"Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill it teaches the whole people by its example.
Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a law breaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself."
–Supreme Court Justice Brandeis

Monday, June 22, 2009

Lundy Bancroft:Introducing the Protective Mothers Alliance

Introducing the Protective Mothers Alliance

Because of the chronic and severe injustices that are sometimes brought upon mothers and their children through custody litigation when they attempt to leave abusive fathers, there is an urgent need for family court reform. Many projects across the country are working actively to demand these changes, including STOP Family Violence, the Center for Judicial Excellence, the California Protective Parents Association, the Battered Mothers Custody Conference, and several others.

To contribute to these efforts in a new way, mothers who themselves have faced mistreatment in court, and who now want to be activists and advocates to create a fair and accountable child custody system, have joined with me to form the Protective Mothers Alliance (PMA). The second edition of the PMAnewsletter, called The Guardian of Truth is now available. The newsletter, which is produced entirely by mothers, is inspiring, articulate, and informative. I hope you will take a few minutes to click on the link and read the newsletter. You can also read theprevious issue.

More information about the Protective Mothers Alliance is available at my website, LundyBancroft.com, including our mission statement and principles, with an explanation of how you can start a group in your area and how to reach us. PMA is open to protective mothers and their allies. We have specific projects for children who were harmed by the actions of family courts when they were growing up, called "Hear Us Now," and for men who want to be active for justice for protective mothers, called "Fathers and Step-Fathers for Protective Parenting".

Mothers themselves will be the key leading force in bringing about safety for women and children post-separation, and in changing the way family courts handle child custody disputes involving abusers. PMA looks forward to your support. Contributions can be made out to "California Protective Parents Association" (our fiscal sponsor) with "Protective Mothers Alliance" written on the memo line, and sent to CPPA, P.O. Box 15284, Sacramento, CA 95815-0284.

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