An innovative approach to establishing a non-partisan
In the Spring of 2010 the community of San Diego County and the Country came together to comfort, support and care for each other as the search for Chelsea King played out on a national stage. While 17-year-old Chelsea was on a training run in a public park in the middle of a beautiful sunny day in San Diego, she went missing. Word spread quickly, and more than 5,000 people showed up to search for her for five days, only to learn that her life was cut short by the unthinkable act of a previously convicted sexual predator.
The despair that gripped the King family and community was galvanized into action to protect our children from sexual predators. Our first step was to gain an understanding of the magnitude of this specific crime and how the State had managed these Violent Sexual Predators. We applied evidence based research to lead us in crafting the language contained within Chelsea’s Law. Chelsea’s Law was passed in California unanimously at a time when the State of California’s Governor was Republican, and the house and Senate democratically controlled. Additionally, the state was under federal orders to reduce prison population due to over-crowding. Chelsea’s Law provides for a one-strike law that carries 25 years to Life sentencing against those that sexually target our children. Other States have now followed, including Texas and Iowa. More than 17 MILLION kids are now safer because the community chose to become engaged. We work in partnership with all stakeholders for an outcome that protects our children.
As we look to create a national solution to protect our children from all the various threats they face, including gun violence, drug proliferation, sexual violence, and many more, we have come to realize that history has taught us the power of an engaged community. We have seen this in the environmental movement of the 1970’s, which spawned Green Peace, The Sierra Club, The World Wildlife fund and many others.
These foundations have done amazing advocacy work in the environmental space. These organizations focus on PROTECTING all mammals, all Trees, and all animals from inherent risk posed by humans. Protect The Joy will become the organization that advocates on behalf of all children. The name “PROTECT THE JOY” reflects our mission to provide every child an environment safe from harm.
When you take a deeper dive into the above mentioned environmental organizations you find that they are fueled by a membership based concept where concerned citizens donate a set amount on an on-going basis. This creates a sustainable revenue source, creates an engaged voice for change, and creates awareness.