The
Fatherhood
Coalition

For Immediate Release

Noncustodial dads say:
   
Happy FatherLESS Day

Fatherhood Coalition to join Fathers-4-Justice/US in Boston and NH marches on Friday

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BOSTON, June 15 – Fathers Rights advocates from New England will march in Boston and Concord, NH on Friday, June 17 in a mock celebration of “FatherLESS Day.”  

Similarly themed marches will take place in numerous other cities across the U.S.

The Boston march will begin at 11:30 from Quincy Market, and is scheduled to finish at 1 p.m. at the State House. Several courthouses on the route will be “disinfected.”


In Massachusetts today, over 90% of the time, a judge will rule that it is in ‘the best interest of the child’ to have his access to one of his parents—usually the child’s father—severely restricted.

Michael O’Neil, Co-Chairman


The Concord march will commence at 3 p.m. in front of the New Hampshire State House.

Participants in Boston are asked to gather at the 2nd floor rotunda in Quincy Market at 10:30 a.m. Those marching in New Hampshire should arrive at the NH State House by 2:30 p.m.

In keeping with the spirit of Fathers-4-Justice in England, where the organization began, the marchers will spice their serious message with whimsy.  Besides holding pictures of the children they have lost resulting from insensitive and biased family court decisions, they intend to command attention in the street with noisemakers such as whistles, horns, and drums.

Watch also for purple balloons and the ubiquitous purple hand prints that have become a trademark of the organization’s many public events in Great Britain.

Shared parenting legislation under consideration in Statehouse

In Massachusetts, the Statehouse is facing considerable pressure from Fathers Rights advocates to pass shared parenting legislation, the objective being to make shared physical custody the default (a “rebuttable presumption”) in family breakup.  On Election Day last year, roughly 85% of the state’s voters in 36 legislative districts and one Senate district voted their approval for a non-binding initiative supporting shared parenting in principle.


There is always a way to separate a father from his children if the desire is present either in the mother or some outside agent.  Turning fathers into ‘noncustodial parents’ benefits the state’s bean counters who reap financial incentives from the federal government for every wage assignment administered by the DOR for child support.

Mark Charalambous, Spokesman


The Fatherhood Coalition is supporting two bills presently under consideration by the Judiciary committee. Senate bill 855 for shared parenting is sponsored by Scott Brown, Richard Tesei and Richard Ross. The Coalition also supports the “209A Reform bill”, H833/S965. There are several other shared parenting bills under consideration.

According to Fatherhood Coalition co-Chairman Michael P. O’Neil,

In Massachusetts today, over 90% of the time a judge will rule that it is in ‘the best interest of the child’ to have his access to one of his parents—usually the child’s father—severely restricted…studies and statistics show the exponential increase in teen pregnancy, suicide, drug usage and school failures that follow these unconscionable court edicts.”

On May 17, Fathers Rights advocates kept the Judiciary committee busy for most of the day until early evening with tales of how they had lost access to their children in the courts.

Coalition Spokesman Mark Charalambous holds that there are systematic incentives for the state to create “throwaway dads”:

“There is always a way to separate a father from his children if the desire is present either in the mother or some outside agent.  Turning fathers into ‘noncustodial parents’ benefits the state’s bean counters who reap financial incentives from the federal government for every wage assignment administered by the DOR for child support.  Similarly, the various and sundry cottage industries that thrive on often bogus allegations of domestic violence and child abuse provide a further incentive to remove dad from the post-divorce family.”

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Logistics/details: www.fatherhoodcoalition.org/cpf/protests/2005/Fathers_Day_05_CPF-F4J.htm

For further information on CPF/The Fatherhood Coalition, contact:

Mark Charalambous
CPF Spokesman
brontis@thecia.net
(978) 840-0268

Michael O’Neil
CPF Co-Chairman
Mike.oneil@juno.com
(774) 219-6093

 

For further information on Fathers-4-Justice, contact:

 

F4J-Massachusetts
(800) 793-7458
info@ma.f4j.us
www.f4j.or
www.fathersunite.org.

Robert Chase
F4J-USA New England
robert.chase@nh.f4j.us

(603) 770-5464

F4J-New Hampshire
(800) 547-3148
info@nh.f4j.us
www.f4j.org
www.nhcustody.org

 

 

CPF / The Fatherhood Coalition
617-723-DADS

A non-profit, all volunteer organization of men and women advocating for fatherhood since 1994


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