Santa Cruz Indymedia :
Santa Cruz Indymedia

LOCAL News :: [none]

Activist's Child Stolen By The Government

The government can't be allowed to have this kind of power!
Here is Chia and Hope's web page/flyer.

New Comments are disabled, please visit



What kind of power? The kind of power to take children away from parents who are not capable of taking care of them?

There's more to this story than is posted on that flyer, I'm sure.

Rally Planned For Hope

The rally referred to in the flyer will be taking place at 9AM in front of the County Courthouse, 701 Ocean St. on Wednesday, November 13th, 2002. Yes there is more to
the story. Show up and find out more. There have been at least two radio shows that have dealt with this issue recently. The issues discussed include the rights of a parent to speak out about their case and have enough input to present an adequate defense in court.

What's missing?

Something about that picture strikes me as odd. As a mom who breastfed two kids, I don't understand the complaint that Chia is forced to breastfeed in the company of a male guard, yet there seems to be no attempt to be discrete.

So Chia lost her child because a doctor lied and claimed that she refused an emergency csection when she didn't? So what would the real reason be?

I know many parents who have not vaccinated their kids, but none who have had their children taken for that reason.

Why was her child taken, really? Does she have mental problems? Is she unbalanced? Has she demonstrated that she is unlikely to care for her child?

I don't believe the claims on the flyer. There's more to it.

Faith In The System?

Xanthippe shows a touching faith in the system. She assumes, without evidence, that Chia is responsible for the situation she is facing. As someone who has repeatedly been a victim of the system myself, I do not share Xanthippe's faith in the government. As someone who knows Chia, I know there is no good reason for the system to take her child. As a politically aware person I know that both political activists and Native American children are often victims of the U.S. Government. Those who have not faced government repression often have a tendency towards assuming the victims of the government are to blame for the situation they are facing. Court records in this case are not made public, nor are the hearings involved. For this reason I can't present you with further evidence. All I can point to is what I know of the character of the US government, and what I know of Chia. I know which side I'm on, and I hope you question some of your assumptions.

Are you really surprised?

This government can tax your usage of electricity, water, and gas to pay for parks and swimming pools. It can put your kids on Ritalin. It can make you pay a several hundred percent tax on cigarettes so that localities can enjoy windfall slush funds to balance their books. It can force your kids to hear about sex -- even exotic sex -- before they are ready or willing to know. It can send young adults who are barely more than children into wars that kill plenty of real children among the thousands dead -- and make you pay to equip and provide for the army! It can seize the apparatus of a pirate radio broadcaster and put that person in jail, ostensibly to protect the right of the conglomerate broadcaster that bought out your hometown radio station to run the same syndicated program it broadcasts from similar outlets up and down the state. It can force your children to attend a failing school where crime threatens their well-being even their lives. It can remove your right to choose your electricity provider so you'll have no choice but to pay high rates to annointed providers who are trying to get out of financial disaster encountered during faux-deregulation that was also overwhelmingly approved by the government. It can force you to drink fluoridated water as a medical treatment for your teeth, even though patients of sound mind (or their guardians) usually have the right to refuse any and all treatment. It can, through weapons control laws, prevent you from defending yourself properly against criminals who do not obey those same laws.

I could go on and on. But why bother? The State already has the power, and clearly they don't have a problem with abusing it.

What are you going to do about that? Unfortunately, your options as a voter and citizen are limited and fairly blunt. Maybe you should quit voting for taxes and bonds except in the most urgent and necessary cases. Maybe you should enforce term limits on elected officials by voting them out of office after a couple of terms, maximum. Maybe you should never approve a law that passes decision making power from individuals to the State, unless the result of one's decisions causes real harm to another. Maybe you should quit voting for candidates that don't agree with this approach.

For the most part, the State gets its power little by little, dollar by dollar. The first and most important thing to do is quit feeding into it. This does not mean that you should quit voting. Rather, you must vote consistently to halt the growth and influence of a government that already has too much power and commands too many resources. If you get a chance to approve an actual ROLLBACK, jump on it! But don't keep voting for taxes, bonds, feel good candidates, career-politician incumbents, and restrictive laws, and then act surprised when government takes kids away from a breast-feeder.

Check It Out

Both Steve and James's comments are pertinent. And it's important that Xanthippe's skepticism be addresssed. I second John T's suggestion that skeptics--who question government legitimacy and wisdom generally (and CPS specifically)--come down to the hearing and rally today to learn for themselves what's happening. (The hearing may be closed off to the public, in spite of Chia's protests).

What Rally?

So how was the rally, boys?

I didn't see anyone on the courthouse steps at 9am this morning. Except one guy sitting on a bench drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. I circled the parking lot for 10 minutes and still didn't see a rally.

Hearings of this sort are not public, so I didn't bother to go to Yonts' courtroom.

Since these types of hearings are not public, why bother having a rally where nobody can really talk about what's going on unless your only purpose is to Fight The System? (Which both Steve and Robert seem to do for no reason anyway).

It's easy to be a critic - it's hard to come up with real solutions that work.

I still don't see why anyone would want to steal a child from that child's parents for no good reason. It's not easy raising kids. There's not a dearth of kids to go around, either. It's not like they need more in the system.

That's not to say there are no cases where CPS is wrong. Choose your cases carefully, though.

I'd love to hear more about this. Can you at least say what has been discussed on the radio about this case? Or am I just supposed to believe the flyer which makes no sense?

Waiting to Hear Court's Decision

The hearing did happen today and it was completely closed to the public. Chia requested that I be allowed inside (as I had been in the past), but apparently was turned down. There were about ten supporters waiting in the hallway. Judge Yonts refused her permission to record either by audio or video, it seems. She came out and one point and said she'd been threatened with arrest for speaking. She was finally expelled from the proceedings, she said, for trying to fire her lawyer.

I am still waiting to get a report from Chia as to the ultimate outcome of the hearing. When I reach her, I will encourage her to post the outcome on the net.

Thanks to all the supporters for coming and for those interested in staying tuned to see what was going on.


No events for this day.

view calendar week
add an event


Media Centers

Syndication feeds

Account Login

This site made manifest by dadaIMC software