I wonder if she knows that John, who owns A Kids Right, has been arrested numerous times, and that he has spent time in jail for his non-violent peaceful protesting below her Syracuse office since April 9, 2001 just to have a meeting with her. If Mrs. Clinton means what she says, she will meet John and invite him up to her office, not have him prosecuted. There are people all over the nation with solutions to this epidemic, and all she needs to do is listen to them.
One of those people is Jamil Jabr. Jamil has been involved in organizing Fathers-4-Justice in the United States. He has been supporting the gender-neutral civil rights movement in America that is fighting for equality in child custody by building the group as a recognized non-profit, charitable organization. When I asked him to explain the fathers movement he said, "In essence, this is a fight for equal rights for parents, because when that happens it is irrefutable that having fair access to both parents is what's best for children. This is THE civil rights movement of our time."
Jamil, who lives in Minnesota, has been divorced for 2 years and has one child, added, "We need to disempower the corrupt, incompetent system that has created a winner-takes-all high stakes game, which turns children into pawns and meal tickets. In the process, it takes money from families that they will never see again as it is turned over to the components of the divorce industry, like lawyers."
I was surprised to find myself discussing fathers' issues at a child's birthday party. This was the last place I expected the subject to come up. "Oh Teri, I want to talk to you about two of my friends", another guest said. "Two of my friends can't see their children", she said, "The moms have moved their kids away and my friends are really upset about it". She proceeded to tell me about her two male friends, one with a 4-year-old and the other with a 7-year-old.
In both cases the parents had never married, the fathers had been actively involved, and the children were moved away against their wishes. Her mother had moved the 7-year-old almost 500 miles away 4 years earlier. The father's contact was limited to, "Every time he sees me and I let him use my cell phone. Every weekend." The mother of the 4-year-old moved him away when he was 18 months old and changed all of her contact information. The father doesn't know where they are. "He's devastated," she said.