This was not Slate.com's finest hour. One thing this article could never be accused of is objective reporting.
On Nov. 5th, the very same day the Double X article appeared, Salon.com's Broadsheet published an article by Judy Berman entitled "'Men's rights' groups go mainstream" <http://www.mediaradar.org/alert20091123.php#sdendnote3sym> 3 that adds no new information, and simply seems to be an effort to repeat the Double X article to Salon's readers.
"More than a quarter-century ago, British feminist philosopher Janet Radcliffe Richards wrote, 'No feminist whose concern for women stems from a concern for justice in general can ever legitimately allow her only interest to be the advantage of women.' Joyce's article is a stark example of feminism as exclusive concern with women and their perceived advantage, rather than justice or truth."
In "Journalistic Misrepresentation at Slate's New Woman-Oriented Publication 'Double X'" <http://www.mediaradar.org/alert20091123.php#sdendnote5sym> 5, RADAR's Mark Rosenthal explained how the article had misrepresented his comments and also took issue with the article's characterization of Murray Straus as someone "who has written extensively on female violence," saying:
"The characterization of Straus as someone who has written extensively on female violence is like characterizing Susan B. Anthony as someone who wrote extensively on temperance - true but misleading because of what it leaves out. Straus has devoted his professional career to the study of all forms of family violence - parent-to-child, child-to-parent, sibling-to-sibling, as well as partner violence in all its configurations - male-to-female, female-to-male, and mutual. He has never focused exclusively on female violence."
"The articles discuss various aspects and actors in the [men's and fathers] movement, and also quote and misquote me. ... I specifically, repeatedly, and emphatically told Joyce that any linkage between the men's & fathers' movements' grievances and Sodini is not my view, but I guess she was determined to jam it in there anyway."
Mahatma Gandhi is reputed to have said: "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." The joint Slate/Salon attack pieces are a good indication that we're well past stage 1. Congratulation to all RADAR supporters and allies for getting us this far. Let's keep it up!
R.A.D.A.R. - Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting - is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of men and women working to improve the effectiveness of our nation's approach to solving domestic violence. http://www.mediaradar.org
Dads and Moms of Michigan, the Family Rights Coalition, A Child’s Right, Children Need Both Parents, Fathers for Equal Rights, Fathers-4-Justice, and Children’s Rights Council invite you to join us in defense of the traditional American family at this historic rally at our State Capitol during Equal Parents Week.
Over 40% of Michigan’s population is being micro-managed by the family court system with disastrous consequences to our children, families and the state economy. Help transform Michigan from a wasteland of broken families into a promised land of healthy families and community renewal. House Bill 4564, a bill to ensure equal parental responsibility, will result in a presumption of joint custody for fit parents and equal access for children to both their mother and father. Another hearing on this bill is expected this fall if enough public desire is expressed. 2008-House Joint Resolution NN Fundamental Parental Rights constitutional amendment has been supported by 80 representatives but has not had a hearing. It too will be supported and discussed at the rally and needs your attention. Your attendance at this rally will send a strong message in support of HB 4564 and HJR-NN will serve as a demonstration of our will to be equal and have parental rights to our children.
The Equal Parents Week Rally has been organized to bring to the attention of our legislature, our executive branch, our judiciary and the general public that Equal Parental rights are a civil rights issue whose time has come. America’s success was built on strong family bonds and the recognition that both a mother and a father are essential to raising healthy, moral and well adjusted children. Rally speakers will include nationally-known family advocates, legislators, VIPs, community leaders and parents.
• Contact your legislator to show your support for HB4564 and HJR-NN. Primary signs and literature will be provided by the rally organizers. • Print a map, car pool and plan to arrive before 11:00 am for assembly or 10:00 am for setup if you are bring. • Bring change for meter parking or consult the maps for the location of a public parking structure. • Dress for the weather with walking shoes and bring a water bottle. • Bring personal signs, pictures, and regalia.
Need people to use the Lansing area white and yellow pages and invite people to show up. Also let us know if you know any band who would like to perform some tunes for free. Need you to print out or have printed some parental rights and equal parenting handouts to give out. Does anyone have tables they want to setup for material?
A tragedy. A shock. Extremely sad news for all who knew this special man. Minister Ron Smith was one of the best friends I have ever known. Minister Ronald Smith passed away on Friday September 5, 2008 from a heart attack. I am still very shook up from this news and will let our readers know more as soon as I get it. He was such an incredible man and just recently brought the 2008 Million Man March to Michigan. Minister Ronald Smith was also the founder of the National Fatherhood Summit and was one of the co-founders of the Family Preservation Festival. Minister Ronald Smith was co-author of the book Cheated. Minister Ronald Smith was the CEO of Children Need Both Parents, Inc. Most of all Minister Ronald Smith was an amazing father and husband!
My thoughts are with Ron and his family right now.
Below is a very well known video of Minister Ronald Smith. Incredible speechwhich I had the pleasure of watching live in Iowa.
God Bless Ron - We ALL love you! "My brother from another mother"
From the Family of Minister Ronald Smith
Your Brother in Christ Minister Ronald Smith called Home to be with Yahweh
It is with a heavy heart, and deep sympathy, that I announce to you today that Minister Ronald Smith was called home to be with the Lord. Minister Smith passed away from an apparent heart attack on September 5, 2008.
We are currently making arrangements and would ask you to stand by for further communications with regards to a memorial.
Children Need Both Parents mourns the loss of it's founder and CEO. We praise God that Minister Smith finished all that God charged him with, and is re-united in Heaven with his son Richmond. We vow to press on with the vision God gave him. Everyone here appreciates your love and support through this most difficult of times.
May God continue to shine upon you.
Minister Ronald Smith believed in a proper accounting of God's resources. In our efforts to honor his memory, and honor his principles of stewardship, we humbly request that donations be sent in lieu of flowers. This will enable us to more effectively continue the work God began in him.
Official Announcement from Ronald Smith’s wife, Sherry Shabazz Smith:
Please be advised that there will be two services for Ronald Smith.
Many of you know that Ronald Smith passed away on Friday September 5, 2008. Thank you for your kind thoughts, considerations and prayers at this time.
The first service is coordinated by Ron’s sister and mother. Ronald will be laid to rest in Chicago. The wake and funeral specifics are listed below.
Minister Ronald. Elijah Smith Saturday, September 13, 2008 Woodlawn Union Baptist Church 6359 S. Eberhart Chicago, IL 60637 10:00 -11:00 visitation 11:00 - 12:00 funeral
The second service is a Celebration Of Ronald Smith And His Life.
This celebration is coordinated by Sherry and will be held on Wednesday September 17, 2008 at 6:00 pm at the:
Abundant Life Ministries 1725 Division SE Grand Rapids Michigan 616-301-2325.
Sherry asks that NO cut flowers be sent. Live plants are welcome. Most importantly Sherry has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Children Need Both Parents, Inc. Ronald did not have medical insurance nor did he have any life insurance. Again, Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
Excellent video captured by Bill Gibbons of PA FACE. 2008 Equal Parenting Bike Trek cyclists recognized at the DC Festival 2008. For updates on the Equal Parenting Bike Trek please visit Cycling4Children.com. Congrats to all four cyclists!
"Mothers and fathers will have 50-50 rights to their children in a divorce beginning Oct. 1." You can review more information about this in an article written by Jenny Andreasson of The Voice. Ms. Andreasson should have titled the article "Victory for Children" because that is who really wins in all of this.
Benefits of Equal Parenting if both parents are fit and willing.
We are told during election time that Michigan Democrats serve the needs of the common person, however in this case it appears they ignore their constituents while submitting the the demands of the Family Law Section of the Michigan Bar. So - rich attorneys and Michigan Democrats are delaying the benefits Equal Parenting brings to children, parents and society. CONSIDER THIS WHEN YOU VOTE IN NOVEMBER!
A Child's Right recently launched the Parental and Civil Rights Alliance. The rare opportunity to form a Meetup Alliance is by invite only and not open to the general public. Quite the honor! In less than two days this Alliance already has 26 organizations that have joined with over 53,000 collective members! Incredible results in a short period of time and we expect the Parental and Civil Rights Alliance to be listed in the Top 10 Largest Meetup Alliance list.
Please join the Parental and Civil Rights Alliance. Great way to pull more people into your local group. 26 groups and growing!
Only those who want to start a group or already have one (via Meetup, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, active website, etc.) can join the Parental and Civil Rights Alliance right now. If you don't want to be a group organizer, you can find an existing group on the internet, Meetup, Facebook, MySpace, etc and ask them to join the alliance. Or start your own group right here in the Parental and Civil Rights Alliance.
If you have a leadership role in a local group or organization you should join the Parental and Civil Rights Alliance for the following benefits: 1) The Parental and Civil Rights Alliance is a fantastic tool to help parental and civil rights activists all over the country to meet and organize in person. 2) Network with similar organizations and groups to increase turnout at your local events. 3) Learn from the successes and failures of local groups. 4) Give your local organization an additional web presence with link. Thousands of people visit the main page for Meetup Alliance daily and look for a local group in their area...look at it like the yellow pages – but this is free! 5) Increase your membership totals in your local organization. The Parental and Civil Rights Alliance allows those who come across it on the internet to search for a local group in their area. 6) Want to carpool to a national event? Research local groups and consolidate resources for a successful turnout. 7) Network with Meetup groups, Yahoo groups, Facebook groups, MySpace groups and more! 8) Expose your next event or meeting to a national audience! 9) Create your own group's resource page. 10) Finally create an international coalition of parental and civil rights activists!
Creating your own Alliance is not open to the public and the chance to grow this was given to me on an invite only basis from Meetup. They are still in a Beta run and new features will be added very soon!