House Resolution 125 Update

The listing of cosponsors for H. RES 125 is updated as of 5:30pm today. I’ve added two tables to the H. RES 125 page which lists the names of the members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, highlighting those who have not yet become cosponsors.

There is a separate table listing of the 13 members of the NJ Congressional delegation. It is sadly reproduced below. Officially, we know they are very busy with the stimulus package. Unofficially, I’m speechless or prefer to say… “%$#@*&^%????

It was also reported today that O Globo newspaper picked up the story of David Goldman’s custody battle with the Lins e Silva’s that ran in the NY Times (copy here on BSH). Unfortunately I kept getting server timeouts when I tried to connect to the O Globo server. Now it appears that the pages have been taken off line. Both of the links below end up as “Page Not Found.”

http://g1.globo.com/Noticias/Brasil/…L+DIZ+NYT.html

http://oglobo.globo.com/rio/mat/2009…-754579573.asp

One can only wonder in sheer amazement! The following is copied from Wikipedia’s article on journalism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journalism.

The elements of journalism

According to The Elements of Journalism, a book by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, there are nine elements of journalism. In order for a journalist to fulfill their duty of providing the people with the information they need to be free and self-governing. They must follow these guidelines:

1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth.
2. Its first loyalty is to the citizens.
3. Its essence is discipline of verification.
4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover.
5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power.
6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.
7. It must strive to make the significant interesting, and relevant.
8. It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional.
9. Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience.

On the April 2007 edition of the book, they have added one additional element, the rights and responsibilities of citizens to make it a total of ten elements of journalism.

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83 Responses to “House Resolution 125 Update”

  1. gail says:

    When can we expect some news on Sean’s return?

  2. Colette says:

    Bob,
    Claudia.Hope posted these O Globa links re: David’s story from today’s O Globo on the Forum side. The links are still working. :-)

    Batalha judicial cria tensão nas relações entre EUA e Brasil, diz NYT

    http://g1.globo.com/Noticias/Brasil/…L+DIZ+NYT.html

    Americano luta pela custódia do filho trazido ao Brasil pela mãe, diz NYT
    ESta no O Globo on line de hoje se referindo a materia do NYTimes.

    http://oglobo.globo.com/rio/mat/2009…-754579573.asp

  3. Colette says:

    Bob,
    Claudia.Hope posted these O Globa links re: David’s story from today’s O Globo on the Forum side. The links are still working.

    Batalha judicial cria tensão nas relações entre EUA e Brasil, diz NYT

    http://g1.globo.com/Noticias/Brasil/0,,MUL1017074-5598,00-BATALHA+JUDICIAL+CRIA+TENSAO+NAS+RELACOES+ENTRE+EUA+E+BRASIL+DIZ+NYT.html

    Americano luta pela custódia do filho trazido ao Brasil pela mãe, diz NYT
    ESta no O Globo on line de hoje se referindo a materia do NYTimes.

    http://oglobo.globo.com/rio/mat/2009/02/25/americano-luta-pela-custodia-do-filho-trazido-ao-brasil-pela-mae-diz-nyt-754579573.asp

  4. Bob D'Amico says:

    That’s the 64 million dollar question. The case has been taken out of the Rio state court system and will be heard at the Federal judicial level. There is still a long way to go unless the Federal government steps in and says “enough is enough, we must immediately comply with the Hague Treaty.”

    Not being Brazilian as well as having a minimal understanding of the structure and separation of powers in the Brazilian Constitution I can only assume some kind of accommodation or arrangement has to be made between the Executive and Judicial branches of government. Otherwise it’s going to be a long battle in the court system.

  5. pachecoann says:

    http://g1.globo.com/Noticias/Brasil/0,,MUL1017074-5598,00-BATALHA+JUDICIAL+CRIA+TENSAO+NAS+RELACOES+ENTRE+EUA+E+BRASIL+DIZ+NYT.html

    I think this is the story mentioned above by O Globo…

  6. Colette says:

    I posted that link too Pachecoann, but my message appears to be awaiting moderation.

    There is this O Globo page as well:
    http://oglobo.globo.com/rio/mat/2009/02/25/americano-luta-pela-custodia-do-filho-trazido-ao-brasil-pela-mae-diz-nyt-754579573.asp

  7. joey2052 says:

    I remember when I click on one earlier(can’t remember which) Their were already 11 pages of comments, no wonder why they tried to get it off so quick..

  8. Bob D'Amico says:

    Those two articles are evidently censored. The G1 article states all the names except Lins e Silva.

    The O Globo Rio edition states only the name “Sean.”

    If this wasn’t so pitiful it would be funny.

    Deus Ajuda Brasil

  9. Bob D'Amico says:

    Looks like the Lins e Silvas are losing in the “Comments” on the O Globo Rio page!

  10. anna42 says:

    I find it interesting that the republicans are supporting this resolution more so than the democratics…I would have expected it to be the opposite. I am not impressed at all. I just sent another e-mail to Mrs. Secretary State and a whole bunch of other individuals. I am starting to get just plain annoyed at them all. I wish I could come to the rally. Keep the faith David…we won’t stop until Sean is home!

  11. c.hope says:

    REvista EPOCA / EPOCA MAGAZINE today feb 25th

    http://colunas.epoca.globo.com/ofiltro/2009/02/

    EPOCA MAGAZINE – feb 25th

    http://colunas.epoca.globo.com/ofiltro/2009/02/25/as-dez-mais-de-25-de-fevereiro-parte-i/

    9. Guarda de garoto americano gera tensão entre Brasil e EUA
    Um caso complexo em torno do garoto americano Sean Goldman, de 8 anos, pode ser um dos temas do encontro entre o chanceler brasileiro, Celso Amorim, e a secretária de Estado dos EUA, Hillary Clinton, de acordo com o The New York Times. Sean, filho do americano David Goldman com a brasileira Bruna Ribeiro, foi trazido pela mãe ao Rio de Janeiro em 2004. David viria uma semana depois, mas nesse meio tempo Bruna ligou para o marido, pediu divórcio e avisou que ficaria com a criança no Brasil. Bruna casou-se com o advogado João Paulo Lins e Silva e morreu no ano passado, por complicações de parto da filha que teve com o brasileiro. A Justiça brasileira deu a guarda de Sean a João Paulo, contrariando ordem judicial americana, de 2004, determinando a repatriação do garoto.

  12. tuckwoods says:

    I am not sure if this was reported on the website yet, but in case it was not….There will be an update on The Today Show this morning on the Sean Goldman case. It has to do with Hiliary Clinton speaking to her Brazilian counterpart today about the Sean Goldman case. I’m not sure what time it is airing, but I got the sense that it will be during the first hour.

  13. Mom25 says:

    I am watching it! :) ) TODAY SHOW IS REPORTING THEIR MEETING NOW AND THE GOLDMAN CASE!

  14. roger says:

    Out of deference for a courageous Washington correspondent from a very reputable daily newspaper with the highest-level readership in Brazil:

    Published today in the print and online version of “O Estado de São Paulo”, best regarded Brazilian hard news daily

    “Briga por guarda de menino ganha contornos de crise diplomática

    Patrícia Campos Mello

    O encontro do presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva com o presidente americano, Barack Obama, em 17 de março, deverá acontecer em meio a um protesto contra o governo brasileiro em frente à Casa Branca. A manifestação está sendo organizada pelo grupo BringSeanHome, que luta pela repatriação do menino Sean Goldman, filho de David Goldman e da brasileira Bruna Bianchi Ribeiro.

    O pai tenta há mais de quatro anos obter a devolução de seu filho, de 8 anos. David, que é americano, casou-se com Bruna em 1999. Sean nasceu em 2000. Quatro anos depois, a brasileira voltou ao Brasil com o filho, pediu o divórcio e entrou na Justiça pela guarda do menino.

    A brasileira casou-se de novo em 2007 com o advogado João Paulo Lins e Silva. Em agosto passado, em decorrência de complicações no parto da filha, Bruna morreu. Sean continua vivendo com o padrasto, que se recusa a devolvê-lo.

    “Espero que as autoridades brasileiras tomem a única decisão correta, de me reunir com meu filho”, disse Goldman. “Não há desculpa nem explicação para o que está ocorrendo.”

    Ontem, a secretária de Estado americana, Hillary Clinton, falou do caso Goldman em sua reunião com o ministro de Relações Exteriores, Celso Amorim. “Ela disse que o caso é importante e sensível”, disse Amorim. Ele voltou a enfatizar a posição brasileira de que “se trata de um assunto da Justiça”. A Casa Branca não aceita essa posição e considera um caso regido por acordos internacionais, pela Convenção de Haia.

    O caso Sean Goldman está mobilizando congressistas americanos e ameaça prejudicar as relações bilaterais. Há resoluções tramitando no Senado e na Câmara pedindo a devolução de Sean. Senadores recentemente propuseram uma resolução exigindo que o Brasil cumpra os requerimentos da Convenção de Haia e deixe Sean voltar a viver com pai.

    Integrantes do grupo BringSeanHome dizem que há mais de 50 crianças americanas no Brasil na mesma situação. “Nós encorajamos todas as pessoas a entrar em contato com a secretária Hillary Clinton e o presidente Barack Obama antes da visita do presidente Lula, para que o sequestro de Sean faça parte da agenda do encontro”, diz um e-mail enviado pela organização. “O Rio de Janeiro é uma das cidades finalistas para sediar as Olimpíadas de 2016 e nós queremos que o sequestro de Sean seja levado em conta na hora de escolher o vencedor”, prossegue a carta.”

    Quick translation:

    “Battle for boy’s custody gains contours of diplomatic crisis

    By Patrícia Campos Mello

    The meeting by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva with American President Barack Obama, on March 17, should take place amidst a rally against the Brazilian government in front of the White House. The protest is being organized by the group BringSeanHome, which fights for the repatriation of a boy named Sean Goldman, son of David Goldman and Brazilian Bruna Bianchi Ribeiro.

    The father has been trying for more than four years to be granted the return of his 8-year-old son. David, who is American, married Bruna in 1999. Sean was born in 2000. Four years later, the Brazilian returned to Brazil, filed for divorce and went to court seeking custody of the boy.

    The Brazilian was married again in 2007 to attorney João Paulo Lins e Silva. Last August, Bruna died after complications when giving birth to their daughter. Sean remains living with his stepfather, who refuses to return him.

    “I hope the Brazilian authorities take the only right decision, reuniting myself with my son”, said Goldman. “There is no excuse nor explanation for what is happening.”

    Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought up Goldman’s case during her meeting with Foreign Minister Celso Amorim. “She said the case is important and sensitive”, said Amorim. He emphasized the Brazilian government’s view that the matter is being handled by the Judicial Branch. The White House does not accept this position and treats the case as being governed by international treaties, by the Hague Convention.

    Sean Goldman’s case is drawing the attention of U.S. congressmen and threatens to harm bilateral relations. There are pending resolutions in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives requesting Sean’s return. Senators recently introduced a resolution demanding Brazil to comply with the Hague Convention and to allow Sean to live with his father again.

    Members of the group BringSeanHome say that there are more than 50 American children in Brazil in the same situation. “We encouraged all people to get in contact with Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama before the visit by President Lula, so that Sean’s kidnapping is part of the meeting’s agenda”, reads one e-mail sent by the organization. “Rio de Janeiro is one of the finalist cities to host the 2016 Olympics and we want Sean’s kidnapping to be taken into account at the time of choosing the winner”, the letter follows.

  15. roger says:

    Bob, I need to go back to work, but I just want to sign off for the day with one word of encouragement about you saying “otherwise it’s just going to be a long battle in the court system”:

    As I’ve mentioned earlier, it is not likely that Sean will come home without a Brazilian court order, but just don’t assume it is going to be a long battle. Yes, it may well turn out to be, but…

    Don’t think for a minute that Foreign Minister Amorim’s public remarks for the press reflect 100% the private discussions held with Secretary Clinton.

    As a member of the Executive Branch, Amorim cannot just say “I’ll take care of it”, because he can’t. He politely referred the case to the Brazilian courts, even though he may be very well working behind the scenes to get the Federal Judges to fast track the case.

    Diplomatically, that’s all Amorim could say and will keep saying, but not all he can do, and we cannot guarantee that he’s not already doing it.

    President Lula and Amorim can privately lobby the court system for a speedy decision based on diplomatic pressure from the U.S., and perhaps this is what has already been going on behind the scenes. However, they will keep saying publicly that there’s little they can do because the matter is up to the courts to decide.

  16. johntheis77 says:

    Here is where I was able to find the story on Globo

    http://oglobo.globo.com/pais/mat/2009/02/25/batalha-judicial-cria-tensao-nas-relacoes-entre-eua-brasil-diz-nyt-754576946.asp

    I have been following this story from the first time I saw it on Deadline and the morning show, as a Brazilian /American I was outraged to here about this and what the brazilian courts were doing. Thought I was not so surprised because I know how the systems in Brasil work they are just about all currupted I thought that this would at least give the Brazilian Gov to prove that they have made some change but i guess somethings will never change. David god bless you and your family and soon you and sean will be together the way it should be. I am surprised that the Brazilian Federal Police have not already when and retrieved this child like the Immigration officials did here in the case of the Cuban child who lost his mother at sea, did you see how quick they returned that child to his father in Cuba? Why is this any different ? if anything it is worse Sean is not with any biological members of his family so he should have been returned to his father as soon as his mom passed away. I have sent several emails directly to Mr. Lin Silva in portuguese and in english of course he has not responded.
    David many in Brasil would have handled this situation the total opposite of how you are handling it and Mr. Silva knows it, stay the course and Justice will preveil God is on yourside and their is no higher power then that. I will continue to monitor this story. Thank you. I hope this link I provided helps.

  17. roger says:

    Johntheis77,

    If only it were so easy as you make it sound. The Brazilian Federal Police has not been given any order by the any Brazilian court to retrieve the child. Appeals have been filed for that purpose. Now diplomatic efforts are underway to fast track the court proceedings in the Federal courts. That’s all there is.

    You can’t compare the Cuban child case because no two cases are the same. I don’t remember if it was the case in the Cuban child instance of applying the Hague Convention, but even if it were the case, the whole set of rules to enforce the Hague Convention in Brazil is different than in the U.S.

    Of course this whole thing ideally should have never taken this long, but unfortunately our long list of appeals for both parties also known as due process of law is sometimes a major source of injustice for all parties.

    Let’s keep on the heat in the court of public opinion, knowing that ultimately will be up to the Brazilian courts to decide on sending the kid back home.

    Unfortunately no court case is a no-brainer once the appeals start coming in and legal shenanigans apply.

  18. fcesar says:

    Looks like the Brazilian media finally published something about it even though there is a gag order on this case.
    Article in portugese published by the largest and most trusted newpaper in the country.
    http://www.estadao.com.br/estadaodehoje/20090226/not_imp329891,0.php

    This is a very good sign.

  19. johntheis77 says:

    Roger I know what you mean, this situation should not have done this far or even draged out this long. When I was younger living in Brasil I seen how things are handle in Brasil and I was shocked. When I saw how easy it was to payoff any Lawmaker and Police officer I know that the country was corrupted and at all levels. This Lin Silva guy will try drag this out so long that sean might be 18 when its all over. I can see that for Lin Silva this is more then seeing the well being of sean it’s a demonstration of Power.
    When you take a step back and ask your self why would he try to register sean as his owe son what are the benifits in that well for him there would be many 1 that sean no matter what is still a U.S citizen and at the age of 18 could Grant Lin silva the right to get a Green card which would allow him to come to the U.S and possibly practice Law in the U.S once he gets documents needed in the U.S, for Lin Silva its more then just wanting to keep sean as a step son. Lin Silva knows exactly what I mean when I told him that he know how Brazilians would have handled this situation, he is taking advantage of Mr. David and making a circus out of our country, causing uproar within the two nations that have a great relationship. I have asked Lin silva what if the Tables were turned, what if it was his biological daughter that was taken from him and he was in Davids shoes would he handle it the same ? I seriously doubt it all Brazilians know that the Justice system in brazil is a big joke and a corrupt legal system that feeds the wealth of its chambers. I will keep fighting with David to get sean back. God bless sean and God Bless America.

  20. Irish17 says:

    Did anyone see this interview on CNN?!?!?! It was not long, it was not much, yet it was CNN and it talk about this case and the issues have Brazil keeping children illegally.

    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2009/02/26/feyerick.brazil.custody.battle.cnn

  21. roger says:

    fcesar,

    You bet is huge. A translation of the story is right above in this thread.

    Bob,

    About the gag order, this would be funny if not tragic: when one googles “lins e silva” and “david goldman”, check out what happens in one of the results:

    Americano luta pela custódia do filho trazido ao Brasil pela mãe …25 Fev 2009 … RIO – A disputa pela custódia do menino Sean Goldman, filho do americano David Goldman com a estilista brasileira Bruna Bianchi Lins e Silva …
    extra.globo.com/rio/…/02/…/americano-luta-pela-custodia-do-filho-trazido-ao-brasil-pela-mae-diz-nyt-754579574.a… – 23 hours ago – Similar Pages

    At first you see all the names in the google link. Thn, when you click it, no names appear in the “new” piece! They can’t gag order google.

  22. tenorplus says:

    Great that this continues to get more and more media coverage, and we need to keep the ‘heat’ up more and more until this is accomplished and Sean is home (finally) with David! I am also sooooooooooo disappointed in many of our congressional representatives and senators… this is a no-brainer. They need to get behind a cause like this and stop a lot of the foolishness that they like to throw around. We need to keep this in mind and remember it whenever an election rolls around. Yes, time for change – seems to me these *&^%$$& are getting more than they earn – and it is everyone else who suffers. We’ll keep pounding them. I have contacted the ones throughout the northeast (especially) and to little results. KEPP TRYING. I know that BBC is considering this for a feature – so we can hope for more publicity internationally!!

    Thanks for everyone’s efforts. It is easy to get discouraged, except when you think that David has fought for almost five hard years. He sure gives confidence to move forwar with even more energy. Hang in there, David. We’re all with you all the way and to see this completed and Sean home at last.

  23. anna42 says:

    I agree with tenorplus…we need to keep the pressure up. Keep strong David…Sean is counting on it!

  24. Kimberly000001 says:

    I am just logging on super quickly to say….David’s story is coming up on CNN in a few minutes…today…now. Wolf Blitzer is doing a story. Stay tuned.

  25. RayAdkins says:

    Just on Wolf Blitzer’s Situation Room on CNN this afternoon, a great report on the Goldman’s case.
    It also said Brazil is the biggest Hague Convention violator in the world with 66 kidnapped cases of abducted childre.
    It is worth to check it out!

  26. gail says:

    You know, I think we made some people wake up. Finally. I’m going to start again with the emails. We have to keep going. It’s amazing that the Lins e Silvas have not returned the child after all of this. The publicity is going to be terrible for them. They should make arrangements and give the boy to his father. And maybe some of the other parent/kidnapper will take notice and do the right thing as well.

  27. Priss says:

    Great news!! I was just watching Bill O’rielly and David’s story was on there!!! I literally jumped up and screamed for joy!!! Yes, yes, YES!!!!

  28. Aimee says:

    Great news to hear that coverage is breaking out in Brazil and becoming more of a hot topic amongst our own mainstream media! Though our lawmakers have thus far been fairly heedless of our wishes in regards to the resolutions in the Senate and the House, I have a feeling that more broad coverage will get their priorities in order fairly quickly.

    I continue to be in complete awe that David is in this situation at all, and I have to admit that even being on the periphery of it (calling congressman, calling friends, contacting the media, and waiting for any developments. . . ) is a bit emotionally exhausting. If I feel that way, as a person who has no personal connection to David, I cannot even begin to imagine the weight of this on him, as well as on his family and friends.

    Hearing that broader coverage is making its way through (although it is beyond me why it has taken so long!) is definitely an encouragement to keep up the calls, keep talking about it, keep praying about it. . .

  29. I am an American missionary working in Brazil. I saw this story for the first time on Fox News (The Factor) last night. I was horrified. I love my adopted country, but this story illustrates everything that is wrong with the Brazilian “justice” system. It is a self-inflicted black eye on this country.

    If regular Brazilians knew about this, they would be horrified. I am going to do my small part to inform them of this, on my English language and Portuguese language blog. As this story begins to seep out, I believe there will be a popular and unavoidable groundswell of popular opinion in favor of the American father.

  30. tenorplus says:

    It is encouraging to see more and more about this coming to light! We still need more communications in Brazil ~ thanks to AndrewComings for his efforts, as well as all the others in Brazil!! We appreciate this. Yet, we still have a lot of work to do at ‘home’ with the congressional resolutions lingering far too long. Let’s keep pushing these folks – they DO WORK FOR US and it is time this was recognized!! How they can sit back and do nothing is beyond me. What if this was their child?????

    The Lins e Silva “gang” would be smart (and compassionate) if they simply returned Sean and dropped all the nonsense!! They are clearly in violation of all aspects of The Hague Treaty… as well as everything that is moral, ethical, truthful, just and caring!!! We need to continue to bombard them directly and especially through the media and peoples of Brazil. If they have to close their “law” offices and find a real job – so be it! They have made a mockery of justice, family, international law, etc. and do not deserve to “practice” law!

    David – hang in there, my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Mom25 says:

    Please read the new thread TUESDAY EFFORT to learn about the new round of emails we are about to send next week!! Also, check the Contact Gov’t officials thread if you want to join that effort as well!

    Thanks!!!!!!!!

  32. karabailey says:

    Does anyone have the video link of Megyn Kelly talking about David’s case with Bill O’Reilly on last nights O’Reilly Factor show? I cant find it and have not seen it yet.

  33. Mom25 says:

    I also searched and searched for it but I can’t get it now…

    SUPPORTERS:

    Please read the new thread TUESDAY EFFORT (http://bringseanhome.org/forum/showthread.php?t=49) to learn about the new round of emails we are about to send next week!!

    Also, check the Contact Gov’t officials thread (http://bringseanhome.org/forum/showthread.php?t=20&page=3) if you want to join that effort as well!

    Thanks!!!!!!

  34. karabaily,

    I have been trying to find it all day. So far no luck.

  35. johntheis77 says:

    Here are there email addresses please continue to email Joao Paulo e Lin Silva
    jplins@linsesilva.com.br and give him an ear full he can read and write english but I cant assure you he will respond I have emailed him several times in english and portuguese advising him to do the right thing here and show sean that he is a hero for returning him to his dad and not let sean grow up seeing him as the guy who tried to keep him from his real dad. Please continue to email him. I also sent Globo and Fantastico in Brasil this case several times last week so I hope it had a great impact on this case and by seeing that it has been reported in the news in Brasil shows me that it is working. Everyone needs to keep this presure and story alive, we will not rest, we will not leave, we will not give in until justice has been served and sean his home with his dad in NJ.

  36. anna42 says:

    I have been e-mailing both the step father and his father but they haven’t responded. I have contacted a few congress people as well and nothing yet. I will keep trying!!!!

  37. johntheis77 says:

    Here is where you can leave a Message for the President LULA https://sistema.planalto.gov.br/falepr2/index.php

    Please send him your concerns and pressure him to stay involve and return this child, now I must advise you I am not sure that LULA can read English but I am sure he will get it translated .
    If you have any issues with the link above try this one http://www.presidencia.gov.br/presidente/falecom/ then click on Escreva sua mensagem

  38. johntheis77 says:

    For what it is worth I emailed President Lula if I get a reply I will share that with everyone. I dont think that Brasil wants this kind of Negative attention because it is bad for business and tourisim so keep applying the presure on all of the officials. Just keep in mind that because David went thru the legal system which was the right thing to do it takes a long time. Here in he U.S.A a person can get a birth certificate the same day in Brasil I went to get a certified replacement one it almost took 30 days since I was only there for 20 days at that time I had to have family mail it to me. That is one of the things I can’t stand about the country they are not up to date with technology were they can process things quickly and in a timely fashion. In Brasil the courts are very very slow and need major improvements. Please Email President Lula and presure him to get involved and have sean returned to the USA with david.

  39. Kimberly000001 says:

    Gail,

    I spoke to CNN today (Larry King show) and they want David to be on the show next week!!! It’s not finalized yet but I know LukieD is checking with David.

    Can you imagine? I just called to follow up and they immediately put me through to someone!!!

  40. gail says:

    Thanks Kimberly, I can’t wait.

    Somebody deleted my post saying we were told not to write to the LeS family? What happened?

  41. I just put this on my English language blog (http://www.comingstobrazil.com/blog/archives/2009/02/gross-miscarria.php) which is read by many Brazilians, and on my Portuguese language blog (http://cadernoteologico.wordpress.com/2009/02/28/justica-para-sean-e-david-goldman/) which is read exclusively by Brazilians. This is my small attempt to pick up the slack left by the Brazilian media. I will keep track of this blog, and keep my readers updated.

    Let me know if there is anything else that can be done from down here “south of the equator”. I live a good distance from Rio (interior of the state of Ceará), but I am more than willing to help in any way possible.

    I would like to state for the record that I have been happily married to a lovely Brazilian woman for almost nine years. I have several American friends who are also married to lovely Brazilian women.

    This has nothing to do with Bruna’s being a Brazilian, and everything to do with her being a gold digging shrew. And gold digging shrews know no national boundaries, I am afraid.

    As to the “justice” system, well, Brazilian government has a long an honored tradition of being manipulated by the powerful to oppress the weak. This is why I think that the story of a father an little boy being oppressed by a powerful and well connected lawyer will resonate with rank and file Brazilians, once it becomes commonly known. It happens to them (albeit on a smaller scale) every day.

  42. Mom25 says:

    Kimberly, FoxyLoxy, Teena and many others did an excellent job!!!!!

    We are continuing with their TUESDAY EFFORT now, targeting Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, also we will be sending mass emails to Valerie Jarrett (Senior Adviser to the President, overseeing the Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs) and other gov’t officials!

    Please check the forums to learn more about it and to sign up!!!!!

    If you don’t want to sign up there, you can do it here:

    GB & BO’R EMAIL
    count me in!

    VJ & Mrs. O (great possibilities!)
    count me in!

  43. anna42 says:

    That is excellent news about Larry King Live!

    Count me in!

  44. marciadavis says:

    Hi All,
    They just posted a new article on globo.com and it made me sick to my stomach! It basically says that the only motivation for David to fight for his son was money! Bullshit!
    They mention the amount of money that was paid regarding the deal David made with Bruna’s parents , and they are accusing David of selling t-shirts, hats, etc with Sean’s picture on it to make profit and basically using his son to make money(and they know it is a huge appeal for us Brazillians to perceive that it would be something bad enough to justify Bruna’s family to keep Sean in Brasil).
    It also says that Bruna and David have become distant and cold to each other after Sean was born and she would constantly complain about being the bread winner. Her family also says that David was allowed to see Sean and Bruna’s father even had offered to buy David the tickets but David did not want to do so.

    As I said, it made me sick to my stomach! How dare those people think they are going to get their way just by being influential and spoiled? Not to mention being liars!
    The article is below:

    http://oglobo.globo.com/rio/mat/2009/02/27/disputa-por-crianca-teria-sido-motivada-por-dinheiro-754628872.asp

  45. gail says:

    What are the responses? Can you translate them?

  46. All the commentaries I have read so far, except for one, are outraged at the bias of this piece. They accuse Rede Globo of being bought off, and those are among the nicer accusations. I will try to put a few translations up quickly.

  47. Pedro de Orleans comments:

    “It is obvious that this (the article) was a bought piece. Whether by cash or influence, it doesn’t matter. It was bought. What rotten families! What a rotten little newspaper. ‘Your pool is full of rats’”

  48. gail says:

    Thank you. I’m very glad to hear that.

  49. afroindiana comments

    The family of the Brazilian woman is acting illegally. Stop this nonsense! Everything could have been different and the boy could have had a normal life up to this point, and the father would probably have been happy to bring the child to visit his maternal family. What horror for the child and the father!

  50. gail says:

    I remember how rude (rotten) the person was that I emailed about the story at the same news paper. Telling me they can’t write about it and really rude. But I guess they were just lying and they did what they were told by the LeS family.

  51. Caramba05 comments

    “Naira (I am not sure if this is the author of the piece or another commenter…I do not have a Globo account) you are truly being paid to defend that gold digger Bruna. Well, she met a well-to-do international model while she studied fashion in Italy. They were neighbors. He paid his rent by his work, she was supported by her father. She saw the opportunity to make contact through mutual friends. She scored a “belly coup” and they married. And then she discovered that out there she needed talent to get ahead. And that you have to work and take care of your house and kids. So she got out, and KIDNAPPED the son.”

    That is all the translating I am going to have time for now. Suffice it to say that all but one of the comments I have read are along the same vein.

  52. ELR says:

    Yes, I am very glad to know that these O Globo readers can smell a rat!

  53. O Globo has a history of power and corruption, and Brazilians tend to be very skeptical of it. At one time the Globo network ruled the media (TV, radio, and print) and served as the mouthpiece for the military dictators. Now their sway is not nearly so monolithic, and many people still harbor ill will towards them. That they would print such an overtly biased piece is not surprising to me. Nor, apparently, is it surprising to their readers.

  54. marciadavis says:

    If you go on the Lins & Silva’s website, you click on “materias” and you will have articles written by Joao Paulo Lins e Silva. And guess what? On the very bottom you can read: “Matéria publicada no jornal O Globo”. Yeah, that means that back in 2001 this guy had his articles published on o globo. See what I am saying? The connection!!! It is extremely hard to have your article published like that just because.
    I am Brazillian and I am extremely pissed off. I am now looking for every little thing that could be used against that spoiled brat Joao Paulo!
    Justice, please!!

  55. Greenville_SC says:

    There was a very disturbing news in O Globo newspaper today (Saturday, 022808)saying David is after the money of the family if he gets Sean back.

    http://oglobo.globo.com/rio/mat/2009/02/27/disputa-por-crianca-teria-sido-motivada-por-dinheiro-754628872.asp

    Several people were upset with that news, including me. The majority of the postings were done in that newspaper in favor of David.

    We need to organize a protest in front of the Lins e Silva office building in Ipanema, with flyers explaining the situation. Some people want to do and guy from Sao Paulo said he would fly to Rio just to be part of that protest. Please organize this in the site and ask people interested in participate to email you guys back. Also, rachel could start to organize that in Rio. We could coincide with the summit we will have in Washington when the Brazilian presidente visits Obama. Same day, same protests, different cities.

    Greenville_SC

  56. marciadavis says:

    Hi All,
    A guy just posted on o globo that he found out that back in 2004 Joao Paulo was hired by a canadian man whom had his child abducted and taken to Brasil. The case was very similar to Bruna’s case! And guess what? The boy was sent back to Canada and reunited with his father!!! Read on: http://www.stf.jus.br/arquivo/cms/testetexto/anexo/decisao1.pdf

  57. Mom25 says:

    I just want to thank everyone for all your support!! we are getting a nice list compiled for our new CONTACT EFFORTS!!

    Go and check them out…

    IF YOUR NAME IS NOT LISTED under our MONDAY EFFORT (GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS: http://bringseanhome.org/forum/showthread.php?t=58&page=2) OR ON THE TUESDAY EFFORT THREADS (MEDIA:http://bringseanhome.org/forum/showthread.php?t=49&page=6), PLEASE JUST POST A MESSAGE THERE SAYING: “COUNT ME IN”

    If you are not registered in our forums, then you can simply reply to this post, so we know we can count on you!!

    THANKS!!! all of you are making a huge difference!!

  58. MichelleGodde says:

    Glad to see media coverage ramping up and I can only hope the additional pressure keeps these tv shows talking about it. Mom25, I can’t get to the thread re: the Tuesday emails. Can you let me know what the plan is? I think we need to put Lisa Ling from the Oprah Show on the list. She’s been bringing interesting and international stories to Oprah’s show. Has anyone heard back from Oprah? I think the March 17 rally will push thing issue onto a whole new level.

  59. Mom25 says:

    Sure… I will post details of Monday and Tuesday efforts here…

    ______________________________________________

    MONDAY EFFORT (3/2) – Valerie Jarrent & Mrs. O
    GOAL: raise awareness – mention the need to support to HRes125, SRes37 and make pressure for the Gov’t officials get on the right track to drive the issue with the BR Gov’t as needed (BSH org)

    Send email to Valerie Jarret – you will need to access the Office Public Liaison website on Monday (http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/opl/“]Office Public Liaison). For this, please have a message drafted before hand – limit your entry to 5000 characters, or the message will not go through.

    Send email to Mrs. Obama – to email her, please access the White House Contact website and post a message there no longer than 5000 characters.

    Please be certain to ADDRESS YOUR EMAILS SPECIFICALLY TO MRS. OBAMA and MS. JARRETT.

    ______________________________________________

    TUESDAY EFFORT (3/3) – Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly (Fox News)
    GOAL: to cover the story for all the reasons above.

    Send email to Glenn Beck – glennbeck@foxnews.com and me@glennbeck.com (this is a general email to his radio program)

    Send email to Bill O’Reilly – oreilly@foxnews.com

    Bill O’Reilly already started to report something on the case with Megyn Kelly, at this point, it would be great if he could bring David to the show to do follow-up, especially after the rally!

    ________________________________________________

    Thanks for everyone’s support!!!!

  60. anna42 says:

    I have sent an e-mail to Lisa Ling but have not heard anything. If more of us e-mail, she may be interested.

  61. barney says:

    after the article in O Globo on Saturday, Veja a weekly magazine, runs a more favorable article in todays edition.

    Some Brazilians are saying that David signed a document giving up parental rights in return for cash. This must be contested right away!

  62. MichelleGodde says:

    Anna42,
    Do you have Lisa Ling’s email address? Thanks Mom25!

  63. anna42 says:

    I posted a comment on her blog since I could not find her e-mail. I have attached the link…http://www.lisaling.com/blogs/Well_be_right_back.html#blogcomments

  64. elle says:

    Mom25,
    I’m leaving a message here, because for some reason I can’t post anything on the forum?
    I’m in for Monday’s effort…..question…. on the e-mails for both…there is a subject box, that has a drop down menu. You have to make a choice, you cannot put your own subject line, so which one are we all going to use. The fourth or the fifth choice make the most sense. Although, I would love to get a response from them both.

    Bob, …..if you happen to see this. Can you please check my account. I can’t post any thing on the forum. I log in, want to send a reply, using quick reply and it tells me, I’m not logged in?

  65. Bob D'Amico says:

    I’ve been saving this picture…..
    What Gag Order

  66. Mom25 says:

    lovely pic :)

  67. Mom25 says:

    ELLE: thanks for your question in the Main Blog about the drop down menu at BOTH websites:

    Mrs O = http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
    and
    Valerie Jarret = http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/opl/) –

    From the drop down menu, please choose the subject OTHER and BEFORE you type your letter, please write: “Sean Goldman – American boy kidnapped to Brazil‏” (or something of the like, so long your message is LOUD AND CLEAR that this is about DAVID GOLDMAN’S CHILD from BringSeanHome.org

    THANKS!!!!!!

  68. Greenville_SC says:

    O Globo published David’s point of view today in response to Bruna’s family point of view yesterday:

    http://oglobo.globo.com/rio/mat/2009/03/01/americano-diz-que-familia-brasileira-mentiu-sobre-seu-interesse-pelo-filho-754648635.asp

  69. tenorplus says:

    It’s great to see the Brazilian press finally talking about this – but horrific that they put such garbage about David in this!! We need to email, call, blog them and force the truth to be what is presented. How much more of this slander can David take – when he should not have to have had any of it. Terrible. Brazilian friends – thanks for your support in this and PLEASE help us to get the word out ASAP everywhere and anywhere possible in Brazil. To stop all of this nonsense might help to reunite many other children and their parent!!!!!!!

    Keep pushing!! Bob – great cartoon. Too bad that the man having to “gag” on the news was not shown throwing up! That is just how this kind of thing operates.

  70. Aimee says:

    Bob: Great pic!

    Count me in on Mon and Tue effort.

    Question for any Brazilians who blog here: Are journalism laws different in Brazil that they would be able to publish an article with slanderous allegations about David without any credible confirmation?

  71. Bob D'Amico says:

    Any one who has stood in line at a supermarket and looked at the front cover of the National Enquirer, the Star and other tabloids knows the answer Aimee. :)

    Actually that article was neatly worded and organized, simply reporting what information was passed to them. They have an ethical responsibility to verify the information they print but one might assume that their aim was simply to do a character assassination and turn it into a “tit for tat” scandal that maximizes paper sales. Let’s not forget that the Lins e Silva’s have been warning newspapers and media outlets since the beginning of BSH.org that if they report anything they will be sued. This is a major break in their strategy, their ultimate goal is to rally Brazilians against America. That is 180 degrees the opposite of our strategy, abiding by the Hague Convention.

    Many, many Brazilians are part of BSH.org and first to offer help and advice. In my opinion Brazilians have “de Cœur de Lion.” The heart of the Lion, God Bless them all!

  72. Greenville_SC says:

    The article, in O Globo’s front page today, was awesome. It also showed a full page inside the newspaper about the story, showing David’s point of view, with the interview from their correspondent in NY with David Goldman.

    I want to remember all in here that despite anger and frustration demonstrated by all in this case, including me, that this is not a case of Brazil against the US, or vice-versa. Let’s not judge Brazilians in general because of this case, let’s all think outside the box because we are all humans no matter where we were born. I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro by the way but I am 100% behing the biological father!

  73. Mom25 says:

    niiiiice Bob! :) “de Cœur de Lion”… sounds right and I like it !:))

    Thanks Greenville_SC for your insights… one of the reasons “I am here” is because I believe in the integrity of this Campaign.

    Our battle here is against a system that is preventing Father and Son be together, and not against people of any one’s nation… our goal is clear: Bring Sean Home.

  74. Aimee says:

    I hope the reminder that Brazilians in general are not to be judged was not elicited in response to my question about journalistic integrity. If the question was interpreted as a dig, I do sincerely apologize. That was most certainly not the motivation behind it. I am completely unfamiliar with o globo. . .whether it is considered reputable, whether it is a newspaper or an entertainment source, etc. . . I had assumed it was not a comparable publication to the National Enquirer and the like, but a legitimate newspaper, which is why I wondered if Brazil had laws r/t slander and libel that are similar to ours. It was frustrating to think there might be respected news sources that would be publishing overtly biased and inaccurate information that could hurt David’s chances of getting Sean home. My question (written quickly and apparently poorly worded) about journalism laws was aimed at understanding how news sources are perceived by the public in Brazil, and was not delivered in any spirit of casting blame.

  75. Mom25 says:

    TUESDAY EFFORT (3/3) – Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly (Fox News)

    Send email to Glenn Beck – glennbeck@foxnews.com and me@glennbeck.com (this second one requires more attention – a verification email is sent back, so click the link to verify you are not a spammer)

    Send email to Bill O’Reilly – oreilly@foxnews.com

    Bill O’Reilly already started to report something on the case with Megyn Kelly, at this point, it would be great if he could bring David to the show to do follow-up, especially after the rally!

    THANKS!!!!

  76. gail says:

    Sent my emails.

  77. MichelleGodde says:

    My emails are sent as well. I think the next target date should be an onslaught of emails prior to the March 17 rally. We should be able to get some media coverage on it.

  78. anna42 says:

    I have sent my e-mails as well. I will send another round tonight with my home e-mail address.

  79. litenloppa says:

    I posted this suggestion in one of the forums but I’m not sure i did it right so here is my suggestion again. According to Lins e Silva’s website (the lawfirm’s website) João Paulo Lins e Silva is a member of both the Inter-American Bar Association and Union Internationale des Avocates. Both their websites state that among their objectives are to preserve and defend human rights and liberties and to guarantee to the peoples of the hemisphere the free exercise of their civil rights under democratic principles. Maybe if enough people contacted these two professional organizations and informed them about the unethical behavior of one of their memebers, they would not be so keen to maintain Lins e Silva’s membership. It seems it would be a blow to his professional status if these organizations took action against him. Being pressured by his peers may have some effect on him. According to the web sites here is the contact information:

    Inter-American Bar Association:
    1211 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Suite #202, Washington, D.C. 20036, Phone: (202) 466-5944, Fax: (202) 466-5946, Web: http://www.iaba.org , E-mail: iaba@iaba.org

    Union Internationales des Avocats: 25 Rue du Jour, 75001, Paris, France, Phone: + 33 1 44 88 55 66, Fax: + 33 44 88 55 77, email: uiacentre@uianet.org , Web: http://www.uianet.org

  80. gail says:

    I think people should start sending complaints. litenloppa is right.

  81. Aida says:

    I sent my e-mails.

  82. marciadavis says:

    I just did! Sent it in Portuguese! Great idea litenloppa!




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