Senator Schumer & Gillibrand – action for Family Rights

Action for a Meeting with
Senator Charles Schumer & Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Syracuse, New York
Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) 315-423-5471
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) 315-448-0470

As always we are promoting the recognition and protection of Family Rights.  It’s good to start with fundamentals and right now we can’t even get support for this:  “When a child is born, both biological parents have a right to know.”    We’ll try to focus on that first.  The concept that you have a right to know you have a child seems simple to most people.  We feel we have a good plan to start a National grass-roots movement for reform.

June 22nd, 2018  – We plan on meeting in front of the entrance of the Syracuse Federal Bldg at 1 PM. John would really like to have a few spectators present to monitor what happens as he plans to leave even more messages on the pavement.

Feel free to send us your stories and they will be personally delivered.

June 15th, 2018 (Friday before Father’s Day) -There were no letters to deliver, but a local Mom did show up around 1 PM to talk about some custody issues.   She took a pic of John and the placard he carries outside the building (His cap? He’s a USAF Academy grad & former Pilot).  She wasn’t able to stay around and John began leaving multiple chalk messages at 2 PM.

Again, security was polite, gave him another warning, but did not react to the additional messages.  We need more parents as spectators and then we should be able to get some local media coverage.  Read a ‘frank’ list message: Not-So-Happy Father’s Day – when does it end?

“Senators Help Us!   We ♥ R Kids”

June 1st, 2018 – Another Mom showed up with a photo and letter.  We delivered it and spoke briefly with the Regional Director for Senator Schumer.

The original plan had been to leave a chalked message and risk a potential arrest; however, a lot of downtown Syracuse was blocked off to traffic.  It was the “Taste of Syracuse” festival and there were a lot of people around and also on the Federal Plaza.

John has a  ‘working’ relationship with security, and tries to avoid incidents when they are busy.  It hadn’t rained in a week, the message from the 25th was still clearly visible!

May 25th, 2018 – No letters to deliver.  John carried a small placard with pictures of parents and children unjustly separated.  His cap?  He is a former Air Force pilot.

He then left a message in chalk and was then warned by building security to not do that anymore or they’d have to take action.

We’ve left two weeks worth of letters at the local offices of the Senators.  John tried to call their local aids to get some type of response.  Had to leave a message and no callback so far.

May 18th, 2018 – A package of 5 more of your letters was delivered.  Delivered the letters and left a chalked message on the pavement.   Read a recent list message for more details.

“Senators Help Us!   We ♥ R Kids”

May 11th, 2018 (Friday before Mother’s Day) –  A package of five letters was dropped off at the offices of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand.

Got to the Syracuse Federal Bldg at about 12:30, just walked around outside carrying a small placard with pics of parents and children. At about 1:15 I quit waiting for anyone to show up, and brought the letters/photos you had submitted to the local offices of Senators Schumer & Gillibrand.

Went back outside, pulled out some “Passionate Pink” Kid’s chalk and wrote the message you see below:
“Senators Help Us!   We  R Kids”
Well within view of the entrance, not to mention extensive surveillance cameras.   It appears nobody noticed. Stayed around for another 15 minutes and the left.

I’m very happy to be home again! Plan on going back again next Friday, same time. Hope to see some of you there to help deliver letters and to just watch what happens.  — John

To succeed in getting media attention we need more parents to call/visit their local offices.    We’ll be meeting at the entrance of the Syracuse Federal Building at 1 PM.  We’ll be dropping your personal letters (including a picture of you and your children) with their staff.  Click here for examples from last year.     Contact John Murtari if interested.

If we can get a good turnout we may be able to arrange some media attention.

June 2017 – Visited with aides for Senator Schumer & Gillibrand at the Syracuse Federal Building. . Talked to them about the need to recognize & protect Family Rights. Left them a package  including photos & letters from parents.

Couldn’t even get political support for → “When a child is born, both biological parents have a right to know.” Senator Gillibrand’s aide thought I had a point and something to consider. Senator Schumer’s aide felt it was the mother’s decision to let a father know he had a child.


Check here for efforts in 2013-2014.