Walnut Creek, CA- On May 8, 2018, dads, grandmas, nurses and moms with baby strollers brought out the dogs and the media because they have had enough of bad judges, corrupt lawyers, indifferent CPS workers and cops threatening to take away toy megaphones.
ABC 7 , ABC 10 Sacramento, CBS, KTVU and anonymous bloggers were there to capture what surely was the largest and most unexpected family court protest in California's history.
The passionate protest began on a sunny spring morning in the quintessential suburb of Walnut Creek, California. Protestors connected in advance through social media then dawned with signs, shirts and megaphones, they drove from as far away as Yuba County and Santa Clara to join Contra Costa parents demanding the removal of Judge Jill Fannin and Judge Hardie. They demanded changes to CPS and they demanded dishonest lawyers be disbarred.
Prior to the March the group gathered, put finishing touches on hand made signs, and shared their stories. As the speakers told tales of CPS workers ripping children from good homes, and parents without criminal records being placed on supervised visitation with their own children, reporters grappled with the disconnect they experienced after having been told for decades these people were simply disgruntled, crazy, abusive and vexatious.
The protest was not violent, as Judge Lucas has historically told the press to justify unconstitutional orders that have provided for her to justify arresting two family court reform activists in the weeks leading up to the epic Contra Costa protest on May 8th. In fact in Contra Costa, the Walnut Creek police, and the Contra Costa Sheriff supported the protestors with escorts, support and refusal to arrest, where the Santa Clara County Sheriff use threats and intimidation as a matter of routine.
Santa Clara County Moms who are demanding the removal of Judge Pegg, Judge Chiarello, Judge Scott, Judge Persky and Judge Towery rocked shirts noting #childrenslivesmatter and joined Scott the Protester in the Board of Supervisors chambers the following day for public comment before Supervisor Chavez and Cotese.
Finally, Scott Largent stood with hundreds of others, on court property, using amplified devices and shouting deafening demands for bad judges, lawyers and CPS workers to be fired. Conduct that had gotten Scott Largent arrested, which was documented on videos that went live on Facebook and viral on YouTube. Videos that will be used on the internet to show Patricia Lucas' children what she really does as a judge.
Nurses, social workers and others who started the day in masks, say they felt free to take their masks off and join the crowd because mainstream media finally came to call where family court issues were concerned.
Noted in the crowd were Joe Sweeney, Court Reformer credited with attacking the Commission on Judicial Performance, and megaphone darling, Michelle Chan, dubbed mother of the CPS accountability movement.
Throughout the day tales of false domestic violence and ignored child abuse ripped through the crowd and the event reached its mot passionate moments as the crowd faced the courthouse and screamed for justice to the judges and court staff who hid inside.
On May 9th several parents from the protests made public comments to the Santa Clara County Supervisors Cindy Chavez and Dave Cortese, trying to explain what it is like to have domestic violence ignored and to have indifferent judges ordering good parents to be put on Supervised Visitation based on involvement of a few corrupt lawyers such as Heather Allan, Bradford Baugh, Nicole Ford and Elise Mitchell.
Comments brought many members of the audience to tears after Michael Lazarin explained how the community ignored domestic violence prior to his daughter Audrie Pott committing suicide in 2012 and where moms described how judge Pegg and Judge Drew Takaichi abused their power as judges to take their children away without cause, and with incentive to pay favored lawyers.
The protests and public comment have launched an investigation into if District Attorney Jeff Rosen, Rabbi Aron from the Shir Hadash congregation in Los Gatos. and Mike Wasserman, ignored domestic violence that served to harm Michael Lazarin's daughter Audrie Pott, and others like her.
At the same time, Rosen was known for deterring victims of sexual assault perpetrated by rabbis in the Los Gatos community, with the help of Rabbi Aron. An investigation is also underway to determine if Supervisor Mike Wasserman acted for the benefit of his political career.. These cases show tax payer money intended for victims was redirected through Silicon Valley Faces, and the Shir Hadash congregation in Los Gatos, which appears to have been covered up a 2012 sexual assault scandal that completely violated CCAR's Code of Ethics and that let sexual predators remain in the town of Los Gatos.
Protestors will return on Tuesday May 15, 2018 and this time will meet at the Santa Clara County Building located at 70 West Hedding in San Jose at 9:30am , where they will call on the media and demand changes in CPS, Child Support and family court.