THE OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE BOYS ORGANIZATION
WHITE HOUSE BOYS REUNION WAS 15TH OCTOBER 2011 at 12:00
Open to ALL WHBz.
Note: IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TO A REUNION, BUT WERE ABUSED AT FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR BOYS IN MARIANNA, FL OR OKEECHOBEE, FL DURING THE 1950s - 1960s, PLEASE COME AND FELLOWSHIP AND "HEAL' WITH US. YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRING YOUR WIVES & FAMILIES.
LOCATION: Champion World Resorts
8660 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
Kissimmee FL 34747
DATE: The Reunion day is October 15th, but please note that some guests will be arriving on the 14th and/or staying till the morning of tthe 16th in order to fellowship .
RESERVATIONS: Phone the resort for your reservations: 407 396-4500. Important Note: Tell them your group ID is ( # WHB ) in order to get your special rate of $ 39.95. Ask for POOLSIDE so we'll all be in the same area! (Pets are welcome for a fee of $35).
QUESTIONS? please call Babbs Cooper at 239 542-3831.
TO SEE WHITE HOUSE BOYS NEWS COVERED IN NEWSPAPERS & ON TV, CLICK DOZIER GRAVES FOR ANYTHING RELATED TO THE UNMARKED GRAVES at DOZIER CONTAINING BODIES OF BOYS WHO ATTENDED FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR BOYS. CLICK DOZIER GRAVES VIDEOS for News Videos regarding the excavation at Dozier. Click VIDEOS for other Video coverage about the White House Boys and click DJJ News for news coverage about Juvenile Justice. =-========================
BOYS IN THE DARK
Robert Straley reports the book "Boys in the Dark" came out on August 17th. Here is a portion of the Atlanta Journal Constitution's review followed by a link to the rest of the article as well as info on how to obtain the book.
‘Boys of the Dark' exposes juvenile detention center scandal - By Steve Weinberg, For the AJC
THE BOYS OF THE DARK: A Story of Betrayal and Redemption in the Deep South By Robin Gaby Fisher with Michael O’McCarthy and Robert W. Straley St. Martin’s, 254 pages, $24.99
In an unusual collaboration for the realm of book publishing, journalist Robin Gaby Fisher has collaborated with two men who resided at a juvenile detention center decades ago to expose a scandal; the expose is long overdue, but in this instance, better late for a modicum of justice than never.
Fisher ("After the Fire") investigated the Florida School for Boys, in the rural Panhandle town of Marianna, a short drive from the southwest tip of Georgia. Michael O’McCarthy and Robert W. Straley served as crucial sources for her, to the point where their names became added as co-authors of sorts.
The book will be out on August 17th. Read the entire Atlanta Journal Constitution article here: http://www.ajc.com/lifestyle/boys-of-the-dark-586008.html. The book is available at Amazon, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, Borders and other book stores.
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LINKS FOR SOME OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT HELP ABUSED CHILDREN:
COALITION AGAINST INSTITUTIONALIZED CHILD ABUSE - http://www.caica.org/
Although our group does not support any one political party, or represent any political view, we are very proud of White House Brother, Bernie DeCastro. He has overcome his adversity, and is running in the 2012 Senate Race. For more info, click HERE.
Here is an announcement for an event that Bernie recommends for every "Patriotic American": For those of you who have not bought your tickets to the Nullification Now Conference in Orlando on October 10th, I would highly recommend this event. You can purchase you tickets at http://www.nullifynow.com/orlando/. This is event is being sponsored by the Tenth Amendment Center and it will help Floridians understand the importance of the 10th Amendment and the concept of Nullification. This is probably the greatest line of defense that the States have against Federal encroachment. I highly recommend that every Patriotic America attend this event.
Here is an article brother Bernie wrote about our Veterans:
It is Shameful how our veterans are treated. June 26th, 2010
This past Thursday, June 24th my campaign team and I traveled to Alachua County to speak to residents. In a downtown park I spoke with several homeless veterans. I’d like to share with you the story of one of these veterans. His name is Glenn and he is a retired Naval pilot who flew F-4 Phantom jets over Vietnam for 7 years and today he has nowhere to go and his home for the next few days is the Salvation Army. There were a total of six men on those park benches and at least three of them were homeless veterans. What a shameful way for our government to treat our veterans who risked their lives for their country. But we can spend billions upon billions each year providing services to illegal aliens. Why. Because of the lack of political will of the U.S. Congress. Two of my top priorities when I get to the Senate will be to support immigration legislation which will 1. immediately begin to secure our borders 2. provide all the resources needed to prevent anyone else from illegally entering America 3. Deport all illegals 4. Send the “Anchor Babies” home with their parents 5. Repeal the law which allows for “Anchor Babies.” Once those issues are resolved then I would be willing to participate in updating America’s immigration strategy and coming up with solutions for guest workers.
My second priority will be to sponsor a Veteran’s Rights bill. This bill would eliminate property taxes for veterans who had served minimum time in the Armed Forces. This bill would also provide for decent apartments for our veterans until they could get on their feet. There would be certain minimum requirements such a substance abuse testing and taking advantage of academic and/or vocational remediation programs. This bill would guarantee that no American veteran would ever be forced to sleep on a park-bench or under a bridge with a cardboard box as a blanket.
Federal investigation confirms abuse at Dozier, suggests children in danger at other facilities
By Ben Montgomery, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Saturday, December 3, 2011
The U.S. Department of Justice has blasted the state for failing to properly treat and protect children who were housed at the now-shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, Florida's first and oldest state-run reform school that closed in June after 111 years of operation.
The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice's failure to oversee the program and prevent children from being abused and neglected suggests other programs have similar issues, according to the report by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, released late Friday.
"Although Dozier and JJOC (the Jackson Juvenile Offender Center on Dozier's campus) are now shuttered, these problems persist due to the weaknesses in the state's oversight system and from a correspondent lack of training and supervision," the report said. "Our findings remain relevant to the conditions of confinement for the youth confined in Florida's remaining juvenile justice facilities."
The Justice Department's investigation, announced in 2010 to then-Gov. Charlie Crist, showed "reasonable cause to believe that the state of Florida was engaged in a pattern or practice of failing to have proper measures of accountability that led to serious deficiencies."
The Justice Department alleged many instances in which the state violated the constitutional rights of the boys, ages 13 to 21, confined to Dozier, and said the state must take immediate measures to "assess the full extent of its failed oversight" to protect children at its other facilities. The state must also strengthen its oversight processes by implementing a more rigorous system of hiring, training and accountability, the report said.
DJJ spokesman C.J. Drake said Florida has already implemented a number of reforms and has seen a dramatic reduction in the use of physical techniques to control children. He also said the state has closed or substantially reduced 23 residential programs statewide since 2008 because of performance issues.
"That's because we proactively identify problems in our residential programs and take swift corrective action," Drake said. "Residential programs that cannot implement and sustain corrective actions are closed."
DJJ Secretary Wansley Walters, who took over the department in January, was not available to comment on the report, Drake said.
The Department of Justice found:
• Staff used excessive force on youths, including choking and mechanical restraints. It documented incidents caught on tape in which guards violently pushed youths to the ground, and struck and choked youths. Staff unlawfully shackled youths with mechanical restraints as a first response to youths who did not respond to verbal commands. One youth was held face-down on the floor for 48 minutes and placed in mechanical restrains for an additional three hours and 17 minutes.
• Youths were often disciplined for minor infractions through inappropriate uses of lengthy and unnecessary isolation without due process. The report documented one case in which a boy was kept in isolation — inside a small cell with a concrete-slab bed and thin mattress — for two weeks. And shortly after he was released, he was sent back to isolation.
• Staff were not appropriately trained and had a generally "laissez-faire attitude" toward suicidal youth. The report noted that average pay for direct-care staff fell below $12 an hour, well below the nationwide median hourly wage for correctional officers of $18.78.
• The safety of youths was compromised as a result of their relocation to the Jackson Juvenile Offender Center (a more restrictive and punitive facility on the Dozier campus).
• The state failed to provide necessary and appropriate rehabilitative services to address addiction, mental health or behavioral needs, which served as a barrier to the youths' ability to return to the community and not reoffend.
• Youths were subjected to unnecessary and unconstitutional frisk searches. Dozier youths were frisk searched more than 10 times per day. One told investigators, "Some staff rub on your privates." Another said staff "touch too much."
"The failure to address these concerns not only harms the youth, but has a negative impact on public confidence and public safety," the report said. "The critical role of the juvenile justice system to correct and rehabilitate is being abdicated and youth may well be leaving the system with additional physical and psychological barriers to success."
The Dozier school in Marianna, about 60 miles west of Tallahassee, has been the subject of an ongoing investigative series in the St. Petersburg Times called "For Their Own Good." The facility has been exposed a number of times for abuse and neglect. The Department of Justice's investigation confirms much of what the Times has reported.
"What the Department of Justice has done in this report is help us look back at what was and gives us a true guide for what should never, ever happen again," said child advocate Jack Levine, who exposed abuse at Dozier in the early 1980s that prompted a federal class-action lawsuit against the state.
Drake, the DJJ spokesman, said the department is working on a response to the report.
"The issues at Dozier occurred long before this administration took office and it was this administration that closed that facility," he said. "We … do not tolerate misconduct or poor performance. If we identify it we seek to correct it, and if it's not corrected it's closed."
Times staff writer Waveney Ann Moore contributed to this report. Ben Montgomery can be reached at email@example.com or (727) 893-8650.