Whether you agree with his tactics or not or regard superhero stunts as counter productive it matters not, all of us should support him in his protest and the ability this opportunity has to focus the media on our issue. So from what ever part of the world you are in at the moment seize the moment and lobby via your National broadcaster or better still through the Rupert Murdoch media machine!
I call on all groups from F4J as well as every individual to unite behind Donald’s call and get this into the headlines NOW!!
By Jo Ann Hustis Herald Writer Friday, October 24, 2008 8:26 PM CDT BRAIDWOOD
Acting Braidwood Police Chief Brandon Myers said Friday that Tenn, of the F4J board, was given averbal warning by local police for operating a vehicle with one headlight. Following further investigation, police arrested Tenn for operating a motor vehicle on a revoked California driver’s license. He did not have an Illinois driver’s license, Myers noted.“I don’t know if he behaved any differently than anyone else who is arrested,” said Myers.Chief: Officers followed standard procedures during Tenn’s arrest Fathers-4-Justice member criticizes Braidwood police following traffic stop.
Tenn was quoted in the advisory as saying: “One’s constitutional rights are completely ignored in this small town.”“They completely ignore the law of the land, they have no jury and no trial, but they do have a mandatory vehicle impound law and fee of $500 and towing fee of $250,” he said in the advisory.
Tenn was quoted as labeling the fees as extortion, and a violation of the RICO Act. “It’s a lot of money for anyone, but for a charitable organization (F4J), this will adversely affect a lot of children and their families for months to come. ”The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, is intended to eradicate organized crime by establishing strong sanctions and forfeiture provisions.
http://www.morrisdailyherald.com/articles/2008/10/24/news/31...1 of 4 10/27/08 6:01 AM “We have had situations where the $500 administrative fee is returned if the person is found innocent of the charge,”
Myers said. In regards to the $250 towing charge, this issue is out of the hands of police, as the fees are established by the towing companies, he noted.“I think our officers acted appropriately, according to the standards established by our police department,” Myers said.
Fathers-4-Justice is a tax-exempt organization headquartered in St. Paul, Minn. The organization is a fathers’ rights pressure group. F4J has received national news coverage because of the circumstances of the many protests the organization has staged. A charge of felony vandalism against Tenn, who is also known as Spiderman, was dismissed in Municipal Court on Friday, Oct. 10, in Columbus, Ohio. Tenn was cited after he spent several days atop a construction crane during a protest at Ohio State University.“In his attempts to bring awareness to the injustices perpetrated upon children, their parents and grandparents by our family courts, Mr. Tenn has been involved in numerous acts of civil disobedience around the country,” the F4J press advisory notes.
F4J members from several states are to rally at Heinz Field when the Pittsburgh Steelers play a home game with the New York Giants on Sunday, Oct. 26.
Comment Blog – Note: All Comments Subject To Approval
Brent D. wrote on Oct 27,2008 1:20 AM:” Does the mayor or chief of police own the towing company? Or is this a nephew or brother in law thing? Sometimes the people in charge lose focus, they forget that some folks are not always criminals when they make mistakes under Illinois law, and maybe they’re just honest mistakes. Protect and serve seems to have been lost lately and changed to bag them and tag them.
_”Drew4Justice wrote on Oct 26, 2008 7:21 PM:” Donald is a true superhero, doing nothing more than trying to be involved with his child’s life. The state says “NO”. Why is this? Why would ANY sane person retain a loving, fit, compassionate and able father from his daughter? I have not heard an acceptable answer as of yet.
“CkG wrote on Oct 26, 2008 6:12 PM:” 250.00 towing fee??? Are you kidding me? The fact that the village looks the other way while citizens are being way OVER charged is criminal. Let’s all remember this at election time. The last time I had to have a vehicle towed (about 4 months ago) it cost me 75.00 to have it towed about 6 miles. Again – let’s remember this at election time.
“F4J Canada wrote on Oct 26, 20083:04 PM:” Not only is the USA watching mate, this is an International event.http://f4j-soo.blogspot.com/2008/10/donald-tenn-f4j-usa-confronting-very.html Canada is here for our Superhero brother!
“Spotlight wrote on Oct 26, 2008 8:05 AM:” No matter how you look at it, $500 is excessive.The bad news for Braidwood is that by arresting Tenn, a very large network of politically active people across the USA have been alerted to this highly questionable fee. “Morris Daily Herald http://www.morrisdailyherald.com/articles/2008/10/24/news/31…2 of 4
AM IMAGINE THAT wrote on Oct 26, 2008 6:56 AM:” Braidwood, nah couldn’t be them. Come to think about it, that’s what they charged my nephew after they stopped him for “LOUD” music! THEN, they proceeded to arrest my 16 year old son all because he looked in the van to see if his speakers were there. They through him on top of the squad car, and treated him like a piece of, well you know!! , That’s Braidwood!!!!!!
“CARRIE wrote on Oct 26, 2008 4:25 AM:” Well damn is this why we did not go to lunch . Now maybe we could have cruised in my car ! I was hopeing that your visit would have been more eventful . You know .. some BBQ and Freezie ice tea’s !Peace bro. LoL You know – I shall not write so seriously !!
“Something is wrong in Braidwood wrote on Oct 25, 2008 11:42 PM:” Tenn makes a valid point about Braidwood and we all know it but out of curiosity I checked the police section and the results are below. Same offense, considerably different results. Personally, I have never heard of a $500 administration fee and $250 for towing? Well, as Rich stated, that sounds extremely excessive. Two ticketed for license violations Friday, October 24, 2008 6:00 AM CDTMINOOKA POLICE ticketed two drivers for license violations Tuesday, Oct. 21. Nicholas Burke, 21, Minooka, was ticketed about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday for driving with a suspended license. Minooka police stopped Burke at Ridge Road and Industrial Drive for not having a rear license plate light on his vehicle. A computer check showed his license was suspended. He posted $100 bond and was released. Edwardo Sanchez-Ramirez, 21, Aurora, was ticketed Tuesday for not having a valid license and not having proof of insurance. Stopped near Minooka and McLindon Roads, he was released on an I bond.
“pegleg wrote on Oct 25, 2008 2:43 PM:” well said to jk ”
Rich wrote on Oct 25, 2008 2:09 PM:” I am a “Law & Order” type of guy but I have to admit that the $500 administrative fee and $250 towing fee sounds extremely excessive (especially in light of today’s national economic situation). It reminds me of one of those B-grade films where an innocent vacationer happens to be riding through Mayberry, North Carolina and Barney Fife nails them for throwing a gum wrapper out their passenger window. The next thing that they know, they have been given a $1,000 fine or 30 days in the Mayberry jail. Shades of “Cool Hand Luke” and “Rambo”.There has to be something more to this story that we are missing or else it would seem to me that everybody reading this article will avoid driving through Braidwood out of fear?
“to jk wrote on Oct 25, 2008 9:06 AM:” charity or not, the police were doing there job, enforcing the laws. If all it took to not have to obey the laws and get away with it, was to join a charity then everyone would sign up and it would be a free-for-all. Reading this article I beleive that the police department did the right thing, and nothing wrong. Just because Donald Tenn cant grasp that he was breaking the law, by driving on a revoked license doesnt mean he needs to write an article complaining about his experience with braidwood police. Hopefully he doesnt feel the need to come back. Good job law enforcement!
IN THE USA
DON TENN – NATIONAL COORDINATOR FATHERS 4 JUSTICE US
REMEMBER THESE GUYS? 80 hours on top of crane in Ohio!
|Fathers 4 Justice US|
|Press release – Fathers 4 Justice US Action concluded|
|For Immediate Release
Day 4 – 80th hour
Fathers 4 Justice USA Spiderman safely descends from crane after learning Superman is released and okay.
International Media Release
For Immediate Release –September 30, 2008
After an incredible 80 hours atop a 125′ crane at Ohio State University, Spiderman and everyday superhero Donald Tenn is coming down safe and sound to fight another day.
” Swat was on their way up if he didn’t come down. We now know that Paul Fisher is being released and are sending a support team to him,” says John Fowler, National Coordinator for F4J USA, “We’re very happy to see this action come to a very successful and peaceful conclusion.”
“Arnold Schwarzenegger used to be a hero of mine,” says Fowler, “Now Donald Tenn and Paul Fisher are my heroes”
That about sums up Donald Tenn, F4J USA Board Director from California and Paul Fisher, aka Superman.
Tenn was able to conduct a crane top media interview with NBC Channel 4 and a large radio station in his home town of Sacramento.
Tenn’s Sacramento phone rings off the hook at all hours of the day. Friends say he always makes time to listen to parents trying to avoid or recover from the devastation of losing contact with their children. When he isn’t grieving for his own little girl Madison, he says, his heart aches for the thousands of other parents he knows who are experiencing the same thing.
When asked if he wants to keep Madison away from her mother when this is resolved, he says, “No. I’ve always wanted equal custody, equal parenting and equal responsibility, for each of us.” Asked if his case was unique he replied, “I’ve traveled the country talking to other parents. And what I hear all the time, from mothers and fathers, is that they want equal parental rights, equal physical and legal custody.”
Paul Fisher, aka Superman agreed to come down last night under the exclusive watch of NBC news, who broke the story Sunday, and a safety crew from the construction site and campus security.
Troops were beginning to rally at the base of the crane in support of their superhero.
“We’re not leaving without Paul and Don,” one activist was quoted as saying from the scene.
“Both of these men are now admired and revered worldwide for their self-sacrifice for a cause that is greater than anyone of us, and sadly affects us all. This action by Fathers 4 Justice USA may very well spark a Global Fathers 4 Justice response,” says Kris Titus, National Coordinator for Fathers 4 Justice Canada, “there are things we are very proud to share with the U.S., unfortunately parental inequality that harms children is one that noone should be proud of.”
Early on Monday, both Governor Strickland of Ohio and Governor Schwarzenegger were presented pleas from the dads. They respectfully requested a public investigation into the family court system. At this time, a satisfactory response has ‘not’ been received by Fathers 4 Justice USA
“Why is it so difficult for an elected representative to make a simple statement stating our family law system may be broken, and we must find out how to fix it. This is the largest social justice issue of our time,” says Fowler. “Governor Strickland likes to play Keno, well, he needs to stop gambling with the lives of our children and both Governor’s must address this issue. The gloves are off”
This is just the beginning of an everyday superhero assault in the U.S.
Watch the developing story via audio/video/and pictures courtesy of nbc here:
Pictures and video are available at www.f4j.us
A special communique has been sent to all Fathers 4 Justice International leaders.
Fathers 4 Justice Protesters Perched on Crane Near Ohio State
September 29th, 2008 by Glenn Sacks, MA for Fathers & Families
From NBC4 in Columbus, Ohio’s Will they still be there at Christmas? (9/29/08):
Two men protesting for fathers’ custody rights say they will still be perched atop a crane if by Christmas Governor Ted Strickland and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have not investigated the court system, which protestors said is biased against dads.
Camped a top a crane near Ohio State University, Fathers 4 Justice members Paul Fisher, of Ohio, and Donald Tenn, of California, told NBC 4’s Matt Alvarez that they have enough food to last “as long as they need.”
The fathers said they will come down when the governors from both states agree to a non-partisan investigation into the family court system in their respective states.
I have several tactical disagreements with the way F4J has gone about this but out of respect for the protesters’ admirable courage and initiative, I’m going to keep my yap shut. According to F4J’s press release:
Fathers 4 Justice Members Paul Fisher of Ohio and Donald Tenn of California have secured themselves 100 ft in the air on top of a crane…
The dads will remain on the crane while they await an answer from two other government representatives that must be accountable for inadequate equal parenting laws that lead to massive family court dysfunction and abuse of the law.
They are requesting that the Governors of both states launch an investigation into the Family Court system. Donald Tenn has legal rights to see his daughter, yet has not been able to see her in 2 years. Paul Fisher has won his case in Supreme Court and the decision was then violated in the local family court.
Crane workers reported to the job site this morning and were unable to work while Tenn and Fisher remain positioned on the equipment. Fisher said, “They understand why we are doing this.”
I don’t know anything about Tenn’s case but Paul Fisher’s seems strong–he won in the Ohio Supreme Court but the trial judge apparently still refused to increase his parenting time with his daughter from an average of about one day a week.
The Ohio Office of Public Information’s blurb on the Supreme Court’s ruling says:
The case involved a dispute between Paul Fisher and Emma Hasenjager of Mercer County , who had a child together in 2002. In 2003 the couple entered into a court-approved shared-parenting agreement in which parental rights were shared equally and a detailed visitation schedule was established. In 2005, however, Fisher and Hasenjager filed separate motions asking the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas to modify the shared-parenting order, with each asking to be named as the child’s sole residential parent and legal custodian. Following a hearing at which both motions were considered, the court issued a judgment that made no determination of a change in the circumstances of the parents, but held that it was in the best interest of the child that Hasenjager be named as the child’s sole residential parent and legal custodian.
Fisher appealed that ruling to the 3rd District Court of Appeals, arguing that the trial court judgment was invalid because it had taken away his parental rights as co-residential parent and custodian without first making a required factual finding under R.C. 3109.04(E)(1)(a) that there had been a substantive “change in circumstances” of the child or of either parent that affected the prior parenting arrangement. The 3rd District affirmed the trial court’s decision, holding that under a different provision of the statute cited by Fisher, R.C. 3109.04(E)(2)(b), the trial court had authority to “modify the terms” of the shared parenting agreement based solely on its finding that the modification was in the best interest of the child, without requiring a finding of changed circumstances.
One thing here troubles me–according to this, Paul and his ex had a shared parenting agreement and then they both filed for sole custody. As readers know, I don’t like sole father custody any more than I like the current norm of sole mother custody.
Perhaps Paul had a good reason for doing this–maybe the ex wanted to move out of state or was interfering with visitation, etc. I don’t know. If anybody does, please let me know at email@example.com. Please keep it short and to the point and stick to facts, not speculation.
[Late note: Fisher climbed down on Monday. Tenn climbed down Tuesday.–GS]
September 28, 2008
Donald Tenn is a man of conviction. Tenn is a Daddy who misses and worries about his daughter Madison every moment of every day.
Madison and Tenn are victims of Madison’s mother Shannon and the disaster called the family court system. Shannon illegally abducted Madison from California to Illinois. When she learned the law would make her return Madison, she immediately filed false allegations of domestic violence against Tenn. As I described here and here, not only has Madison’s mother broken the law, she’s being rewarded for her actions.
On Saturday, September 27th, 2008, he took his cause to new heights. Tenn, from California, in a Spiderman suit, and Paul Fisher, from Ohio, in a Batman suit, both members of Fathers4Justice, are currently atop a 100 foot crane outside the Ohio Stadium in Columbus. They’ve unfurled a 40 foot banner that says STOP THE WAR ON FATHERS.
There are at least 100,000 people passing underneath on their way to the Ohio State football game. Tenn describes at least 100 police, sheriff and SWAT officers gathering below. He adds that a police helicopter keeps buzzing very close by.
When asked to comment, John Fowler, National Coordinator for F4J said, ”These fathers have waited years for change. Their pleas have fallen of deaf ears when all they are asking for is to be able to love and raise their children. Why should children be denied the right to have two loving parents?”
Tenn has spent the last couple of years volunteering as a board member and California coordinator for Fathers4Justice. Fathers 4 Justice originated in the UK a few years ago. There are now F4J branches in several countries including Canada, where family rights activists Rob Robinson (Batman) and Kris Titus (Wonderwoman) regularly make the news with similar stunts.
“Fathers aren’t the only parents who are victims,” Tenn says, “mothers and grandparents call me too.” It’s estimated that by 2010 one quarter of America’s noncustodial parents will be female.
Tenn adds making any parent “noncustodial” is wrong. Unless they’ve been convicted of a crime or don’t want to be part of their child’s life. He even says he wants Shannon to have equal access to Madison, after she gets out of jail.
Shared parenting and shared custody, which actually reduce conflict, are supported by over 85% of the population. Why then can’t these parents and legislators get laws passed to guarantee equal parental rights to all fit parents?
Less than 5% of divorces are high conflict. Sixty to eighty percent of all domestic violence charges are found to be unnecessary or false. Isn’t it time to have laws that fit the facts?
When confronted about the controversial nature of the demonstration Mr. Fowler replied “What would you be willing to do if a corrupt court denied you access to your children?”