Dr. Henry T. Nicholas, III, Marsy’s Law Co-Author and Broadcom Co-Founder, Cites the Power of the 2008 California Ballot Initiative to Unify the Movement behind a Campaign for a Federal Constitutional Amendment
A Pledge to Apply New Technologies to Expand the Reach of Victims’ Rights Groups Nationwide
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MarsysLawforAll, the organization that grew out of the passage last year of California’s Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights, announced its participation in Saturday’s sixth annual 5K Run/Walk Health and Safety Exposition, citing the commitment of host Crime Survivors, Inc. and founder Patricia Wenskunas to help crime victims across Southern California.
“It makes perfect sense to apply these technologies to transform geographically dispersed organizations into a powerful national movement.”
“Marsy’s Law passed because of the dedication and diligent work of Crime Survivors and other victims’ rights organizations throughout California,” said Dr. Henry T. Nicholas, III, Marsy’s Law co-author and co-founder of Broadcom Corporation.
“Now we have the opportunity, working together, to expand on their achievements and build a truly national movement to protect all Americans.”
Dr. Nicholas emphasized his commitment to use technology to empower and unify the victims’ rights movement with the goal of passing a U.S. Constitutional Amendment for comprehensive victims’ rights.
“I’ve been fortunate in business to have developed technologies that have changed the way people communicate,” Dr. Nicholas said. “It makes perfect sense to apply these technologies to transform geographically dispersed organizations into a powerful national movement.”
He said the Marsy’s Law campaign, which succeeded despite strong opposition from powerful interest groups and the mainstream media, demonstrated how people can use the Internet and social networks to change the political landscape.
Marsy’s Law, an amendment to California’s Constitution passed by voters on Nov. 4, 2008, was recognized as a seminal advance for victims’ rights. Named for Dr. Nicholas’ sister, who was murdered in 1983, Marsy’s Law is now the most comprehensive victims’ bill of rights in the country.
More than 1,000 victims’ rights supporters are expected to attend Saturday’s event, including nationally syndicated columnist and Entertainment Tonight correspondent, Diane Diamond. Local and national crime organizations will be part of the Health and Safety Exposition.
Crime Survivors has facilitated communication between crime victims and agencies that can help them, such as public service, government and nonprofit organizations. Crime Survivors has distributed Victim Resource Guides to many law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles and Orange County and has created Victim Emergency Bags that are distributed to crime victims by participating Police departments after a crime has been committed.
In recognition of Wenskunas’ dedication to victims’ rights, Dr. Nicholas helped sponsor this year’s Crime Survivors 5K Run/Walk and pledged to be a lead sponsor for the event next year.About MarsysLawforAll
MarsysLawforAll is focused on expanding the constitutional rights of crime victims nationwide and supporting the use of new technologies to help unify and promote the objectives of geographically dispersed grass-roots organizations. Its new website, www.marsyslawforall.org, will serve as a test-bed for developing technologies to enable the victims’ rights movement to reach new members, attract high-impact supporters and promote the eventual passage of a U.S. Constitutional Amendment.