Gov. Hochul’s Quarantine Camp Regulation

Rule 2.13 was first “adopted” by the New York State Health Department on March 9, 2020. It gave the NY State Health Commissioner complete and total power to remove, isolate and quarantine a person if the State “had evidence” or “suspected” a person of having a communicable disease (no evidence of illness or contagion needed). Whether or not there was a “declared emergency.”

This regulation kept renewing every 90 days and was due to expire on July 20, 2022. NY Governor Kathy Hochul sought to make it permanent. She was immediately challenged in a lawsuit by NY State Senator George Borello and two other Assemblymen.

People in Australia have been force-quarantined for weeks (without even testing positive for covid). That means taken away by police and forced to stay in a “camp” (or pay a $5,000 fine).

Just last month in China, “health officials” tried to lock customers in an Ikea store, because a 6 year old, covid-positive (and asymptomatic) boy had recently visited. There was a stampede to the doors and the “flash lockdown” was unsuccessful. But thanks to contact tracing, everybody at the store was forced to quarantine at home for two days, and 80,000 were ordered to undergo PCR-testing.

A few more highlights from Rule 2.13:

  • Quarantine locations include homes, hospitals, temporary housing supplied by the state, hotels and other residences owned by private individuals.
  • “If the location of the isolation or quarantine orders is owned by a landlord, hotel, motel or other person or entity,” those owners lose the right to go onto their property unless they have permission from the State.
  • The duration of the quarantine is determined by the State, with no time limit.
  • A person under a quarantine order could “seek judicial review” after-the-fact, but in the meantime, was “subject to all civil and criminal penalties” if they resisted the order or failed to comply. In other words, the detainee would be denied due process of law (a Constitutional right enjoyed by all Americans including criminals).
  • State and local health authorities were expected to coordinate with local law enforcement to ensure the public’s compliance with the orders.

A lawyer named Bobbie Ann Cox successfully overturned this regulation in a Judgement made on July 8, 2022.

Governor Hochul and NY Attorney General Tisch James are appealing the decision of Judge Ronald Ploetz of Cattaraugus County. They would like Rule 2.13 reinstated.

Judge Ploetz wrote in his decision, “The Commissioner (of the New York State Department of Health) has unfettered discretion to issue a quarantine or isolation for anyone, even if there is no evidence that person is infected or a carrier of the disease. Further, the Commissioner sets the terms, duration, and location of the detention, not an independent magistrate as required by PHL 2120.” (PHL 2120 is an existing law that allows for a process of isolation and quarantine, and does not circumvent Constitutional due process.)

Michael Kane of Teachers for Choice and other Medical Freedom advocates held a Rally and “Educational Protest” last month in Harlem to inform New Yorkers of this unlawful regulation, and that their Governor would like to reinstate it.

Nobody they spoke on the street knew about it, and almost everyone was shocked and even scared once they did know.

Follow the teachersforchoice.org blog to keep up to date on lawsuits challenging NYC’s illegal (and illogical and unscientific) vaccine mandates, and their efforts to educate the public about the ongoing threats to our freedoms.

Virginia Alleyne Sues NYC Mayor Over Elitist, Discriminatory Mandate

A 57 year old waitress named Virginia Alleyne, who was fired from her job at Legends Restaurant in Yankee Stadium after 17 years for being unvaccinated, has sued NYC Mayor Eric Adams.

On Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, Mayor Adams took the podium to announce an exemption to his covid vaccine mandate: unvaccinated professional athletes may now play with their teams at home games. Also, unvaccinated fans can (for now) enter stadiums to watch them.

However, unvaccinated WORKERS still can’t work at these places–or anywhere. As I described in my last post, if you do not submit to medical coercion, you cannot hold a job in the City of New York.

If you were fired for not taking an injection with 1,291 known side effects (as reported by Pfizer itself) and does not even stop you from getting and spreading the virus, you will remain unemployed.

Illogical, Unjust, Unscientific and Elitist are just a few words to describe this situation, which privileges the wealthy, famous and well-connected over the common working man and woman. It is an obvious and egregious double standard.

Virginia Alleyne is fighting back against this injustice. She filed her suit on Opening Day too. It reads in part, “If an unvaccinated professional athlete can play in a baseball game, a bartender should be able to serve alcohol or a waitress should be allowed to serve food at the same venue.”

It is hard to overstate the pressure to vaccinate in NYC. It wasn’t JUST that the unvaccinated could not go where others could. It was that you would lose your job, your business, and the ability to earn a living anywhere in the five boroughs if you didn’t vaccinate. At one hospital, the unvaccinated not only lost their jobs but also paid time off was revoked as well as 401K employer distributions. While the “Key to NYC” has been suspended (for now), all New Yorkers (except for a special few anointed by King Adams) MUST be vaccinated in order to have a job.

Ms. Alleyne calls the mandates “despicable” and said, “I’ve been struggling. I can barely make ends meet. Everybody else folded. Everyone choose to make money. I chose to starve because of the principle.”

If you would like to support Virginia Alleyne and the class action lawsuit that has been filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on behalf of herself and “all other individuals similarly situated”, you can do so here.

Canadian Freedom Convoy: Holding the Line

Hundreds of thousands of Canadian citizens have clearly stated their desire for ALL Canadians to be permanently free of ALL Covid mandates and restrictions. They are peacefully protesting in Ottawa and in other areas. They would like the government to a show them a plan for the elimination of the mandates and restrictions. The Canadian Freedom Convoy 2022 protesters are willing to sit down with the country’s leaders to discuss such a plan.

Canadian leaders prefer to dangle the possibility that soon, in the near future, some mandates in some places will be lifted. It will depend, now and for the foreseeable future, on what the government-approved science experts say.

This isn’t going to cut it for the Canadian Freedom Convoy. They’d like something more definitive.

Justin Trudeau doesn’t want to meet with his constituents. Instead talking to people he would like keep avoiding them and invoke the Emergency Measures Act. For starters, this will enable the government to seize protestors’ personal bank accounts without a court order on the basis of suspicion alone, suspend the truckers’ insurance and tow their vehicles. Justin doesn’t expect to bring in the military. At the moment.

One of the lead Organizers, Tamara Lich, held a press conference with Brian Peckford, a founder of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Her statement is as follows:

“I am honored to be sitting next to the last surviving founder of our Charter Rights and Freedoms, the very document that is now being used against the people it was designed to protect. The federal government is planning to invoke the never before used Emergency Measures Act.

First of all, we are not afraid. In fact, every time the government decides to further suspend our civil liberties, our resolve strengthens and the importance of our mission becomes clearer. We will remain peaceful but planted on Parliament Hill until the mandates are decisively ended. We recognize that there is a democratic process within which change occurs. We have never stepped outside of that process or do we intend to. All Canadians should be surprised, no matter your political opinions, that such an extreme measure could be used against a peaceful demonstration.

We have countless vulnerable people in our crowd including children, the elderly and the disabled who cannot be met with force in a genuine liberal democracy. The right to peacefully protest is sacrosanct to our nation. If that principle is abandoned, the government will reveal itself as a true tyranny and it will lose all of its credibility.

In that unfortunate situation we have faith that those politicians, police officers and military will listen to their conscience. Remember, “I’m just following orders” has always been used as an excuse by those who ignore their moral intuition. But we have faith in you Canada, to do the right thing. Do not let this become a dark moment in our history.

I want to now address all Canadians. We love you all. Some of you might oppose our grievances, however democratic society will always have non-trivial disagreements and righteous dissidents. There are many reasons for us opposing the mandates. Some of us have been mistreated by our government, including many of our indigenous communities who have personally experienced medical malpractice. Some of us simply want bodily autonomy and oppose the mandates on principled grounds. No matter our reasons and opinions, it is how the government responds to its citizens that determines the fate of the country. Listen to your hearts, Canadians. Is the Emergency Act the right response to our demonstration of love and freedom?

Now I want to address the Prime Minister. No matter what you do, we will hold the line. There are no threats that will frighten us. We WILL hold the line.

Lastly, to our truckers and friends on Parliament Hill. Do not give in to fear and threats. Your courage has already exceeded all of our expectations and inspired an international movement. Be strong. Show kindness. Love will always defeat hate.

Hold the Line.”

Canadian Freedom Convoy: Second Press Conference

The Organizers of the Canadian Trucker Freedom Convoy 2022 held a second press conference yesterday and kept tight control of the messaging. Statements were made by protest leaders and they took no questions. At the end, a lawyer answered questions only about the Freedom Convoy’s Go Fund Me account, which is currently suspended.

Lead organizer Tamara Lich made the following statement which was then translated into French:

“We are here out of love for our families, our communities, and our nation. These past two years, the Covid mandates have divided us. This protest began because of government’s restrictions on truckers’ freedoms. Our movement has grown in Canada and across the world, because common people are tired of the mandates and restrictions in their lives that now seem to be doing more harm than good. As of today, Sweden, Denmark, the UK, Norway, Finland, Ireland and Switzerland have removed all Covid mandates and restrictions. We are therefore calling on all levels of government in Canada to end all mandates and restrictions. We will continue our protest until we see a clear plan for their elimination. Premier Scott Moe of Saskatchewan has taken leadership in Canada by ending restrictions and mandates in that province. Hopefully, these words will turn into long lasting action. No one from the federal, provincial or municipal government has met directly with us. Instead they are using you, the Media, to portray us as racists, misogynists and even terrorists. As a woman of Metis heritage, a mother and a grandmother, I am offended.

The reality is that members of the movement are average, peace-loving, law-abiding citizens from all walks of life who are fed up with being disrespected and bullied by our government. We continue to see additional Canadians coming to Ottawa every day for peaceful demonstrations. We want to thank the thousands of residents of Ottawa who have stepped forward to show their support, providing accommodations, food and just plain friendship to members of our community. This love of community is what Canada is all about.

Let me assure the people of Ottawa that we have no intent to stay one day longer than necessary. Our departure will be based on the Prime Minister doing what is right: ending all mandates and restrictions on our freedoms. We also want to thank the thousands of people who have so generously donated to this protest on Go Fund Me. Over the past three days our accountants and lawyers have been working hard to deal with the legal details. This morning, our lawyer sent all the details that they have asked for. I am confident that Go Fund Me has all the information needed to immediately lift the suspension they put on our campaign. I am hoping to hear from Go Fund Me soon, so that we can get the money to the truckers and keep our protest for freedom moving forward. I will be providing regular updates. I want to thank all Canadians from the bottom of my heart for our quest to restore our freedom. Thank you.”

Then a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who resigned after 15 years in opposition to the mandates, stepped forward. His name is Daniel Bulford and he now seems to be working fulltime for the Freedom Convoy. As former law enforcement, he was able to assure that the heavy police presence, barricades and the like were standard practice for large scale events. The protesters are working with police to ensure access for emergency vehicles. Bulford also addressed the supposed “desecration” of a war memorial and a statue of Terry Fox. The protestors are providing 24 hour protection of these sites; at night volunteers sleep nearby in tents to make sure nobody vandalizes them. He also said that he has it on “very reliable information” that three people arrested recently were outside agitators. The truckers and supporters are feeding the homeless, have brought a trailer full of food to a homeless shelter and are cleaning the streets, shoveling snow and doing regular garbage collections.

These people have their act together, plenty of money, widespread support and show no sign of backing down. Time for Justin to face the music.

Canada Freedom Convoy: WE THE PEOPLE ARE THE NEWS

The Canadian Trucker Freedom Convoy began as a protest against vaccine mandates. It grew into a rejection of ALL Covid restrictions and mandates, as well as the incompetent Canadian political class and its lapdog, the Media.

Canada has some of the harshest Covid restrictions in the world. For example, in Quebec the unvaccinated can’t shop at Ikea, Wal-Mart or Costco unless they are going to the pharmacy. In that case, they are provided with an escort so they don’t try to buy anything in the store. Segregation and criminalization of the unvaccinated was celebrated recently on a Quebec talk show, where children said they’d call the police on the unvaccinated and that “we should cut everything from them little by little until they submit.” Oh, how the audience laughed with delighted approval at that!

The Organizers of the Trucker Freedom Convoy are hitting the breaks on the insanity and divisiveness in their country. They and at least 50,000 truckers and hundreds of thousands of Canadians on the streets are demanding that all mandates be dropped for all Canadians.

Here a Canadian two time Afghan War veteran with “boots on the ground” at the protest in Ottawa dispels the myth that the legacy of veterans is being dishonored, but rather the opposite. Also, a clip from a 2019 dinner is played wherein Justin Trudeau makes light of the fact that the Liberal Media was paid $600 million by government for “stellar headlines”:

The Organizers of the Convoy realize that legacy media lies (the news reported that their GoFundMe was frozen when it wasn’t) and there is a relentless effort to paint the protestors as white supremacist and hateful. This is why the Toronto Star and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation were banned from their first interview to the press on January 30.

The three organizers are Tamara Lich, a Metis woman from Alberta, Benjamin Dichter, a vaccinated Jewish trucker from Ontario and Chris Berber, a trucking company owner from Saskatchewan. Their GoFundMe is NOW frozen, after $10 million was donated.

There is much to unpack in this interview, but highlights include:

Their assertion that this movement is not partisan. They won’t “play the game that liberals are bad and conservatives are good; they are all horrible and should be ashamed of themselves.” They consider this a “cultural moment in Canadian history” and describe the participants as “having hope again, having pride again.” They say how wonderful it is to see people’s smiling faces and that they want to “re-establish unity.”

In particular, they say that Quebec leader Francois Legault is a “lunatic” guilty of “crimes against humanity” and that’s why “Quebecers are really unifying with the rest of Canada.”

They say the Sikh community has come out strong for the movement, although the media is trying to destroy this reality. Canadians who immigrated from Eastern European countries like Poland and Belarus are highly represented in the Convoy and “haven’t forgotten socialism. It is the direction (the country) is going that they are the most concerned about.” The Organizers say they are “struck by the diversity” of the people on the streets. “Everybody is there.”

I may do another blog post on this interview, but want to close with a quote from Tamara Lich, who recounted a conversation with a Clan mother and the importance of women to First Nations people, the “importance of women in all cultures.” She goes on: “Women are the life givers, and our men need to stand up for women and children and we’ve kind of lost that. If you listen to the government–what I’m hearing from the government–is they’re trying to pull that family unit apart, pull and divide and tear so many different aspects of Canadians apart. That’s not what a leader does. A leader brings people together. They don’t destroy people and tear them apart.”