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inspiredby2
06-21-2007, 11:53 PM
I got this in my email today, we have to help this April and make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else!


Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
MOM IN JAIL, BABY IS THE BAIL
Court Case hearing
Location: Milwaukee County Court House
901 North 9th St. Room 512
Time: 10:00am
Date: June 19th, 2007

Twenty seven year old, April Griffin has been in the Milwaukee County
Jail since May 14th 2007, because she refuses to give up custody of
her nine month old son.

Her battle began on October 24, 2006 when she was urged by the State
of Wisconsin to settle the question of paternity of her son, born in
August of 2006.
The State requires that paternity must be declared so that the father
shares the cost of medical care for the child.

January 30th 2007, Matthew Sebuliba was declared the father.

May 14th 2007, Ms. Griffin was summons to the Milwaukee County Family
Court because Mr. Sebuliba was trying to obtain full parental custody
of Ms. Griffin's son.

The questions that Ms. Griffin raised during the May 14th court
session:

How could a Judge give custody to a man who is not United Citizen?
(Mr. Sebuliba is Ugandan National, who is trying to get sole custody
of Ms. Griffin's son, so that he may send the baby to Uganda so his
Mother can raise the baby.

How could the Judge to give Custody to a man who is on record for
beating Ms. Griffin in the early stages of pregnancy. (Late 2005)

How could the Judge give custody to a man who wanted the baby to be
aborted, who openly had nothing to do with Ms. Griffin during her
pregnancy?

How could the Judge force a mother to give up custody of her child
for no other reason then not being able to afford the cost of medical
care?

Because Ms. Griffin refused to relinquish custody of her son on May
14th 2007, Milwaukee County, Family Court: Judge Goulee sited Ms.
Griffin to be in contempt of court and remanded to jail, because she
was a threat.

May 15th 2007, Ms G! riffin a ppeared before Judge Goulee and again was
asked to give up custody of her son and again she refused. Upon
refusing to give up custody, Judge Guolee stated "Take her back to
the dungeon" and further added "We will try this again on Friday the
May 18th, 2007 and I can keep you here for forever." He also asked
Ms. Griffin if she had ever seen an Abu Grave prisoner.

May 18th 2007, Ms Griffin was shackled and put in wheel chair and
rolled into the court room where she once again was asked to give up
custody of her son and once again she refused. Judge Guolee conceded
in releasing her for weekend so Ms. Griffin could attend to her seven
year old daughter. Judge Guolee cautioned Ms. Griffin that she must
bring the baby in on Monday, May 20, 2007 and give up custody of him
and if she didn't she would go back to jail, for as long as 12
years. Ms. Griffin asked on what grounds again but was not given an
answer.

May 20th 2007 Ms. Griffin appeared in court without her son and once
again refused to give up custody. Over the weekend Ms. Griffin
secured Attorney Eisenberg to represent her. In the courtroom
Attorney Eisenburg advised Ms. Griffin to give up custody of her
son. Eisenberg told Ms. Griffin that the baby would end up in Foster
Care for possibly two weeks, two months, two years and that the
remedy of the case would be a matter of money, he also advised her
that what was going on in the courtroom was illegal. Eisenberg
withdrew from the case but kept the $500.00 retainer.

Again the Judge Guolee ordered Ms. Griffin back to jail, Ms. Griffin
ask the Judge for a written explanation of what was going on in the
courtroom. Judge Guolee "The hell with putting it in writing" "Quit
being so macho, you think you can keep this up for twelve years" Per
telephone conversation with the Milwaukee County Jail, the terms for
Ms. Griffins release is to bring in the baby.

Ms. Griffin greatest fear! s:
Gi ving up custody means she will never see her son again, who in her
mind will quickly be sent to Africa.

The father of the baby is being represented by D. Ellis of Legal
Action of Wisconsin.

Ms. Griffin is part of a filed Federal Law Suite against the
Milwaukee Police Department (which stemmed from the beating she
suffered from Matthew Sebuliba in 05) Judge Guolee has made mention
of the Federal Case several times during the court proceedings.

Ms. Griffin has no criminal record, no parental issues, and no mental
health issues. Ms Griffin was a Hair Stylist until the difficulties
of the pregnancy forced her to stop working.
Ms. Griffin is an aspiring nurse whose name has been entered on a
waiting for nursing school; she is also a community activist...

Sincerely,
The Justice for Jude, Justice for All Coalition[/b]



Updates are from
http://motherwarriorsvoice.wordpress.com/

Update 1:


Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

MOM IN JAIL, BABY IS THE BAIL

Court Case hearing
Location: Milwaukee County Court House
901 North 9th St. Room 512
Time: 10:00am
Date: June 19th, 2007

Twenty seven year old, April Griffin has been in the Milwaukee County Jail since May 14th 2007, because she refuses to give up custody of her nine month old son.


Her battle began on October 24, 2006 when she was urged by the State of Wisconsin to settle the question of paternity of her son, born in August of 2006.

The State requires that paternity must be declared so that the father shares the cost of medical care for the child.


Donations can be sent to :


http://www.welfarewarriors.org/donations.htm through the Network for Good link.

Please be sure to indicate April Griffin Defense Fund or Stop in to any U.S. Bank in Milwaukee and request to make a Contribution to the Mom In Jail, Baby is Bail Fund.

US Bank5220 W North Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53208
(414) 444-9408Bank Hours:
Mon 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Tue 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Wed 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Thur 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Fri 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Sat 09:00 am to 12:00 pm[/b]

Update 2:


April’s Baby has Offically Been Taken
Jun 20th, 2007 by motherwarrior

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee mother will remain in jail until she tells the court where her baby is.On Tuesday, the court also granted the 9-month-old’s father sole legal custody of the boy. April Griffin was arrested on May 14 after refusing to give up custody, saying she feared that the boy’s father would take him to his homeland of Uganda.

That sparked a protest outside of the Milwaukee County Courthouse earlier this month where supporters called on the court to release her.”She was ordered to hand her child over to the father who did not want him and who intended to abort the child,” said Laura ManrÃ*quez, a Latina activist. “She refused to turn over her child for fear of not seeing him again. There is something horrifically wrong here.”

from TheMilwaukeeChannel.com

Please Help Us Get Justice for April !!

What this article does not say is now the family is being persecuted by the police and are living in fear. After the hearing today April’s sister was paid a visit from Milwaukee County Sheriffs Department. They approached her with their guns drawn screaming “Drop the baby, Drop the baby!!” not knowing the baby she held was her own!!! When she refused Officer Doschel, a officer from the Sheriff’s Department, stated that the baby she held looked like April’s and they wanted her to prove that the baby was hers. Only when family members and neighbors came to her aide did the police back down and apologize for the mistake. Please watch the film from our local new station Channel 4

Click on the camera on the news website to view actual news footage from our local news station.

OUR CASE NEEDS NATIONAL ATTENTION!!

It seems the impossible is now becoming possible. IF there anyone out there that can help get NATIONAL attention to April’s fight, Please contact us.[/b]


Ladies what can we do?!?!?

tweetnaps
06-22-2007, 06:14 AM
contact some radio stations and get this on air

AutumnRain
06-22-2007, 01:08 PM
:Angry: :Angry: :Angry: I'll put this up on my myspace page so that my friends may see what's going on.

simply natural
07-02-2007, 06:08 AM
i've shared the story with an African centered organisation so they can share it with their members and talk about it in monthly lectures.

Poetic_Butterfly
07-02-2007, 01:59 PM
I think that some letters should be written on her behalf to the congressman in that state.

Peace,
Rasta

tlveland
07-06-2007, 10:45 AM
This is the New World Order. We don't have any rights anymore, not even parental rights. The bottom line is if you are not wealthy you will have no rights.

mandyjl
07-06-2007, 01:06 PM
When doing research on this I found this article, not sure who to believe. I need to find more info.


Father wins custody of baby son
But boy still hidden, mother still in jail
By DIANA SROKA
dsroka@journalsentinel.com
Posted: June 19, 2007
In the case of the mother jailed for refusing to tell a judge the whereabouts of her 10-month-old son, the court awarded sole custody to the baby's father Tuesday.


April Griffin, 28, of Milwaukee was found in contempt and jailed in mid-May for refusing to turn the baby, named Jesse, over to foster care so his father, Matthew K. Sebuliba of Milwaukee, could visit him.

Tuesday, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Michael D. Guolee ordered that the boy be returned to the father either by Griffin's family or by authorities. Once the child is located, Griffin will be released from jail and allowed supervised visits, Guolee said.

Although authorities have speculated the child is at Griffin's parents' home, they were unable to retrieve him without the court order. The order also indicates family members could face criminal charges if they continue hiding the baby.

Originally, Guolee granted joint custody to the parents, but Griffin insisted the father be stripped of all parental rights.

According to a motion filed by Griffin's lawyer, Narciso L. Alemán, Griffin feared Sebuliba would take the baby to Africa. The motion also stated Sebuliba had an "extensive history of domestic violence and abuse" against Griffin.

Guolee denied the motion, citing Griffin's arrest April 6 on a charge of battering Sebuliba.

In response to Griffin's concern about Sebuliba's taking the baby to Africa, Tuesday's order states the boy must be kept in Wisconsin unless the court grants permission to do otherwise.

Guolee said the decision to deny Griffin even partial custody of Jesse is based on her behavior throughout court proceedings in the case and at a visitation session in May.

Her former attorney, Alan D. Eisenberg, said Griffin was "outrageous" when she appeared in court.

"She grabbed the microphone from me and started making defiant statements at the judge," Eisenberg said. "I could not cope with her." He withdrew from the case in May.

According to court documents, Griffin was notably uncooperative during a May 4 visitation with the father at the Milwaukee agency La Causa.

Griffin arrived at the agency 25 minutes late, the social worker wrote in a report. Griffin told the social worker that Sebuliba - a nurse - was not allowed to change the baby's diaper because it was "against her religion," according to the report. The report also states that Griffin argued the visit "had to be done her way."

While Sebuliba was with the child, Griffin became hysterical and asked for the infant to be returned to her, the report states. When the social worker brought the baby to her, Griffin had her sister call 911 because she believed the baby was having trouble breathing.

The report says that when paramedics arrived, they determined the baby was fine, but Griffin insisted the baby be taken to a hospital.


http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=622154