Michael Richardson Tell's The Truth About The Face to Face Meeting with Congresswoman Maxine Waters On 5/10/10

Well, I did not ambush the Congresswoman as stated in a recent article out of Malibu. I find it very hard to ambush someone wearing a button down dress shirt, slacks, and a pair of Coach Loafers. I simply attended a press conference that was announced on KJLH Front Page earlier that morning that the Congresswoman would attend. I called her LA Office and asked could they send her a text message asking her could I have two (2) minutes of her time while she's walking to her car, (my phone bill will reflect). When the Congresswoman came out I approached her with a camera in which she asked that I put away and she would talk with me and I immediately complied. I just thought it would be great to post on www.bringmitricehome.org to show supporters that she did in fact speak with me. I first thanked the Congresswoman for all of her help and then went into my concerns with how some of the things were done. A couple of words were shared about it and we moved on to discussing a possibility of implementing Mitrice Law on a County, State and Federal level which will eliminate prisoners of any race, creed or color from being released as Mitrice was. She explained what steps needed to be taken before this could happen. After answering all of my questions I thanked her for her time and left.

Although we learned that Mitrice did not reside in Congresswoman Maxine Waters district but she was willing to help was great! However, my concerns about how things was handled and the importance of what I as the father is doing to bring Mitrice home come from her residents that are in her district. It has nothing to do with credit but everything to do with hope and here’s why, a lot of people do not understand is I have a lot riding on this entire situation. There are fathers out here connecting with me daily telling me I'm a voice and an example for fathers like them. These guys think I speak and write well (which I disagree with) and a positive example of how to handle a situation that could outrage a community. When you have fathers that approach you and tell you, “man I wish I could handle myself like you because I have custody of my children and every time the police have to get involve they automatically handcuff me not knowing the mother is in violation of a restraining order. Yes the cuffs come off and then their placed on the mother but black fathers are automatically depicted as the abandoned parents. I hear stories like this daily! These fathers think no one hears them nor cares.

I'm out here promising these fathers in Congresswoman Waters District, and other places such as the Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center that I will not do anything stupid and I will fight my daughter’s situation with intelligence and tact. With all of this positivity and support, we are hit with a bombshell, an article written about me in Malibu Surfside Newspaper depicting me as an absent father, among anything else you can think of negative. Since the release of that article, my phone calls now consist of, "you see man they don't give a damn about us.” For a minute I agreed, but we are back on track; Yes I feel like David fighting Goliath the Giant, but God has led me to my rock, and it states, stay strong and fearless in your search for your daughter and all the lies, untruths, and defamation of character about you against your daughter will be revealed in the court of law, and based on information you have provided, there’s some people who will have a whole lot of explaining to do! God is good not some of the time but all the time!” All my life nothing has ever been easy for me, but I learned very early everything I have is because I had to fight and work extremely hard and I mean extremely hard for. I will prevail, I promise!

~ Michael L. Richardson, Father ~


Although the supporters of The Committee To Find Mitrice Richardson (http://www.bringmitricehome.org) are very grateful for Congresswoman Maxine Waters assistance, the record needs to be made clear in regard to her level of support where the Department of Justice is concerned.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters would have her constituents believe that she has worked tirelessly to garner the cooperation of the Department of Justice in support of Mitrice Richardson’s disappearance. The Fact Is – that is an untruth.

On April 7, 2010 Michael Richardson submitted a letter to the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Section of Disability Rights. This letter included 5,300 signatures from a Change.org petition. Michael Richardson submitted this letter to the Disability Rights section of the DOJ at the suggestion of Nancy Lockhart, M.J., a legal analyst working with his committee. (http://www.nancylockhart.blogspot.com) As a result, a letter campaign was initiated and a sample letter was posted for supporters of The Committee To Find Mitrice. This letter was initially e-mailed, faxed and mailed to President Obama and the US Justice Department by numerous supporters.

The Fact Is – On May 6th Waters constructed a letter to the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Section of Disability Rights – A month after Michael Richardson initiated this action. Waters has simply acted upon the countless hours of research that The Committee To Find Mitrice Richardson members have conducted.

The Fact Is – Waters has not shown an interest in this case since her letter to the FBI dated December 22, 2009. Five months later she grabs the ball and runs with Michael Richardson’s resources.

On May 10, 2010, Michael Richardson met face to face with congresswoman Maxine Waters as she left the press conference of Reggie Jones – Sawyer. Jones-Sawyer is running for the Democratic nomination to the 47th State Assembly District.

Upon approaching the congresswoman she hid behind one of her staff members stating that she would speak with Michael Richardson if he removed the camera and recorder. Richardson immediately complied. Upon introducing himself to Waters she stated that she knew who Michael Richardson was. In addition she stated “You’re the one who has been using up all of my staff’s time regarding your daughter’s case.” Richardson responded – “isn’t that what my tax dollars are for?” In addition, Richardson stated “it would not be necessary if you and your staff would at least return a phone call.” Waters replied, “they do” at this point Richardson asked, “are you calling me a liar?” The conversation progressed to a discussion regarding the next steps which involved the Department of Justice findings within the next couple of weeks. Richardson then requested that Waters not go behind his back and undermine the hard work which is continuously places in his daughters case. Richardson stated that it’s a “slap in his face” and thanked Waters for her time.

Again, Congresswoman Water’s assistance is appreciated.