URGENT - A Very Important Message and Request from Fathers-4-Justice
Posted by: "John Fowler" firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun Jan 6, 2008 7:34 pm (PST)
All Ohio Fathers-4-Justice Members and Supporters,
If there is one email you need to read, understand and take
immediate action on, it is this one.
For the last couple of years Ohio has been a hotbed of activity for
Fathers-4-Justice (F4J). There have been numerous demonstrations,
court watches, and parades. Dedicated leaders and individuals have
sacrificed time, money and efforts to educate the public, judges and
public officials about the inequalities in Ohio's family courts,
courts that are among the worst in the country for allowing our
children equal access to both fit parents. Ohio F4J has even had
several members endure attacks of retribution from judges for their
involvement in F4J and standing up for their basic rights to be a
parent to their children. We should all be thankful for the efforts
of the individuals who have sacrificed so much.
The F4J national organization has realized for a long time how hard
it is to be effective in light of the widespread epidemic of corrupt
family law that is destroying families and children throughout the
country. We are growing, but our resources are still extremely
limited. Similarly, one of our major issues in Ohio has been the
lack of a specific goal for our members to concentrate their efforts
on. That is about to change. Now it's time to take the next major
step towards changing the custody laws in Ohio, with the end result
being similar family law reform across the United States
Operation Falling Dominoes
F4J is excited to announce and support a new initiative to
effectively change the laws governing child custody. The initiative
has been dubbed "Operation Falling Dominoes". This operation is
designed to change the custody laws in states through the
implementation of Initiative and Referendum (I & R) ballot
initiatives. F4J will first focus its resources and efforts on
strong states, like Ohio, where I & R is allowed. F4J believes that
by taking the issues directly to voters and bypassing political
processes and legislative bodies that are controlled by attorneys
and special interest groups, we will be able to pass custody
legislation by the will of the people. We also believe that once we
are successful in one state, other states will fall...just
like "Falling Dominoes".
Great News for Ohio!
It was a natural for the national organization, and you, to choose
Ohio as the first state to begin implementing Operation Falling
Dominoes strategies. This is an acknowledgement of the dedication
and sacrifices of the Ohio members who are leading the way for state
and the resulting national family law reform.
The plan is to focus F4J's national resources on the Ohio effort. It
also means individuals will have to dedicate unparalleled time and
efforts to make this effort a success. With a high profile for this
campaign nationally, the hope is that it will inspire people from
other states to make this effort a rallying cry for reform in all
states. The geographic location of Ohio is well-suited to attract a
good cross-section of activists and advocates to help support this
The Falling Dominoes campaign has already begun. A committee of five
individuals has been selected to lead the ballot initiative charge.
The committee consists of five dedicated F4J Ohio leaders. This
committee is required by the Ohio Revised code. The wording of the
Ballot Initiative is in the process of being written and will be
shared with all in the near future.
The First Step - Establishing a 501c4 not for Profit corporation to
The key to any campaign, including our ballot initiative, is
funding. Since Fathers-4-Justice is a 501c3, it is very limited (by
law) in how much money it can allocate to political lobbying, such
as ballot initiatives. As a result, Fathers-4-Justice has invested
significant funds to establish Families-4-Justice, a 501c4 national
organization that we can use to fund ballot initiatives nationwide,
starting with Ohio. It is important to understand that Families-4-
Justice will NOT replace Fathers-4-Justice but will co-exist as the
fund-raising organization for political initiatives such as the Ohio
Establishing a Families-4-Justice Chapter in Ohio
To collect funds in Ohio and assure full control over the allocation
of these funds to the Ohio ballot initiative campaign, it was
decided that an Ohio Chapter of Families-4-Justice 501c4 be
established with it's own local Board of Directors. This will give
the citizens of Ohio local hands-on ownership, and provide the right
vehicle for local donations to be received. To learn more about Ohio
ballot initiatives visit http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3519
What we need from YOU RIGHT NOW!
The F4J national organization has expended significant funds to
establish the national organization of Families-4-Justice. It is
now time for Ohio members and supporters to show their support by
donating money for the formation for the Ohio Chapter of Families-4-
Justice. The total amount needed for forming the Ohio Chapter is
estimated at approximately $400. Gathering these funds is an
important first step for Ohio to support this initiative.
Donating is easy. You can go online at the F4J websitehttp://www.fathers-4-justice.us/
and click on the Donate icon and
then the Gear Shop icon. Be sure to type in the "Comments"
field "For Ohio Families-4-Justice Chapter". There will be plenty
of other work to be done once the Ohio Families-4-Justice chapter is
in place such as major campaign fund raising and the gathering of
many thousands of signatures for the ballot initiative. So stay
tuned and get ready to work and recruit hundreds of volunteers!
There will something for everyone to do including media grabbing F4J
This will be the first of many communications from the Fathers-4-
Justice national board of directors, your Ohio F4J leaders and, the
soon to be announced, Ohio Ballot Initiative Committee
regarding "Operation Falling Dominoes". We look forward to making
Ohio the first "Domino" to fall for Equal Parenting.
National Board of Directors
F4J Ohio Office: 614-448-3276WWW.F4J.US
PO BOX 14954
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55414-0954
Membership to Fathers-4-Justice-US is tax-deductible.
Fathers-4-Justice-US is a Federally recognized 501(c)(3) charitable
Fathers-4-Justice and Families-4-Justice-US are 100% volunteer
FIGHTING FOR TRUTH, JUSTICE & EQUALITY IN FAMILY LAW