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THIS IS FALSE AND IRRESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM.
I am a part of Occupy Miami, these people were not activists, they are part of the large homeless population of downtown that existed before Occupy existed. The volunteer medical staff of Occupy tried to help them out with food and encouraged them to get proper medical care. Resident activists were actively persuading them NOT to have the baby at Occupy Miami's Camp site... there is no way that having a baby on the street in downtown Miami is anything Occupy Miami stands for.
We are protesting corporate abuses and corruption, the sick political climate of our government and the destruction of the middle class in times of gross profits at the top. We are against golden parachutes for the criminals who created a world-wide recession. We are for removal of Corporate person hood, reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall act, safeguarding due process as promised in our constitution. LEARN HOW TO DO REAL OBJECTIVE JOURNALISM, CHANNEL 10!
This story is not correct. I am disappointed in Channel 10 for not checking their facts. If Channel 10 had bothered to talk to someone from Occupy Miami's Medical Team they would have discovered the truth but then they would not have been able to run this sensational "story". She was encouraged to not have the baby in camp by many people including multiple members of the medical team. Shame on Channel 10 for sloppy journalism.
But having a baby in a tent is not a LEGAL reason to take a child away, especially in sunny Miami give me a break.
Shannon Welch was ultimately rushed by ambulance to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she gave birth Nov. 15.
I know that not to long ago it was very common to give birth at home with a midwife, but Occupy Miami is not a place to give birth to a child, especially when there are hospitals nearby. These parents to be should have had their priorities in the right order, now they may lose their child.
no one from the camp showed up to claim the child either at least according to the article
Hi XXXXX, thanks for your email. if you are referring to the court hearings for baby emily , the only people in court were those involved with the case. I would doubt anyone from the occupy camp would have had a way to know about the initial hearing. . I hope that helps. Thanks.
Normally I'm pro-occupy everything and I would be here too if the parents were more stable. If it had been me who made the choice to have a baby at the camp and then the state took my baby, I would not leave the hospital nor stop calling agents involved and fighting tooth and nail to get her back. Not showing up for the 1st court date, says too much and that baby needs a home.
I appreciate your note ... I just want to confirm a few things... Channel 10 doesn't have "a position"; our reporting is always meant to be fact-based and fair. We are accustomed to all kinds of commenting on reports, especially those subjects that are controversial, and are read or seen by people who are passionate about their causes. I would hope that the comment conversations stay logical and respectful but that is not always the case. Human nature is what it is. I and my colleagues have done a good amount of reporting on Occupy Miami (and other Occupys) on various subjects and angles, and we've received plenty of input, both supportive and critical. I listen to all, respond to all, and I'm always open to exploring new, verifiable information. As for the report on Emily, I made clear that her parents were homeless and invited to stay at Peace City. The information in the report is all backed up by records and first-hand interviews. I spent a lot of time at the camp and interviewed a lot of people, putting in only information that I could corroborate. If people want to spend time and energy debating any subject on blogs, that is their right and I would defend that staunchly. Thanks and Take care, Glenna
Originally posted by GogoVicMorrow
reply to post by sweetliberty
Well.. we also don't know if they showed up at another time.
The don't have a home in Miami so for all we know they didn't know when and where to go. Remember two things, they aren't from Miami and it's a big city, and you are reading biased news.
That said, it sounds like the parents were a little dumb, but it is the media so I have to reserve my opinion for a later time.