News Update Feb 16

David arrived home from Brazil last Thursday (Feb 12) and immediately hopped on an Amtrak train for the three-hour trip to Washington DC. David met with Congressman Chris Smith and other high level officials in the US government. David also had a meeting with Brazilian Ambassador Antonio Patriota. The important take-away from the meeting with the Ambassador was a reassurance that the Brazilian Government wants to do the right thing, follow their treaty obligations, and reunite Sean and David on US soil. The Ambassador pointed out that the Brazilian federal government has filed the amended Hague application for the immediate return of Sean to David in the US and cited this as evidence of the Brazilian Government’s cooperation in this case.

It was also very important for David to finally have his voice heard in Brazil. Brazilian Superior Court Judge Luis Felipe Salomão (as stated on his own web page at http://www.stj.gov.br/portal_stj/publicacao/engine.wsp?tmp.area=398&tmp.texto=90842) pushed for David and Sean to reunite, emphasizing the extreme and urgent importance for father and son to begin to re-bond after 4.5 years of separation. Judge Salomão stressed the importance for the biological father and son to be together.

Sean and David were able to be together for visits on consecutive days last week. Their bond was not broken! Their unconditional love for each other still lives strong! And Sean still speaks English, despite what some in Brazil would have you believe. It was extremely difficult for David and Sean to say goodbye to each other at the end of the visitation. Father and son need to be permanently reunited in order to end this completely unnecessary suffering. David wanted to remain in Brazil and take his son to school to see Sean’s teachers, but was not permitted to do so.

David is hoping, if he must travel back to Brazil for only another “visit” with his son, that he will at least be allowed to have some liberty with Sean to take him for ice cream or buy him a toy and do some very simple, basic, natural things a father and son should be able to do together, something that was not permitted during this round of visitation. However, given the nature of the situation and the behavior of the people retaining Sean, David does not have high hopes that this will be easily obtained.

What about the legal case and where do we go from here? The case records will be sent to the federal courts sometime next week. We will then wait for the federal decision on the Hague Convention case, which must reunite Sean and David on a permanent basis, expeditiously, in New Jersey. All of you are making a difference, this cannot be emphasized enough. PLEASE, keep doing what you’re doing, your support is tremendous. So much good has happened in a short while, the momentum is with us. Let’s keep it going.

We are also planning a demonstration in Washington DC on Tuesday March 17 at Lafayette Park, across from the White House, to coincide with President Lula’s meeting with President Obama. We fully expect the topic of the Sean Goldman abduction case to be on the agenda for that meeting. For more information on the rally and to RSVP, please visit the Event on the HELP BRING SEAN GOLDMAN HOME Facebook Group at:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=49656442761.

EDIT by Bob: The full text of the Senate Resolution “Sean Goldman” is now on the website. The number has been changed to SEN RES 37.

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862 Responses to “News Update Feb 16”

  1. feltian says:

    I am glad to know that Sean still loves David and I cannot wait until this boy is allowed to return to his father!

  2. ldpmail says:

    Please keep us updated as frequently as possible…many of us feel like Sean and David are like family now and check for updates multiple times throughout the day!!

    Are his visits supervised and if so, by whom? How much time is he allowed to spend with him?

    What is the expected chain of events in the near-future? One person commented that Brazil’s Carnivale holiday will likely cause additional delays…true? If he comes home, is it anticipated it could take weeks, months, or years??

    Have financial donations increased significantly since the Dateline story too?

    Like everyone else, my heart aches for David and Sean…I cannot wait for this nightmare to end…and can’t believe it could end any other way than with Sean back home in the U.S.

  3. devinsmommy08 says:

    I so wish I could come to the demonstration…due to work schedule, I am unable to take time off. :(

    I just can’t wrap my brain around all of this! If Brazil wants to do the right thing and knows they are not honoring their Hague obligations, just give him back to David….just put him on a plane home! If they understand that Sean belongs on American soil with his father and want to rectify the situation (save face!) I don’t understand why they have to go on with the courts and rulings….it should seem irrelevant at this point. Does the Brazilian government have any say-so in their own country? Sorry guys to go off in this manner….this just upsets me so much. Like I said, my brain just cannot comprehend all the craziness!

  4. katie says:

    This sounds so reassuring!! Let’s just hope he’s home before the March 17 protest – wouldn’t that be fantastic? I would think the president of Brazil would want this all cleared up before he meets with Obama – otherwise, what an embarrassing situation for him.

    Hang in there David – it looks like this nightmare may finally be coming to an end!

  5. Bree says:

    Great news! Thanks for the update. Like so many, I am on this site during the day as much as any other just waiting for news. I pray that David and Sean are reunited soon. How ridiculous that a father and son have been kept apart for so long!!!

    I have a question regarding the appeals process. When the Federal Court meets and it is decided for Sean to join David back in the States, will he come home with him at that time? I know that we all expect the LeS’s to appeal the courts ruling; however, will the appeals be heard after Sean is already back in the US?

    Much like here in the US when a person is convicted of a crime and sent to prison, they have appeals available, but only after they are in prison. (Not that this is a comparable example, but I’m curious.)

    I would love to be in DC when Lula comes to visit, but I will be unable to. I will have David and Sean in my thoughts and prayers though as I will all of those able to participate.

  6. FoxyLoxy says:

    Between US and Brazilian govt support and Judge’s Salomao’s opinion, this looks very promising. Granted I tend to be overly optimistic at times but I just can’t imagine any other outcome but David and Sean being reunited in not too long. Here’s hoping.. The best part is that Sean obviously still loves his Dad immensely. The depth of David’s love for his son goes without saying….his enduring fight is testament enough.

  7. FoxyLoxy says:

    Here’s a rough list of key “hooks” for the Larry King Show. I’d like input please.

    - Under the Hague Convention, Sean should have been returned from Brazil within 6 weeks. It’s now over 4.5 years that David and Sean have suffered through a forced separation. Bruna’s on the record saying that he’s a great dad.

    - Sean’s stepfather is from a prominent Brazilian family and a lawyer who represents clients in international abduction cases!

    - Father has spoken at the Hague against international abductions and is the President of the International Union of Lawyers. (Has he represented Joao or had any known, direct involvement??)

    - NJ Congressman Chris Smith and both NJ Senators have introduced resolutions calling on Brazil to comply with Hague treaty. Clinton also following developments in the case.

    - One of 43 other cases in which Brazil has violated the Hague Convention (can we substantiate this?)

    - Lins e Silvas have obtained a court-ordered media ban in Brazil but case increasingly garnering international attention.

    *Bolded areas just indicate points I’d like confirmation on from LukieD or one of David’s friends (both factual and whether it’s ok to use it when pitching LKL).

    *I don’t know the lead times that TV producers work with, so we should shoot for one day this week to contact them, but it’s also important to get our ducks properly lined up before doing this. LKL’s a big deal.

    (General media pointers and action list to follow tomorrow).

  8. janelr says:

    Thanks for the update LukieD and thanks, too, for letting us know that our efforts are having a positive impact. I, like many others on the site, have been contacting the Congress ever since we were given direction of how we could help. I pray that the time is short for David to be reunited with Sean on a permanent basis!

  9. tweinstein says:

    In response to Bree,

    It was explained to me by my attorney that if the judge rules in my favor (which at this point, I doubt he will), I would need to remove my children BEFORE my wife was able to appeal. If she is able to file her appeal before I get the children out of the country, they stay in Brazil during the appeals. The process of removing the children would need to be a surprise mission (almost a re-abduction with the support of the police and a child psychologist). It has already happened in Brazil that the court ordered the return of a child and the parent found out and put the child into hiding. There are 3 reasons that a country can be non-compliant. In my particular case, Brazil has been deficient in all 3 categories.

    “Central Authority performance” involves the speed of processing applications; the
    existence of and adherence to procedures for assisting left-behind parents in obtaining knowledgeable, affordable legal assistance; the availability of judicial education or resource programs; and responsiveness to inquiries by the USCA and left-behind parents.

    “Judicial performance” comprises the timeliness of a petition under the Convention, timeliness of subsequent appeals, correct application of the Convention, and the efforts by courts to enforce decisions for return or access.

    “Law Enforcement performance” includes the success in promptly locating abducted
    children, and the prompt enforcement of court orders issued pursuant to applications under the Convention by administrative or law enforcement authorities.

  10. iescalante says:

    I’m so happy to read this update. This is good news of great things to come. I pray that David and his son will be reunited shortly after the case goes to the Federal Court. The effort of so many who have come together to help is paying out. I will continue writing emails and calling my representatives.

  11. Bree says:

    Tweinstein – thanks so much for your response! Just as I thought it might be. I’m so sorry to hear that you are going through the same thing. It’s appalling to know that they are essentially allowing people to flee to their country to commit kidnapping…then they are justifying it. Unreal!

    I will keep you and your children in my thoughts and prayers as well! One can never have too many prayers.

    ———
    I can’t wait for the day that I visit this site and see a reunion has occurred….a permanent reunion for David and Sean.

  12. anna42 says:

    I live in Canada and I have been following this story since it aired on Dateline. I am so happy that the governments and judicial systems are starting to listen. I have made a donation for David and will do so again next month. I have a 4 year old and it makes me angry that David and Sean have been unnecessarily kept apart. What cruel people to have allowed this! I wish I lived in the USA so I could write Congress on their behalf. I will continue to e-mail the US government, Brazilian government, the Brazilian judges, the Brazilian embassy, the Brazilian media and Oprah and Larry King on a daily basis until David and Sean are reunited in New Jersey! We must continue to keep the pressure on! I can not wait for their permanent reuniion!

    I also hope that this will also set a precedent for the other 40+ cases that are pending in Brazil so that the other parents will be reunited with their children.

    I will keep David and Sean in my prayers!

  13. Bob D'Amico says:

    FoxyLady

    It is our understanding that there are 43 such cases ongoing in Brazil.

    LukieD would be a better info source on PLS activities. Also PLS is “technically” not providing counsel for JPLS but as the most famous and powerful Family Lawyer in Brazil we assume he’s not sitting in his office smoking a pipe. He is personally involved in a smear campaign against David in Brazil.

    GAG ORDER: You could that much of the Brazilian press and TV media was complicit in keeping the Brazilian people from knowing about the case from the very beginning because the two families involved are extremely powerful, with high level connections in the major media outlets, the judiciary, state and federal governments. Further that the current “gag order” has not been issued nationally since the case is “secret,” but the media is weak; editors and journalists do know about it, but fear career ending retribution.

    You can quote me, us, at Bring Sean Home that in spite of the silence and complicity of the Brazilian press, people from 120 different countries have read this web site and people from 80 countries have signed the petition.

    Don’t forget to add that we’re planning a big welcome for Lula when he visits Obama :)

  14. tweinstein says:

    FoxyLoxy,

    The number of 43 came from the BCA (Brazilian Central Authority). The Department of State has confirmed “about 50″. I have been trying unsuccessfully to obtain contact information for all 43. I personally know of 7 of the cases.

    1. Myself
    2. David Goldman
    3. Greilly from Texas (a regular blogger)
    4. Someone from Florida (they were at the NY rally along with me but I don’t remember their name)
    5. George Gorgas (he has blogged on Facebook)
    6&7. Two other fathers from Texas who I have information for, but have not asked permission to post their names

    If I figure out any of the other names, I’ll be sure to post them.

  15. Bob D'Amico says:

    Add: Francois Larivee, Montreal
    http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=1118097

    “Francois Larivee is fighting for the return of his five-year-old son from Brazil. But being on the right side of the law is cold comfort to the 38-year-old businessman. He has won two court decisions in Brazil, and has followed The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction to the letter of the law, but Mr. Larivee’s custody battle, which has stretched over four years, shows no signs of being resolved.”

  16. tweinstein says:

    Greilly,

    Out of curiosity, is your name Kelvin or Marty? I want to make sure that you aren’t one of the two fathers from Texas I listed separately above.

    Timothy

  17. Jaboo says:

    Some of you may know that Bruna’s parents own a restaurant. Ive personally never cared for the place. its one of those jobs where you get an over proved under portioned

    Any ways check out this review site and you will see where some guy tells people not to eat there because they are kidnappers. good grassroots effort by the brazilian people.

    You might also want to start emailing the magazine this sit is from “Veja” Its like the brazilian People. This story is just sensational enough for them.

  18. Aimee says:

    to LukieD or someone “in the know”: What does it mean that the Brz gov’t filed an amended Hague application??? Also, what role are Bruna’s parents playing in this custody situation? I’m surprised we have not heard more about their role in all of this since Bruna’s passing. Also, is that American living in Brazil who was passing out flyers on the street to get the word out still doing so? I’d love to be out there doing that very thing! I feel powerless!

  19. Aimee says:

    Oh, I forgot. . . is Hilary Clinton actually taking an active role in ensuring Sean’s return or is she posturing? Does anyone know what tangible steps she is taking?

  20. LukieD says:

    Aimee,
    The Brazilian government, by way of the Federal Attorney General’s office (AGU) is technically the plaintiff in the Hague case, meaning they are calling for Sean’s immediate return to the US. The case is referred to as an “amended” Hague case because the original Hague case became obsolete when Bruna passed away so the case had to be re-filed in the courts because Bruna is no longer the respondent, JPLS is now.

    As for SOS Clinton, we have been told that she has been briefed extensively on the case and wants a quick resolution as do the rest of us. She has asked for regular briefings on any developments and also wants to know if continued progress is being made. Given her legal background and knowledge of children’s issues as well as human rights issues, you can be sure she is not happy with the behavior of the Brazilian judiciary in this case.

    And Foxylady, Bob is right about PLS’s involvement in this case. PLS would tell you that he is not involved but anyone who’s been following this case closely knows that he is front and center in the efforts to keep Sean in Brazil. He’s the quarterback who calls the shots behind the scenes, make no mistake about it. PLS spends his days responding to emails from David’s supporters trying to convince them David is a bad guy who’s only interested in money. Fortunately, that argument is becoming less convincing when he now has to explain how David has succeeded in gaining the support of the the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the US House of Representatives, the US Senate, the US Secretary of State, President Obama, and tens of millions of Americans, not to mention people from all over the world who have signed the online petition.

  21. gail says:

    Well this sounds like great news. Brazil is calling for his immediate return, is it possible that this will happen? Or can that man over there try and appeal this? It’s all so confusing, you would think if the Government call for it, it should happen? I sure hope so. And all of the other over there.

    Tweinstein, how long have your children been in Brazil? And how old are they? This is so very wrong. Maybe if this all goes well for David, it will help with your case as well.

  22. Bo says:

    I can’t help but to reiterate simply how amazing it is that the press here in Brazil has basically reported nothing about this case, not to mention all the other hague cases where brazil is non-compliant. A week or so ago when finally there were several media outlets, primarily online journals, that ran a 100 word story on the case they didn’t get into any detail whatsoever. I’ll wager that even after their “broken silence” a week ago that at least 90% of the brazilian population still has not heard anything about this story. Unfortunately the brazilian gov’t. not only muffles the press but even manipulates what kind of information they give to the public(they’re currently doing this with unemployment and economic information).

    It will be interesting to see if this situation and the other hague cases truly cause a diplomatic problem between the two countries exactly how the brazilian press will handle it and if they’ll let the people know that they decided long ago to keep the brazilian people in the dark.

    And most brazilians were under the impression that the dictatorship ended 20 years ago.

  23. tweinstein says:

    Gail,

    My children have been in Brazil since June, 2006, but their illegal retention started in August, 2006. My daughter, Anna, will be 8 this week and Paul will be 11 in April.

    Timothy

  24. tweinstein says:

    Re: List of cases above.

    #5, George Gorgas is in Australia. Thus, there are 6 names that I can confirm in the United States.

  25. roger says:

    Jaboo,

    Bruna’s parents sold their stake in Quadrifoglio right after Bruna’s death, according to the Brazilian press. According to the report, they wanted mourn her daughter as well as to be around Sean 24/7.

    I guess that speaks for itself as far as what they want out this case and why they’ve been silent ever since. It’s not in their interest to draw attention to the case.

  26. roger says:

    Bo,

    I’m also very curious about how the Brazilian press will handle this if this situation and the other hague cases truly cause a diplomatic problem between the two countries.

    The gag order in force for Sean’s case was granted by the 13th. Civil Court of the State Capital of Rio de Janeiro, which is not a family court and was not the state court where Sean’s case was being heard prior to last week’s decision that gave the case to federal court.

  27. devinsmommy08 says:

    Is there a contact email for the Brazilian embassy (for the ambassador that met with David and the others while he was in DC and said that the Brazilian gov wants Sean to come back home…I want to send an email to them today, and I’m also going to knock on Pres Lula’s door again. And of course, try my Congressman AGAIN because his name still isnt showing up on the list….I just don’t understand why something like this is taking more than one request!

    Still at 35 co-sponsors on the resolution?

  28. FoxyLoxy says:

    Bob D’Amico on 15 Feb 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks for that Bob. It’s actually FoxyLoxy but hey, who’s complaining :)

    - For sure, I assumed PLS has his pawprints all over this – was just confirming that you guys are comfortable saying that to the media, that we can back it up (and based on Lukie’s post, you can). I’ll go with that and the info about the gag order, smear campaign etc.
    - About the countries, glad we have some stats to use – that’s astounding! I know I was impressed when I saw Micronesia on the list.

    And yes, good point about Lula. He’ll get to experience “Carnevale”, American-style!

  29. sergio says:

    devinsmommy08,
    A lot of the email info are here on the site.
    http://bringseanhome.org/help.html

  30. FoxyLoxy says:

    tweinstein on 15 Feb 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Thanks Tim. Ok, we can say 43 cases per the Brazilian Central Authority. Bizarre that they track them but don’t comply with the treaty or at the very least, drag their heels.

    LukieD on 16 Feb 2009 at 1:03 am

    Thanks for the insight Lukie. If there are emails with PLS badmouthing David, I imagine that’s good enough as proof of involvement. The LeS seem to have turned speaking out of both sides of their mouth into a fine art.

    Agree, I think he’s fast losing credibility. They clearly thought they could game the system, discredit David, deplete his resources and he would just fold. Hopefully they’re getting a good schooling on the concept of American grit.

  31. Mom25 says:

    I posted something about the show in the previous thread, I am outraged at their supervision during the visitation… but again, at the end is either going to be the LeS family put to shame, or the BR as a Nation and I don’t believe it wil lbe the later.

  32. FoxyLoxy says:

    ACTION LIST

    1) Kimberly – Apologies that I’m running behind schedule. Are we still planning to do those videoclips? I think it’s an excellent idea – they’ll stand out from the usual emails.

    2) LukieD – Are we permitted to use the picture of David and Sean on the website masthead and is there a jpg? If not, we can just lift it off from there.

    3) We need to decide who’s going to call the exec producer. I think it should be an American, someone well-spoken and knowledgeable about the facts in this situation. The same person should send the email. I can draft the rest of it if they want.

    4) Select supporting articles, news releases etc. as supporting info for the emails. (I can do this).

    5) Kimberly – I think it’s a good idea if everyone writes their own emails for the “show ideas” address. They can certainly take some of the hooks I’ve listed but they shouldn’t seem too canned so the emotion comes through.

    I was going to recommend Wednesday a.m. to start sending the emails to LKL show ideas and then later in the day, send the one to the exec producer. I think it’s best for the followup call to happen on Thursday to give her a bit of time. Let me know what you think

  33. FoxyLoxy says:

    MEDIA TIPS

    I was going to pull together a list of media tips but came across this article on getting media coverage and dealing with journalists. This is faster and it’s a good one – think you’ll find it helpful.

    http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=2813

  34. gail says:

    Tweinstein, I am very sorry to hear about your children. This is just awful. I have just sent out my emails again to all the people in Brazil and made sure all the abductions were included. I hope if we keep writing something will happen. It seems like Brazil is a safe haven for kidnappers and something needs to change.

    Do you at least get to talk to your children?

  35. tweinstein says:

    FoxyLoxy,

    The Brazilian Central Authority is the Brazilian counterpart to the Department of State, Office of Children Issues. They are a civilian authority with the responsibility to process Hague Convention claims and coordinate communication between the judicial system in Brazil and the Department of State. They are partially responsible for the delays, though not entirely.

    Unless one has a private attorney(the least expensive retainer I was asked for was $20K), the official process for communication is to contact the Department of State, they then contact the Brazilian Central Authority who then communicates with the AGU (Brazilian Attorney General). This process then reverses itself until hopefully, it gets back to the left-behind parent in the United States.

    This process is broken and as such, most of us left-behind parents communicate directly with the AGU and BCA. We need to be careful though not to demand too much as neither is under any obligation to speak with us.

    As Roger said before, Brazil, like the United States has different branches of government that do not need to answer to each other. The BCA can demand all they want that Brazil follow the treaty, as can Lula the president. It is up to the court system however to enforce this.

    Brazilian culture is heavily biased towards the mother and as a father, it is a HUGE uphill battle to gain custody. The court systems there do not view these cases as violations of international treaty, but rather custody cases. For this reason, it was so monumental that David was successful in getting his case out of local courts and into federal courts. My case has always been in federal courts and I have still waited 2 1/2 years without a ruling.

    Everybody, please do not be naive. This fight is very large and will not likely be resolved quickly. It is only for those with much resolve who will be able to last until the end.

    Timothy

  36. Irish17 says:

    This update sounds very positive and extremly encouraging. Although I have concerns about jpls and family, I continue to think positive and pray. Has anyone heard if these people plan to appeal the verdict about this case going to Federal Court?? This a big concern to me.

    I would think that they would be open to letting David take Sean out. It is not like he is going to do something stupid to jeopardize his case. If they had half a heart, they would just say be back by this time, have fun. How ever when I remember who we are dealing with, they don’t have a heart, they don’t have any compassion and they really don’t have a soul.

    Lets not forget the bill though. We all really need to continue to push these congress representatives to support the H.Res.125 by Chris Smith of New Jersey. We have to get this bill passed, especially with the President of Brazil coming next month.

  37. philandteena says:

    I watched the Today Show this morning. Poor David and Poor Sean. What evil people to not let a son re-bond with his father. Why would you want a child to think his father doesn’y love him. It is terrible. no matter how long this takes I am in this to the end, and I hope this case helps the other families get their children back also

  38. gail says:

    Well then it sounds like they should not have signed on to the Hague. If they are going to hold custody hearings with American children they are in violation of the Hague, are they not? Sounds like they are deciding custody and that needs to happen in the United States.

  39. tweinstein says:

    Gail,

    Yes, I have access to my children when I am in Brazil and am able to speak to them regularly on the phone. This is largely because my wife’s family is supportive of me as they recognize that their daughter is wrong (though they are powerless to do anything about it).

    However, communication has not always been easy with my children. Being as I have never discussed with them the fact that they were abducted, they have not always placed the same value on contact as I have. To this day, I do not know their perception of the entire situation. Furthermore, my daughter is losing her English and she has difficulty understanding both my English and Portuguese.

    Timothy

  40. tweinstein says:

    Gail,
    The entire purpose of the Hague Convention is to return the children to their place of habitual residence so that the custody hearing can occur in the proper jurisdiction.

    I think it would help if people were willing to read the wording of the actual convention. Each country is allowed to make reservations before adopting it. Brazil’s only reservations (I believe) is that all legal documents be translated into Portuguese (the convention adopted English and French as the official languages).

    http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=conventions.text&cid=24

  41. tweinstein says:

    Gail,

    If I could make an analogy to the United States in which we have 3 branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial.

    The legislative branch in Brazil adopted the Hague Convention but it is the responsibility of the judicial branch to enforce it.

  42. tenorplus says:

    Great news and continued best wishes, thoughts and prayers for David and Sean… we still need to press these congressmen to get involved. This is a priority. Admittedly, I was unable to do much since Friday, thanks to the flu… but back “at it” today.” Calls – emails – faxes – visits – anything we can do to help David.

    The enteries above regarding the Lins e Silva clan are right – we need to keep the pressure up and building on these individuals, who have continually thwarted the law. If Sean only knew what lies and evil they have created… one day, they will regret these things! David has shown repeatedly (even before Bruna left) that he is a GREAT father in all ways… Sean must be returned.

    The other thing we need to continue pushing is for people in Brazil to help get the word out – and yes, we appreciate everything they have/are doing! We just need more news “out there” in Brazil. Public pressure within this system can gain more potentials that we can from the US, other than our government’s active involvement.

    Hang in there David!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. ConcernedCitizen says:

    Are there any pictures?

    Brazil sounds like a creepy country now and I always thought a lot better of them before this. I would be scared to have my children there!

    This man deserves to have his son back and we are looking forward to the news.

    Please update as often as you can.

  44. LukieD says:

    Today Show link from this morning for those of you who missed it.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/29220910#29220910

  45. devinsmommy08 says:

    I can’t find it above (and it may be on another thread)…but I think someone asked if the girl in Brazil (she is originally from America…NY) is still handing out flyers etc(she was on the Dateline show)? Her name is Rachel Glickhouse…her website is Tales of a Gringa in Rio. I believe she is still helping and I know she puts updates on her site as well. She actually lives in Rio. She has been very nice to me whenever I email her to give her updates. You guys may want to contact her to see if she wants to participate in the webcam thing for LKL. I don’t have one…wish I did.

  46. gail says:

    Well I watched to Today clip and now I am more angry than ever. I really doubt that the people there were really psychologists, maybe the first day when the Congressman was there with him, but not the second day. They seem to be getting away with murder and I hope this stops very soon. God only knows what they are saying to that child. Probably that he never wanted him and only wants money, it’s terrible. I hope that family gets what they deserve. And it’s sounding like Sean lives with his grandparents? Oh boy am I angry.

  47. Aimee says:

    If the case is being sent to Federal courts next week, what does that mean for timing of a decision? Will they actually decide next week, or could it be months? Beyond that, if David has been allowed visitation by the courts why does Bruna’s family and jpls get to decide what they can and cannot do together? I’m confused, and continue to be in complete awe over the idiocy of this entire affair.

    Like devinsmommy08, I also wish I could participate in lkl e-mail, but that’s a bit challenging without a webcam. Would it work to use a video clip from my camera?

  48. devinsmommy08 says:

    So, Sean does not actually live with JPLS? Then what does he care if Sean stays???? I think it all boils down to $ !

    Yes, ceilli, that is her. She has really been trying to help David’s cause…and as you know, getting info out in Brazil is very important.

  49. JonathanR says:

    I have never seen such profound, accute deprivation as this. It is absolutely mind-numbing to try and fathom that this has gone on for this long.

    Any person with the slightest bit of neuronal activity going on in his/her brain can look at this and go “HUh??!” Take a child from one country, keep him in another, and then have a non-relative lay claim to him is mind boggling. It does not take a law degree or political background to see the blatant illegality behind this.

    The thing that I worry about is how the Brazilian government appears to have no concept of how the passage of time is what is most damaging to Sean (and David). There are no legal ramifications (right now) regarding the fact that Sean is basically in captivity being fed God knows what, trying to alienate him as much as possible. I sincerely hope that David’s reunion with him, however brief and impeded, leaves a lasting impression with Sean so that he knows how much his father loves him.

    I know I’m just reitering what everybody else has said, but I pray that this nightmare ends soon for the both of them. But as Karen Bott said in her interview: “Karma. I’m a firm believer in Karma”. I do think these perpetrators will get what they have coming to them!!

  50. JonathanR says:

    How about reiterating not reitering, sorry. :)

  51. gail says:

    JonathanR, I think we are all so angry that we type to fast :) I keep doing the same thing. And I do agree with you about Karma, it’s going to bite them.

  52. Bob D'Amico says:

    ConcernedCitizen, There are several photos of David and Sean on the “Images” page.

    http://bringseanhome.org/images.html

    The Media & Documents page is constantly being updated, it’s a key page on the website.

    The most important page on the site is the How to Help page which lists numerous people to contact, telephone, telefax, letter and email. By the way, letters to US government officials are great but bear in mind that most mail to the government still goes through a time consuming inspection process since the 2001 Anthrax attack. Your letter will be delayed but it will be delivered.

    If we ask you for URGENT help we strongly suggest making a telephone call, it has more impact than email even if you get the impression you are being “blown off.” In fact if you feel like you are being “blown off” say it, interrupt the person with whom you are speaking and tell them you do not appreciate being treated that way. Works for me. Remember everyone in government works for you!

    NO COPYRIGHT: We do not claim the standard copyrights on the website. On the bottom of each web page it states:

    Grant of License
    Permission is granted to copy, distribute, republish, upload, post, and transmit, all materials from this web site under the terms of the Creative Commons License.

    The only thing we ask is if you quote from an article from a 3rd party that you credit (cite) the author by name and publication. A good example is the series of articles by Bill Handelman of the Asbury Park Press. You can Copy & Paste from any article but please cite Bill and the newspaper.

    Bill Handleman, Jeff Peques of ABC New York and Dateline NBC should all get Pulitzers for the work they’ve done!

  53. Despite being bound by International law on child abductions, 4 ½ years later, Brazil still has not returned one of our children to U.S. soil…

    I have worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on child abduction cases and am outraged by the actions of the Brazilian court in refusing to honor its obligations under the Hague Convention on rules governing Child……

  54. JonathanR says:

    Hi Gail,
    Thanks for your reply. I am usually never taken with news stories THIS much, but David’s plight has hit a nerve in me that I feel like I’ve got to do something. I’m in DC so I’ll be at this rally. Watching those home videos just struck me as to how wonderful a father can truly be. I want so much for him to find happiness again with Sean. He’s so young yet and has his whole life ahead of him. Maybe the “gift” in this experience will the attention it brings to this growing problem that so many are unaware of.

    As for longterm consequences, I doubt Brazil will fail to comply with these demands, no matter what kind of stink those A$$clog grandparents and stepfather put up because Brazil will be frowned upon by the rest of the world and tourism (which I imagine is a big part of their commerce) will be shattered.

  55. anna42 says:

    If Brazil has admitted guilt…then why wasn’t David allowed to bring Sean home? The US government should be intervening…we are talking about two US citizens. Why do we have to be politically correct? Why isn’t Hillary and staff doing more? This is crazy and frustrating! I know he will come home but why isn’t he home already!!!

  56. Irish17 says:

    I just saw the piece from the interview on the Today show with Merdith. I am so absolutley fuming about the 2nd visit David had with Sean. The details that David gave about the 2nd visit are absolutely infuriating and I am fit to be tied at the moment. ERRRRR. How ever I am going to use it positively and use it as motivation to really work on this case. To keep the pressure up and do everything within my powers to get Sean home NOW!! What is being done to him is wrong and he has to come home sooner then later more then every before.
    I will also keep praying. Praying the Sean knows the truth and that no matter what is told to him by these $*@&%!, he will remember what his biological father said to him and will not let these people get to him.

  57. Aimee says:

    anna42 is echoing my exact thoughts. Why does this have to go through the courts at all? Sean is an American citizen, and David is his only biological parent. Can someone explain to me why he is not allowed to simply pick him up and take him home? This makes no sense. I truly don’t understand why the CIA can’t swoop in and scoop him up. I realize my comments probably sounds naive, but the truth is that I don’t understand why our own government isn’t responding with more vigor.

  58. devinsmommy08 says:

    I once thought (and had been taught to believe in school) that we were the most powerful country in the world (United States of America). Guess I thought wrong??? This sort of changes my entire outlook on how I view our government and others as well…..

  59. hunbra says:

    The interview on Today Show this morning showed once more how has been difficult for David to deal with the powerful and unscrupulous Bianchi Carneiro Ribeiro and Lins e Silva’s gang. You can clearly see the difference that happened between the first and second visiting day. The first day when Sen. Chris Smith was witnessing the visit, things went fine and naturally; a beautiful reunion between father and son. But the second day was a completely different history. Things changed for bad. Without the presence of important witnesses, the kidnapers was again able to play their dirt game, did everything to make David & Sean time together miserable. How evil they are! I can imagine what they have been doing with Sean during this long time his is apart from his father.
    Did the court allowed those unilateral psychologist or psychiatrist to be there? Or it was just another dirt blow from the kidnapers?
    What a kind of heartless are the Bianchi Carneiro Riberiro (Bruna’s family) and Joao Paulo Lins e Silva ( ‘widower’ and a father of baby girl Chiara) ???? Do they not learned anything from Bruna’s death? Their lost didn’t show anything to them? Death is permanent! After having experienced such pain and huge loss, they should understant how much pain, sorrow and destruction they put on David and Sean lives.Why after all, even with all the evidences against them proving they are wrong, they are still trying to take away Sean from his lovely father David. It is time for the kidnapers to stop. What they are doing is immoral, terribly cruel and inhumane. And besides all criminal acts.

  60. JonathanR says:

    Exactly Anna, Aimee, and Irish!! What is so “delicate” about this matter that it needs to be talked about so an agreement can be reached?!!!! Open up a can of whoppa$$ on them is what I’d do!! It’s a hostage situation. If countries extradite murderers taking refuge there, why should this be any different? Saying “Oh well, he’s been here for 8 billion years now.” What does that matter? Did the government ever ask Sean himself how he feels about being there? Does he miss his father?

    I’m so mad right now all I can think of is whether or not Bruna got her due, aka received a first-class ticket to the boiling pits of hell! (A place I hope those evil parents will soon join her). Sorry…..

  61. anna42 says:

    Being a Canadian, I always thought that the USA was a very strong country…and would protect their own…it just boggles my mind that the biological father can not get his son back and that the government has not intervened. Kidnapping is illegal in all democratic societies!!! As for Bruna’s family and the stepfather and kin, they have not learned from Bruna’s death at all which is sad in itself. Evil and cruel people! We have to keep pressuring the governments and media in the US and Brazil!

  62. Colette says:

    I am so disappointed in the lack of respect for David during his visitation? Where is the justice? How is the Lins e Silva family allowed to even practise law, when they don’t even follow it themselves? This is the website for the Hague Convention. http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=text.display&tid=21
    Does it hurt to share our dissatisfaction? Does Brazil deserve to be a signatory when it doesn’t honour its obligations under the Hague Convention?

  63. Kimberly000001 says:

    Hi FoxyLoxy,

    Sorry for the delay in responding. I was out yesterday and now have a stomach bug.

    I think all of your suggestions are valuable and will really help us to make our point. The article is very useful as well. Mikki Caplan-Zaple is the “organizer” of this event (she has been here a lot longer and I believe she knows more people) and I am on the team. I think it would be very important for you to be on the team as well. Would you be willing to do this? It will just be a matter of the three of us communicating via email on strategies.

    Tracey just posted that she is beginning a third team for “Media” as well.

    Please let me know so we can get started finalizing plans!
    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  64. Walkiria says:

    Watch David’s interview with Meredith Vieira Feb/16/2009

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/29220910#29220910

  65. anna42 says:

    Thanks Colette.

    I just sent them an e-mail…hopefully, it doesn’t fall on death ears! Why is no one enforcing this law…why have the law, if it won’t be enforced.

  66. philandteena says:

    Aimee….I was thinking the same thing…I want to put on a black mask in some covert operation and just whisk Sean out of there!!!

  67. devinsmommy08 says:

    I am surprised to see that Howard Berman (chair for committee on foreign affairs) hasn’t signed on yet? Surely he is aware of this….every time I have called the main line, they said they will forward the messages to him. And I just sent another note to my congressman telling him how disappointed I am that his name is not on that list yet…..I will keep trying guys……..

  68. FoxyLoxy says:

    tweinstein on 16 Feb 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to explain the process there. I will write a longer post to you later – just want to complete the LKL stuff.

    LukieD:

    Pls. disregard my question about images – I got my answer from Bob’s post. I should’ve looked at the media page – you guys must be running flat out.

  69. Kimberly000001 says:

    FoxyLoxy, do you have a facebook account so I can email you?

  70. FoxyLoxy says:

    Kimberly000001 on 16 Feb 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Hi Kimberly,

    You’re very welcome. No problem about any delay (I was running behind too) and sorry to hear about your stomach bug – that’s a drag.

    I’m fine with joining the media team to plan strategy, but as much as I hate this, I may have to pull away some in the next couple of weeks. I just have something else going on that’s all. I’d still like to stay involved to an extent though, because I’ve got some other ideas.

    Is Mikki the organizer of the LKL event? I think that’s what you meant.

    I’m working on the email to the producer. It’s mostly done – just tweaking/verifying some parts. I will post it here this evening for any final feedback.

  71. FoxyLoxy says:

    Kimberly,
    I’d prefer not to post my name on here so can I just get in touch with you through Facebook some time tomorrow. Is the media team listed in the “help me bring sean home group”?

  72. Kimberly000001 says:

    FoxyLoxy,

    Can you also post your ideas on the FB “email to Larry King” thread so that Mikki and the others who will be helping can see and respond?

    I want to make sure we have good communication so everyone is on the same page…

  73. JonathanR says:

    I’m sorry I’m a little confused everybody, what is the “LKL” event? Is it the 3/17 demonstration outside the White House? Thanks.

    Jonathan

  74. JonathanR says:

    Wait, never mind everyone. Sorry.

  75. Kimberly000001 says:

    Is it possible to ask the people who signed the petition to send an email to LKL helping us to get International coverage on the story?

    That would certainly do it….one would think!!!!!

  76. FoxyLoxy says:

    Kimberly,
    Sorry, my pc’s been really slow lately. The ideas I was referring to aren’t about the Larry King Live event but I’ll do that if I think of anything else.

  77. Kimberly000001 says:

    Bob

    I guess the question is for you…

    Is it possible to ask the people who signed the petition to send an email to LKL helping us to get International coverage on the story?

  78. Priss says:

    This is an amazing article, that clearly shows how Brazil thumbs their nose at the Hague Treaty, that they willingly signed!! This is making them look ugly especially as more and more cases are coming out about Brazil. Thanks Bob for sharing it. As more coverage
    comes out on David’s case we will see more stories from other parts of the country who are fighting Brazil for their children too. Pandora’s box can’t be shut. They need to adhere and return all citizen to their country so that those countries can make the ruling. Why is Brazil making the ruling for the other countries on their citizens? Brazil would expect us to return their citizens if the child was taken to another country illegally. What goes around comes around! http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=1118097

    On another note, I would like Dateline to do another story on David but also get together every other parent who’s child have been kidnapped to Brazil and I would go so far to say internationally as well. (could you imagine how that would look on the TV to see a row or a stage full of parents being denied their right?!) This will definitely get their attention when they see how many parents have been denied their right to their children, who first and foremost are not even Brazilian citizens!!

  79. Priss says:

    Kimberly000001~ you can count me in on the LKL just let me know when. I check this site at least three times a day.

  80. FoxyLoxy says:

    Jonathan,
    No problem. We tend to use acronyms because it’s faster. FB is facebook, JPLS is Joao Paolo Lins e Silva, Sean’s Brazilian stepfather, (in case you’re wondering). We’re planning to email the Larry King Live show one day this week to try and get them to pick up this story.

    Also, there are several facebook groups “help bring sean home” and “bring sean home” are two – I think there are various discussion threads brainstorming there.

    There’s also a rally planned for March 17 in DC because “Lula”, the Brazilian president is visiting the US.

    Hope that helps.

    Kimberly:
    About the petitioners, that would be great if that could be done.

  81. Priss says:

    Another thought, could we not raise money to get all the parents who are denied their rights to meet together in Brazil and have a rally? I think that would shocked the Brazilian people when they first find out this is happening in their country. Second that there are so many parents who are being denied their rights and last that a lot of the cases are going on two years and on some five! That would definitely get some attention in Brazil and how can the Brazilian media ignore that?

  82. hunbra says:

    Few old notes in Rio de Janeiro press about Bruna’s parents: http://viajeaqui.abril.com.br/blog/135261_comentarios.shtml?3604300

    http://quest1.jb.com.br/editorias/textosdoimpresso/jornal/cultura/2008/11/01/cultura20081101006.html

    http://www.querovoce.com.br/revista/edicao-9/capa.php

    After the death of her daughter Bruna, Silvana Bianchi, co-owner and chef of Quadrifoglio Restaurant, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, sold the her part of the business that she devoted 20 years working, to take care of her grandchildren Sean and Chiara (a girl born from Joao Paulo & Bruna, before she died).
    The more I know about David’s case, I’m getting the conclusion that Joao Paulo Lins e Silva is not the person most interested to keep Sean in Brazil, nor to raise him. He is doing this fight for Bruna’s parents: Silvana Bianchi and Raimundo Ribeiro. Since the very beginning her parents were always involved. They were visiting in NJ, them they flew together with Bruna and Sean to Rio de Janeiro. The plan to kidnap Sean was already going on, with Lins e Silva aware of every step (with the help of a NY lawyer). Until Bruna’s death, Joao Paulo was fight to keep Sean in Brazil, for her. With her death, her family knew they had no rights to keep Sean in Brazil anymore. So, instead of calling David, tell him about Bruna’s death and do the right thing, returning Sean to him, they asked Joao Paulo for a fast action applying in Court to claim Sean custody. They knew it was not right, but they had already done all sort of wrong things without problem. So they tried the last step very fast, so David that wasn’t informed about Bruna’s death wouldn’t have any chance to fight back. Plus, eventually they would use it against him. They are just counting that everything in Brazil is possible when money and power are involved. Probably they have the money – but Lins e Silva is more powerful name.

  83. moniqueferris says:

    I am up for any help I can offer on the LKL front.

    I am mad as a wet hen they are so restrictive with the visitation. Terrible.

    If there are any of you from the SF bay area would you be interested in a rally in front of the Brazilian consulate 3/17 to coincide w/ Lula’s visit to DC? We could call local press. I have posted this in a topic on the FB discussion boards

  84. moniqueferris says:

    posting for Teena. She has as her email “signature” Lets all put this on all our correspondence.

    Please help us support a very important cause by signing a petition at http://www.bringseanhome.org
    Thank you, XXXXXX

  85. JonathanR says:

    Thanks FoxyLady. I’m totally new to the boards but have been following this. I actually spoke to David this past Saturday by phone. He was very gracious and open about this. We spoke for about 15 minutes. Here’s an idea: I have a good friend who is a researcher for US News and World Report; I was thinking of asking him to talk with some of his bosses there to see if they could get the story covered. Many of my friends aren’t aware of this fiasco, which means it hasn’t reached enough people yet.

    Plus, I don’t know how many people here watch Fox News, but I’ll bet you money that O’Reilly would have David on and cover this story to the hilt. O’Reilly is scary and he could wake up the dead! :) He’s going out to California with Geraldo to rip that octuplets’ mom a new one.

  86. Kimberly000001 says:

    Monique- I just saw the Today show video and – I didn’t think it was possible for things to get worse. HOW can those grandparents act this way in front of Sean???? APPALLING and shameful. I cannot imagine any way they can justify this behavior. To have someone jump in the pool while David and Sean are playing with a ball – they CLEARLY know Sean loves his dad immensely.

    Does anyone know how to contact Bob D’Amico about the email campaign? Does he read through all of the comments?

  87. moniqueferris says:

    Kimberly0000001 yes it is demoralizing to say the least. Poor Sean, this boy so needs & wants his father David.
    Bob is very present on the boards.

  88. MichelleGodde says:

    Hi All:
    I emailed LKL about 2 weeks ago and know of a few others that did so as well. Any dates secured as to when we will do the mass email to LKL? Also, does anyone have a list or access to a list of sponsors of H Res 125? Curious to see if my Congressman is on it. MoniqueFerris, I will be in San Fran on March 17. Any updates on a rally at the Brazilian consulate? Sounds like timing is really crucial right now, with all the brainwashing going on. I’m tight on funds for fundraising but do have airmiles I could donate to David to get down there. Does anyone know how I could reach someone helping David out with $$?

  89. moniqueferris says:

    MichelleGodde, I would love for you to join us. Are you on FB? If so please post you will be here.

  90. MichelleGodde says:

    No, I’m behind the times and do not have a facebook page. Is there another way to get on board? If not, I’ll create a FB page. Thanks!

  91. FoxyLoxy says:

    Hi Michelle,
    Perfect timing! I’ve been wondering who it was that first emailed LKL and what exactly they said in response. I seem to recall it was something like if enough people emailed their show ideas address they would consider it.

    Could you please confirm. Thanks.

  92. moniqueferris says:

    no FB needed. i will update info here.

  93. moniqueferris says:

    MichelleGodde i just reread you were looking for this
    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d111:1:./temp/~bdJzVq:@@@P

    I also emailed LKL & all the news programs on CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MSN, AP, Oprah soon after the Dateline show. I haven’t had anything but “canned” responses. I think the blitz will be more effective.

  94. MichelleGodde says:

    FoxyLoxy,

    I emaild them twice. Got a response that they just received the email but nothing else. I also emailed Anderson Cooper, but got the same auto-reply email. I do recall another message on this board that if LKL got enough emails they would run the story. However, LKL didn’t tell me that. I will look up the exact email address I sent it to,,,it was something like LKLshowideas@cnn.com. Do we have a contact there? Moniqueferris, do you need anything else from me re: the SF rally?

  95. moniqueferris says:

    Oh & everyone congressional offices are closed today & someone said there was about a 2 day lag on the co-sponsor list. LukieD posts updates that are more acurate. If anyone is looking for a # to call tomorrow please call Speaker of the House, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi 202-225-4965 & ask her to co-sponsor H. Res. 125. It would mean a lot if she was on this & others would follow.

  96. moniqueferris says:

    i NEED people!!! anyone you can get to join us would be fantastic. once we get some people mobilized you could help me contact the media.

  97. MichelleGodde says:

    Ok, I’ll see what/who I can track down. I wonder who sets up David’s visits to “Today” show and any other news programs. If David or his resources are in touch with producers of other shows, we should be able to track down someone who will sink their teeth into this. JonathanR said he spoke to David and has a buddy at Fox News, right? If we can just get a name and a # instead of a random email address. JonathanR, you know anyone we can call?

  98. moniqueferris says:

    i have some media contacts. what we first need is people on board :)

  99. MichelleGodde says:

    Is anyone keeping a log of who can email LKL at the same time/day?

  100. moniqueferris says:

    there is a discussion board on fb. that is why i joined b/c i couldn’t read all the info w/out being a member.

  101. MichelleGodde says:

    Gotcha..I’ll join to make it simpler.

  102. moniqueferris says:

    that would be great. then you can post that you will be at the rally in my topic on the discussion boards. for those of you not on there i will post info here as well.

  103. JonathanR says:

    Hey Michelle,
    I’ve left a message with my friend at US News. I’m going to send an email to oreilly@foxnews.com. He reads everything. Also, I know Greta Van Susteren has had David on briefly. She can be emailed at ontherecord@foxnews.com. I will email both of them and let you guys know what I hear.

    My email is jwr3281@yahoo.com.

  104. gail says:

    Along with emailing Nancy Grace, what about Issues with Jane Valez Mitchell? I’m going to email her now, she might be one to cover this.

  105. moniqueferris says:

    JonathanR I emailed O’Reily. I hope you get something back I didn’t other than “canned” response. Same w/ N. Grace. But we should all be emailing them regardless. After LKL we could have media target days where we pick a show.

  106. gail says:

    I just sent the emial to Issues with Jane Valez Mitchell. You would think Nancy Grace would have liked to cover this? Maybe they don’t read the emails. Greta is still covering Sarah Palin. Let us know the date for the LKL email. Thanks

  107. gail says:

    I think O’Reily would be a great one.

  108. moniqueferris says:

    I would think O’Reily would want to cover this too! Same w/ Nancy Grace. Really who wouldn’t want to?

  109. gail says:

    I just wrote to O’Reily as well, I hope he reads his emails and I hope he puts this one on the air. If he’s covering the invetro mom in LA, he should do this. I hope.

  110. gail says:

    Could someone draft what we should write? Some of us are not so good at getting to the point and go on and on, like me :)

  111. JonathanR says:

    I’ll attach my email below:

    — On Mon, 2/16/09, Jonathan Raymond wrote:

    From: Jonathan Raymond
    Subject: David Goldman’s plight.
    To: oreilly@foxnews.com
    Date: Monday, February 16, 2009, 7:50 PM

    Dear Mr. O’Reilly,

    I am a big fan of your show and was emailing you because I’m sure this is an issue you would want to be given attention: it is about David Goldman of Tinton Falls NJ whose son Sean was abducted by His (David’s) Brazilian born wife, Bruna. She, as you may know, left for a vacation with the boy and her parents 4.5 years ago and never returned. She obtained a Brazilian divorce from David and married an attorney in Rio. She passed away recently, which SHOULD have ended David’s plight to reconnect with his son. Instead, her new husband is retaining the boy in Brazil, in violation of the Hague Treaty, and is trying to draft a new birth certificate for Sean that removes David Goldman as the father.

    I have spoken with David by phone and this international custody case is killing him. He now has Congressman Chris Smith, the State Department, and the ambassadors involved. Bill I’m asking you to please bring some attention to this matter. This man is suffering at the mercy of another country’s court system that seems to have no consideration for its international obligations. I know that you are the last person in the world who is willing to excuse the inexcusable, whether moral or legal. I beg of you to please give this some consideration.

    With the utmost sincerity,
    Jonathan W. Raymond

  112. moniqueferris says:

    nice JonathanR!

  113. gail says:

    Thank you Jonathan.

  114. JonathanR says:

    Thanks guys. I’m still waiting to hear back from my friend Anthony at US News. I’ll let you know ASAP what he says.

  115. MichelleGodde says:

    Thanks JonathanR. I will email Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren right now. Gail, I’ve been keeping my emails to the press simple and to the point. I figure keeping it simple yet factual will keep their interest. I also mention the BringSeanHome.org site for up to date details available to them. My basic email would be something like this (please feel free to edit!) “I am writing to you with an urgent request to run a story on David Goldman’s ongoing 4.5 year struggle with the Brazilian gov. to get custody of his son. Mr. Goldman’s son, Sean, was taken by his now deceased wife to Brazil over 4 years ago and has been fighting a corrupt Brazilian government who’s clearly in violation of the Hague Convention. Sean, now 8 years old, has been kept captive by his stepfather and parents of his dead mother. There have been requests from the Superior Court of Brazil to return the boy to his father, yet they go ignored. With increased pressure from the media as well as officials in our government, including Chris Smith, Congressman from NJ, Hillary Clinton, and Pres. Obama himself, David Goldman getting closer to rightfully gaining custody of his son. Please help Mr. Goldman and so many other’s that are in a battle for their children’s well being and their life. We desparately need your help. For details go to BringSeanHome.org. Thank you for your time.

    Not as short as I thought! Anyway, does anyone know how Dateline got a hold of the story?

  116. gail says:

    Does anyone know if David will hear something this week?

  117. moniqueferris says:

    David Goldman has not been able to see his son for 4.5 years after his mother abducted him to Brazil. She has since died and now her Brazilian husband is fighting David for custody. Please report on this very newsworthy story of international child abduction & the Brazilian governments lack of honoring the Hague Convention for which Brazil & The US are signatories. For more info please visit http://bringseanhome.org/

    I had written this one before H. Res. 125 & the Senate bill so I would mention that too.

  118. Walkiria says:

    Contact Sec of State Hillary Clinton by email! ASK FOR HER SUPPORT ASAP!

    http://contact-us.state.gov/cgi-bin/state.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php

  119. FoxyLoxy says:

    DRAFT EMAIL TO EXEC. PRODUCER OF LARRY KING LIVE

    Dear Ms. Whitworth, (verify name)

    David Goldman is a young American father who has endured unimaginable mental torment, hardship and loss, fighting an international legal battle for well over four years now to have his beloved eight year-old son, Sean, returned from Brazil. David’s Brazilian wife Bruna Bianchi Carneiro Ribeiro abducted Sean, in June 2004, under the pretext of a two-week vacation to Rio de Janeiro.

    Not along after arriving, she contacted David saying that she wanted a divorce and for him to fly to Brazil to sign over full custody of their son if he ever wanted to see him again. Bruna subsequently remarried a Brazilian and tragically died during childbirth in August of 2008. Sean’s stepfather has since resisted all attempts to return him to the US even though Sean is clearly being held illegally under The Hague Convention, US, Brazilian, and International law.

    Some additional facts:

    - Under the Hague Convention, Sean should have been returned from Brazil within 6 weeks. It’s now over 4.5 years that David and Sean have suffered through a forced separation (even with Bruna on the record as saying that David was a great father).

    - Sean’s stepfather, Joao Paolo Lins e Silva is a family lawyer at his father’s law firm which represents clients in international abduction cases! His father, Paolo Lins e Silva, amazingly has spoken at The Hague against international abductions and is the President of the International Union of Lawyers.

    - The Lins e Silva family is extremely powerful, with high level connections in the major media outlets, the judiciary, state and federal governments. We believe this has had a chilling effect on media coverage and largely kept the Brazilian people in the dark about this story, despite that a gag order was not issued nationally.

    - New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith and both Senators Frank Lautenberg and Roberto Menendez have introduced resolutions calling on Brazil to comply with The Hague Treaty (of which it is a signatory). Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is also closely following developments in the case and President Obama is aware of it.

    - David’s supporters are planning a rally in Washington DC on March 17 to co-incide with Brazilian President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva’s visit to the US.

    - According to the US State Department, this is sadly one of around 50 other international abduction cases in which Brazil has violated the Hague Convention

    We had previously contacted your show about covering this story and were told that if enough people expressed their interest in seeing it, it would be considered. Hundreds/thousands(?) of people have since sent emails to showideas@lkllive.com asking, imploring, for exactly that.

    David and Sean’s tragic situation has clearly struck a chord with millions around the world. According to David’s friends who run http://www.bringseanhome.com, people from 120 countries have read the website, and individuals from 80 different countries have signed the petition. All of this despite the deafening silence and apparent complicity of the Brazilian media and despite Brazil ostensibly being a democracy.

    We believe this is a compelling story that cries out to be told to a global audience. It’s about a father who shines with love and devotion for his child, a man who has shown that he would move mountains to bring his adored son home. It’s also a story about cherished and enduring American values – freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom from oppression. Most of all, the right to be free…

    Please help us bring Sean home.

    Sincerely,

    (Name)

    Attach Video clip w/David and Sean

    (Please visit http://bringseanhome.org/media.html for an extensive list of supporting materials about this case. I will call you to follow up in the next couple of days. Thank you for your time and consideration.)

    ——————–

    *The area in italics needs to be completed and the email address verified. Wasn’t sure how many have signed up to email show ideas at LKL.

  120. hunbra says:

    Monique,

    I’m from SF Bay Area, unfortunately I can’t join a rally on 03/17 in front of brazilian consulate in SF. I will be in Rio de Janeiro on 3/17, any plan for a rally there?

  121. devinsmommy08 says:

    Hey guys! Rachel Glickhouse wants to participate in the webcam deal for Larry King Live ireport (she saw it on here!) Who can she contact for to collaborate with?

  122. FoxyLoxy says:

    Kimberly:

    Pitch letters to the media are often this long. That said if anyone’s wants to tighten certain areas that’s fine. I just don’t want to lose the hooks and additions that Bob D’Amico suggested.

    If there are any last-minute “housekeeping” items tomorrow, I’ll let you know. Better to cover them all at once.

    Hope you’re feeling better.

    ______

    Jonathan,
    Sorry it’s taken me a while to get back to you. Glad you emailed O’Reilly – that’s a terrific email.

  123. Kimberly000001 says:

    FoxyLoxy mentioned key points for the Larry King emails further up in this thread. She also mentioned it would be better if everyone writes their own email message (whenever possible). I agree it will be better than seeing the same form letter if you have time to do this.

    Also, a few people said they would make a little video request. Just use your webcam if you have one…or any video piece that you can upload to youtube and then put the link in the body of the message that you will send to Larry. You can write something to the effect of “Please click on my personal plea on the attached video link…this is an urgent request for Larry”.

    The LKL show asks for you to “fire up your video cam” and send your questions to Larry- but I believe this applies specifically to the guests on the show…

    We can use this to same principle to add the emotional aspect and the urgency of David’s story on the air before March 17th in order to have Internationally awareness before President Lulu’s visit to the DC.

  124. Priss says:

    Don’t forget to mention that there are over 40 other abduction cases dealing with Brazil. That should get there attention. It’s not just one family that is going through this but many. Imagine if some of these shows could just get these families together and in one shot, what an impact that would make it! Also who know how many other countries are having the same problem, so far I have read of two/three others.

  125. Kimberly000001 says:

    FoxyLoxy,

    I just read your letter and it looks excellent! I do have an email address (that I dont want to publish) I will give to you once we connect through facebook – I think we can instant message over there?

    Have you been able to connect yet with Mikki? She is the one who is going to post the date for the blitz and directions for all but I missed her yesterday since I was sick and haven’t heard from her today. I think you can reply directly to her post in the discussion thread and then she would know you are trying to connect.

    Then the three of us can finalize all the details.

  126. Kimberly000001 says:

    Foxy Loxy…also we have not gotten a sign up started because we are waiting on agreement for the date of blitz so Mikki can publish this event.

  127. FoxyLoxy says:

    devinsmommy:

    Likely Kimberly or Mikki Caplan-Zaple (on facebook) who I think is organizing the event.

  128. Kimberly000001 says:

    Would you mind sending Mikki a message?

  129. FoxyLoxy says:

    Thanks Kimberly.

    No I haven’t had a chance to connect with Mikki yet. Can we please connect on Facebook tomorrow? I have only been on FB a handful of times but I think there is an instant message feature. I’ve been on the blog A LOT today and just have to catch up with some stuff.

  130. devinsmommy08 says:

    Do you happen to have Mikki’s email? Or a link of where we can inquire on the Facebook page? I was confused when I went to the page. Thanks!

  131. FoxyLoxy says:

    Kimberly,
    One more thing. Are you on the West Coast? I’m on EST.

  132. Kimberly000001 says:

    Yes, Im in California.

    Here is the link on FaceBook to the discussion page

    Showhttp://www.facebook.com/board.php?uid=35278616563

    - then scroll down quite a ways to the heading “Email the Larry King Show”.

    I think we need at least two days from the day we post in order to get a large number of people to send the emails…

  133. moniqueferris says:

    FoxyLoxy GREAT!
    there is a typo in the second paragraph, second word. in the 5th para. is it suppose to say gag order not issued nationally? 7th para. also i think a typo on coincide.

  134. Mom25 says:

    WOW!! moniqueferris, gail, JonathanR, MichelleGodde, Kimberly000001… and all others… you guys are powered up and doing a fantastic job!!! We have loads of people teaming up to achieve the same goal. How incredible, how amazing!

    I just want to say a big THANKS to all of you who are putting this incredible effort to make things happen, to bring a nice change to this story!

    We need more help, more supporters and more noise, that’s for sure!!! I am off to my own tasks but couldn’t go on without acknowledging your tremendous and MOST NEEDED help!!! Since September when I joined this cause, the accomplishments are simply amazing… it is amazing what people can do when they fight together for a good cause!

    Someone has asked about Bob being in the board, yes but you can also email the core BSH group here: bringseanhome@yahoo.com.

    WELL DONE and PLEASE… KEEP GOING!!! David needs you to BRING SEAN HOME!

  135. Kimberly000001 says:

    FoxyLoxy…I thought of one thing to stress in the letter…which is the fact that the one thing that the stepfather has had on his side (through his abuse of power) is his ability to prevent this story from reaching the public in Brazil.

    Censorship – has kept justice from prevailing and the Brazilians that have heard of this story through friends and the internet are equally outraged. There is a huge effort between Brazilians and Americans to fix this situation and the LKL show has the oversas audience needed to make this happen.

    Thank you Mom25 for the encouragement. As David said in one of his interviews “every ounze help”. Every single person here is helping…

  136. FoxyLoxy says:

    Thanks for the link Kimberly. Ok, I didn’t know whether or not a call had already gone out for emailers. If we have to do it Thursday, that’s fine. I agree, getting enough emailers is more important.

    ____________

    Thanks Monique. About the gag order not being issued nationally, yes, according to Bob D’Amico even though my wording sounds a bit clumsy.

    You’re right about coincide. It shouldn’t be hyphenated. Good catch!

    I’m out now. Will catch up with all of you tomorrow.

  137. devinsmommy08 says:

    Thanks, I gave the info to Rachel. Someone above mentioned having a rally in Brazil (Rio)? Would that even be possible? (not sure about their laws there and no way I would be able to go but didn’t know if it was a possibility for some of the Brazilian supporters to pull it off???) Just a thought…………

  138. FoxyLoxy says:

    Kimberly000001 on 16 Feb 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Just noticed this. I have written about censorship here:

    “The Lins e Silva family is extremely powerful, with high level connections in the major media outlets, the judiciary, state and federal governments. We believe this has had a chilling effect on media coverage and largely kept the Brazilian people in the dark about this story, despite that a gag order was not issued nationally” and also in the 2nd last para.

    Unless you’re saying it should be stronger. If so, I’ll try to do that first thing tomorrow.

  139. Kimberly000001 says:

    Thank you so much FoxyLoxy for your fabulous ideas and all your work. If you are in contact with Bob…maybe one of you should be the person to make the call to the producer?

  140. Kimberly000001 says:

    No…definitely it is strong!!! I probably had one of my little ones asking me for something when I read that part. :) Sorrry about that!

  141. tweinstein says:

    Priss,

    I was actually interviewed for the original Dateline episode, but they obviously did not include any of my footage. Thank you for reminding people of the magnitude of the situation.

    FoxyLoxy,

    There are about 50 cases of abduction just from the United States! We don’t know how many cases there are from other countries.

  142. gail says:

    Are we on for Thursday to send our emails to Larry King?

  143. gail says:

    tweinstein,

    Your case is already in the Federal Courts, are they just taking there time to make a decision? Are there appeals going on? What’s happening with your case? You said it’s been in Federal Courts for over 2 years…

  144. Kimberly000001 says:

    Hi Gil.

    FoxyLoxy and I need to connect with Mikki on the Facebook site. She is going to post the event. Keep that date in mind if you would…until we confirm it with her. I’m hoping we can get a date agreed upon by tomorrow so people can plan this (and hopefully…everyone will ask at least a few family members and friends to send emails as well).

  145. gail says:

    I guess everybody is logged off for the night. I will check in the morning for any updates.

  146. JonathanR says:

    Anthony at US News is going to print out several articles on this and leave it in the News Room for the staff. He’ll let me know what they say.

    I actually think the media’s slowness is deplorable, ESPECIALLY when everyone I know has read somewhere or another about Jessica Simpson’s weight gain. Why something as mean and demoralizing as that even ends on a piece of paper is better known than this just goes to show how deep our focus on important things is.

    I have been so pissed off today about this I can’t even see straight. Please let me know if you guys think of anything else. :) Till tomorrow….

  147. cwolf says:

    hey guys, I e-mail oprah, i think she has so much power with the media and public in general that if she gets the story out it will be a great step. If you can e-mail her as well.

  148. moniqueferris says:

    JonathanR – AWESOME! yes the media has really dropped it on this one. when i heard this story my question was why didn’t i know about this earlier.

  149. philandteena says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more about that JonathanR

  150. Sashia says:

    I too can’t believe I’ve only just heard about this, and quite by accident too here on the computer. I have been SICK since I heard. I have spent days contacting and emailing people to get the information to them and I won’t stop till Sean is home with David.
    Remember Elian, stranded here from Cuba, and All the publicity that went with him being returned to his father?
    So many more people would have been outraged if this had made the press sooner.

    Yes, I think Oprah can reach more people. A different group of people.
    I Have hundreds of friends on MySpace. I have posted bulletins and will continue.
    I have contacted all my state representatives and posting the bulletin to get my friends to at least email their rep.
    I am so elated to hear David finally got to hold his son, and that the love is still there.
    I will check back here to keep up. Thank God there were people like you who heard before me and have done so much. God bless you all. I have reached out to people IN Brazil and have made MySpace friends with them in order to spread the word.
    Um pouco de Português vai um longo caminho.
    Sashia

  151. Kimberly000001 says:

    Sashia,
    I was thinking today about how so many of us are consumed with helping David…yet have only been here days…weeks, maybe months. Some people have been trying to help for months and even years!!!!!!

  152. TexasFamilyLawyer says:

    This story breaks my heart. But it would be nice to see David me more aggressive in fighting this case for him and for his son. Its nice to show respect for the Courts and for legal procedure. But when your son is kidnapped and the Courts are not protecting your rights, then that’s the time to make noise and cause trouble and MAKE things happen. Waiting and waiting and waiting and hoping for the procedure to run its course can take years and years, as has happened in this case. I’m just saying if that were my son, there would be some serious confrontations and maneuvering to get him back ASAP. Good luck David…and fight!

  153. tweinstein says:

    Gail,

    There have been no appeals because there has been no ruling. It took Brazil 10 months after I petitioned the government to file the case and another 8 months for the hearing. It has now been 11 months since the hearing and still no ruling.

    They have excuses for everything, but none that are valid.

  154. tweinstein says:

    Gail,

    I should add that David will get slightly faster results as he is using a private attorney and I am using a government attorney. If you recall, he filed his case 2 years before mine. There were a number of factors that lead me to file through the government rather than as a private U.S. citizen as David did.

    Timothy

  155. tenorplus says:

    Nice to see a lot of activity! We (somehow) need to bring this more and more to the Brazilian people… what David went through on day-2 of his visit is unforgiveable!!! Get rid of the “shrink” – he needs Sean and Sean needs David!! Those in power – the judges and courts, politicians, and the rich and powerful ALL need to be exposed and brought down. We need to also bombard all UN agencies that have anything to do with the Hague Treaty – and any of them that permit the Lins e Silva thugs to be in any way connected to them – push them to ‘clean house’ and get rid of this serious threat to real truth, ethics and justice. Let the Lins e Silva clan start to feel some real serious HEAT!!!!!!!!

    Also, it was shameful what Bruna’s mother wrote – read on the Today Show! This family need to have some serious attention brought to the reality of how they are not building a family – they have had a definite hand in trying to destroy this family!!! Sean can ONLY have a balanced upbringing if he is with his own father – DAVID!

    BRING SEAN HOME takes on a lot more necessity now. We all need to keep pushing on every possible front. PLEASE… Brazilian friends, get the word out on your streets and towns, churches and shops, restaurants and bars – everywhere. If the press is too timid to speak for what is right – the people must be heard. Your help has been a valuable help to our efforts from the US. But we all need to do more – the time is really crucial. ONCE Sean is home with his father and on US soil – then, we need to turn our attention to the many, many other children in Brazil and elsewhere who are enduring this each day.

    Brazilian government and court system – you are now accountable to the international community. How you have handled David’s situation thus far is shameful. It is time to step up and affirm your place within the community of law-abiding countries!!!!!!!!!! Sean needs to be with his father – NOW.

    David, my friend ~ be strong in this and know that we are all pulling for you and Sean. You continue to be a HUGE example to all of us!!!!!!!!!

  156. Aimee says:

    Yea for JonathanR! Ditto on what has been said already by many: Where are our values as a nation when the media has determined the most effective way to sell their magazines/shows is to cover the inconsequential and the superficial?

    Does anyone know the timing of things when the federal court receives the files?

  157. Aimee says:

    Is David allowed to call and talk with Sean on the phone now? And how often is he going to be allowed to see him until a decision is made?

  158. swash1 says:

    Just a quick note on the petition. Care2′s privacy statement says that they will only use the email addresses for verifying that signatures are not duplicates. They do NOT share them with us. This is why it is SO important to register your email address at our website even if you have entered it when you signed the petition.

  159. gail says:

    tweinstein,

    11 months and no ruling? What is the excuse? I hope after all this that the so called system in Brazil will change. Women cannot just take children from their fathers. I know the courts here in California would be the first to not let the father have anything to do with the children if there were abuse, so to go to Brazil for that is just a lie. This has got to change. Kids need both their parents.

  160. gail says:

    I just emailed the Senator here and asked for a response by mail. I also asked for that when I called my Congressman. I’m going to call him again. Do we have an updated list of the Congressman who have signed on?

  161. Aimee says:

    How many congressman are needed as co-sponsors for this res move on to the next step?

  162. anna42 says:

    I am work today but I would love to help out where I can. I have been e-mailing the contacts on the How to help tab each evening. If there is anything else I can do, please let me know.

    This injustice is just completely wrong! Sean needs to be home with David! The grandparents are just cruel and selfish!

  163. LukieD says:

    gail,
    The list of the co-sponsors for House Resolution 125 (H.RES.125) has not changed because Congress is in recess this week and they will not add any new co-sponsors until next Monday. But we can still make calls to their offices, even if many of the Congressmen traveled home to their districts.

    As for the number of co-sponsors needed, there is no set number. The support has to be convincing enough that the Chairman of the Commitee in which the resolution was introduced (in this case Howard Berman-CA, Chairman of the House Commitee on Foreign Affairs) will bring it up for a vote. I was told that a minimum of 50 sounds about right and preferably 100 or more would be ideal, so we still have some work to do to get this resolution passed, so KEEP CALLING.

    1. Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
    2. Dan Burton (IN-05)
    3. Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02)
    4. Rush Holt (NJ-12)
    5. Bart Stupak (MI-01)
    6. John A. Boehner (OH-08)
    7. Michael C. Burgess (TX-26)
    8. David Dreier (CA-26)
    9. John J. Duncan, Jr. (TN-02)
    10. Scott Garrett (NJ-05)
    11. Daniel E. Lungren (CA-03)
    12. Mike Pence (IN-06)
    13. Jean Schmidt (OH-02)
    14. Joseph R. Pitts (PA-16)
    15. Peter King (NY-03)
    16. Barney Frank (MA-04)
    17. John Boozman (AR-03)
    18. Jerry Lewis (CA-41)
    19. Frank R. Wolf (VA-10)
    20. Brian P. Bilbray (CA-50)
    21. Jerry F. Costello (IL-12)
    22. Wally Herger (CA-02)
    23. Trent Franks (AZ-02)
    24. Mark E. Souder (IN-03)
    25. John Shimkus (IL-19)
    26. J. Randy Forbes (VA-04)
    27. Alan B. Mollohan (WV-01)
    28. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL-21)
    29. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (WI-05)
    30. Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
    31. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (AS)
    32. Diane E. Watson (CA-33)
    33. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18)
    34. Michael E. McMahon (NY-13)
    35. Virginia Foxx (NC-05)

  164. JonathanR says:

    Another idea I forgot about – my mom has contact info for one the New York Times reporters because she was interviewed by her 2 years ago about declining breast cancer rates in the US (my mom’s a 14 year survivor). I dunno, maybe it would be worth saying something to her to see if she’d pass it along to the other staff writers?

  165. gail says:

    I think any help would be great. I’ve even contacted Brazil’s top Olympic horse rider, I figure what the heck you never know. I know he’s from a very wealthy family and I’m a horse person too so maybe he can make a call or two. Crazy huh?

  166. tenorplus says:

    Thanks for the update LukieD! We also need to push the Senators with this Resolution!! I have emailed the UN legal affairs officer about the breech of agreement by Brazil… any other contacts you, Mark and/or Bob know that we can email or call in regard to the Lins e Silva “clan” being involved with internationally or with regard to any aspect(s) of The Hague Treaty? I think it is worth applying pressure to these organizations (again) to remove them from membership and even disbar them from practicing family/international law in the future.

    As far as Bruna’s family/friends ~ the truth about David is well known now, and a finer person would be hard to find these days than what DAVID represents. We need to keep up the pressure in Brazil and show these people to be the problematic entities they have proven to be from essentially the beginning of this entire situation.

    Thanks for all your efforts!!

  167. moniqueferris says:

    JonathanR go for it! good for your mom I am a 7yr survivor.

    LukieD would it be more effective to call the district office this week?

  168. gail says:

    # tenorplus

    Thats a great idea. If anybody knows of any contacts to the Lins e Silva’s we would all be emailing them. If you find out, please post here so we can all help.

  169. gail says:

    What about Bruna’s family? Do they have any contacts here in the US?

  170. gail says:

    Can you tell us who we should be targeting in Brazil? I email the President all the time and I’ve just emailed the Federal Judge, is there anyone else on the list we should target? I know it’s not in the hands of the State anymore, so we don’t need to email them, do we?

  171. Bree says:

    This is a story done on the case from a Canadian news source.

    Dad reunited with abducted son after four years
    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090217/goldman_brazil_AM_090217/20090217?hub=TopStories

  172. Irish17 says:

    Forgive me for this, how ever the most important items that we should be working on at the moment is the H.Res125 written by congressman Chris Smith and the similar bill in the senate. If these two bills could get passed and signed before March 17th, do you have any idea how much pressure they could be used when President Lula of Brazil is in the White House with President Obama!! Now that all of this stiumulis is over with, they will be looking for something else to cling on to. Lets give them what they want…. lets call them so often, so many times that they all get the idea to pass eash bill. Remember, if you want. You can call 800-555-1212 and ask for the congress representatives 800# or the Senators’ 800#.

    Lets get these bills passed.

    PS – the larry king show is a great idea.

  173. devinsmommy08 says:

    Gail, great idea! I am a horse person too…just sent a LOUD email to the Brazilian Quarter Horse Assocation so maybe they will tell someone and it will spread down there.

    Also, looks like Rachel Glickhouse may be doing another protest down in Brazil for David. However, I think last time she did a protest, not many people showed up. Any luck in getting alot of people to show up if she does another one? I was thinking maybe so since more people are aware now.

    If any of you are in Brazil, and might like to help do this let us know!

  174. devinsmommy08 says:

    Also, seems to be some confusion on the webcam deal. Are we doing an email to LKL or is there actually going to be a short ireport made using a bunch of people with webcams? If there is a webcam thing…who exactly can we contact for this to get time, date, etc? Can someone get us an email address? Thanks :)

  175. tenorplus says:

    Irish17 – you are correct… and we also need to keep pressure on all other possibilities. PLEASE (everyone) contact both your representative and senator!! These are critical Resolutions in both “Houses” of Congress and we need unanimous support – and if anyone does not vote “for” each Resolution ~ please remember this fact when they [again] want to be re-elected. Some stated (above) that these individuals WORK FOR US. Yes – we pay their salary (plus)! They need to VOTE YES to the Resolution in their “House”.

    Then – we can continue to go after all these other excellent opportunities… the petition keeps growing… Facebook grows… Okurt seems to grow… everything together helps. So, we just don’t let up on any front.

  176. gail says:

    I just sent the list of signatures for House Resolution 125 to my Congressman. I will also call agian.

  177. gail says:

    Update: Rodrigo Pessoa Court Decision
    Show jumper Rodrigo Pessoa, suspended from competition by the FEI, made a last minute decision not to compete this weekend even after a Brazilian court lifted the penalty. Read what he has to say in this Practical Horseman/EquiSearch.com exclusive.

    This is who I wrote to. And now reading this, I can’t believe the Brazilian Court over ruled or think they can, the FEI., The Brazilian court can not lift the penalty. This would have kept him from competition for a long, long time. I’m glad he did not compete. But Brazil would do anything for this man. I hope he read or reads what I sent to him, maybe I should have mentioned some names of people he very much respects here. But he married a US woman and they just recently divorced. I have not heard of any problems with custody.

  178. Kimberly000001 says:

    Hi Devinssmommy.

    I am at work right now so I can only write a quick note. We will be finalizing the details/plans for the Larry King email campaign later today. Meanwhile…keep in mind we are targeting Thursday.

    As far as the webcam aspect…we might try to do both…have people send their own individually and then possibly make a “montage” of all the clips to send in as well.

    PLEASE we will need many many many people to do this in order for it to be effective. So please keep watching this site for the details.

    Grab your webcam or video camera and make a passionate request to Larry to get this story on the air.

    We hope you will all help. Thank you!!!

  179. FoxyLoxy says:

    Kimberly000001on 16 Feb 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Kimberly:
    No problem, there’s a lot of information on the email so it’s easy to miss something.

    About LKL, I sent Mikki a message on Facebook a little while ago.

    - My feel is that it may be better to issue a call out on FB etc. for email volunteers beforehand and just say that we plan to have a day (to be determined) when we send as many emails to the show ideas address as possible. I think that’s better than setting a date now because if we don’t have enough people and have to re-schedule it may cause confusion. It will also give people a chance to start drafting emails, do videoclips etc.

    Fact is, on top of emailing, if necessary we can back up that there’s a lot of interest just by the hits the website is getting from all over the world.

    I’m wondering if the BSH group would be willing to use their email list to ask for volunteers?

    - About calling the producer, I feel it should be an American because ultimately it’s an American story. That would probably carry more weight with them. Preferably someone familiar with the legal aspects etc. I’m a Canuck (though I have strong American ties).

  180. MichelleGodde says:

    Good Morning Everyone~(from the west coast)
    Just spoke with Congressman Dean Heller R-Nev’s office re: H Res 125. I hope the staffer will put through the info and my urgent request to be a sponsor…she sounded more like she just wanted me off the phone. Left another message for Shelley Berkley D-Nev about the same thing. I sure hope they show up on the sponsor list or their phone will be ringing off the hook from me. Nice to see new names blogging!

  181. Kimberly000001 says:

    Agreed Foxy Loxy. Most important is waiting til we have the numbers. Who else is in the BSH group that we could ask about using the email list to recruit volunteers? Does anyone know?

    I’m American but know nothing about the legal issues. Maybe someone will volunteer and we can ask on the other site as well.

    If you have a minute to “call out on FB”…feel free to do so. If you are too busy then I can do it later today after work.

    Back to work for me but I hope to chat with you a little later today!!

  182. FoxyLoxy says:

    Timothy:
    I’ve amended the paragraph to make it clear that the 50 cases are all American.

    “- According to the US State Department, this is sadly one of around 50 other international abduction cases of American children in which Brazil has violated the Hague Convention.”

    Michelle:
    Thanks for your response about LKL yesterday. I too have been wondering who’s doing their media with Dateline etc. I’m thinking perhaps the same person can call LKL after we all email since they’re obviously getting results! :)

    Jonathan:
    Great job on US News – their circulation must be huge. Way to go!

  183. roger says:

    Hello. This episode of the 2nd day visitation shows how little active dedication the U.S. government has given to this case. Yes, the U.S. ambassador has given his support to David, the consular staff was there for the first-day visit, Secretary Clinton is said to be aware, but that’s about it. I just don’t see the U.S. State Dept. that much active, and we don’t hear any hints of behind-the-scenes conversations.

    As a Brazilian attorney, I can’t help but having little faith in any final court decision that will favor David anytime soon. I’m just appalled at the many, many procedural twists and turns that the LeS were able to pull in this case since 2004. They did not miss one opportunity to make sure David would never see his kid again, and will not give up fighting to keep custody unless public pressure makes it just impossible to go on with this fight. They are relentless and it is hopeless to expect a final court decision anytime soon.

    I urge you to keep mounting up the international media and diplomatic pressure. A protest in Rio or in DC will help but just won’t do the urgent trick needed: in Brazilian news media cannot cover it, and in DC presidents fly in and out largely unnoticed.

    I don’t know if you already did this, but you must flood your Ambassador Thomas Shannon at the U.S. State Department with e-mail and phone calls. He has been the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs since 2005 and has developed a great working relationship with our Foreign Minister and the Brazilian ambassadors in D.C. Any thought of diplomatic disapproval on Brazil will pass through his desk first.

    If he calls U.S. Ambassador in Brasil Clifford Sobel for a consultation in D.C., that’s very heavy diplomatic language against Brazil and WILL MAKE IT INEVITABLE THAT THE BRAZILIAN PRESS COVER THE CASE.

    Just another suggestion for action. Forget the Brazilian courts for now. Pass on the resolutions in Congress. Make sure you get your voices heard by Tom Shannon. Get the U.S. media to ask a question about the case in the U.S. State Dept. Daily Briefings.

  184. FoxyLoxy says:

    Kimberly:
    Either LukieD or Bob D’Amico I think. They seem to check the blog fairly regularly – I’m sure they’ll see these posts.

    If you could post the callout on FB when you have time, that would be great. I’m still finding my way around it.

    Talk to you later.

  185. MichelleGodde says:

    Roger,
    Do you have contact info for Thomas Shannon?

  186. roger says:

    Contacts for the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil:

    Address:

    SES – Av. das Nações, Quadra 801, Lote 03
    70403-900 – Brasília, DF
    Tel: (55-61) 3312-7000
    Fax: (55-61) 3225-9136
    Home page: http://www.embaixadaamericana.org.br

    Ambassador Clifford M. Sobel

  187. MichelleGodde says:

    Roger,
    Perfect…thanks so much.

  188. roger says:

    U.S. State Department
    Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA)
    2201 C Street, NW, Room 3248
    Washington, DC 20520
    Phone: (202) 647-1232
    Fax: (202) 647-6408

    WHA Senior Coordinator for Hemispheric Security Policy
    2201 C Street, NW Room 6918A
    Washington, DC 20520
    Phone: (202) 647-3799

  189. roger says:

    THOMAS A. SHANNON’S CONTACTS AT THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT:

    Thomas A. Shannon
    Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
    U.S. Department of State
    2201 C Street NW
    Washington, DC 20520

    Phone: (202) 647-5780
    Fax: (202) 647-0791

  190. anna42 says:

    Hi Tracey,

    I just logged into FB…I would love to help where I can. Let me know.

  191. gail says:

    Roger,

    Thanks for the contacts. I wrote to them.

    I don’t think though that the US has given up, we don’t know whats going on behind closed doors, so to speak. There is a lot of pressure on Brazil right now and it will continue. Chris Smith will not give up and nor will the Senators. I think this will be a possitive outcome and sooner than later. Now that the US is involed the LeS family cannot hide behide their crooked ways any longer.

  192. devinsmommy08 says:

    My husband seems to think that this is the U.S. govt’s way of handling a “sensitive” issue in a diplomatic way. He thinks that if diplomacy doesn’t work, hopefully they will do things the old-fashioned American way and set things right. I seriously hope he is correct on that way of thinking…..

  193. roger says:

    ATTENTION FOR THIS UPDATE: CURRENT CONTACT INFO YOU’LL EVER NEED TO ASK FOR HELP AT THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT, POSTED AT

    http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/112065.pdf

    Office of Brazil and Southern Cone Affairs (WHA/BSC)
    Director Milton Drucker 202-647-3403
    Deputy Director Bruce W. Friedman 202-647-1774
    Brazil Desk Officer Benjamin Chiang 202-647-4994
    Brazil Desk Officer David Schnier 202-647-2326
    Regional Officer Caroline J. Croft 202-647-3778
    Public Diplomacy Advisor Charlotte Peterson 202-647-6537
    Program Assistant Elaine Alexander 202-647-1926

    Assistant Secretary
    Assistant Secretary Thomas A. Shannon 202-647-5780
    Secretary Florence Tanabe 202-647-5780
    Executive Assistant Stacy D. Williams 202-647-5811
    Staff Assistant Desiree Humphreys 202-647-8564
    Staff Assistant Anusha Seneviratne 202-647-5195
    Staff Assistant Rob Allison 202-647-9227
    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Craig Kelly 202-647-6755
    Office Management Specialist Sheila Donahue 202-647-6755
    Deputy Assistant Secretary David Robinson, Acting 202-647-7337
    Office Management Specialist Trilla Mangum 202-647-7337
    Deputy Assistant Secretary Chris McMullen 202-647-8562
    Office Management Specialist Mariana Nolan 202-647-8563
    Deputy Assistant Secretary Roberta S. Jacobson 202-647-8387
    Office Management Specialist Regina Lee 202-647-8387
    Senior Advisor Charles Shapiro 202-647-2323
    Senior Coordinator Giovanni Snidle 202-647-3799
    Unclassified Fax 202-647-0834
    Classified Fax 202-647-0905
    Speechwriter Darla Jordan 202-647-4252

  194. anna42 says:

    I Just called Tom Schannon’s office and his executive assistant is Stacey Williams (Stacey is a he) and his e-mail is williamssd3@state.gov. We should e-mail him.

  195. devinsmommy08 says:

    Any idea on what we should write to him? I want to see if my emails are saying enough…..

  196. gail says:

    I just called Hilary’s office and left a message with her assistant. She sounded like she had already been hounded and confirmed that she has received many calls and assured me that she was doing all she can. I said it’s time we help one of our own Citizens this time and I wanted to know if this boy was going to come home and she said yes. Now whether she means that I don’t know, but we can keep hounding.

  197. tenorplus says:

    roger – great work and many thanks! I have communciate with the Dept. of State numerous times already and your listing is an added help! The more communcations and pressure on every potential we can muster the better. Thanks.

  198. JonathanR says:

    Monique, congrats on your 7 yr. status!! :) So anyway, my mom might get a chance to do it today, but if not, she’ll be putting a call in tomorrow to Gina Kolata of NY Times to see if she could put her in contact with someone who will cover this story. She’s gonna be up to DC to visit soon so she’ll be attending the rally with me. I just hope there’s PROGRESS in the next month, so that we’re not all totally beside ourselves!!

    I sent my original email to Bill O’Reilly directly to him through his website. I just worry about the email filterers (is that a word? :) ) that pick and choose what to send him at Fox News. So I thought sneding it directly was a better bet.

  199. gail says:

    Roger,

    Has anyone ever filed a complaint against this family? Through the Bar Association? Can this be done from one of us in the states? What can we do to cause problems for this family?

  200. tenorplus says:

    devinsmommy08 – you need to write requesting the direct involvement of Mr. Shannon’s office in securing a firm commitment to have The Hague Treaty upheld by Brazil and to urgently insist that our Ambassador to Brazil is requested to return to the USA for an urgent meeting in regard to this entire situation. This sends a firm message to the government of Brazil, who will not appreciate our Ambassador being called for a meeting about this. It is another means of putting pressure on those who can make this decision soon. We have to write firmly, but respectfully, which I am certain you already do… and of course, when it comes from the heart they (hopefully) will read and heed your request. Hope that helps -

  201. JonathanR says:

    Gail keep on hounding!!!! :) They’re paid to listen!!!

  202. gail says:

    Well they’re not very nice :)

  203. gail says:

    And it takes all I have to be nice :)

  204. tenorplus says:

    roger can respond on the Brazilian Bar… but we can also email and call the international organizations that the Lins e Silva’s are a part of and also those dealing with “family law” and upholding The Hague Treaty (now… how is that for a joke!). We can request that they be removed from these committees, organizations and commissions. Some of our earlier blogs have references to many of these, since both father and son have tried to address meetings in Argentina and Europe within the past six (+) months ~ and waves were really made (in fact, the elder Lins e Silva was not permitted to speak at all for one of them!). We CAN apply this kind of pressure on these individuals and call them to complete accountability.

  205. cowlumbus says:

    Ok, I have been setting quiet on the sidelines making my calls and sending emails, but enough is enough. Where is the outrage from our media, country, and government. When the little boy from Cuba was brought here several years ago, the outrage and pressure from the Cuban gov’t and media was crazy. We (as a country) should be ashamed of ourselves. I guess we would rather read about Spears’ insanity or Simpson’s weight problems than help out a fellow American!

  206. tenorplus says:

    gail – hard to be nice… especially when it seems we are dealing with folks “out there” who have little regard for the pain and suffering of individuals such as David and Sean! But… if we hang in there together, hopefully this bit of encourage can help. Be persistent… professional (there is a novel idea for these other folks to try!)… and know we are all here supporting one another’s efforts – so DAVID & SEAN will finally be together (and hopefully, we can make a difference for the many other children and their families in similar situations). Hang in there -

  207. gail says:

    cowlumbus,

    I agree. But what the heck can we do to get this all over the tv every night? I’ve been at this non stop, and I have got to get my house picked up today. But I’m going to keep writing and calling, if we don’t stop, they will have to act. I really don’t see why our FBI agents can’t go over there and take the boy, he is a US citizen and has been ordered back to this country.

  208. gail says:

    I can also say that I am sick of hearing about Caylee Anthony. Why doesn’t Nancy Grace fill her time up with this instead? And Greta? Who cares about Sarah Palen and her teenage daughter who had a baby? She could really go at the Brazilian Government regarding the Hague, look at what she’s done with Aruba.

  209. tenorplus says:

    Please encourage/urge your local newspaper and radio station(s) to cover this story and gain the interest of many, many who have not yet heard!!! Cowlumbus is correct – and we need to somehow be re-sensatized to these harsh realities. David and Sean have endured years of pain, separation, hurts and anxieties (to name a few) and we need to being this to a positive conclusion soon!!!!!! Call and email your local media as well… and let’s not forget both Houses of Congress.

    This is well worth the time, the effort, the frustration – and all the more when we stop and think what our friend David has endured!!!!!!!!!

  210. FoxyLoxy says:

    Sign-up list for “email Larry King Live” Day

    Hi everyone,

    Could you please copy and paste this form and then add your name if you’re interested in participating in this event on a particular day (to be determined). I did a quick scan of the thread and these are the names I have so far (sorry if anyone got left out – please sign up again). I think there are also people signing up on Facebook – we will consolidate the lists.

    In case you missed it, the plan is to have as many people as possible email their lklshow.ideas@cnn.com on one day to express interest in having this story featured. Someone will then follow up with an email and call to their exec producer.

    Once finalized, we will post the details here and on FB. Thanks in advance for your support.

    Priss
    MoniqueFerris
    Gail
    Kimberly
    Devinsmommy
    FoxyLoxy

  211. moniqueferris says:

    When I called Thomas Shannons # I asked to speak w/ Mr. Williams re: The David & Sean Goldman case & was transferred to a vm:( I was under the impression she knew what the call was about:) I left a message w/ all the key points & just sent an email.

  212. tenorplus says:

    Sign-up list for “email Larry King Live” Day

    Hi everyone,

    Could you please copy and paste this form and then add your name if you’re interested in participating in this event on a particular day (to be determined). I did a quick scan of the thread and these are the names I have so far (sorry if anyone got left out – please sign up again). I think there are also people signing up on Facebook – we will consolidate the lists.

    In case you missed it, the plan is to have as many people as possible email their lklshow.ideas@cnn.com on one day to express interest in having this story featured. Someone will then follow up with an email and call to their exec producer.

    Once finalized, we will post the details here and on FB. Thanks in advance for your support.

    Priss
    MoniqueFerris
    Gail
    Kimberly
    Devinsmommy
    FoxyLoxy
    tenorplus

  213. gail says:

    gn-up list for “email Larry King Live” Day

    Hi everyone,

    Could you please copy and paste this form and then add your name if you’re interested in participating in this event on a particular day (to be determined). I did a quick scan of the thread and these are the names I have so far (sorry if anyone got left out – please sign up again). I think there are also people signing up on Facebook – we will consolidate the lists.

    In case you missed it, the plan is to have as many people as possible email their lklshow.ideas@cnn.com on one day to express interest in having this story featured. Someone will then follow up with an email and call to their exec producer.

    Once finalized, we will post the details here and on FB. Thanks in advance for your support.

    Priss
    MoniqueFerris
    Gail
    Kimberly
    Devinsmommy
    FoxyLoxy
    tenorplus

  214. FoxyLoxy says:

    Sorry, it just occurred to me that if we keep copying and pasting that form it will clutter up the blog. Could you instead just post “EMAIL LKL DAY” (and nothing else so it’s easy to pick out) and I will go through and add the names to that list. Thanks.

  215. gail says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  216. FoxyLoxy says:

    Thanks Gail (and tenorplus) – that works. I’m sitting here laughing at my quick change of mind. Duh!

  217. rcgracia says:

    rcgracia

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  218. mhenderson says:

    mhenderson

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  219. MSchray says:

    EMAIL LKL Day

    I know I’m not a regular poster here, I’m not one much for blogging, but, I’m making the phone calls. You should all know that there are alot others out here following the story and helping out that just arn’t blogging. You guys have great ideas!

  220. philandteena says:

    I have a tip for people still trying to reach their congressman. I have called my congressman’s office several times and also emailed him. Today the secretary told me to write a letter and mail it directly to his office. She said it is very hard to talk to him in person and the emails go thru D.C. before they get to him. She said the letter will go directly to him, and will be read by him. So…for people having trouble, this may be more effective. I am going to write a letter right now.

  221. philandteena says:

    philandteena

    LKL email

  222. philandteena says:

    gn-up list for “email Larry King Live” Day

    Hi everyone,

    Could you please copy and paste this form and then add your name if you’re interested in participating in this event on a particular day (to be determined). I did a quick scan of the thread and these are the names I have so far (sorry if anyone got left out – please sign up again). I think there are also people signing up on Facebook – we will consolidate the lists.

    In case you missed it, the plan is to have as many people as possible email their lklshow.ideas@cnn.com on one day to express interest in having this story featured. Someone will then follow up with an email and call to their exec producer.

    Once finalized, we will post the details here and on FB. Thanks in advance for your support.

    Priss
    MoniqueFerris
    Gail
    Kimberly
    Devinsmommy
    FoxyLoxy
    tenorplus
    philandteena

  223. janelr says:

    EMAIL LKL Day

  224. rlw.mom says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  225. anna42 says:

    e-mail LKL day

  226. elizrpoe says:

    gn-up list for “email Larry King Live” Day

    Hi everyone,

    Could you please copy and paste this form and then add your name if you’re interested in participating in this event on a particular day (to be determined). I did a quick scan of the thread and these are the names I have so far (sorry if anyone got left out – please sign up again). I think there are also people signing up on Facebook – we will consolidate the lists.

    In case you missed it, the plan is to have as many people as possible email their lklshow.ideas@cnn.com on one day to express interest in having this story featured. Someone will then follow up with an email and call to their exec producer.

    Once finalized, we will post the details here and on FB. Thanks in advance for your support.

    Priss
    MoniqueFerris
    Gail
    Kimberly
    Devinsmommy
    FoxyLoxy
    tenorplus
    philandteena
    elizrpoe

  227. Irish17 says:

    A couple of things. First, Roger, in all of your contacts with the US State Department, did you ever come accross a Michelle Bond?? She is the person that NBC is constantly interviewing for thier pieces. She is the person who is trying to get attention of just how concerned she is that Brazil is not honoring their agreement of the Hague Convention. It might be worth it to try to find her and/or her boss to let her know we heard her and keep the pressure up.

    Also, Larry King is a good idea. A lot of politicians watch this show and they will get the idea. I am still keeping up all pressure on the people to vote for the bill to pass though. In both the house and senate. So please when talking to the Larry King show people, please make sure to mention that there are two seperate bills awaiting a final vote.

    LETS GET THESE PASSED!!

  228. gail says:

    Thank you for your correspondence regarding David Goldman’s efforts to
    bring his son, Sean, home from Brazil. We are closely following
    developments in this sad case. The Department of State’s Office of
    Children’s Issues and our Embassy in Brasilia continue to do everything
    we can diplomatically and through the international child protection
    community to help Mr. Goldman regain custody of Sean. We are working
    closely with the Brazilian Central Authority to pursue Sean’s return
    under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child
    Abduction. Consular staff in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro are monitoring
    Mr. Goldman’s case in the Brazilian federal and state courts as well,
    and we understand that Mr. Goldman’s attorney in Brazil is working to do
    everything possible through the legal system there.

    Our heartfelt compassion goes out to Mr. Goldman. International
    parental child abduction is a tragedy that no parent should have to
    endure. The Department of State places the highest priority on the
    welfare of children who have been victimized by international parental
    child abduction. The Office of Children’s Issues works diligently every
    day on behalf of children who have been wrongfully taken to or retained
    in foreign countries around the world. Brazil has been cited in the
    Department’s annual report to Congress for demonstrating a pattern of
    failure to comply with the requirements of the Hague Convention in FY
    2006, 2007 and 2008. Read the most recent report. There are currently
    more than 3000 parentally-abducted children whose cases we are working
    to resolve. If you are interested in learning more about the problem of
    international parental child abduction, including steps you can take if
    you believe that your children or someone you know may face this
    situation, please visit our web site at
    http://www.travel.state.gov/childabduction.

    We remain committed to assisting Mr. Goldman until his case is resolved.
    We appreciate your concern and support and will make sure your message
    is conveyed to Mr. Goldman and to our colleagues and counterparts in
    Brazil. If you wish to make your concerns known to the Government of
    Brazil, please contact the Juridical Division at the Brazilian Foreign
    Ministry at:

    dcji-casossg@mre.gov.br

    Sincerely,

    Office of Children’s Issues, Office of Overseas Citizens Services
    Bureau of Consular Affairs

  229. gail says:

    I just emailed the Brazilian Foreign Ministry as well.

  230. moniqueferris says:

    just got the same letter gail posted. was shocked to hear they are working on more than 3000 cases :(

  231. gail says:

    Did you write to the Foreign Ministry.

  232. gail says:

    I really think there is a lot of pressure on Brazil right now and this will come out in David’s favor.

  233. gail says:

    The contact she sent me is not valid, it came back.

  234. I2Care says:

    Hello folks, you can count me in on the LKL e-mail idea! Its one of the few things Im able to do (being a Candian citizen). I dont face book so this is the only place I go for updates so please be sure to post the date when we are to do this here. Thanks

    Priss
    MoniqueFerris
    Gail
    Kimberly
    Devinsmommy
    FoxyLoxy
    tenorplus
    philandteena
    elizrpoe
    “I2Care”

  235. Aimee says:

    Just got a follow-up letter from Senator Kohl (WI), that said he’s “following closely”. What does that mean exactly? I don’t want to hear about what he’s “following”. I want to hear about what he’s “doing”! Like everyone else, I’ll continue to keep up the pressure.

    Also, will partipate in e-mail LKL day. Could we pick Oprah for a day, as well? I would think she has a much more extensive audience than LKL

  236. Aimee says:

    e-mail LKL day

  237. Sunsatia says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  238. rcgracia says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  239. rachelle4 says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  240. Mom25 says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    1. Priss
    2. MoniqueFerris
    3. Gail
    4. Kimberly
    5. Devinsmommy
    6. FoxyLoxy
    7. tenorplus
    8. philandteena
    9. elizrpoe
    10. I2Care
    11. rcgracia
    12. mhenderson
    13. MSchray
    14. janelr
    15. rlw.mom
    16. anna42
    17. Aimee
    18. Sunsatia
    19. Mom25

  241. Mom25 says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    20. rachelle4

  242. dlw44 says:

    Count me in ~ EMAIL LKL DAY.

  243. roger says:

    UPDATED ADDRESSES AND CONTACTS AT THE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL COOPERATION DIVISION OF THE BRAZILIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY:

    e-mail: dj@mre.gov.br
    Fax number: + 55 61 3411-9059 (U.S. callers must add 011 before 55)

    Brazilian Diplomats in the INTERNATIONAL LEGAL COOPERATION DIVISION:

    Counsellor Ms. PATRÍCIA MARIA OLIVEIRA LIMA
    Phone number: + 55 61 3411-9058 (U.S. callers must add 011 before 55)

    Third Secretaries Ms. CAMILA MANDEL BARROS and Mr. LEANDRO ANTUNES MARIOSI
    Phone number: + 55 61 3411-9056 (U.S. callers must add 011 before 55)

    Source: http://www.mre.gov.br/lista_ramais_mre.pdf

  244. gail says:

    Thanks Roger. Hopefully this email won’t come back. Do you have any idea what companies or businesses the Lins e Silva’s are involved with here in the US?

  245. roger says:

    UPDATED PHONE NUMBERS OF THE FOREIGN MINISTER CELSO AMORIM AND HIS CLOSE STAFF:

    Foreign Minister
    Ambassador CELSO LUIZ NUNES AMORIM
    + 55 61 3411-9931 or 9932 or 8081 or 8078 or 8658

    Chief of Staff
    Ambassador MARIA LAURA DA ROCHA
    + 55 61 3411-6112 or 6113 or 8090 or 8088

    Deputy Chief of Staff
    Minister COLBERT SOARES PINTO JR
    + 55 61 3411-6107 or 6942 or 6989 or 8097 or 8098

    Fax number for all of them: + 55 61 3411-6993

  246. JonathanR says:

    Quick ? : What precisely is involved in the “Email LKL” Day. Everyone just sends an email to LK at once about wanting this topic covered and having David as a guest?

    PS: I’ve noticed that whenever I do a google or yahoo news search on David, none of the critical sites (ie CNN, Newsweek, TIME, Washington Post, xxx Times, whatever) list the topic – only MSNBC plus other obscure sites.

    This has to be made primetime!! I’m hoping O’Reilly and Greta chime in. Mom is calling NY Times first thing in the morning.

  247. gail says:

    Go JonathanR :)

  248. gail says:

    I emailed Greta again today. I’m feeling helpless, but I keep writing.

  249. roger says:

    To contact the International Affairs Division of the Office of the Chief-of-Staff to President Lula da Silva (since his chief-of-staff unofficially runs the country, this should be a good contact):
    Fax: + 55 61 3411-1624

    Ambassador CARLOS ALFREDO LAZARY TEIXEIRA
    Phone: + 55 61 3411-1447

    And the Foreign Minister aides to President Lula:

    Fax: + 55 61 3321-5157

    Ambassador MARCEL FORTUNA BIATO
    + 55 61 3411-1184

    Minister PEDRO MIGUEL DA COSTA E SILVA
    + 55 61 3411-2217 or 2095

    Consellor ELIO DE ALMEIDA CARDOSO
    + 55 61 3411-2217 or 2095

  250. roger says:

    JonathanR,

    If you run a search through Washington Post’s website, you’ll reach the AP newswire story that they picked up and posted online. The same piece appeared online also in the Chicago Tribune and in FL and CA news outlets. But this was 10 days ago!

    Since then, AP hasn’t published any follow-up.

  251. MichelleGodde says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    FYI-I emailed Bill OReilly on this story as well. I think we should put him on the list. He doesn’t back down on things. I would love to get Anderson Cooper down there tracking Lins de Silva also. I’ve already emailed all of the above as well as LKL a couple weeks back. Wish they would acknowledge the email and move forward with something. I think a mass email will help.

  252. roger says:

    The LeS do not represent businesses. They only practice family law.

    Once again, I must emphasize that they did not go out of bounds ethically speaking – the exception being if they actually disobeyed a court order for visitation back in October, as it has been reported. If that was the case, David, his attorney, the judge or the District Attorney’s office could have file a complaint in the Brazilian Bar Association and/or try press charges on the grounds of contempt of law.

    There has been no conflict of interest in the case. This would have happened if the LeS had represented David in the past and took Bruna’s case. There is also no conflict of interest either in self-representation or in having a vested interest in the case.

    They have a court order in force against David forbidding him to elicit international family law associations to take disciplinary action against them. I do not know the extent or the scope of this court order.

    Keep on the heat on U.S. media and the diplomatic channels!!! Brazilians will only take notice once some story hits us with “damage to Brazil’s image abroad”. We are a very self-conscious people and suffer from a big inferiority complex. That’s our Achilles heel.

  253. gail says:

    Roger,

    What do you mean the Lins e Silva’s have a court order against David forbidding him to elicit international family law assoc. to take disciplinary action against them? How can they possibly do that? Did David willingly sign something? How can that be legal? This is so bazar, it’s deplorable.

  254. gail says:

    I know they don’t represent any businesses, but they might be involved in a different way with something here in the US.

  255. gail says:

    I’m kidnapping your child but I have a court order from Brazil that says you can’t sue me for this? I’m real angry.

  256. roger says:

    David does not need to sign on to any court order, just needs to have been notified. It seems to be the same gag order that imposed silence on the press.

    The reports on the blogosphere about the case (for example, at conjur.com.br, only in Portuguese) show that the gag order came from the 13th. Civil Court of the State of Rio de Janeiro last year – yet another court, and this one not even related to the family law case.

    The LeS reportedly filed a lawsuit against David asking the judge to preempt him on any damage to their reputation in Brazil or overseas. The judge reportedly issued a preliminary relief in favor of the LeS and established a fine for breaching this order.

    I mean, guys, there have been several other courts and judges involved in this case, which goes back to 2004. The whole thing is a myriad of preliminary injunctions, relieves, appeals, interlocutory appeals, lower-court rulings, appelate court rulings, now this mediation ruling at the Superior Court of Justice that finally allowed visitation. You name it, the legal recourse is there, filed by both parties.

    Once again, David and his attorney are the only ones that have any details at all, but they can’t comment (and the LeS can’t comment either) because the court ordered so. It is the standard legal rule involving custody cases, not the exception.

  257. roger says:

    Gail,

    No, not that I know of. They represent international private citizens, as someone found out by looking up at that Canadian being represented by their firm, but that’s about it.

  258. roger says:

    Just one last thought for you all:

    As you can see, Brazilian government is a rather sophisticated machine when it comes to e-government.

    All these Executive and Judicial Branch offices actually post real e-mails and full contact info for principals, deputies, aides, within the several departments. It was very easy for me to find this info. The court facilities are first-class, and the judges are fairly well-trained compared to their peers abroad. No one comes to court bribing people and some judges have been put to jail for selling sentences.
    None of this appears to have happened in David’s case.

    In addition, please be aware that many of these officials do not speak English, and don’t feel the need to unless they work in the Foreign Ministry, and tend to be anti-American because it’s fashionable more than for any other reason.

    I’m saying this because the slightest hint of “civilization vs. jungle” judgment will hurt David’s case. It’s obvious, but everyone here is justifiable very angry and a bad word or two may just fall off. These guys operate under a faily open and accessible system, and although it sure helps to have influential people pressuring them, as you all could see by now, they don’t want to feel or to acknowledge pressure.

    It’s a far better approach of any Brazilian authority with a “how would you feel if it were your kid?” message instead of “what a lousy country, you’ll always be third world, now give us our kid already…” From what I know of diplomacy, there will be no sanctions either, but diplomatic pressure is sure to help out a quick turnaround of events.

  259. smallord says:

    Hey Everyone, I have been following this case closely, crying and praying like all of you have, but just been a lurker until today. FoxyLoxy, I noticed on your draft email to LKL you referenced this website as .com instead of .org… not sure if anyone mentioned that to you yet. Count me in to email LKL as well. If David gets to appear on the show, can we make sure he is able to mention this website? I haven’t heard anyone on t.v. including David direct people here… and I think a lot of people following this story loosely would get more fired up by seeing everyone’s involvement in the Blog Responses section. Awesome work everyone… what a powerhouse you all have become!

  260. dlw44 says:

    Roger,

    With all of the pressure from the US Govt., are they likely to take a long time in Fed. Court for a ruling?

  261. gail says:

    They didn’t take long in State Court.

  262. gail says:

    My question is: If David wins in Federal Court, can he take Sean immediately? Or does he have to wait while the evil family appeal?

  263. vinni says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  264. roger says:

    I would think so., dlw44.

    Don’t forget that the Brazilian Federal Union’s attorneys are officially on David’s side in the case. And that the Federal Union is a pretty powerful party in court. And they have a direct link to the Brazil’s Federal Executive Branch (including the Foreign Ministry), which we all understand has been liaising with the U.S. State Dept.

    Gail, someone above addressed Sean’s return.

  265. roger says:

    Let me clarify, gail, I DON’T think any single court is likely to take a long time in this case anymore. But if appeals must come, then it’s likely to take a long time overall.

  266. Kimberly000001 says:

    Thanks everyone. That’s 23 so far for LKL.
    Im hoping to get at least 100 people signed up and each person who signs up might get 5-10 friends and family members to send an email request as well?

    If we get enough people…we can schedule 8-10 groups each would take a specific hour to send all of their emails so there will be a constant flow from MANY people with many perspectives.

    If the owners of this site are able to send an email out the subscribers here we should be able to get over a thousand (that is only a guess…how would I know)!

    In any case…please keep signing up and we will announce the date as soon as we have a good number.

  267. Kimberly000001 says:

    Don’t worry if you don’t wish to have your friends send emails…anyone who will help…please sign up.

  268. philandteena says:

    My head is spinning w/all of these blogs. Could someone please tell me what (besides contacting my congressman and Senator) I should be doing? For now since everything is closed I am going to send a Bring Sean Home banner to everyone in my myspace acct. There are about 700 people on there so, maybe it will get more people involved.

  269. philandteena says:

    Kimberly, I have 4 email accts, so I can write from each one to LKL. you might want to encourage others w/multiple emails to do the same.

  270. dlw44 says:

    Roger,

    I missed something…. can David take Sean immediately once he wins?

  271. roger says:

    I don’t know. Someone addressed this in an earlier comment to this post.

  272. Kimberly000001 says:

    Thanks Philandteena. I know how you feel…and myspace…that is a great idea. I wish I could do more too.

  273. FoxyLoxy says:

    Mschray:
    Thanks for letting us know that there are a lot of non-bloggers involved.

    Jonathan:
    The plan is to have as many people as possible email lklshow.ideas@cnn.com on one day to express interest in having this story featured. Someone will then follow up with an email and call to their exec producer. A couple of people had contacted them previously and they said that if there was enough interest, they would consider it. By the way, O’Reilly has well over 3 million viewers – I checked – so hopefully we get in there.

    Aimee:
    I think people initially emailed the Oprah show and didn’t get an encouraging response but we did with LKL, so we’re doing that first. We’ll be replicating it with other shows (including Oprah again).

    Smallord:
    Welcome, and thanks for catching that! No-one had noticed.

  274. Kimberly000001 says:

    FoxyLoxy…I copy/pasted some of your action items to the current thread in FaceBook. I am waiting to hear from Mikki regarding starting a new thread for
    “Sign Up – email Larry King Live Show Campaign”. Hopefully she will get it soon so we can begin the process of getting a count with that group as well. I will also go in shortly and post my email address and you can email me if you want to discuss anything directly.

    Meanwhile..its great to see the “passing of the baton” back and forth on this thread for getting the word out.

  275. FoxyLoxy says:

    DRAFT EMAIL TO EXEC. PRODUCER OF LARRY KING LIVE

    Dear Ms. Whitworth, (verify name)

    David Goldman is a young American father who has endured unimaginable mental torment, hardship and loss, fighting an international legal battle for well over four years, to have his beloved eight year-old son, Sean, returned from Brazil. David’s Brazilian wife, Bruna Bianchi Carneiro Ribeiro abducted Sean in June 2004, under the pretext of a two-week vacation to Rio de Janeiro.

    Not along after arriving, she asked David for a divorce and for him to fly to Brazil to sign over full custody of their son if he ever wanted to see him again. Bruna subsequently remarried a Brazilian and tragically died during childbirth in August of 2008. Sean’s stepfather has since resisted all attempts to return him to the US even though under The Hague Convention, US, Brazilian, and International law, Sean is being held illegally and should have been returned within 6 weeks. This, even though Bruna is on the record confirming that David was a great father.

    Some additional facts:

    - Sean’s stepfather, Joao Paolo Lins e Silva is a family lawyer at his father’s law firm which represents clients in international abduction cases! His father, Paolo Lins e Silva, amazingly has spoken at The Hague against international abductions and is the President of the International Union of Lawyers.

    - The Lins e Silva family is extremely powerful, with high level connections in the major media outlets, the judiciary, state and federal governments. We believe this has had a chilling effect on media coverage and largely kept the Brazilian people in the dark about this story, despite that a gag order issued did not apply nationally.

    - New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith and both Senators Frank Lautenberg and Roberto Menendez have introduced resolutions calling on Brazil to comply with The Hague Treaty (of which it is a signatory). Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is also closely following developments in the case and President Obama has been made aware of it.

    - David’s supporters are planning a rally in Washington DC on March 17 to coincide with Brazilian President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva’s visit to the US.

    - According to the US State Department, this is sadly one of around 50 other international abduction cases of American children in which Brazil has violated The Hague Convention

    We had previously contacted your show about covering this story and were told that if enough people expressed their interest in seeing it, it would be considered. Hundreds/Thousands of people have since sent emails to lklshow.ideas@cnn.com asking, imploring, for exactly that.

    David and Sean’s heartwrenching situation has clearly struck a chord with millions around the world. According to David’s friends who run http://www.bringseanhome.org, people from 120 countries have read the website, and individuals from 80 different countries have signed the petition. All of this despite the deafening silence and seeming complicity of the Brazilian media and even though Brazil is ostensibly a democracy.

    We believe this is a compelling story that cries out to be told to a global audience. It’s about a father who shines with love and devotion for his child, a man who has shown that he would move mountains to bring his adored son home. It’s also a story about cherished and enduring American values – freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom from oppression. Most of all, the right to be free…

    Please help us bring Sean home.

    Sincerely,

    (Name)

    Attach Video clip w/David and Sean

    (Please visit http://bringseanhome.org/media.html for an extensive list of supporting materials about this case. I will call you to follow up in the next couple of days. Thank you for your time and consideration.)
    ______________________

    Ok, it’s been tightened, tweaked, and corrected. Feedback/criticism equally welcome

  276. FoxyLoxy says:

    Hi Kimberly,
    That’s good about setting the signup there. Are you saying you’ll post your email in the discussion boards there? Sorry, I’m such an FB newbie :)

  277. Kimberly000001 says:

    Yes. Just go to the current discussion thread…email larry king show. I will go put it there now.

  278. FoxyLoxy says:

    Ok. I’ll be over there in a few minutes. I’m just going to reboot first.

  279. LukieD says:

    Roger, you made the following statement:

    “There has been no conflict of interest in the case. This would have happened if the LeS had represented David in the past and took Bruna’s case. There is also no conflict of interest either in self-representation or in having a vested interest in the case.”

    You’re obviously very knowledgeable about Brazilian legal matters, so I’m curious how you define “conflict of interest”. You don’t think that JPLS accepting clients who are left-behind parents from foreign countries with open Hague abduction cases represents a conflict of interest given the fact that JPLS has a victim of international child abduction living under his own roof? Seriously, go and ask other left-behind parents like Timothy Weinstein who posts on this blog whether they consider this a conflict of interest. The notion that JPLS could provide objective legal counsel to any of these parents is pure nonsense. How could he possibly claim he is looking out for these clients’ best interests? I, and many others, would argue that the last thing JPLS would want is for Brazil to get serious about its obligations under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction so that would make him the last attorney you would want to hire to help bring your abducted child home. These parents have suffered a great deal already, the last thing any of us would want would be for them to hire an attorney who has an ulterior motive for NOT wanting to help a client win back custody of his/her child. Actually, it’s a conflict of interest of unimagineable proportion, any way you look at it.

  280. philandteena says:

    Thanks Kimberly, I added the banners to my page, its my default photo, i sent a bulletin and then started thru my list to send out individual banners. if anyone is in Myspace add me http://www.myspace.com/teenamarie321 . I posted a topic in the forum with no luck. I don’t see anything about Sean and david in myspace ANYWHERE. There are A LOT of myspacers so I think it would be good to spread word thru there. Myspacers tend to stay away from facebook. I guess you get used to one site and don’t want to switch. So, there is a good chance a lot of them dont know about this. Maybe I can get Tracy’s permission to make a page for the Goldmans. It could just have basic info like this site, with pics, video clips, etc.

  281. gail says:

    Roger,

    I was the one who asked if Sean would be turned over to David if he won and then the LeS would have to appeal while Sean was living with Daivd. I thought that was what you said happens, but you never know with these people.

  282. Kimberly000001 says:

    Hi Roger,

    I strongly agree with the above comment by LukieD. Not only is it a conflict of interest professionally, but consider the “ethics” of attemting to prevent a loving and devoted father from securing his child (whether before or after the passing of the biological mother).

  283. gail says:

    We should all give Roger a big thanks. I don’t know of an attorney here that would be giving so much legal advice and time for free :)

  284. Kimberly000001 says:

    Philandteena. I am surprised there is no myspace site for this. I don’t use it but then I didn’t use FB until just now either. All of these social networks…yikes!!! Yes, you should start one!

  285. philandteena says:

    Kimberly000001

    I think I will. they are so easy to make. I will talk to Tracy about it.

  286. gail says:

    Would it be a conflict of interest if it’s your wife?

  287. mom3 says:

    I’m not much of a blogger but like many others check the site everyday. I worry once David finally wins in court the devil family will take Sean into hiding. Anyway I will keep praying everyday for Sean and David Goldman. I am in for the Larry King live show and will continue to call and email all that I can.

  288. gail says:

    LukieD;

    Are we going to have any kind of an update this week?

  289. LukieD says:

    gail, there isn’t likely to be any news on the case this week as it is in the federal court and now we just have to wait for a decision. We’re going to keep people updated on the co-sponsorship list for House Resolution 125 and we’ll also be sending out an email blast to all 5,400 subscribers announcing the rally in Washington DC for March 17 when President Lula is in Washington for his meeting with President Obama. I think that’s about it for this week. If I missed anything let me know.

    Oh, and i almost forgot, David will be a guest on the Eric “Mancow” Muller Show tomorrow morning at 8:09 eastern time. You can click on these links to tune in to the live broadcast and to view a station guide for your area.

    http://mancow.com/

    http://www.mancow.com/stationfinder

  290. Kimberly000001 says:

    Lukie D, could you include a request to help with the email campaign to the subscribers?

  291. LukieD says:

    Kimberly000001, yes we can do that the question is where do we send them for instructions on what they can do to help with the emails? They can obviously check this blog but directing them to a discussion group on Facebook might be more productive. It’s just a matter of keeping the information centralized somewhere so we’re all on the same page and aware of what others are doing. The help you’re all providing is tremendous, we just need to stay organized.

  292. Kimberly000001 says:

    Thank you so much. We will get the posting on FB sorted out by tomorrow. It will say something to the effect of “Sign up – email to Larry King Live show”. Is tomorrow soon enough for your needs?

  293. LukieD says:

    Three more co-sponsors of H.RES.125 today:

    36. Gene Green (TX-29)
    37. Ted Poe (TX-02)
    38. John H. Adler (NJ-03)

  294. Aida says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  295. Aida says:

    FoxyLady well done. thanks LukieD i will call my senators and congressmen again.

  296. SachaReyes says:

    Roger:

    While some of your insights are helpful others are just plain naive. I agree with LukieD’s 10:19 post regarding conflict of interest. In Brazil and in any other legal community, lawyers cannot pick and choose which law or treaty to apply and to whom to apply it to. If I represent two clients with the exact same set of facts, the law that applies to one, applies to the other. Choosing to ignore one for my personal benefit is absolutely a conflict and unethical, here, in Brazil and Timbuktu. Furthermore, your comment:

    “No one comes to court bribing people and some judges have been put to jail for selling sentences. None of this appears to have happened in David’s case.”

    Of course no one walks into court with money in hand and says: “Your Honor please take this money in exchange for a favorable ruling” but what does happen and has happened in this case, is that lawyers know judges, they see them at events, cocktails, political fundraisers, charity events, restaurants. Some owe favors and some are owed favors. It works like that here too unfortunately but it is more likely to be punished here than in countries like Brazil where the rich are very rich and the poor are very poor. I weak middle class tends to make the enforcement of such fraud difficult. The Lins e Silvas are certainly the sort of family that likes their favors repaid, one way or another and words or money do not need to exchange hands for that message to come across.

    So while I have found some of your comments useful this one was not very accurate and I felt compelled to comment.

  297. Mom25 says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    21. dlw44
    22. MichelleGodde
    23. vinni

    (keeping it more organized :) )

  298. SachaReyes says:

    Sorry I forgot to post:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  299. Mom25 says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    1. Priss
    2. MoniqueFerris
    3. Gail
    4. Kimberly
    5. Devinsmommy
    6. FoxyLoxy
    7. tenorplus
    8. philandteena
    9. elizrpoe
    10. I2Care
    11. rcgracia
    12. mhenderson
    13. MSchray
    14. janelr
    15. rlw.mom
    16. anna42
    17. Aimee
    18. Sunsatia
    19. Mom25
    20. rachelle4
    21. dlw44
    22. MichelleGodde
    23. vinni
    24. Aida

    The plan is to have as many people as possible email lklshow.ideas@cnn.com on (A DAY TO BE ANNOUNCED STILL) and express interest in having this story featured. Someone will then follow up with an email and call to their exec producer.

    If you are just learning about this and would like to commit your time to this, please post “EMAIL LKL DAY”!

    Thanks!!

  300. Mom25 says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    25. SachaReyes

    Thanks SR!

  301. gil says:

    Roger,

    I beg to differ with some of your statements…

    “No one comes to court bribing people and some judges have been put to jail for selling sentences. None of this appears to have happened in David’s case.”

    So, we are to accept the fact that all of the judges in this case to date have been completely impartial and unbiased, ruling strictly on the letter of the law without any favoritism shown to Bruna or Lins e Silva? Even judge Salomão (a former Rio State Court judge by the way), who just this past December ruled a visitation between David and Sean was “not an urgent matter” and could do “irreparable damage” to Sean? Sure, he changed his tune last week. I wonder why.

    “Once again, I must emphasize that they did not go out of bounds ethically speaking – the exception being if they actually disobeyed a court order for visitation back in October, as it has been reported.”

    So you’re not convinced it happened as reported? Trust me it did. And there’s even videotape of it for the those that don’t believe it. That was a serious ethical breach for a lawyer.

    “There has been no conflict of interest in the case. This would have happened if the LeS had represented David in the past and took Bruna’s case. There is also no conflict of interest either in self-representation or in having a vested interest in the case.”

    I don’t think you could be more wrong about this. You have no problem with a man who harbors an abducted child (and there’s no getting around that fact) representing parents trying to get their abducted children back? His own personal interest couldn’t be more at odds with his clients’ interest, especially in Brazil, where he has personally been the beneficiary of its non-compliance with the Hague Treaty.

    I appreciate some of the help you’ve offered, but you’re not going to get too far on this blog saying JPLS has acted ethically and the judges have been impartial in this case.

  302. naiarax says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  303. philandteena says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    26.naiarax

  304. elle says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    Foxy Loxy in your draft email you mention Paulo Lins as being the president of the International Union of Lawyers, is this the same assoc. ? http://www.iaba.org/OfficersandCouncilMembers.htm
    This one is called Inter-American Bar Assoc. and he is not the president. He was President of this one from 98-99. Just wanted to have all of our facts straight. Also, are we all going to use the draft letter, or are we all writing our own?

    philandteena If I’m not mistaken, Did you say you were going to make a my space page? If you did, you might want to get in touch with Facebook people. There is a shout out to take it down?

  305. philandteena says:

    Elle, No…i did not make a myspace page…already talked to tracy. if you read FB further it has been updated

  306. elle says:

    philandteena no prob sorry, must of missed the update. Im totally sleep deprived. New mom of twin boys, and its 1:30 am. But this is really the only time I get to catch with all the news.

  307. philandteena says:

    Oh…its ok. you weren’t the only one who assumed it was me. I guess it is natural since I was the last person who talked about it. I totally get sleep deprivation. have 2 boys but fortunately 8 yrs apart. its terrible feeling when you are not getting any sleep. I give you tons of credit. You should be sleeping right now!!! good luck!

  308. elle says:

    Thanks. I know I should be getting some rest, but ever since hearing about this, I haven’t been sleeping well. I can’t even imagine the anguished nights David has had for over 4 years. It’s like a nightmare, that you never wake from. Anyway, I’m going to try to sleep some now. Thanks for listening. Night.

  309. LukieD says:

    elle, below is PLS’s bio. Enjoy!

    Paulo Lins e Silva Biography:

    Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA)
    • Current Secretary General for Latin America of the UIA
    • President of the UIA, 2006-07
    • Former Chairman of the Family Law Section of the UIA

    International Bar Association (IBA)
    • Former Vice-President of the Family Law Section of the International Bar Association (IBA)

    Inter-American Bar Association (IABA)
    • Former President of the IABA, 1998-99

    American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Member of the Family Law Section and of the Section of International Law (SIL) of the ABA, 1987-present

    International Society of Family Law (ISFL)
    • Former Executive Council member of the ISFL, 1987-97

    International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML)
    • Former Governor at Large of the IAML

    Brazilian Institute of Family Law (IBDFAM)
    • Director of International Relations of IBDFAM

    Brazilian Bar Association (OAB)
    • Council Member Rio de Janeiro Chapter of the OAB

  310. reepwtusew says:

    HelloAll—-I just wanted to tell you all that I contacted Tom Cruise who is currently filming in Rio D Janero and Brazil. He is a very passionate man and very politically active. Here is his site mabey if a bunch of us contact him he will be made aware of the situation and speak out against it. It is worth a try!

    http://www.tomcruise.com/tom-cruise-news.html

  311. tweinstein says:

    Roger,
    You quoted, “the Federal Union is a pretty powerful party in court. And they have a direct link to the Brazil’s Federal Executive Branch (including the Foreign Ministry)”

    This was the major reason why I chose to utilize them as my attorney rather than a private attorney. Given this “power”, why have they been so helpless in my case?

    Timothy

  312. tweinstein says:

    It seems that people need to differentiate between the senior and junior Joao Paulo Lins e Silva. It appears that most people believe there is only one.

  313. sergio says:

    Let me re-enforce Roger’s comments, if you decide to write or send emails directly to any Brazilian authority lets be sure to be nice and not burn any bridges.
    He is 100% correct, to a Brazilian a small word could turn an ally into an fierce enemy. “asking for help” is way better than “demand help”. We Brazilians are a bit sensitive to this “3rd world” name calling.

    Lets not shoot the messenger… and leave the “rant” and the bashing for another forum. We need EVERY ONE on our side.

  314. Mom25 says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    27. elle

  315. tuckwoods says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  316. tenorplus says:

    sergio is right… we might not all agree on some things and maybe we word things a bit differently; however, we have one main cause and focus – BRING SEAN HOME! We can discuss the other things in another forum – right now it is critical that we get everyone possible on our side. Trust me, there is NO love for any of the Lins e Silva clan… or for Bruna’s family!! They are the ones who have violated the Hague Treaty, as well as common, decent family relationships – denying Sean his very own father. We will continue to go after their reputations ~ but now is to get the Congress to pass both Resolutions… get this on LKL soon… go after any/all media sources to start really featuring David’s story… work effectively to get the Brazilian media to present this… and to let the people of that great nation know that these evils exist there and must be addressed, since these people (i.e. Lins e Silva and company) are making that nation look despicable in the eyes of the international community!!!

    I guess we have (still) a LOT of work to do. DAVID – we’re ALL pulling for you!!!!!!!!!!

  317. roger says:

    Ok, guys, one at a time, and please bear with me:

    Gail: thanks for your words, although I must clarify I’m not giving legal advice and I could never do it. I’m not even a family attorney. My way of helping out is just trying to give some clues and contact info to Americans that can’t read Portuguese or cannot be familiar with our legal system or the general aspects of this case that have been made public.

    reepwtusew: Tom Cruise and family spent a week here on a PR blitz for his new movie. He did a little tourism too and said “he loved Brazil, wants to come back, etc etc.” So, even though he’s left already, he may be symphathetic, who knows?

    To SachaReyes, you were very accurate in your description of how influence actually happens in the Brazilian government, including courts. I think your contribution was excellent to enlighten those that were not that familiar with this country. No one here seems to think of influence and dinners and get-togethers as “corruption”. “Corruption” as seen through Brazilian eyes is almost restricted to actually bribing someone with money in exchange of something. Dinners and get-together with judges are viewed as camaraderie and socializing only.

    Tweinstein: you need to press the Federal Union Attorneys for results. Call them up, send them e-mails, meet with them, whatever it takes to make them feel personally attached to your dramatic case. They are civil servants with employment for life and don’t have year-end targets to meet. All of us attorneys try to visit judges and court personnel in their offices and (I can speak for myself, in daytime working hours) to make our cases well-known and try to get priority treatment.

    Finally, about conflict of interest: this may strike many of you, but I stand by my earlier comments and must back them by quoting a small provision of the Brazilian Bar Association Code of Ethics:

    “Art. 4. (…)

    Sole paragraph:

    It is legitimate for the lawyer to recuse himself of representing a case concerning a matter of law or right that may apply to himself, or that is contray to legal advice previously rendered.”

    See: it is “legitimate”, not “mandatory” or even “desirable”!

    Of course there are a whole lot of provisions in the Code of Ethics about abstaining to represent cases against to the ethics, morals, or against the validity of an action in which he had collaborated, advised or had been made aware of; this “validity etc.” is the part in which he could never represent David in disputing the validity of actions that he, JPLS, had taken part in.

    Then, the provision and the rationale behind it is that it is up to the lawyer himself to evaluate whether there is a conflict of interest and recuse himself, running the risk of being subject to charges of ethical breach brought by any of his clients for violating “ethics”.

    Sorry about it.

  318. katie says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    Elle – I’m a new mom of twins as well so I get how tired you are! They’re both sleeping right now but not for long……

    To all – Does someone have an updated list of the important contacts we should be emailing? I will keep calling my congressmen and senators but sending out emails is so easy and I can do it at anytime during the day or night.

  319. swash1 says:

    Do I think its a conflict of interest? Most definintely. JPLS has a PERSONAL vested interest in keeping the status quo in Brazil going. That status quo is that abducted children are NEVER returned. If he wins a case for a left behind parent, that weakens his grip on Sean Goldman.

    But does it meet the technical legal defiinition? I’m not a lawyer, but I doubt it. Lawyers play by their own rules, and to me Rodger sounds like someone who is either a lawyer or somewhat familiar with those rules. I think it would be a very interesting read if eyeLegal would make a case for PLS’s activity in this case being unprofessional or even illegal. Their take on the possible illegality of the judicial rulings to date in Sean’s case was outstanding.

  320. Mom25 says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    28. tuckwoods
    29. katie

  321. kt says:

    Luked,
    i know you said there won’t be any updates until you hear from the federal courts of brazil but did they give you any kind of time frame of when they’ll make a decision? or does david’s lawyer have any ideas on the time frame? thanks.

  322. JamesJosephs says:

    Thank you Roger.

    You have confirmed that any foreign client of a left-behind child solicited by the Lins e Silva law firm since 2004 would successfully be able to bring ethics charges against JPLS.

    Hopefully, you can provide information on those willing to represent such clients on a pro bono basis in filing these ethics charges with the proper Brazilian professional organizations.

    PS. Corruption is the abuse of public power for private benefits. Bribery is only one of many forms that corruption takes on.

  323. philandteena says:

    Elle, I understand not being able o sleep over this. I am glued to my pc until all hours of the night waiting for something to happen….. another blog, more info, sean is home….until my eyes are watering. I was emailing my Senators at 1 in the morning. And I will probably put in another 8 hours + today. I can’t rest until sean is home. Its the only right thing to do and i would hope someone would do the same for me. I feel like this is my new mission in life. When this is over I want to help the other families also. i always make sure to include in my letters/emails/phone calls there are other cases like this one. Any way I am rambling. I just want to give a big round of applause to all of you!

  324. roger says:

    swash1, you got that one right, I am a lawyer!

    Even though I am prohibited from opining in pending cases that I don’t represent (and I’m not even a litigation lawyer), I’ve found a way to support David’s cause by facilitating the understanding of non-lawyers and non-Brazilians unfamiliar with our legal system.

    The old adage for doctors applies to lawyers: if you’ve got one lawyer, you’ve got your lawyer; if you hire two, you’re down to half a lawyer; and if you consult three, you end up with no lawyer.

    So I don’t claim to be right, but I’ll be darn happy if I happen to make a small contribution for a happy and quick permanent reunion between David and Sean.

  325. LukieD says:

    kt, these courts rule when they rule, but they don’t follow any sort of schedule. That’s why David and Timothy have been waiting years. Justice delayed is justice denied.

    With any luck, we might hear something in March. But again, one day we’ll wake up and have a ruling, it’s not likely to be telegraphed much in advance, I don’t think.

  326. philandteena says:

    LukieD…Is it possible that all this pressure from the Resolutions and media,etc, will help speed up the process maybe even a little?

  327. karabailey says:

    WRITE TO THE PRODUCERS OF THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW!!!

    So I strongly urge you to write to her show..here is the link. I just wrote to her. I have such a strong feeling that she will cover this story if ENOUGH people write to her. Please do it. Its just a form you have to fill out and a short paragraph.

    https://www.oprah.com/ord/plugform.jsp?plugId=216

  328. roger says:

    JamesJosephs,

    I’m sorry, but I didn’t say “sucessfully”.

    I did mention a provision in the Code of Ethics to the effect that “the lawyer must refrain from taking cases contray to ethics”.

    Any party has the legal right to file ethics charges as he or she seems fit, that’s all. I can’t encourage or disencourage anyone to choose a particular legal track.

    I’m sorry, but I’m not into this to solicit clients or to offer paid or pro bono services, first because any of us lawyers can’t do it in a public forum and second because I’m not even a litigator. I just want Sean and David back together in the quickest possible and absolutely legal way.

    The Brazilian Bar Association offers pro bono services for people that meet certain criteria, but I have no idea what are those criteria.

  329. iescalante says:

    Good morning, can someone please tell me if today is the day we are emailing L.K.?
    I know it most be posted somewhere here; but I am at work all day and can’t really read all the previous posts or log on to facebook. Also if someone can share the address, and let me know if we are using a “form-letter” or if it’s best we write our own. (I was able to read some guidelines posted on a link on how to pitch something to the media). Thanks so much.

  330. philandteena says:

    iescalante…they havent posted the day yet. If you aren’t a member of facebook i urge you to do so. there is a lot of important info in there seperated into topics. You will find everything you need to know there…easier than trying to catch up on blogs. Visit:
    http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=35278616563&topic=7886#/board.php?uid=35278616563

  331. LukieD says:

    philandteena, you can absolutely rest assured that the pressure is being felt by the Brazilian courts and judges. In the past, the process of sending case files to another court dragged on for weeks and sometimes months. After the recent decision by the STJ to move the case back to the federal court in Rio, miraculously the case files appeared at the federal court within a matter of days. It’s no secret why, the Brazilian govt is trying to fast track this case for fear of further international embarrassment.

  332. JonathanR says:

    Add me to the LKL list.

    30. JonathanR

  333. Kat says:

    Hi everyone,

    Please count me in for the LKL email.Also, I feel that once this one is sent we should do the same for Anderson Cooper, Oprah,Greta V., Bill O’Reilly, Nancy Grace and then select a few celebrities ie someone mentioned Tom Cruise, maybe Gisele (she is from Brazil i believe) and she has a huge following i would assume at home

    Has anyone completed a cross match as to which crongressman have co-sponsored resolution 125 and who has not – if we had a revised list we could all go after those that have not
    Also same with the senators for the Contact your Senator & ask him/her to cosponsor Senate Resolution 37 – Sean Goldman Abduction

    The Rally in DC – Can you update the actions here -I’m thinking of going but would like more details for that day March 17th – what time and where to meet to begin the day, do we know of specific locations that President Lula will be, do we knoow if President Obama is aware of David’s plight – will Secretary of State Hiliary Clinton be meeting with him and if so will she discuss this on her agenda

    someone mentioned they are not subscribed to facebook -I’m one of those so please make sure everything is communicated here as Lukie said so we can all stay on task with the efforts listed above

    Lastly – this out to LukieD – Is David represented by Legal teams here in the states and in Brazil – are they small firms, large firms?

    We will bring Sean home!
    Kat

  334. gail says:

    You guys are going to have to post the day for LKL here because I don’t want to join facebook. After hearing on the news about it last night I don’t want to. Gosh, when I was young I wouldn’t think twice :)

  335. gail says:

    Roger,

    I know you weren’t giving legal help. It’s the explaining and contacts and it is very nice of you to take the time to do so.

  336. philandteena says:

    Gail….joining facebook is safe as long as yo excercise precaution. i didn’t join to meet people only to stay updated on the cause. If someone I don’t know were to try to contact me i would ignore them andmy info is kept private. Not trying to pressure you, just saying the people that get themselves in trouble are usually young and naive. Anyway, of course it is you choice just wanted to shed some light. :)

  337. smallord says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  338. philandteena says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    31. smallord

  339. karabailey says:

    I JUST EMAILED ALL OF THESE PEOPLE..here’s their emails…I’ll keep emailing more people to try to get this story out there in EVERYONE’S face…

    Greta Van Susteren
    ontherecord@foxnews.com

    Bill O’Reilly
    oreilly@foxnews.com

    Anderson Cooper
    http://www.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form5.html?10

    Nancy Grace
    http://www.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form5c.html?24

    Oprah Winfrey
    https://www.oprah.com/ord/plugform.jsp?plugId=216

    Larry King
    http://www.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form5.lkl.comment.html?12

  340. iescalante says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    32. iescalante

  341. FoxyLoxy says:

    Smallord:
    To respond to the 2nd part of your post, that’s a good idea to have David mention the website if, (hopefully when), he’s on LKL. Thanks.

    Elle:
    The two lawyer associations are different, but your post was helpful anyway because I’ve corrected it to read PLS was a former president of the IAU (based on the bio Lukie posted).

    People are welcome to use elements of this email if they want but I’d prefer if all/most write their own. Even a very short email expressing outrage about the situation and interest in seeing it featured on LKL would get the point across.

    Iescalante:
    We haven’t yet set a date for the email LKL event yet. We’re just trying to generate support for now and once we have the numbers, we’ll pick a date. Pls. see my response to elle above re: the content of emails.

    Thanks Mom25, Philandteena for keeping the list going. I’ve got one in Word that I’ve been updating but it helps for people to see it on here

  342. wghaly says:

    33.
    Email LKL Day.

  343. iescalante says:

    In a small effort to raise awareness and to get more people mobilize to help, I posted about David and Sean’s story on Paulo Coelho’s blog. Paulo Coelho is world renown writer and his blog is read by as much as 230,000 visitors a month.

  344. sashaumamabel says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  345. FoxyLoxy says:

    That’s great iescalante. Every effort to raise awareness helps. I couldn’t quite place his name first but then it occurred to me that he wrote “the Alchemist”. Haven’t read it but I know it/he’s popular.

  346. FoxyLoxy says:

    EMAIL LKL

    33. sashaumamabel

    (It’s at 33 because smallord was double-counted)

  347. Irish17 says:

    First, I am still in shock at the amount of people on this blog writing about different ways to help this case. It is simply unbelieable.

    The idea of having a email LKL Day is great and I am sure that they will be shocked. Hopefully they will respond positively. Can’t wait to hear how the radio show goes with David tomorrow.

    Now, how about using Thursday & Friday, February 19th & 20th as Contact the Capital Day. There are two huge bills that we desperately need to work on getting passed. The sooner the better. Can you imagine President Lula’s face in the White House when President Obama gives him a copy of these two bills that recently passed the House and the Senate; he would not be a happy man. These two bills would embarrass him and entire country of Brazil so thouroghly he would be dumbfounded. Then when he saw the rally accross the street from the White House, he would have no choice not to act.

    Thus, lets make Thursday & Friday February 19th & 20th Contact The Capital Day. Contact your congress representative as well as your senators. Let them know that the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children has publically endorsed these two pieces of legislation and have asked for them both to be passed. Also, don’t forget to contact Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. If each one of us contacted her on top of other US Congress representatives she would get the hint to support this bill. Remember calling these people is the best, you can get their 800# by calling 800-555-1212 and asking for them by name.

    We have a real chance here to make a difference in this case, as well Tim W.’s life and countless other families that are going through the same hell as they are. Lets get this done NOW; please.

  348. wghaly says:

    I have been keeping up with all of the posts and had posted a couple of weeks ago. I have copied and pasted the NY Post article along with my plea to my congressman Michael McCaul dist.10. I see two congressman from TX. signed on today. I will keep writing mine. I have also contacted local newspapers to cover David’s story. I replied to the NY Post article thanking them for the coverage. I encouraged them to please follow up as this is a serious matter and we need as many people to know about this as possible. I applaud all of you who are doing what they can. Many of you are on the front lines , and many behind the scene. I am doing all I can behind the scene as I have 6 children. I hope what I am doing helps. This whole situation makes my blood boil………..

  349. elle says:

    LukieD- Thanks -for the info

    Katie – Congrats to you too!…twins mommy. I second the request for an updated list of important contacts. The ammount of info between this blog and Facebook is overwhelming. Wish I could be the one to sift through it all-sadly, don’t have that kind of time these days.

    PhilandTeena-I agee with you110%! I can’t stop worrying about this day and night.

    I find it frustrating to hear that more Congressman haven’t jumped on board. How can they NOT. I don’t see any downside in their careers if they choose to support it. On the other hand GOD forgive em if they don’t. Good luck getting re-elected next term. I’m sure their constituents will remember how they stood on this issue. This includes the Senators as well. Having their names attached to such an important bill could only boost their careers. Again, I don’t understand the hesitation on their part.

    I will continue calling and e-mailing. THANKS – to all for the work that you continue to do and the hours that you put in.

  350. elle says:

    We might have missed -Kat- from the LKL-Email list? Not sure who’s keeping track.

  351. mom3 says:

    LKL email

  352. Kimberly000001 says:

    I’m working right now so just one quick note until a bit later…

    Irish 17- would it make any sense to divide up the states we need to focus on by teams and just hammer those? Then you would have groups working specific areas together (always more noticable if many calls are coming in at the same time). Other people who don’t sign up could still go ahead and call on their own. Then each team…say California could also ask their family and friends to make a call. I dont know if it’s necessary since it already seems to be working, but I thought I would mention it.

    FoxyLoxy. I just posted the topic “Sign Up -to email Larry King Show- Important”. I agree with what you said yesterday…more important to have the numbers. If necessary we can even wait until Monday or Tuesday. Also, we will want to coordinate the target date with the date that the email will be going out to subscribers.

    Everyone- keep watching this post but it may be Monday or Tuesday of next week to send the emails.

    Also, please consider making a short video plea…to let them know how urgent, heartbreaking, appalling this situation is (however you see it)..

  353. tenorplus says:

    Irish17 – great idea! If we ALL target congresssional reps/senators tomorrow and Friday this will hopefully have a real impact. With the magnitude of this concern, it is amazing how many of our ELECTED official seem to “sit on their backsides” and do little to nothing. We need to MAKE them accountable – and this is only one request of many that they ought to be on top of!!! Thanks for the idea Irish17!!!

    Yes – it is terrific to see so many involved (now), with excellent ideas and a real drive to make things happen. It was a lot slower when this started last fall and the momentum is so encouraging.

    We’re going to make sure SEAN COMES HOME!

  354. gail says:

    Just got home. What are we doing with this attorney? Is it illegal if she went to him and lied, maybe said he molested Sean or beat her? What do you want us to do. Please let me know so I can get started.

  355. gail says:

    This attorney is helping the LeS family, still? Oh boy. My husband is an attorney and I sure wish I could get him to help me write a letter. Let me know what you guys want to say and if he is really actually still helping them and I’m going to beg my husband to write up something good for me.

  356. philandteena says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    1. Priss
    2. MoniqueFerris
    3. Gail
    4. Kimberly
    5. Devinsmommy
    6. FoxyLoxy
    7. tenorplus
    8. philandteena
    9. elizrpoe
    10. I2Care
    11. rcgracia
    12. mhenderson
    13. MSchray
    14. janelr
    15. rlw.mom
    16. anna42
    17. Aimee
    18. Sunsatia
    19. Mom25
    20. rachelle4
    21. dlw44
    22. MichelleGodde
    23. vinni
    24. Aida
    25. SachaReyes
    26.naiarax
    27. elle
    28. tuckwoods
    29. katie
    30. JonathanR
    31. smallord
    32.wghaly
    33. sashaumamabel
    34. mom3
    35. jaredsmith
    36.slayer39
    37.vslawich
    38.averntula@hotmail.com
    39.amazee@gmail.com

    this may need to be double checked for dupes or people left out, but i think it is pretty accurate

  357. averntula says:

    philandteena: hi, I found out how to blog on this thing. Thanks for adding me to this list. :-)

  358. gail says:

    Thanks philandteena, I’ll wait for the letter and copy, paste and then send. We’ve got quite a list going for LKL, this is great.

  359. philandteena says:

    No problem sasha!

  360. philandteena says:

    It is great Gail….keep em coming. I got my mom, a friend and my fiance to email LKL as well. Everyone should be asking there friends and family!

  361. moniqueferris says:

    just checking if i sign up here then i wont sign upon fb right?

  362. anna42 says:

    I resent an e-mail to Tom Schannon’s office asking them what efforts are being done by his office to assist Dave with his permanent reunion with his son. I haven’t heard back yet but I will e-mail him daily. Like the rest of you, this is really bugging me and the US and Brazil need to wake up and put an end to this injustice.

  363. philandteena says:

    monique…if you are talking about LKL you are already signed up. i believe they are tracking it here

  364. moniqueferris says:

    philandteena thx. yes LKL. so i won’t sign up at FB unless i hear otherwise.

  365. wghaly says:

    Timothy. I just wanted to add that when I send my emails that I mention you and all of the parents who are in the same situation. My heart goes out to all of you. I think that anyone who would do this is outright sick.

  366. devinsmommy08 says:

    I don’t believe I caught Tom Shannon’s email address above….what is it? I will email him too!

  367. I2Care says:

    There will be two e-mails (My wife and I) sent out from my house to LKL. Do you think that LKL will notice IP addresses because alot of people have multiple e-mails and could send off a few different e-mails.

  368. hmjarc says:

    I am willing to make calls, but have a question about that. What exactly are you wanting said. Am I supposed to ask to speak with the Congressman, or ask to leave a message. I’m just wanting to know before I call. Would rather help than hinder by sounding like a babbling idiot :)

  369. Kat says:

    Hi Everyone,
    Thanks Elle – I do think i was missed w/regards to the LKL Email – i do not see my name on the list above

    I agree with Irish 17 and Tenorplus -we must stay on track and in doing so we must make the calls to our state reps, congressmanand & Senators
    Irish wrote the following:
    Now, how about using Thursday & Friday, February 19th & 20th as Contact the Capital Day. There are two huge bills that we desperately need to work on getting passed. The sooner the better. Can you imagine President Lula’s face in the White House when President Obama gives him a copy of these two bills that recently passed the House and the Senate; he would not be a happy man. These two bills would embarrass him and entire country of Brazil so thouroghly he would be dumbfounded. Then when he saw the rally accross the street from the White House, he would have no choice not to act.

    Thus, lets make Thursday & Friday February 19th & 20th Contact The Capital Day. Contact your congress representative as well as your senators. Let them know that the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children has publically endorsed these two pieces of legislation and have asked for them both to be passed. Also, don’t forget to contact Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. If each one of us contacted her on top of other US Congress representatives she would get the hint to support this bill. Remember calling these people is the best, you can get their 800# by calling 800-555-1212 and asking for them by name.

    I only see the three senators listed – no others as co-sponsor to the Senate Resolution and at this time only 32 for the House Resolution 125 – we must get these passed prior to Presidents Lulas visit in March

    And then we can focus on the LKL for begining of next week and then decide next steps after that – list of effrots in prioroty ie email blast to others in the media ie oprah, Bill O’Reilly, Nance Grace, Anderson Cooper etc and then to the lawyer Tom M ETC

    Just my thoughts as to how to stay focused and accomplish one thing at a time – resolutions first, LKL second etc
    Kat

  370. anna42 says:

    I have e-mailed Tom Schannon’s assistant who is a male…Stacey Williams…his e-mail address is:

    williamssd3@state.gov

    He hasn’t responded yet but the lady who answered the phone said she had received calls on the case…she seemed annoyed but I kept pressing her to give me Tom’s e-mail and she gave me his assistant’s instead.

  371. anna42 says:

    If I am in Canada, can I call Congress?

  372. iescalante says:

    philandteena I don’t see my name on the EMAIL LKL list, please add me.
    Thanks.

  373. gail says:

    Thanks anna42, I just sent an email off as well. Who is this person?

  374. philandteena says:

    LKLemail

    1. Priss
    2. MoniqueFerris
    3. Gail
    4. Kimberly
    5. Devinsmommy
    6. FoxyLoxy
    7. tenorplus
    8. philandteena
    9. elizrpoe
    10. I2Care
    11. rcgracia
    12. mhenderson
    13. MSchray
    14. janelr
    15. rlw.mom
    16. anna42
    17. Aimee
    18. Sunsatia
    19. Mom25
    20. rachelle4
    21. dlw44
    22. MichelleGodde
    23. vinni
    24. Aida
    25. SachaReyes
    26.naiarax
    27. elle
    28. tuckwoods
    29. katie
    30. JonathanR
    31. smallord
    32.wghaly
    33. sashaumamabel
    34. mom3
    35. jaredsmith
    36.slayer39
    37.vslawich
    38.averntula@hotmail.com
    39.amazee@gmail.com
    40.iescalante
    41.I2care’s wife
    42.kat

    Here is an updated list…thanks to everyone who checked it and let me know to add them…

    I2care….i think that will be fine. my fiance and I share an email address for a lot of things and I am sure many others do too. He just happens to have one from when he was in highschool that is still active. It shouldnt be a problem

  375. philandteena says:

    I agree with everyone making pasing the bills a priority.

    hmjarc….just ask for your congressman/senator…most likely you wont get thru so ask whoever you are talking to if they know where this person stands on the resolution. Tell them you would like the message to get to this person asap, that is is urgent. ask them what would be the best way to get the message to this person asap. I called my congressman several times. I keep calling saying i am following up for my congressman’s position on house res 125. Have mostly got the run around. Finally the one lady told me there is a delay in getting the emails and she said my best bet is to hand write a letter to him and told me which office to send it to. she said he opens his mail personally. Just call and call and call and dont give up. remember…these people work for us!

  376. philandteena says:

    Anna 42…I am not sure if you can call our congressman. i almost want to say go ahead because a lot of times they didn’t even ask me where I was from!!!! But you can start calling you gov’t in your country. the more people know the better!!! Ask them what is going on and if they are aware of it. Also if you go to the How Can I Help page in this site there are plenty of contacts that anyone can contact. Thanks for your help!!

  377. FoxyLoxy says:

    iescalante and Kat: I’ve got a master list that I’m keeping in MSWord and both of you were already on it (and I see philandteena has now added you on here too).

    Kat:
    I’ve been working on LKL because I’m Canadian so I’ve not been calling congressmen. If we’re able to get David on before Lula’s visit that will also draw attention to the two resolutions.

    I agree though, that the resolutions are a priority and everyone who can should make calls etc.

    Anna42:
    One way to help out to generate support for the resolutions even as a non-American is to try and raise awareness and drive traffic to this site.

    For instance if you could post this story on discussion forums, message boards (such as for popular reality TV shows etc.) that would be helpful. Just a suggestion.

  378. philandteena says:

    FoxyLady…..not trying to steal your job :) just trying to help you out!!

  379. FoxyLoxy says:

    Kimberly:
    That’s great – glad that’s up on Facebook. I bet many people will sign up there. Thank goodness for the internet – what a difference it makes!

    Monique Ferris: there’s only need to sign up on one list – either here or FB. It’s just that some bloggers/lurkers don’t have FB accounts and the reverse is probably true too.

  380. FoxyLoxy says:

    Philandteena – Oh I know that :) ) and you’ve been doing a great job. Just assuring people there’s a safety net. I think it’s kinda cute the way people get concerned they’re not on the list. Show’s how committed everyone is.

  381. philandteena says:

    FoxyLady….at the risk of sounding stupid let me just ask for clarification. So I can go on to a discussion board for something like The Bachelor for example (if there is such a thing) and just drop this in there out of no where? If thats the case I can get on that right away!

  382. moniqueferris says:

    thx for clarification & all that you are doing FoxyLoxy.

  383. FoxyLoxy says:

    Philandteena: Yes, for instance American Idol, Survivor etc. I’m pretty certain people post off-topic issues on those boards. The worst that could happen is that the moderator deletes the thread but I think some of them allow it. Those shows seem to have lots of followers so it will get exposure.

    Monique Ferris: You’re very welcome

  384. philandteena says:

    Thanks! I am running out for a few hours but I will get on to as many as I can tonight!

  385. I2Care says:

    I know our focus is david and sean, but like a few others here I am Canadian. I wonder if there are any cases of parental child ubduction here in Canada that we can raise the issue on with our gov’t.(To help with political preasure of the Hague convention). Im assuming that Canada is a cosigner to the Hague. Can any one confirm that Canada is in fact a cosigner and/or that there are any cases of parental child abduction that involve Canada and Brazil.

  386. Irish17 says:

    Kimberly00001, I am sorry to say that I just can’t split up the states for people. One idea would be to have people with the last names of this call these state people and senators and so on. How ever I am not sure that would work with everyone. Although this is a good idea; I just don’t know how to make it work. If you want to give it a try go for it.

    Lets really concentrate on BOTH the US Congress Representatives and US Senators. Also, when you are done with your state, try to call another state group; ie. Washington, Idaho, North Dakato, etc. as I am not sure we have anyone from all 50 states. Maybe we can get a list of what states we are all from and then split them up from there.

    Also, no matter who you are calling, please include Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi also. As Bob has said and a few others, if we can get her on board, it would be huge.

    I am happy that everyone agrees with me and wants to partcipate with Contact Your US Congress Rep AND Senator. This really should let all of those people who are collecting paychecks from our tax dollars know how we feel and they need to support these bills. No excuses.

  387. philandteena says:

    Good idea about finding out which sates we are from…I can sart the list. My efforts have not succeeded as of yet in getting my congressman/senator on.

    philandteena-NY

  388. Irish17 says:

    I2Care, yes there is at least one case involving a Canadian father and a brazilian. You can read more about it here
    http://bringseanhome.org/wordpress/?p=38

    I am sure that this guy would appreciate knowing that he has support from others in his fight for his young child.

  389. Mom25 says:

    philandteena – you got them right, I checked with the list I was building up and all names are there :) ) – maybe we need to consolidate this list with the the FB list… just to have a better idea of how many we are… and then we should pass the last ‘instructions’ for the LKL emails to be sent.

    I think we should do this very same effort with GLENN BECK! What do you guys think? I already contacted him before, but he needs to get loads of emails to get on board!

    glennbeck@foxnews.com

    I can’t be here as often as I wish, due to crazy offline hours, though I am working on behalf of “this cause” every day!! :) )

  390. anna42 says:

    Gail: Tom Schannon is the Assistant Secretary for the US State Department (Roger had mentioned him in an earlier e-mail Feb 17 at 2:46).

    I have been e-mailing all the contacts on the contact sheet every night from home as well as LKL and Oprah.

    I really want this boy home before the President of Brazil comes!

  391. Kimberly000001 says:

    OK Thanks Irish17

    I am in OC, California (Orange County)

  392. philandteena says:

    Everyone Please add your name, state and county. Kimberly has a great idea on trying to find out which if any congressman/senators may not be getting called. Thanks

    Kimberly000001, California (Orange County)
    Philandteena, New York (Erie County)

  393. philandteena says:

    Oh good Foxy Lady….anything I can do to assist anyone let me know. I am doing my usual contacts but have spare time.

  394. tenorplus says:

    philandteena – here are my details for the state/county listing… plus I have/continue to communicate with all in this state and others! We do whatever we can to bring Sean home!!!!! Thanks for all the efforts… we’ll make it happen.

    tenorplus, Pennsylvania (Blair County)

  395. tweinstein says:

    Irish17, wghaly and anybody else I missed,

    Thank you for including a reference to my case and the others in your communications. Earlier, Roger and a few others mentioned the need to be diplomatic when communicating with Brazilian people. The relationship between Brazil and the United States has traditionally been very poor and I cannot emphasize enough the need to avoid a condescending or angry tone when communicating with Brazilians.

    Timothy

  396. Kimberly000001 says:

    Timothy, just want you to know I am thinking of you and the other families as well. There is a sense of urgency for David’s case since Sean’s mother recently passed away and he is currently with “neither” of his real parents.

    I will absolutely stay involved in the other 50 cases and redirect once Sean is home.

  397. gail says:

    I’m in Orange County, Ca. as well

  398. gail says:

    Gail, California, Orange County

  399. gail says:

    Timothy, so will I.

  400. MichelleGodde says:

    Anna42,
    I emailed Tom Schannon’s office last night at the email address you posted and it didn’t go through. Did yours? I got a letter today from my Congressman Dean Heller – Nev. thanking me for my updates on Sean. He said I could “rest assured that he will monitor the situation closely and will work with his colleagues on this issue should related legislation come before congress.” Um,,,hello, isn’t H Res before Congress right now? Does anyone have an updated list of co-sponsors of the bill? The letter was full of details on the case but its weird that he’s not aware of H Res 125. Now that I have established contact, I won’t let up until I see his name on the list.

  401. tweinstein says:

    Thank you Gail and Kimberly000001.

    In an email I received today from the head of the BCA (Brazilian Central Authority), I was told that “The Goldman case is an exceptional situation as it is the stepfather who retains the child. . . We are now working closely with the Embassy and the FAO to obtain expedited solutions in the short run to all Hague cases.”

    I truly hope that the momentum from David’s case carries over to the benefit of all left-behind parents.

  402. hmjarc says:

    I’m in Grand Rapids, MI

  403. tweinstein says:

    I thought I’d tell an interest tidbit that I haven’t seen mentioned yet. Recently when I spoke to the Chief of Staff at Chris Smith’s office, she relayed a story about Brazil’s implementation of the Hague Convention. I have no verification other than her words that Brazil actually sent a child back recently to the United States almost immediately after the left-behind parent petitioned the country. The difference? The petitioner was a mother. To my knowledge, all of the left-behind parents who continue to fight are fathers.

    Does anybody else have verification of this fact?

  404. joey2052 says:

    Will someone please layout the details of this bill such as when it will get to the floor. I am having hard time finding information on how a resolution passes through the house in the first place. If someone could lay this all out or make a post describing this, great! Could someone also say the general time it would probably take to get passed from this moment in time(saying everything goes smoothly and let’s say it does get the majority of the votes).

    Thanks.

  405. moniqueferris says:

    moniqueferris california (marin county)
    i have called the entire states reps for NJ & CA & everyone on THCFA & would be willing to target anywhere that is lacking calls
    timothy i began referencing the 50 other cases of Brazil. also FYI Abduction USCA in the email they sent me yesterday said there are currently over 3000 cases worldwide :(
    i will write cordially & respectfully & hope that we can get Sean & your children home & Brazil to honor The Hague.

  406. Irish17 says:

    First, to Tim twienstein and all the others that are in this nightmare of child abduction please know that this case has opened a lot of eyes on this issue. That once Sean gets home, I will be looking into other areas to keep this issue alive in the media and other columns. There is not a day that goes by, a moment that passes me, that I do not remind my self of this nightmare that other parents are going through and that I have to continue to work to find a peaceful conclusion to it; after Sean is home permanently. Hang in there.

    I am in Los Angeles County, Southern Cal. I hope this works. I will continue to think of other ways to make sure that ALL members of the US House of Representatives receives calls tomorrow & Friday AND ALL members of the US Senate do also.

    One last thing, I DO NOT want to distract from these next two days and their meaning. However, for those people who are from Southern California &/or are within driving reach of Los Angeles, please go to this place on the facebook site. Thank you. Here is the link

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/topic.php?uid=35278616563&topic=7966

    Now lets get those phone numbers ready to rock these next two days. Remind them that the Center of Missing & Exploited Children have publically endorsed both the house of representatives bill and the senate resolution. they have asked that both be passed as quickly as possible.

  407. FoxyLoxy says:

    Timothy:
    Just popped in briefly and saw your post. I searched and came across this – not sure if it’s the case you’re referring to. Hmm…interesting….she got the police involved in the US and Brazil. Interpol too. Have to wonder if they treated it differently because it was the father that kidnapped the kids.

    http://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081108/NEWS/811080314

    (There are more articles on the same newspaper).

    Have to get going.

  408. Isabel says:

    I am an American woman from New Jersey living abroad and have only now learned of this outrageous and horrendous case. My heart goes out to David Goldman and to the other men who have posted about their horrific ordeals and anguish as their partners kidnapped their children.
    A father is just as important to a child as a mother. Unless there are very serious reasons to keep a child away from his/her father, this is very cruel and unhuman. I know what I am talking about, because I have two little girls whose father does not make the time of day for them, does not call and very, very, very rarely visits them despite living close by. I see how this affects my girls, how they invent trips with him in their mind, how they ask me to get them a daddy, and it just breaks my heart. Frankly, I cannot understand what woman in her right mind would purposely submit her child to such anguish.
    I admire you fathers that fight so hard to get their children back. Never give up, because one day your children will know how much you fought to get them back, how important they were/are to you. The internet is a wonderful tool and someday, someone will google the right thing, and all will be known. And whether its a powerful family that has your child or not, the power of the internet surpasses all. Once on the web, good luck getting rid of all that info!
    I do not live in Brazil, I live in Portugal and as some may know, we have a tremendously big Brazilian community here. I have included David and Sean’s story on my Portuguese blog, because I think it cannot hurt and may actually help spread the story amongst the Brazilian community which still maintains close ties with their native country. I also have relatives and friends in Brazil, and will obviously email them information on David’s plight. Perhaps if this case has not only US- Brazilian coverage but instead international coverage it will shame the Brazilian Courts into getting a backbone and actually complying with the Hague Convention. It is cases like this that shows Brazil as the third world country it is, where corruption abounds. Shame on them! (Sorry if I am offending anyone, it is not my intention, but I do have family and friends that live there, and that is what they tell me).

    I would also like to offer to help out in any way I can. If bringseanhome needs any help with the Portuguese language, I am more than happy to help.

    I wish David and Sean all the best. David, soon you will have your buddy home with you. Stay strong and stay healthy for your adorable little boy.

    Isabel

  409. dlw44 says:

    dlw44 ~ I’m in FL (Clay county) I will follow up with my congressman and senator. I have called and e-mailed last week. (both local and DC offices were called) and all offices were interested in the case and thanked me for bringing it to their attention. Where can I check to see if they are “on board” w/ this.

  410. moniqueferris says:

    you can see H. Res. 125 & co-sponsors at link. one of the admins on the site said there is about a 2 day lag. there is a more accurate list further up on this blog post
    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d111:1:./temp/~bdHAsN::

  411. lisacallenwood says:

    Email lkl day

    Located
    Monmouth County, NJ

  412. tweinstein says:

    Isabel,
    Thank you for your offer to translate documents. I was just discussing today with this site’s manager the need to translate some key documents into Portuguese. I will pass on your name.

    FoxyLoxy,
    I read the article and it brings to mind a question. Was the father a Brazilian citizen? I was forced to get Brazilian passports for my children because their mother was Brazilian. Otherwise, they would not have been allowed to visit Brazil with her. (as a note, I am told that Brazil recently eliminated this requirement) I have been told by a number of Brazilians that Brazil is loathe to “expel” a Brazilian citizen who has not committed a crime from their country. By “expel” they were referring to an order to send back my children.

    On another note, according to Brazilian law (Roger can verify this), it is only a criminal act to retain a child if BOTH parents are Brazilian. Since I am not a Brazilian citizen, I cannot bring criminal charges against my wife in Brazil. Were I to bring criminal charges against her here in the United States, I would essentially invalidate my case under the Hague Convention. One of the permissible outs for the abducting parent is the threat of prosecution were they to return with the children to their home country.

  413. joey2052 says:

    Here is a letter I email to Interpol. Please everyone just copy and paste this to send it to Interpol.

    Dear,
    Whomever it may concern,

    I am writing about a cause very close to my heart. I am writing about the child abduction case(BRINGSEANHOME.ORG) about how a dad hasn’t seen his son in 4.5 years. Their is a lot more information on the case on the website, but I just wanted to cut to the chase.

    Because of the corrupt Brazilian government David is having a very hard time getting his son back. Their was a case a few months ago about a mother Roberta Lima who had her two daughters kidnapped to Brazil by their father. She enlisted your help and I think David deserves your help too. This is an international atrocity and a horrible crime committed by a very powerful Brazilian Family.

    It is not fair or right that the mother of the kidnapped daughters should get international help when David Goldman is in the same situation but just with a gender reversal.

    Please use your power and influence to help David get his son back immediately and make up for lost time. This is an international crime and it is your responsibility to help him.

    Thank you,

  414. tweinstein says:

    Just as a note, to file a Hague Convention case, you must first register your children with Interpol. Despite providing Brazilian Interpol officials with 2 valid addresses and 5 working phone numbers in Brazil, they still claimed that it took them 6 months to locate my children. At one point, I offered to dial the phone for them so that they could verify my children’s location. The BCA will not proceed with an application until the children are “located”.

  415. Aida says:

    Colorado, (Arapahoe County)

  416. Kimberly000001 says:

    If you are able to make some calls tomorrow, let us know what state you are in so we can see how many people are calling into each State and District.

    Kimberly000001, California (Orange County)
    Philandteena, New York (Erie County)
    tenorplus, Pennsylvania (Blair County)
    Gail, California ( Orange County)
    HMJarc , MI (Grand Rapids)
    Moniqueferris , California (marin County)
    Dlw44, Florida (Clay County)
    LisaCallenwood, NJ (Monmouth County)
    Irish 17, California ( Los Angeles Count)
    Aida, Colorado, (Arapahoe County)

    Someone should consider posting the same thing on FB so we can divide and conquer…

  417. Isabel says:

    Tweinsteen, I will gladly help in anyway I can, so if you do need help with the translations, please feel free to let me know. If you want my email address, I will gladly send it to you, if you tell me how.

    Regarding Roberta Lima’s case, I think the swift action of the Brazilian authorities was due to the fact that 1) she is the mother (remember that Brazil, is still very traditional when it comes to child rearing) 2) she is a Brazilian citizen. She also knows her country and had people within Brazil willing to help her. I also suspect that her ex-husband does not share the same type of protection that the families envolved in David and Sean’s plight do. Bodyguards are quite common among the upper crusts in Brazil, making it harder to get close to the children, whereas from what I gathered, Roberta Lima just basically had a detective track down her children and then simply called the authorites and had the autorities go get them for her.

    Unfortunately David seems to be dealing with a very different situation. The child was with the mother, which automatically led many to dismiss him. The fact that she appearently comes from a well-connected Rio family did not help him either. He is facing all the injustices of those that are not prosperous in a corrupt, third-world country. A true “David” facing “Golias”.

    However, I believe that now that Sean’s mother has died, and despite all the influence that the stepfather seems to have, that there is not much leverage for them to keep David away from his father. I have been reading the comments of the Brazilians, in Portuguese, and 99% of what I have read is utter outrage at the fact that this child has not been handed over to his father.

    It is important to maintain the information campaign in Brazil and in the US. It is important to get Americans to show that they do not find it acceptable for Brazil not to abide by the Hague Convention and that there will be financial repercussions if they do not follow the law.

    I certainly will not be setting foot in that country with my children anytime soon, that’s for sure.

  418. dlw44 says:

    Kimberly000001

    I live in FL and will call tomorrow. Let me know who and what to say. We have got to get everyone aware of this and get Sean home, NOW!!! I think about this all the time. Pray about it several times a day as well. I am not able to be in DC at the rally, I have young children @ home, due to the distance as well. I will be there in mind and spirit. You can bet on that!!

  419. joey2052 says:

    To Isabel,

    Regarding your comment as Roberta Lima having some contacts; I think it would be very important to contact her and she if could help us. She would understand the situation and feel for David as well as might knowing some tricks to help the situation. I know it’s a long shot but I emailed the reporter who wrote the article about Roberta and asked her if she could contact Roberta and inform her about the case to see if she can help.

  420. anna42 says:

    MichelleGodde: I e-mailed Tom Schannon’s office yesterday and today and it did not come back so I am not sure.

    Although I live in Canada, I can make some calls tomorrow and Friday as long as you tell me who to call and their numbers.

  421. joey2052 says:

    P.S.

    To anyone good at finding information, it would be a good idea to find Roberta Lima’s phone number (it is possible) and politely call her and tell her about this website. I’m positive she would know how to get this going David’s way.

  422. Isabel says:

    Joey 2052

    I just found roberta lima’s original website http://www.supportroberta.com/
    It includes some contact information, in the US.

  423. gail says:

    These resolutions need to be passed in order for all the other children to come home as well. I’m pretty sure Sean will be sent home, but we can’t let them forget about all the others. So if these pass, Brazil will have to change things and these so called wives need to go back to the states and go through custody here. This sickens me.

  424. tweinstein says:

    I just read the information on supportroberta.com. Now I understand. Because both parents were Brazilian citizens, she could press criminal charges. Neither David nor I can do that in Brazil. What I don’t understand is the determination that the children weren’t Brazilian citizens. Based on their ages and the laws in effect at the time of their birth, along with the nationality of their parents, they absolutely would have been considered Brazilian citizens. (That is unless the Brazilian consulate in New York lied to me, which I doubt.)

  425. c.hope says:

    Please add me
    EMAIL LKL DAY: 43 (?)

  426. Isabel says:

    Tweinstein

    From what I have just read, a child is entitled to Brazilian nationality if his/her father and/or mother is Brazilian. However, this is not automatic. It is requested by option, unless the child is born to a country that does not consider “jus soli”, in which case it is automatic so that the child has an attributed nationality.

    Otherwise it has to be requested at a Consulate or in Brazil, if the children reside there. It can also be requested later by the children when they reach adulthood, as long as they can show proof that they are children of a national. However, parents are not obligated to give their children another nationality if they do not wish to.

  427. tweinstein says:

    Please read the information on this page. It is taken from the 2006 Compliance Report for the Hague Convention. I think it gives a good context for much of my commentary.

    http://travel.state.gov/family/abduction/country/country_3056.html

    As someone who has attempted to navigate the Brazilian legal system for the past 2 1/2 years, I feel that it is important to educate everybody of what we are up against.

    Furthermore, please excuse me if I am obsessive with my commentary. I suffered for over 2 years in silence and can only imagine what David felt for over 4. Everything I had pent-up is now coming out.

  428. devinsmommy08 says:

    I live in AL (Coffee County). My congressman is Bobby Bright….who is formerly the mayor of the city I work and spend all of my money in (Montgomery, AL). I have let him know that I am very disappointed that he hasn’t signed on yet CONSIDERING he just got elected to Congress by the folks of Montgomery and it just might make him look good too! What is up with these reps???????

  429. Isabel says:

    Well, tweinsteen, after two years, you are allowed to be obsessive. I know I would be after about 2 hours…

  430. gail says:

    tweinstein,

    That makes no sense at all. It’s not concidered a crime because one parent is Brazilian. Like I said earlier, these resolutions must pass and Brazil needs to abide by the Hague and send all abducted children home to there birth place.

  431. Bree says:

    Someone above mentioned contacting Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the House). The below is taken directly from her Congressional website:

    Congresswoman Pelosi wants to hear from you. You can email her by using the form below. Please note that the rules of Congressional courtesy prevent Representative Pelosi from replying to emails if she cannot determine that you are a constituent, so remember to include your full name, address, and zip code.

    If you are not a constituent of the 8th district of California, and would like to e-mail Congresswoman Pelosi in her role as Speaker of the House, please email her at AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov or click here for a contact form.

    http://www.house.gov/pelosi/contact/contact.html

  432. Mom25 says:

    LKLemail

    1. Priss
    2. MoniqueFerris
    3. Gail
    4. Kimberly
    5. Devinsmommy
    6. FoxyLoxy
    7. tenorplus
    8. philandteena
    9. elizrpoe
    10. I2Care
    11. rcgracia
    12. mhenderson
    13. MSchray
    14. janelr
    15. rlw.mom
    16. anna42
    17. Aimee
    18. Sunsatia
    19. Mom25
    20. rachelle4
    21. dlw44
    22. MichelleGodde
    23. vinni
    24. Aida
    25. SachaReyes
    26. naiarax
    27. elle
    28. tuckwoods
    29. katie
    30. JonathanR
    31. smallord
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    34. mom3
    35. jaredsmith
    36. slayer39
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    38. averntula
    39. amazee
    40. iescalante
    41. I2care’s wife
    42. kat
    43. lisacallenwood
    44. c.hope
    45. Mom25′s hubby

  433. Kimberly000001 says:

    Woohoo! Let’s keep going!

  434. philandteena says:

    Kimberly, I just got back in. How awesome that everyone is joining the list. Let me know what I can do to help. So tomorrow and friday we are calling, correct? Now should I just go down the list and call all of these states/county congressman?? Maybe we could compile a list of contacts for the congressman/senators that need to be called?? has that been done yet?

  435. Kimberly000001 says:

    No it has not. In fact…I had just asked if anyone on Facebook could list the congressmen who have NOT yet sponsored the bill.

    If we can get that we can divide it up by groups in some manner and focus.

  436. philandteena says:

    Wow LukieD the list is growing. Although I am disappointed mine isnt on there yet. I have called, emailed, written. What gives. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  437. philandteena says:

    Ok……do you want me to start on the list we have already? Email me if you want……philandteena@aol.com

  438. Kimberly000001 says:

    For example…there are a few of us in California and some nearby states..we can team up and hopefully ask a few friends or family members to help as well. After we feel confident they have been getting enough calls to notice…we can move on to the next target….and so on.

    Each group could be pursuing a different area in their part of the states.

  439. Kimberly000001 says:

    Do you know how many numbers there are left to call?

  440. philandteena says:

    Gail, Tweinstein…..we do need to reunite all of the families. I am volunteering to continue the effort even after Sean is home. So wherever we go from here count me in

  441. philandteena says:

    We could do that….or make a list and everyone set some time aside to just call thru the entire list??/I have time for that. I will just make one call after the other. That way, say for example we have say 50 people willing to make the calls. Every congressman/senator will get 50 calls in one day. Can that be done?

  442. Kimberly000001 says:

    That sounds great. Yes. of course!!

  443. philandteena says:

    NoI dont know how many there are. I can make that my project if you want. I will see who has NOT co sponsored yet and make a list of contacts and I can post it on here. I can probablt have it done by tomorrow morning. I will still be up for another 3 hours and can work on it tomorrow. I can set my goal for 10 am est. time

  444. Kimberly000001 says:

    Some people have work though so they (and I) will want to make sure our calls count before and after hours. Im just picturing certain areas being neglected and some calls not adding up to make an impact if they are “one offs”.

  445. rcgracia says:

    rcgracia Los Angeles, California

  446. philandteena says:

    thats 10 am est time tomorrow….i should be able to have the list done. Maybe sooner. Im just not sure how much i am biting off here yet so I will say 10 am to be safe

  447. philandteena says:

    I know….but how do we figure that out?

  448. philandteena says:

    ok….let me think. If we can figure that out we could ask as many people as we can to go thru the entire list and then make a special attention list that everyone else can call. for example people who work. That way the people who work dont have as big of a list to call. so for example. …we have 75 ppl willing to call. 50 of those people will call thru the whole list. So all of the areas will get at least 50 calls. Now the other 25 can call thru the special attention list. so the special attention list will get 75 calls. Is this making sense to you??? Im terrible at writing my thoughts out!!

  449. Kimberly000001 says:

    Philandteena that is a very generous offer. Please just do what is reasonable as far as your time is concerned. Whatever you come up with will be a good starting point and we can work hard on those particular ones. Thanks so much and I’m sure David thanks you!

  450. philandteena says:

    If you are able to make some calls tomorrow, let us know what state you are in so we can see how many people are calling into each State and District.

    Kimberly000001, California (Orange County)
    Philandteena, New York (Erie County)
    tenorplus, Pennsylvania (Blair County)
    Gail, California ( Orange County)
    HMJarc , MI (Grand Rapids)
    Moniqueferris , California (marin County)
    Dlw44, Florida (Clay County)
    LisaCallenwood, NJ (Monmouth County)
    Irish 17, California ( Los Angeles Count)
    Aida, Colorado, (Arapahoe County)
    rcgracia Los Angeles, California
    devinsmommy AL (Coffee County).

    Someone should consider posting the same thing on FB so we can divide and conquer…

  451. philandteena says:

    ok….i will start on making a list of contacts….from there i will try to divide into groups. that may be difficult because ppl do not blog who may be calling. So i think at least having a list is a good start. Im on it

  452. philandteena says:

    PS…..please don’t thank me!!! i went from a full time career to a stay at home mom!!! Big adjustment for me. I need to keep myself busy! Also, if I were in Davids position I would hope somene would do the same for me. My 8 year old son was kidnapped by my ex husband. It was only for about 6 to 8 hours before I got him back, but it felt like an eternity. I felt totally helpless and desperate. It was aterrible feeling and I cant imagine feeling that way for almost 5 years. With that being said, its my pleasure!

  453. rcgracia says:

    I am Brasilian and married to an American with 2 small children, a 3 yr. old boy and 1 yr. old girl in the Los Angeles area. After watching Dateline a couple weeks ago, we are so heartbroken for David and Sean. We can’t imagine what it must be like for him as it is difficult to be away from our kids for longer than a couple of hours. We are praying everyday that justice will prevail and that Sean will be permanently reunited with his father. We have been following this site and all the blogs and are happy and grateful to see so many people pulling for them and doing so much for them with so many great ideas, and all the hours that have been freely given to help this worthy cause. We also want to thank Roger for all his help and infromation. We have spread the word to as many friends as possible. I have sent e-mails to Senators, Journalists, Television programs, as well as President Lula of Brasil. I have even made phone calls to our Government, none of which I have ever done before. We are also praying for you Tim Weinstein. Hopefully when Sean comes home, it will open the door for many others who are in this situation. May God bless everyone in all your efforts in bringing Sean home!!!!

  454. Kimberly000001 says:

    OH…it is my biggest nightmare…not this situation but as a little girl i was always terrified of being “kidnapped”. This is different but tragic. I guess those 8 hours have stayed with you.

  455. averntula says:

    PhilandTeena, I will be calling Tomorrow and Friday as well. What exactly do I need to do. I live in AZ.

  456. averntula says:

    YES! So happy to see Trent Franks from AZ Cosponsoring! Amazing! Yay! Now we gotta get the rest of the Arizona Congressmen/woman!

  457. rachelle4 says:

    rachelle4 – Ohio, Mahoning County

    I have called these people numerous times so they are aware of both resolutions.
    Senator George Voinovich (R- OH)
    Senator Sherrod Brown (D- OH)
    Representative Charles Wilson (D OH-06)

    Other Reps that have been called by friends of mine that are non-bloggers:
    Representative Tim Ryan (D OH-17)
    Senator Richard G. Lugar (R- INDIANA)
    Senator Evan Bayh (D- IN)
    Representative Peter J. Visclosky (D IN-01)
    Representative Joe Donnelly (D IN-02)
    Representative Stephen E. Buyer (R IN-04)
    Representative Andre Carson (D IN-07)
    Representative Brad Ellsworth (D IN-08)
    Representative Baron P. Hill (D IN-09)

    Please check the current co-sponsors and make sure you are not calling a representative that is already on board.

  458. LukieD says:

    Kimberly000001on 18 Feb 2009 at 11:15 pm edit this
    Do you know how many numbers there are left to call?

    There are 435 House members so that leaves 395 that still have not co-sponsored House Res 125. That’s a pretty long list!

  459. philandteena says:

    LukieD….it is a long list but i found a great site that gives me quick access to them all by state in alphabetical order. I will get you a list. Do you want them as I do them or do you want the finished list. i am just making a list of everyone that has NOT co sponsored the bill. Not to be lazy but its easier for me. After that we can narrow it down to ppl that have not been contacted if you like. I will try my hardest to have the entire list by tomorrow am and i guess we can go from there on how to call??

  460. LukieD says:

    Here’s the list. You can eliminate the 40 below who have co-sponsored the resolution.

    http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.shtml

    1. Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
    2. Dan Burton (IN-05)
    3. Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02)
    4. Rush Holt (NJ-12)
    5. Bart Stupak (MI-01)
    6. John A. Boehner (OH-08)
    7. Michael C. Burgess (TX-26)
    8. David Dreier (CA-26)
    9. John J. Duncan, Jr. (TN-02)
    10. Scott Garrett (NJ-05)
    11. Daniel E. Lungren (CA-03)
    12. Mike Pence (IN-06)
    13. Jean Schmidt (OH-02)
    14. Joseph R. Pitts (PA-16)
    15. Peter King (NY-03)
    16. Barney Frank (MA-04)
    17. John Boozman (AR-03)
    18. Jerry Lewis (CA-41)
    19. Frank R. Wolf (VA-10)
    20. Brian P. Bilbray (CA-50)
    21. Jerry F. Costello (IL-12)
    22. Wally Herger (CA-02)
    23. Trent Franks (AZ-02)
    24. Mark E. Souder (IN-03)
    25. John Shimkus (IL-19)
    26. J. Randy Forbes (VA-04)
    27. Alan B. Mollohan (WV-01)
    28. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL-21)
    29. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (WI-05)
    30. Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
    31. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (AS)
    32. Diane E. Watson (CA-33)
    33. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18)
    34. Michael E. McMahon (NY-13)
    35. Virginia Foxx (NC-05)
    36. Gene Green (TX-29)
    37. Ted Poe (TX-02)
    38. John H. Adler (NJ-03)
    39. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02)
    40. Mike Rogers (AL-03)

  461. rachelle4 says:

    Also, 100 Senators.

  462. rachelle4 says:

    Or are we not as concerned with the Senate Resolution 37?

  463. philandteena says:

    thanks lukieD….i am using the same site but alphabetical by state. and I am eliminating those 40. thanks!!

  464. philandteena says:

    rachelle4…would you want to get the list of senators?? that would be a huge help?

  465. Kimberly000001 says:

    What if we start with a list of 100. We can figure out how to divide them among the team and then half way through the day if we feel weve made a significant impact on those targets…move to the next 100.

    The following day do the same thing. Do you guys have any other ideas?

  466. Kimberly000001 says:

    Just brainstorming here…

  467. philandteena says:

    kimberly, i will work on it as long as i can tonight and post what i got and we can work with those. then tomorrow i will keep working on the list and so on. that should coincide w/your plan. does that work/

  468. philandteena says:

    so far i have AL, AK, and AZ….thats about 20 congressman

  469. philandteena says:

    oops…one more thing. i am just collecting the dc phone numbers…..hope that is ok

  470. Kimberly000001 says:

    can you do California as priority for the first list also? I would like to recruit some family and friends and they may be able to use their zip codes if necessary…

  471. LukieD says:

    actually it’s 97 Senators, no need to call Lautenberg (NJ), Menendez (NJ) or Feingold (WI), who authored Senate Resolution 37.

  472. philandteena says:

    that was next on my list so I sure can. Going in alphabetical order by state.

  473. philandteena says:

    cali is a looonnnnggg one :)

  474. moniqueferris says:

    BREE: Nancy Pelosi was talking about emails. That doesn’t stop people from calling. Also the last few times I have called & said it was to voice my opinion, I was transferred immediately to a voice mail system. I am not a constituent, but I have left a few messages. Never was asked if I was a constituent.

  475. rachelle4 says:

    philandteena
    I haven’t been able to make too many calls because I work the same hours as our government. I have just been calling a few on my lunch break every day. Although, I have been quite the faxer every night to every member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. I also started on senators this week. So sorry! If was able to call all 100 senators from work, I would. Maybe when I lose my job (like so many others), I’ll have plenty of time to call everyone. Until then, I’ll keep doing what I can.

  476. rachelle4 says:

    Thanks for the correction LukieD.

  477. philandteena says:

    oh no hun!!! i just meant make a list with their phone number!!! :) but if you can’t its ok. I know its a lot with work

  478. LukieD says:

    Another left-behind parent with a child held in Brazil. Be sure to watch the video. This is a disgrace.

    http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/investigates/090218_man_accuses_company_custodial_kidnapping

  479. Kimberly000001 says:

    Rachelle4 – that is a good idea – faxing. I can make a bunch of calls in the morning early and then after 2:30- I can call like crazy in California.

  480. gil says:

    Maybe someone can continue this. Or I can pick it up tomorrow night. I am just going down this list.
    http://www.internationalrelations.house.gov/members.asp

    My idea is that we get to more of the congressmen through their actual constituents. So I’m posting info on these people’s districts so we can think if we have friends that live there. Then we could send them the contact link, or offer to send the email for them. All you need is their name, address, and maybe email and phone number. But remember, we need CO-SPONSORS, not just support. When it gets to the floor for a vote, it will undoubtedly have huge support. Having more CO-SPONSORS will force the Foreign Affairs Committe to act quickly to get it to the floor for a vote, which we desperately need.

    I’ve already been successful in getting to some of these people through friends but the more the better. Many of them blow you off if you don’t live in their district.

    Howard Berman CA-28.
    California’s 28th Congressional District spreads from the northern San Fernando Valley, where it takes in the small city of San Fernando and includes the communities of Pacoima, Arleta, Panorama City, Van Nuys, and North Hollywood.
    The southernmost border follows in part the famed Mulholland Drive, taking in Encino, Sherman Oaks, Studio City and the Hollywood Hills at the east end of the Santa Monica Mountains in the San Fernando Valley.
    http://www.house.gov/berman/contact/index.shtml

    Gary Ackerman – NY-5
    Congressman Ackerman represents the 5th Congressional District of New York, encompassing the North Shore of Queens and Long Island
    http://www.house.gov/ackerman/contact.shtml

    Donald Payne NJ-10
    Essex, Hudon and Union Counties
    http://www.house.gov/payne/contact.shtml
    http://www.house.gov/payne/IMA/email.shtml

    Brad Sherman CA-27
    San Fernando Valley
    http://www.house.gov/sherman/contact/

    Elton Gallegly – CA-24.
    The 24th Congressional District encompasses most of Ventura County and inland Santa Barbara County
    http://www.house.gov/gallegly/contact/contact.htm

    Robert Wexler FL-19
    Florida’s 19th Congressional District spans much of southeastern Palm Beach County and northeastern Broward County, reaching as far north as the edge of West Palm Beach and as far south as Pompano Beach and Tamarac. The communities in our district include Atlantis, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Lake Worth, Lantana, Margate, Palm Springs, Pompano Beach, and Tamarac
    http://wexler.house.gov/contact.shtml
    http://wexler.house.gov/email.shtml

    Dana Rohrabacher CA-46
    Congressman Dana Rohrabacher represents California’s scenic 46th District. Stretching along the Pacific coastline of Orange County and Los Angeles from Huntington Beach to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the district includes Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach, Avalon, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Palos Verdes Estates and Rolling Hills Estates as well as portions of Long Beach, Westminster, Santa Ana and San Pedro
    http://rohrabacher.house.gov/Contact/
    http://rohrabacher.house.gov/Contact/Zip.htm

    Elliot Engel NY- 17
    Bronx, Westchester, Rockland counties
    http://engel.house.gov/index.cfm?SectionID=3&ParentID=0&SectionTypeID=5&SectionTree=3

    Don Manzullo IL-16
    The 16th Congressional District of Illinois, one of the most diverse in the nation, includes nine counties across northern Illinois. The district includes the counties of Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Carroll, about two-thirds of McHenry County, the northern half of DeKalb County and the northern third of Whiteside County
    http://manzullo.house.gov/Contact/
    http://manzullo.house.gov/zipauth.aspx

    Bill Delahunt MA-10
    Dukes, Barnstable, Plymouth, Norfalk and Nantucket counties
    http://www.house.gov/delahunt/contact.shtml
    William.Delahunt@mail.house.gov

    Edward Royce CA-40
    California’s 40th district encompasses the cities in western and northern Orange County. Its cities form a hub for one of the most vibrant business, cultural and educational communities in Southern California. Defense contractors, health care providers, manufacturing, nurseries, agriculture, and small business are the core of the 40th district.
    http://royce.house.gov/Contact/

    Gregory Meeks NY-6
    Jamaica Queens, St. Albans, New York City, Far Rockaway
    http://www.house.gov/meeks/contact.shtml
    http://www.house.gov/meeks/contactform_zipcheck.shtml

  481. philandteena says:

    Kimberly or lukieD, i have a quick question……when i get done with whatever i get tonight….do you want me to post it on facebook and here?? and should there be any instructions with it??? just tell ppl this is what we have so farand to start calling?

  482. rachelle4 says:

    philandteena
    Here are the Senators
    Senator Mark Begich (D- AK) 202-224-3004
    Senator Lisa Murkowski (R- AK) 202-224-6665
    Senator Jeff Sessions (R- AL) 202-224-4124
    Senator Richard C. Shelby (R- AL) 202-224-5744
    Senator Mark Pryor (D- AR) 202-224-2353
    Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln (D- AR) 202-224-4843
    Senator Jon Kyl (R- AZ) 202-224-4521
    Senator John McCain (R- AZ) 202-224-2235
    Senator Barbara Boxer (D- CA) 202-224-3553
    Senator Dianne Feinstein (D- CA) 202-224-3841
    Senator Michael F. Bennet (D- CO) 202-224-5852
    Senator Mark Udall (D- CO) 202-224-5941
    Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (ID- CT) 202-224-4041
    Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D- CT) 202-224-2823
    Senator Ted Kaufman (D- DE) 202-224-5042
    Senator Thomas R. Carper (D- DE) 202-224-2441
    Senator Mel Martinez (R- FL) 202-224-3041
    Senator Bill Nelson (D- FL) 202-224-5274
    Senator Johnny Isakson (R- GA) 202-224-3643
    Senator Saxby Chambliss (R- GA) 202-224-3521
    Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D- HI) 202-224-6361
    Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D- HI) 202-224-3934
    Senator Tom Harkin (D- IA) 202-224-3254
    Senator Charles E. Grassley (R- IA) 202-224-3744
    Senator Jim Risch (R- ID) 202-224-2752
    Senator Mike Crapo (R- ID) 202-224-6142
    Senator Roland Burris (D- IL) 202-224-2854
    Senator Richard J. Durbin (D- IL) 202-224-2152
    Senator Evan Bayh (D- IN) 202-224-5623
    Senator Richard G. Lugar (R- IN) 202-224-4814
    Senator Pat Roberts (R- KS) 202-224-4774
    Senator Sam Brownback (R- KS) 202-224-6521
    Senator Jim Bunning (R- KY) 202-224-4343
    Senator Mitch McConnell (R- KY) 202-224-2541
    Senator David Vitter (R- LA) 202-224-4623
    Senator Mary Landrieu (D- LA) 202-224-5824
    Senator John F. Kerry (D- MA) 202-224-2742
    Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D- MA) 202-224-4543
    Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D- MD) 202-224-4524
    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D- MD) 202-224-4654
    Senator Susan Collins (R- ME) 202-224-2523
    Senator Olympia Snowe (R- ME) 202-224-5344
    Senator Debbie A. Stabenow (D- MI) 202-224-4822
    Senator Carl Levin (D- MI) 202-224-6221
    Senator Amy Klobuchar (D- MN) 202-224-3244
    Senator Vacant (- MN) 202-224-5641
    Senator Claire McCaskill (D- MO) 202-224-6154
    Senator Kit Bond (R- MO) 202-224-5721
    Senator Roger F. Wicker (R- MS) 202-224-6253
    Senator Thad Cochran (R- MS) 202-224-5054
    Senator Jon Tester (D- MT) 202-224-2644
    Senator Max Baucus (D- MT) 202-224-2651
    Senator Kay Hagan (D- NC) 202-224-6342
    Senator Richard Burr (R- NC) 202-224-3154
    Senator Byron L. Dorgan (D- ND) 202-224-2551
    Senator Kent Conrad (D- ND) 202-224-2043
    Senator Mike Johanns (R- NE) 202-224-4224
    Senator Ben Nelson (D- NE) 202-224-6551
    Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D- NH) 202-224-2841
    Senator Judd Gregg (R- NH) 202-224-3324
    Senator Robert Menendez(D- NJ)No calls please. Author of Senate Res.37
    Senator Frank Lautenberg(D- NJ)No calls please. Author of Senate Res.37
    Senator Tom Udall (D- NM) 202-224-6621
    Senator Jeff Bingaman (D- NM) 202-224-5521
    Senator John Ensign (R- NV) 202-224-6244
    Senator Harry Reid (D- NV) 202-224-3542
    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D- NY) 202-224-4451
    Senator Charles Schumer (D- NY) 202-224-6542
    Senator Sherrod Brown (D- OH) 202-224-2315
    Senator George Voinovich (R- OH) 202-224-3353
    Senator Tom Coburn (R- OK) 202-224-5754
    Senator James M. Inhofe (R- OK) 202-224-4721
    Senator Jeff Merkley (D- OR) 202-224-3753
    Senator Ron Wyden (D- OR) 202-224-5244
    Senator Robert P. Casey (D- PA) 202-224-6324
    Senator Arlen Specter (R- PA) 202-224-4254
    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D- RI) 202-224-2921
    Senator Jack Reed (D- RI) 202-224-4642
    Senator James DeMint (R- SC) 202-224-6121
    Senator Lindsey Graham (R- SC) 202-224-5972
    Senator John R. Thune (R- SD) 202-224-2321
    Senator Tim Johnson (D- SD) 202-224-5842
    Senator Bob Corker (R- TN) 202-224-3344
    Senator Lamar Alexander (R- TN) 202-224-4944
    Senator John Cornyn (R- TX) 202-224-2934
    Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R- TX) 202-224-5922
    Senator Robert F. Bennett (R- UT) 202-224-5444
    Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R- UT) 202-224-5251
    Senator Mark Warner (D- VA) 202-224-2023
    Senator James Webb (D- VA) 202-224-4024
    Senator Bernie Sanders (I- VT) 202-224-5141
    Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D- VT) 202-224-4242
    Senator Maria Cantwell (D- WA) 202-224-3441
    Senator Patty Murray (D- WA) 202-224-2621
    Senator Russell D. Feingold (D- WI) No calls please. Author of Senate Res.37
    Senator Herb Kohl (D- WI) 202-224-5653
    Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller, IV (D- WV) 202-224-6472
    Senator Robert C. Byrd (D- WV) 202-224-3954
    Senator John A. Barrasso (R- WY) 202-224-6441

  483. rachelle4 says:

    Oops! Forgot one.
    Senator Michael Enzi (R- WY) 202-224-3424

  484. Kimberly000001 says:

    Yes, definitely post it in both places whenever you are ready. I would divide the first 100 into a few groups and assign people to a particular group of congressmen.

    How many calls would we want each congressmen to receive before we move on to the next target???

  485. rachelle4 says:

    Sorry I took so much space. Wasn’t sure where else to post it.

  486. philandteena says:

    RACHELLE4…..YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! IM GOING TO POST THEM ON FB TOO

    EVERYONE………RACHELLE MADE A LIST OF SENATORS ABOVE!!! START CALLING ….THANK YOU

  487. philandteena says:

    HMMM….GOOD QUESTION….DEPENDS ON HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE VOULUNTEERED TO CALL????

  488. rachelle4 says:

    I’ll just call the Reps & Senators in Ohio since my time is limited.

  489. philandteena says:

    i think we need to ask ppl to enlist to form teams

  490. philandteena says:

    thats fine rachelle….whatever you or anyone can do helps tremendously!!

  491. rachelle4 says:

    Ok, I’m out for the night. Good luck with your calls tomorrow.

  492. philandteena says:

    THANKS ….GOODNIGHT

  493. Kimberly000001 says:

    Gil…I missed the list you made. Just now saw that- thanks, it is very helpful.

  494. philandteena says:

    I AM STARTING A COMPILED LIST OF ALL THE CONGRESSMAN/WOMAN THAT HAVE YET TO SIGN UP AS CO-SPONSORS. I AM GOING BY STATE IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER. AS I GET THEM I WILL ADD. WE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT A WA Y TO SPLIT THEM UP AMONG PEOPLE SO THEY ARE CALLED IN THE MOST EFFICIENT MANNER. WHEN WE HAVE THAT INFO WE WILL LET YOU KNOW. FOR KNOW IF YOU COULD JUST START CALLING THAT WOULD BE GREAT!!! THANKS

    Please co-sponsor House Resolution 125 (H.RES.125) introduced by Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey. It calls on the Central Authority of Brazil to immediately discharge all its duties under the Hague Convention by facilitating and supporting Federal judicial proceedings as a matter of extreme urgency to obtain the immediate return of Sean Goldman to his father, David Goldman….ALSO MENTION SENATE RESOLUTION 37

    ALABAMA

    ROBERT ADERHOLT (4TH) 202.225.4876
    SPENCER BACHUS (6TH) 202.225.4921
    JO BONNER (1ST) 202.225.4931
    BOBBY BRIGHT (2ND) 202.225.2901
    ARTHUR DAVIS (7TH) 202.225.2665
    PARKER GRIFFITH (5TH) 202.225.3261
    MIKE ROGERS (3RD) 202.225.3261

    ARKANSAS

    MARJON BERRY (1ST) 202.225.4076
    JOHN BOOZMAN (3RD) 202.225.4301
    ROSS MIKE (4TH) 202.225.3772
    VIC SNYDER (2ND) 202.225.2506

    ARIZONA

    JEFF FLAKE (6TH) 202.225.2635
    GABRIELLE GIFFORDS (8TH) 202.225.2542
    RAUL GRIJALVA (7TH) 202.225.2435
    ANN KIRKPATRICK (1ST) 202.225.2315
    HARRY MITCHELL (5TH) 202.225.2190
    ED PASTOR (4TH) 202.225.4065
    JOHN SHADEGG (3RD) 202.225.3361

    CALIFORNIA

    JOE BARCA (43RD) 202.225.6161
    XAVIER BEERA (31ST) 202.225.6235
    HOWARD BERMAN (28TH) 202.225.3196
    MARY BONO (45TH) 202.225.5330
    KEN CALVERT (44TH) 202.225.1986
    JOHN CAMPBELL (48TH) 202.225.5611
    LOIS CAPPS (23RD) 202.225.5611
    DENNIS CARDOZA (18TH) 202.225.6131
    JIM COSTA (20TH) 202.225.3341
    SUSAN DAVIS (53RD) 202.225.2040
    ANNA ESHOO (14TH) 202.225.8104
    SAM FARR (17TH) 202.225.2861
    BOB FILNER (51ST) 202.225.8045
    ELTON GALLEGLY (24TH) 202.225.5811
    JANE HARMAN (36TH) 202.225.8220
    MIKE HONDA (15TH) 202.225.2631
    DUNCAN HUNTER (52ND) 202.225.5672
    ISSA DARRELL (49TH) 202.225.3906
    BARBARA LEE (9TH) 202.225.2661
    ZOE LOFGREN (16TH) 202.225.3072
    BUCK MCKEON (25TH) 202.225.1956
    DORIS MATSUI (5TH) 202.225.7163
    KEVIN MCKARTHY (22ND) 202.225.2915
    TOM MCCLINTOCK (4TH) 202.225.2511
    JERRY MCNEARNEY (11TH) 202.225.1947
    GARY MILLER (742ND) 202.225.2095
    GRACE NAPOLITANO (38TH) 202.225.5256
    DEVIN DUNES (21ST) 202.225.2523
    NANCY PELOSI (8TH) 202.225.4965
    GEORGE RADANOVICH (19TH) 202.225.4540
    LAURA RICHARDSON (37TH) 202.225.7924
    DANA ROHRABADNER (46TH) 202.225.2415
    LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD (34TH) 202.225.1766
    ED ROYCE (40TH) 202.225.4111
    LINDA SANCHEZ (39TH) 202.225.6676
    LORETTA SANCHEZ (47TH) 202.225.2965
    ADAM SCHIFF (29TH) 202.225.4176
    BRAD SHERMAN (27TH) 202.225.5911
    HILDA SOLIS (32ND) 202.225.5464
    JACKIE SPEIER (12TH) 202.225.3531
    FORTNEY PETE STARK (13TH) 202.225.5065
    ELLEN TAUSCHER (10TH) 202.225.1880
    MIKE THOMPSON (1ST) 202.225.3311
    MAXINE WATERS (35TH) 202.225.2201
    HENRY WAXMAN (30TH) 202.225.3976
    LYNN WOOSLEY (6TH) 202.225.5161

  495. philandteena says:

    PUTS INTO PERSPECTIVE HOW FAR WE ACTUALLY HAVE TO GO….AND THAT IS ONLY 4 STATES!!!!!!

  496. Kimberly000001 says:

    Philandteena- I see you were up until 2AM. Yikes. Me too except it’s only midnight now for me. I think with this list- its actually better as we can stay focused on the same group until it seems they are getting the message. Probably don’t need to divide into teams (it’s a manageable list). Once we have exhausted this one..we can move on. If anyone has another suggestion please let us know.

    Since I am from California…I intend to ask many family members and friends for a favor…to make a call. I don’t think there is a person I know who wouldnt understand the importance of this situation and be willing to make a phone call.

    Alabama 7
    Arkansas 4
    Arizona 7
    California 47

    Talk to you all in the AM.

  497. tweinstein says:

    rcgracia,

    Thank you.

    As for the question of which resolution to pursue, I personally think the House Resolution 125 because it is more thorough(it references the other cases) and was introduced by someone who genuinely wants it to pass rather than someone who in my opinion is simply trying to look good. It is a trade-off though as there are 435 representatives vs. 100 senators.

  498. Bo says:

    QUOTE;

    ” David wanted to remain in Brazil and take his son to school to see Sean’s teachers, but was not permitted to do so.

    David is hoping, if he must travel back to Brazil for only another “visit” with his son, that he will at least be allowed to have some liberty with Sean to take him for ice cream or buy him a toy and do some very simple, basic, natural things a father and son should be able to do together, something that was not permitted during this round of visitation.”

    Funny, they must think that everyone is just like them. The kidnappers appear to be afraid that Sean is going to be “re-kidnapped”!

  499. Kat says:

    Kat – NJ for making calls today

  500. rlw.mom says:

    Here is a new article today about David in the Asbury Press. It’s a good one!

    http://www.app.com/article/20090219/NEWS01/902190468/1004/NEWS01

    And did anyone see the article and interview David did a day or so ago on a Canadian network?

    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090217/goldman_brazil_AM_090217/20090217?hub=TopStories

    Will be hitting my congressman and senators up again today. I seem to call or e-mail them almost daily. I am frustrated to not see my congressman on the list!

  501. gail says:

    Kimberly, who is your Congressman?

  502. gail says:

    Mine is Ken Calvert.

  503. devinsmommy08 says:

    Lukie D, you said above that Mike Rogers from AL (I’m from AL) has signed on for the H. Res. 125? If so, GREAT! I will continue to phone/email Bobby Bright’s office so he’ll get the hint….maybe he is a follower (he’s my rep for my district).

  504. tenorplus says:

    Great work, everyone! Just an update – I have contacted every representative for PA this morning and will do the 2 senators this afternoon… and start on neighboring states. Hopefully the surge of today and tomorrow will help to dent this Resolution and get it on the House Floor SOON!!!

    We are making a difference and prayerfully, David and Sean will be together soon. Then, we can really hit hard on the many other hurting parents. My/our hearts go out to tweinstein! It might not happen “all at once” but we can ALL make a difference even if we have to work one family at a time.

    Hang in there everyone – the efforts is certainly worth it.

  505. devinsmommy08 says:

    Okay….just put in another call to Bright’s office. Staffer was very helpful so maybe we’ll get somewhere on it??? I did mention that another AL congressman (Mike Rogers) has already signed on, so maybe that will light a fire under our Mr. Bright!

  506. tweinstein says:

    tenorplus,

    Thanks. I live near Pittsburgh, PA and have been trying unsuccessfully to get my representative to co-sponsor the bill since the day it was presented.

  507. Bree says:

    The States that so far have no congressmen/women co-sponsoring are:

    Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisisana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wyoming

    There are many congressmen/women in the other states (that do have some co-sponsors) that still have not co-sponsored either.

    UGH! I don’t understand why they don’t just sign on to this. My own Congressman hasn’t co-sponsored either. Off to contact his office AGAIN!

  508. gail says:

    Just called my Congressman, again. This time I told the guy I wanted a response. Hopefully we will see his name on the list soon? I’m trying.

  509. hunbra says:

    I’m going to SF brazilian consulate today, and I’m taking some pamphlets (fliers) that I already printed with BRING SEAN HOME in big letters and a brief report about the case. I’ll give it to the employes and displayng few on the corner tables. Any other suggestion???

  510. gail says:

    I mentioned Sean and all the many other children that have been abducted to Brazil.

  511. gail says:

    hunbra, do your fliers mention the other 40 cases of abduction in Brazil?? It would be good if that were on your fliers as well.

  512. katie says:

    I have called my Rhode Island congressmen every day for weeks and they still have not co-signed. If anyone knows anyone from RI, please ask them to call – I need help!

    Rhode Island:
    Patrick Kennedy – 202-225-4911
    James Langevin – 202-225-2735

  513. hunbra says:

    Gail, yes.

  514. moniqueferris says:

    hunbra if you haven’t today please call Pelosi (H. Res. 125), Feinsten & Boxer (Senate Resolution 37) as we are trying to make today & tomorrow a day to get so-sponsors.

  515. moniqueferris says:

    I think Timothy said 50 other cases. hunbra – also if there are few people interested we could hand out fliers at the consulate on 3/17 to coincide w/ the DC march & Lula’s visit.

  516. anna42 says:

    Hi Katie,

    I can call Rhode Island at lunch but can you give me a zip code to quote just in case they ask since I am not from there.

    I e-mailed Nancy Pelosi last night and I will do so again today.

  517. devinsmommy08 says:

    FYI

    If anyone wants to use zip codes for AL I have 2 of them……36049 is Luverne, AL and 36346 is Jack, AL (to get Bobby Bright to sign on for AL’s 2nd congressional district)

  518. hunbra says:

    moniqueferris I’ll call yhem tomorrow. An by a chance do you know if any rally are planned on March 17 in Rio de Janeiro? I’ll be there, if so I would join.

  519. moniqueferris says:

    i think i remember someone talking about something in rio on fb

  520. hunbra says:

    ok, please post here if confirmed, i’ll check

  521. gail says:

    That would be great hunbra. I think someone is doing that, but I don’t know who.

  522. averntula says:

    Hey guys, I am working today, but I have off tomorrow all day so I will be making calls to the Arizona Congressmen tomorrow. Just wanted to keep ya informed.

  523. Kimberly000001 says:

    Hi Gail.
    John Campbell is my representative.
    Wow, it really makes a difference when you have an address and zip code! They will be forced to give you an answer…via email… so they will have to take a serious look.

  524. joey2052 says:

    Can someone else re post the contact information for the Ambassador Thomas Shannon and anyone else involved in the state department?

  525. devinsmommy08 says:

    Hunbra, I believe Rachel Glickhouse is trying to organize another rally in Rio….but she needs to make sure there will be enough supporters there this time. Any Brazilians in the house that want to go? You can go her blog site and contact her there.

  526. joey2052 says:

    Would any of the Brazilian’s on here try to dig deep and find the phone numbers of the Silvia family? I’m sure their is way to get their personal phone numbers if you know where to look. Does anyone know a personal investigator or someone who lives in Rio who could find this information?

  527. gail says:

    I would like the contact info on the grandparents. Anyone have that?

  528. katie says:

    Anna42 – my zip code is 02840. Recently when I’ve called and they ask for my address, I say that I have called many times before and they already have it. That may work.

  529. philandteena says:

    Woooo Hooooo! I finally got someone at my congressmans office to listen to me! A lady took down all the info and she is going to call the staff in D.C. and get back to. I am really hopeful!

  530. gail says:

    There’s a new article in the Asbury Press about David and it says the phone is ringing off the hook, people wanting interviews, wonderful. It also say’s that he is going to meet face to face with Hillary Clinton. It is sounding very good to me, I think we have all made quite a difference….I hope anyway. Now if we could get him on LKL, it would be perfect. Maybe with Timothy as well??

  531. smallord says:

    Hey Everyone,

    Kooky idea, but what about a billboard “BRINGSEANHOME.ORG”.

    Any idea how much these cost, even for just a month or so? I live near Los Angeles… what a way to publicize!

  532. philandteena says:

    Gail and Joey2052. Contacting the Lins e Silvas and the grandparents may not be a good idea. From a legal standpoint (I am no lawyer) I think that could hurt David. Don’t forget that they have already sued David. And if we start harrassing them it might cause a huge problem in David’s case. Don’t get me wrong I would love to give them all a piece of my mind. Actually I would like to catch them all in a dark alley, but maybe you should ask someone on the staff first.

  533. philandteena says:

    Gail…that is great news!!!! keeps me hopeful. It is so nice to get a little bit of good news in such a terrible situation

  534. smallord says:

    Gail, could you post that link? I would love to read about it!

  535. Priss says:

    Lamaroutdoor.com I found this site that does billboards and bus wraps but they lost me on how they price.

  536. LukieD says:

    courtesy of Roger.

    Thomas A. Shannon
    Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
    U.S. Department of State
    2201 C Street NW
    Washington, DC 20520

    Phone: (202) 647-5780
    Fax: (202) 647-0791

    Shannon’s executive assistant is Stacey Williams (Stacey is a he) and his e-mail is williamssd3@state.gov.

    ATTENTION FOR THIS UPDATE: CURRENT CONTACT INFO YOU’LL EVER NEED TO ASK FOR HELP AT THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT, POSTED AT

    http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/112065.pdf

    Office of Brazil and Southern Cone Affairs (WHA/BSC)
    Director Milton Drucker 202-647-3403
    Deputy Director Bruce W. Friedman 202-647-1774
    Brazil Desk Officer Benjamin Chiang 202-647-4994
    Brazil Desk Officer David Schnier 202-647-2326
    Regional Officer Caroline J. Croft 202-647-3778
    Public Diplomacy Advisor Charlotte Peterson 202-647-6537
    Program Assistant Elaine Alexander 202-647-1926

    Assistant Secretary
    Assistant Secretary Thomas A. Shannon 202-647-5780
    Secretary Florence Tanabe 202-647-5780
    Executive Assistant Stacy D. Williams 202-647-5811
    Staff Assistant Desiree Humphreys 202-647-8564
    Staff Assistant Anusha Seneviratne 202-647-5195
    Staff Assistant Rob Allison 202-647-9227
    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Craig Kelly 202-647-6755
    Office Management Specialist Sheila Donahue 202-647-6755
    Deputy Assistant Secretary David Robinson, Acting 202-647-7337
    Office Management Specialist Trilla Mangum 202-647-7337
    Deputy Assistant Secretary Chris McMullen 202-647-8562
    Office Management Specialist Mariana Nolan 202-647-8563
    Deputy Assistant Secretary Roberta S. Jacobson 202-647-8387
    Office Management Specialist Regina Lee 202-647-8387
    Senior Advisor Charles Shapiro 202-647-2323
    Senior Coordinator Giovanni Snidle 202-647-3799
    Unclassified Fax 202-647-0834
    Classified Fax 202-647-0905
    Speechwriter Darla Jordan 202-647-4252

  537. joey2052 says:

    Which people in particular do we contact in the U.S. State Department?

  538. joey2052 says:

    LukieD

    Nice timing, thanks, ignore my last post.

  539. devinsmommy08 says:

    Hey, guys…..I need some help on this too if you get a chance. There is a radio show that is based out of Birmingham, AL. It is called the Rick and Bubba Show….the two guys that run the show are of course, Rick Burgess and Bill “Bubba” Bussey. This radio show broadcasts to several large cities throughout the US. I have attempted to call in the mornings to get put on the air, but they always seem to run out of time before I can get on. It is a 4 hour show. I also emailed them a couple of times. It would be great if David could be a guest on this show…it gives people an opportunity to also call in and talk to the guests. Staff emails are:

    rick@rickandbubba.com
    bubba@rickandbubba.com
    speedy@rickandbubba.com
    greg@rickandbubba.com

    Let them know you want to hear David on this show!

  540. devinsmommy08 says:

    Oh….forgot to mention that they are good friends with FOXNews’ Hannity and Colmes and other media people.

  541. anna42 says:

    Katie,

    I just called James Langevin and the gentleman (Christian) I spoke to said that James has not made up his mind. I will be e-mailing Christian to give him information…the more of us who voice our concerns…we may be able to get him on board. His e-mail is christian.richards@mail.house.gov.

    I called Patrick Kennedy’sa office and the lady told me to call back tomorrow and speak to Terry Alford). I will try tomorrow.

  542. averntula says:

    Hi devinsmommy08 here is what I sent them:

    Dear Rick and Bubba:

    Hello, my name is Alexandra Vernaskas and I have suggestion for your radio talk show.

    I really think that you guys should David Goldman, a New Jersey resident, talk on your show and inform your listeners on his issue.

    You see, David Goldman had his son Sean abducted out of this country over 4 years ago by his former wife Bruna. This case has gone under the radar for nearly 4 years and is just now getting the public attention it has desperately needed in the past four years. Let me inform you in what is going on.

    The father, David Goldman has exhausted himself financially over the last 4.5 yrs trying to get his son back. The biological mother has since passed away and there is an evil man of power & influence holding David’s son from him in Brazil. What is worse is that the Brazilian gov’t is violating the terms of the Hague Convention and going along with keeping this poor son away from his father.

    You can get even more information if you visit BringSeanHome.org and read up on the case.

    I think David needs all the support and publicity he can get to get his son back. Can you please help?

    Please email me at averntula@hotmail.com or call me direct, (480) 695-4026.

    Thank you,

    Alexandra Vernaskas

  543. gail says:

    Dear Madam,

    On behalf of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, I am pleased to acknowledge receipt of your message, and to inform you that the issue will be submitted to the department in charge of this matter.

    Sincerely,

    Claudio Soares Rocha

    Diretoria de Documentação Histórica

    Gabinete Pessoal do Presidente da República

  544. moniqueferris says:

    emailed rick & bubba

  545. devinsmommy08 says:

    Thanks, averntula and moniqueferris!

    Gail, what email address did you write to get a response back? I have never receivved a response….must have been a good email! :)

  546. MichelleGodde says:

    Both Nevada Congressman Heller and Congresswoman Berkley have heard from me on 3 times now. I pressed Heller’s office this morning as they were more willing to listen. I’ll keep plugging along.

  547. moniqueferris says:

    wasnt someone asking about canadian left behind parents? here is a post from fb
    Hi Mark,
    I don’t know another case with Canada but I know I’m the only one in my province (Quebec). The mother of my son kidnapped him in October 2004. We were separated for 1 month and she asked me for an authorization to travel in the USA for a period of 10 days. She then used this paper to fly to Brazil. I have 1 judgement from Canada and 2 from Brazil (the last being from the appeal Court) ordering the return of my son to Canada but it will now go to Superior Court Brasilia. It has been more than 4 years…. it’s simply ridiculous the system there… I’ve heard that she bought a judge who suspended the process of returning my child after she lost the appeal…
    Anyway, like you said we should add a tab in bringseanhome and list the details about all other case.. that would be a good start

    Details :
    Father : Francois Larivee
    Mother : Ione Leite Berger
    Name of abducted child : Lucas Berger Larivee (borned May 20, 2003 in Montreal Canada)
    Date of abduction : October 2004
    Status : will be heard at Superior Court in Brasilia no idea when… 2009, 2010, 2011 …?

    PS: it’s important to note that at the appeal Court in Brazil they were 3 judges to decide and the 3 of them ordered the return of my son to Canada.

  548. gail says:

    I’m laughing about that right now because I can’t remember :) I’m just glad I finally got to somebody.

  549. gail says:

    infoap@planalto.gov.br

    This is the email address that sent that back to me.

  550. joey2052 says:

    Can someone post a script they say when they call various people in the U.S. government. It would make things much smoother.

  551. tenorplus says:

    I emailed “Rick & Bubba”… still working on reps and senators.

    tweinstein – we are not that far away geographically and should try to connect sometime here… this group will NOT forget your situation either!!! Hang in their, my friend… let’s try to figure how we can ‘connect’.

    Still lots to do – it is hard to understand these politicians and certainly REP. CHRIS SMITH is a real gem… a rare treaure in the Hall of Congress!! Nice that at least a few are out for the good of the American people and not just their own selfish interests! We just have to keep sending emails, faxes, telephone calls – ultimately, when some of them are on the ‘outside’ when it does come to a vote it will truly be to their shame. AND, we can remember this when their election time rolls around. It is time these folks learned who pays their salary (and big benefits). It does not just “grow on trees.”

    David – keep looking ahead. You continue to be a towering and positive example for all of us! We’ll BRING SEAN HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

  552. gail says:

    Is this a Brazilian woman?

  553. averntula says:

    I like Joe’s idea… can someone please maybe put some kind of script up for what to say and how to say it?

  554. moniqueferris says:

    FROM BSH
    Here is what we’ve been telling/writing House members, regarding: House Resolution 125:

    Please co-sponsor House Resolution 125 (H.RES.125) introduced by Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey. It calls on the Central Authority of Brazil to immediately discharge all its duties under the Hague Convention by facilitating and supporting Federal judicial proceedings as a matter of extreme urgency to obtain the immediate return of Sean Goldman to his father, David Goldman.

  555. averntula says:

    We also need to mention that it is also a Senate Resolution 37 too correct? And who are the cosponsors (the original) for the Senate one?

  556. averntula says:

    Also, when we call these congressmen/woman are they going to ask us if we are in their district? and if so, how do I fake that I am part of that district?

  557. anna42 says:

    Does anyone know if there will be a hearing in Brazil before the President arrives or will we not know until it happens?

  558. moniqueferris says:

    here is what i say
    i am calling (i say as a constituent if i am) to request congressman/woman XXX co-sponsor H. Res. 125 this is the david & sean goldman case of an international child abduction in brazil. the national center of missing & exploited children publicly endorses this case & this legislation is non-partisan, non fiscal – it is just about reuniting this father w/ his son & i do not see any reason why congressman/woman XXX wouldn’t want to put their name on it. i am following this resolution carefully & really want to see XXX’s name o it. thank you & have a nice day!
    for senate substitute congressman/woman for senator & H. Res. 125 for senate resolution 37
    for other officials i just use the other points i listed & ask if they please do all they can to help ie: shannon meet w/ the brazilian foreign ministry official & ambassador.

  559. moniqueferris says:

    oh & i mention there is senate resolution 37 to congress calls & H. Res. 125 to senate calls

  560. rlw.mom says:

    Good idea about radio shows! I will be e-mailing “Rick & Bubba”. Yesterday David was on the Mancow radio show.

    Talking about radio shows… another idea that came to me the other night was Sean Hannity’s radio show.

    Sean Hannity is a father and I believe he lives in New Jersey…. And his name is “Sean”.

    Love him or hate him, bottom line is that he has LOTS of radio listeners daily. I think Sean Hannity should have David Goldman on his radio show as an interview. Plus with the senate and congress now involved, Sean Hannity could even interview Rep. Chris Smith.

    Here is the contact info for Sean Hannity’s radio show-
    http://www.hannity.com/contactus.asp

  561. diane g says:

    Hi guys! I’m new to this site.I’m usually on FB.Anyways,we have a team over there that has been working on emailing celebrities to help out with this cause.We are asking them to sponsor bringseanhome.org in the hopes of spreading the word.So far,we have reached out to Woody Allen,Zach Braff,Martin Brodeur,Gisele Bundchen,Bobby Cannavale,Vincent Curatola,Danny DeVito,Dr.90210(Rey),James Gandolfini,Whitney Houston,Ice T,Jon Bon Jovi,Nathan Lane,Matthew McConaughey,Jason Mewes,Kevin Smith,and Bruce Springsteen.We are mostly focused on NJ and Brazilian celebrities.We have also reached out to the tri-city sports teams as well.
    If anybody has any ideas of people in that realm,please let me know.It’s hard finding contacts,we mostly can find their agent’s emails!

    P.S. My congressman is Chris Smith and my 2 senators started Res 37.Do you need help with a specific state with the phone calls?

  562. rlw.mom says:

    Here is Sean Hannity’s e-mail at Fox News-
    hannity@foxnews.com

  563. philandteena says:

    emailed rick and bubba

  564. philandteena says:

    emailed sean hannity

  565. philandteena says:

    I have a question for anyone who can help. I am starting to call congressman in other states than my own. My first call I had to admit I am not a constituent and I am not sure how well that went. Can anyone give me tips on how to present this to them?

  566. gail says:

    I just emailed Hannity.

  567. gail says:

    Have you guys seen the petition lately? People are signing from Pakistan, Saudia Arabia, Jordan and Syria. This is really something.

  568. tenorplus says:

    Keep it rolling!!!

  569. philandteena says:

    I JUST POSTED DAVIDS STORY IN A BLOG ON EVERY SHOW FOR ABC. (DESPERATE HOUSWIVES, GREYS ANATOMY ETC) HOPEFULLY PEOPLE WILL READ IT AND START HELPING

  570. Priss says:

    I like the idea of adding a tab to the main page about other kidnapped children in Brazil. So wouldn’t it be great as these other families find us that we put their stories and pictures up? I think that would make a great impact, especially if we can get the majority (50) of the cases including international cases. It will send the message to others that this is not an isolated incident but that it is wide spread. Someone mention earlier that it seems like the parents who are fighting to see their children are all men. Can they sue for discrimination?

  571. Carla says:

    I have been lurking and reading at this website since I saw the Dateline show. I live in Michigan. Today I called Senator Carl Levin’s office and spoke with “Sara”, asked her to request Sen. Levin co-sign Resolution 37. She said she’d pass the request on to him.

    I also called my House Rep, Vern Ehlers office. Spoke with Julia. She said she’d pass my request for him to co-sponsor House Resolution on to someone named “Ben” who is the “Foreing Affairs Legislative Counsil” for Vern Ehlers.

    I tried to call Senator Debbie Stabenow’s office but got an answering machine. Will keep trying her office.

    Carla

  572. Carla says:

    When is “email Larry King Live” Day? Please add me to that list.

  573. snoslidr74 says:

    I’m in New Mexico. I just called the local and DC offices for my Congressman again today. I found that the local office was much friendlier and took a good 10 minutes to discuss the issue and the legislation with me.

    Does anyone have any thoughts about if the DC offices are more effective than local offices?

  574. averntula says:

    Just emailed Sean Hannity as well. I cc’d it to Tracey.

  575. naiarax says:

    OFF TOPIC:
    Has anybody seen this interview with Bruna’s parents? It is in Portuguese… NOT RELATED TO THE CASE… just general info about them…
    http://www.querovoce.com.br/revista/edicao-9/capa.php

  576. averntula says:

    No I have not maybe we can get someone to translate what they are saying….??

  577. Carla says:

    I also signed the Petition, and will send an email to my friends and family to please sign the petition.

    This story really broke my heart when I watched it on Dateline, in fact I couldn’t sleep that night I was SO angry.

    I’m going to try to help as best I can.
    Carla

  578. devinsmommy08 says:

    The local office didn’t even want to hear me talk….they told me right away to call the DC office.

    For all of you emailing Rick and Bubba….thanks so much!!!!!!!!! :)

  579. averntula says:

    Why didnt the local offices want to hear what you had to say?

  580. FoxyLoxy says:

    Carla:
    We haven’t set a date for it yet. Just trying to generate support first then we’ll do that.

    I’ve added you to the list I’m keeping offline.

    I’ll post a reminder about signing up this evening. Just didn’t want to distract from calling Senators/congressman during work hours today.

  581. philandteena says:

    best i could do….translated on babelfish

    The year was 1964. In full Military Blow, that president João Goulart knocked down then and restored the years of lead in Brazilian territory, the young Silvana Bianchi and Raymond Ribeiro, the Bahian, started a love history. More necessarily in the traditional course of theater of the Tablado, commanded for the founder of the place, Clear Maria Axe. Of the tricks in palco, the marriage happened. After that, they had come the children, Luca and Bruna Bianchi. It is not to toa that Silvana, a paulistana of the egg yolk, assumed Carioca and son of Italians, does not hide in its apartment, located in a charmoso quarter of Rio De Janeiro, that is very on to the family: spread door-pictures are for sing all it of the room. “I am workaholic, but the family is everything for me”, assumes chef and owner of the appraised Quadrifoglio restaurant, in the Botanical Garden. Silvana, that also is collaborating of the QDicas magazine Powerful – it signs the Comidinhas column with Affection -, opens the game on the relation of 38 years that constructed with the husband, a typical Bahian. QDicas: When vocês if they had known, was that of love to the first sight? Silvana: We know in them in 1964 in the Tablado, people made a course of theater with the Clear Maria Axe. I do not find that it was love to the first sight, I do not believe these things. Taste to say that paquera was one that it finished giving certain. Raymond: We were in approaching the e, when vi, already he was namorando. In the demons very well since the beginning. QDicas: What dumb after the marriage? E after having children? Silvana: Dumb people, independently of the marriage in itself. An evolution in you always exists as person. Exactly with the marriage and the children, we choose this way and we follow our life. Raymond: I find that nothing dumb much later of the marriage. But it is clearly that, when we decide to have children, it increased and very the responsibility. QDicas: How they make it relation not to fall in the routine? Silvana: I do not think about routine. My life is a running, agreement early to work e, when I see, my day finished. It must be therefore that our relation does not have routine, as of many couples that we see for there. Living creature one day of each time. Raymond: What it makes a relation to be always bacana is to always innovate, to travel and to have many together moments of the leisure. We are always making some thing. QDicas: What it is more important so that a relationship gives certain? Silvana: With certainty we must be honest with our partner. Without this, the relation pulls down. Raymond: Appositive in the respect and the confidence. QDicas: What more they admire one in the other? Silvana: The capacity of the agreement that the Baynho (another nickname for the husband) has of the life. It is an incredible person. Raymond: I very admire the force and the tenacity of the Silvana. QDicas: E what less they like? Silvana: Exactly when it lacks this vision, of the agreement. Raymond: When it complains of the temperature of the air-conditional one. QDicas: How they deal with the differences? Silvana: After 38 years of marriage, you it finishes if accustoming they. Raymond: A good form to deal with what it is different is negotiating. When it is negotiated, everything is decided. QDicas: Vocês fights very? E as makes the pazes? Silvana: We do not fight very. To the times we misunderstand in them, but it passes fast. Raymond: Nor in such a way. I am bahian, it I am of Italian origin. To the times he leaves a spark. But we decide everything sufficiently namorando. QDicas: Who orders in the kitchen? Silvana: I am, clearly. This is my profession and, when I arrive in house, the stove already is there waiting. Raymond: Necessary to speak plus some thing? Luck mine! QDicas: What it supports the vocês relation? Silvana: The love, I find. Without this feeling, no relation if supports. It is the key of that we feel for the other person. Raymond: This trinca: friendship, affection and love. QDicas: Vocês finds that they go to be together forever? Silvana: I believe that the love and the happiness are perpetual while they last. Raymond: I find that yes, was for whom decides marrying in them. QDicas: Which the tips give for the couples that are in search of the happiness? Silvana: An infallible prescription does not exist, as the one that we use to make a cake. Each one has its dreams, hopes and ansiedades. To obtain to balance everything this of each one is a trend so that if it preserves a marriage. Raymond: Of new I find that the respect, in all the directions. It is who makes a relation to give certain.

  582. moniqueferris says:

    emailed & left on auto form Sean Hannity again.

  583. philandteena says:

    it makes me sick…they talk about love???? what about the love of a father and son???

  584. devinsmommy08 says:

    I called the local district office here in Montgomery (state’s capital). The gentleman that answered the phone was nice…but once I told him I was inquiring as to where Mr. Bright stood on the H. Res. 125, he said the DC office handles that??? Who knows?? Everyone in DC has been nice though. But not nice enough because his name still isn’t on that list! :(

    Does anyone have a standard drafted email I can send to Shannon’s office? I don’t have time to compose one right now…I’m at work.

  585. Kimberly000001 says:

    It makes quite a difference if you are calling as a constituant…as mentioned by a few of you.

    I am sending an email off to my friends and asking them to forward it. I give a summary of the situation and ask them if I may call on their behalf to their congressperson. I only need their name, address and zip (and email possibly). Then we have real info as constituants. We can even help each other if we have many addresses in a particular area….

    By having this information, I can say that I want a response from my representative as to whether he/she will co sponsor.

    Its just a simple email to your friends and they can easily help by passing it along and getting more addresses.

  586. FoxyLoxy says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    46. Carla

  587. snoslidr74 says:

    My local office actually had a form that they filled out for supporting legislation. He took my name, phone number, address, the legislation number, this website address. He recorded who introduced the bill, info about the Senate legislation, etc.

    Maybe it’s worth just calling both.

  588. hmjarc says:

    I have called several offices for Michigan. When I spoke with Congressman Vern Ehlers office I was transferred to someone named Ben who is the Foreign Affairs Legislative counsil. He knew of the Resolution. Spoke of the tragedy of it. He then went on to say that all the resolution would do is speak of how Congrees feels about something. In order to punish Brazil sanctions would need to be imposed. He said if the resolution comes up for a vote they would take a look at it.

  589. Mom25 says:

    I am a bit lost here now… this blog has passed the ‘fast lane’ status :) ))
    Can you send me an update on the email LKL day, what has been decided!? and is there going to be a ‘standard’ email to send out!? any days firmed up!?

    I am emailing/calling as much as I can…

    (I can’t believe that Senator Voinovich is not sponsoring the H.Res yet… )

  590. Isabel says:

    gail, were you asking if Claudio Soares Rocha is a woman? I was not sure who you were refering to when you asked that question. If you were talking about this person, it is a male.

    The article on Bruna’s parents is basically about how they met and how they get along and love family. It is quite ironic when you take into account what they have helped do to David and Sean, but quite typical of the well-off Brazilians – they believe themselves above others. Quite sad, particularly because one day Sean will know ALL the truth and they will then have to face him and explain to him why they deprived him of such a loving father…

  591. Bree says:

    hmjarc – that’s crazy that they won’t co-sponsor the resolution so that it has a chance to make it for a vote.

    Here is a list of all of the Congressmen/Women from MICHIGAN that have not Co-Sponsored House Resolution 125 as of the last update (and their DC phone numbers):

    Pete Hoekstra (MI-02) 202-225-4401
    Vernon J. Ehlers (MI-03) 202-225-3831
    Dave Camp (MI-04) 202-225-3561
    Dale Kildee (MI-05) 202-225-3611
    Fred Upton (MI-06) 202-225-3761
    Mark Schauer (MI-07) 202-225-6276
    Mike Rogers (MI-08) 202-225-4872
    Gary Peters (MI-09) 202-225-5802
    Candace Miller (MI-10) 202-225-2106
    Thaddeus McCotter (MI-11) 202-225-8171
    Sander Levin (MI-12) 202-225-4961
    Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13) 202-225-2261
    John Conyers Jr (MI-14) 202-225-5126
    John D. Dingell (MI-15) 202-225-4071

    FYI – I have a complete list of all states and US territories that lists the congressmen/women that have not co-sponsored H Res 125 (along with their DC phone numbers) as of the last update.

  592. Kimberly000001 says:

    When you guys are calling – can you please tell them you are going to call back tomorrow or monday to follow up and find out if he/she will cosponsor. If they believe the calls are going to keep coming they will be more likely to act.

    Also before hanging up ask for their name…they will feel accountable and will act more responsibly.

  593. averntula says:

    How are you guys finding out who has said yes or no if they will cosponsor?

  594. Bree says:

    There was a list of those who had agreed to Co-Sponsor the resolution listed somewhere above. Here ya go, I found it:

    # LukieDon 19 Feb 2009 at 12:03 am
    Here’s the list. You can eliminate the 40 below who have co-sponsored the resolution.

    http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.shtml

    1. Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
    2. Dan Burton (IN-05)
    3. Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02)
    4. Rush Holt (NJ-12)
    5. Bart Stupak (MI-01)
    6. John A. Boehner (OH-08)
    7. Michael C. Burgess (TX-26)
    8. David Dreier (CA-26)
    9. John J. Duncan, Jr. (TN-02)
    10. Scott Garrett (NJ-05)
    11. Daniel E. Lungren (CA-03)
    12. Mike Pence (IN-06)
    13. Jean Schmidt (OH-02)
    14. Joseph R. Pitts (PA-16)
    15. Peter King (NY-03)
    16. Barney Frank (MA-04)
    17. John Boozman (AR-03)
    18. Jerry Lewis (CA-41)
    19. Frank R. Wolf (VA-10)
    20. Brian P. Bilbray (CA-50)
    21. Jerry F. Costello (IL-12)
    22. Wally Herger (CA-02)
    23. Trent Franks (AZ-02)
    24. Mark E. Souder (IN-03)
    25. John Shimkus (IL-19)
    26. J. Randy Forbes (VA-04)
    27. Alan B. Mollohan (WV-01)
    28. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL-21)
    29. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (WI-05)
    30. Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
    31. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (AS)
    32. Diane E. Watson (CA-33)
    33. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18)
    34. Michael E. McMahon (NY-13)
    35. Virginia Foxx (NC-05)
    36. Gene Green (TX-29)
    37. Ted Poe (TX-02)
    38. John H. Adler (NJ-03)
    39. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02)
    40. Mike Rogers (AL-03)

  595. ingeh says:

    Hi everyone -
    First time here, but I have followed the case since Dateline. I just want to say how sorry I am to read about the trouble a lot of you are going through to make your congressman listen and co-sponsor the resolution! I contacted mine via email, and the next day his name was on the list.
    I hope David and Sean will be together soon – you guys are really making a great effort! I will join in where I can.

  596. Bree says:

    Philandteena – just in case you haven’t finished the compilation of congressmen/women who haven’t signed up yet to Co-Sponsor…I have a complete list. Do you want me to post? It’s lengthy.

  597. JonathanR says:

    SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mom heard back from Gina at NY Times. Her editor will be calling me at some point for information. I may, more or less, defer them to David but will tell them what I know. I’m so happy!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    ~JOnathan

  598. philandteena says:

    bree….yes!! you are an angel!!!! i was up for 4 hours last night working on only 4 states! Please post it here and i will copy it onto face book! Thank you

  599. Bree says:

    Great work JonathanR!!! Give your Mom big hugs from all of us! :-)

  600. averntula says:

    Jonathan!! Yes! That is awesome!

  601. philandteena says:

    you ROCK jonathan!!!!!!!!!!

  602. Bree says:

    Hopefully this will post correctly!

    Below is a list of the Congressmen/Women who HAVE NOT CO-SPONSORED HOUSE RESOLUTION 125 (and their DC phone number):

    Jo Bonner (AL-01) 202-225-4931
    Bobby Bright (AL-02) 202-225-2901
    Robert Aderholt (AL-04) 202-225-4876
    Parker Griffith (AL-05) 202-225-4801
    Spencer Bachus (AL-06) 202-225-4921
    Artur Davis (AL-07) 202-225-2665

    Don Young (AK-At Large) 202-225-5765

    Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01) 202-225-2315
    John Shadegg (AZ-03) 202-225-3361
    Ed Pastor (AZ-04) 202-225-4065
    Harry Mitchell (AZ-05) 202-225-2190
    Jeff Flake (AZ-06) 202-225-2635
    Raul Grijalva (AZ-07) 202-225-2435
    Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08) 202-225-2542

    Marion Berry (AR-01) 202-225-4076
    Vic Snyder (AR-02) 202-225-2506
    Mike Ross (AR-04) 202-225-3772

    Mike Thompson (CA-01) 202-225-3311
    Tom McClintock (CA-04) 202-225-2511
    Doris Matsui (CA-05) 202-225-7163
    Lynn Woolsey (CA-06) 202-225-5161
    George Miller (CA-07) 202-225-2095
    Nancy Pelosi (CA-08) 202-225-4965
    Barbara Lee (CA-09) 202-225-2661
    Ellen Tauscher (CA-10) 202-225-1880
    Jerry McNerney (CA-11) 202-225-1947
    Jackie Speier (CA-12) 202-225-3531
    Fortney Pete Stark (CA-13) 202-225-5065
    Anna G. Eshoo (CA-14) 202-225-8104
    Mike Honda (CA-15) 202-225-2631
    Zoe Lofren (CA-16) 202-225-3072
    Sam Farr (CA-17) 202-225-2861
    Dennis Cardoza (CA-18) 202-225-6131
    George Radanovich (CA-19) 202-225-4540
    Jim Costa (CA-20) 202-225-3341
    Devin Nunes (CA-21) 202-225-2523
    Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) 202-225-2915
    Lois Capps (CA-23) 202-225-3601
    Elton Gallegly (CA-24) 202-225-5811
    Buck McKeon (CA-25) 202-225-1956
    Brad Sherman (CA-27) 202-225-5911
    Howard Berman (CA-28) 202-225-4695
    Adam Schiff (CA-29) 202-225-4176
    Henry Waxman (CA-30) 202-225-3976
    Xavier Becerra (CA-31) 202-225-6235
    Hilda Solis (CA-32) 202-225-5464
    Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) 202-225-1766
    Maxine Waters (CA-35) 202-225-2201
    Jane Harman (CA-36) 202-225-8220
    Laura Richardson (CA-37) 202-225-7924
    Grace Napolitano (CA-38) 202-225-5256
    Linda Sanchez (CA-39) 202-225-6676
    Ed Royce (CA-40) 202-225-4111
    Gary Miller (CA-42) 202-225-3201
    Joe Baca (CA-43) 202-225-6161
    Ken Calvert (CA-44) 202-225-1986
    Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) 202-225-5330
    Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46) 202-225-2415
    Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) 202-225-2965
    John Campbell (CA-48) 202-225-5611
    Darrell Issa (CA-49) 202-225-3906
    Bob Filner (CA-51) 202-225-8045
    Duncan Hunter (CA-52) 202-225-5672
    Susan Davis (CA-53) 202-225-2040

    John Larson (CT-01) 202-225-2265
    Joe Courtney (CT-02) 202-225-2076
    Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) 202-225-3661
    Jim Hines (CT-04) 202-225-5541
    Christopher Murphy (CT-05) 202-225-4476

    To be continued….

  603. Bree says:

    Michael Castle (DE – At-Large) 202-225-4165

    Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC – Delegate) 202-225-8050

    Jeff Miller (FL-01) 202-225-4136
    Allen Boyd (FL-02) 202-225-5235
    Corrine Brown (FL-03) 202-225-0123
    Ander Crenshaw (FL-04) 202-225-2501
    Virginia Brown-Waite (FL-05) 202-225-1002
    Cliff Stearns (FL-06) 202-225-5744
    John Mica (FL-07) 202-225-4035
    Alan Grayson (FL-08) 202-225-2176
    Gus Bilirakis (FL-09) 202-225-5755
    C.W. Bill Young (FL-10) 202-225-5961
    Kathy Castor (FL-11) 202-225-3376
    Adam Putnam (FL-12) 202-225-1252
    Vern Buchanan (FL-13) 202-225-5015
    Connie Mack (FL-14) 202-225-2536
    Bill Posey (FL-15) 202-225-3671
    Tom Rooney (FL-16) 202-225-5792
    Kendrick Meek (FL-17) 202-225-4506
    Robert Wexler (FL-19) 202-225-3001
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) 202-225-7931
    Ron Klein (FL-22) 202-225-3026
    Alcee Hastings (FL-23) 202-225-1313
    Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24) 202-225-2706
    Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) 202-225-2778

    Jack Kinston (GA-01) 202-225-5831
    Sanford D. Bishop Jr (GA-02) 202-225-3631
    Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03) 202-225-5901
    H.“Hank” Johnson Jr (GA-04) 202-225-1605
    John Lewis (GA-05) 202-225-3801
    Tom Price (GA-06) 202-225-4501
    John Linder (GA-07) 202-225-4272
    Jim Marshall (GA-08) 202-225-6531
    Nathan Deal (GA-09) 202-225-5211
    Paul Broun (GA-10) 202-225-4101
    Phil Gingrey (GA-11) 202-225-2931
    John Barrow (GA-12) 202-225-2823
    David Scott (GA-13) 202-225-2939

    Madeline Bordallo (GU-Delegate) 202-225-1188

    Neil Abercrombie (HA-01) 202-225-2726
    Mazie Hirono (HA-02) 202-225-4906

    Walt Minnick (ID-01) 202-225-6611
    Mike Simpson (ID-02) 202-225-5531

    Bobby Rush (IL-01) 202-225-4372
    Jesse Jackson Jr (IL-02) 202-225-0773
    Daniel Lipinski (IL-03) 202-225-5701
    Luis Gutierrez (IL-04) 202-225-8203
    Peter Roskam (IL-06) 202-225-4561
    Danny K. Davis (IL-07) 202-225-5006
    Melissa L. Bean (IL-08) 202-225-3711
    Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) 202-225-2111
    Mark Kirk (IL-10) 202-225-4835
    Debbie Halvorson (IL-11) 202-225-3635
    Judy Biggert (IL-13) 202-225-3515
    Bill Foster (IL-14) 202-225-2976
    Timothy Johnson (IL-15) 202-225-2371
    Donald Manzullo (IL-16) 202-225-5676
    Phil Hare (IL-17) 202-225-5905
    Aaron Schock (IL-18) 202-225-6201

    Peter Visclosky (IN-01) 202-225-2461
    Joe Donnelly (IN-02) 202-225-3915
    Steve Buyer (IN-04) 202-225-5037
    Andre’ Carson (IN-07) 202-225-4011
    Brad Ellsworth (IN-08) 202-225-4636
    Baron Hill (IN-09) 202-225-5315

    Bruce Braley (IA-01) 202-225-2911
    David Loebsack (IA-02) 202-225-6576
    Leonard Boswell (IA-03) 202-225-3806
    Tom Latham (IA-04) 202-225-5476
    Steve King (IA-05) 202-225-4426

  604. Bree says:

    Jerry Moran (KS-01) 202-225-2715
    Lynn Jenkins (KS-02) 202-225-6601
    Dennis Moore (KS-03) 202-225-2865
    Todd Tiahrt (KS-04) 202-225-6216

    Ed Whitfield (KY-01) 202-225-3115
    Brett Guthrie (KY-02) 202-225-3501
    John Yarmuth (KY-03) 202-225-5401
    Geoff Davis (KY-04) 202-225-3465
    Harold Rogers (KY-05) 202-225-4601
    Ben Chandler (KY-06) 202-225-4706

    Steve Scalise (LA-01) 202-225-3015
    Joseph Cao (LA-02) 202-225-6636
    Charlie Melancon (LA-03) 202-225-4031
    John Fleming (LA-04) 202-225-2777
    Rodney Alexander (LA-05) 202-225-8490
    William “Bill” Cassidy (LA-06) 202-225-3901
    Charles Boustany Jr (LA-07) 202-225-2031

    Chellie Pingree (ME-01) 202-225-6116
    Michael Michaud (ME-02) 202-225-6306

    Frank Kratovil Jr (MD-01) 202-225-5311
    John Sarbanes (MD-03) 202-225-4016
    Donna Edwards (MD-04) 202-225-8699
    Steny Hoyer (MD-05) 202-225-4131
    Roscoe Bartlett (MD-06) 202-225-2721
    Elijah Cummings (MD-07) 202-225-4741
    Chris Van Hollen (MD-08) 202-225-5341

    John Olver (MA-01) 202-225-5335
    Richard Neal (MA-02) 202-225-5601
    James McGovern (MA-03) 202-225-6101
    Niki Tsongas (MA-05) 202-225-3411
    John Tierney (MA-06) 202-225-8020
    Ed Markey (MA-07) 202-225-2836
    Michael Capuano (MA-08) 202-225-5111
    Stephen Lynch (MA-09) 202-225-8273
    William Delahunt (MA-10) 202-225-3111

    Pete Hoekstra (MI-02) 202-225-4401
    Vernon J. Ehlers (MI-03) 202-225-3831
    Dave Camp (MI-04) 202-225-3561
    Dale Kildee (MI-05) 202-225-3611
    Fred Upton (MI-06) 202-225-3761
    Mark Schauer (MI-07) 202-225-6276
    Mike Rogers (MI-08) 202-225-4872
    Gary Peters (MI-09) 202-225-5802
    Candace Miller (MI-10) 202-225-2106
    Thaddeus McCotter (MI-11) 202-225-8171
    Sander Levin (MI-12) 202-225-4961
    Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13) 202-225-2261
    John Conyers Jr (MI-14) 202-225-5126
    John D. Dingell (MI-15) 202-225-4071

    Timothy J. Walz (MN-01) 202-225-2472
    John Kline (MN-02) 202-225-2271
    Erik Paulsen (MN-03) 202-225-2871
    Betty McCollum (MN-04) 202-225-6631
    Keith Ellison (MN-05) 202-225-4755
    Michele Bachmann (MN-06) 202-225-2331
    Collin Peterson (MN-07) 202-225-2165
    James Obertstar (MN-08) 202-225-6211

    Travis Childers (MS-01) 202-225-4306
    Bennie Thompson (MS-02) 202-225-5876
    Gregg Harper (MS-03) 202-225-5031
    Gene Taylor (MS-04) 202-225-5772

    William “Lacy” Clay Jr (MO-01) 202-225-2406
    Todd Akin (MO-02) 202-225-2561
    Russ Carnahan (MO-03) 202-225-2671
    Ike Skelton (MO-04) 202-225-2876
    Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05) 202-225-4535
    Sam Graves (MO-06) 202-225-7041
    Roy Blunt (MO-07) 202-225-6536
    Jo Ann Emerson (MO-08) 202-225-4404
    Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-09) 202-225-2956

    Dennis Rehbert (MT- At-Large) 202-225-3211

    Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) 202-225-4806
    Lee Terry (NE-02) 202-225-4155
    Adrian Smith (NE-03) 202-225-6435

    Shelley Berkley (NV-01) 202-225-5965
    Dean Heller (NV-02) 202-225-6155
    Dina Titus (NV-03) 202-225-3252

    Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) 202-225-5456
    Paul Hodes (NH-02) 202-225-5206

    Robert Andrews (NJ-01) 202-225-6501
    Frank Pallone Jr (NJ-06) 202-225-4671
    Leonard Lance (NJ-07) 202-225-5361
    Bill Pascrell Jr (NJ-08) 202-225-5751
    Steven Rothman (NJ-09) 202-225-5061
    Donald Payne (NJ-10) 202-225-3436
    Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) 202-225-5034
    Albio Sires (NJ-13) 202-225-7919

    Martin Heinrich (NM-01) 202-225-6316
    Harry Teague (NM-02) 202-225-2365
    Ben Lujan (NM-03) 202-225-6190

    Timothy Bishop (NY-01) 202-225-3826
    Steve Israel (NY-02) 202-225-3335
    Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04) 202-225-5516
    Gary Ackerman (NY-05) 202-225-2601
    Gregory Meeks (NY-06) 202-225-3461
    Joseph Crowley (NY-07) 202-225-3965
    Jerrold Nadler (NY-08) 202-225-5635
    Anthony Weiner (NY-09) 202-225-6616
    Edolphus Towns (NY-10) 202-225-5936
    Yvette Clarke (NY-11) 202-225-6231
    Nydia Velázquez (NY-12) 202-225-2361
    Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) 202-225-7944
    Charles Rangel (NY-15) 202-225-4365
    José Serrano (NY-16) 202-225-4361
    Eliot Engel (NY-17) 202-225-2464
    Nita Lowey (NY-18) 202-225-5606
    John Hall (NY-19) 202-225-5441
    VACANT (NY-20)
    Paul Tonko (NY-21) 202-225-5076
    John McHugh (NY-23) 202-225-4611
    Michael Arcuri (NY-24) 202-225-3665
    Daniel Maffei (NY-25) 202-225-3701
    Christopher Lee (NY-26) 202-225-5265
    Brian Higgins (NY-27) 202-225-3306
    Louise Slaughter (NY-28) 202-225-3615
    Eric Massa (NY-29) 202-225-3161

    G.K. Butterfield (NC-01) 202-225-3101
    Bob Etheridge (NC-02) 202-225-4531
    Walter Jones (NC-03) 202-225-3415
    David Price (NC-04) 202-225-1784
    Howard Coble (NC-06) 202-225-3065
    Mike McIntyre (NC-07) 202-225-2731
    Larry Kissel (NC-08) 202-225-3715
    Sue Myrick (NC-09) 202-225-1976
    Patrick T. McHenry (NC-10) 202-225-2576
    Heath Shuler (NC-11) 202-225-6401
    Mel Watt (NC-12) 202-225-1510
    Brad Miller (NC-13) 202-225-3032

    Earl Pomeroy (ND – At-Large) 202-225-2611

    Gregorio C. Sablan (NMI – At-Large) 202-225-2646

    Steve Driehaus (OH-01) 202-225-2216
    Michael Turner (OH-03) 202-225-6465
    Jim Jordan (OH-04) 202-225-2676
    Robert Latta (OH-05) 202-225-6405
    Charles Wilson (OH-06) 202-225-5705
    Steve Austria (OH-07) 202-225-4324
    Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) 202-225-4146
    Dennis Kucinich (OH-10) 202-225-5871
    Marcia Fudge (OH-11) 202-225-7032
    Pat Tiberi (OH-12) 202-225-5355
    Betty Sutton (OH-13) 202-225-3401
    Steven LaTourette (OH-14) 202-225-5731
    Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15) 202-225-2015
    John Boccieri (OH-16) 202-225-3876
    Tim Ryan (OH-17) 202-225-5261
    Zachary Space (OH-18) 202-225-6265

    John Sullivan (OK-01) 202-225-2211
    Dan Boren (OK-02) 202-225-2701
    Frank Lucas (OK-03) 202-225-5565
    Tom Cole (OK-04) 202-225-6165
    Mary Fallin (OK-05) 202-225-2132

    David Wu (OR-01) 202-225-0855
    Greg Walden (OR-02) 202-225-6730
    Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) 202-225-4811
    Peter DeFazio (OR-04) 202-225-6416
    Kurt (Schrader (OR-05) 202-225-5711

    Robert Brady (PA-01) 202-225-4731
    Chaka Fattah (PA-02) 202-225-4001
    Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03) 202-225-5406
    Jason Altmire (PA-04) 202-225-2565
    Glen W. Thompson (PA-05) 202-225-5121
    Jim Gerlach (PA-06) 202-225-4315
    Joe Sestak (PA-07) 202-225-2011
    Patrick Murphy (PA-08) 202-225-4276
    Bill Shuster (PA-09) 202-225-2431
    Christopher Carney (PA-10) 202-225-3731
    Paul Kanjorski (PA-11) 202-225-6511
    John Murtha (PA-12) 202-225-2065
    Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) 202-225-6111
    Mike Doyle (PA-14) 202-225-2135
    Charles Dent (PA-15) 202-225-6411
    Tim Holden (PA-17) 202-225-5546
    Tim Murphy (PA-18) 202-225-2301
    Todd Platts (PA-19) 202-225-5836

    Pedro Pierluisi (PR – Resident Comm.) 202-225-2615

    Patrick Kennedy (RI-01) 202-225-4911
    Jim Langevin (RI-02) 202-225-2735

    Henry Brown (SC-01) 202-225-3176
    Joe Wilson (SC-02) 202-225-2452
    J. Gresham Barrett (SC-03) 202-225-5301
    Bob Inglis (SC-04) 202-225-60303
    John Spratt (SC-05) 202-225-5501
    James Clyburn (SC-06) 202-225-3315

    Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD – At-Large) 202-225-2801

    Phil Roe (TN-01) 202-225-6356
    Zach Wamp (TN-03) 202-225-3271
    Lincoln Davis (TN-04) 202-225-6831
    Jim Cooper (TN-05) 202-225-4311
    Bart Gordon (TN-06) 202-225-4231
    Marsha Blackburn (TN-07) 202-225-2811
    John Tanner (TN-08) 202-225-4714
    Steve Cohen (TN-09) 202-225-3265

    Louie Gohmert (TX-01) 202-225-3035
    Sam Johnson (TX-03) 202-225-4201
    Ralph Hall (TX-04) 202-225-6673
    Jeb Hensarling (TX-05) 202-225-3484
    Joe Barton (TX-06) 202-225-2002
    John Culberson (TX-07) 202-225-2571
    Kevin Brady (TX-08) 202-225-4901
    Al Green (TX-09) 202-225-7508
    Michael McCaul (TX-10) 202-225-2401
    K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) 202-225-3605
    Kay Granger (TX-12) 202-225-5071
    Mac Thornberry (TX-13) 202-225-3706
    Ron Paul (TX-14) 202-225-2831
    Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) 202-225-2531
    Silvestre Reyes (TX-16) 202-225-4831
    Chet Edwards (TX-17) 202-225-6105
    Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) 202-225-3816
    Randy Neugebauer (TX-19) 202-225-4005
    Charlie A. Gonzalez (TX-20) 202-225-3236
    Lamar Smith (TX-21) 202-225-4236
    Pete Olson (TX-22) 202-225-5951
    Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23) 202-225-4511
    Kenny Marchant (TX-24) 202-225-6605
    Lloyd Doggett (TX-25) 202-225-4865
    Solomon P. Ortiz (TX-27) 202-225-7742
    Henry Cuellar (TX-28) 202-225-1640
    Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) 202-225-8885
    John Carter (TX-31) 202-225-3864
    Pete Sessions (TX-32) 202-225-2231

    Rob Bishop (UT-01) 202-225-0453
    Jim Matheson (UT-02) 202-225-3011
    Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) 202-225-7751

    Peter Welch (VT – At-Large) 202-225-4115

    Donna Christian-Christensen (VI – Del) 202-225-1790

    Robert Wittman (VA-01) 202-225-4261
    Glenn C Nye III (VA-02) 202-225-4215
    Robert “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) 202-225-8351
    Tom Perriello (VA-05) 202-225-5711
    Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) 202-225-5431
    Eric Cantor (VA-07) 202-225-2815
    Jim Moran (VA-08) 202-225-4376
    Rick Boucher (VA-09) 202-225-3861
    Gerald “Gerry” Connolly (VA-11) 202-225-1492

    Jay Inslee (WA-01) 202-225-6311
    Rick Larson (WA-02) 202-225-2605
    Brian Baird (WA-03) 202-225-3536
    Doc Hastings (WA-04) 202-225-5816
    Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) 202-225-2006
    Norman Dicks (WA-06) 202-225-5916
    Jim McDermott (WA-07) 202-225-3106
    David Reichert (WA-08) 202-225-7761
    Adam Smith (WA-09) 202-225-8901

    Shelley Moore Capito (WV-02) 202-225-2711
    Nick Rahall (WV-03) 202-225-3452

    Paul Ryan (WI-01) 202-225-3031
    Tammy Baldwin (WI-02) 202-225-2906
    Ron Kind (WI-03) 202-225-5506
    Gwen Moore (WI-04) 202-225-4572
    Thomas Petri (WI-06) 202-225-2476
    David R. Obey (WI-07) 202-225-3365
    Steven Kagen (WI-08) 202-225-5665

    Cynthia M. Lummis (WY – At-Large) 202-225-2311

  605. Bree says:

    That’s a lot of people to contact still! WE CAN DO IT!!!!!

  606. averntula says:

    Bree I am still confused on how to see if the Congressman is going to cosponsor or has not yet.. I went to that link but am stumped.

  607. tenorplus says:

    That’s for sure! I am [also] a bit disappointed in the list from my state, where I/we have had repeated contact with the reps!!! One has to wonder just where the “heart” of some folks is… is there no feelings left anymore… no hurting for David and Sean, as well as the many others in this kind of situation… no sympathy or empathy left… no commitment to do what is right?

    Let’s keep PLUGGING – we ARE going to make a difference!!! Thanks Bree and everyone for all the efforts! We need to encourage one another to ‘just keep going’ unti; Sean is finally home.

    tweinstein – did you see my note above? We need to connect sometime!

    Hang in there friends… the ride’s not finished yet – keep calling, emailing, faxing, etc. Maybe these *** in D.C. will finally get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  608. sborgfeld says:

    Like many of you I am trying to find new ways to help. I found the Federal Justice website in Brazil as well as a section dedicated to the Hague convention. It does have a list of what seems to be board members or justices and a place to email them. I have sent several already and hope you will too. The website is as follows: http://www.stf.jus.br Towards the bottom of the page under Destagues you will see Convencao de Haia ( Hague Convention) with figures of people. Click on that and it will then have on the left Membros Click on that page and in the upper right you will see Fale Conosco where you can send a message. Please let’s email as much as possible to get the attention of this court. Thanks!

  609. deangelwithwings says:

    New Hampshire appeared in a posted list as one of many states with no reps co-sponsoring House Res 125. That state should have all it reps on board as it is where the 2 girls live (Domminique and Pietra Depiante) with their mother Roberta Lima. The 2 girls were recently returned by Brazil after being abducted by their father last August. All New Hampshire residents, please follow-up.
    There are a few websites with more on the Depiante girls.
    Here’s one: http://www.supportroberta.com/

  610. philandteena says:

    wow….that was long!!! thanks bree!

  611. averntula says:

    litenloppa: unfortunetly yes it is true, and sick, and really just quite frankly ticks me off.

  612. litenloppa says:

    Sorry, I haven’t been on in a few days but has a date been set to email Larry King?

  613. averntula says:

    no, not yet.

  614. Bree says:

    No problem guys….I feel so helpless and I just want Sean home with David!

    Is there a list of Senators that have signed on to the Senate Resolution?

    This is so frustrating to me….what’s the hold up for them to Co-Sponsor? It’s a child’s life we are talking about.

    - averntulaon 19 Feb 2009 at 5:18 pm
    Bree I am still confused on how to see if the Congressman is going to cosponsor or has not yet.. I went to that link but am stumped.

    The list (that I copied) that was originally posted by LukieD is the latest list of Congressmen/Women that have sponsored. The link that I included above was the link that he had in his post that lists the different offices with their contact info.

  615. gail says:

    Can charges really be filed against him? He’ll just lie and say he didn’t know she wouldn’t come back.

  616. gail says:

    What does the secretary and personal issistant say when you guys call?

  617. gail says:

    The best thing to do is put in a complaint to the barr assoc. I don’t know if you have to be an attorney to do that?

  618. gail says:

    I think that should have been bar? I’m so tired I can’t even spell correctly today.

  619. gail says:

    litenloppa, let me know what they say.

  620. gail says:

    Send that article to the new york times, didn’t they run a story on David?

  621. gail says:

    We don’t want a New York coming at David for slander, make sure with somebody that this is okay and that David won’t get in trouble for this.

  622. gail says:

    I mean a New York attorney, hello.

  623. Bree says:

    Great advice Gail! We don’t need any set-backs for David!

  624. litenloppa says:

    To file an professional conduct complaint against a NYC attorney, one needs to contact:

    New York and Bronx Counties:
    Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Department
    61 Broadway, 2nd Floor
    New York, NY 10006
    (212) 401-0800

  625. litenloppa says:

    David or his legal representative could file a complaint against this attorney.

  626. litenloppa says:

    No action for slander if the statement is true.

  627. gail says:

    But this is hear say, we don’t know for a fact that all of that is true. She didn’t need help leaving the Country, David drove her to the airport, she just didn’t come home. So we need to find out by one of the in people here if we should be calling this guy or not, just like they said today not to call the LeS family.

  628. joey2052 says:

    To whoever runs the website,

    I have created a flyer using windows word to be used and I need the email of whoever runs the website so it can be put in “how to help”.

    Everyone could put the flyer in local large businesses or however they see fit to raise awareness.

  629. gail says:

    That should be sent to the New York Post, they did somthing on david a few days ago. Can you do that? That way it’s posted in the Newspaper for all to read.

  630. averntula says:

    Joey:

    The staff are creating a flyer… and Tracey told me she would contact me as soon as one was available. They are still working on one. I made a flyer myself and they kindly asked me not to use it because they need “one” flyer for legal reasons.

    Sasha

  631. tweinstein says:

    FYI: I’m still working on getting the list of all left-behind parents. So far, all the requests have been refused citing privacy of the individuals. I think our best shot is to convince Chris Smith to request this list to verify the reference in House Resolution 125 that there are close to 50 cases from the United States. As you recall, the BCA verified the number at 43. The two possible places he could get it from are:

    1. Department of State, Office of Children Issues
    2. United States Embassy in Brasilia

    The BCA would not provide me with the list directly, but they did provide a copy to the Embassy as a compromise.

  632. averntula says:

    tweinstein:

    Thank you for your correspondence regarding David Goldman’s efforts to bring his son, Sean, home from Brazil. We are closely following developments in this sad case. The Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues and our Embassy in Brasilia continue to do everything we can diplomatically and through the international child protection community to help Mr. Goldman regain custody of Sean. We are working closely with the Brazilian Central Authority to pursue Sean’s return under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Consular staff in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro are monitoring Mr. Goldman’s case in the Brazilian federal and state courts as well, and we understand that Mr. Goldman’s attorney in Brazil is working to do everything possible through the legal system there.

    Our heartfelt compassion goes out to Mr. Goldman. International parental child abduction is a tragedy that no parent should have to endure. The Department of State places the highest priority on the welfare of children who have been victimized by international parental child abduction. The Office of Children’s Issues works diligently every day on behalf of children who have been wrongfully taken to or retained in foreign countries around the world. Brazil has been cited in the Department’s annual report to Congress for demonstrating a pattern of failure to comply with the requirements of the Hague Convention in FY 2006, 2007 and 2008. Read the most recent report. There are currently more than 3000 parentally-abducted children whose cases we are working to resolve. If you are interested in learning more about the problem of international parental child abduction, including steps you can take if you believe that your children or someone you know may face this situation, please visit our web site at http://www.travel.state.gov/childabduction.

    We remain committed to assisting Mr. Goldman until his case is resolved. We appreciate your concern and support and will make sure your message is conveyed to Mr. Goldman and to our colleagues and counterparts in Brazil. If you wish to make your concerns known to the Government of Brazil, please contact the Juridical Division at the Brazilian Foreign Ministry at:

    dcji-casossg@mre.gov.br

    Sincerely,This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

    Office of Children’s Issues, Office of Overseas Citizens Services

    Bureau of Consular Affairs

  633. FoxyLoxy says:

    ”EMAIL LARRY KING LIVE DAY” REMINDER

    Hi everyone,
    Welcome to all the new bloggers. Just a quick reminder that we still need people to sign up for this event either here or on Facebook. Please post “EMAIL LKL DAY” (and nothing else so it’s easy to pick out) and we will then add the names to the list. The date and related details will be announced in both places in the next few days.

    The plan is to have as many people as possible send emails to lklshow.ideas@cnn.com on one day (TBD) to communicate their strong interest in seeing David and Sean’s story featured. Even a short email would get the point across and hopefully give us the numbers we need. Someone will then follow up with an email and call to their exec producer.

    Thanks so much to those who have already signed up – we’ve made great progress and hope to see continued support!

    1. Priss
    2. MoniqueFerris
    3. Gail
    4. Kimberly
    5. Devinsmommy
    6. FoxyLoxy
    7. tenorplus
    8. philandteena
    9. elizrpoe
    10. I2Care
    11. rcgracia
    12. mhenderson
    13. MSchray
    14. janelr
    15. rlw.mom
    16. anna42
    17. Aimee
    18. Sunsatia
    19. Mom25
    20. rachelle4
    21. dlw44
    22. MichelleGodde
    23. vinni
    24. Aida
    25. SachaReyes
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    27. elle
    28. tuckwoods
    29. katie
    30. JonathanR
    31. smallord
    32. wghaly
    33. sashaumamabel
    34. mom3
    35. jaredsmith
    36. slayer39
    37. vslawich
    38. averntula
    39. amazee
    40. iescalante
    41. I2care’s wife
    42. kat
    43. lisacallenwood
    44. c.hope
    45. Mom25’s hubby
    46. Carla

  634. ilgirl says:

    I can help with the LKL email. Wish I could do more.

  635. paigefaust10 says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    I’m kind of new on here. I feel I need to do something but I also feel helpless. David and Sean are always on my mind. I have a wonderful 3-year old boy and could not imagine my life without him. I can’t imagine what David is going through….that poor man.

    I’m located in Orange County, CA and emailed (AGAIN) my Congressman today, which is Gary Miller. I’m disappointed that he hasn’t co-sponsored this Resolution yet. I don’t see why these Congressman/women have to “think about” co-sponsoring this. Am I correct that they literally have to do nothing other than sign their name saying they are co-sponsoring this Resolution? It truly amazes me that we don’t have more signed up….it’s not rocket science; this father needs his son with him. It’s such and open and close case, as far as I’m concerned. Ok….now that I’ve vented, I feel a bit better. ;-)

    I will be glad to email Larry King on the assigned day. It’s the LEAST I can do.

  636. FoxyLoxy says:

    47. ilgirl
    48. pagefaust10

    Thanks so much!

  637. Bo says:

    QUOTE:

    “#
    # tweinsteinon 19 Feb 2009 at 12:05 pm

    tenorplus,

    Thanks. I live near Pittsburgh, PA and have been trying unsuccessfully to get my representative to co-sponsor the bill since the day it was presented.”

    Tweinstein;

    I’m from Morgantown, WV, obviously very close to where you’re from. Exactly what city are you from? Also, I got my congressman, Alan Mollohan, to sign the bill. I can ask him to contact your congressman and tell him of your situation if you like.

  638. Bree says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  639. Bree says:

    ohhh yeah, I have a few email accounts if that will help?

  640. FoxyLoxy says:

    EMAIL LKL

    49. Bree

    Thanks Bree. I know others have said they have multiple accounts too but I’m not sure if the LKL show would check ip addresses. I’d suggest if anyone’s going to do that to perhaps write in other family member’s names (if they agree of course).

  641. gail says:

    # averntula

    I got the same thing yesterday and again this morning.

  642. FoxyLoxy says:

    Aida on 17 Feb 2009 at 11:36 pm
    Thanks Aida (belatedly!) and welcome to the blog.

    Timothy:
    I checked that article about Roberta Lima again and it turns out the guy was actually her ex-boyfriend not her husband and also, her uncle in Brazil is a lawyer – perhaps those two factors made a difference.

    By the way, no apologies necessary. I’m sure everyone here admires your commitment just like we do with David. I imagine it’s exceedingly difficult to deal with a child abduction in the same country but when you throw a foreign country, culture, language and legal system into the mix well, I imagine it’s off-the-charts stressful.

    What you described in terms of a “slow molasses” pace isn’t unfamiliar to me. I’ve lived a good part of my life in North America but my formative years were spent overseas so I have the perspective of a “third culture kid” (minus the kid part!).

  643. kt says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  644. Isabel says:

    If Roberta’s children’s father was an ex-boyfriend and not ex-husband, he would automatically have less rights to the child, in Brazil, because single mothers automatically get custody in Brazil (unless there are serious reasons for this not to happen).

  645. joey2052 says:

    http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081022/GJNEWS_01/710228370/-1/FOSNEWS01

    Their is another news article about Roberta. She had government help in 2 MONTHS when it took David YEARS.

  646. dlw44 says:

    does anyone know if David will be notified of the hearing/ruling in advance so he can be there, or will they just do it? Hopefully it will be soon!!!

  647. dlw44 says:

    last week I call McCay’s office to give him a piece of mind, (didn’t mention any names) His assistant took the message, and I could tell that I wasn’t the first, fifth or the tenth to call. She was nice but, could tell she was tired of the calls.

  648. tweinstein says:

    Bo,

    For all intents and purposes, I live in Pittsburgh. I only said near because the representative for the city is different than where I live (15 minutes north). My representative is Jason Altmire.

    dlw44,

    Either situation may occur. In one hearing in Brazil, I was never notified and thus unable to have representation. In this hearing, my wife legitimized in a local court her custody of the children in Brazil. This is typically the first step an abducting parent will take. This hearing was very soon after she took the children. The other hearing I had was related to the Hague Convention. I was notified by the attorney 10 days before the hearing. This is also typical in Brazil. If you read the compliance reports you will see references to these behaviors. Brazilian attorneys typically utilize the same arguments and strategies to legitimize/defend their client’s abduction.

  649. gail says:

    Timothy,

    Did you have any idea your wife was leaving you and going to Brazil? Also, is she Brazilian? I can’t remember if have answered this already.

  650. tweinstein says:

    My wife is Brazilian and currently living in the vacation apartment that we bought during our marriage. The apartment is across the street from her parents’ house (which makes Brazilian Interpol’s claim that it took them 6 months to locate the children unbelievable). She took the children to Brazil, as she always did during our childrens’ summer vacation. She left in June with the children. I visited in July and they were scheduled to return in August. Although our marriage was rocky, I did not anticipate that she would illegally retain the children in Brazil. In fact, her sister lives 15 minutes away from me in Pittsburgh.

  651. averntula says:

    Rick and Bubba show replied to my email::

    this was their reply:

    why are you guys bombing us with e-mails now all of the sudden?

    what do I say to that????

  652. roger says:

    Guys, good evening.

    I noticed some renewed interest in contacting Brazilian authorities, so I’ll repost the updated contact list:

    Contacts for the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil:

    Address:

    SES – Av. das Nações, Quadra 801, Lote 03
    70403-900 – Brasília, DF
    Tel: 011 55 61 3312-7000
    Fax: 011 55 61 3225-9136
    Home page: http://www.embaixadaamericana.org.br

    Ambassador Clifford M. Sobel

  653. tweinstein says:

    The answer is obvious, “because we want you to put David on your show”.

  654. roger says:

    UPDATED ADDRESSES AND CONTACTS AT THE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL COOPERATION DIVISION OF THE BRAZILIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY:

    e-mail: dj@mre.gov.br

    Fax number: 011 55 61 3411-9059 (U.S. callers must add 011 before 55)

    Brazilian Diplomats in the INTERNATIONAL LEGAL COOPERATION DIVISION:

    Counsellor Ms. PATRÍCIA MARIA OLIVEIRA LIMA
    Phone number: 011 55 61 3411-9058 (U.S. callers must add 011 before 55)

    Third Secretaries Ms. CAMILA MANDEL BARROS and Mr. LEANDRO ANTUNES MARIOSI
    Phone number: 011 55 61 3411-9056 (U.S. callers must add 011 before 55)

    Source: http://www.mre.gov.br/lista_ramais_mre.pdf

    UPDATED PHONE NUMBERS OF THE FOREIGN MINISTER CELSO AMORIM AND HIS CLOSE STAFF:

    Foreign Minister
    Ambassador CELSO LUIZ NUNES AMORIM
    011 55 61 3411-9931 or 9932 or 8081 or 8078 or 8658

    Chief of Staff
    Ambassador MARIA LAURA DA ROCHA
    011 55 61 3411-6112 or 6113 or 8090 or 8088

    Deputy Chief of Staff
    Minister COLBERT SOARES PINTO JR
    011 55 61 3411-6107 or 6942 or 6989 or 8097 or 8098

    Fax number for all of them: 011 55 61 3411-6993

  655. averntula says:

    i forwarded it to one of te Admins on the Help Us Bring Sean Goldman Home group on Facebook and she is going to write a response back for me..

  656. roger says:

    To contact the International Affairs Division of the Office of the Chief-of-Staff to President Lula da Silva:

    (since his chief-of-staff unofficially runs the country, this should be a good contact)

    Fax: 011 55 61 3411-1624

    Ambassador CARLOS ALFREDO LAZARY TEIXEIRA
    Phone: 011 55 61 3411-1447

    And finally the Foreign Minister aides to President Lula:

    Fax: 011 55 61 3321-5157

    Ambassador MARCEL FORTUNA BIATO
    011 55 61 3411-1184

    Minister PEDRO MIGUEL DA COSTA E SILVA
    011 55 61 3411-2217 or 2095

    Consellor ELIO DE ALMEIDA CARDOSO
    011 55 61 3411-2217 or 2095

  657. roger says:

    And, again, FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT WISH TO CONTACT DIRECTLY THE 16TH. FEDERAL COURT OF RIO DE JANEIRO, TO WHICH EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OVER THE CASE WAS ATTRIBUTED LAST WEEK BY THE SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE IN BRASILIA:

    The Honorable WILNEY MAGNO DE AZEVEDO SILVA
    The Honorable RAFAEL DE SOUZA PEREIRA PINTO

    Phone number 011 55 21 3218-8161

    Fax number 011 55 21 3218-8162

    E-mail: 16vf@jfrj.gov.br

    Judge Wilney Silva is very thoughtful, not uptight at all and maintains an low profile and likeable demeanor. He respects the parties, but doesn’t like to be pushed nor will his staff be happy to receive e-mails that are not absolutely courteous.

    Substitute Judge Rafael Pinto reportedly was the one that ordered visitation rights after David flew to Brazil upon hearing of Bruna’s death. When David showed up with the U.S. embassy officer, Sean was not there.

  658. Kimberly000001 says:

    I worked today and then was calling all (most) of the California congressmen and women. I am in the process of getting a bunch of names, addresses of people in California who are letting me call in on their behalf (basically Im just saying I am the person) to ask for co sponsors. I will keep working on California for the next several days.

    LukieD
    Do you know which day the email to the subscribers regarding the DC Rally is going out? Will that happen in the next few days? If so, we might want to plan the LKL day as the following day. That way there would be many emails to LKL from the subscribers followed by another focused effort the following day. Please let us know if you have an idea yet as to when that will happen. If not, we can proceed next week.

    FoxyLoxy and everyone else for LKLday:

    I was thinking we should start to plan. I would love to see us set up a schedule so that the people signed up would actually sign up for a particular time frame.
    8-9:00 East Coast Time
    9-10:00
    10-11
    11-12 …and so on up to 5 or 6:00.

    If we can get 10 people signed up for each hour (you would just need to send your email ANY TIME during that hour) we would then have a regular flow throughout the day. Also, if each person can asks 5-10 people/ friends to also send an email….that would help. I dont usually like to bug my friends and I dont particularly like getting those group emails….but this is SOOO different and I will happily ask for this cause.

    The ones that your friends send can even be a one or two liners like “please have David Goldman on the show”, or ” this is an outrage” …whatever the feel.

    What do you guys think? Can we start the sign up list with time slots? Also, is everyone going to be checking here regularly??? If not, we should get your email address so we can notify of the date when it happens.

    Please give feedback.

  659. ceilli says:

    Response from Senator Lugar to an e-mail requesting co-sponsorship to the Senate Resolution:

    Dear Ms. Bxxxxx:

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the case of Sean Goldman, who was reportedly taken to Brazil by his mother against the wishes of his father.

    My staff has forwarded your concerns to the State Department’s Office of Children’s Issues, which works specifically on these complex matters. It is critical that these cases are resolved according to international law with the best interests of the child in mind.

    I will continue to closely monitor developments on this issue. Thank you, again, for writing.

  660. roger says:

    One last piece of advice: the Brazilian government all but shut down for the upcoming Carnival week, just like the in the U.S. everything all but shuts down for Thanksgiving weekend.

    Don’t be disencouraged by the lack of responses next week. They will all come back next Thursday or even the following Monday and hopefully see their fax machines flooded with your correspondence.

    I am thrilled to hear that David’s local newspaper reported that he will meet with Secretary Clinton herself.

    As the key point people in setting the agenda for President Obama’s meeting with President Lula on March 17, Secretary Clinton and Undersecretary Thomas A. Shannon are crucial pieces in this puzzle to get the Presidents to discuss David’s case and Brazil’s compliance with the Hague Convention face to face in the Oval Office.

  661. averntula says:

    ceilli:

    Did you write back to him asking him to still cosponsor it when it comes to vote on it.. I think you need press on him that his part is really necessary!!

  662. roger says:

    I’m sorry to interfere in U.S. Senatorial stuff, but these guys are always very glad to take the next U.S. military flight to Iraq or Afghanistan to look good as tough guys in a war zone. And of course have nice pictures to show off when they’re up for re-election.

    It is unnaceptable that Sen. Lugar, a Senator well known for his interest in foreign affairs, refers this case to the State Dept. and go home for the weekend.

  663. averntula says:

    Roger,

    I completely agree… some of these people are nothing but a bunch of political hypocrites.

    Sasha

  664. bbjo says:

    I have been heartbroken for Sean and David since seeing this story on Dateline. I check everyday to see if there is any new news. I have emailed Bill Pascrell Jr (NJ-08) with no response – even though I am his constituent! I will call and send/fax letters as well. There is no reason these reps can’t co-sponsor this resolution.
    Does anyone know if Congressman Smith is lobbying others to sign as well?

  665. bbjo says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  666. ingeh says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  667. ELR says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  668. gail says:

    Roger,

    You are so right and that is exaclty what I said when I called. I told them it’s time we help one of our own instead of flying off to another Country to help out. You hit that right on the head.

    I have already written nicely to the Federal Judges you have down, I don’t want to keep bothering them. Do you think I should write again and again?

  669. Bree says:

    # rogeron 19 Feb 2009 at 10:12 pm
    I’m sorry to interfere in U.S. Senatorial stuff, but these guys are always very glad to take the next U.S. military flight to Iraq or Afghanistan to look good as tough guys in a war zone. And of course have nice pictures to show off when they’re up for re-election.

    It is unnaceptable that Sen. Lugar, a Senator well known for his interest in foreign affairs, refers this case to the State Dept. and go home for the weekend.
    ——————————
    Roger – I totally agree with you on this (both accounts)!

    I find it totally unacceptable that all Congressmen/Women and Senators have not jumped on board to co-sponsor these resolutions. It’s a no-brainer for me….they need to have a heart and be thankful that when they go home at night, they can tuck their children into bed (if they have any). David doesn’t have that option!

  670. tweinstein says:

    ceilli,

    Senator Lugar’s response is a disgrace and shows a total lack of interest. Unfortunately, the response I received when I contacted my senator about 4 months ago was only marginally better.

  671. Bree says:

    Gail, I agree. My husband and I were discussing this last night….stop the foreign aid – we could use help right here in our own country!!!

  672. gail says:

    tweinstein,

    Since you AND your wife own that condo, shouldn’t you get at least 50/50 custody with your kids? Seems like I read that somewhere.

  673. gail says:

    I know. Look at the mess this Country is in and yet we are all over the world ready to help and give. Don’t get me wrong, I think that is a good thing as well, but help our own people too. We come first.

  674. FoxyLoxy says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    50. kt
    51. bbjo
    52. ingeh
    53. ELR

    Thanks for signing up.

  675. gail says:

    Do you guys think the LeS family read the newspaper post this morning about David and meeting with Hillary Clinton?

  676. devinsmommy08 says:

    I don’t know why people are like “why are you guys suddenly bombing us with emails”! DUH! It’s because we want to get noticed….and succeeded :)

  677. tweinstein says:

    gail,

    I never heard that before. You see, I am in a catch-22. My children are too young to understand that they were abducted and I have never discussed it with them. Under the assumption that they probably have that I agreed they live in Brazil with their mother, they have expressed a desire to visit me in the United States. However, my wife would never allow this because of the outstanding court order in the United States for their return. If I drop the court order however, I also lose their habitual residency and thus default on my Hague Convention case.

    As you can imagine, the situation is very complicated and David’s is significantly more so than mine.

    Timothy

  678. Bree says:

    I hope so, Gail! Maybe she and Bill will go with David next time.

    Devinsmommy08 – you would think they would realize that. I agree, DUH! Now, if we can get noticed by LKL, Bill O’Reilly, Nancy Grace, Shawn Hannity, etc.

  679. FoxyLoxy says:

    Kimberly:

    I totally know what you’re trying to achieve with time slots but I have to say I’m a little leery about that because it may cause confusion (especially since we don’t have everyone’s emails and I’m not sure how to get all of those since not everyone is on FB).
    If you think it can work then fair enough, just my two cents.

    My feel is just setting a day when we all email would keep it simple. I guess the wildcard right now is we don’t know what they consider “enough interest”. We can always offer to have all 36,000 signers of the petition email them ;) ) maybe that would be enough to get them to agree beforehand.

    Seriously though, I feel that if we tell the exec producer about the tens of thousands of signatures, 120 countries visiting the website etc. it may do the trick. No guarantees of course but we have to try.

    Sorry this is long.

  680. roger says:

    Gail,

    Since you wrote already to the Federal Court, I don’t think it’s a good idea to keep writing.

    About the LeS family reading the newspaper, yes, if I were in their position I would be reading this blog everyday, and then I would have found out about the meeting with Secretary Clinton. But tempering with the bilateral agenda should be something way beyond their control.

    Just one note on foreign aid to Brazil: Brazil currently receives very marginal foreign aid from the U.S., mainly for USAID public diplomacy and educational programs that try to minor widespread Anti-Americanism. We were indeed helped by the International Monetary Fund (large controlled by the U.S. Treasury) when our foreign debt owed to Citibank and the likes in the 80′s and 90′s made these two decades lost decades as far as GDP growth and economic development.

  681. Kimberly000001 says:

    FoxyLoxy. That is fine with me.

    Really, the reason I wanted to get the time slots was to encourage that particular “team” to really work their “hour” to the fullest. I felt they we would all work even harder to get friends/family members involved to have a stroner impact on our little piece. Kind of like what happened today with the effort for contacting the congressional reps.

    Its not necessary though and probably complicates matters.

  682. averntula says:

    I think just setting a day is perfectly fine… i mean obviously if we received an email from Rick and Bubba today… since all us bombarded them with our emails.

  683. Aida says:

    FoxyLoxy that is a great idea 36,000 signers and they will be over whelm. We just want David to be heard.

  684. Kimberly000001 says:

    That is a good point! Sometimes I overthink things!!:)

  685. FoxyLoxy says:

    Kimberly:
    I know what you’re saying and you seem good at organizing things, so if that’s your preference and you think it’s workable then that’s fine with me.

    Bear with me if my responses are slow.

  686. Kimberly000001 says:

    I dont think we can get the list of petitioners. I had seen something about that on this blog.

    There are over 4,000 subscribers though and that is a lot!

  687. Kimberly000001 says:

    No…I think you are right. Let’s just pick a day. With the various time zones the emails will probably come in throughout the day anyway.

    Lets see if LukieD tells us when the subscriber email will go out.

  688. Kimberly000001 says:

    Sorry, I meant to say I think we CANNOT get the list of petitioners. I had seen something about that list belonging to a different org.

  689. FoxyLoxy says:

    Aida:
    I was actually suggesting we use it as a soft form of intimidation :) ) – I don’t know what kind of capacity their servers have. Pretty big I imagine but still that’s a BIG number.

    No problem Kimberly. I know you’re just trying to get the best effect possible.

    Sasha: I’m inclined to think so too.

  690. averntula says:

    lol i meant sending on my last post… bare with me its getting late and ive been glued to this thing non stop today!

  691. FoxyLoxy says:

    I saw that too – I think they can only use the petition emails to verify that there aren’t duplicate signers or something like that.

    Agree, 4000 is a lot. It would be perfect if all or many of those would take part.

  692. FoxyLoxy says:

    Kimberly:

    That’s a good point about the time zones. That makes it work. I’m curious if there are many foreigners on the subscription list. I get the impression that LKL prides itself on having a global audience so if they got emails from different countries and people said
    something like “Bring Sean Goldman home” (Switzerand) think that would make an impression.

  693. FoxyLoxy says:

    How about Switzerland. Sheesh.

  694. Mom25 says:

    It is taking me a few hours to get caught up… I am simply AMAZED by everyone’s energy and willingness to help. My gosh… this is great! This is when people come together in the most amazing way!

    We have so far 53 blogers signed up for EMAIL LKL DAY – once we sent LKL an email, I still think we should try to send to GBeck, fox news… he is all over about how this country is being unfair to their own (problems at the border, etc)…. he may embrace this case as well.

    I contacted everyone in my list today, though mostly I had to send emails during some breaks I had, I really didn’t have much time to be on the phone today, but I will call the senators of my state tomorrow, their names are not in the co-sponsor list…

    I am sure David is feeling overwhelmed and comforted at the same time. It is amazing how much is being done for him to be united with his son by ‘ordinary people’ (like you and me) and how much more we CAN do!!

    CONGRATS TO ALL – you are amazing!!

  695. joey2052 says:

    GOOD OR BAD

    http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=pt&u=http://vklein.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!CE14F8827CDC1A39!5301.entry&ei=WiSeSanhDZj-NJ2A0ecL&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=2&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dbruna%2Bbianchi%2Benterro%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26hs%3DZPM%26sa%3DG

    Sorry for the long link but here is a blog I found of someone related to Bruna. The main page you get to is just her expressing her sentiments, but if YOU GO UP TOP AND PRESS BLOG (you may have to re translate all the text) she talks about Bruna was in the wrong and talks about how the pressure is really getting to her family. I think this is absolute BS as she says David wanted her money and never tried to contact his son. I can’t believe these people.

  696. Mom25 says:

    This may be the last count of the evening… here it goes

    EMAIL LKL DAY – as of Feb 19

    1. Priss
    2. MoniqueFerris
    3. Gail
    4. Kimberly
    5. Devinsmommy
    6. FoxyLoxy
    7. tenorplus
    8. philandteena
    9. elizrpoe
    10. I2Care
    11. rcgracia
    12. mhenderson
    13. MSchray
    14. janelr
    15. rlw.mom
    16. anna42
    17. Aimee
    18. Sunsatia
    19. Mom25
    20. rachelle4
    21. dlw44
    22. MichelleGodde
    23. vinni
    24. Aida
    25. SachaReyes
    26. naiarax
    27. elle
    28. tuckwoods
    29. katie
    30. JonathanR
    31. smallord
    32. wghaly
    33. sashaumamabel
    34. mom3
    35. jaredsmith
    36. slayer39
    37. vslawich
    38. averntula
    39. amazee
    40. iescalante
    41. I2care’s wife
    42. kat
    43. lisacallenwood
    44. c.hope
    45. Mom25’s hubby
    46. Carla
    47. ilgirl
    48. pagefaust10
    49. Bree
    50. kt
    51. Bbjo
    52. Ingeh
    53. ELR

  697. Kimberly000001 says:

    There are also quite a few on facebook that are not on this list. I think there are about 20 more that are not accounted for.

  698. FoxyLoxy says:

    “CONGRATS TO ALL – you are amazing”

    Likewise Mom25!

    I think people are really fired up about this. That article in the Asbury Press today just bothered me all over again….the part where David said he thought they kept Sean up late to coach him before the 2nd visitation. He’s 8 years old! Very sad for both of them.

  699. Kimberly000001 says:

    It will be important for all of these people to remember when this day comes as we dont have everyones email address.

    Hopefully we can decide on the date by tomorrow.

  700. FoxyLoxy says:

    That’s a good number from FB already. Do you want to let the list run through to Sunday? Perhaps more people visit the blog during the weekend, not sure.

  701. Kimberly000001 says:

    Yes, it really demonstrates who has Sean’s best interest at heart. David is always concerned about making sure he “does not alarm Sean” right now, even though he surely wants to tell him everything. He demonstrates this over and over.

    The stepfather/grandparents on the other hand…what they must be telling Sean… it is an unbearable situation.

  702. Kimberly000001 says:

    Sure! Do you want to target Monday or do you want to wait for the date of the subscribers email.

    Maybe it doesnt matter?

  703. Kimberly000001 says:

    By the way…I agree with all the work everyone did today. It was incredible. There are so many who worked hours upon hours. PhilandTeena was up until 2:00AM making us a list!!!!!

  704. Kimberly000001 says:

    FoxyLoxy. Do you have an idea on who can make the call to the producer following all of this?

  705. joey2052 says:

    No the this link (cleaned up)

    http://vklein.spaces.live.com/blog/

    You need to translate the beginning, but if you scroll down to the bottom theirs some English and you can see that these *** are truly crooked. I’m glad to know the “smear” (yeah right) is working.

  706. FoxyLoxy says:

    I think we should hear from LukieD tomorrow, so perhaps we can set the date after that.

    Everyone who made those calls today deserves a big round of applause for sure and Philandteena especially. She is always volunteering to help out on here.

    Agree, this situation is so bad it feels surreal. David’s comes across too classy to stoop to their level.

    Sorry, I know with my slow responses this is like playing telephone with a bad connection!

  707. Kimberly000001 says:

    I think you might be a good person to make the call if you are comfortable with this idea. We need someone who knows this situation well.

  708. FoxyLoxy says:

    Kimberly:

    I am going to ask LukieD about that tomorrow. Perhaps someone from the core BSH group would agree. I really want us to put our best foot forward and they probably know all the facts pretty well by now.

    Thanks for the link Joey. I will have to take a look at that. As far as I’m concerned, the kinds of people who would say that “this situation could get ugly and for David to then get death threats”….that’s just thuggish.

  709. FoxyLoxy says:

    Thanks Kimberly. I feel I’m not familiar enough with the legal aspects especially and without getting into it, I’m probably not at my best right now for pitching, otherwise I wouldn’t mind in the least.

  710. FC_Florida says:

    Please, put me on

    LKL day!

    Do you have my e-mail by the way?

  711. FoxyLoxy says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    54. FC_Florida

    Done! No I don’t believe we have your email.

  712. LukieD says:

    sorry, I’ve been away from the computer most of the day. We will post a new thread tomorrow on the DC Rally and send out the blast email tomorrow or Saturday, I hope. It will go to approx 5,500 subscribers to BSH.

    What would you like me to mention specifically with regard to these coordinated efforts to email, call and fax people?

    And i’m happy to make a call about the case. Just tell me who i’m calling with a little background and i’ll take care of it.

  713. FoxyLoxy says:

    Time for bed. Till tomorrow then.

  714. FoxyLoxy says:

    Oops, just saw your post LukieD. No problem. Would it be ok to let you know tomorrow about what to include in the email?

    And that’s perfect if you would make the call. I’ll give you the details and if you want you can use that draft memo I put together but I won’t be offended either if you prefer to write up something of your own.

  715. Kimberly000001 says:

    Wonderful LukieD. Thank you and FoxyLoxy has details about the producer contact.

    I will get you some details on the email effort. I can write up one possibility as a draft for an email and FoxyLoxy (if you are still up) perhaps you can do the same. Then you can feel free to change it anyway you see fit.

    When would you like to have this completed? Tonight or tomorrow and what time?

  716. philandteena says:

    joey2052on 20 Feb 2009 at 12:14 am
    No the this link (cleaned up)

    http://vklein.spaces.live.com/blog/

    You need to translate the beginning, but if you scroll down to the bottom theirs some English and you can see that these *** are truly crooked. I’m glad to know the “smear” (yeah right) is working.

    I WAS JUST AOUT TO CLICK ON THIS LINK AND READ IT AND I STOPPED. I SWEAR I WANT TO HURT THESE PEOPLE. I HAVE HAD ALL THAT I CAN TAKE AND THIS BOT ISN’T EVEN MY SON!!!! POOR DAVID I DON’T KNOW HOW HE DOES IT. I THINK IF I READ ANYMORE OF THESE IDIOTS STORIES BASHING DAVID OR ABOUT HOW THEY ARE KEEPING SEAN UP LATE AND BRAINWASHING HIM I MIGHT GO OVER THE EDGE. I FEEL LIKE HOPPING ON THE FIRST PLANE AND FINDING THESE PPL AND BASHING THERE FACES IN!!!

  717. philandteena says:

    OK….SORRY ABOUT MY POST ABOVE. I WAS FEELING A LITTLE ANGRY :)

  718. Kimberly000001 says:

    philandteena…not many chuckles on this blog…but that was kind of funny. :)

  719. averntula says:

    this stupid lady Buna or whatever the hell her name is a quack! the link she posted for stuff she claims david is selling for money has nothing dealing them on it. PhilandTeena dont let it get to you…

  720. Kimberly000001 says:

    Oh – I just read the letter. What happened to the “gag” order in Brazil? Are they allowed to say such things?

  721. Kimberly000001 says:

    LukieD. Here is a possible letter about the LKL email campaign. Feel free to change it any way you choose. Its just a starting point.

    Dear Supporters.

    We need your help to get David and Sean’s story on the air internationally.

    Please help us to get more coverage for an already outraged American and international public, and to finally get this issue to the Brazilian people. Sean’s Brazilian stepfather has used his family’s substantial influence to issue a gag order effectively censoring the Brazilian media. The result has been a lack of awareness among the Brazilian people about the travesty being perpetrated by this powerful Brazilian family. Brazilian producers have not yet put this story on the air for fear of repercussions through the legal system.

    We are asking for a monumental collaborative effort that will require very little of your time, but should get the attention of the producers of Larry’s show. Please email, fax or even make a webcam video request to Larry King to GET THIS STORY ON HIS PROGRAM. Send a long email, a short email (even just one sentence requesting they get David on the show) … whatever you like, but please send one. Be sure to stress the urgency of this matter.

    Larry King Live show is aired all over the world and is one of the most successful CNN shows . This matter is urgent. Email address below:

    LKLshow.ideas@cnn.com
    Please cc this address:
    Larry.King.Live3@turner.com

    for the web videos:
    http://www.ireport.com/ir-topic-stories.jspa?topicId=3299

    http://audience.ireport.com/services/cnn/register.do?quick=true&pid=cnn.ireport&requestedpage=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ireport.com%2Fupload%2F3299.topic

  722. tweinstein says:

    I know I’m reaching here, but I just spoke to the Embassy in Brasilia. Because I am one of the 43 cases, it was much easier to get past the secretary. Anyways, there is a community of Brazilian left-behind fathers with children abducted to Japan. As many people know, there is a large Japanese community in Brazil. Japan is NOT a signatory to the Hague Convention and is even more biased against fathers than Brazil. As such these Brazilian fathers have an even harder fight to get their children back.

    If we could somehow get in touch with this group of people (if they are organized), we have a natural group of activists living in Brazil. I’m not sure what we could offer them, but we know what they could mean to us.

  723. tenorplus says:

    tweinstein – since we live fairly close, we should be able to communicate and I’d love to help you! We can be more focused once we have Sean home!

    We need to keep plugging these Senators and Representatives – I just cannot understand their lack of REALITY! These folks (not all – but many) live in some kind of ‘lala land’. We have to remember this when the next election opportunity comes this November – regardless of party… they seem to be “out for #! – themselves”! Anyway, we’ll keep it going.

    The blog by this lady claiming to be Bruna’a aunt – what nonsense! I think they are beginning to see their own little empire crumble under the pressure of the entire world community, which it needs to! David has repeatedly shown himself to be a most honorable, trustworthy man – lovingly dedicated and committed to his son, Sean, and willing to go to whatever lengths he can to be reunited with his son. He has never been dishonest… always legal an respectful… a real professional, even when the pressure, stress and slander has to have been overwhelming. We need to keep pushing for David – and let him know WE STAND BEHIND AND WITH HIM ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lot’s to do – thanks to everyone for keeping things moving!!!!!!!!

  724. jrellos11 says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  725. anna42 says:

    Hi Everyone,

    I would just ignore Bruna’s friends and families comments…we already know that they are not good people (they want to justify their actions but we all know they are wrong)…our goal is to get Sean back home…I am starting to get annoyed at both the US and Brazilian governments…they should be doing more. Once Sean is home, David and him will heal from all the lies since their love for one another will resurface and just get stronger.

    I will be e-mailing the CBC News in Canada (Peter Mansbridge)…since he has quite a few viewers as well as another Canadian telecast. Any coverage would help!

    Quick question…does the resolution have to pass before the hearing?

  726. Mom25 says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY – Feb 20 – morning count…

    54. FC_Florida
    55. jrellos11

  727. beerstuber says:

    I just email LKL.

  728. Mom25 says:

    beerstuber, would you be willing to send another email on the day we will announce here!? we want to “bomb” LKL with emails all in the same day. If so, just write: EMAIL LKL DAY, and we will count on your efforts again!! Thanks!!!!!

  729. gail says:

    I want the LeS family to know that David is meeting with all these people. I want them to say, we can’t win this one, give the boy back. That’s what I want anyway. If it gets decided right away in court in David’d favor, I want the LeS family to give the boy back, they are fighting a losing battle.

  730. gail says:

    David’s….I’m trying to hurry and making mistakes, sorry.

  731. ella.h says:

    EMAIL LKL

  732. ella.h says:

    I haven’t had time to read all the blogs and I just want to make sure I’m getting this right.
    Are we all sending an email on the same day to LKL to ask him to cover David’s story?

  733. anna42 says:

    I agree with Isabel that they are feeling the pressure but like you said it is hogwash. My ex sister-in-law did the same with my brother and my family with her two children and in the end, they did realize the truth. The importance is getting Sean out and soon so he can be with this loving dad. Once this happens, I hope this sets a precedant for all other court dealings as well.

  734. karabailey says:

    EMAIL LKL

  735. MSchray says:

    In response to foxyloxy regarding multiple e-mail accounts. I think e-mailing from all e-mail accounts is a great idea! Bombard them more!!! I have three, and will send the e-mail out from all three. I’m sure they are not going to check IP addresses, and hopefully, they’ll get so many e-mail’s that if the names on multiple accounts are almost the same, they won’t even notice that. By the way, I’m curious, how many people have contacted Oprah? I’m not an oprah fan, but, I keep checking her website hoping to see an upcoming story about David. I have such an addiction to this website, I don’t know what I’ll do with my free time once Sean comes home.

  736. anna42 says:

    I have e-mailed Oprah many times and nothing yet… I hope she will decide to air this story.

  737. bean22 says:

    EMAIL LKL

    I am a new poster but have been following story, emailing Oprah, etc since Dateline airing. Will call TX reps on Monday.

    My question is for LukieD or someone familiar with financial donation status. Would it be more helpful for those of us who can to fly in to DC to attend the rally on 3/17… or to stay put and donate the couple of hundred $s we wd. have spent on airfare?

  738. iescalante says:

    Good morning to all,
    Do we have a date for emailing LKL? I know it may be posted on FB already; but I can not go into FB from work. I want to make sure I don’t miss the date. Thanks for any updates.

  739. tweinstein says:

    MSchray,

    Don’t worry about finding things to do. Based on my conversation with the U.S. Embassy in Brazil today, David’s case will likely be resolved before the rest of the cases. As told to me when I asked how his case will affect mine, “To be brutally honest, we’re only making progress with David Goldman’s case because the child’s mother is dead”.

    I hope that I and the rest of the left-behind fathers (once I figure out who they are) can count on you for continued action.

    Timothy

  740. anna42 says:

    You can definitely count on me Timothy. I think we need to raise awarenes through David’s case and once Brazil is aware that the world does not approve, it will take the appropriate action it needs too!

  741. tenorplus says:

    tweinstein – it is probably more effective to tackle one at a time, hard as that is for men like you who are also hurting! The idea of some kind of a blog for left-behind parents would certainly help in that direction… contact me when you can since we are not that far away.

    The blog that supposedly Bruna’s aunt has is crazy!! What a horrible sense of reality and truth. The truth IS coming out more and more, and they should feel a lot of pressure now. Frankly, they dished it out to David for almost five years and now that this is going international it probably scared them for the first time ever. We really need to get a push here and have Sean returned to David ASAP – who knows what perversions this family are telling this young man. David will – with absolutely NO DOUBT prove all of these wrong and Sean (and he) can embrace a future of hope, security and true love as a family!!!!!!

    Let’s keep pushing!! Any updates on co-sponsors for the H. Res 125 LukieD?

  742. joey2052 says:

    To speed things up, I thought you could create an event in facebook or create a list on here and having a day just to email one person. That way everbody will atleast email that person that day. You could spell out like the next 10 days of emails.

  743. joey2052 says:

    I definitely feel Thomas Shannon should be high on the list.

  744. snoslidr74 says:

    E-mail LKL day

    Count me in!

  745. moniqueferris says:

    timothy i will not forget you & once sean is home the focus of many of us will be to your case & the other left behind parents. i do mention the other cases now when i am talking about david & sean. an organized place for you will be helpful – i think you mentioned a link here at bsh & that would be a place to start.

  746. moniqueferris says:

    i agree joey2052

  747. joey2052 says:

    Although those in the government will probably be better reached by a mass phone call.

  748. tenorplus says:

    Timothy – I can assure you that wwe will NOT forget you!! We just want to tackle this one situation after another, so I/we mention (at this time) only DAVID & SEAN. You also have a strong advocate in David Goldman, I am sure!!! Hang in there, buddy – we want to keep this going and see you and other families restored.

  749. tweinstein says:

    tenorplus,

    Thank you. I’ll bet you’d be surprised to know that there are more children stuck in Mexico than there are stuck in Brazil! I have no problem with prioritizing: 1. David 2. Brazil 3. The rest of the world. David has been waiting much longer than me for a resolution.

    BTW- Today is my daughter’s 8th birthday

  750. tenorplus says:

    Timothy – I am sure this is a hard day for you! Please know my/our thoughts and prayers are with and for you… concentrate on the possibilities, now that this is slowly coming to light. Do you have an email address – I live not too far east of Pitt?

    Any updates from the congressional resolutions?

  751. tenorplus says:

    The idea (above) to wait until next week for the LKL mass email… good one! It gives a lot of folks the weekend to read/react outside of the headaches of work.

  752. anna42 says:

    Timothy…are you able to speak to your daughter via phone at all or has your wife made that difficult? I don’t understand these parents who do these things. I would never do that to my husband and least of all my son since my son would suffer.

  753. FoxyLoxy says:

    ella h:
    Yes, that’s the plan, to all email the Larry King Live show on the same day to convey the message that there’s A LOT of interest in this story. We haven’t yet set the date – but when we do, we’ll post it both here and on FB. The likelihood is that it will be next week.

    iescalante:
    No the day hasn’t been scheduled yet. Just trying to work out some details so that we can schedule it when we’re likely to get the most mileage out of it.

  754. anna42 says:

    Katie,

    I just called Patrick Kennedy’s office and the nice lady told me to e-mail Dan Murphy at daniel.murphy@mail.house.gov. He is the legislative assistant for international relations. She said he is away this week but will be back on Monday and she says it definitely sounds like someting Patrick would be interested in learning about.

    I will e-mail him on the weekend.

  755. FoxyLoxy says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    56. ella h.
    57. karabailey
    58. bean22
    59. snoslidr74

    Thanks for signing up. We are making great progress!

  756. Kimberly000001 says:

    LukieD said the email will go out to subscribers sometime probably this weekend. If it goes out Sunday…we could all send on Monday.

    FoxyLoxy and everyone: What do you think? Should we pick the day now or wait for more info?

  757. MichelleGodde says:

    LKL
    60. kennylommori

    Hey:
    Did anyone notice that when David was being interviewed by the Canadian TV show, he was at CNN? Is anyone in touch with David and/or “his people” who set up these interviews. Perhaps they can help with the LKL show, Bill O’Reilly, etc.

  758. momof2 says:

    email LKL day (from work & home email)

  759. FoxyLoxy says:

    Kimberly: I’m for waiting to hear back for sure from Lukie.

    I took a quick look at your letter – it looks terrific. One small addition – I think the subscribers should be asked to email on LKL day so eveyone’s on the same page.

    About the producer’s contact info, I’m going to have to look through the blogs for the post that mentioned it. I don’t actually know it yet.

  760. momof2 says:

    I have been glued to this website since the dateline show but have not been vocal on here. I have however been telling everyone I see and emailing my rep. and am glad to see them on the list. If I can be of any help please let me know. Kim

  761. Kimberly000001 says:

    FoxyLoxy. That sounds good. We can ask that they send on a particular day…but go ahead and send it at any time if you will be not be available on that day. The pros to this is we can pick a business day while the staff is in and they will see the emails flowing in the entire day. I would really like to see it happen on a weekday.

    The cons are that some subscribers may not be regular viewers of this site and might forget if they receive the email request over the weekend and cannot just send the LKL note immediately while its on their mind.

    Its a tough call. What do you guys think?

  762. Kimberly000001 says:

    FoxyLoxy – i will email you the producers phone number and her direct email address.

  763. FoxyLoxy says:

    Kimberly:
    Agree, it should be a weekday. I think the first option is better because it will be consistent and hopefully people are fired up enough that they will remember.

    Also, it helps that if they forget, they’re not confined to one day.

  764. hunbra says:

    It is so sad. I believe and hope this collective movement very soon will make difference for you and for all who is not allowed to be with the own child, not even to celebrate birthdays together.
    * Happy B’Day to your daughter *

  765. FoxyLoxy says:

    Kimberly:

    About the producer’s contact info, sounds good. Thanks for that.

    MichelleGodde:
    No we don’t know yet who does their media but I agree they may be able to help out with O’Reilly etc.

    Kim and all new bloggers: Good to see you here. The more the better!

    I’ll be back later

  766. Isabel says:

    Tim, I truly feel for you and what you are going through. Today of all days, must be even harder…I cannot even imagine how I would feel if someone deprived me of my children in such a way.

    Rest assured that there are those that will be by you and help in anyway possible. Today it is you, nothing tells me tomorrow it might not be me. Parents, men and women, both love their children, and need to help each other when these types of situations occur.

    May God also keep you strong and healthy to fight and regain your children.

  767. gail says:

    I know his producer lives in Rancho Santa Fe, Ca. I’ve seen her a couple of times. She is friends with Paul McCartney’s ex and Paul McCartney played in Rancho Santa Fe for her birthday a few years ago. I don’t know of anybody who knows her personally. I wish I did…..She doesn’t look like a very nice person, hopefully I am wrong.

  768. MSchray says:

    Timothy – You can count me in also for helping you out as well. I feel rude that I said I don’t know what I’m going to do with my free time when there are so many other fathers with these similiar problems. Even when Sean is home, we will need to keep up the fight for the other 42 cases. I’m glad that this blog exists where you, and others have been able to make these issues known with people that care. Everyone on this blog is AWESOME! You guys make things happen.

  769. gail says:

    So when David’s son is home we start on tweinstein? We just start writing to all the same people, the courts, everything?

  770. Mom25 says:

    Hi Everyone!

    Here is our update list again…

    For newbies: We are planning a DAY so EVERYONE SIGNED UP can EMAIL to LARRY KING LIVE SHOW requesting his support and to air David’s story. IF he gets loads of emails/requests, most likely he will interview David. LKL show airs in Brazil – our goal is to raise awareness in Brazil through his show and of course, to raise awareness/request support in the US, specially regarding the House Resolution 125 and Senate Resolution 37.

    If you want to be part of this effort, please sign up to this blog and simply post:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    Keep coming back to check the updates and learn the day we will be sending Larry King the email. Most likely it will be on Monday February 23 (along with Kim and Foxy plans after LukieD’s final word). So please do check this site over the weekend and your emails to get more info.

    Here is our list – if your name is not listed and you want to be part of this effort, just simply post EMAIL LKL DAY. Please talk to your friends, co-workers, relatives, to join us in this small effort that CAN make a HUGE difference!

    THANKS!!

    EMAIL LKL DAY – as of Feb 20 (afternoon list)

    1. Priss
    2. MoniqueFerris
    3. Gail
    4. Kimberly
    5. Devinsmommy
    6. FoxyLoxy
    7. tenorplus
    8. philandteena
    9. elizrpoe
    10. I2Care
    11. rcgracia
    12. mhenderson
    13. MSchray
    14. janelr
    15. rlw.mom
    16. anna42
    17. Aimee
    18. Sunsatia
    19. Mom25
    20. rachelle4
    21. dlw44
    22. MichelleGodde
    23. vinni
    24. Aida
    25. SachaReyes
    26. naiarax
    27. elle
    28. tuckwoods
    29. katie
    30. JonathanR
    31. smallord
    32. wghaly
    33. sashaumamabel
    34. mom3
    35. jaredsmith
    36. slayer39
    37. vslawich
    38. averntula
    39. amazee
    40. iescalante
    41. I2care’s wife
    42. kat
    43. lisacallenwood
    44. c.hope
    45. Mom25’s hubby
    46. Carla
    47. ilgirl
    48. pagefaust10
    49. Bree
    50. kt
    51. Bbjo
    52. Ingeh
    53. ELR
    54. FC_Florida
    55. jrellos11
    56. ella.h
    57. karabailey
    58. bean22
    59. snoslidr74
    60. kennylommori
    61. momof2

  771. MichelleGodde says:

    Fozyloxy~
    Sorry the blogs are sporadic~I’m trying to keep up and write/work, etc. You all are doing an amazing job and I’m sure the efforts will result in the outcome we all want. David looked rested on the Canadian TV. There’s got to be someone who’s scheduling his appearances. Isn’t it strange that he was at CNN? Can we email LKL more than once on the day when we send the mass email? Or, do you think that will annoy them? Bruna’s family’s response is horrible, however, they wouldn’t be so defensive and slanderous is they weren’t scared…any communication from them is good. Let’s us know they are watching and concerned…they should be!

  772. gail says:

    Is there an update on H. Resulution 125?

  773. Priss says:

    I am for continuing the fight after we get Sean home. We need to get every child home. Who better to start with then Brazil with Tim’s case? I think with that kind of pressure the Brazilian judicial systems are going to have to start following the law and will hopefully stop taking their time and start moving these cases to priority. This makes them look very ugly and lawless. And after we take care of Brazil we will move on to the next country! Count me in!!

    On another note, I think it is a great idea to go ahead and post the schedule now for the call/email dates to the news/shows. I won’t forget and will mark them on my calendar.

  774. gail says:

    This I found in Brazzil Magazine from the 18th, so maybe we are getting a little bit out in Brazil?

    US Representative Urges Brazil to Return Abducted American Child
    Written by Stephen Wash
    Wednesday, 18 February 2009
    On February 4th, 2009, U.S. Congressman Chris Smith from New Jersey state spoke before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs during its hearing on “US Policy Toward Latin America in 2009 and Beyond.” The congressman made a statement condemning Brazil’s weak record of enforcing the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

    Smith brough to light the case of American David Goldman whose son, Sean Goldman, was abducted by his own mother to Brazil. The woman remarried in Brazil and soon after died. Even after her death the Brazilian Justice refuses to return the boy to his father who lives in the United States. Her comments are now a part of the official Congressional Record.

    On the same day, Congressmen Smith introduced House Resolution 125, “Calling on the central authority of Brazil to immediately discharge all its duties under the Hague Convention by facilitating and supporting Federal judicial proceedings as a matter of extreme urgency to obtain the return of Sean Goldman to his father, David Goldman, for immediate return to the United States.”

    Additionally, this resolution describes all of the various failings of the Brazilian judiciary and law enforcement in the handling of this case, and calls upon the United States Government to declare that Brazil is a “Country Not Compliant with the Convention.”

    On February 5th, Senators Lautenberg and Menendez of NJ released an open letter to Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The letter summarizes the case and urges President Lula to take action and return the child to the United States.

    Additionally, it warns of the precedence that could be set if a strategy of delay and legal miring so that the child adapts to his abductors is permitted to become a basis for denying the return of any abducted child.

    Congress’s sudden involvement in this case was spurred by the national reaction to the NBC Dateline television special featuring David Goldman and his tragic story of the abduction of his son. On January 30th, nearly 5 million viewers tuned in to learn of this heartbreaking saga.

    Their response was overwhelming, flooding websites and email bins, searching for more details and demanding action from both governments. Nearly 30,000 people signed the petition or joined the Facebook group to show their support for David’s efforts to be reunited with his son.

    Congressman Chris Smith and his wife were among those watching. The Smith’s were moved by David’s plea for help and his obvious love for his son. At his wife’s urging, Congressman Smith immediately contacted his staff to inform them that he was going to get involved.

    That very night, his staff contacted David Goldman and scheduled a meeting for the following Monday. At the meeting, the congressman presented David with an offer: he would do everything in his power to help David bring his son back home including accompanying David to Brazil for any future court proceedings.

    The opportunity to honor that promise came quickly. David and Congressman Smith flew to Brazil together on February 5th, 2009 to meet with high level government officials and to attend a court ordered mediation hearing.

    Together with U.S. Ambassador Clifford Sobel and David’s Brazilian legal representatives, the pair met with Sean’s Brazilian guardian and Judge . At this hearing, David was finally granted the right to visit his son for the first time in four and a half years. Other issues related to custody of the child were not determined.

    The illegal behavior of one person and his success in manipulating the Brazilian justice system has brought international attention to the human rights record of an entire country. In addition to the Goldman case, there are nearly fifty other open cases of children abducted to Brazil from the United States alone.

    Certainly this is not what President Lula wishes to deal with as he prepares to enter into negotiations with the new administration in the United States over critical issues such as free trade and biofuels.

    Yet there is little doubt that unless he and Justice Minister Tarso Genro act to ensure that this case and others like it are handled at the federal or supreme court level and that judges are directed to follow the Hague Treaty, he will face public demonstrations as well as resistance from Washington during his upcoming visit to United States.

  775. Priss says:

    YES!!!!!

  776. Isabel says:

    I will also email LKL.

  777. Priss says:

    I hope this gets their attention because even after we get Sean back we will not stop till all other children are return to the country of birth and reunited with their parent!

  778. anna42 says:

    I am onboard to bring them all home!

  779. tweinstein says:

    anna42,

    I addressed your question earlier, but I will sum up the answer. Yes, I have regular contact with my children. My son speaks perfect English, though my daughter has difficulty communicating on the phone because her English is fading and she has trouble understanding my Portuguese.

    hunbra,
    obrigado.

    gail,
    Hopefully, by the time Sean comes home, I’ll have the list of names for all of the left-behind parents. David’s situation is unique in that Bruna is dead. As I stated before, I believe that the rest of the cases are compelling in the collective rather than on their individual merits.

  780. litenloppa says:

    “EMAIL LKL DAY”

  781. averntula says:

    any news on an updated congressmen status for H. Res 125

  782. anna42 says:

    Timothy,

    I am glad you have regular contact. Once we get Sean home, we need to work together collectively to do the same for all the other cases. Shame on your wife for bringing them back to Brazil!

  783. missylynn says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  784. Bob D'Amico says:

    Just heard this song, Come Home, on the new MySpace page.
    It could have been written especially for David.

  785. philandteena says:

    gailon 20 Feb 2009 at 2:35 pm
    This I found in Brazzil Magazine from the 18th, so maybe we are getting a little bit out in Brazil?

    US Representative Urges Brazil to Return Abducted American Child
    Written by Stephen Wash

    OMG!!!! this article brought tears to my eyes! FINALLY! That was a good article and made so many good points….

    Additionally, it warns of the precedence that could be set if a strategy of delay and legal miring so that the child adapts to his abductors is permitted to become a basis for denying the return of any abducted child…

    YEAH Aunt gruta or whoever you are!!! You cannot kidnap a child and say …”oh well he is used to me now so i am just going to keep him”..DUHHHH.

    I am quicly going from sympathetic and determined to very very angry and determined. These ppl should PAY for what they have done. And I am sure they are sitting over there telling Sean that his Dad doesn’t care about him! Even if that were the truth (which it obviosly is not) why would you tell a child that! My ex husband is a completely selfish LOSER, and as much as I want to tell my son his dad doesn’t care about anyone but himself (which I think he is figuring that out on his own) I NEVER bad mouth him and ALWAYS ensure Caleb (my son) that his Dad loves him very much. I don’t want hm to have issues of self esteem or to feel the despair that his Daddy doesn’t love him. Sheesh, what is WRONG with these ppl! That right there is reason enough that Sean is in the wrng hands! i could see if David was some drug using phsycho…but hes not! He is a good man who just wants to take his boy fishing and tuck him in at night! Sorry this is so long but no one is home and I need to vent! And Timothy…I feel for you too, and be rest assured that I am willing to help you too and all the others in anyway I can also.

  786. philandteena says:

    Oh yeah Bob…thats a kick a$$ song!!!

  787. philandteena says:

    Tweinstein….HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your daughter!!

  788. joey2052 says:

    from Kansas Representative Jerry Moran:

    The right of children to a safe, permanent and loving family is a value I treasure very highly. Thank you for sharing with me the story of David Goldman and his efforts to win back custody of his son, Sean.

    As a father, I sympathize with Mr. Goldman. It must be terrible for him to be unable to be with his son. I contacted the U.S. State Department about Mr. Goldman’s case and was told that the State Department is actively working to find a resolution and is in regular contact with Mr. Goldman. I will monitor the State Department’s progress and keep your comments in mind should Congress become involved in this issue.

    The views of Kansans are important to me. Please let me know if there are ways I can better represent you in our nation’s capitol.

    Very truly yours,

    Jerry Moran

    —Obviously he’s in support, but does this mean he’s going to cosponsor it, if not I will start calling him.

    to philandteena

    –Yes they need to absolutely pay(prison or monetary) for what they did, but of course realistically that is never going to happen which is sad.

  789. Kat says:

    Hello Bob,
    Can you provide us with an update as to David, next steps, and an update as to our efforts with both resolutions? I see that your part of his team with regards to this site and all efforts to bring Sean home.

    The song is beautiful and make me so sad -from the moment I saw David on Dateline 1/30/09 share his unimaginable pain and fight to get sean home – well all is can say is that I cannot rest until we do all that we can to bring Sean home and as soon as possible.

    Has everyone been calling their reps/congressman/senators?

    When are we blasting LKL and after that should we have a list as to the next and so on…..ie Nancy Pelosi, Obama’s press secretary (I believe someone mentioned we should write), other media outletsa – Oprah, Anderson Cooper etc

    I look forward to hearing from you
    Kat

    Kat

  790. philandteena says:

    joey2052…..I would write back or call your congressman immediately and tell him you appreciate his response but would like to know whether or not he will cosponsor.

    at the end of his letter he said to let him know if there were ways he can better represent you….so tell him YES..there is a way!!! CO SPONSOR THIS RESOLUTION! lol

  791. philandteena says:

    p.s. joey2052…i prefer prison for the Lins e Silvas but of course you are right that will never happen

  792. beerstuber says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  793. MSchray says:

    I prefer switches and knives for Lins e Silvas, but, that’ll never happen.

  794. tenorplus says:

    Just communicated with a close friend who works for BBC Radio.Midlands about David and Sean. He will see what can be done to get this out not only in his area but all the UK. We need to get the word out wherever we can and help DAVID & SEAN.

    Now, if we can only light a fire under some congressmen/women!!!!

  795. philandteena says:

    MSchray….LOL…I wanted to say prolonged torture but I didn’t want to get in trouble for threats or harrassment! I honestly can’t say what I really want to happen to them cuz it would be very R rated for violence

  796. FoxyLoxy says:

    Philandteena:
    I meant to say yesterday, it’s outstanding that you managed to post David’s story on the ABC program blogs (even after staying up till 2.00 am putting the list together!). Great job!

    Kimberly:
    I’ll look out for your email. I may not be on here this evening but I will post to LukieD tomorrow morning re: emailing and calling the producer. We can finalize any remaining details then (if it suits you).

    Another idea for (print) media once we’re done with this is to contact Cosmopolitan magazine. Since David was previously featured as one of their bachelors, I’d hope this would be a natural story for them to do.

  797. Kimberly000001 says:

    What a fabulous idea – I think Cosmo would jump at this!

    FoxyLoxy- I will definitely send you that info later today and then we can check status again tomorrow as you suggested.

    Things are really starting to happen!!! Maybe I’m overly optimistic but I feel like alot may be happening now behind closed doors.

  798. Bob D'Amico says:

    Joey2052

    No offense to Rep. Moran but this was written by a staffer who made an inquiry at the State Department. This is standard goobleygook, David has been run around for years by politicians and bureaucrats using the word “monitor” and we ran into it as well. My response on the telephone has always been “I hear that word often, it’s time to “put up or shut up.”

    The staffer probably sent a memo to the Rep saying, “I checked with the State Dept., they’re handling it, they’ll let us know if anything happens. If we get more requests from constituents I’ll look into it further and give you my opinion on what you should do.

    Don’t forget you have that cocktail party in Georgetown tonight.”

    from Kansas Representative Jerry Moran:

    I contacted the U.S. State Department about Mr. Goldman’s case and was told that the State Department is actively working to find a resolution and is in regular contact with Mr. Goldman. I will monitor the State Department’s progress and keep your comments in mind should Congress become involved in this issue.

    Obviously the staffer did not look into the fact that there is a resolution (H Res 125) now in the House Comm. on Foreign Affairs. Why else would he/she write “should Congress become involved in this issue.” Doh!
    There are good Senators and Congressmen/women who are very proactive and responsive, unfortunately many will only do something if it appears they will be embarrassed. That’s the truth and we know it! I’m really ashamed of the fact that the entire NJ Congressional delegation hasn’t jumped to co-sponsor H. Res. 125.

    Kat: Not much I can tell you. Lukied is working on an email update which I’ll be sending out this weekend. I’m not the person to ask about the Larry King Live email day.

    ONE THING I do know is I’m going to have to install a full Message Board system so that there can be specific forums and discussion topics. Blogs are nice but with so many people helping out and posting comments its getting more difficult for anyone to keep track of all the activities and ideas.

    With a Message Board system there could be “threads” on specific topics, i.e.
    Larry King Live Day
    D.C. Rally
    Weinstein Abduction Case
    “Heard in Rio”
    Lins e Silva’s proffessional associations
    Forum for Portuguese language only
    etc.

    Hey Mom25 EMAIL LKL DAY :)

  799. tweinstein says:

    philandteena,

    Thank you for the birthday wishes.

    Click here to see a recent photo of my children. I’m not sure if this is a good web address. I thought it described the situation well and could maybe be used in the future.

    http://childrenstuckinbrazil.webs.com/

    Here is also a temporary email address for anybody who wants to reach me.
    tweinstein@yopmail.com

  800. dlw44 says:

    Oprah has been e-mailed, & the BSH web site was mentioned for reference. Hope to hear back from her. My congressmen and senator have been called and emailed- they thanked me for bringing it to their attention and said they would look into it. I WILL BE re-calling them on Mon. or Tue. WHAT’S TO LOOK INTO, THEY EITHER HAVE A HEART OR NOT!!

  801. dlw44 says:

    David did look rested on the CTV program. Hopefully he is getting some peace about this. The song is AWSOME. (very sad but said it all)

  802. Aida says:

    People like the aunt or who ever that person is why i only read the happy posts. While i don’t post here all the time i do check everyday. When i saw this story first it was a preview from Dateline. My mom had heard of David’s story in the spanish channel. After watching Dateline i was so angry that i could not sleep. Since my work needs all my attention and i need to be stress free,i ignore all the stupidity from these 2 families. David keep your head up! Timothy i will help you as well. injustice is injustice any way you see it! Sorry for the long letter!

  803. Jo says:

    Maybe what I am saying here is out of contest, but I think I should mention just FYI. There is a woman in Brazil saying she is Bruna’s aunt and making false accusations against David, including accusations of child abuse. Her name is Maria Augusta Carneiro Ribeiro. I don’t know her personal but I know her history. My father went to the same Law school she did in 1967.
    She was the only female participant on the America Ambassador kidnapping in 1968, she also participated in bank robbery, and God knows what else. Here some of her background:

    POLITICAL

    Can not understand the kidnapping of Ambassador Elbrick outside the context of Brazilian politics in the 1960s. Presented originally as a temporary intervention, the coup of April 1964 in a few months was characterized as a dictatorship with an indefinite term. Although repressed the opposition to the regime mobilized intellectuals, workers and students to reach their highest point of dispute in the street demonstrations that have spread through the main capital of the country during 1968.

    On December 13, 1968, the military enacted the Institutional Act No. 5, further promoting a closure of the military regime and leading some sectors of the opposition, which still believed in the peaceful opposition, to dive in armed struggle. From March to December of 1970, three more kidnappings of diplomats led to the release of 115 other political prisoners. Kidnapping is added to the bank robberies to obtain funds and attacks the barracks to collect weapons and ammunition. These actions demonstrate an undeniable offensive capability of the armed groups that opposed the regime. On the other hand, strengthened the positions of those who defended the intensification of repression and the extension of military intervention in national life.

    The time of kidnapping

    On the eve of the Week of the Nation of 1969, Brazil lived a peculiar political situation. Ministers military Aurélio de Lyra Tavares, Augusto Rademaker Márcio de Sousa e Melo downloaded the Institutional Act No. 12, providing that they take the position vacant, instead of vice-president Pedro Aleixo, which was submitted to a house arrest.

    At that juncture, the University of dissent Guanabara (ID-GB) adopted the name MR-8 (October 8 Revolutionary Movement) and put into practice, together with the ALN (National Liberating Action), a plan of kidnapping of Ambassador Charles Elbrick, seeking the release of political prisoners and the release of a revolutionary manifesto.

    The army, already split on the succession of Costa e Silva, were pressed by the United States to preserve the life of the diplomat. In the following weeks, were imposed the death penalty and life imprisonment in peacetime, hardened to the National Security Law and edited the Constitutional Amendment No. 1, which made it even more discretion the Constitution imposed on the country in 1967.

    PERSONAGENS CHARACTERS

    The prisoners released in exchange for the ambassador Elbrick

    On Independence Day 1969, newspapers across the country printed on the first page, the photograph of 13 political prisoners in front of the Hercules 56 of FAB. On foot, appeared Luís Travassos, José Dirceu de Oliveira, José Ibrahin, Onofre Pinto, Ricardo Vilas Boas, Maria Augusta Carneiro Ribeiro, Ricardo and Rolando Zarattini frat. Agachados, estavam João Leonardo Rocha, Agonalto Pacheco, Vladimir Palmeira, Ivens Marchetti e Flávio Tavares. Agache, were John Leonardo Rocha, Agonalto Pacheco, Vladimir Palmeira, Ivens Marchetti and Flávio Tavares. Não aparecem na foto Gregório Bezerra e Mario Zanconato, embarcados em Recife e Belém, a caminho do México. Not shown in the photo and Mario Gregorio Bezerra Zanconato, shipped in Recife and Belém, on the way to Mexico.

    Of the 15 political prisoners exchanged by Ambassador Elbrick, six have died. The nine remaining in the group (in bold above) are the main characters of Hercules 56.

    http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=pt&u=http://www.historianet.com.br/conteudo/default.aspx%3Fcodigo%3D909&ei=Jj-fSdf1BY-ctwfileSbDQ&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=1&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dmaria%2Baugusta%2Bcarneiro%2Bribeiro%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26hs%3DZuz

    She also created an ORKUT blog where she explain her version of what happened with Sean and why he is in Brazil:
    http://www.orkut.com/Main#FullProfile.aspx?rl=pcb&uid=5550954330736534888

    My prayers go to David and Sean.

  804. moniqueferris says:

    Bob a discussion board will be GREAT! There are 812 responses to this thread!!!

  805. rachelle4 says:

    Amen to the discussion board! I can’t keep up with all these posts when I’m at work.

  806. philandteena says:

    Timothy…your kids are adorable!!!!!

    FoxyLady…thanks for that. I actually have more to do because I didn’t notice there were more shows on ABC until after I posted here.

    Is anyone else having a problem playing the CTV show??? I tried to play it and nothing happened.

  807. philandteena says:

    EMAIL LKL……

    Im not sure what # we are on anymore….for who ever is keeping track, add szarpaw and sarahburkard and dbroadwater! thanks

  808. joey2052 says:

    Here is a lady a few people could email. I ran across her blog and I believe she is a political analyst and has direct contact with Ohio Representatives. She has some power, but will also be easier to reach. She is also a columnist as well as being in several CNN broadcasts. Please email her and ask her to help David’s cause!

    http://www.writeslikeshetalks.com
    go to contact

  809. lauralee says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    Count me in!! Let’s bring him home!!!

  810. Colette says:

    Count me in for emailing the Larry King Live show.
    I’ve emailed both his show and Oprah a few times with no luck. Hopefully we’ll have strength in numbers. Hang in there, David!

  811. joey2052 says:

    I’m not sure how connected they are, but if you are having trouble getting your representative to cosponsor the bill, you can try emailing your local mayor. If it hits an emotional point they WILL try to make sure to get through to the representative.
    I also live by a small college, so I emailed the President of the College telling him a might be a future student, hopefully makes him at least try to.

    Here’s a draft for anybody who wants one,
    Dear,
    Mayor

    Today I am contacting you, not as a citizen, but as a human being to tell you about a cause very close to my heart. (BRINGSEANHOME.ORG). This is a story that has gone virtually under the radar for almost 5 years in which a child was taken out of the country by his biological mother to Brazil (AND NEVER RETURNED) — I have enclosed more info below, but just initially wanted to cut to the chase.

    The father, David Goldman has exhausted himself financially over the last 4.5 yrs trying to get his son back. The biological mother has since passed away and there is an evil man of power & influence holding David’s son from him in Brazil. What is worse is that the Brazilian government is violating the terms of the Hague Convention and going along with keeping this poor son away from his father.

    It is a terrible situation, but lately, because of an NBC Dateline special, momentum has been picking up in David’s Case. Their is now a petition with 40,000 signatures, as well as a facebook group with 30,000 members. As a result of the renewed media exposure a representative form New Jersey, Chris Smith, submitted a resolution to the House in Congress. It already has 35 cosponsors, but because David and Sean need to be reunited right away it needs more support right way, to move to the floor faster.

    This is where I hope you will help. I recently contacted our Representative ————– and got his support, but it was obviously just a staffer and we more importantly need him to cosponsor the resolution, not just promising to support it. With your prestige and ranking of ———-, I was hoping you could, at the very least, call/email ——— and politely ask him to cosponsor the bill. If possible, it would also be important to reach all other representatives of the state of ———

    Reading through the website provided you will see this is an absolutely tragic story that will make you no longer trust this world.. No loving father should not be allowed to see his son for 4.5 years and David Goldman is an absolute model dad. David is facing a corrupt legal system in Brazil, as well as a prominent, rich Brazilian family filling his son’s head full of lies. I just can’t fathom what David is going through, knowing your own biological child is being illegally held by a family who is filling is head with lies about his original father. I haven’t been able to get the case out of my head for weeks and hate to burden you with it, but I would do anything to help him, that is just how powerful and emotional this situation is.

    At the very least, just please read through the story, and let friends and family know, and I’m sure you will want to do anything possible to help this poor man.

    Sincerely,

  812. Bree says:

    tweinstein – your children are beautiful! I can’t imagine the pain that you, David and the rest of the parents are experiencing. I think it’s disappointing that your wife isn’t helping your daughter retain her knowledge of the English language.

    Have you thought of starting a ’cause’ on Facebook? It’s a good way to start to get the word out about your children as well.

  813. Bree says:

    One more thing…

    Bob – a message board would be a wonderful idea!

  814. moniqueferris says:

    beautiful children timothy. i look forward to the day when all these children are home.
    for those of you that were on last weekend w/ the whole Globo / Jorge emails back & forth. in short i emailed him re: the GLobo story today & thanked him if he was in anyway involved & asked him to push for publishing this story, the other 50 cases of abducted children & all hague children.

  815. anna42 says:

    I am watching Larry King Live and Dolly Parton is on talking about Jessica Simpson’s weight…who cares!!! He will talk about nonsense but he won’t talk about illegal kidnappings happening in Brazil!!!

  816. gail says:

    I forgot to add my husband to LKL, please add to the list

    Mark, California, LKL

  817. Mom25 says:

    Bob – you rock :) ) and you are counted in!
    What a web-wizard you are!!! yes, a new blog system will help to keep track of the conversations/tasks among blogers…

    So… here is our “Larry King Live” evening count… 68 people!!!!

    Let’s try to get to 100 by Sunday night!!? or MORE!? that would be GREAT!

    EMAIL LKL DAY – as of Feb 20

    1. Priss
    2. MoniqueFerris
    3. Gail
    4. Kimberly
    5. Devinsmommy
    6. FoxyLoxy
    7. tenorplus
    8. philandteena
    9. elizrpoe
    10. I2Care
    11. rcgracia
    12. mhenderson
    13. MSchray
    14. janelr
    15. rlw.mom
    16. anna42
    17. Aimee
    18. Sunsatia
    19. Mom25
    20. rachelle4
    21. dlw44
    22. MichelleGodde
    23. vinni
    24. Aida
    25. SachaReyes
    26. naiarax
    27. elle
    28. tuckwoods
    29. katie
    30. JonathanR
    31. smallord
    32. wghaly
    33. sashaumamabel
    34. mom3
    35. jaredsmith
    36. slayer39
    37. vslawich
    38. averntula
    39. amazee
    40. iescalante
    41. I2care’s wife
    42. kat
    43. lisacallenwood
    44. c.hope
    45. Mom25′s hubby
    46. Carla
    47. ilgirl
    48. pagefaust10
    49. Bree
    50. kt
    51. Bbjo
    52. Ingeh
    53. ELR
    54. FC_Florida
    55. jrellos11
    56. ella.h
    57. karabailey
    58. bean22
    59. snoslidr74
    60. kennylommori
    61. momof2
    62. Isabel
    63. litenloppa
    64. missylynn
    65. beerstuber
    66. Bob D’Amico
    67. philandteena
    68. lauralee

    For newbies: We are planning a DAY so EVERYONE SIGNED UP can send an EMAIL to LARRY KING LIVE SHOW requesting his support and to air David’s story.

    If your name is not listed and you want to be part of this effort, just simply post the phrase: EMAIL LKL DAY, and we will count you in!!! Please talk to your friends, co-workers, relatives, to join us in this small effort that CAN make a HUGE difference! and keep checking this site for updates!

    THANKS!!

  818. gail says:

    I guess it should be Mark, Orange County, LKL

  819. gail says:

    We’re getting a good list going and I do think we should push or someone should push to have Timothy on the show with David.

  820. moniqueferris says:

    69 lorienferris oh yeah count in my hubbie! i will have him mail from work just in case they are checking ip addresses.

  821. Mom25 says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

    69. Lorienferris
    70. Lorienferris’ hubby

    We got to 70!!!!! yeah!! :) ))

    If your spouse is going to use a SEPARATE EMAIL ADDRESS – that can definately be another count! IF we missed anyone, please let us know! this is all about raising awareness!!!

    Check for your weekend email for updates and come back here on Sunday night to get more info.

  822. tweinstein says:

    moniqueferris & bree,

    Thank you for the compliment. Anna is extremely smart too.

    I have received emails from a few people and learned their stories and why they are so passionate about helping in this effort. With all of the awful things that go on in the world, I feel so refreshed to have met a group of such good people from all over.

  823. philandteena says:

    LKL email

    71. szarpaw
    72. dbroadwater
    73. sarahb

  824. Aimee says:

    to Bob or LukieD: ditto to the the question from Bean22 (or did I miss the answer amid this massive collection of comments?). Would it be more beneficial to be physically present at the rally or to donate the funds I would spend on airfare? The moneytree over here is not exactly blooming, so I can choose only one and want to do what will have the most impact for David and Sean. Please let me know.

  825. Jo says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY Jo and Jack

  826. Kimberly000001 says:

    A message forum would be fantastic.

    Hey, did any of you see this posting on FB:
    Tracey, Kasi, Mark,

    There are on Orkut a lot of communities dedicate to “the return of Sean”. It’s almost 12000 members, most of them brasilians. I’m sure a lot of them would accept to participate of a rally in Rio, right in front of the Lins e Silva’s office . Maybe it could be great that you guys create an oficial community on Orkut and try to reunited everybody.

    http://www.orkut.com.br/Main#Community.aspx?cmm=14041579

  827. philandteena says:

    Kimberly…..that is a great idea!!! and did you see all the related communities for bring sean home?? that is so awesome. One even says Boycott Lins e Silva.

  828. Kimberly000001 says:

    My husband too.
    kelley and her husband.

  829. Kimberly000001 says:

    It wasn’t my idea…someone posted it on FB!

    Yes, I looked around the site…fantastic that it is starting to really spread in Brazil! Can you imagine a big crowd/rally in front of the Lins e Silva’s office?

  830. tweinstein says:

    Gail,

    If the Larry King Live effort is successful and he agrees to have others on, I would still want at least 90% of the attention paid to David. This is his campaign and although we have all suffered, I think I can say that he has probably suffered more than the rest of us.

    In addition to myself, there are two other U.S. fathers who have made themselves known to this campaign.

    1. Greilly from Texas (please email tweinstein@yopmail.com with your contact information)

    2. Someone from Florida (LukieD or Bob D’Amico would know their real name as his sister was at the New York rally in December)

  831. tweinstein says:

    I agree that there should be unified Orkut page. Many were actually created in the United States. Is it possible to cut and paste components from the Facebook page? Orkut is much more popular than Facebook in Brazil.

  832. gail says:

    You’re right tweinstein, but I still think it would be a good idea.

  833. reepwtusew says:

    Here is a wonderful group that I emailed and would like to have some others email them also. This is just another group to get behind David and Sean.

    http://www.youthforhumanrights.org/index.htm

  834. Bob D'Amico says:

    OK you can start using the new Message Board Forums system.
    Go to:
    http://bringseanhome.org/forum/

    Nothing carries over from this Blog so you must register in order to post.

    The new Forums will be undergoing a lot “tweaking” but they are fully operational.

    Please read the “Registration & Help Information” thread in the “Help I need somebody, Help not just anybody” Forum.

    And remember the key to a good message board system is to stay “On Topic”!

  835. beerstuber says:

    Mom25

    Add my wife to EMAIL LKL DAY as well.

  836. nbianchi says:

    EMAIL LKL DAY

  837. snoslidr74 says:

    Sweet! Everybody, register for the new forum!

    http://bringseanhome.org/forum/

    This should help organize these discussions and events!

  838. Mom25 says:

    Off to the new forum we go… but first – let me give you one more REMINDER here of this new effort…

    EMAIL LARRY KING LIVE DAY

    For newbies: We are planning a DAY so EVERYONE SIGNED UP can EMAIL to LARRY KING LIVE SHOW requesting his support and to air David’s story. IF he gets loads of emails/requests, most likely he will interview David. LKL show airs in Brazil – our goal is to raise awareness in Brazil through his show and of course, to raise awareness/request support in the US, specially regarding the House Resolution 125 and Senate Resolution 37.

    If you want to be part of this effort, please sign up to this blog and simply post:

    EMAIL LKL DAY = TOTAL 80 SUPPORTERS SIGNED UP!!

    Keep coming back to check the updates and learn the day we will be sending Larry King the email. Most likely it will be on Monday February 23 (along with Kim and Foxy plans after LukieD’s final word). So please do check this site over the weekend and your emails to get more info.

    Please talk to your friends, co-workers, relatives, to join us in this small effort that CAN make a HUGE difference!

    THANKS!!

    Here is the new count –

    EMAIL LKL DAY – as of Feb 21

    1. Priss
    2. MoniqueFerris
    3. Gail
    4. Kimberly
    5. Devinsmommy
    6. FoxyLoxy
    7. tenorplus
    8. philandteena
    9. elizrpoe
    10. I2Care
    11. rcgracia
    12. mhenderson
    13. MSchray
    14. janelr
    15. rlw.mom
    16. anna42
    17. Aimee
    18. Sunsatia
    19. Mom25
    20. rachelle4
    21. dlw44
    22. MichelleGodde
    23. vinni
    24. Aida
    25. SachaReyes
    26. naiarax
    27. elle
    28. tuckwoods
    29. katie
    30. JonathanR
    31. smallord
    32. wghaly
    33. sashaumamabel
    34. mom3
    35. jaredsmith
    36. slayer39
    37. vslawich
    38. averntula
    39. amazee
    40. iescalante
    41. I2care’s wife
    42. kat
    43. lisacallenwood
    44. c.hope
    45. Mom25′s hubby
    46. Carla
    47. ilgirl
    48. pagefaust10
    49. Bree
    50. kt
    51. Bbjo
    52. Ingeh
    53. ELR
    54. FC_Florida
    55. jrellos11
    56. ella.h
    57. karabailey
    58. bean22
    59. snoslidr74
    60. kennylommori
    61. momof2
    62. Isabel
    63. litenloppa
    64. missylynn
    65. beerstuber
    66. Bob D’Amico
    67. philandteena
    68. lauralee
    69. Lorienferris
    70. Lorienferris’ hubby
    71. szarpaw
    72. dbroadwater
    73. sarahb
    74. Colette
    75. Gail’s hubby
    76. Kimberly’s hubby
    77. Kelley
    78. Kelley’s hubby.
    79. beerstuber’s wife
    80. nbianchi

    If your spouse or anyone else from your household is going to use a SEPARATE EMAIL ADDRESS – that can definately be another count! IF we missed anyone, please let us know! this is all about raising awareness!!!

    Check for your weekend email for updates and come back here on Sunday night to get more info.

  839. twoboysmommy says:

    email LKL day

    I’m good for 4 email accounts

  840. Mom25 says:

    hey Twoboysmommy – that’s great, can you post a sub-nickname for them!? I think it is important to keep emails going out with different names, even if they are from the same household (I was told that, otherwise, it may be viewed as a spam).

    twoboysmommy (main)
    twoboysmommy – hubby? (account#2)
    twoboysmommy – friend1? (account #3)
    twoboysmommy – friend2? (account #4)

    Thanks VERY MUCH for your support!!

  841. twoboysmommy says:

    here are the 3 other email names
    Joe Schmitt
    Bernadette Costello
    Christine Costello

  842. Mom25 says:

    Thanks!! all updated!! We will be posting more info by Sunday night, on Email LKL Day!

  843. omillsnewtown says:

    email LKL day

  844. Mom25 says:

    Email LKL Day

    omillsnewtown – you are #110 in our list!

    Please keep checking this site back for updates!

    Thanks!!

  845. Kimberly000001 says:

    Hi Everyone. We have moved over to the “forum”.

    Tuesday February 24th is officially EMAIL Larry King Live Show Day!!!!!!!!

    Please email the show any time tomorrow and ask them/ urge them to have David’s story on the show.

    Let them know how you feel about this situation. Sean needs to be with his Daddy immediately. This is wrong, unnecessary and a travesty. PLEASE fix this situation for this child!!!

    Ask you friends to email LKL also!!

    email address is:

    LKLshow.ideas@cnn.com

  846. MichelleGodde says:

    Hi All:

    My husband and I sent our LKL emails. I found out last night that one of my friends is very good friends with my Congressman Dean Heller-Nev. I told her about Sean and David and she gave direct info to Mrs. Heller. My friend is certain that Mrs. Heller will push Dean Heller to be a co-sponsor for H Res 125. There are so many places to check updated info on this now. Where should I go? My computer is having issues with FB and access. I need the latest info. Any suggestions?

  847. Mom25 says:

    Hi Michelle – check http://bringseanhome.org/forum/ and search for the topics of your interest. LKL EMAIL is be under: http://bringseanhome.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=6 – You don’t have to register to read the topics there, unless you want to post a message.

    There will always be updates posted in this main blog as well; so if there are breaking news, you will find them easily!

  848. Sheryl D says:

    I emailed LKL. I just want to say that everyone is doing such a great job in organizing efforts for Sean and David and other left behind parents. God Bless.

  849. JonathanR says:

    Hey everyone. I’ve been MIA (ie sick with the flu! :( ). Sending my email today to LKL.

    Good news: I spoke with David again and he did indeed say that NY Times contacted him and his attorney so they may be running a story on this. About friggin’ time!!!

    Anyone here gonna be in DC for the 3/17 demonstration?

    ~Jonathan

  850. dlw44 says:

    LKL and Oprah have been e-mailed!!

  851. dlw44 says:

    JonathonR- did he happen to mention when they might would be running the story?

  852. MichelleGodde says:

    Hi JonathanR and dlwrr-

    There’s a story in today NY times. There’s a link on another blog on this website. I’ll track it down for you.

  853. MichelleGodde says:

    JonathanR and dlowrr:

    Go to the blog on BringSeanHome.org/email_2222009.hotmail on this site which was dated Feb 23 09. The NY Times email info is posted by rlw. mom on Feb 24 at 2:05. Hope that helps.

  854. Kat says:

    Hi Jonathan/Michelle – can one of you please provide the story in the NY times -I cannot find it from your directions above

    Also, I emailed LKL, who is next everyone and what day – we should do someone everyday for the next number of days

    Also any updates with co-sponsors on both resolutions
    The forum is hard for me to understand – navigate to find latest updates to each effort planned

    thanks
    Kat

  855. Kat says:

    Hi Michelle,
    It worked -thank you :)
    Kat

  856. CBriggs says:

    This is an incredibly heart wrenching case! I am just learning of it. I cannot imagine being separated from my children. I remember it being an huge issue with my mother, when I married someone from another country. She was afraid of the person abducting the children and never returning. It does happen. I feel so badly for David. What was the mother thinking? I cannot imagine! I cannot fathom the idea of removing my children from their father. But, I have to admit feeling very badly for Sean. He is now torn between two families. I can’t help but wonder how he is feeling inside. I wonder if the reason the step father has done what he has, is because Sean, being a little boy, is devastated at the possibility of leaving the only home he knows. No matter what the rest of the world is saying and doing on his behalf, this is the only reality he knows. His mother did a terrible thing. And now, his life is torn apart and he has to suffer a second time, by possibly be taken from a second home that he knows and loves. This time, a home that he has been in even longer than the first. This time pulled away from the only person he knows as father (that is the reality). His mother is dead. He has lost her. He knows this, he feels this. It must be horrible for him. I wonder what he wants? David is an heartbroken adult. But, Sean is so young… I wonder if it is the heartbreak of the child, that has prompted his step-father, to go all the way to the supreme court. We see David a lot. We sympathize with him. But, we haven’t heard little Sean speak. I hope the end result is one that makes both father and son happy in life. Legally and morally, it is wrong what has happened to David. He has lost his son. It’s so sad.




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