PARENT CLIMBS ARTWORK AT FEDERAL BUILDING SEEKING HELP FROM SENATOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 18, 2005
Syracuse, NY (Hanley Federal Building) – At 2 PM a lone parent, John Murtari, climbed the 20 foot sculpture in the Federal Plaza. He unfurled a banner and also carried pictures of various parents and children. The message was “Senator Clinton – Please help us!” He was not dressed as a superhero, but wore a white shirt & tie and represented the group AKidsRight.Org . He spoke of the need for Family Law reform and protecting the Civil Right of mothers, fathers, and children to be secure as family. A need to control the ease of parent/child splits that presently occur due to divorce, separation, or the actions of social services.
The group hopes that a local meeting between group members and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) may be near. Local and national members have been calling and faxing the offices of Senator Clinton regarding the recognition and protection of their Civil Right to raise their own children. The group hopes this simple act will demonstrate their love for the kids and their deep convictions that serious reform is necessary.
The National Parent’s group (AKidsRight.Org) is attempting to use the methods of Martin Luther King in its search for reform. The Group would like Senator Clinton to respond to their petitions for Congressional Hearings into the need for National Family Law reform and potentially a Family Rights Act, by meeting with local parents.
The Group’s web site highlights the NonViolent philosophy and practice Martin Luther King used to break the grip of segregation. It hopes a similar attitude will help bring reform and also healing to parents who are often involved in bitter child custody disputes with each other or social services. If the nation can observe loving mothers and fathers making personal sacrifice to call attention to their unjust separation from their children – positive reform can happen.
Mr. Murtari, a native of Lyons, New York and a former Air Force pilot and Academy graduate is a local coordinator for the group. He is the President of a small Internet startup company located in Baldwinsville, NY.
In contrast to the bitterness and anger which is normally associated with protest efforts and family issues — Murtari plans a positive attitude. He says they are NOT there to condemn Senator Clinton as a “bad person” or as someone who doesn’t care about family or children’s issues; however, as a natural part of the political process they want to show their concern over the issue and to increase her sensitivity to their cause. The Group is hoping for Congressional Hearings into Family Law reform so that group members affected by the present patchwork of laws across the nation will have a chance to tell their stories.
For more information:
John Murtari, Group coordinator, (office: 315-635-1968,x-211)(cell: 315-430-2702).
Mr. Richard Southwick, Asst US Attorney Northern District of NY: 315-448-0672
Mr. Charles Keller, SU Law School Prof. familiar with case: 315-443-9552
Ms. Cathy Calhoun, Regional Rep. for Senator Clinton: 315-448-0470
Background information at the web site: www.AKidsRight.Org