c/o Software Workshop Inc.
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
Dear Senator Clinton,
I am resident of New York and presently involved in an effort to achieve National Family Law reform. We are a growing group of Mothers and Fathers who feel that the time has come for Federal Civil Rights protection for the family. Our website is http://www.AKidsRight.Org/
My specific reason for sending you this letter via FedEx is some tremendous problems we are having with your Regional Director for your Central New York office. We have a draft version of a Family Rights Act which we would like you to sponsor in the Senate and we met with Ms. Calhoun in April. It was a 'difficult' meeting and there seemed to be a desire to dismiss the whole issue. Since that time I have written to Cathy on two occasions and made numerous phone calls. I was able to get her on the phone once and was told a follow up meeting would be setup - but have been unable to reach her since then, with both calls and letters unreturned.
I am simply baffled by such treatment. Our group is trying to bring a sensitive and courteous tone to the reform effort. Our proposal is a draft and we would like to review it with you and your staff to get your feedback. I don't expect total agreement, but at least the start of a process in which we can both learn from each other.
I do not know your personal feelings regarding reform, although I did take the time to read your book, 'It Takes a Village..' Ten years ago I would have agreed with you entirely, but after seeing they system at work first hand I feel we need to set some government bounds and better define protections for the parent/child relationship.
This is a goal which will require both sensitive and strong leadership to
achieve. We had hoped to establish some trust with your staff, but may need your
help. I look forward to your response and hope that I can meet with your local
staff next week !
P.S. If you wish to review what has happened (and also the more positive reception we received from Senator Schumer's staff), please check http://www.AKidsRight.Org/action_syr
CC: Ms. Cathy Calhoun