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Fathers’ rights activist charged with criminal damage after camping out on MP’s roof (From Your Local Guardian)

Protests are still happening in Britain.  Here in the states, the reform movements are having a difficult time getting any traction.

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A fathers’ rights activist has been charged with criminal damage after setting up camp on Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s roof.

Martin Matthews, 47, of Middlemead Road, Bookham, was arrested yesterday evening following a day and night on top of Mr Grayling’s home in Ashtead.

Mr Matthews has been released on conditional bail and will appear at South East Surrey Magistrates Court on September 8.

Police were called to the house at about 12.15am yesterday and erected scaffolding in the afternoon so that a negotiator could reach him.

At the time the BBC said Mr Matthews gave them advice about the scaffolding saying “Don’t wanna go breaking tiles”.

He climbed up with supplies at 9pm on Tuesday night and unfurled a banner. A photograph provided by New Fathers for Justice shows him apparently mooning.

The group said: “This is another protest to highlight the injustice parents face in the present family court system.”

via Fathers’ rights activist charged with criminal damage after camping out on MP’s roof (From Your Local Guardian).

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Fathers’ Rights Groups Rally Behind Nick Olivas In Odd Rape-Child Support Case | Fox News Latino

Here is an excellent example of how the child support industry is out of control.

Fathers’ rights groups across the U.S. are calling out Arizona court officials for showing what they believe is a miscarriage of justice in the case of Nick Olivas.

Olivas was 14 years old when he conceived a daughter with a then 20-year-old woman. The year was 2006, and yet he wouldn’t learn about the fact until just two years ago. The state of Arizona came knocking, saying the Phoenix native owed child support.

According to court papers, he has a past balance of around $15,000, plus 10 percent. The state has already seized money from his bank account and takes $380 from his paycheck each month.

via Fathers’ Rights Groups Rally Behind Nick Olivas In Odd Rape-Child Support Case | Fox News Latino.

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Fathers’ rights man convicted for threats | Herald Scotland

Most people have no idea what it is like to be denied any contact with your own children. the situation is doubly hard when you go out to try and right this injustice, and you are met with dismissal.  This father’s reaction is totally understandable, yet, he is the one in trouble, not those in the system who inflict such  suffering on others.  The word of the day, folks, is “obey!”

A  FATHERS’ rights campaigner must carry out unpaid work in the community after being convicted of threatening an MSP and a BBC reporter.

Brian McKerrow threatened SNP politician Christina McKelvie and repeatedly phoned Panorama journalist Sam Poling.

The 42-year-old, of Larkhall, Lanarkshire, had been on trial at Hamilton Sheriff Court, defending himself.

He was convicted and yesterday a sheriff ordered him to carry out 300 hours’ community service.

The court heard Ms McKelvie say he had threatened to “take up arms” against her if she would not take on his case.

The pair first met while she was out campaigning in Hamilton during the 2011 Holyrood elections.

McKerrow had wanted her assistance in getting access to his children but launched into rants against Ms McKelvie and her office staff after he was told she could not help.

The MSP said: “I have never been as unnerved as I have been with Mr McKerrow. At one point he told me that he knew people in the military who would sort us out.”

Sheriff Vincent Smith decided not to impose a custodial sentence but gave him unpaid work as a direct alternative to jail.

McKerrow said he planned to appeal the sentence.

via Fathers’ rights man convicted for threats | Herald Scotland.

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Inside Track: Time to speak up for the rights of fathers | Herald Scotland

In Britain, fathers face the same challenges that they do in America as well as in Canada.  Something has gone extremely wrong since the advent of no-fault divorce.  Fathers are treated as a threat by many who currently have power in the area of family law and family courts, as well as the immense industry of specialists (sometimes called the “whores of the court”) that has arisen around divorce, child support and custody matters.  Coming out of court, many fathers are profoundly shaken when they discover they are nothing but a paycheck.  Their manhood, their father hood, all of it comes down to nothing more than money.  What a world we live in.

John Forsyth, of Families Need Fathers (FNF) Scotland, says: “We often hear [them saying]: ‘I felt I was assumed to be guilty of something, but the stronger I argued my case to carry on being the father to my kids, the more I could see suspicion in their eyes.'”

Fathers talk about the court process being profoundly shocking, feeling as if they are on trial and can only have contact if they can prove their worth.

via Inside Track: Time to speak up for the rights of fathers | Herald Scotland.

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Fathers’ rights activist Tim Haries found guilty of defacing Queen portrait, painting by Australian-born artist | News.com.au

A MAN has been found guilty of defacing an Australian artist’s portrait of the Queen with purple paint while it was hanging in Westminster Abbey.

Tim Haries, a Fathers4Justice campaigner, told jurors he vandalised the STG160,000 ($296,000) oil painting to highlight the “social justice issue of our time”.

He had denied a charge of causing criminal damage of more than STG5000 ($A9300) but was on Wednesday found guilty by jurors at London’s Southwark Crown Court.

The 42-year-old father-of-two smuggled a can of purple spray paint into the abbey on June 13 before scrawling the word “help” on the painting by Australian artist Ralph Heimans.

Haries looked straight ahead as the verdict was announced in front of a public gallery full of supporters, many of them dressed in purple, the colour adopted by the campaign group.

Jurors heard that, moments after committing the act, Haries told a steward at the abbey: “Sorry mate, I’ve got nothing against the Queen” before telling a police officer he was “guilty as charged”.

Prosecutor Allister Walker said Haries shouted “fathers for justice” as he put the graffiti on the large oil painting before being tackled to the ground by steward Peter Crook.

via Fathers’ rights activist Tim Haries found guilty of defacing Queen portrait, painting by Australian-born artist | News.com.au.

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My take on the Thomas Ball case | Dr. Helen Smith

Here is some commentary on the Thomas Ball case.

If you don’t know the story by now, Thomas Ball is the New Hampshire man who set himself on fire on the courthouse steps and left a 15-page note outlining the abusive family court system and his reasons for killing himself. Many of you have emailed or commented about this case (thanks very much) here and I think his story is an important one in understanding the psychological and physical damage that the law is inflicting on men in this country. Here is an excerpt from Mr. Ball’s statement that I think makes some very salient points:

I am due in court the end of the month. The ex-wife lawyer wants me jailed for back child support. The amount ranges from $2,200. to $3,000. depending on who you ask. Not big money after being separated over ten years and unemployed for the last two. But I do owe it. If I show up for court without the money and the lawyer say jail, then the judge will have the bailiff take me into custody. There really are no surprises on how the system works once you know how it actually works. And it does not work anything like they taught you in high school history or civics class.

I could have made a phone call or two and borrowed the money. But I am done being bullied for being a man. I cannot believe these people in Washington are so stupid to think they can govern Americans with an iron fist. Twenty-five years ago, the federal government declared war on men. It is time now to see how committed they are to their cause. It is time, boys, to give them a taste of war.

I saw over at Antifeminist tech blog that some are trying to cover up this story, while others, such as man-hater Amanda Marcotte said that Bell’s goal was to use his fiery death to “make his ex-wife’s life a living hell.” This twisted “analysis” is hardly worthy of a response, but I will say that if Ball wanted to make his ex’s life a living hell, killing himself was not the answer. The ex may not have even given a damn.

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via My take on the Thomas Ball case | Dr. Helen Smith.

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Fatherless Day Rallies

Just received this:
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www.fathers-4-justice.us

www.f4j.com

Friday, June 17th, 2011 at YOUR capitol state house

LOBBY with your Legislators from 9am until Noon

RALLY outside YOUR Capitol from Noon until 3pm

WHY? Because children need BOTH fit and willing parents as active participants in their lives. Please JOIN us and help raise attention about unfair practices of this country’s ANTI-Family court system. Bring the Kids! Everyone is invited. Send us pictures from YOUR state. We have pictures from 8 states ca wv co cn il in ky ny. Where is YOUR state pictures.

Call (614) 448-3276 | Email info@f4j.us

Planning and Organizing groups.yahoo.com/group/nationalfatherlessdayrally

Donald Tenn

Fathers-4-Justice

Event Organizer

(916) 838-6291

donald@f4j.us

Mike Russo

Fathers-4-Justice

Central States Coordinator

(314) 660-1819

 

Fred Schuler

Fathers-4-Justice

Eastern Events Coordinator

(321) 446-0234

fred.schuler@f4j.us

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GIVE US EQUAL RIGHTS!

This article highlights how truly insane family policies are in Britain.  Things really aren’t  that much better here in the States.  The willingness of social agencies and the courts to intrude into the relationship of fathers and their children is truly disturbing.  One wonders just how far it can go before people fight back with violence.

A group of Fathers Rights campaigners took their message to the courts on Friday.

 

Three Cornish dads dressed in the now well-known trademark garb of superheroes adopted by the ‘F4J’ movement.

‘New Fathers for Justice’ is a breakaway movement from the original founded by Matt O’Connor, which has changed direction from superhero protests.

Lee pledged: “The main protest today is in Truro, but the Eden Project and Jamaica Inn could also be targeted in the future.

“There has been talk of a putting a superhero parrot on the roof of Jamaica Inn for some time. Expect the unexpected.”

The protestors called on the Truro Magistrates Courts where many family cases are heard and also at the St Austell offices of a court bureaucracy.

‘Cafcass’ are a nationwide network of family court officials who job is to dictate how much time a parent sees their child for.

If parents break up and a mother will not allow a father to see his children, he has to go to law, and will be forced to prove to a Cafcass officer that he is a fit parent.

This most commonly involves the officer ‘observing’ the child and father together for approximately an hour, and taking notes.

The officer then writes a report which recommends how much time the father should spend with their child.

It is a system lifted directly from criminal trials, in which probation officers observe criminals and recommend the right punishment.

But all parents applying to the courts to see their children must be scrutinised by Cafcass.

Criminals only face probation officers if they are convicted.

Another key difference between the family and the criminal courts is that the family courts are held in secret.

There are no juries, no press are allowed in, and the burden of proof is reversed.

Protestor Lee said the system was “wholly wrong” and his group planned to cause “whatever disruption necessary”.

The campaigners say opening the courts to the public and forcing them to give children equal time with parents would end their “injustice”,

They claim such a reform would ultimately see an end to a multi-billion pound bureaucracy of officials and lawyers that has grown up around marital breakdown.

One of the protestors has been made subject to a punitive gagging order by the Cornish family courts.

He spoke out but asked to be named only as ‘Paul’ because of the order, which denies him free speech.

The 28 year old said: “My ex-wife has made my life a living hell by constantly disrupting my arranged time with my son.

“He’s three, and such a lovely little lad. I love spending time with him when I am allowed, but it’s deeply wrong that I should have to fight the system in order to do the right thing.

“I feel I’m fighting a losing battle but I’m not giving up. I just don’t see why fathers should not get equality after family breakdown?”

A long-anticipated review by the coalition Government into family law rejected the demands of fathers rights groups out of hand last month.

The review was announced a year ago as soon as David Cameron and Nick Clegg gained power.

The Government appointed Treasury Official David Norgrove to conduct the review

He in turn appointed as high profile divorce lawyer as his assistant: fathers rights groups have called the resultant report, published on April 1st, “farcical”.

Lee said: “The family court system remains a pantomime. It exists purely to provide enrichment for lawyers and experts behind closed doors.

“Nothing less than an automatic presumption of equal contact with the children when the

parents split as a starting point will do.

“This will give both parents equal parity of rights to see the children. We just want dads to have equal status … same as Mum.”

via GIVE US EQUAL RIGHTS! | Cornwall Community News.

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Father’s Rights protestor to burn census form next weekend (From Andover Advertiser)

A FATHERS’ rights protestor is due to publicly burn her census form in Andover to highlight, what she sees as, a failure by the Government to recognise families in the recent review of the family courts.

To highlight her action, 39-year-old Nadine O’Connor, who lives in Andover, says she will ignite the form in full view of cabinet minister Sir George Young’s office.

Nadine, the campaign manager for the Fathers 4 Justice organisation, met Sir George at the House of Commons in March, but says the burning of the form is a fitting protest.

She said: “It is a barely- known fact this government does not recognise the right in law for parents to see their children.

“If the government doesn’t recognise me and the parents I represent, it doesn’t recognise us as a citizen so I won’t be counted.

“I am willing to go to court and face the maximum fine over this year’s Census in order to raise awareness of the fundamental basic human rights to be a parent and to have a family life.”

The campaigners say that, before the election, Sir George and the Conservative Party’s position on the Census was that it was ‘increasingly invasive and intrusive… [and] will erode public support, cost more and result in a less accurate survey’.

via Father’s Rights protestor to burn census form next weekend (From Andover Advertiser).

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Protestor denies gunpowder plot

FatherA FATHERS’ rights campaigner planned a gunpowder plot to gain publicity for his cause, a court heard yesterday.

Matthew Lloyd Starmore, 31, of Berthon Road, Little Mill, was arrested on October 30, 2009, after police found ammunition and gunpowder at the Newport guest house where he was living, Cardiff Crown Court was told.

They also found a notebook in Starmore’s room, which talked about the start of a nation-wide campaign which would see “the most dramatic and climactic and most hard-hitting series of events to hit Wales since World War Two.”

The book also talked about “shutting down some of the city’ most fundamental necessities, pulling emergency services and police tactile units from far and further afield,” and contained references to Newport’s Transporter Bridge, Father’s For Justice and reforms about how fathers get access to their children.

Starmore denies three counts of possessing explosives and ammunition including gunpowder, 24 rounds, and 108 bullet heads. He also denies dishonestly receiving these items knowing or believing they had been stolen.

Richard Griffiths, prosecuting, said police went to the Corporation Road guest house to arrest Starmore’s co-defendant David Hodge for dishonesty offences when they found the explosive material in Hodge’s room.

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