John Parent Rally a Big Hit in NYC!

They came, they made noise and most importantly, they were HEARD!

It all started in the early morning hours of Friday, June 15, 2012, as the first rally goers began assembling along the sidewalk area directly in front of sprawling concrete steps leading up to The United States Court of Appeals. Some carried banners, while others proudly displayed signs designed to raise awareness of various parental rights related issues. This was their big day! The moment they had all been waiting for, had finally arrived. This was their once in a lifetime opportunity to get one very important message out, “Justice for John Parent;” only two days before Father’s Day.

Within minutes, passing motorists en route to the nearby Wall Street financial district, began lending an additional show of support by honking their horns as they exchanged eye contact with the dedicated rally goers who had eagerly gathered. As the morning went on, a growing numbers of rally goers continued to steadily arrive and take part in an event that was successfully organized in under two months. By noon, a full fledged media entourage was taking place only a small distance away, prompting many of those in the rally to pursue additional news outlets to further disseminate their message.

Friday’s Rally for Fathers’ event was a tremendous success as a large number of individuals and numerous parenting groups from Connecticut, Upstate New York, New Jersey and Long Island had converged upon Foley Square. The rally was in support of equal rights for fathers in a case being heard on June 15, 2012. The case, John Parent v State of New York, asks a federal appeals court to place limits upon support and custody abuses in our nation’s domestic relations courts. “John Parent” is a fictitious name allowed by court order to represent abused parents in this precedent seeking case.

The staff here at Leon Koziol.Com is asking all of our friends and supporters to share this story with the news media in hopes that they will prepare a timely piece for Fathers’ Day. We encourage you to contact the major print newspapers by way of telephone for the purpose of reaching a reporter. Any media inquires should be directed to Dr. Leon Koziol at (315) 796-4000. Additional coverage of the event can be found on FaceBook at: New York Families for Kids

A special thank you goes out to everyone who worked diligently behind the scenes as well as those of you who committed to attending the rally. Again, thank you for helping to make the entire day a tremendous success!

As we prepare for similar future events, it’s imperative that we embark upon a major fundraising campaign in order to help defray the high cost of court filing/copy fees, signage, transportation and other related expenses. Kindly consider making a donation to the Parenting Rights Institute today (use PayPal link on the side of page). If everyone impacted by the issues expressed on made a small donation that was equivalent to no more than a one hour consultation with an attorney, it could make a world of difference for our cause. Also, be sure to check out for conflict resolution, litigation avoidance and a reduction of court costs.

Countdown: Rally for Fathers’ Rights to Take Place on 6/15/2012

THE RALLY FOR FATHERS’ RIGHTS IS ON! A permit has been obtained!

What should you be doing??? Between now and tomorrow morning, you want to be relentless and non-stop in your efforts! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make some noise and be heard! That means contacting anyone that you can get to attend the rally as well as reporters with the news media!

Date:  Friday, June 15th
Time: 9 am
Location: Foley Square in Lower Manhattan

A permit has officially been obtained behind a rally in support of equal rights for fathers in a case being heard on Friday, June 15, 2012 in New York City. The case, John Parent v State of New York, asks a federal appeals court to place limits upon support and custody abuses in our nation’s domestic relations courts. “John Parent” is a fictitious name allowed by court order to represent abused parents in this precedent seeking case. Finally, an opportunity has arrived for all abused parents and families to show unity and support.

Over the past several days, we have continued to receive a number of telephone calls from various parenting groups in Connecticut, Upstate New York, New Jersey and Long Island that have committed to attending this major event. In addition, representatives from the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network have also confirmed and agreed to send members of that organization to participate in the rally.  If possible, please bring a sign or placard as they will not be provided. One suggestion for a message would be, “Justice for John Parent.” For those of you who need directions to Foley Square, here is a link to Map Quest (Click Here). An event like this may never come again. But you have to be there to make a difference, otherwise the abuses WILL continue! Don’t think that someone else is going to do it for you. YOU are that “someone else”.

Breaking News: Federal Appeals Court to Decide Parenting Case in New York City

The United States Court of Appeals in New York City released its weekly calendar today which includes the case of John Parent v State of New York. This is a consolidated test case seeking to establish a privacy limit for parents and families subjected to abusive divorce, custody and support practices in state domestic relations courts. It is being argued by Dr. Leon R. Koziol, a parental advocate who spent more than 23 years in federal and state courts litigating civil rights cases on behalf of minorities, women and victims of government abuse.

It comes in the wake of the Founding Fathers March on Capitol Hill this past week and is set for Friday of Father’s Day weekend. Whether the June 15th date means anything for long discriminated fathers is already the subject of widespread speculation. Regardless, civil rights activists across New York’s metropolitan area are already organizing a rally at the Foley Square court in lower Manhattan. Although oral arguments are not scheduled, this is the date set to begin deliberations, and it affords Family Court victims an opportunity to express their support.

The plaintiff, John Parent, is not a real person. Like the case of Roe v Wade, it is a fictitious name allowed by a lower federal court on a sealed record to protect privacy interests. The name is also employed to represent the concerns of “parents similarly situated”. In this manner, the high cost and complexities of a class action lawsuit were avoided. In short, you may be an interested party to this action, and your personal and financial support is crucial to its success. The lawsuit and appeals brief can be found on line at Today’s news was received with guarded optimism given the uphill battle. However, Dr. Koziol had this to say:

“Shared parenting and family retention are the final frontier of civil rights to be defended under the American Constitution. When parents raise their children, they exercise virtually every human right contemplated by that venerable document. And so, this is where I draw my line against further invasions of family privacy. I will not back down.”

The case deals with a full range of parenting interests, including child alienation, attorney misconduct, oppressive collection practices and equal protection violations. A “separate but unequal” doctrine of custody laws is being challenged because it mandates superior and inferior classifications among separated paternal and maternal family units even when it harms parent-child relationships. Litigants are needlessly forced to fight over power and money awards which produce lucrative controversy for lawyers. Debtor prisons and other barbaric practices inflict greatest injury to minority fathers. The case is being defended by the U.S. Justice Department, New York Attorney General and law firms on behalf of named lawyers and municipalities.

See Complaint and Appeals Brief (Click Here)

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