9 April 2001
Representative James Walsh
Federal Building, Room 1340
100 S. Clinton Street
Syracuse, NY 13261
Dear Mr. Walsh:
I am a coordinator for a group of parents who are seeking Civil Rights legislation to recognize the basic right of both parents and children to be together. We are not a Mothers group or a Fathers group. We are parents concerned about what has happened to our children. We have tried to understand that the Judges, Lawyers, and other professionals in the present system are doing the best they can -- but often with tragic results.
Last year we met with some of your local staff to discuss the need for Federal Civil Rights protection for families. We were very disappointed by your letter of May 1, 2000 in which you said is was a state issue and that federal intervention would be impossible.
On Monday, April 16th, members of group are gathering in Syracuse for a meeting and we do plan on visiting your offices to drop off some petitions for reform and to attempt to schedule a follow-up meeting with your staff. Details at :
I certainly hope we will be able to schedule a meeting for a latter date to at least discuss the issue further. There are many mothers and fathers out there who feel that if we have a right to privacy and a right to free speech, bear arms, and the freedom of religion. that we may need to officially recognize and protect our right to be with our children.
spokesperson, Mary Chancellor (Tenessee), can be reached at :
phone : 423-326-0585, email: