Notice to world: Those on the registry are not second-class citizens

By Sandy . . . This is a special announcement about some special people.

People who are affected by the registry laws are doing so many wonderful things.

We have a group of great people in our Humans on the Registry Project – and we want more. Please check it out and apply if you have a positive story to tell.

We have registered citizens making such a difference with podcasts and speaking engagements – big shout-outs to Michael McKay and Andy, Guy Hamilton-Smith and Philip.

We have a group of talented writers who contribute to our blog and to the Digest – too many to try to name for fear of leaving out someone.

And now – now we have a very special registrant and his wife who are stepping up and taking action due to a situation of blatant discrimination. Rather than my telling their story, I have received Keith and Carolyn’s permission to share this notice that they sent to a group of us.

I am writing you this quick note to keep all of you in the loop on what I am doing with the Website “NEXTDOOR.”  I am sure you all have heard of it since they are the social platform for most communities in the United States for home owners in their specific communities.  

 My wife and I received an email today stating that she is now pretty much banned from their site since she has a registered sex offender living in her household. This email came after three years of my wife being an active, participating member of NEXTDOOR and more than 23 years after my conviction and successful completion of my sentence. Out of nowhere they are judging her due to her association with me. 

 I cannot continue to tolerate people, businesses, and agencies misconstruing the laws and making my family suffer for things they have no control over nor have any fault in. To be guilty by association is becoming a common thing, and unless someone starts standing up, it’s going to continue to happen to more and more registered families.

I am sending a PRE-SUIT EMAIL back to NEXTDOOR. My wife is sending it from her email address since that is the address NEXTDOOR has on file. This is a big deal for our family because NEXTDOOR has been a way for us as a family to defend ourselves from any vigilante tactics from our community. We are successful business owners and very active in our community, and we have a very good relationship with our local authorities. This email from NEXTDOOR was like a slap in the face, and we will continue to pursue this issue out of principle and will finance it through our own pockets. We will take this one all the way if necessary.   

The names of those I am sending this to are on this brief only as a shock factor to NEXTDOOR so they see the seriousness of our intent and our position. Besides, if this issue continues into litigation, you are the people I want educated on what’s going on from the beginning. I may eventually call upon one of you for advice one day as to which direction I should go next if it comes down to it. I have not decided on the attorney I am going to use if I pursue the litigation side of this.  Because they are a California company, I have considered using a California attorney.  I will do whatever is necessary and best.

 I appreciate all of you and all you have done. I don’t take for granted what you have accomplished for all of us with families and with our issues living under the registry. I only hope that more registered citizens stand up and become half the warriors that all of you have proven to be. It has been an honor working with you all, and I thank each of you for the peace you have given to us registered citizens and our families in enabling us to live a more normal life in this world.   

If you have any questions or comments, please do not ever hesitate to reach out to me or my family.

I applaud the courage of Keith and Carolyn. We must all applaud their courage and their determination.

We form groups, and we create and join organizations, and we band together for support, security, and help, but when it comes down to it, the bravest actions are taken alone by individuals such as Keith and Carolyn who refuse to be treated as second class citizens. Bravo!

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Sandy Rozek

Sandy is communications director for NARSOL, editor-in-chief of the Digest, and a writer for the Digest and the NARSOL website. Additionally, she participates in updating and managing the website and assisting with a variety of organizational tasks.

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    • #55045 Reply

      I wish them the best of luck! I will be happy to assist any way I can. Thanks for taking up the fight for us!

    • #55184 Reply

      Tell Keith and Carolyn we all stand behind them.
      This is all going way too far!
      May God Himself give them favor in the sight of the legislative and judicial systems, and remedial judgement given on their behalf.

    • #55248 Reply

      Absolute kudos to these people. F*ck every single day. They are an un-American company that needs to be run out of America. Every single person should e-mail and tell them how pathetic they are.

    • #55493 Reply

      Much gratitude to Keith and Carolyn for taking up the banner and charging with this one. Nextdoor needs to realize how they are violating their own guiding truths and principles with their policies, namely (these are direct quotes):

      -“Building connections in the real world is a universal human need.” (someone needs to explain the meaning of universal to these individuals)
      -“Nextdoor is not a platform for publicly shaming your neighbors.” (Their actions, by excluding registrant families, promotes an environment where this is not only possible, but much more likely. How can one defend themselves when they are excluded from the virtual public square?)
      -“Also, when describing people who are homeless or who have committed crimes, avoid inflammatory language (e.g. “scum” or “animals”). Keep in mind that everyone is someone’s son or daughter or sister or brother.” (Once again, it puzzles me that they can say this with one breath, then exclude millions of individuals from participating in the public discourse with the next. Besides, how can registrant families verify that NEXTDOOR is enforcing these policies?)

      In my opinion, those who are leading NEXTDOOR are simply puppets pulled by the strings of the internet corporate machine which seeks to minimize risk (and liability) and maximize revenue from those they serve. Since they see their customers as the product, they have little regard for what they think, at least to the extent that it doesn’t harm their ability to exploit their customers as a source of revenue. Otherwise, how would they be so blind to their own glaring hypocrisy?

      One last suggestion, if you can’t get the attention of those leading the company, you can contact those that hold the financial purse strings. Here is the list of the top investors. I guarantee that if we get their attention, we will have the attention of NEXTDOOR as well!

      Benchmark Capital, Greylock Partners, Kleiner Perkins, Axel Springer, and others.

      Best wishes in your efforts!

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