Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Shawnee County Commissioners: Shelley Buhler, Ted Ensley, Mary Thomas- Refuse to fund Domestic Violence Cases but prioritize golf course irrigation and personal profitable interests. A Special Interest Group-only.
We need an audit into these 3 people who control all the funding in Topeka,Shawnee County, KS. Imagine, three people who have the qualifications of a high school graduate, controlling all the money in the county without any oversight without any accountability but with plenty of personal vested interest with the ‘departments’ they fund—or defund. e.g Golf course irrigation contract approved
But when these three Gestapo ‘puppet’ Nazi’s do not get their way when they bully and screw the local tax payer, the citizens of Topeka and Shawnee county, what they do?
“Well they whine and cry of course.” Check out today's latest whine. Commissioners turn to AG, citing 'no faith' in DA inquiry
Shelly Buhler(S.Buhler@snco.us), Chair
Shelley Buhler aka ‘Michelle Buhler” Shelly Buhler | Facebook
Michele A Buhler
Mary M. Thomas(M.Thomas@snco.us)
Mary Thomas--- best friend to Vic Millers ex wife-(give’s new meaning to ‘keeping it in the family)
Ted Ensley(T.Ensley@snco.us), Vice Chair
Ted Ensely aka ‘Theodore D. Ensley’ better known for his ‘county funded’ Ensley Gardens
Final Budget for 2012 County budget line items indicated:I will find which is what. (If I can, the very last thing I wanted was to delve into local politics) We all already know that the Criminal, Justice, District Attorney and even the county Morgue were ‘cut’.
- 27 budgets were cut,
- 18 were increased and
- 9 were unchanged.
We have been able to ascertain that the golf course, the parks and recreation, the Ensley gardens, Public library, Expo Center were not, and some in fact increased.
We, just want you to know, Shelly, Ted and Mary, that we are calling you out. We demand that you and your commission be investigated. We are tired of your lack of prioritizing when it comes to public safety and we will not tolerate it any more.
The Community, the Victims and the Survivors are behind only one person in all this mess. Chad Taylor, the District attorney. The Topeka City Council sold us out when they ‘decriminalized domestic violence’, the Commissioners started the sell out with cuts to DA – only to have Vic Miller resign same day to take a judge position with the city. Now the Commission continues to throw tantrums?
Their is much more going on with the City Interim Manager, City Council and the Shawnee County Commission, and it stinks.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
It’s Business as Usual in The Land of OZ- Where the wizard failed to give out any hearts, brains or courage to the City government.
Topeka City Counsel Members have approved a one million dollar heath care for its City employee’s this week. (just among some other non ‘public safety’ spending spree.)
But they can NOT afford to prosecute Domestic Violence cases? WTF? They ‘decriminalize domestic violence’ to save money for non ‘public safety’ issues. I mean Crime is at an all time high in Topeka, Ks. I Guess Topeka Citizens safety is JUST NOT important. The Topeka County Commissioners (the ones who Cut the District Attorney’s Budget to prosecute Domestic Violence Case’s) is to approve a golf course irrigation system with total debt service estimated at nearly $1.4 million.But no one thinks that 350K for Domestic violence prosecutions is important. At least not in Topeka, KS. What’s that matter with Topeka? There is not enough public outrage-
- The Commissioners Cut Funding for DV Prosecutions
- The City ‘Decriminalizes Domestic Violence’-(so they do not have to pay for it)
I say ladies, grab your guns and girdles- it’s time to take care of yourself and your children, and do an “Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit'” so when you are murdered at least he wont ‘get away with it’ as they say they will and usually do. This is just one of many from Domestic Violence expert and author Susan Murphy Milano’s
The book "Time's Up A Guide on How To Survive and Abusive and Stalking Relationship" is the prescription that every person must obtain before they announce they are leaving. Below is an example from Chapter 4, one of many unique tools provided in the book. It is available onAmazon.com, or you can purchase via e-book or on a CD. If you have questions, the email address is: email@example.comChapter 4 featuring the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit contains information that is critical to help victims’ in documenting their experiences and creating a record to insure that instances of abuse are memorialized should they be needed for future use in the
Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit by Susan Murphy Milano from the Book "Time's Up" from Courage Network on Vimeo.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Join us as Denise Everhart and Claudine Dombrowski discuss the impact on Domestic Violence in Topeka, KS. The Cities Repeal of the Domestic Violence Ban from the city ordinances, the Budget Cuts and what needs to be done at this point to ensure the safety and protection of Victims of Intimate partner homicide in Topeka, Kansas.Council
Claudine Dombrowski could very well be considered a “Wounded Warrior” in the fight against intimate partner violence. Fighting her personal battle against her abuser for over 16 years, she’s also taken her fight across the nation helping several other battered mothers who have lost custody of their beloved children to the very person who abused them.
Through organizing globally, Claudine Dombrowski, and other battered mothers, have founded American Mothers Political Party to bring attention and educate others. Through combining their online efforts across the globe, they are able to link together, not always physically, but by forming groups through the wonders of technology and carrying their message far and wide others. Through combining their online efforts across the globe, they are able to link together, not always physically, but by forming groups through the wonders of technology and carrying their message far and wide
Friday, October 21, 2011
Shawnee County Commissioners: Adequately Fund for Prosecution of Domestic Violence Case's in Topeka, KS
Sign Petition here:
Why this is Important
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas: Domestic Violence Victims Need Justice Now!
The Shawnee County Commission needs to make the ‘Safety’ of Domestic Violence Victims a ‘priority'and get adequate funding in place for the prosecution of Domestic Violence case's and seek Justice for Victims.
1. Shawnee County Commissioners Cut the District Attorney’s office funding by 10%. (After there was a request for an increase due to the high crime rate).
2. Shawnee County District Attorney as a result of the Budget Cuts was forced to place all Misdemeanors including Domestic Violence charges on the City of Topeka Court.
3. The City of Topeka, did not want to pay to do 'Domestic Violence' cases (Although quite capable)
4. The Topeka City Council, City Manager and Mayor then caused a national outrage by 'Decriminalizing Domestic Violence' and repealing the ban on Domestic Violence within the city limits so that they would not be jurisdiction. http://bit.ly/rgk8TL
5. Thereby forcing the Shawnee County District Attorney to 'review' the Domestic Violence Cases, as a State law.
6. Since the City of Topeka, 'Decriminalized' Domestic Violence, the Shawnee County District Attorney of course is now forced to review these cases. (Although the DA's Office does not have sufficient funding and in fact suffered a 10% budget cut)
7. The Shawnee County Commissioner's still have not provided adequate funding for District Attorney.
8. District Attorney is now forced to lay off 17% of his staff effective December 23, 2011. http://bit.ly/ogHoer
The BOTTOM LINE:
The District Attorney's Office is underfunded, under staffed (unlike the City of Topeka) and still only the most severe crimes will ever make it to trial with most pleading out to avoid cost of trial.
Domestic Violence Cases - will remain completely without consequence to batterers. At best they will be plead out to 1.) disorderly conduct or 2.) destruction of personal property. To get them out of the system quickly so that what remaining resources can be used for higher level crimes of felony.
The City of Topeka has ‘repealed’ the ban on Domestic Violence so victims no longer have the City of Topeka Court as an option to fall back on.
Currently, Domestic Violence Victims now have a better chance of winning the lottery, than having the crimes committed against them ever be prosecuted and Justice still remains denied.
We strongly urge the Shawnee County Commissioners: Shelly Buhler, Ted Ensley and Mary M. Thomas to make ‘Safety’ a priority and act swiftly to provide adequate funding for all crimes, especially the crime of Domestic Violence in Topeka, KS. read more here: http://www.change.org/petitions/shawnee-county-commissioners-adequately-fund-for-prosecution-of-domestic-violence-cases-in-topeka-ks
Denise Everhart, Richard Harmon - True ‘elected’ Public Servants Support Victims of Domestic Violence at Rally, Topeka, KS
Denise Everhart (left) and Richard Harmon (right) two of the three that voted against ‘decriminalizing’ Domestic Violence were also at Topeka, KS YWCA March Against Violence October 21, 2011. More Photos here.
These two (actually 3) have taken a lot of ‘heat’ from the other 7 members of the City Council that voted to repeal DV as a crime within the city limits. I was so glad they showed up. So were they, they needed the support as well knowing that they din in fact stand up for the ‘right’ thing and voted ‘no’.
They greeted every one, advocates, survivors and victims, all thanked them for their ‘stand’ against Domestic Violence. They marched with us from the State Capitol down Topeka Blvd with Topeka Police motorcycle (Harley’s even :-D ) escort. When we arrived at the YWCA, they immediately donned gloves and aprons and began ‘serving the public’- hot dogs. The event had about a 150 turn out. Not including the awesome Topeka High Drumline. (video below)
While I was talking with Ms. Everhart, she informed me that the city council is still getting tons of email (YEAH-KEEP IT UP). That several organizations, groups have boycotted Topeka until they reinstate the ‘bam on Domestic Violence’. I asked Denise how we could help, she stated that we really need to put pressure on the Shawnee County Commissioners. Plain and simple the DA’s office needs that funding to prosecute crimes especially low level DV crimes.
So we are still no better off than we were before, the city ‘decriminalized domestic violence’—the city has no responsibility –obviously now. But that does not fix the problem. Bottom line, the Commission cut funding to the DA which in turn forced DA to give City all misdemeanor charges including DV. The City decriminalized it-so they would have to prosecute- and now we are back at the DA needing funding. Who holds the key? The Shawnee County Commission.
Thank you to all who turned out today to support Topeka, KS Victims of Domestic Violence! A Big thanks to my hero’s Denise Everhart and Richard Harmon, you are hero’s to every DV Victim/Survivor Nationally—Internationally! We support you for as you GOOD PUBLIC SERVANTS! You have the World Supporting you and your Stand Against Domestic Violence. Thank you.You can thank them personally as well below for taking a stand against Domestic Violence.
Those who ‘decriminalized domestic violence’ can be reached below.
Denise Everhart (Voted Against Repeal)
Richard Harmon (Voted Against Repeal)
Larry Wolgast (Voted Against Repeal)
SHAWNEE COUNTY COMMISIONERS
City Manager Dan Stanley
200 SE 7th B11
Chairman (District 1)
(District 2) Mary Thomas (District 3) Ted Ensley
TOPEKA HIGH DRUM LINE For DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RALLY
Insult to Injury- Chad Manspeaker who voted to ‘Decriminalize Domestic Violence’ shows up at Domestic Violence Rally in Topeka,KS
Hey Topeka Women - SLAP! Slap! Slap!! Compliments of Chad Manspeaker. Just to make sure you didn’t get ‘Slapped enough’ the first time – see hereTopeka Voted tonight to Decriminalize Domestic Violence - A Move that Sets Back a 100 years of DV work
10-21-2011 “Manspeaker, who voted with the majority of the council to repeal misdemeanor domestic battery from city ordinance’This was insane, Chad Manspeaker, not only showed up at rally but spoke about his decision (and 6 others city councilpersons) who voted to ‘Decriminalize Domestic Violence’ with in the Topeka City limits that outraged the Nation. This ELECTED official, a ‘public servant’ huh? could have fooled me- Had the audacity to show up at OUR DV rally and further had the audacity to ‘explain his decision’ STILL thinking he ‘is da man’ - He is not, he is a coward as are the others who voted to further insult battered women--
And really Chad, while the other two council members Everhart and Harmon (who voted against repealing the ban) were ‘serving the public’ and hot dogs- Manspeaker wouldn’t do ‘public servant work’ he just sat and ate his hotdogs.Boooooo Manspeaker—how dare you show up and talk your crap at a rally for survivors and victims of ‘Domestic Violence”- the same that YOU ‘DECRIMILIZED?’
SLAP!! SLAP!! Take that- you women! I guess abusers are like that. They like to control intimidate and expect you to kneel down and lick his shoes for his greatness in making sure that Victims of Domestic Violence crime is decriminalized.
Any ways, let him know how victims/survivors do not appreciate his actions.
Chad Manspeaker , 1304 SW College Ave, Topeka, KS 66604
Cell: 220-9493 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Council District #6
Chad Manspeaker, Councilperson
1304 SW College Ave., Topeka, KS 66604
Chad Manspeaker (@manspeaker) on Twitter
Today is the Last Day of Topeka’s “Week without Violence”- No for Real - The same City that ‘Decriminalized Domestic Violence” uh-huh, That one.
Today in Topeka, Kansas is the annual March Against Violence that ends the ‘Week without Violence’ sponsored by the YWCA.But a DV victim will rarely have her day in court, it will be pled out. We won’t even go into the Budget issues, over burdened criminal and ‘Simple Assault’ (on non family) being more of a crime than –’Domestic Violence’ (beating your family member).
Final event is today- at 11:00 am at the State Capitol.
The rally/march where all the Local and City Government, Chief of Police, Sheriff, DA, AG, DV Fatality Review Committee.
Since the City of Topeka will not support Victims/Survivors of Violence as the entire Community must, in order to stop the war on women—It is us—We the Survivors, We the outraged, We the people that must show our Courage and Strength (contrary to the City of Topeka’s cowardly –‘way-out’) and show our Support for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence. by Taking a Stand and saying “NO- We Do Not Accept this.”
Monday, October 17, 2011
Topeka's "Week Without Violence" Begins Today in the Only City in the Nation that 'Decriminalized Domestic Violence."
There is no mis- communication Karin Hiller voted to repeal the city ordinance banning domestic battery from city limits. The DA still does not have the funding to do more than review and or plea out DV cases. The County Comissoner has only agreed to look into the finaces of DA- DA will be laying off Staff effective Dec 23 to the tune of 350k-- same amount the Commission reduced his budget. In other words Domestic Violence cases - being the lowest catagory of crimes even lower than simple assault will NOT get the attention they deserve.
See some of the other posts on this site. They want to be called hero's? They are cowards. They think that they know what is best for domestic violence victims? They are wrong.
The YWCA begins its week with out violence in the First City in the Nation to decriminalize Domestic Violence. See event here: and please be sure to attend the March on Friday where all the State, City and County Gov. officials will be leading the March.
KEEP WRITING the city council (express your outrage over their thoughtless and heartless repeal of Dv) and Write the city commissioners we need the DA's office funded! We need help!!
The Attorney General Derek Schmidt knows that Domestic Violence Victims will suffer (MORE than they have already) from budget cuts and reduced staff in DA office.
As for all those on the City Council who voted to repeal ban-- You have not helped us- You have hurt us -even more.
Happy "Week with out Violence" in honor of "National Domestic Violence Awareness Month".
Topeka has become an 'abuser' to battered women as well as an already broken system and sympathy for abusers. Be ashamed, be very ashamed.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Topeka's Mayor, City Manager and City Council - The devastating impacts domestic violence has on children
From Fox News:"I believe the decision by Topeka's mayor and city council would have been different if they knew the devastating impacts domestic violence has on children," Martin said. "Studies show that without help up to three-quarters of these children will grow up to repeat the cycle of abuse."[WARNING VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED]
See the following full length Documentaries:
[This is What Domestic Violence Victims Women and their Children have to look forward to when the Seek Justice]
- PBS Documentary "Breaking The Silence; Children's Stories
- Family Law Documentary "Court Crisis - Our Children at Risk"
- Domestic Violence Continued for Battered Mothers-Child Custody, Judicial Abuse
- No Way Out But One
- Domestic Violence 20/20 with Diane Sawyer
So what happened?--- "WE The People" told the Topeka City council -- "Do Not Decriminalize Domestic Battery.!!" Against EVERYONE's requests (but their own self serving posturing) They LEGALIZE Domestic Violence.
Hows that "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" - thingy working out for you?"
-- Are you aware?
-- Aware that you really do not have any safe avenue, no Justice, no recourse.
-- You can count only on your self.
PLEASE do The Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit for Those in Violent Relationships
So if you are killed, then you become a 'high' case (worth prosecuting). This way, at least your killer will not walk away, doing as he said he would -- "I will kill you, and I will get away it". (as so many do)As you can see, Domestic Violence -- its more than just a misdemeanor, Its a Humans Rights Issue. See Evan Starks: Coercive Control
Why abused women develop a profile of problems seen among no other group of assault victims, prisoner camps, the legal system failed to win them Justice, not a crime, but deprivation of Human Rights.I can speak first hand about this, I am the lead plaintiff at the Inter American Commission Human Rights (Dombrowski et el v US) this is how Kansas and the rest of the Nation takes cares of Domestic Violence Victims. Look at how they treat those victims who do decide to leave.
Nothing has changed, it has only gotten worst. The Court Room is the 2nd most dangerous place for a Domestic Violence Victim/Survivor.
Zeus radio: Where Susan Murphy-Milano, Claudine Dombrowski on Intimate Partner Violence and Barry Goldstein On "Protecting Battered Women in the Courtrooms. "Out of the frying pan and into the fire"And also see:
The Battered Mothers Custody Conference and the new legal research into What Batterers do when Victims decide to leave-- for more informationSimply put, Topeka Kansas, on a good day does NOT acknowledge Domestic Violence as a crime. No matter how the City 'says' "we just want to help Victims" the truth is- they simply do not give a crap! Not about Victims Not about the community and with their narrow mined tunnel vision 'hate' towards the DA, their egos have and continue to wreck havoc on women and children in Topeka, in Kansas and Nationally.
All this hype and false sense of security--- Women, Mothers, Daughters, Sisters-- Men who care about the women in their lives Heed this warning. Do not trust in the system to help you. Certainly do not trust those who voted to legalize Domestic Violence in Topeka, KS.
Your case WILL NOT-- get prosecuted, unless you are near dead. That's just the way the system works, and as we all know, any victim of any crime, well --- JUSTICE is never for victims. Assault is a higher charge but alas its intimate partner violence-- so that automatically bumps your "plea' for help your cries for justice into the 'x' file pile-- trash, dismissed non priority of the crimes.
You can thank The City Council, City Mayor, City Manager Here for saying and for treating 1 in 4 women "That you do NOT matter." Those who Opposed and those who 'Decrimilized Domestic Violence" here:
Then take a look at the feed to the right-- this is not going away- this is not getting better and its time for a National wake up call--- ENOUGH is ENOUGH. Time's Up!!
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ABUSE, AND CHILD CUSTODY Legal Strategies and Policy Issues
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The take on Topeka with Shepard Smith.....http://video.foxnews.com/v/1215012384001/abusers-given-the-green-light/
Topeka has been on every major media from left to right, New York Times, New York Daily, Washington Post, the drudge report, The pitch, Forbes, AP, ABC, NBC, MSNBC , CBS, Just to name a few---
Shame Topeka, You are a black eye on the nation. One of the most frequently used quotes”
“If you want to beat your wife move to Topeka”Mr Dan Stanley should be awfully proud of himself; “City Manager is PLEASED’ he has effectively cut the throats of DV victims yet again. As he giddily dances up and down like the 5 year old mentality that he has.
|Courtesy Topeka Capitol Journal |
They instead can pay their City Judges 110K a year to open envelopes for money – from fines, parking tickets, building codes, dog at large. I mean come on already a 110k—no two (2) 110K Judges to open envelopes and put fines in to the city’s coffer.
A $ 9.00 an hour clerk can do both these judges job in one day.
Yes, The DA has to take the misdemeanor cases of DV, but---- only the top - almost dead ones. (so same- Felony only due to budget cuts and staff layoffs)
Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor said Wednesday that 17 percent of the work force in his office will be laid off as a result of the 10 percent reduction of his budget by the county commission.You see he now has to lay off people in today’s press release as once again it is all about money - Money that the city manager has the County Commissioner has and well… not the DA and not the victims.
Oh and keep in mind ---
this all happening During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month – even right here in Topeka where Domestic Violence is legal.
YWCA sets Week Without Violence events 10/12/11 - 5:24pm
Events designed to call attention to domestic violence have been scheduled for next week's Week Without Violence, part of the national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Well it looks like we are back where we started from. Only worst as now it still remains ‘Legal in the city of Topeka, to beat your wife.”
"Time's Up!": Topeka Kansas: Successfully Votes Making "Domestic Violence Legal"
THE COLOR PURPLE
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Topeka Voted tonight to Decriminalize Domestic Violence - A Move that Sets Back a 100 years of DV work
ANTHONY S. BUSH/THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL
A group gathers outside the Shawnee County Court House in Topeka, Kan. Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011. The NOW Nantional Organization for Women rallied before the Topeka City Council work study session where they were going to talk about repealing a domestic violence ordinance. (AP Photo/The Topeka Capital-Journal, Anthony S. Bush
ANTHONY S. BUSH/THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL
Claudine Dombrowski a survivor advocate, left greats Amber Versola, the Lobbyist for Kansas NOW, National Organization for Women, right, on Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011, at a rally at the Shawnee County Court House in Topeka, Kan. The rally was before the Topeka City Council work study session on repealing a ban on domestic battery. (AP Photo/The Capital-Journal, Anthony S. Bush)
- Denise Everhart
- Richard Harmon
- Larry Wolgast
The City Council members who sold out Victims of Violence: (and need to be voted out)
- Karen Hiller
- John Alcala,Deputy Mayor
- Sylvia Ortiz
- Chad Manspeaker
- Bob Archer
- Andrew Gray
I witnessed the Council that supported the the 'Decriminalization of Domestic Violence with in the City Limits of Topeka - berate speakers, who were survivors and victims, with their temper tantrum and finger pointing. No one in the City wanted this to pass except Dan Stanley and his "six" along with the Mayor as the majority vote. I simply am appalled as is the rest of the Nation who watched it live streaming.
- The New York Times: Topeka Moves to Decriminalize Domestic Violence
- The AP: Kan.'s capital city repeals domestic violence law
- The Topeka Capitol Journal : City repeals ordinance banning domestic battery