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The
Fatherhood

Coalition

Protests, Vigil, Rallies in 2000


 

SPRINGFIELD -- More than 40 citizens turned out for a candlelight vigil Wednesday, March 15, 2000 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the corner of East Columbus and Howard Street beneath the "Victoria" billboard posted on the Burstein Law Offices.

SPRINGFIELD -- A vigil Monday, May 8 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. showed a modest, yet active turnout of about 15 supporters each holding 1-to-2 signs with slogans such as "Everyday is Mothers’ Day in Family Court" and "Probate Court is Anti-Father." Again, it was at the corner of East Columbus and Howard Street beneath the "Victoria… We want you back…" billboard. In attendance were fathers, grandparents, friends and family members who share issues with regard to fathers' and children’s rights, and the injustices incurred upon them by the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court as a result of sex discrimination in divorce and separation proceedings. During the event, attorneys from the Burstein Law Offices called the Springfield Police to try to have the group removed from the location claiming their business was being interfered with. Three policemen arrived, two patrolmen and a supervisor, each conducting themselves in a friendly and professional manner. After ensuring the group’s safety from the swiftly moving traffic on Columbus Avenue the police left the scene without incident.

After over an hour at the site two thirds of the group disbanded and carpooled to Holyoke for a rally in front of the home, and around the neighborhood of Chief Justice, David G. Sacks, Hampden Division Probate Court. Neighbors video taped the event from their driveway.

SPRINGFIELD – A protest, Monday, May 15 at 4:00 p.m. on the steps of the Hampden Division Hall of Justice. After about 45 minutes at the Court House, the group moved to the corner of East Columbus Avenue and Howard Street two blocks south and regrouped, and carpooled to Judge David G. Sacks’ neighborhood in Holyoke for a demonstration from 6-6:30 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD -- Press conference May 22 at 5:00 p.m. at the Hampden Division Hall of Justice during today’s Western Massachusetts protest from 4-6:00 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD – A protest Tuesday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m. at the Hampden Division Hall of Justice. Advocates for fathers’ and children’s rights will rallied at the Court House before marching to the corner of East Columbus Avenue and Howard Street to regroup and travel to Judge David G. Sacks’ neighborhood in Holyoke for a demonstration from 6-6:30 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD – A protest, Monday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m. at the Hampden Division Hall of Justice.

SPRINGFIELD – A protest, Monday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m. at the Hampden Division Hall of Justice advocating for fathers and children.

BOSTON – A Fatherhood Coalition counter demonstration, June 13 from noon to 1 p.m., while the Department of Revenue celebrates "responsible fatherhood" at the Statehouse, to draw attention to the shocking mistreatment of divorced fathers such as in the case of Steven Cook, a Needham divorced father who was driven to suicide. Despondent over losing his daughter, his home and all his belongings. Cook was jailed in January for calling his four-year-old daughter on the wrong day of the week.

SPRINGFIELD – A protest, Monday, June 19 at 4:00 p.m. at the Hampden Division Hall of Justice advocating for fathers and children. The rally was the last in a two-month series of scheduled vigils for the season. During July and August, had several "unscheduled" demonstrations before starting another two-month series in the autumn.

SPRINGFIELD -- More than 10 fathers’ rights supporters held a 1-1/2 hour protest this morning at the Hampden Division Hall of Justice hosted by the group Fathers and Children Together, Wednesday, July 19 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at the Hampden Division Hall of Justice, at the corner of State Street and East Columbus Avenue. The purpose of the protest was to condemn sex discrimination with which, the group contents, fathers and men are systematically alienated from their children by the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court system. The protestors held signs with slogans that included, Family Court is Anti-Men, Deals on Fatherlessness and PAS (Parental Alienation Syndrome) here, and Kids need Fathers not Visitors.

SPRINGFIELD – Several father and child advocates from the Fatherhood Coalition held another 1-1/2 hour protest at the corner of State Street and East Columbus Avenue adjacent to the Hampden Division Hall of Justice at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 23.

SPRINGFIELD – More than fifteen fathers’ rights activists from The Fatherhood Coalition’s Hampshire/Franklin chapter gathered this morning for a protest at the Hampden Division Hall of Justice to challenge sex discrimination they content is prevalent in the Family Court system. One coalition member, James Labrosse, made the trek from his home in Southern Rhode Island. "A lot of honking of horns, waves and thumbs up came from passing cars," Labrosse said.

SPRINGFIELD – Held a 1-1/2 hour protest at the corner of State Street and East Columbus Avenue adjacent to the Hampden Division Hall of Justice at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 6. The Fatherhood Coalition and the group F.A.C.T. rallied together as a show of support and unity among fathers’ rights advocates.

SPRINGFIELD – More than seventeen fathers’ rights supporters from The Fatherhood Coalition’s Hampshire/Franklin chapter gathered this morning for the protested at the Hampden Division Hall of Justice to challenge sex discrimination they content is prevalent in the Family Court system. Two coalition members made the trek from near Boston.

SPRINGFIELD – Held the first in a series of eight vigils, Monday, Oct. 9 at 4:30 p.m. on the State Street side of the Hampden Division Hall of Justice. The series will end with the last vigil Nov. 27.

SPRINGFIELD – Held its second in a series of eight vigils Monday, Oct. 16, at 4:30 p.m. on the State Street side of the Hampden Division Hall of Justice.

SPRINGFIELD – Held its third in a series of eight vigils Monday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m. on the State Street side of the Hampden Division Hall of Justice. There was also a 3-hour protest Thursday, Oct. 26 from 7:30-10:30 a.m., which will begin on the corner of East Columbus Avenue and State Street.

SPRINGFIELD -- Held its fourth in a series of eight vigils Monday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 p.m. on the State Street side of the Hampden Division Hall of Justice.

SPRINGFIELD -- Held its fifth in a series of eight vigils Monday, Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. on the State Street side of the Hampden Division Hall of Justice.

SPRINGFIELD -- Held its sixth in a series of eight vigils today, Monday, Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m. on the State Street side of the Hampden Division Hall of Justice.

Are judges overreacting in Springfield? (Published in the Massachusetts News)

SPRINGFIELD, MASS, November 22, 2000: A group of fathers has been picketing every Monday outside the Hall of Justice in Springfield to protest what they say is "blatant sex discrimination" against men. But things turned ugly on Monday when five state troopers in plain clothes threatened the men with arrest and took their names and pictures so they could be summoned to District Court for a hearing to see if criminal charges should be filed.

There were at least 10 general FR rallies and public outreach events at the major intersection adjacent the Holyoke Mall and Exit 15 of I-91 during the months of November, December and January 2000/2002.

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