[AKidsRight.Org] Meeting Feb 13, Lyons, NY / Help response - 0 yes, 1 no, 5000 not interested?

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From: John Murtari (jmurtari@akidsright.org)
Date: Thu Feb 08 2007 - 09:09:12 EST

Good People & People of Faith,

This message has info on:

1. Meeting in Lyons, NY - Tues, Feb 13.
2. Help response - 0 yes, 1 no, 6000 not interested?
3. AKidsRight.Org - Your help needed and welcome!

1. Meeting in Lyons, NY - Tues, Feb 13.
I'll be hosting a Group meeting in Lyons, NY on Tuesday, Feb 13, at
7 PM.  Lyons is located half way between Rochester and Syracuse and
only a few miles from the New York State Thruway.

We hope to start bringing people in Central/Western NY together for
a planned Rally at the Syracuse Federal Building in March. The focus
of that will be to get Presidential Candidate Hillary R. Clinton to
examine the issue of Family RIghts and to meet with some loving
parents who have seen their families hurt by the present system.

For more info, you can see a PDF copy of a small display ad that ran
in two local papers,

I look forward to seeing you there and meeting you in person!
John Murtari (jmurtari@AKidsRight.Org)

2. Help response - 0 yes, 1 no, 5000 not interested/busy?
Many were VERY supportive during my recent extended jail sentence
and tube feeding, http://www.AKidsRight.Org/support_jm.htm
Many of you wrote me, the officials involved, and some even drove
all the way to Syracuse to participate in a rally on my behalf. It
is no exaggeration to say your actions helped protect my quality of

You wrote and shared the tragedies that had occured to your
families, how you were treated with indignity, your love of your
children worth so little. You took the time (and some of you the
money) to help me even though it wouldn't directly help you.

Now, we have an opportunity to take the initiative in our reform
efforts and to improve things, if not for us, for our children.  I
hope many of you were surprised by the impact one person could have
(with your support) and the power of NonViolent Action,

I thought I would share the response to the last message which asked
for help in maintaining our Group.  We have a large mailing list,
not a single person said yes.  One person wrote a nice message, but
said 'No'.

We are all very busy and while the Internet is a nice thing for
bringing people together -- it can be information overload.  So many
mailing lists, so many people, so little time!  I don't blame folks
for not responding, I often take the same attitude myself -- but there
are cases where I do get involved.

Sometimes we think other folks are helping or that someone is better
qualified. Well, don't let that stop you here!

3. AKidsRight.Org - Your help needed and welcome!
I encourage folks to volunteer and help with the group web site and
mailing list. Kevin Purdy (Boulder, CO) has been steadfast for years
in handling some of our email (contact@AKidsRight.Org). Teri
Stoddard (teri@AKidsRight.Org) has done an excellent job as our PR
person. We could use more help as the group continues to grow.  If
you have been on the list for a while and feel you want to do more
-- you are welcome.  We specifically need people to:

Update our Hall of Shame - we have a growing collection of horror
stories at http://www.AKidsRight.Org/shame.htm Need someone who has
simple knowledge of web page formatting and can post parent

Keep watch over our discussion Forum - we have a nice discussion
forum, but it needs a more active moderator to help keep out
the SPAM and junk advertising.

Webmaster - someone who can take a more complete role in managing
the web site; updating content.  Should be comfortable with web site

Mailing List/Email - able to reply to folks contacting the group,
format news items, and product new content for our list messages.

501(c)(4) Filing - anyone who can help the group organize, prepare and
submit the appropriate paperwork - truly welcome!

All these roles also include being involved in event planning for the
group, our goals and direction. There are some guidelines below.
Please give it some thought and don't hesitate to contact me:

Guidelines for Volunteering to Help
1. A parent with strong personal Faith.
2. Review/understand the key items for our Group.
    NonViolent Action: http://www.AKidsRight.Org/civil_back.htm
    Family Rights Act: http://www.AKidsRight.Org/act.htm
3. When you have time try to read the book:
    "Let the Trumpet Sound - The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.",
     Steven B. Oates,1982.
4. Understand and support the Goal and Approach of our group:

It is time we recognize & protect our GREAT Civil Right to be parents
to our own children. There ought to be a "significant barrier" the
system has to cross before they can interfere with our family life.

We are not looking for MORE laws, but protection.  That you and your
spouse are both considered Fit & Equal parents (equal in terms of both
physical and legal custody).  If anyone (a spouse, relative, social
services) wishes to challenge that, you have:

1) The right to counsel.

2) The right to be presumed a fit parent, innocent, and deserving of
an equal relationship with your kids.

3) The right to protection of a jury.  The "state" needs to prove you
were a demonstrated serious and intentional threat to your child's

We are not loud, rude, or vindictive.  We treat everyone with kindness
and respect -- especially people with whom we disagree (which includes
the other parent, lawyers, and other officials in the "system").

We have held up the ideal that people willing to demonstrate: Faith,
Love, and Personal Sacrifice can be the means of effective social
change. More specifically, that Parents can promote Family Law reform
by demonstrating:

1) Faith in a loving God,

2) Love for their children, former spouses, and other "brothers and
sisters", and

3) Willingness to make Personal Sacrifice,

NonViolent Action allows you to demonstrate through "unambiguous
physical action" the depth of your Faith and belief in your "cause."
It is a positive demonstration of love given at sometimes tremendous
personal cost.

Best regards!
John Murtari

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