There are a number of developments taking place around the
country regarding Shared Parenting and efforts to reform family
law. Check out these items of interest and
help spread the word by forwarding this email to your family and
Whistleblower Magazine, an influential monthly publication from
World Net Daily is devoting its June issue to the WAR ON FATHERS.
Articles authored by ACFC President Stephen Baskerville and Glenn
Sacks will among those featured. The issue will be on newsstands
about two weeks from now. Pick up a copy, we'll have more on this
in a future newsletter. This is a milestone event and further
evidence that our efforts to reform family law are creating the type
of public awareness needed to bring about change.
ACFC President Stephen Baskerville's work is
recognized and quoted in the new book: Legalizing
Misandry: From Public Shame to Systemic Discrimination Against Men.
Check it out on
North Dakota Shared Parenting Initiative Update
Mitch Sanderson and volunteers of the North Dakota Coalition for
Families and Children are rapidly gathering signatures to place the
Shared Parenting Initiative on the ballot in November. There has
been quite a bit of activity since our last communication. The
Domestic Violence coalitions have officially announced their
objection to the measure in conjunction with a front organization
known as Citizens Concerned for Children. A nice sounding name to
be sure, but dedicated to one objective, to see to it that shared
parenting does not become law in North Dakota.
James Fleming the Deputy Director and General Counsel for the
Department of Health Services is attempting to use the fear of loss
of federal child support incentive and reimbursement funds to urge
defeat of the measure. Thomas Sullivan, the regional director of
administration for Health and Human Services at the federal level
also urges non passage. We issued a general response to the Fleming
memo and we thank Dr. Mark Rogers for replying in specific detail to
both Fleming's and Sullivan's comments.
There are two measures being considered in North Dakota. Ours is
the shared parenting initiative, it does not put the state's funding
in jeopardy. The family law reform initiative may have adverse
consequences for the state financially (although we agree with many
of the sentiments it expresses), unfortunately it appears the state
is attempting to use the shortfalls of one initiative to taint both
A specific web page has been constructed so you may see just
how inappropriately far our government is going to keep children and
Click here to read more.
We met with a representative of North Dakota's Senator Conrad's
office on this situation last week and will be meeting with ranking
administration officials over the coming days to address the actions
and concerns of various parties.
Alabama on the Air
The Alabama Coalition for Families and Children, an ACFC
affiliate, has launched a weekly radio program in the state.
here for further details. John Kral, President of the Coalition
writes: "We are pleased to bring news and information to the
families of Alabama via radio. This opportunity will further our
efforts to make family law friendlier to families."
National Family Law Reform Conference Building Momentum
David Wagner, David Heliniak and John Crouch will attend and
present at September's National Family Law Reform Conference.
David Wagner, Associate Professor, Regent University School of Law
is recognized for his critiques of Child Protective Services. He is
the author of Defining Deviancy Up: How the Child
Protection System Often Harms Families, and will
provide an inside look at a bureaucracy which routinely separates
fit parents from their children in violation of citizen's most
fundamental liberty interests.
David Heliniak recently authored an article on domestic
violence in the Rutgers Law Review. He will be participating in a
panel discussion on domestic violence. Read
his law review article - The
New Star Chamber: The New Jersey Family Court and the Prevention of
Domestic Violence Act here. It's a large file and
may take a while to download depending on your connection speed.
John Crouch is a family law attorney and Director of "Americans
for Divorce Reform." John has provided testimony to the United
States Congress and regularly speaks at conferences and events on
the subject of divorce.
Join us September 15 - 16, 2006 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott
for this exciting event.
Click here for additional details and to register.
New Articles and Broadcasts
Several new articles were published since our last
communication. We are building a video archive for your use in
spreading the news about shared parenting. Click below to see what
Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and others are saying about Fathers and
Family Court. Depending on the speed of your internet connection it
might take a few moments to see the video clips. You'll need to
have Window Media Player version 7 or higher to see them. They are
best viewed using Internet Explorer as your browser.
6/01/2006 - AB 2051 Moves California in Wrong Direction -
Coauthored by Glenn Sacks and ACFC Exec. Dir. Mike McCormick takes a
look at a bad Domestic Violence bill. Published in the Daily Breeze
5/28/2006 - HB 5267 Will Help Children of Divorce - Coauthored
by Glenn Sacks and ACFC Exec. Dir. Mike McCormick the article
discusses Michigan's Shared Parenting Bill. Visit ACFC affiliate
Dads of Michigan at
http://www.dadsofmichigan.org/ for more details on this
legislation. Published in the Lansing State Journal.
Click here for video files.