Call to Action! Please Forward Widely! #blacklivesmatter
Tuesday January 20th – Call Charlottesville Department of Social Services (DSS) Demand that that they reunite Que Williams with her family and end racist policies!
Rhiannon and Que Williams are among many black families torn apart by the racist policies of Charlottesville DSS (see statistics below.) Rhiannon has been fighting this nightmare for two years and her courageous efforts are starting to pay off. DSS is beginning to respond to the public attention on this case and NOW is a crucial time for them to hear from the public.
Your call will make a difference! Please take two minutes out of your day – one to make the call and one to forward this message to all of your contacts.
Call Charlottesville Department of Social Services at (434) 970-3400 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on Tuesday January 20th and say you have a message for DSS. Here is a sample script for the call:
“Hi. My name is ______________________ I am from _______________________ I have a message for DSS – Reunite Que Williams with her mother! I am concerned about the racially biased treatment aimed at the black families in Charlottesville. From the DSS data to the DMC* data, it is clear that the only thing these families are guilty of is being poor and black. Change the DSS policies immediately. Start by bringing Que back home. That’s what her mother wants, and that’s what SHE wants.”
If you get a voicemail, please leave a message and then, if possible call again until you speak to a person.
If you have time for more than a phone call:
– call multiple times throughout the day and leave a general message each time
– in addition to the general message call and deliver the message to each of the following people:
Diane Kuknyo – Director (434) 970-3410
Sue Moffett – Asst. Director (434) 970-3451
Jenny Jones – Chief of Family Services (434) 970-3685
– call friends and explain to them why it is important to you that they call also
– share this action alert on social media
– if you’re in the area stop by DSS and tell them in person
– Contact us about future actions: firstname.lastname@example.org orhttp://tinyurl.com/fightcvilledss
– To learn more about the problem visit http://tinyurl.com/fightcvilledss and check out the “files” section.
This is very helpful even if you don’t live in Charlottesville. Attention to this from outside of the area also generates concern. The city government works hard to project an image of “the friendliest city in the usa.” Bad publicity is a great motivator.
*DMC = Disproportionate Minority Contact with the cradle-to-prison pipeline. Meaning black children in Charlottesville are put into contact with police, social workers, school disciplinary systems, courts and incarceration at far greater rates than white children. The city formed a commission to deal with this, which has been meeting for two years with no visible results.
My Child was kidnapped by Charlottesville’s
Department of Social Services
My name is Rhiannon Williams, a mother fighting for her daughter to get back home. My family was torn apart in less than 24 hours. DSS swooped in and took my daughter away because I wanted to take her to my preferred physician and not Region Ten, as they demanded. No warning, no chance to explain myself, no prior troubles. Unbelievable, isn’t it? I’ve been living this nightmare for more than 2 years!
I’ve not celebrated the holidays with my daughter since September 2012.
I want my daughter back home-where she belongs! Where SHE wants to be!
I am not alone in this fate. Black mothers and families are disproportionately targeted by DSS:
1. More than 57% of children in the foster care in Charlottesville are Black, compared to the relatively smaller 33% statewide.
2. In Charlottesville only a third of children taken into DSS custody return to their homes, more than 40% return home in the state.
3. While 15.5% are placed in adoption in Charlottesville, 28% are placed in adoption statewide.
4. Only 19% of children are reunited to their families in Charlottesville, while the numbers are higher at 30% statewide.
5. Third of the children in Charlottesville spend so much time in the DSS that they exit as adults without the love and safety of a family or a home, while only 20% face that fate in the state of Virginia.
One can only conclude that Charlottesville is far worse than the state’s averages on a number of issues concerning the lives of Black children.
These intrusions into the lives of black families are only one step of the cradle-to-prison pipeline. Greater proportion of black children is placed in juvenile detention, greater proportion of Stop & Frisks is aimed at black individuals, greater proportion of prison inmates is black individuals…
How about those facts for the happiest city in the country?
We want to have the same quality time with our families that you are able to enjoy. While it is a right for your families, we are forced to experience it as a privilege. STOP DSS from further removals until there is a community driven overhaul of DSS.
Want to help? Contact us: email@example.com or http://tinyurl.com/fightcvilledss
If it is this easy for DSS to kidnap my child, I can’t imagine how many more families DSS has ruined.