Dear Lessman and
This is to acknowledge receipt of your below
email, and that I am sending a copy of this response to our JAILers. I am
pleased to hear both of you affirm that the plight before all of us within
the courts is not a gender issue. I am further pleased to hear that the cause of
J.A.I.L. will be echoed at your June 8th Topeka, Kansas demonstration, and
at other demonstrations at state capitals around the U.S.
As you state, we all benefit from a
coalition effort. But it is on this term "coalition effort" that I wish
to make comment. Quite commonly the understanding of a "coalition
effort" is where different organizations with differing causes assemble for the
common good, having at least one cause that binds them all together.
Now, let's apply that definition to J.A.I.L., which is
but a single issue organization -- passage of J.A.I.L. amending all 50 states'
Constitutions. The tie that binds, then among the
coalition would be passage of J.A.I.L. If any of the
organizations within the coalition opposes this objective, there can
be no accord, for we differ on the basic purpose of what we are getting together
As a point in background, I have been
informed by the leader of one existing prominent coalition of
organizations, which is not necessarily a part of your coalition, but probably
is, that they oppose J.A.I.L.'s single issue purpose for its existence.
Hence, by their own admission, they oppose J.A.I.L. So this experience
raises the question of why J.A.I.L. would want to join hands with
organizations that hold contrary to its purpose
of existence? Isn't this cannibalistic? Does this not promote disunity
in the name of a coalition?
I realize the single issue message of J.A.I.L. may come
across as egotistical to many leaders and organizations, but we
cannot, and will not let this characterization distract us from our mission
of passage of J.A.I.L. in all fifty states.
We will have unity of purpose as
organizations move in behind and support the sole issue of
J.A.I.L. If an organization has a tough time accepting this, they will
just have to live with it. J.A.I.L.'s response to
these organizations is that they will eventually see the light and
move in behind J.A.I.L., for it will become apparent to them that
they have no other choice. And for those who have ears to
hear, J.A.I.L. IS that coalition everyone is
seeking for, but cannot find outside of J.A.I.L! Believest thou
Please know that I really appreciate the two of you
writing me, and that I have sent this out to the JAILers to respond
directly to you on their participation as they will. And lastly, thank you
in advance for heralding the message of J.A.I.L. around the
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2003 10:26
Subject: Re: JAIL4Judges and Million
Dad's March, June 8
On Sunday June 8th there will be a demonstration in
Topeka, KS. and other state capitols for victims of the "Family" court
systems. These demonstrations include grandparents, mothers, fathers,
children, and people from all walks of life.
One great solution
to ending the destruction of families is the JAIL
would like to get word of JAIL4Judges to any participating in or watching our
protests. This would help you get more coverage for JAIL, and would help
us end the abuses of "Family" courts!
Please advise Ron, our movements
will both benefit from working together!
the Million Dads Marchwww.MillionDadsMarch.org
Stephen Baskerville, baskerville@...
think your presence would be a great addition to this, and would help
create the broad coalition that is needed to make it a major event.
It is above all an issue of judicial abuse, and when I speak you can be
certain I will put it in those terms.
It is no accident that fathers are being bashed, but some mothers do
get it too, so you are right that it is not a gender issue.
(My theory, which I cannot yet prove, is that mothers get bashed when the
father has political connections: the exception that proves the
All successful demos in the past have been the work of
broad coalitions that do not necessarily agree on every point. You
would help bring in others.