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[AKidsRight.Org] Parent climbs Federal Bldg. sculpture: "Senator Clinton - Help Us!"

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From: John Murtari (
Date: Thu Aug 18 2005 - 14:12:51 EDT

Good People & People of Faith,

John Murtari returned today, unannounced, to the Syracuse Federal
Building to continue our effort in NonViolent Action. The action was
coordinated with Cathy Hughes (chughes@AKidsRight.Org) who began
contacting local media the moment John reported he was in position.

The News Release below has details (we need your help in getting it
wide distribution).  We still don't know if John was taken into
custody or what he might be charged with.  The web site should have
details as they become available:

TO HELP: Please send a fax or make a phone call to the Senator's
offices both in Washington and Syracuse.  They are paying attention to
what is going on here. 

You don't have to be a resident of New York to call her offices.

Syracuse Local rep, Cathy Calhoun,
tel: 315-448-0470, fax: 315-448-0476

Washington Scheduling Office, Lona Valmoro (Senior Advisor to the Senator),
tel: 202-224-4451, fax: 202-228-0121 

Most of all, you don't have to express anger. Just let her staff know
that you care about Civil Rights protection for families and the
Senator should meet with parent's groups regarding the need for
National reform...  Let them know being a parent is one of our
GREATEST rights. It needs official recognition and protection.

--------------------  NEWS RELEASE  -------------------


Syracuse, NY (Hanley Federal Building) - At 2 PM a lone parent, John
Murtari, climbed the 20 foot sculpture in the Federal Plaza.  He
unfurled a banner and also carried  pictures of various parents and
children. The message was "Senator Clinton - Please help us!"  He was
not dressed as a superhero, but wore a white shirt & tie and
represented the group AKidsRight.Org .  He spoke of the need for
Family Law reform and protecting the Civil Right of mothers, fathers,
and children to be secure as family.  A need to control the ease of
parent/child splits that presently occur due to divorce, separation,
or the actions of social services.

The group hopes that a local meeting between group members and Senator
Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) may be near.  Local and national members
have been calling and faxing the offices of Senator Clinton regarding
the recognition and protection of their Civil Right to raise their own

The group hopes this simple act will demonstrate their love for the
kids and their deep convictions that serious reform is necessary.  The
National Parent's group (AKidsRight.Org) is attempting to use the
methods of Martin Luther King in its search for reform.  The Group
would like Senator Clinton to respond to their petitions for
Congressional Hearings into the need for National Family Law reform
and potentially a Family Rights Act, by meeting with local parents.

The Group's web site highlights the NonViolent philosophy and practice
Martin Luther King used to break the grip of segregation.  It hopes a
similar attitude will help bring reform and also healing to parents
who are often involved in bitter child custody disputes with each
other or social services. If the nation can observe loving mothers and
fathers making personal sacrifice to call attention to their unjust
separation from their children - positive reform can happen.
Mr. Murtari, a native of Lyons, New York and a former Air Force pilot
and Academy graduate is a local coordinator for the group.  He is the
President of a small Internet startup company located in
Baldwinsville, NY.
In contrast to the bitterness and anger which is normally associated
with protest efforts and family issues -- Murtari plans a positive
attitude.  He says they are  NOT there to condemn Senator Clinton as a
"bad person" or as someone who doesn't care about family or children's
issues; however, as a natural part of the political process they want
to show their concern over the issue and to increase her sensitivity
to their cause. The Group is hoping for Congressional Hearings into
Family Law reform so that group members affected by the present
patchwork of laws across the nation will have a chance to tell their
For more information: 

John Murtari, Group coordinator, (office: 315-635-1968,x-211).   
Mr. Richard Southwick, Asst US Attorney Northern District of NY: 315-448-0672
Mr. Charles Keller, SU Law School Prof. familiar with case: 315-443-9552
Ms. Cathy Calhoun, Regional Rep. for Senator Clinton:  315-448-0470

Background information at the web site:  www.AKidsRight.Org

                                       John Murtari
Coordinator                            AKidsRight.Org
jmurtari@AKidsRight.Org                "A Kid's Right to BOTH parents"
Toll Free (877) 635-1968(x-211)        http://www.AKidsRight.Org/
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