For Immediate Release

Harry Stewart Release set for Feb. 12 - Rally to be Held

Just Say No! - Fatherhood Coalition Calls for Resistance Movement

Fathers Exhorted to Follow Harry Stewart's Example

BOSTON, Feb. 11—Harry Stewart, the Fatherhood Coalition member jailed for getting out of his car when returning his son following a visitation, is scheduled for release from the Norfolk County House of Correction in Dedham, Saturday, Feb. 12, at 8 a.m. A rally is planned at the State House steps for 2 p.m. that day.

Stewart was convicted of violating the restraining order his ex-wife held against him, and ordered to serve a 6-month jail sentence after he refused to satisfy the demands for probation: entering a batterer's program. Stewart refused to sign the program's admission document that contains an admission of domestic violence—in effect, a false confession.

CPF'S   5-POINT RESISTANCE PLAN

The Fatherhood Coalition calls on all fathers embroiled in custody litigation to:
1. Refuse to barter away their natural, unalienable rights to parent their children as full and active parents, co-equal with the mothers of their children—and insist on nothing less than shared physical custody of their children
2. Refuse to cooperate with any court-ordered investigators, especially Guardian ad Litems appointed to make recommendations for child custody, and/or any attorneys appointed by the court to represent their children.
3. Refuse to submit to any court-ordered psychological evaluations.
4. Refuse to visit their children under terms of supervised visitation, especially at any supervised visitation center.
5. Refuse to enter any so-called "batterer's intervention" program.

Though parole and early release is a standard procedure, because domestic violence has become a political crime, Stewart was refused parole on the same grounds as his sentence: refusing to enter the batterer's program.

Through his imprisonment, Stewart and the Fatherhood Coalition have drawn attention to the abuse of 209A abuse prevention orders, and their larger context: the massively funded domestic violence regime.

The Fatherhood Coalition asserts that the abuse of 209A abuse protection orders is but one method whereby the civil rights of fathers are compromised in the courts. Last year, the Fatherhood Coalition filed a multi-plaintiff lawsuit in federal court against the state's judges of the trial court. The Fatherhood Coalition demands equal rights for fathers, and an end to the violation of our civil rights under color of law.

Fathers Must Follow Harry Stewart's Example

Stewart's defiance and sacrifice symbolizes the attitude that non-custodial fathers must adopt to halt the gross violation of civil liberties perpetrated by the courts and the domestic violence regime. The Fatherhood Coalition calls on all fathers involved in custody litigation across the nation to follow the brave example set by Harry Stewart and REFUSE TO COOPERATE with the divorce system that deprives them of their unalienable parenting rights and criminalizes them in the process. Individual fathers and father's rights organizations are encouraged to adopt a "Just Say No!" policy of passive resistance.

According to Coalition spokesman Mark Charalambous:

"The divorce system is a complex web of social services, guardian ad litems, psychologists, district attorneys offices, victim-witness advocates, battered women's shelters, supervised visitation centers, batterers intervention programs, and the court infrastructure that serves as their gateway. All these agents have been indoctrinated by victim-feminist, anti-male pseudo-science and outright propaganda."

Adds Coalition co-chairman John Flaherty:

"Judges and other court officers have been thoroughly indoctrinated to the extent that the system, as it is, is beyond redemption from internal reforms. To break the back of this complex web of public and private social and legal agencies that profit from the persecution, destruction and eventual criminalization of fatherhood requires a massive resistance movement. This must begin at a grass roots level, in every family court across the nation. We can wait no longer. Now is the time. We exhort all father's rights organizations to adopt the "Just Say No!" policy and recommend it to their memberships."

Just Say No! - CPF's 5-Point Plan for Passive Resistance

Today, the Fatherhood Coalition announces a 5-point plan of passive resistance. We urge all fathers to refuse to comply with the standard operating procedure in place in the courts. Specifically, we call on all fathers embroiled in custody litigation to:

  1. Refuse to barter away their natural, unalienable rights to parent their children as full and active parents, co-equal with the mothers of their children—and insist on nothing less than shared physical custody of their children

  2. Refuse to cooperate with any court-ordered investigators, especially Guardian ad Litems appointed to make recommendations for child custody, and/or any attorneys appointed by the court to represent their children.

  3. Refuse to submit to any court-ordered psychological evaluations.

  4. Refuse to visit their children under terms of supervised visitation, especially at any supervised visitation center.

  5. Refuse to enter any so-called "batterer's intervention" program.

Men should file the necessary paperwork to formalize their objections to whichever of these tactics are being used against them, and when necessary, to appeal unfavorable rulings.

Stewart the man is free, for now. But now "Harry" the symbol for all loving fathers—past, present and future—that refuse to cooperate with police-state tactics of the divorce system, will hopefully galvanize public support for father's rights.

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For further information, contact:

Mark Charalambous
CPF Spokesman
brontis@ziplink.net

John Flaherty
CPF co-Chairman
jmflaherty@aol.com

Harry Stewart
CPF-South Shore chapter
(On and after Feb. 12)

(978) 840-0268

(508) 478-7529

(617) 376-9987

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617-723-DADS

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