sido Justo Con Nosotros" - Ovidio Mendez

      B Loewe
      by B Loewe
      Petition Organizer

      Aqui es un articulo en Espanol

    6. Times Free Press Covers Mendez Family's Case

      B Loewe
      by B Loewe
      Petition Organizer

      For details on the case, read this breaking report.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • DEBBIE SMITH LAWRENCEVILLE, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      I was trying to write and it sent before I was finished lol. I was trying to say although I agree you should speak the language of where ever you live it is in no way what so ever a reason to take someones children!!!! This country seems to be going to hell more and more each day! How would we feel if one day we all have to move some where to live and work just to survive and this happens to us???? People the way the economy is these days it could very well happen one day. I dont want to leave my country and I am sure none of the people that are here wanted to either but if it comes down to feeding my family I would move in a heartbeat to raise my children. I am so tired of hearing excuses for being greedy in this country. We are all HUMAN BEINGS!!! What is wrong with us?? Is this what we have become??? I thought we evolved from caveman ways??? Sad just really sad. Just a side note....I have white friends that only speak spanish and french to their children to teach them another language so I wonder if they would have their children taken as well?? Hum......

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    • Bri Gonzalez NEWTON, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      What is wrong with this damn country??? Who are you to determine weather these parents are fit to care for these children or not based on what language they speak or if they are legally supposed to be in the US?? Why do we have a wonderful slogan "land of the free"?? HELLO PEOPLE!!!!! In their country they would be worse off with their children due to no help. Here they were doing everything to get the help and because of prejudice and hateful people and a severely corrupt and backwards system the PARENTS were stripped of their rights and not helped!! In the US...... ANY FAMILY REGARDLESS OF SEX, COLOR, OR CREED HAS THE LEGAL RIGHT TO GET SERVICES TO AIDE IN ANYWAY, SHAPE, OR FORM IF YOU ARE LEGAL HERE. THESE CHILDREN ARE ALL ABLE TO GET SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY IF THEY ARE DETERMINED DISABLED!! THESE CHILDREN ARE ALSO ABLE TO GET MEDICAL CARE AND ALL THAT IS INCLUDED IN THAT...... RIDES TO DOCTORS, MEDICATIONS, IF DISABLED DOCTORS CAN PRESCRIBE WHAT IS NEEDED MEDICALLY AND THE STATE BY LAW HAS TO PAY FOR THAT!! BECAUSE IT IS A MEDICAL NECESSITY!!!!! IF ALL THESE SERVICES CAN AND ARE OFFERED TO ANY FOSTER FAMILY THEN THERE IS NO REASON THEY CAN NOT OR SHOULD NOT BE OFFERED TO THIS FAMILY!!!! On another note hello America now in today's society please tell me does anyone keep up with statistics?? Here is a web link that will show clearly Hispanics are more than half the growth in the US between 2000 and 2010. If you can't speak Spanish maybe we should remove your children from you and strip your rights!!

      HTTP://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/cb11-cn125.html

      Please copy and paste this link in a new box to read for yourself. IF YOU ARE NOT 100% AMERICAN INDIAN I GUARANTEE THAT YOU TOO ARE NOT 100% AMERICAN AND HAVE DESCENDED FROM OTHER COUNTRIES AND ORIGINS!!!!

      RETURN THESE CHILDREN BACK TO THEIR FAMILIES AND GET THEM THE SERVICES THAT WOULD BE OFFERED TO ANY OTHER AMERICAN FAMILY!!!

      STOP THE HATE AND RACISIM!!!

      IN MY THOUGHTS YOU THE GOVERNMENT ARE BEING MORE NEGLECTFUL THAN THESE POOR PARENTS WHO CAN NOT POSSIBLY LOVE OR CARE FOR THEIR OWN CHILDREN ANY BETTER WITH WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN!!!!

      PS....... IF ENGLISH IS MANDATED IN THIS CASE THAN YOU THE STATE NEEDS TO PAY FOR THE CLASSES FOR THESE PARENTS!!!!

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    • Kendra Folsom KANAS CITY, KS
      • over 2 years ago

      Yo asisté a una escuela secundaria que me preparó por la universidad, La Academía Sumner. Es la mejor escuela de 35o de la nación. Esta escuela, que ha sido reconocido por "US News," requiere tres anos de estudio de un lengua extranjera.

      ¿Cuál es la razón que una escuela que recibe tanta atención positiva requeriría tres veces tanto de estudio de lenguas extranjeras como las otras escuelas en Kansas?

      Because, speaking a language other than the one you were born into causes a change in one's personality that can only be explained by someone who is bilingual.

      Being bilingual is not a sign of abuse or neglect. If it were, then I suppose my entire high school career could be viewed as a "problem."

      Signed, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian female that was born and raised in the United States by exclusive English speakers.

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    • toni rice OCALA, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      this is stupid we as amaricans have the right to FREE SPEACH BUT NOW THEY ARE SAYING IT CAN ONLY BE IN ENGLISH IS STUPID SO WHAT IF THEY ONLY SPEACK ENGLISH TO THERE CHILDREN I RESPECT THAT AND ALSO IT WOULD BE FAR CHEAPER TO LEAVE THE KIDS WITH THE FAMILY AND HEY GIVE THEM ENGLISH CLASSES AS A FAMILY

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    • Ruby Gonzalez RATHER NOT MENTION, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      No child deserves to be separated from the ones they love. It doesn't even matter from what country you are. The love of someone given to a child is absolutely priceless.

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