For Immediate Release

Berkshire County Fathers’ Group Hosts First Rally

Release No. 06/01-121

June 5, 2001

PITTSFIELD – The Berkshire chapter of the Fatherhood Coalition will host its first rally Wednesday, June 6 between 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Park Square in the center of Pittsfield where Route 7 and North Street intersect.

The purpose of the vigil is to help make the public aware of widespread discrimination against fathers and men in the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court on the basis of gender in child custody cases and other domestic matters. Members and supporters from around the Berkshires, and other Western Massachusetts counties, are expected to attend.

The chapter’s parent organization, based in Boston, has several like chapters throughout the state that support "shared parenting" through mediation and conflict resolution, according to Mike Franco, State Co-Chair and Western Mass. Coordinator. The group also seeks to promote fairness in the family court process.

Shared parenting arrangements are in the obvious best interests of our children," Franco said. Franco cites Dr. Warren Farrell’s latest book, "Father and Child Reunion: How to Bring the Dads We Need to the Children We Love," in which Farrell makes the case for shared parenting being the next best situation for raising children after intact families.

Currently there is a parenting bill -- Senate Bill 813 -- being reviewed by a Joint Committee at the State legislature that, if pass, will institute shared parenting as a presumption of the law.

"Because shared parenting makes so much sense, we hope people will call on their legislators to vote favorably on S813," Franco said. The bill entitled, "An Act Relative To Strengthening Family Relationships Through Responsible Shared Parenting," is sponsored by Senator Stephen Brewer (D) of Barre, and enjoys bipartisan support.

CPF/The Fatherhood Coalition, a non-profit all volunteer organization founded in 1994, is comprised of men and women dedicated to educating the public on the importance of fatherhood. Contact the Fatherhood Coalition through the Fathers' Rights Hotline at 1-413-295-DADS or via their website at


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