NYC Planning Meeting Report

Many people braved extreme blizzard conditions this past Sunday and Monday to attend our planning sessions at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan behind a national parenting convention. A former judge and his wife from North Carolina managed to make it on one of the last incoming flights. A lawyer got there by ferry and subway from Staten Island. A consultant resorted to rail service from Boston. A couple walked in from their nearby home off Central Park. A father’s rights advocate arrived two hours late, but was able to catch up with discourse already underway in the Oak Room. A woman family advocate predicted a turnout of 200 had it not been for the weather. Given what I’ve experienced in Syracuse, I could not disagree. When the evening session finally ended, Heather and I took advantage of a rare “winter wonderland” during a midnight walk to a nearby jazz club while exchanging pleasant greetings with numerous couples. Admittedly, I expected no one for either session, but they kept coming the next day. Two drove in from Westchester after it all ended. We agreed to stay an extra day to meet latecomers on a private basis in midtown cafes and restaurants. Many phoned in their regrets and asked for a rescheduled session. But after much thought, I decided to engage in one-on-one dialogue by telephone in coming weeks before completing a report for all to view.

A convention in metro Philadelphia sometime in early spring remains a priority, with delegates and advocates from groups and states around the country. The ultimate goal is a profound rally in Washington D.C. this June to limit government abuse in private childrearing affairs. I’ve heard the war stories, so many common themes, and we are all in this together, for the sake of future generations if nothing else. But our individual petitions are falling on deaf ears because we have not made ourselves known where it counts the most: the nation’s capital. These blog sites and scattered group efforts are being overwhelmed by money and politics. Nevertheless, if you can spend thousands of dollars on useless lawyers, you can surely support our cause. It will take money and sacrifice, like it or not. Think of it as a replay of events in 1776 or 1787, the Liberty Bell and Gettysburg nearby, and an investment in the most profound human right ever known to mankind: the parent-child relationship. This is our year. It’s our time. We can afford to wait no longer. If any of you wonder how I can make so bold a statement after sacrificing a lucrative and prominent career for this cause, it is enhanced by your own inter-personal inspirations. Today I received a one liner that made my day. I will share it with you: “You are a remarkable man!! Although I am a woman, your fight and love for your children are touching.” This first time e-mailer stated nothing else. She did not have to. Please pass this on to others. Thank you all from the heart. Happy New Year!

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.

Koziol To Host Nationwide Conference Call to Recap NYC Planning Meeting

Upon speaking with Mr. Koziol, he had indicated that he plans to host a nationwide conference call in an effort to recap the New York City planning meeting that took place on December 26 & 27, 2010, as well as discuss plans to prepare for both an upcoming parenting rights convention and rally. Details will be forthcoming shortly.

In order to gauge conference call line capacity requirements, all followers of Mr. Koziol’s website: www.leonkoziol.com are encouraged to subscribe to his updates on the home page (they’re free and your contact information always remains confidential) in order to receive immediate notification. Subscription numbers will be used in part for the purpose of determining participant access for this particular conference call as well as a series of others to follow.

As always, you’re suggestions are welcome.

NYC Planning Meeting To Take Place Despite Weather

11:00 am: The word from Mr. Koziol earlier today was that he had arrived safely in NYC despite weather concerns. In addition, Mr. Koziol had received a number of telephone calls from committed individuals across the country who were determined to make the meeting regardless of weather conditions along the north east coast. Stay tuned for further updates.

5:00 pm: Unfortunately weather conditions in Manhattan have worsened. Hotels are filled and folks are getting off the street due to unbearable winds. As well, planning meeting participants from as close as New Jersey and Long Island have cancelled due to unplowed roadways and mass transit delays. Others have altered their plans to come for tomorrows 11:00 am brunch. Mr. Koziol will be in the Oak Room this evening for those who can make it for an informal gathering. Upon the conclusion of both planning sessions, a follow up report will be generated on the subject of a future parenting rights convention. You can reach Mr. Koziol at (315) 796-4000 as others have been doing.  Also, he can be reached at the Plaza Hotel in room #1532. If you’re unable to reach him, please leave a message and he will get back to you.

 

Miracle On 34th Street

Okay, so we don’t have a 34th Street where I’m from. We’re more like the rest of America when we reach Ninth Ave in nearby Yorkville (not the one in Manhattan). Anyway, if you’ve been following our updates for the meeting this Sunday in NYC, I submitted a petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday (a request for review of one of my test cases for parenting equity in our courts). Now for the rest of the story. It almost didn’t happen, and I wish I had a nice professional explanation on how it miraculously did minutes before a 6 pm deadline. But I don’t. Simply stated, it must have had something to do with that teleconference this past Sunday with religious and family rights advocates. Anyway, after working long hours on the project, I discovered on the morning of its due date that the petition did not satisfy certain highly technical print requirements. By 11 am, I nearly abandoned the filing effort because in our small town, there is no print shop capable of assembling 55 booklets of the kind which the Supreme Court requires in a matter of hours. Then a friend at my regular location referred me to a special contact. I quickly called and drove my papers to his shop (we have no traffic problems in our metro area). I then learned that he had completed such a writ project only weeks earlier and reworked the booklets after they had been rejected (giving them a 60 day extension). Imagine the chances of that in our town given the small number of petitions nationwide. Even more fortunate, the two partners had done work for my office when it had a staff and both had experienced parenting injustices among family and friends. They were familiar with my reform movement and had evidently read my full page advertisement which was recently paid for by a former client (available on this site). They dropped everything, directed me to e-mail them certain files, and by the grace of God, the 40 booklets with copies upon adversary counsel were all completed and timely submitted with filing fee. This may not have occurred on 34th Street, but it features the same Christmas “spirit”. Happy Holidays to all of our friends and followers. We look forward to seeing those of you coming to the Plaza Hotel.

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.

Lawsuit/Planning Meeting Update: Civil Rights Conference Call of 12/19/10

A one hour conference call was held at 1 pm yesterday at the request of family preservation leaders and past rally organizers on the subject of my recent lawsuit and upcoming planning session in NYC. A focus upon the involvement of religious groups produced an inspirational discourse mirroring the history and development of past civil rights movements. Ironically, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal was being hailed simultaneously in national media as the “last frontier of civil rights movements”, demonstrating to the rest of us just how silent and mindless the true “frontier” remains in connection with parenting rights, see our prior posts on the subject. My responses to questions and commentary from lawyer and leadership participants in this conference revolved around the need for renewal, positive action and unity of purpose. Unlike prior test cases, my federal action is comprehensive in scope, addressing a full range of constitutional violations routinely caused by a wide array of state intrusions upon parent-child relations. Put another way, there is something in it for virtually every aggrieved parent and child. When confronted with a question concerning the uphill battle we all face, I responded with a parallel to Brown v Bd of Education upon which my lawsuit is partially based. The lawyers and lay advocates who backed the consolidated cases behind that landmark ruling were burdened with far greater risks and challenges than we face today. Yet without their sacrifices in 1954 and the legitimacy of principle secured at the Supreme Court level, the civil rights movement of the sixties would never have materialized. We need similar legitimacy here. More important, we need similar commitment and sacrifice. These efforts require funding and serious participation if we are ever going to elevate the true frontier to its deserved level nationwide. Thanks for all your support and motivation.

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.

MEETING UPDATE: AN URGENT CALL TO ACTION

Support continues to come in for our proposed national Parenting Rights Convention sometime early in the new year. The Plaza Hotel gathering in NYC on the 26th and 27th will determine its location, agenda and viability. Financing this convention, our related federal court litigation and a rally in Washington remains foremost among our priorities. To this end, we are asking all interested parties to review and download both the news release and our group prospectus “Parenting Rights Institute”. A call to action is being made at this time for serious minded supporters to share this prospectus with potential contributors, benefactors and CEO’s in your respective communities across America. We are prepared to chat with such persons and even meet privately with anyone at a mutually arranged time in NYC at the hotel location. This parenting right contemplates more than a constitutionally protected interest in rearing one’s own children, it carries with it a corresponding duty to make concerns known to a government that is gradually extinguishing that right. The state is exercising increased control over our children using “best interests” propaganda to an intolerable extreme. A multi-billion dollar child industry has resulted to further  promote this propaganda. Taking back our children will not come easy. We need to join together and take up the final civil rights cause of our day, the last vestige of human rights violations remaining quietly unchecked in America today. Thank you all again for your support.

Leon Koziol, J.D.

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New York Planning Meeting Update

Among the agenda items suggested for our meeting at the Plaza Hotel on December 26-27, 2010 is the formation of a steering committee behind our national Parenting Rights Convention and rally this spring in Washington D.C. We could use delegates from parenting groups everywhere to participate. Also various remote parties and lawyers in Chicago have requested a conference call which can follow our meeting. Let me know your thoughts by email.

Leon Koziol, J.D.