Two Ways To Do Things
- J.A.I.L. News Journal
Los Angeles, California September 30, 2004Two Ways To Do ThingsIt is often said that there are two ways to do things, "The Hard Way, or The Easy Way." I have a number of times used the illustration of going to my next door neighbor's house one door east.As one who lives in the San Fernando Valley (northern Los Angeles), I can either take a taxi traveling west to the FlyAway bus lines in Van Nuys, and buy a ticket to LAX Airport. From there I can begin my international flight with a layover in Hawaii. Then travel on with a stop-over in France. From there, I can drop in Thailand. And after a couple other stops I will find myself landing at the JFK Airport in New York. From there, I can take an inner-continental flight to Burbank/Bob Hope Airport. Now, after 25,000 miles, I am getting very close to my destination. All I need to do now is flag a taxi and in a few minutes I will arrive at my neighbor's home.Or --I can just simply walk next door and knock on my neighbor's door. One route is very expensive, and time-consuming, but admittedly both routes get me to the same destination.Now by way of application, it is true that we are all facing major injustices in our courts across America, and that injustice is tearing our nation apart from inside from which we need redress of grievance.To remedy this situation, we could bring multiply class-action lawsuits across America on behalf of some twenty-five million victims, and take our chances in the courts, Or,We could just place J.A.I.L. on the ballot, and get it passed, and hold all judges accountable. While hiring many attorneys to represent twenty-five million clients is a huge and very expensive task, passage of J.A.I.L., depending upon which state chosen, will cost us somewhere between $50,000 to 250,000.Yes, millions of parents are being butchered via the courts, and "something" must be done. But what is that "something?" By bringing actions in courts, we are going to the very enemy from which our problems originate. But some will say, "It is the state court judges that are doing it to us, and we are going to the federal judges for relief." This is at best a naive statement of those ignorant of federal judges who are less accountable to the People than are state judges. But, as they say, "Experience is a good teacher." Once we learn our lesson -- where to then?It all comes down to J.A.I.L. -- the only relief.Please do not get me wrong. I do not intend to mock or make fun of those suffering their plights, but to instruct people by way of my own experiences. If federal courts were the answer, there would be no J.A.I.L. today, and I, as well as others, would have already turned the corruption around from which suffer. Anyone can learn from their own experiences, (I did), but a wise man will learn from another's. What's more, when I learned my lesson, I did not have benefit of the option of J.A.I.L. It just simply did not exist. I could not have heard or considered it.But now J.A.I.L. is an option, but not just an option, but the only means by which this nation is going to peaceably be turned around. Further, I say that even if violent action were considered as the means, and we were to live to talk about it, we would still be in the need for the passage of J.A.I.L.Conclusion: Why fly all the way around the world to get to your next door neighbor's house when you just can walk there?-Ron Branson----- Original Message -----From: sacs1@...Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2004 8:22 PMSubject: Parents File Class Action Custody Lawsuits All Across AmericaFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEParents File Class Action Custody Lawsuits All Across America(Atlanta, Georgia) September 30, 2004 Over the past two weeks, advocate groups have been filing multiple federal class action lawsuits, on behalf of an estimated 25 million noncustodial parents, demanding that rights to equal custody of their children be restored by the federal courts. The suit was recently filed in Georgia and it has been filed in almost all states with only a handful left which are expected to follow soon.Reminiscent to the start of the American Revolutionary War, groups in thirteen states fired the opening salvos on September 17, 2004 the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. Interestingly, groups in South Carolina were the very first, also strangely familiar with the opening sequences of the Civil War. The groups promise their resolve in obtaining victory on a national scale.In what some are calling "the granddaddy of all lawsuits", the parents will challenge widespread practices by the states in determining care, custody, and support of children. "Parents are tired of being mistreated as second class citizens by state courts," according to Torm L. Howse, President of the Indiana Civil Rights Council, which is coordinating the national effort. Most parents say they care about their children, their families, and the related unnecessary waste of their hard-earned tax dollars by the government, more than all other political issues combined.The coalition is comprised of various leaders from family rights, fathers rights, mothers rights, and shared parenting groups, as well as political candidates, doctors, and other activists committed to dramatic social, taxation, and government reform in the area of family law. The effort is also backed by several prominent family rights organizations."We're trying to protect the right of all fit parents to share equally in the custody and care of their children," says Howse. The time has come for a drastic reform of government practices that harm children and parents. Kids need both parents, adds Rachel Forrest, a leader with the National Congress for Fathers and Children. "We hope that this landmark action will wake up the government and make it aware of the inequities in family courts and social services that prevent our children from having equal access to both of their parents."According to attorney Garrett C. Dailey, who successfully obtained a recent landmark California Supreme Court decision, "children of divorced parents who have two primary parents in their lives do better in school, are better adjusted and happier than children raised by only one primary parent." Likewise, the American Psychological Association, the worlds largest such group, confirmed through an exhaustive study that children in joint custody arrangements have less behavior and emotional problems, higher self-esteem, better family relations, and better school performance than children who are subjected to sole custody arrangements. Agreeing in a decision long-touted by parental rights advocates, Judge Dorothy T. Beasley of the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled: Inherent in the express public policy is a recognition of the child's right to equal access and opportunity with both parents, the right to be guided and nurtured by both parents, the right to have major decisions made by the application of both parents' wisdom, judgment and experience. The child does not forfeit these rights when the parents divorce."When asked to elaborate on the amount of damages being sought, Howse clarified, "Oh, yes. I suppose the initial appearance of damages being sought seems staggering - even unbelievable. However, those numbers only reflect the fact that the sheer number of parents who have been wronged by family courts is equally staggering." He also added, "It has never been about winning large amounts of money from the states. That would hurt the innocent taxpayers, and as noncustodial parents, we are very familiar with suffering under backbreaking financial pressures. It's about restoring the lives of our children, and restoring our own lives, all in accordance with law. In fact, we are preparing, very soon, to offer proposed settlements that would alleviate the vast majority of these damages, among other things, in exchange for a quick restoration of equal custody rights, a few forms of tax abatements and credits to balance what custodial parents have enjoyed for years, and some other basic and related issues, like the setting up of neutral visitation exchange centers. We will encourage state governments to accept the overwhelming facts, and to thereby avoid any necessity for a prolonged court battle."In addition to challenging standard practices pertaining to family law, the coalition also alleges that while nearly every state has recognized catastrophic budgetary failures, the states still recklessly refuse to consider the financial devastation involved with encouraging routine awards of sole custody, reminding that such patterns dramatically increase crime, poverty, drug use, suicides, dropouts, teenage pregnancies, and other forms of direct harm and costs against children, families, taxpayers, and society in general. Professor Stephen Baskerville, distinguished master of political science at Howard University, and one of the worlds foremost experts on various custody and child support issues, explains: Politicians often spend money to avoid confronting problems. Yet marshaling the government to strengthen families seems especially pointless when it is government that weakened the family in the first place.The plaintiffs further allege that the relocation of children away from one parent radically increases the incidence of parental kidnappings, which dwarf all other types of kidnappings, and wastes additional tax dollars in the ensuing processes. An in-depth analysis, conducted in 1990 by the U.S. Department of Justice, confirmed that over 350,000 children were abducted that year by a family member typically a parent involved in a custody dispute while the number of stereotypical kidnappings of children for ransom amounted only to a few hundred nationwide.The parents say that common inequities in state family courts are also directly and indirectly responsible for murders and suicides amongst the most estranged families. Every week, they note, approximately 300 fathers and 75 mothers commit suicide in this country, with the majority of these senseless deaths directly attributable to victimization by family courts. These suicides are often committed by passive parents, due to hopelessness in a system fraught with injustice, but the more aggressive parents occasionally snap at the weight of suffering such anguish, and violently take out their desperation on estranged partners, sometimes even murdering them, and possibly the children, before also killing themselves.They also allege that the states are recklessly responsible for much of the abuse and neglect experienced by children in this country. The National Clearinghouse for Child Abuse and Neglect Information, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, consistently reports that, year after year, single parents are responsible for almost two-thirds of all substantiated cases of abuse and neglect committed against children more than all other classes of perpetrators combined. The national costs of these child abuse and neglect incidents surpassed $94 billion in 2001, according to Prevent Child Abuse America. Its painfully obvious that the majority of child abuse can be easily prevented, by simply ensuring the regular presence of both parents in the daily lives of children, notes Howse. Involving the eyes and ears of both parents creates a naturally self-balancing situation, wherein a childs health and safety is automatically monitored by opposing sides that stand to gain if the other side fails.The Plaintiffs further charge that because parents are generally treated unfairly in family courts, the results are also directly or indirectly responsible for very large, and otherwise unnecessary, additional tax burdens upon every citizen, through increased welfare spending and self-serving enlargement of state family agencies and entities, and that such inequities are also indirectly responsible for vast numbers of personal and corporate bankruptcies, which are absorbed into even more future taxation. Additionally, they note a pattern of fraud and abuse being progressively reported about various state family bureaucracies, which they say are very costly in terms of tax dollars, and which violate the rights of American citizens on an unprecedented scale.It is high time for costly government to get out of the lives of most parents and children, says Howse. American taxpayers should no longer be forced to fund systematic violations against parents and children, and the needless progressive destruction of our society.While the current class actions deal exclusively with conventional aspects of child custody, leaders of related parents groups report they have already begun the processes for raising similar legal challenges in the near future, on behalf of alleged victims of CPS, paternity fraud, and the progressive institutional drugging of children in this nation.###
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