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There is a good deal of news to share on many fronts.  This email contains updates on the PBS Breaking the Silence documentary, the latest edition of The Liberator, the billboard campaign in Illinois and VAWA (the violence against women act).

PBS Breaks the Silence:

Glenn Sacks, RADAR, YOU and other interested organizations including ACFC, have been participating in a campaign designed to encourage the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) to either pull or allow the airing of additional viewpoints on the biased documentary Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories.

Both CPB and PBS have heard the outcry and are now responding.  CPB's ombudsman, Ken Bode, has released a report sharply criticizing the lack of journalistic integrity in the piece.  Read his report here.  During a conversation yesterday a CPB executive good naturedly relayed the news that a number of CPB 'Blackberry' PDA's crashed as a result of all the emails.

On November 2, ACFC sent a letter on behalf of, and endorsed by 20 other organizations, specifically questioning a number of the assertions of the documentary.  Since the sending of that letter, 9 additional organizations have provided an endorsement.  Read the letter here.

Recently PBS responded to ACFC's letter promising a review of the programming content, also indicating PBS would respond specifically to each of the points raised in the letter.  PBS indicated their detailed response would be forthcoming within thirty days.  Read the PBS response here.

ACFC thanks all of you who have supported the efforts to let PBS and CPB know that biased programming has no place on the nation's public airwaves.

Illinois Billboard Campaign

In mid October ACFC joined with a group of local parents in the Champaign-Urbanna Illinois area to draw attention to issues involving the local family court.  Click here to see the billboard.

The press continues to cover this expanding story.  We have been told the billboard has created a stir in the local legal community.  

We encourage all of you in the area to attend a local meeting on this issue next Tuesday night in Urbanna.  The meeting will begin at 6:00 pm and is being held in Room 235 of the Grainger Engineering Library located at 1301 W. Springfield Ave.  The library is on the University of Illinois campus.  Contact Robert Ferrar at 217 244-7835 if you need additional information.  

The News-Gazette published guest commentary by ACFC President Stephen Baskerville on November 14, 2005.  Click here to read the article.

New Liberator Edition

The newest edition of The Liberator shoud arrive in ACFC member mailboxes in about two weeks.  This edition focuses on child support and domestic violence issues.  All current members of ACFC receive The Liberator as part of their membership.  If you would like to receive America's Shared Parenting Quarterly, which is also sent to every state and federal elected official, join ACFC by clicking here.

Click here to read the front page.

VAWA (violence against women act)

The reauthorization of VAWA is currently stalled, however VAWA is not dead by any means.  Different versions of the bill passed the House and Senate which need to be reconciled.  VAWA has not been renewed, but VAWA programs have been funded at current levels for the next year.  The domestic violence industry is working feverishly to get the reconcilliation work on the bill initiated and reauthorization completed.  Our work on this bill is not over.  We still need to encourage legislators to rework this family disaster bill.  It's a good time to take a moment and recontact your representatives regarding this legislation. Click here to take action on VAWA.

Help spread the word about these activities and items of interst.  Send this email to a friend.

We at ACFC hope you have a peaceful holiday season.  Many of us will spend little and/or limited time with our children as a result of the family court.  ACFC is committed to the mission of shared parenting, thank you again for your support.


Michael McCormick
Executive Director

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