Equal Rights Alert

This is a public call to all women who support equal treatment under the law. Civil Rights Advocate Leon Koziol, a former practicing attorney who has won gender, race and sexual harassment cases during a 23 year career, is seeking your signature to a petition for a meeting with Barack Obama. He is seeking equal treatment for fathers in childrearing decisions in our domestic relations courts. Like the women’s rights movement which could not have succeeded without men supporters, he is confident that he can rely upon women of good conscience to join him in this call for reform. President Obama’s first act signed into law was the equal pay amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and appointments of two women to the United States Supreme Court. We hope Obama is not a hypocrite and will do the same reform for the other half of America’s parenting population. Little girls and women partners are victims in addition to good fathers under this antiquated “custodial institution of childrearing”. Attached is our Petition and “Open Letter to Barack Obama” for your review. Please pass this on to other women and rights advocates.

See “Open Letter to Barack Obama” –  (Click Here)

Sign Petition – (Click Here)

Parenting Alert

Please sign our Petition for parenting rights reform and pass it on. If you have not read the “Open Letter”, a copy is attached or available on our site at www.leonkoziol.com. Remember: “We must be seen before we can be heard”. Support Leon Koziol in his professional efforts on our behalf. He sacrificed a prominent and lucrative career as a civil rights attorney by fighting the lawyers and judges who are violating our most cherished human rights. Why waste your hard earned money on lawyers who will not stand up for you because of the profits made off of your children or retaliation of the kind experienced by Mr. Koziol. We must show support for “our advocate” or stop complaining. By doing nothing, you accept the system as it operates today.

Parenting Rights Institute
National League of Fathers, Inc.

We, the Undersigned, Petition the President of the United States to meet with Civil Rights Advocate Leon Koziol to reform child control laws which unduly infringe upon parental rights. I support the “Open Letter to Barack Obama” found on the Internet at http://www.leonkoziol.com as published by Leon Koziol, J.D. on May 11, 2011.

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Open Letter to Barack Obama

Hon. Barack Obama                                                                                    May 11, 2011
President and Commander-in-Chief
United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington D.C. 20500                                           Re:  Human Rights Violations in America


Dear Mr. President:

The capture of Osama bin Laden stands among the greatest achievements of your administration. Today our nation learned of an upcoming speech in which you will seek to build upon this success. As I understand it, you will now promote democracy by revolution in Arab countries.

As a civil rights advocate who practiced law in New York for more than 23 years, I am asking you to reconsider this course of action. I invite you to focus instead upon a side of America you have evidently overlooked. It is one that our soldiers will face if and when they return home.

Good fathers are being systematically removed from their children in domestic relations courts around our country through discriminatory laws which support a multi-billion dollar government industry. It is a form of oppression where innocent children become the hard victims.

It works simply like this: declare the state to be the parent of the people, pass laws which promote controversy among families, and lawyers will take over to promote government jobs which our taxpayers cannot afford. I call it the state’s “Custodial Institution of Childrearing”.

This institution has taken over more than half of America’s parenting population through “custody” and “support” regulations which infringe upon all manner of family privacy. Parents are influenced to fight over their offspring in public forums reminiscent of the Roman Coliseum.

It is certainly not a new concept. In Mein Kampf, Adolph Hitler observed that if the state can make the people believe it is acting in the best interests of children, they will “happily” give up their rights. Your secretary of state once declared that “it takes a village” to raise our children.

This kind of socialist philosophy has not only been proven a world failure, but it goes against everything embodied within the American Constitution. Our Supreme Court has repeatedly declared the parenting right to be “the oldest liberty interest” protected under our laws.

In that vein, your victory speech caught my attention. You stated that we were a nation committed to “equal rights” and that we could accomplish anything we set our mind to. I could not reconcile this with the severe prejudice against fathers which is so accepted here.

The Census Bureau continues to report that roughly 85% of all parents paying “child support” are men. Women obtain custody in 80-90% of contested cases. Yet men are not so incompetent to engage in “shared parenting” any more than they are to share in the defense of our country.

This all brought me back to a day in 2008. I was one of your earliest supporters. Senator Clinton had dominated the primaries in upstate New York and you declared on Father’s Day that we needed to get men to step up to the plate, all the while ignoring what our states had done to them.

It was then that I knew that the problem of fatherless children would grow exponentially and, of course, it did. Separated parents are now the mainstream in America, and fathers are remanded to a lower class of person through antiquated laws which maintain a separate but unequal doctrine.

Under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, the states draw revenues based on the number and magnitude of “child support” orders mass produced in an institution hypocritically called Family Court. If you can get more parents to fight, you can make more money, simple as that.

It is a scheme which exploits a rule of nature. Good parents will sacrifice everything to maintain their offspring whereas bad parents generally avoid responsibilities. In the custodial system, all separated parents are lumped together and forced to prove their fitness to the state without cause.

This “winner takes all” contest enables one parent to “tax and destroy” the other for reasons unrelated to the child. Formula driven welfare checks euphemistically known as “child support” are based not upon a child’s needs but upon a victor’s highly contentious “way of life”.

This formula has communist overtones with waste, decadence and child disincentives which can lead to lawless behavior. Outcast fathers, constantly on the defensive, are paying for the process which seizes their children through diverted “child support”. Even Hitler was not this creative.

Inevitably these American citizens face a debtor’s prison when they cannot balance tax, credit and support obligations in hard times. It is far from a hero’s welcome for our returning soldiers as the courts routinely find that they can earn more than they are capable with their “war skills”.

In New York, our judiciary sued the other branches of government in its own courts for pay raises. Of course this was a violation of powers, but the obsession over money is finding its way in childrearing decisions contrary to a neutral design under our state constitutions as well.

Police, fire and emergency crews, such as those responders on 9-11, face the same treatment as our war veterans do under these abusive laws. In my small home town, a police investigator took his life and that of his ex spouse, leaving his children without parents after “child support” court.

Not long after that, a woman took a knife to her husband’s throat, a father shot his boy in front of police during a domestic standoff, and a purple heart soldier attempted suicide rather than continue a prison sentence on a support debt. That’s a lot of needless carnage for a civil society.

Related reports are showing a greater loss of life on the domestic front among veterans than in these foreign wars. If you’ve read this far, please view “Purple Heart’s Final Beat” at Second Class Citizen.Org for a brief but vivid memorial to Major Lance Waldorf, an Iraqi war veteran.

You might wonder how a once prominent lawyer, office holder and candidate for congress could survive a one man battle against his profession. After 23 unblemished years, a group of lawyers and judges combined to suspend my practice, a small sacrifice compared to those in mind here.

This retaliation began on the same day as arguments were being made in court similar to those found here. Last I checked, Mr. President, the judicial branch was still a part of our American form of government subject to the same First Amendment rules that you and the rest of us are.

Such rules are invaluable to a free society. This letter illustrates how government is losing the forest for the trees on issues ranging from the economy to doctors’ care. Our talents, health and productivity are being lost to a litigious system focused on the ever elusive child’s best interests.

You have proven that we have come a long way since the Dred Scott decision. Here we find a white civil rights advocate petitioning a black president for equal rights. Yet it is much more than that. A father is asking another father to help preserve future generations of Americans.

On Father’s Day Friday, June 17th, I plan to file a writ in the Supreme Court challenging the suppression of my liberties by New York’s court system. My ordeal may be compared to that of Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng, reunited with his children only after giving up his civil rights.

I hope to be joined at that time by victims and families of these oppressive laws to deliver this letter personally to you at the White House. Until then, I am asking supporters nationwide to consider publishing it in the media, internet and public venues. Thank you for your time.

Respectfully submitted,

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.
National League of Fathers, Inc.
Parenting Rights Institute
1518 Genesee Street
Utica, New York 13502
(315) 796-4000
leonkozioljd@gmail.com

www.leonkoziol.com

A Meeting With the President

That’s the theme and goal behind a rally scheduled for June 16, 17 and 18, 2011 at the nation’s capital. Building upon momentum and ideas generated at the strategy session of this past weekend’s Parenting Rights Convention, this rally is designed to gain the attention of the president so that parenting authority can be returned to the people consistent with fundamental rights retained by them under the United States Constitution. The selected period is Father’s Day week Thursday thru Saturday for the reason that fathers comprise a discriminated class made subject to oppressive laws. Our government has managed to use our children to resurrect debtor prisons and child taking processes without due process of law.

Three years ago, candidate Obama exploited Father’s Day to focus upon absentee fathers rather than the money oriented processes which promoted their existence. The problem with our approach to this political exploitation is that we do not set our goals high enough for meaningful reform. Instead of D.C. family festivals, local protests and keyboard wars (useless computer exchanges to each other in the convenience of our homes), we need to take a meaningful stand where we can be truly heard and seen. We must sharpen our focus upon the core problem of child abuse by government, its relentless assault upon our assets and hard earnings, and its instigation of needless controversy among parents and their children.

Cooperation for the sake of the child is central to our mission. Children need both parents in their lives and it is high time that we remove the lucrative barriers to this optimal environment for childrearing in domestic relations courts. We can continue to fight in our local foxholes, frustrate ourselves with endless court battles, or we can take back our children in Washington D.C. It may be that our president will find himself too busy with new wars overseas which take more fathers away from their children, but our meeting will occur even if it means a message delivered to the front lawn of the White House. In the experience of our sponsors, a constructive message may consist of a lobby campaign in congressional office buildings and a profound presence of parents on the walkways surrounding key government centers. Even if this results only in meetings with underlings and media, it is much more than anything we have seen to date on the reform horizon.

A meeting with the president is important to change the mindset of this nation and government’s escalating intrusions upon our privacy rights in childrearing. By June 1, 2011, we hope to have a committee of delegates named for this proposed meeting. There is no set standard for selection, however, certain constituencies should be represented. Among them are veterans, law enforcement, African-American fathers and mainstream parents made subject to inferior “non-custodial” classifications. At the Parenting Rights Convention this past weekend, it was generally agreed that such a rally was timely and do-able because the issue was urgent and children should not suffer another day without their moms or dads.

As things develop, we will keep you informed on this rally. Feel free to contact us with your interest and ideas. It is expected that a single hotel will be identified for organizing, lodging and workshops and self representation seminars. You need to make plans now for this event. It is time, our time, to take back our children. A “Purple Heart Soldier” presentation from the main event this past weekend is featured with this important announcement at www.leonkoziol.com.

Parenting Rights Convention Weekend Agenda

Hotel Utica, Utica, New York
April 15-17, 2011

Friday,  April 15, 2011,  7 pm

Meet and Greet with three time Super Bowl winner Tim McKyer and parenting rights attendees at the Hotel lobby and Lamplighter Room. Media interviews will be followed by social gathering and autographs.

Saturday,  April 16, 2011,  7 am

Morning brunch to discuss topics of general interest, Group introductions and current events. Tentatively scheduled for 1912 Room at Hotel Utica, subject to alternate location and time.

Saturday,  April 16, 2011,  2 pm

Main Event:  Public Forum at Hotel Utica, Saranac Room. Featured speakers will be followed by open public microphone to receive statements and testimony from attendees. Subjects will be incorporated into a formal report for submission to the U.S. Justice Department, President, federal and state officials and select members of Congress. Speakers include the following:

Chris DiMaggio, television host: Families in Transition, Long Island, New York

Purple Heart Soldier Presentation

L. Wilson, Executive Director, We the People Family Preservation, Coshocton, Ohio

Debra Young, Justice for Families and Children, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Gregg Fischer, Parenting Legislative Advocate, New York City

Tim McKyer, Fathers’ Rights Advocate and former three time NFL Super Bowl winner

Leon Koziol, J.D., founder of Parenting Rights Institute, civil rights advocate

Saturday, April 16, 2011, 7 pm

Group sessions to discuss cooperative efforts and public input

Sunday,  April 17, 2011, 1 pm

Strategy session for reform and rally in Washington D. C.

Profound Reform Expected From This Weekend’s Convention

As devoted parents and concerned citizens, we’ve complained for too long. Government continues to ignore us. They’re making too much money on our children. Action is therefore the only answer. The time has come to get the state out of the “child business” as one Family Court put it. We must demand reform and that time is now.

Momentum continues to build for the first ever National Parenting Convention at the Hotel Utica this weekend in upstate New York. Media coverage and exclusive interviews with celebrity speaker Tim McKyer are introducing the event to the public. Nationwide coverage will depend on the creative energies of each and every follower and advocate we’ve managed to reach since this Convention was first announced in November, 2010.

There is no room for excuses, no more apathy or laziness. These children are our children and our priority. However, to reiterate our rights to rear our own children, to participate meaningfully in their lives, and to remove oppressive barriers upon our liberties, we “must be seen before we can be heard” under an American form of government. The Supreme Court has described our parenting rights as the “oldest liberty interest protected under the Constitution”. Unless we act, we will lose that right. At least one Justice is already seeing to this.

At the Convention, you will be heard, you will learn how to protect yourself, and most of all, your children will be made proud. They will one day know when mom and dad finally declared “enough is enough”. In 1848, a group of 100 men and women came together at the first National Women’s Rights Convention at nearby Seneca Falls, New York. They came by trains and horses with no political support or money. Little did they know, this small group of visionaries would change the world. We look forward to meeting all of you. Details at www.leonkoziol.com.

Koziol Appears on Families In Transition Television Program

Leon Koziol, J.D., discussing “Constitution and Family Law Reform” on Families In Transition television show: