Voices of Victims: New Hope for Victims of Violence

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

At one of the darkest hours for Americans in decades, there comes a breakthrough in ways for citizens to politically fight for safety.

We, the people, now have a new organizing tool to help end vehicle violence. And it can be used to help end many types of violence too.

Legal Reader has published an article I submitted, pro bono, on this tool to empower victims to share their stories and organize for more effective advocacy.

This citizen breakthrough enables people to join forces to advance safety from many types of violence. Please read about what one crash victim, Marianne Karth, has created for us all.

Voices of Victims: New Hope for Victims of Violence

Lou Lombardo–

Victims Victorious in AL

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

Victims of Violence Victorious

On 12/12/17 enough victims of violence voted in Alabama to become victors.

Sexual Violence 

Violence against women was rejected at the polls.

Sexual violence was rejected when enough victims spoke out e.g. #MeToo to become victors.  See

 

Racial Violence
Racial violence was rejected when enough people of color who have suffered for centuries from white supremacist policies voted Enough!.

“Jones’ victory was fueled by huge turnout — and near-unanimous support — from black voters.
Turnout was much stronger in heavily African-American counties, relative to recent presidential elections, than in rural, white counties” See
 
We have all been victims of violence for far too long.
 
Environmental Violence
 
50 years of “Legal” Climate Change has created an existential threat to us all today.  See https://www.legalreader.com/50-years-of-legal-climate-change/

Political Violence
 
The silent violent capture of our government – all three branches – by Big Money has greatly moved us to a primitive state of governance.  See
 
Judicial Violence
 
The current attacks on Justice for and by the people are happening today.  See https://www.legalreader.com/trump-administration-reshapes-judiciary/
 
Violence Against The American People
 
The strategy and tactics that have been used to steal the American Dream have been described by leaders.  See https://www.legalreader.com/american-dream-sold/
 
Perhaps now enough Americans are being aroused to act on their own behalf to take charge of their own future – for the better.
 
Lou Lombardo

Justice For The People? Trump Reshapes Judiciary

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

Legal Reader has published a pro bono article I submitted on increasing politicization of the judiciary and climate change.

This does not bode well for humanity – our planet, our fellow Americans breathing polluted  air, and being injured in crashes.

My Trump Clocks are now showing that Early Deaths by Auto Air Pollution now are estimated to be exceeding the deaths due to auto crashes.

See https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/trump-clocks/

My experience with the judicial system suggests a need for improvement – rather than degradation if we are to protect the public. 

 
 Lou Lombardo

 

Legal Reader publishes Article on the Purposes of Law Schools. Lawyers, and Our Laws

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:
 
A Harvard law student, Pete Davis, has written a report on the purposes of law schools.  It was published as I remembered the contributions of the late Clarence Ditlow and other safety leaders to advancing the public interest through the achievement of greater justice.
 
Legal Reader has published a pro bono article I submitted that is a call to action for an elevation of the purposes of law schools.


There is a wonderful graphic of Lady Justice blindfolded and straining while holding the scales of Justice where she can hear the pleas of millions of people seeking safety, health, and happiness for all – and disgusted by the stench of Big Money outweighing the public interest.

See the Lady Justice graphic and the article at  https://www.legalreader.com/harvard-law-school-justice-people/

 
As we remember Veterans who have sacrificed so much over the decades for us all, let us think of the purposes of their sacrifices.

Please add your thoughts on how we can improve the safety and health of the people through the law.

Lou Lombardo

Fiat Chrysler: Money v. People’s Lives

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

The Seattle Times reports on the latest efforts of Fiat Chrysler to thwart justice in the courts.
“ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — After a family was awarded $40 million in the death of a 4-year-old boy in a Jeep fire, Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday asked the Georgia Supreme Court for a new trial or for the award to be reduced.

Remington “Remi” Walden died in 2012 after a Jeep Grand Cherokee he was riding in was hit from behind and burst into flames. The gas tank was mounted behind the rear axle, leaving it vulnerable in a crash.

The boy’s parents sued, arguing that the rear-mounted fuel tank in the 1999-model vehicle amounted to reckless disregard for human life by the manufacturer….

At least 75 people have died in post-crash fires involving several Jeep models with rear-mounted gas tanks. The problem led to the recall of 1.56 million Grand Cherokees and Libertys to install trailer hitches to protect the tanks in low-speed crashes.

Fiat Chrysler in 2015 agreed in a deal with government safety regulators to offer $100 gift cards to entice owners of recalled Jeeps to get the trailer hitch installation.”

 See https://www.seattletimes.com/business/fiat-chrysler-asks-for-new-trial-after-40m-jeep-fire-award/

Also see more on tragic history of this continuing saga of money v. people at

https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/blog/blog-casjeepjudgement/




Lou Lombardo

The American Dream – Sold Out

Dear Care For Crash Victims Community Members:
 
I came to Washington, DC in 1966 with high hopes of doing something about controlling air pollution and joined the U.S. Public Health Service, Division of Air Pollution.
 
Landmarks in automotive air pollution control that I was privileged to work on are at https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/1970s-polution-control-efforts/
 

Beginning in the late 1970s I worked on auto safety at NHTSA (with one year at IIHS) with hopes of reducing deaths and serious injuries sustained in crashes.

 
Looking back over the past 50 years one can see both progress and the urgent need to continue making progress in reducing vehicle violence from all causes.
 
*  Lead is now out of gasoline and no longer causing lead poisoning in children.
 
*  Vehicles now have catalysts and emissions of automotive pollutants have been reduced – but not nearly enough to protect public health and stop climate change.
 
Air pollution: 50 Years Later
 
An MIT study of early deaths due to all air pollutants and due to just automotive pollutants found:
“The group tracked ground-level emissions from sources such as industrial smokestacks, vehicle tailpipes, marine and rail operations, and commercial and residential heating throughout the United States, and found that such air pollution causes about 200,000 early deaths each year. Emissions from road transportation are the most significant contributor, causing 53,000 premature deaths, followed closely by power generation, with 52,000.”  See
 
Climate Change & Governmental Changing For The Worse – How Did This Happen?
 
Legal Reader has kindly published (pro bono) an article of mine on how, over the past 50 years, the American people have become victims of corporate supremacists.

Nader, Chomsky and others have tried to inform and warn people over the past 50 years with limited resources, but the corporate media has not.  Now it may be too little, too late, for too many people – but we must try.  (See Requiem for the American Dream video)

 
I have created Trump Death Clocks to help people see about how many American people are dying from air pollution under the Trump Administration.  Not included are deaths from climate change contributions such as hurricanes and wildfires.  See https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/trump-clocks/
Lou Lombardo

VW Executive Executive Arrested – Held in Munich Without Bail

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

The NY Times’ Jack Ewing reports on German prosecutors action on corporate wrongdoing contributing to the existential threat of Climate Change we all face:

“FRANKFURT — An investigation into Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal expanded significantly on Thursday after German authorities arrested a former high-ranking executive of the carmaker, two people with knowledge of the arrest said.

The executive, identified by German news outlets as Wolfgang Hatz, is a former chief of engine development at Volkswagen. He worked closely with Matthias Müller, now the company’s chief executive, when both were members of the management board of the carmaker’s Porsche unit. Mr. Hatz was being held in Munich without bail.

Mr. Hatz, well known in automotive circles because of his previous role as chief of research and development at Porsche, is the second person to be arrested in Germany in connection with the Volkswagen case and the first German citizen. His prominence signals that the investigation — which has proceeded slowly since the wrongdoing came to light two years ago — may be entering a more intense phase….

“Mr. Hatz was suspended from his position at Porsche soon after Mr. Winterkorn resigned, and he formally left the company in May 2016. Little had been heard about him since then, and he was not among six people indicted by U.S. prosecutors in January.”

See: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/business/volkswagen-diesel-cheating.html

Imagine how much safer we all would be if American prosecutors arrested corporate (and government) executives and held them without bail during the 50 years of U.S. “legal” climate change.

See http://www.legalreader.com/50-years-of-legal-climate-change/

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Lou Lombardo
www.CareForCrashVictims.com