Activist group to protest on campus throughout week
BY: BEN MILLER
Donald Tenn, an organizer for Fathers4Justice, protests out front of the Judicial College on Monday. Ben Miller/Nevada Sagebrush
A Sacramento-based organization protesting alleged corruption in courts and advocating for changes to child custody practices will hold demonstrations on campus throughout the week.
Members of the group, Fathers4Justice, held signs and got cars to honk in front of the National Judicial College on Evans Street on Monday, prompting confusion from judges and faculty members inside the building — the headquarters of the organization Fathers4Justice was protesting aren’t held in the National Judicial College.
On the group’s website, F4J.com, a calendar lists a protest against the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, which is housed in the Continuing Education Building on North Virginia Street.
“It’s just the name of the building I think,” said William Dressel, president of the college. “Because we couldn’t figure out what they were doing there.”
The NJC is hosting conventions this week, but none are affiliated with the NJIDV, Dressel said. The college hosts conventions almost every week, he said.
Evelia Gil, one of the protestors and a Reno resident, said the group would be protesting both on campus and in front of John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, where the NJIDV is holding a convention for judges to learn about domestic violence this week.
Fathers4Justice’s website says the organization is against courts awarding sole custody of children to either parent.
“We do not favor sole custody by either parent, when both parents are fit,” the website reads. “We believe that children of divorce or separation deserve the right to be raised equally by both parents.”
Members of the group cited statistics about the dangers of fatherless homes while demonstrating in front of the NJC. Donald Tenn, a coordinator of Fathers4Justice, used a voice amplification system as students walked, jogged and rode their bikes by the sidewalk and people visiting the NJC looked on from the doorway.
“Come on down to the cash for kids show!” he said through the speaker.
Tenn said members of the group have protested in cities across the U.S. and visited the homes of judges.
Jenny Talancon, an on-campus affiliate of the NJIDV, said her organization was made aware of the impending protests before they began and hired extra security at its event at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.
Other members of the NJIDV did not return a request for comments on Fathers4Justice’s message by press time on Monday.
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