The above images were collected from a variety of tweets. While some images we took ourselves, WoC does not claim any credit for the vast majority. We felt having evidence in one location would be of a bigger benefit for all.
We are making this disclaimer for legal purposes due to the content: This article is not intended to defame, slander, attack, or harm any individuals or their organizations. This is an opinionated article, written to express an opinion regarding the “family rights movement” as a whole.
By now, most people are very much familiar with the “Family Rights Movement.” While, on the surface, we know it as the movement dedicated to the ratification, or expulsion, of CPS/DFS, there is a much deeper element that lurks within. This article is going to discuss why the movement, to many of us, is viewed as being a complete failure. However, we are going to at least play fair, we will highlight some of the good that has arisen from it over the years. Within this article, we are going to be covering a few core issues:
- Artificial advocates
- Fabrication of information
The three categories are among the most serious issues I have witnessed within this movement. In fact, these issues are a big contributor as to why our platform completely removed itself from this arena, only touching on it if certain criterias were met. For instance, if an individual was causing people financial, emotional, or even harm to their case, we covered it. Sadly, that in itself has changed upon completion of this article.
Within the movement, emotions are one of the biggest contributors to this segment of the article. The thing to understand, in defense of the movement, is most of these people are hurting in a very deep way. However, that isn’t always the case. Spending just a few moments looking into the various groups, pages, and even personal pages, the disfunction becomes quickly apparant.
For the sake of simplicity, we are going to divide the movement into three categories: victims, advocates, and advcoate victims. While this may appear insignificant, it is, in fact, critical. The victims within the movement are families who have lost their child(ren.) Rather their case is currently opened, or was previously so, they are the ones seeking a variety of support. Many of these people allegedly have PTSD. For an advocate, it’s reccomended that they have training in this area. However, most don’t. To handle somebody who has been through such a traumatic event, with no training, is nothing short of a reciepe for disaster.
Among some of the other issues, is the constant bickering. Within the movement there is a lot of “he said/she said.” Where most other movements try to vet this sort of thing out, the Family rights movement has failed in an epic way. On nearly every group, page, etc. that relates to this movement, it is almost assured that there will be some form of drama. The drama varies from “exposures,” which are highly debatable for a variety reasons, isolation of “undesired” individuals, and the list goes on. While there are close groups within the movement, if you’re not one of those individuals, it is best to simply keep the list of people you trust to a bear minimum.
Within the movement there is a radical mentality of “perfection.” What this means is that certain individuals, or groups, are harshly targeted for minor mistakes, where others are simply forgiven. For some people, this means that no matter what, at some point they are going to get the short end of the stick. The short end of this stick comes in a variety of forms. A person could be isolated with the loss of those they considered friends. Furthermore, they could be berated in public, in the form of videos. And, to add onto this, they may get a combination of videos while their names are being dragged through the dirt on a variety of pages, though we have not seen this done to an innocent person in sometime.
Now, if the above section isn’t “ramming a harpoon into the bear,” this segment just may do that. An artifical advocate is a person who, online, proclaims to be an advocate. However, if a person claims to be the Pope, does that make them such? To be considered an advocate, one must have training, or at least a great deal of knowledge of family law. Within the movement, there are a lot of people who make claims of knowing this, and thus making them an advocate. However, very few of them are being honest. For many families, this becomes a game of “Russian Roulette.” If you are seeking an advocate, we always suggest conducting research into the individual first. If you fail to do that, get the wrong “advocate,” your case may have a closing that is not what you expected.
Now, we are going to tie the “advocate victim” into this section. An advocate victim is a person who has been through the system. In many cases, they use this background to suggest that they know about the system; that is not true. While there are some good people out there, who have conducted research, you want to ensure that you find the right person for you. This type of “advocate,” however, does have one advantage: They know what moves CPS/DFS may make. For this reason, it isn’t always a bad idea to casually speak to a willing participate about this subject.
Fabrication of information
One of the worst things I have seen personally, over the years, is outright fabrication of information. Generally, this coinsides with a “smear campaign.” A smear campaign is the malicious, and willful, bullying to ruin a person’s reputation. This is a vicious but very rampant issue within the movement. The source of this usually derives from speculation. For instance: Person A sees you speaking to Person B. Person A doesn’t like person B. Regardless of your personal opinion of person B, person A begins to make accusations that you somehow “work” for person B. Generally, these campaigns are conducted with malice intent, lack of knowledge, or a simple lack of communication. Regardless, they cause the targeted individual emotional distress.
In other instances, partial truths are given out. Within the movement, over the years, this has been seen more than once. In fact, at one time, this was almost an epedemic. A partial truth is when an individual knows the entire story, but chooses to use words that are intended to make the target look bad. Regardless of the reasons why, the target is the one who suffers from this ignorant. In nearly every one of these issues, rarely is the intended target allowed to speak in their defense. Generally, they are forced to watch their names, pages, or groups get strung out on a rope. Occassionally, however, they are able to speak. This usually happens when the situation is being done via postings. However, more times than not, friends are lost and nobody listens.
There are people out there who will scam you for money, ruin your case, and think nothing of it. There are people who don’t know what they are doing, who intend to help. However, there are people who do truly mean well, will have your back regardless of the cost. On my personal Facebook, for instance, I have surrounded myself with these people. Some I have known for awhile now, some I am still getting to know. For all of them, however, their actions speak. Over the years I have lost many friends, while that is never easy, I don’t fret it for to long. These are the people who, ultimately, had proven themselves to be “flaky,” “toxic,” or simply those with ill intent.
If you are lucky, you will find those who will have your back.; this is one of the biggest highlights to the movement. You may find the advocate who helps you get your child(ren) home, I personally know of some who can-and will. The Family rights movement has dozens of severe issues. However, within the mix of those issues, there are a few good people; those people are the ones worth keeping.
For our platform, this is most likely the last time we will ever write about this movement. While there are a few things good, it is often very difficult to write articles such as this; this is especially true when you know there are good people within the movement. Furthermore, we don’t feel there is anymore benefit to touching on this subject any further as it has, over the years, spoken for itself. Rather that be good or bad, that is truly up to individual perception. With all of this being said, we are closing this chapter.
As you have probably figured out from the title, this is most likely the last article we are going to cover on this subject. While it is our goal to protect vulnerable families from those who may potentially cause them harm, we can only beat this dead horse so many times. For those who have followed our platform, you are most likely aware of the alleged “non-profit” organization, “P4P.” Punished 4 Protecting, which was founded by Francesca Amato-Banfield, is an organization that has been under fire for sometime now. The reasons for such scrutiny vary for many reasons. This article is going to cover, not only this questionable organization, but its founder as well.
Punished 4 Protecting
Punished 4 Protecting was founded in early 2018. While this alone has no merit, it does in that Francesca Amato claims to have been around for many years, that is the only claim she makes that is factual. According to Amato, P4P is a “non-profit” organization. As a matter of fact, the below image is one to which makes such claim.
As stated, she claims to be a “non-profit.” What exactly does that entail? To be classified as a non profit, an organization has to be a 501(c)3. Organizations of this nature are tax exempt. However, with “P4P” one simple issue arises; it’s not a 501(c)3.If anything, it would be a 501(c)4. This sort of organization is defined as, “an organization that is not geared for profit and operated exclusively to promote social welfare. However, her organization is neither of these. It is incorporated and as such, cannot be a 501(c)3 or 501(c)4, We covered this issue in one of the first articles regarding Francesca’s organization. You may read the article, Sorry: 501c3 not found.
When looking at the “P4P” site, you will notice another contradiction. Looking at the name, it has one slight flaw that disproves it being a “non-profit.” The minor issue is simply “inc.” If that doesn’t sound like anything critical, it actually is. It is because an organization cannot be incorporated and be a non-profit; it is either a corporation, or a non-profit, it can’t be both. While this could be argued as a simple oversight, looking into the list of New York’s registered non-profit organizations, one organization is missing: Francesca’s.
The above image brings fourth another problem. In the same post, Francesca, the family advocate, actually threatens Ashley Cooper with CPS. Now, for an individual who is “bringing down the system,” wouldn’t this be a bit counter-productive to her cause? If anything, it does demonstrate what lengths Francesca is willing to go to silence anybody who opposes her. Given the dialogue, one can presume that Francesca is fully aware of who Ashley is. Though this is also useless by itself, it plays into something we will be covering shortly.
As we have stated, Francesca is a woman that has been encircled with controversy since 2017. With a variety of articles and YouTube videos, she has been repeatedly accused of being a con-artist. Furthermore, there have been many accusations regarding her friendships with registered sex offenders. In recent times, she faced accusations of spreading “sovereign citizenship” ideologies. One such example, comes from early 2019. Francesca Amato, alongside her typical group of associates, had a “one cure fix all” affidavit. While they claimed this affidavit worked, no evidence has ever been produced to validate this claim.
In the first image we presented, it is clear that Francesca seems to know about Ashley’s case. Furthermore, she alleges to know enough to even know who the caseworker. However, in this most recent image, she is seen asking, “Who are you?” and, “Again who are you?” This question is a complete 180 from the original image. How does one implicate to know about another’s case if they don’t even know who that individual is to begin with? The fact that a self proclaimed advocate would resort to, what is essentially a form of blackmail, to silence anybody who speaks out against her, has only added to the controversy surrounding her.
Francesca Amato-Banfield, as we can tell from our research, is not an advocate. The amount of controversy, damaging information provided by her, and various other forms of questionable deeds has many people raising a brow. If the controversy isn’t about her directly, it surrounds her associates. One example of such is David Jose who, according to many people, takes money from a victim and then proceeds to block them. As if that isn’t enough, photographic evidence shows him illegally withdrawing funds out of bank accounts. If you intend to use an advocate to fight your case, do your research. Don’t just pick the first beautiful flower you see, it may be toxic.
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In the past, we have covered a group who allegedly scams families out of money. The families they often target are those fighting the CPS/DFS/DSS system. While this is already considered to be highly unethical, they appear to be completely oblivious to this. However, recently P4P’s (Punished 4 Protecting,) Francesca Amato-Banfield, David Jose, and a few others arranged a “congressional hearing.” According to the P4P team, they were going to be meeting with a few representatives of congress. During this time, they filmed a live video, which can be watched here.
This video brings up many questions. Among the questions:
1. Where are the representatives of Congress?
Notice, at no point during this video, are any of these alleged representatives seen. In fact, at no point do we ever actually hear them interact with the group in any form. If these representatives were truly there, wouldn’t they naturally be asking questions, or at minimum, conversating with the P4P team?
2.Where are the victims?
Now, these people had this “secret meeting” essentially on behalf of these CPS/DFS/DSS victims. So, with that in mind, where are the victims?
Francesca Amato-Banfield isn’t unfamiliar with being “exposed” online for her scams. Going onto YouTube, and even Google search, typing in her name will reveal videos, and articles, dating back to 2017. Another aspect of Amato that has, upon many occasions, concerned online advocates, is her past friendships with convicted pedophiles. You can find an article relating to this here. We could go deeper into this woman, however, we already have previous articles covering her and her affiliates.
The video, which was the alleged “congressional meeting,” is highly suspect. Not only have the online activists torn it apart, some of P4P’s own allies are beginning to question it. An actual attorney, Connie Reguli whom we have previously covered, came forward to “The Watchman’s” Randy Davis, and began discussing further questionable aspects of this meeting. The video, in its entirety, maybe watched here.
While the P4P team continues to make rather radical claims, none with actual documentation, it is apparent that people are beginning to see the pattern for what it is: A scam. On many occasions Francesca Amato has pushed for funding. Rather it be through her “self published” book, or with her controversial “consultations,” she exploits vulnerable families for all they are worth. Most of these families are unable to afford an attorney, they are desperate, looking for some form of hope. For a, what Amato claims to be a 501(c)3 (also proven to be false,) this truly brings a rather shady view toward her ethics. Regardless of your opinions of her, or the most recent video, we simply end this article with this: The evidence speaks for itself.
On September 5, 2019 three seperate schools, in the city of Shawnee Oklahoma, found themselves in a “lock-down” situation. For local police, what began as a traffic stop, would ultimately prove itself to be fatal. While we often report on police brutality, wrongful shootings, sadly, this is not one of those articles. Brandon Goodin, who was father to a toddler, was pulled over due to a hit and run incident. The police attempted to serve a warrant for his arrest. However, Goodin had other plans. Goodin ultimately sped off before barricating himself into a nearby home. The police remained outside as the local SWAT unit arrived.
During, what would become a two hour standoff, Goodin was reported to have fired multiple shots at the police. The result of the shooting lead to three seperate schools going into lock-down. An elementary, a highschool, and a middle school. Only after Goodin died of a self inflicted gunshot, were the schools released from the security status. However, this brings fourth many questions. Who was Brandon Goodin and why did he choose to end his own life that day? While the second question may never be known, the first one can be explained with his extensive background.
As we looked through his background, it quickly became apparant that he’s had more than his share of dealings with the courts. Everything from Neglect, drug possession, armed robbery, it was obvious that he had made himself a rather unsuccessful criminal career. We had also found that crimes of a violent nature weren’t out of his category either. In 2000, He was convicted of first degree arson. What this essentially means is he preplanned and followed through with burning a structor. But his criminal history doesn’t end there.
Upon further investigation, we found that 2009 was a very eventful year for Goodin. In this year, not only was he convicted of second degree burlgery he was also convicted to knowingly possessing stolen items, most likely a charge that derived from the burglery. Most of the other events in his background were minor. Stealing street signs, avoiding police, things of that nature.
We found that, according to his Facebook, he was an “Apprentice electrician” at the company, “Shawver and Son.” He had apparantly been employed here since November of 2017. However, as of the time of this writing, we have been unable to establish any contact with this company. While his final post to Facebook has the typical “RIP” comments, understandingly, not everybody shares the sentiment; he did, afterall, cause three seperate schools to go into lockdown. In one such comment, the commenter leaves the simply statement, “Oops bad decision.” While it’s easy to understand why such a comment would be made, it’s the responses that we found to be interesting. One such response reads, “He was a good man. I lived with him. He had a big heart. RIP my friend.” While I do understand that there would be a natural bias, I almost felt compelled to ask, “Does a good man create a situation for children that is potentially traumatizing?” In the end, there may not be a deffinant answer to this question.
Currently, this is a story that is hot with the local media platforms. Although we were asked to cover it, we have opted out of contacting any family, we may do so at a later time. The reason for this decision is to give the family a chance to grieve. As with any story of this nature, there will always be people on both sides of the fence: those who believe him to be a good person, and those that will believe him to be a failed criminal, dying the way he had chosen to live.
When we released the article on Francesca Amato, it was only logical that we would, in time, write this article. Looking into the self proclaimed “advocate,” Jamie “Starr” Johnson. While Jamie isn’t as popular as some of the others, she is equally, if not more, diabolical than the Fran club.
Jamie, while it isn’t confirmed to us, appears to have gotten her name known through a specific case. The mother, Nikki (lastname omitted) had a child who was hospitalized. We are going to spare the details as that isn’t prudent for this article. We may cover that at a later time, only with the mother’s consent. To make a long story short, while the child was dying in the hospital, Jamie made multiple videos to which she exploited the situation. Bear in mind, that nobody related to the child had knowledge of this until much later.
In time, the child did pass. Jamie retreated to the hospital grounds, just outside the hospital. Again, without the family’s knowledge or permission, a livestream was made. During the video, Jamie, without consent, had announced the untimely death. Naturally, this created a rather large rift between Nikki and herself. The exploitation didn’t end there, however. While the mother begged her former “advocate” friend to cease, Jamie continued to exploit the death, all while Nikki publically demanded that she stop. From this point forward, Jamie’s shattered legacy spirals downward.
Contraversy involving the self proclaimed advocate doesn’t end there, however. Recently, there have been several images discovered pertaining to the “super starr.” While taking seductive images is not a crime, it has many people asking, “should a family adcocate act in this manner?” The answer is simply, “NO.” When proclaiming to be a family/child advocate, there are certain expectations that one must uphold. For example, an off duty officer posts racially driven statements, they are suspended. While Jamie defends the images, it has risen much concern regarding her advocasy. However, we will let the evidence speak for itself. At the end of this article, we have attached some of the images.
Jamie has caught even more attention. In a recent livestream, in which Rudy Orr and Randy Davis seem to make amends, Jamie went on the offensive. Among words of encouragement, Jamie began a vicious attack against Mr. Davis. During this assault, one of our own began to challenge her. He asked, on several occasions, for evidence to support her claims. Among her claims were: stalking, harassment, and slander. As of the time we wrote this article, Jamie has still failed to provide any evidence.
Following the assault, Randy and Rudy conducted another livestream, openly inviting Jamie to partake. They are heard repeatedly questioning rather or not Jamie would appear to present her evidence. Jamie did not. In fact, while they were doing the livestream, she had apparantly been commenting in the initial post, containing her assault. As far as we can tell, she has no evidence to present and thus avoided any subject to which she is called out.
If this is what an advocate is, I truly feel for any family who are desperate. Before choosing an advocate, look into them. It is strongly suggested that you not only check into them criminally, but morally, afterall it’s your children who depend on you to make the correct choices. We are going to assist in the moral department. Here is your potential advocate.
About a month or so ago, I recieved a screenshot. In the photo, it had a phone number of a woman who wanted to get into contact. Today, without reason, she attacked the guy who was looking into her case. Her friends have now come to our Facebook page to continue the assault. This is our response to her friends, who insist on bringing their fight to WoC.
About a month or so, as stated, either this individual, or our team, made contact. Her friend, who attempted to start a fight on our Facebook, claims she did not want our “opinion” regarding her case.
As you can clearly see, that is not the case. Not only did she give a contact number (omitted for privacy,) she even encouraged contact. We had intended to do this. However, we were still digging around into her case. We wanted to at least have some information prior to contact.
In one image, she claims to have no idea who our guy is, muchless how he got onto her friends list. We have already proven this to be a lie. Her behavior, being unprovoked however, has me questioning her CPS case. I have seen many “innocent” people, later proven guilty, act just like this. While being under stress is common with a CPS case, it also has an odd way of showing a persons’ true colors.
As are most people, we have been following the Melissa Diegel case. Melissa Diegel, for the past five years, was known for uploading livestream videos regarding her CPS case, a case she apparantly lost years ago. Recently, Diegel was charged with six accounts of felony child abuse and two accounts of felony domestic violence. As expected, it has created a rift in the already broken CPS movement.
In a recent livestream, Melissa is seen being arrested by the US Marshals. While it isn’t unheard of for a CPS “victim” to be arrested, it is almost never seen for the arresting agency be the US Marshals.
Since the time of her arrest, a lot of information has come to light, including a rather disturbing audio recording. The recording can be heard here. The video, taken only two months after brain surgery, is of Melissa’s child screaming in pain. The video in itself had us wondering why she chose to record this rather than go to the hospital? A grim answer we may never truly know, but speculate.
There are some very concerning red flags within this case. Red flags that other people had tried to question Diegel on in the past, their reply came in the form of a block. Currently, Melissa is in a Florida jail, awaiting to be moved to Arizona. A woman who played on the vulnerabilities of fellow victim advocates now sits as a testament on why personal emotions should always be seperated.
Many of the advocates within the CPS arena are victims themselves. The concept that anybody could be such a monster, is simply unfathomable. Sadly people, here is your monster. While many advocates, we hear, are smacking themselves over this, they shouldn’t. Take it as a lesson to improving your style and advocacy. Remember, not e erybody you meet is innocent.
For approx. 5 years, activist and alleged CPS victim, Melissa Diegal took to social media in a variety of livestreams. In these videos, she would discuss her case against CPS, often pointing to the health condition of her children, who were on feeding tubes and wheelchair bound. In her final livestream, Melissa is seen being arrested by the U.S Marshalls, but why?
We recently obtained the above images from an anonymous source. According to these documents, Diegal is being arrested on eight accounts of child abuse and domestic violence. As we all know, however, accusation does not mean guilt. With that in mind, we probed around for more information.
We found several postings regarding the Diegal arrest. Within these posts were several comments that caught our attention. In the past, several people had questioned Diegal about her case. They never got a response, they were instantly blocked. On the phone, we spoke to a licensed advocate. She told WoC that she began asking Diegal questions. Her final question was, “why are you making this about you and not your children?” To this, she to was blocked.
The act of blocking people who ask, what we presume were the wrong questions, is suspicious. What we also find suspicious is the fact it was the U.S Marshalls who conducted her arrest. We have also recieved reports that her children are no longer on the feeding tubes, nor are they bound to wheelchairs. This information leads us to ask, “how do two children miraculously recover after being removed from their mother?”
We are going to follow this case, for now we withold our determination of guilt and innocence. What we do know is it is unusual for the U.S. Marshalls to be involved. Under normal conditions, she would be arrested by local police and sent to the arresting state. This action leads us to believe the prosecuting state has enough to establish guilt, it also implicates Diegal to be a flight risk.
If she is guilty, than for the past five years, she was successful in fooling everybody. However, it would fit into the category of Munchausen by proxy, a condition to which an individual keeps a person sick in attempt to gain attention. As it stands now, the CPS arena is again conflicted; those who scream abuser and those who scream innocent. To these claims, only time will tell.
Donald Branham is your typical father; a man who would sacrifice anything for his children. The concept of losing a child is one that could only exist within nightmares. Unfortunantly for Donald, this nightmare has now become a cold harsh reality.
In 2006 Mackenzie was an articulated little girl. 8 years of age, parents divorced, she would often split her time between mother and father. On April 27th, 2006 Mackenzie had been staying with her mother. It would later be discovered, during post-mortem testing, that she had been previously raped, more on that later.
In the early morning hours, a sudden, amd mysterious fire, took place. Mackenzie’s mother Maryanne, her boyfriend Kenny, and suspiciously enough the dog, managed to escape unharmed. While they stood outside the blazing inferno, in the second floor bedroom a little girl would perish.
Protocol, under normal circumstances, state that a fire containing a death are to be treated as a homicide until otherwise proven. However, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department failed to uphold this. In fact, it appears that they have willfully sabotaged the entire case. It makes a person wonder why. We began asking questions about the boyfriend, keeping in mind the claim of rape.
As it turns out, Kenny had family within the department, one being a sargeant. Initially, Mackenzie’s death was ruled “accidental.” It was then upgraded to “suspicious,” and finally “homocide.” We know, from our investigation, the police destroyed the investigation. Early on, Mackenzie tested positive for semen, this is conclusive of rape. Being that she was in the home with her mother, and her boyfriend, that narrows the list of suspects, though this remains inconclusive.
Within the first month of Mackenzie’s death, the Fayatte county sheriff’s department had already began destroying the evidence. The destroyed evidence wasn’t minor things, either. Clothing, 9-1-1 calls, etc. seemingly began to vanish. All evidence that could identify the rapist, and potential murderer, destroyed. While we aren’t big into conspiracy theories, this is extremely suspicious for a department to do…especially so early into an open investigation.
What we are providing, within this article, is just a brief description into this case; we haven’t even discussed the deeper aspects of what has happened, this will have to be done in a future article. Mackenzie was a young lady who did not deserve the cruel fate that was bestowed upon her. She did not deserve the confirmed rape nor being burned alive. For her father, Donald, his love for his kids, as well as Mackenzie’s memory, drive him toward seeking the truth: why was she killed?
You can look at the evidence for yourself, there is simply to much for us to share here. To do that, you can join his Facebook group here.