On September 26, 2023, the LAUSD Board of Education rescinded the covid-19 vaccine mandate for all district employees, with a 6-1 vote. This victory for health freedom and human rights would not have been possible without the tireless dedication of the Health Freedom Defense Fund (HFDF) and the principled lawyers who fought back against the corrupt school district officials. Leslie Manookian, president, and founder of HFDF said this vote was “another huge victory” for the health freedom movement, as covid vaccine mandates continue to fail in the public school system. However, Manookian warns that the vote is a “cynical attempt to evade justice as the judges signaled, they believed LAUSD’s vaccine mandate was irrational.”
HFDF has provided legal representation for LAUSD employees who were discriminated and wrongfully terminated by the district’s unlawful vaccine mandate. After the mandate, HFDF and LAUSD employees partnered with the California Educators for Medical Freedom and sued top officials at the LAUSD. They argued that the district’s vaccine mandate violated employees’ 14th Amendment “rights of personal autonomy, self-determination, bodily integrity, and the right to reject medical treatment.”
On September 2nd, 2022, a U.S. district judge dismissed their case, but the plaintiffs pressed on and appealed. The case was eventually brought before a three-judge panel in the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on September 14th, where oral arguments were heard.
The LAUSD used a 1905 Supreme Court ruling -- Jacobson v. Massachusetts -- to justify their mandate. During that time, the Supreme Court ruled that the state could compel a person to pay a small fine for refusing a smallpox vaccine that was believed to be safe and efficacious in an emergency. The ruling never said that the state could condition employment on an experimental vaccine or force people to take an injurious product. Today, we know that the covid jabs do not stop transmission or infection and pose severe risks to personal health. Also, natural immunity has proven superior over the so-called vaccines, so the 1905 precedent does not apply in any way, shape, or form.
During the initial covid-19 rollout, there were already signs that the so-called vaccines conferred little to no protection. As such, by September 2021, a third dose of mRNA spike protein was approved for the Pfizer and Moderna brands and a second dose was approved for Johnson & Johnson brand. Today, even the Centers for Disease Control admits that the vaccines do not stop transmission of SARS-CoV-2. It was easy to see early on that the mandate to be “fully vaccinated” was a system of slavery and forever compliance, of surrendering one’s body autonomy and dignity to an endless medical experiment that puts people in danger of further health complications with each cumulative dose. Sadly enough, further boosters have been approved by the FDA and recommended by the CDC, despite there being no evidence to support them.
Manookian told the Defender that “This is about authoritarianism, not about science or public policy.”
While the mandate has been rescinded for now, the HFDF continues to fight for justice for those wrongfully terminated, discriminated against, and injured by the so-called vaccine, the coercion, and all the unlawful mandates.
“There are still somewhere around a thousand people who have lost their jobs, their benefits and everything,” Manookian said. “You can’t just argue that it’s moot and dismiss those people as though they’re disposable.”