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Dear Robert,     

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 friends.

Whistleblower Magazine devotes issue to WAR ON FATHERS
North Dakota Shared Parenting Initiative Heats Up
Alabama Affiliate Hits the Airwaves with Radio Programming
Family Law Reform Conference Building Momentum
New Articles and Broadcasts


 Whistleblower Magazine

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 Amazon.com


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 initiatives.

A specific web page has been constructed so you may see just how inappropriately far our government is going to keep children and parents separated.  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.  Congratulations.....click 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.  http://www.divorcereform.org/

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 (Los Angeles).

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.



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