Sunday, June 21, 2009

'Superhero' fathers climb cranes

Two men from the group New Fathers 4 Justice (NF4J) have staged a Father's Day protest by climbing cranes dressed as Banana Man and Captain America.

David Hodge and Sean Wheeler scaled the cranes beside Newport Leisure Centre in south Wales at 0700 BST on Sunday to highlight fathers' rights.

Mr Hodge came back down at around 1000 BST and Mr Wheeler followed at 1045 BST and both were arrested by police.

Matthew Starmore from NF4J said both wanted changes in the law.

Mr Hodge, who was dressed as Captain America, had been apart from his three children for 15 years, said Mr Starmore.

"He's not been a part of their growing up and he's gone through a great deal of psychological trauma because of it," he said.

Mr Wheeler broke up with his partner last year and has full access to his son but decided to protest because he feels so strongly that the justice system is unfair, said Mr Starmore.

He said he did not know what they had been arrested for but suspected it was for trespass.

He said both men were taken to Newport central police station.

Gwent Police sent officers to the scene to ensure the safety of the protestors and the public, they said.

Traffic diversions were put into place.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2009/06/21 16:52:01 GMT


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June 21, 2009

For Immediate Release June 21, 2009
A Father is For Life, Not Just Conception
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"Men in Canada need to quite literally start protecting themselves from the flawed family law system. They can spend 30 cents now or pay $30,000 or more later in courts costs to see their kids 4 days a month. Dads are just not seen as important," says Kris Titus, National Coordinator of F4J Fathers 4 Justice in Canada.

In the week leading up to Fathers Day there have been so many different interpretations of Dads it’s hard to know what a father is these days, never mind what we think they should be.

Oprah features a single dad with 9 children, the National Post features an article on the importance of sperm in child development, and of course two Fathers 4 Justice campaigners proclaim from Carfax tower in England that “A Father is For Life, Not Just Conception.”

The saying resounds with fathers around the world. Not only does it relay to the public and politicians that fathers have a right to raise their children, it also sends an important message to dads that if you have a child, you should be responsible.

It is this need for a balance between rights and responsibilities behind Federal Bill C-422 to amend the Divorce Act in favor of a presumption of equal parenting upon divorce, introduced by MP Maurice Vellacott, supported by MPs Steven Blaney and Raymonde Folco.

“Right now the focus is on litigation not restoration. Money talks and Dads are forced to walk away because they cannot afford to fight for their children any longer. We need to start asking why they should even have to!” says Kris Titus.

From the perspective of a child, Fathers 4 Justice JR Justice Leaguer with a cause, Katy, truly says it best, “Happy Fathers Day from all the invisible children. Even though some of us don’t know who you are, we still think of you on your special day and about the bonds we would have shared.”

Here’s the link to Katy’s Father’s Day message to all the Fathers and Grandfathers out there who feel like a broken record.

THIS Fathers day, let’s really think about what Fathers mean to children, to families, and to society and let's give them all the support, love and respect that they deserve.

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