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(“Say no to SB 557,” cont’d.) Local Connections and Faith-Focused OVW Grants: “All in the Family”– but Whose?

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This post is: “(“Say no to SB 557,” cont’d.) Local Connections and Faith-Focused OVW Grants: “All in the Family”– but Whose? (Published 6-5-2011, with case-sensitive short-link ending “-J1”)

Seriously, now …..

 

What did a District Attorney, a City Attorney, and a Republican Faith-Family-Marriage-Fatherhood-pushing President have in common? In 2003, or since?

(Besides an urge to jumpstart an alliance of

One-Stop Family Justice Shops Centers)

 

BUSH:  Family of Secrets (by Russ Baker)

Russ Baker shows that Decision Points is no candid memoir.

Investigative journalist Russ Baker updates what he uncovered in Family of Secrets about the Bushes with his responses to the former President’s best-selling book. In sum, Bush started a war under false pretenses, allegedly left the cockpit because of substance abuse, got fabricated religion in order to keep power, desired to invade Iraq even before his presidency, and works to set up his brother Jeb for the Presidency. Baker finds the Bush Family political system to be a brilliant con job, benefiting large wealthy interests, and being continued by Obama.

Russ Baker’s website       ”

Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years  [Interview]

(note:  I don’t have this book.  But my work here, continues to run across the Bush brand of religion influence and its infiltration of the legal, judicial, etc. systems).

Or,

The Family:  The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power” by Jeff Sharlett:

(from Harpers article 2003 by author.  Note:  The President’s Family Justice Center Initiative (below) began in 2003)

Ivanwald, which sits at the end of Twenty-fourth Street North in Arlington, Virginia, is known only to its residents and to the members and friends of the organization that sponsors it, a group of believers who refer to themselves as “the Family.” The Family is, in its own words, an “invisible” association, though its membership has always consisted mostly of public men. Senators Don Nickles (R., Okla.), Charles Grassley (R., Iowa), Pete Domenici (R., N.Mex.), John Ensign (R., Nev.), James Inhofe (R., Okla.), Bill Nelson (D., Fla.), and Conrad Burns (R., Mont.) are referred to as “members,” as are Representatives Jim DeMint (R., S.C.), Frank Wolf (R., Va.), Joseph Pitts (R., Pa.), Zach Wamp (R., Tenn.), and Bart Stupak (D., Mich.). Regular prayer groups have met in the Pentagon and at the Department of Defense, and the Family has traditionally fostered strong ties with businessmen in the oil and aerospace industries. The Family maintains a closely guarded database of its associates, but it issues no cards, collects no official dues. Members are asked not to speak about the group or its activities.

The organization has operated under many guises, some active, some defunct: National Committee for Christian Leadership, International Christian Leadership, the National Leadership Council, Fellowship House, the Fellowship Foundation, the National Fellowship Council, the International Foundation. These groups are intended to draw attention away from the Family, and to prevent it from becoming, in the words of one of the Family’s leaders, “a target for misunderstanding.”

Suharto reputedly involved, that he engaged in anti-Communist massacres didn’t seem to matter…Search “Suharto” and “Somalia” here (interview):

“The Family’s devoted membership includes Congress members, corporate leaders, generals, foreign heads of state, dictators. The longtime leader, Doug Coe, was included in Time Magazine’s 2004 list of the twenty-five most influential evangelicals in America. “

The connected, the powerful, the very wealthy, the dishonest, the means-justifies-the-ends crowd.  I am not being facetious at all by placing these two books here in preface to protesting the expansion of a “National” (and planned INTERnational) Family Justice Center Alliance.  I am alerting us to question exactly which “families” are referred to her, and not to be fooled about the underlying intents.  Look at who is sponsoring the movement!

 

OK, let’s look back to the West Coast Connections and Family of Inter-connected politicians, including some who are indeed Family to each other.  

 

DA = Alameda County Family Justice Center — headed up originally by someone with real “family” connections, til she began running for County Supervisor,

a post she got, though the retiring supervisor endorsed her opponent.  Her husband just happens to be (presently) California State Treasurer, previously State Attorney General.  Later in the post, more on this process is discussed.  Mr. Gwinn & startup of the San Diego Family Justice Center has been addressed (in part) in earlier posts towards the end of May, 2011, and the topic itself is not exactly a new one to my blog.

 

ex-CA  = San Diego County Family Justice Center

President = well, he was always into promoting Family.

 

Let’s Get Honest (that’s me) generally looks behind the scenes at funding and organizational histories of new Initiatives, Institutes, Centers, Movements, and other Projects proposed by those with political connections to better serve those without them, whose lives will be used to justify whichever project is next.

Right now, it seems that the Family Justice Center Alliance is proudly endorsed by the OVW (White House) starting back in 2003, and up and running.  How the first two got up and running is a bit debatable.  Used to these, I ignored it for a while, until I ran across CA SB 557.

 

California’s SB 557 has been passed by Senate and is awaiting in Assembly

Here is some of the voting and excerpts — plus my comments

The California Bill SB 557 is to streamline and authorize the Family Justice Center Model.  It’s whizzing by committees, and as we speak, was read in the Assembly June 2, and being held at the Assembly Desk. Right now, per “aroundthecapitol.com,”

Votes
and
Last Action last week.  This bill is indeed moving.  Remember that one of the Centers (Alameda County) boasted originally as its first director, the then-state Attorney General, and this person is now State Treasurer – Bill Lockyer.  He also was previously Sen. Pro-Tem. fighting with the Governor for collective bargaining rights for the courts.  His name is on the 1997 Lockyer-Isenburg Trial Court Funding Act, described as:

I am pleased to send you the enclosed Resource Manual for the Lockyer-Isenberg Trial Court Funding Act of 1997 (Assembly Bill 233). Passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor last fall, this landmark legislation will take effect on January 1, 1998. Under the new law, funding of the trial courts will be consolidated at the state level to ensure equal access to justice throughout California.

Over the last several months, the Judicial Council and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), along with the California State Association of Counties and the Department of Finance, have worked together to familiarize the state’s judges, court administrators, and county executives with this historic new funding law. As part of that process, we are presenting this Resource Manual to assist you in understanding and implementing the new law.

There aren’t too many places in California politics, or its recent history, [SF performing Gay Marriage v Schwarzenegger] that one can go without finding the imprint of Mr. Lockyer.[Pension issues]

So I’m just wondering whether the relatively fast passage of this SB 577 was affected by the legislature’s knowledge (it’s obvious) that his wife was the former CEO of this grants-grabbing initative.  And that the local D.A., who helped get this wife installed, was recently in Washington, D.C., lobbying with the OVW director for it . . . ..

The former CEO of the Alameda COunty Justice Center just so happens (yeah….) to be his third wife. Now she is County Supervisor, even though the retiring supervisor endorsed her opponents, characterized as “having more experience than [Ms. Davis-Lockyer] was alive.”  The race was also locally characterized as having funding more equivalent for a race for Senator (around $2 million, though don’t quote me on that).  Perhaps that’s next . . . .
I wonder what might happen if they all opposed this center on the basis of, has it produced results — would the legislature have the courage?
  • 06/02/11: In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
As introduced February, 2011 (not current version, excerpts:)
This bill would authorize a city, county, or city and county to 
establish a multiagency, multidisciplinary family justice center to
assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, and
human trafficking, to ensure that victims of abuse are able to
access all needed services in one location and to enhance victim
safety, increase offender accountability, and improve access to
services for victims of crime, as provided. The bill would permit the 
family justice centers to be staffed by law enforcement, medical, 
social service, and child welfare personnel, among others.

About privacy of information:

The bill would authorize a family justice center to share
information [WITH WHOM — each other?] pursuant to an informed consent process, as provided. The bill would authorize the National Family Justice Center Alliancesubject to certain limitations, to maintain nonidentifying, aggregate  data on victims receiving services from a family justice center and 
the outcomes of those services.

The bill would provide immunity from  civil liability to staff members of the center for information shared with others based on an established client consent procedure, provided that the center has a formal training program with mandatory
training for all members, as specified.

There are so many issues with this (again, original version) its hard to know where to start.  But those familiar with the history of the founder of this system can see why (he/they) might have addressed specific issues, including civil liability for sharing info.

(c) For purposes of this title, family justice centers shall be
defined as multiagency, multidisciplinary service centers where 
public and private agencies assign staff members on a full-time or 
part-time basis in order to provide services to victims of** domestic
violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, or human trafficking from one
location in order to reduce the number of times victims must tell
their story, reduce the number of places victims must go for help,
and increase access to services and support for victims and their
children. Staff members at a family justice center may be comprised 
of, but are not limited to, the following: 

**First of all, public agencies are on the public payroll.

Child victims and parents coming for help are quite likely to have business before some arm of the courts where any member of those public agencies may have a built-in conflict of interest in the case.  Consider, if it has to do with guardianship of a child, child support, or other issues.  When it comes to private agencies— (private organizations, individuals, or “agencies” — what is a private “agency”?)  there are issues of where does the law protect the victims seeking help by accountability to any of these private members.  The “consent process” has to be taken with a grain of salt — a person in desperate circumstances such as these crimes, may not comprehend what it is they are signing away at the time, their emphasis is survival.  Anyhow, potential staff might include:

(1) Law enforcement personnel.
(2) Medical personnel.
(3) District attorneys and city attorneys.  {{note:  = who created the 1st & 2nd justice centers in CA….1 of each. 

(Tell me — for what purpose might a CITY attorney have any business in a family justice center?  )

(4) Victim-witness program personnel.
(5) Domestic violence shelter service staff.
(6) Community-based rape crisis, domestic violence, and human
trafficking advocates.
(7) Social service agency staff members. 
(8) Child welfare agency social workers. 

(hey — are there still readers (active in this field as advocate, or survivor parent) who don’t understand, yet, that there are FEDERAL incentives to the states for

any number of actions which might quite well involve a social service agency staff member, or a child welfare agency social worker — such as adopting out, fostering out, or

declaring a child in need of services that may not, really, be in need of services.  There are program funds for these activities.  What about program administrators of such funds?

and so forth…..)

(9) County health department staff.
(10) City or county welfare and public assistance workers. 

(Translation:  People administering TANF funds.  We already have become aware that the fatherhood movement has a significant interest in portions of Title IV-D (welfare) finances going towards facilitating increased “noncustodial parent” (i.e., possibly perpetrator) access.  No.   Uh-uh, No.  )

(11) Nonprofit agency counseling professionals.
(12) Civil legal service providers.
(13) Supervised volunteers from partner agencies.
(14) Other professionals providing services.

Huh….

Excerpts from “Analysis” of this bill again specifies already-existing justice centers by name and requests they expand who gets served:

This bill authorizes the City of San Diego, the City of Anaheim, the County of Alameda, and the County of Sonoma to create a two-year pilot project for the establishment of a  family justice center, as specified. This bill defines the Family Justice Center model in the  law and expands the reach for whom services will be provided to include, not only victims of domestic violence, but also victims of officer-involved domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, stalking, cyber-stalking, cyber-bullying, and human trafficking.

(The cyber-stalking (stand-alone) and cyber-bullying provisions would just about make the average high school student eligible for services…)

This bill also allows for the FJCs to be staffed by, among others, law enforcement, medical, social service, and child welfare personnel.

This bill provides that victims of crime will not be denied services based solely on the grounds of criminal history. 

(don’t quite know where to file that last statement. )

 

Votes so far, if you live in California and in any of these are your legislators:

03/29/11  Sen. Committee on Public Safety: 6-0 (1 not voting) — PASS
Motion: Do pass as amended, and re-refer to the Committee on Judiciary.

Ayes – 6 Anderson, Hancock, Harman, Liu, Price, Steinberg / Noes – 0 / Absent, Abstention or Not Voting – 1 Calderon
  • 05/10/11 – Sen Judiciary: 5-0 pass as amended (see site)

Ayes – 5 Blakeslee, Corbett, Evans, Harman, Leno

  • 05/26/11 Sen Appropriations 9-0 — PASS as amended

Alquist, Emmerson, Kehoe, Lieu, Pavley, Price, Runner, Steinberg, Walters

  • 06.01/11 – Senate Floor 39-0 (1 absent abstain or not voting – Emmerson)

Alquist, Anderson, Berryhill, Blakeslee, Calderon, Cannella, Corbett, Correa, De León, DeSaulnier, Dutton, Evans, Fuller, Gaines, Hancock, Harman, Hernandez, Huff, Kehoe, La Malfa, Leno, Lieu, Liu, Lowenthal, Negrete McLeod, Padilla, Pavley, Price, Rubio, Runner, Simitian, Steinberg, Strickland, Vargas, Walters, Wolk, Wright, Wyland, Yee

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Some of the Senate Amendments (strikeouts, replacement):

The bill would prohibit victims of crime from
being denied services at a family justice center solely on the
grounds of criminal history and would prohibit a criminal history 
search from being conducted during the client intake process.

prior sections a, b, & c, were struck through.

Sections e, f:

(f) Each family justice center shall develop policies and  procedures, in collaboration with local community-based crime victim
service providers and local survivors of violence or abuse, to ensure coordinated services are provided to victims and to enhance the 
safety of victims and professionals at a family justice center who participate in affiliated survivor-centered support or advocacy 
groups. All family justice centers shall maintain a formal client feedback, complaint, and input process to address client concerns
about services provided or the conduct of any family justice center professionals, agency partners, or volunteers providing services in a
family justice center. 

 

No criminal background checks to be run, but protection for victims & professionals in the center who participate in affiliated survivor centered support or advocacy groups (off-grounds?  How would this be done).  This seems to address in part the situation Casey Gwinn’s employee Josie Clark sued him over (see recent posts).

Formal feedback good:  (don’t recall that this even entered the original version — feedback fro participants…)

WELL, THERE WE HAVE IT.  IT”S PASSED WITH FLYING COLORS, SO FAR, AND IS SITTING ON THE ASSEMBLY FLOOR.   MAYBE IT WILL PASS IN TIME FOR FATHER’S DAY, BUT I HOPE NOT.   See “District Attorney Dubious Doings.”   and re:  nepotism, cronyism, racism:

Politics in this famous SF Bay Area, at least Alameda County are, in one blog I read — while probably not equal to Chicago’s or New York’s, known for:

Nepotism, Cronyism, Racism and Corruption

The Alameda County District Attorney’s office is also famous for nepotism, cronyism, racism and corruption. D.A. Orloff, did not start this tradition, but he certainly has continued it.

{{Quote is from a blog post dated July 2009,

The Alameda County District Attorney’s office is also famous for nepotism, cronyism, racism and corruption. D.A. Orloff, did not start this tradition, but he certainly has continued it.   . . . By hiring Chris Bates and Lisa Lockyer, Orloff had the kids of both the local assemblyman, Tom Bates, and the local Senator, Bill Lockyer (later became the Attorney General of the State of California), working for him. He already had the local Congressman’s kid, Jeff Stark, working for him, and he prmoted Stark.

And one of the articles I drew off in reporting this:

Attorney General’s Wife. with no previous experience, Gets Top Job in Alameda County Domestic Violence Center

Steve White 14 Dec 2006 15:36 GMT

 This is a very short article and commentary on Nadia Lockyer, wife of Attorney General Bill Lockyer, being givena a $90,000 per year job as Executive Director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center, a job for which she seems to have no special qualifications. The article also questions the propriety of her employment, considering her husband’s position.

The Alameda county Family Justice Center is one of meny local agencies funded by the Federal Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, (OVW). 

{{more on this, below — LGH…}}

The center is relatively new, and there was a recent search for the Execuitve Director. Eventually, Nadia Davis Lockyer was given the top job, which pays about $90,000 per year. (initial pay was $65,000 but extra money was found to make it $90,000. I am researching where the extra money came from)

Selection process was all for show, Nadia Lockyer is DA staff

Steve White 01.Jan.2007 15:47

I have just received a letter from the Alameda County District Attorney’s office which indicates Nadia Lockyer is an employee of that office.

The letter goes on to respond to my Public Records Act request for all info relaated to her hiring. The DA’s office claims all the info is exempt from disclosure, except for a brochure announcing the job. So they sent me a copy of that announcement.

The denial of information was expected. What was surprising to me is that Lockyer is an employee of the DA’s office. I thought the Family Justice Center was an independent entity which worked with the DA, not a subordinate office. 

and, more, after he contacted the OVW for grant applicant guidelines:

[he]  clicked the first link, which as the first page of a book on guidelines and rules for Federal graants, then went to the chapter entitled “Conflicts of Interest

Reading that, it seems pretty clear Lockyer violated the Federal law, and presumably this is why they went through the big show of pretending to use an objective process to pick his wife for the job.      These folks knew they were doing something shady from the start.     Further evidence is that everyone involved is trying to duck my Public Records Act requests for more information. More on that in my next post 

Phony Statistics put out by ACFJC

Steve White 25.Sep.2007 13:37

The first week of September, 2007, the ACFJC announced a large grant from the US Department of Justice, and in the grant announcement, which naturally everyone was very happy about, they added some statistics on how much good the ACFJC had done so far.

The stats were impressive. They claimed “Since it’s launch” the ACFJC had reduced Domestic Violence (DV) deaths from 26 to 6 in 2005, and, they had provided services to “20,000 victims and their families”.

Both claims were untrue. I checked with the Alameda County Public Health Department, and it turned out there has been a very long term decline in DV deaths, from 26 in 1996, eleven years back, to 6 in 2005. The Center opened in the last half of 2005, in August.

MORE (9/2007) INFO FROM Steve White “Boatbrain” on the ACFJC fudging (lying) on its statistics, in addition to improper appointment of CEO.  Please read entire article we find further conflicts of interest and very disturbing dishonesty, reminiscent of the San Diego outfit:

The Alameda County Family Justice Center is an agency set up two years back as “one-stop shopping” for victims of domestic violence.

It was started by a Federal program to centralize several different types of services, (prosecutors, counselors, emergency housing) to DV victims. There are about 15 around the US, the Alameda center has been open two years as of August 2007.

I have already published, on Indymedia, an account of how the ACFJC hiring of Nadia Lockyer, the wife of then Attorney General Bill Lockyer, a Executive Director of ACFJC was rigged by Nancy O’Malley, the Chief Assistant DA in the County.

Now, it appears the ACFJC is involved in other nefarious activities.

Recently, the ACFJC received another US Dept. of Justice grant, and the award was announced on their website. 

The announcement gave several detailed claims for the achievements of the ACFJC, two of which seemed unlikely to me to be true:   Since I knew the ACFJC was only open a bit over four months in 2005, I knew there was no logical basis for attributing all the 2005 decline to their actions.

But more than that, the reduction from 26 to 6 in one year struck me as extreme and improbable. That is an almost 80% reduction, too good to be true.

So, I called the Alameda County Public Health Department to try to get DV death rates, and called the office of the County Supervisor quoted in the article, Alice Lai-Bitker, to ask about the number.

My conversations with Public Health and Supervisor Lai-Bitker’s staff confirmed my suspicions. Too good to be true was exactly right. To get a death toll of 26 in the County, you have to go back to 1996, nine years before the ACFJC existed. There has been a steady long term decline in DV deaths since then.

The number for 2004, the year right before the ACFJC opened, was 11. Obviously, 6 in 2005 is a lot better than 11 in 2004, but there is a problem in the stats, in that Nancy O’Malley, the effective head of the ACFJC, is also the head of the DV death reporting team for the County, so she can fudge the figures.

I realize, one would not think deaths can be fudged. You are either dead or you or not. But, by using varying protocols for what the death was caused by, there is some maneuvering room for this. I am contacting the DV death reporting trainer for the state to try to nail this down.

All that aside, the point is, as far as attibuting the reduction in DV deaths to ACFJC, that was an extremely misleading claim, and I would argue deliberately misleading

He goes on . . . . after challenging the “20,000 victims and their families served…”

It seems much more likely they deliberately lied, to justify more funding in the future.

The County Administrator, Susan Muranishi, who was the highest paid employee of the County, a few years back, at $231,000 per year, is also quoted in the press release, expressing approval of the ACFJC and the grant.

I called her office to try to get documents to indicate what numbers ACFJC has been giving the County to justify the County’s funding. The receptionist there claimed they did not have any figures, and I had to contact ACFJC. If this was true, it seems to indicate a severe lack of oversight. No reports to the County Admin from the Center? How does Ms. Muranishi know how the County’s money is being spent? I doubt there are no reports, and intend to push them to release them, to see if there are any false numbers in the official accountings. Ditto for the Feds, who I have also requested info from.


((i))

That kind of reporting is why we most definitely need INDEPEPENDENT media centers, and pesky bloggers like myself and Mr. White (wonder what happened to is FOIA and Public Records requests on the ACFJC…

In 2010, here’s an article (and comments) on Ms. Davis-Lockyer running for county supervisor, replacing one of the retiring supervisors who, improperly, voted in Nancy O’Malley (per indymedia Steve’s writing).  WHat goes around comes around.  Again, for non-Californians, this is about how policies get institutionalized in practice, regardless of what results they produce — including initiatives, collaborations, institutes, coalitions, and so forth.  This Family Justice Center seems symptomatic of what’s wrong, from both this end and (below) the White House end.

WHITE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE ON FAMILY JUSTICE CENTERS  – AND GWB DECLARES OCTOBER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MONTH (in 2003).

I have a general rule of thumb.  If it has the word “families” on it — it has a fatherhood (and possibly governmentally endorsed) / faith influence.  This appears to be the case with the FAMILY justice centers, as it did with the FAMILY violence prevention fund of SF (see recent posts).  After all, US is just one big “family” and everyone in power is there to serve and protect the little vulnerable ones among us, right?

The “Family Justice Center” model is absolutely federally funded, and here is the October (DV awareness month, or as I put it, DV Industry Awareness month) October 8, 2003 White House Press Release:

This offers $20 million of funding to establish 12 centers.  The emphasis is Under One Roof (after all, the service providers are just one big happy family, right?) and with a particular emphasis on including Faith Based Initiatives, says our former Prez:

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov
Contact: Angela Harless
202-307-070

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO SPEARHEAD PRESIDENT’S
FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER INITIATIVE TO BETTER SERVE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS

     WASHINGTON, D.C. — Attorney General John Ashcroft today announced the Justice Department will lead a $20 million-dollar program to develop comprehensive domestic violence victim service and support centers in 12 communities across the country. The unprecedented pilot program, the President’s Family Justice Center Initiative, will make a victim’s search for help and justice easier by bringing professionals who provide an array of necessary services together under one roof. President Bush unveiled the initiative earlier today at a White House event formally declaring the month of October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”

“Domestic violence is unacceptable, and this Administration is determined to end the vicious cycle of violence,” said Attorney General John Ashcroft. “Our efforts across the federal government have made it possible for tens of thousands of women and their families to renew their hope, reclaim their dignity, change their lives and protect their children.”

{{HYPOCRITES!!}}

     The President’s Family Justice Center Initiative will provide comprehensive services for domestic violence victims at one location, including medical care, counseling, law enforcement assistance, social services, employment assistance, and housing assistance. The Department of Justice will award grants to 12 communities nationwide to develop Family Justice Centers. Communities will be encouraged to look to the family justice centers in pioneered in San Diego, California and Indianapolis, Indiana for the development and creation of their own centers.

{{Sounds like Casey Gwinn (note:  Republican) had a White House connection here…  Indianpolis, home of Sen. Evan Bayh, is prime “fatherhood” country.  Unbelievable…..  The Indiana “Child Services” (a.k.a. Child Support Services) government website directly solicits “Fathers and Families” to pursue grants, as well as notices CRC (Children’s Rights Council)…..  I doubt that the choice of these two cities was anything approaching accidental.  Who else (grassroots up) was starting Family Justice Centers, around the United States, at this time?}}

Justice Department efforts will be further supported by its partners from the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Labor.

{{So much for treating domestic violence as the criminal/legal issue it really is, with consequences, of course, across the spectrum of life, as crime does….}}

     “The President’s Initiative will provide communities with the resources designed to co-locate coordinated services to domestic violence victims into one facility,” said Office on Violence Against Women Director Diane M. Stuart. “The services provided by the Family Justice Centers will help victims pursue safe and healthy lives.”

     Family Justice Centers are designed to bring together advocates from non-profit, non-governmental domestic violence victim services organizations, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, probation officers, governmental victim assistants, forensic medical professionals, civil legal attorneys,chaplains and representatives from community-based organizations into one centralized location.

Involvement of the faith community is integral to the Family Justice Center Initiative, as well as to the President’s overall strategy to end domestic violence. The Justice Department, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Defense Department are coordinating their efforts to ensure that faith communities nationwide get the training and tools necessary to help domestic violence victims in their communities.

{{Chaplains, imams, and rabbis don’t lack the “tools” to stop wife-beating — or the ability to network — but the problem has been historically the desire to do so.  They are mandated reporters, too, and of child abuse.  GO ask “SNAP” about how well that goes….

{{Reading this now, and as a survivor of domestic violence which was rationalized through religion, though I never accepted that basis, — I understand, and believe I’m right about this — that this has a more sinister purpose than “helping” victims from the faith-based perspective.  Many of those victims that end up using the legal system went first to their spiritual perceived authority (translation, pastor, priest, etc.) and were ignored and the danger trivialized.  SOme of the perpertrators were those people at times.   Welcoming this group into these “centers” with open arms is simply wrong….but, how very “Bush”!!}}

     “The faith-based component of the Family Justice Center Initiative is critical to its overall success,” said Office of Justice Programs Assistant Attorney General Deborah J. Daniels. “Faith-based institutions are often the first place a domestic violence victim turns to for support and guidance.”

(and the last place they are about to find it — which has been documented repeatedly . . . .   )  Next steps, integrating the faith community into the system (2004 release)…

 

I got on the SB 557 kick, here, because I heard about it accidentally.  Accidentally, I happened to browse the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office Annual Report of 2010 (yeah, this is my “casual reading material” at times)… only to find that this San Francisco Bay Area [“East Bay”] county leadership was running up to the OVW and trying to sell legitimizing the  Family Justice Center” model  (see “Kicking Salesmanship Up a Notch” post)….

District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and the Alameda County DA’s Office are proud to announce the publication of the 2010 Annual Report.

We invite you to view this comprehensive report.

Alameda County District Attorney’s Office 2010 Annual Report (7MB PDF).

 

Because I’m familiar with the Justice Center idea already, I picked up on the graphics and mottos that also supported further promotion of it:  the 2nd page of the report is a full page photo of a child and parent(?):  “Justice isn’t served – – – til Crime Victims are.”  On the palms of their hands is written:  “I have the right to protection”   “I have the right to be heard.”

Compare: (graphic on banner of the Alameda County Family Justice Center reads, next to an icon showing scales carring heart & dove, plus two figures reaching for them)  “Justice isn’t served until victims are.”

Welcome to the Alameda County Family Justice Center

Welcome to the Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC), a one-stop center for families experiencing domestic violence.

{{Domestic violence is a crime, and is committed by an agent.  Note the grammar change:  “families experience” it — no one actually DOES it.  The District Attorney’s Office is the office deciding which crimes to prosecute, and which NOT to prosecute, and doing so ethically and honestly.   District Attorneys offices in East Bay (and SF) counties have been experiencing multiple scandals recently, along with police departments… such as tampering with drug evidence and causing cases to be dropped, infighting during an election that resulted in an office fist-fight (Contra Costa County — nearby) and other serious problems, as well as having various members of their forces from time to time being prosecuted by employees or fellow colleagues on rape or other sexual harassment issues.  In this context, I don’t recall hearing a major grassroots call for centralized, one-stop services.}}

The ACFJC provides, under one roof, the services required by domestic violence victims and their families:

  • Crisis intervention, survivor support, and victim advocacy, incl “MISSSEY”motivating, inspiring, supporting and serving sexually exploited youth.
  • Legal assistance services
  • Medical care and mental health counseling for victims and children impacted by family violence
  • Employment assistance, and information and referral to other community services
  • Law enforcement investigation and prosecution of offenders

In the past, domestic violence victims often had to seek help from a fragmented, disjointed system of separate agencies offering related by frequently uncoordinated services.

 

I’m thinking diversity, rather than inbred centrality might be the better order of the day overall.  After all — was our country designed for efficiency or liberty?(But I’m talking, pre-Bush Dynasty there…..)

 

From the DA’s report, a segment:

5. Putting Victims First Page

Alameda County Family Justice Center 22

Domestic Violence Unit 23
Restitution Unit 24

Victims’ Rights & Services 25

Marsy’s Law 25

Victim -Witness Assistance 26

AND . . . .

Legislative Initiatives . . . p. 33

Under the leadership of District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, members of our staff frequently consult on, testify about and assist in drafting new legislation at a state- wide and national level. Working with lawmakers, we propose and support legislation that fits with our mission to champion the rights of victims and to keep our community safe.

…. such as (one of several — the others sound legitimate, although if parents are involved, it’ll bounce to family law and become “moot” point sooner or later) . . . .. . . .

 

SB 557: to define family justice centers in California law, thereby acknowledging the trend towards multi-disciplinary, multi-agency service delivery models for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. This legislation is currently pending.

 

The TREND towards, meaning, the PUSH, enabled by BUSH towards . . . . . for these models.  (other than, since the 1980s, the Duluth Model has been pushing this also, called “Coordinated Community Response.”  So, how’d we say it’s going?

 

A Quebec Dentist, some rope, (no water?), his 10-year old son, and why “estranged”? Mom called the Police….

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Yeah, the real problem with this boy was his absent father — especially when he went to visit him on a certain weekend, possibly (court case not documented — it sounds like a weekend visitation scenario)

“Boy found bruised, dehydrated, after being bound for more than 36 hours…”

This one reminds me of the Cabrillo case in Maryland? except that in this case, the boy was rescued in time.

QUEBEC – A 42-year-old dentist was found unfit to stand trial Monday in connection with the alleged confinement and beating of his 10-year-old son.

The man was arrested last week after police found his son bound, bruised and dehydrated in the accused’s Quebec City residence.

Police believe the boy was tied up for more than 36 hours in a room with fabric-covered windows.

The father was charged with unlawful confinement, aggravated assault and violating Article 215 of the Criminal Code, which requires parents or guardians to provide necessities for children under their care.

He was also charged with assaulting a police officer and obstruction of justice.

Since his arrest, the man has refused to eat, drink or talk, and a psychological report tabled in court Monday deemed him unfit to stand trial.

Crown prosecutor Nathalie Leroux said the accused is shut down and unable to communicate or understand the proceedings.

The court ordered the accused to be treated for 30 days by a medical team at a Quebec City psychiatric hospital.

The treatment can be extended for another 30 days if the accused is not yet fit to stand trial.

After that, Leroux said the Crown will continue to monitor the man’s health until found fit and tried.

The accused’s name cannot be revealed to protect the identity of the young victim.

Police were called to the man’s residence on Aug. 1 after the boy’s mother expressed concerns she had not heard from either her ex-husband or son for several days.

The child was discovered with his hands and his feet tied together. Despite being weak and dehydrated, the boy was deemed healthy enough to be given to his mother.

© Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette

Thank God they gave him to her. Will supervised visitation be ordered now? Or will this boy get a break from the shock of watching — in ANY situation — his former captor, to whom he is (apparently — it doesn’t say stepson) biologically tied also?  Should any child have to see any parent who does that to him, ever again (including with a 3rd party there?)  If so, on whose agenda?

In the United States, the law says one thing and the practice is the opposite, which is why there are websites should this one would qualify for (and may be on, even)

76 Dastardly Dads – USA – by State/County – Febr. 2010 list,

only those with apparent custody, visitation, child support issues

No one should ever have to make — let alone read — lists like this.  There are great Dads in this country and Canada, and I know many of them.  At least I think they’re great.  Then again, no one should have to read about incidents like the Quebec dentist and wonder whether that was THEIR family dentist, or a pediatric dentist, either.  Then again — no 10 year old should ever have to figure out the idea of “Dad” and have images like those he just endured.   —

This websites, and others who link to it or notice these things (which hit too close to home for some of us) are not receiving federal grants or private foundation funding to declare a CRISIS IN FATHERLESSNESS and create, in effect, to remedy this, a virtual “shadow” court system to counteract the fact-finding and fact-to-law process that these courts are for.  When the U.S. President is sworn in, He represents the Executive Branch.  A  representative of the Judicial Branch administers the Oath of office and there IS no single person, in that process, representing the “head of the Legislative Branch.”  its importance is signified by the President having to swear to uphold the Constitution

Each president recites the following oath, in accordance with Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Luckily, George Orwell’s premise was not built into this document, that:

All animals are equal

but

some animals are more equal than others.”

(hover cursor over link – text applies today)

Actually, it wasn’t luck, but intention.

Reflecting on this:

08-10-2010

We would do well to re-read Animal Farm and remember that stupidity  — and the cruelty that goes with the above belief, unchecked, and away from the document embodying principles about humanity that, forgotten, will evaporate.  Also, a populace that doesn’t read, practice and guard its constitution and civil rights — whether in exchange for comfort, or out of intimidation — is on the slippery slope to losing them.

While this is Canada, it has clearly adopted Stories from our family law system, originating in apparently Los Angeles County Courthouse decades ago, and other Stories promoted in Washington, D.C.

These stories say that MALE animals are MORE equal than FEMALE and particularly when they have sired someone.  That’s the “fatherhood” “healthy marriage” response to both feminism (itself a response to perceived oppression within the family) to laws against violence towards women (which are responsible for why I and all my immediate family members are alive today — without them, they wouldn’t be; I’d have had no escape).

I had intended this post to be simply an anecdote about the Quebec Incidence, and the next article that came to mind was “The ManKind Project” which is to toughen up the warrior side of males (and resulted in one teen suicide in Houston, 2007).  Pulling on that thread, we find a boiling mixture of megachurch anti-gay activism — reaching, at last count to South Africa and Uganda, and well-funded (including by grants from the U.S. government) VERY right-wing religious groups pushing their propaganda worldwide, including to countries which believe homosexuality deserves the death penalty.    This not being quite “PC,” SOME of the major evangelists (Rick Warren, Joyce Meyers) — but not ALL — distance themselves.

It’s the “not all” which we need to worry about and act on.  It’s quite possible that within a generation there will not be a safe place for a young person to determine their identity without picking a hyperinflated stance on their sexuality (macho/feminine — or gay/lesbian) or anything else.  These are fighting times.

I appreciate strong, self-confident men, and am heterosexual, female, and have my own strengths.  I like men’s ability to detach and separate — but it can go to extreme.  I like MY ability to integrate and cross topics — but (today in particular) it too can go to extremes.  When the U.S. population is about 51% female, and the Congress, nothing close; when the government policies are pushed, (sold) funded, bought (including who gets elected, in great part) by astounding wealth, who then funds evaluations of their own projects — often on US — then – there has to be SOMETHING that the barely surviving can do to smarten up, free up some time, detox their personal (first) then family (2nd) then immediate community( 3rd) selves from the Giant Social Services Squid.

Food, Housing, Self-defense, Education, Purposes in life, settling our own differences — THINKING — and did I mention medium of exchange?  How hard can it be to figure out those, with some common vision, and locally?  I already blogged here on  how  — and why (money, why else?)  — Canada tried to shut down a competent, community-serving, self-sufficient raw-milk dairy farmer, and how milk (let alone pasteurized/cooked) disproportionately  hurts certain ethnic groups..  This is a family law blog, not a health foods blog.  That account (“Milk Sucks” posts) was my version of Animal Farm.  Wake up!  Unless you prefer a theocracy which takes its “hate-the-other” policy to the ends of the earth at your expense, and only stops when “outed” in Uganda


That boy, above, would’ve died if his mother had not had primary physical  custody (I believe — facts not out yet) and called the police.  Or if the police had blown her off, as they do some Moms (Jessica Gonzales comes to mind). . . . .

Let’s keep it real, and I recommend forcing the U.S. government 100% out of the psychology / education process, which they have flunked, repeatedly — at our expense.  And guarding against theocracy, which is basically assigning valiues to all of us.  We’re going to have to pull another Declaration of Independence — recalling those principles — and in order to do that, will have to restructure our livelihoods, and most importantly, stop showing up at the family courthouses and begging for equity, justice, or law — get real!

I’m going to add “ANIMAL FARM” to my blogroll.  Search “George Orwell” on this site — I’ve blogged him before…

Was this part of the toughen-up initiation philosophy for young boys?

This is from Houston 2007, and apparently a well-meaning family let a certain group mentor their son for a weekend. Please put both these articles next to future “there’s a crisis in fatherlessness” literature that comes your way, and it most certainly will, from any number of information streams (courts, child support agencies, initiatives, nonprofits, faith-based community groups, and of course the U.S. Congress/Executive Branch (collaborating) and through them, into the Family Courts. Through the “access/visitation” funds. However I’m not blogging on that here, today — this is enough for one (female) stomach — mine. I haven’t, FYI, been able to safely hear from my own daughters for a very long time, and it’s been made plenty clear to me by family (of origin) (by actions timed to my attempts to do so, or confront this situation) what’s at risk if I push the issue.


COVER STORY: The ManKind Project:

HOUSTONPRESS 2007 Chris Vogel.

The ManKind Project is an international nonprofit organization that claims to offer men training: how to be accountable for yourself, how to express yourself, how to learn that being a man in today’s world is okay. Men pay hundreds of dollars to attend a weekend initiation retreat, during which they engage in rituals – many in the nude – and delve into men’s most intimate and personal issues.

Many men who attend the weekend swear the program changed their lives for the better. But not all. The Scinto family, who filed the lawsuit, claim their son attended the retreat in 2005, came home, and two weeks later took his own life because he could not handle the psychological stresses placed upon him during the weekend.

The family began investigating and discovered an underworld of critics who feel this self-help program – where men must sign confidentiality contracts and liability waivers to attend – has the potential to do harm. Critics, including the Scinto family, claim the organization appears to practice psychology without a state license, targets vulnerable members of 12-step recovery groups, and has a poor vetting system with which to determine who is and who is not capable of dealing with the program.

With all its confidentiality agreements, The ManKind Project is shrouded in mystery and secrecy. In this week’s feature, “Weekend Warriors,” we chronicle the Scinto family’s attempts to pull back the veil and show a side of The ManKind Project that’s not seen in the organization’s promotional films, two of which you can view below. — Chris Vogel

(note — a lively set of comments, about 75. I didn’t read them)

Warren Throckmorton, “College Psychology Professor

I found Throckmorton looking up something else. Besides the unique name, he shows up as:

About Dr. Warren Throckmorton

Warren Throckmorton, PhD is Associate Professor of Psychology and Fellow for Psychology and Public Policy at Grove City College (PA). He is the producer of the critically acclaimed documentary, I Do Exist, regarding sexual orientation. His academic articles have been published by journals of the American Psychological Association and he is past president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. Over 150 newspapers have published his columns.

{{Underlined fields overlap with the Family Law arena. I believe — but am not sure — that Grove City College may be libertarian in origin, not taking federal funding in order to maintain their independence from government. However, my memory may be of a different college}}

Commentary on this New Warrior Training of the “MKP” being similar to shamanistic rituals:

Mankind Project & New Warriors Training Adventure

I became interested in the Mankind Project as the result of reading a Houston Press article regarding the death of Michael Scinto. The article, by Chris Vogel, detailed practices at the MKP’s signature program, the New Warriors Training Adventure. I had heard of the New Warriors Training Adventure at a NARTH conference in 2003 where it was being recommended by various NARTH leaders. However, some of the ministry leaders there did not believe it should be pursued because of reports of nudity involved in New Warriors Training Adventure.

In reading MKP materials, I have been struck by the similarity to shamanistic, pagan and Native American practices. For instance, many pagan and shamanistic rituals begin with the need to create a ritual space via a circle. MKP is no different in that the “container” is created for the same purpose. For instance, the MKP-International PIT 5.2 Facilitator Manual provides instructions for “creating the container” or the ritual space for the weekly meetings.

to teach men how to create and to hold sacred, ritual space. To form a strong and safe container that welcomes ALL of each man, and encourages him to be fully present, and to speak his truth.

Sacred space is set with drumming, music, candles and “smudging.” In smudging, incense, sage or other herbs are used to create an aura of smoke around each man to help create the sacred area for the MKP rituals. According to the manual, smudging is done

to purify and cleanse the energy field that you or I may have brought with us. Smudging creates a sacred space for the group, and it becomes a way we can leave behind the energy of the outside world.

Following the creation of the ritual space, the MKP manual requires an invocation. In MKP, the participants “call in the seven directions.” Those familiar with pagan or earth-based spirituality will recognize this process. Sometimes, it is called, “Calling the Watchtowers” and involves summoning various spirits or energies from the earth.

I just found out what “NARTH” is, at this site.

New Warriors is recommended by some who attempt to assist people change their sexual orientation via healing childhood wounds, or reparative therapists (e.g., National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH)) as a means of getting in touch with lost masculinity. Richard Cohen, in his new book Gay Children, Straight Parents, published by Christian publisher Intervarsity Press, recommends New Warriors as a “powerful life changing weekend.” If the Houston Press article is accurate, such recommendations seem misguided for anyone, especially evangelical Christians.

Healing masculinity is a bit pricey with the weekend costing $650, plus more cash for weekly group sessions. And some believe the participants are really getting a form of therapy.

“What it boils down to,” says Rick Ross, head of the Rick A. Ross Institute of New Jersey, which studies cults, groups and movements, “is that they are doing group therapy, although they won’t admit to that, and they are not qualified to do group therapy. They are not licensed and they are not accountable.”


WHAT, exactly, was that 42 yr old Quebec Dentist allegedly doing to his son, and why?

Norris Lang, who chairs the anthropology department at the University of Houston and is a former therapist, agrees. He took part in an initiation retreat in 1997 and then attended several Integration Group meetings before deciding to leave the organization.

“Some of the exercises that they had us engage in,” he says, “were fairly traumatic and normally, as a psychotherapist, I would have only engaged in some of those activities…in the security of a hospital or psychiatric facility. If you get somebody to get in touch with their feelings from, say, 30 years ago, a time when they were abused as children, that can be fairly dangerous territory for an unprofessional. It’s kind of group therapy without any professionals involved.”

From what I have seen thus far, I would agree that more oversight would be beneficial. It certainly looks like attempts at therapy to me. For one Houston man, it was bad therapy. Michael Scinto killed himself after attended a New Warriors session and his family is suing the Houston area branch, alledging (sic) that New Warriors’ ‘ experiences led to his demise.

In 2008, this reports that the MKP settled with the family and required — MKP-Houston at least — to screen the process better.

And a reader [of the Houston 2007 Vogel article] acknowledges that The Mankind Project grew out of the 90s men’s movement, and compares it to an initiation in Boy Scouts..

I experienced the MP training some years ago. It reminded me of my initiation into the Order of the Arrows while in Boy Scouts. I was terrified as a young boy by men with painted faces dressed up as Indians who yelled at me as I desperately held onto a rope while being led into the woods blindfolded. That earlier experience made the MP initiation less strange to me and actually kind of fun. Both the Promise Keepers and the MP both grew out of the ’90s men’s movement and although very different in their philosophies,** they arose from a real need. I feel if Michael’s family and friends would shift a little of their energy from tearing down to considering what is attempting to be built by the MP experiment, they could utilize their findings in a way that makes sense to them and can still honor the life of Michael Scinto.

{{** Promise Keepers has the Christian religious bonding, or at least incorporates it; the M(K)P pulls from other religious traditions which Promise Keepers wouldn’t endorse. From a woman’s point of view, it seems that the MKP wanted their version of the same set of feelings…}}

Obviously parts of the MP organization are working, and though some pieces may be restrictive, narrow or broken, so are the men in this country, and we are in desperate need of some large-scale help.

Crosby Bean (link to that comment)
Houston


Geesh, how did we get here from “The Quebec Dentist”? Except that father’s cruelty,

and imagine — no one the boy could call out to help for. There was no healing circle or time-limit for him — only the fact that his alarmed mother called the police, who then rescued him! He is only 10!!

It’s not likely that we can find a real DMZ between the reactionary anti-gay groups (religious based, mainly) and the pro-gay LGBT. Certainly not in the public schools, the courts, or even the churches.

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EXGAYWATCH meets VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN issues around NARTH

This next section comes from a site called “exgaywatch.” I hope readers can look at it (back to 2007) because in fact I’ve come to believe that a lot of the “Family Court Crises” and the “fatherhood movement” including the huge funding through HHS (which I obviously track) — may have its source in these fertile grounds, and bitter divides.

And it MAY result in the exaggerated masculinity that’s as cruel to perceived gays as it is to women. Anything somewhat feminine is up for attack. This excerpt I’m about to paste is from the Southern Poverty Law Center (Dec. 2007) reporting on some of the harm of forcible conversion, shaming, exorcism, etc. I’m going to tie it in to the Marriage Movement, in at least Arizona. Besides handling the issue of “spirituality” (or at least, it comes up), they converge in at least one African country, Uganda:

SPLC Intelligence Report On The Ex-Gay Movement
December 12th, 2007 David Roberts 14 comments

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has posted an excellent, detailed report on the state of the ex-gay, or “sexual reorientation therapy” movement. It touches on most of the important issues of concern, and should be a catalyst for more debate.

Let’s take the following as a foundation for our view of sexual reorientation therapy:

Reparative or sexual reorientation therapy, the pseudo-scientific foundation** of the ex-gay movement, has been discredited by virtually all major American medical, psychiatric, psychological and professional counseling organizations.*** The American Psychological Association, for instance, declared in 2006: “There is simply no sufficiently scientifically sound evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Our further concern is that the positions espoused by NARTH [the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality] and Focus on the Family create an environment in which prejudice and discrimination can flourish.” [emphasis added]

They correctly recognize that ex-gay ministries paint only a grim, distorted view of anyone who might be gay. This tactic has been used in the past to discredit the lives of others and it was no more accurate then than now — though unfortunately it can be quite effective.

**”pseudo-scientific. WOW — shades of “parental alienation” now?
*** like that’s going to stop the flood of religious zeal….

Focus on the Family/Promise Keepers are notoriously weak on domestic violence. It’s handled by silence. That’s how it’s handled, basically. I have a book that tells of the influence of some of these mega-churches, specifically “Dr. Dobson.” I have run across this so many times in church circles, I no longer attend church. I believe that these groups attract people with serious needs, among others, and that like The Mankind Project, someone needs to hold them accountable, by suing or removing tax-exempt staus, for the deaths and devastation caused by men with a chip on their shoulder taking it out on someone else because the theology (as practiced!) justifies this. It’s a male bond to “diss” the females.

National Association of Marriage Enhancement (Arizona), a grants recipient, had to do a quick back-track when they were associated with the Uganda’s harsh Anti-Gay laws:

PROTECT MARRIAGE ARIZONA C-02-2006 (ANTI-GAY)
The National Association of Marriage Enhancement
13422 N Cave Creek Rd, Ste 3
Phoenix, AZ 85022
05/16/06 – $5,000.00 – Cash – Filed: 06/30/06
10/17/07 – $2,000.00 – Cash – Filed: 06/16/08
From: Anti-Gay & Anti-Choice Organizations
Last updated: Jul 26, 2010

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From “The Lavendar Liberal” on N.A.M.E., Feb 2010

Since October of last year, Uganda has been the focus of international attention due to a proposal in their Parliament which would ban homosexual behavior of any kind via the death penalty for HIV people who engage in homosexual behavior and life in prison for others who attempt such behavior.

If they’re going to go “all Biblical” on us, then they should also stone heterosexual men for committing adultery.

President Jacob Zuma’s Love Child His Personal Business, Says ANC

Tue Feb 2 06:26:32 2010 by GD ( Leave a comment )

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By Madhuri Dey
zumaJohannesburg, South Africa, Feb 2, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The South African President Jacob Zuma has been saved from the possibility of an ugly discussion over his love child by the African national Congress, the ruling party in the country. In a press statement released by the party, the leaders commented that they did not want any discussion or storm brewing on something that is strictly in the realm of the personal life of the President and the woman involved. The African National Congress also stated that the decision of two adults to be engaged in a consensual relationship is in no way the concern of the society.

The South African President is married to five women already. The child that he fathered out of wedlock with Sonono Khoza took the count of his children up to 20. According to South African customs, he paid compensation for the pregnancy. Of course, the emergence of this news has added fuel to the already raging controversy around the President’s sex life. Sometime back, he had been grilled on a rape charge, from which he obtained acquittal, but admitted that he did have sex without protection.

The leaders of the opposition condemned the president’s promiscuous nature, claiming that an already married man should not be sleeping around, more so because he is the President of a country battling against AIDS and HIV. Some of the leaders claimed that he should be seeing a doctor for his sex addiction, and that his actions should befit those of the president of a country and not a “gigolo.” According to them, such behavior from the President of the country not only sets a bad example, but also presents an ugly picture.

So what if he’s a Zulu polygamist and this is traditional?

Zuma, a Zulu traditionalist who practices polygamy and currently has three wives, a fiancée, and 20 children, was criticized for setting a bad example in a country where large numbers of people are infected with HIV/Aids, reports The (Thai) Independent.

In a statement, Zuma said: “I have over the past week taken time to consider and reflect on the issues relating to a relationship I had outside of wedlock… It has put a lot of pressure on my family and my organisation, the African National Congress. I deeply regret the pain that I have caused to my family, the ANC, the Alliance and South Africans in general.”

The American-based (well-funded) evangelists are going to get to him sooner or later. . . . .

Family LifeChange Center

LET’s take a look at the North America / South Africa connection here. Talk about “global vision.” I hope they keep their books separate —

nthony sits on the Board of The National Centre for Fathering SA, along with David Molapo and other influential men of South Africa.

In response to the dramatic trend towards fatherlessness in America, Dr. Ken Canfield founded the National Centre as a non-profit, scientific and
education organization. Today, the Centre provides practical, research-based training and resources that equip men in virtually every fathering
situation to be the involved fathers their children need.
The National Centre for Fathering in South Africa has partnered and secured the full rights for Africa and Southern Africa. Family LifeChange Centre SA (Dr Anthony van Tonder)
is partnering as one of the South African Registered non-profit organisations to raise funding to translate all material into South African content
and also to enable the fathers in less fortunate circumstances to impact their communities. The American Centre reaches more than one million
dads annually through seminars, small-group training, the [Students] program, their daily [radio program] , and
award-winning website and weekly email…. we would like to make the same impact in South Africa. Our long-term goal is to create a culture of Championship Fathering by enlisting 10% of dads to make a commitment to fulfil the tenets of Championship Fathering.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:
By supporting the NCFSA in our efforts to inspire and equip dads:
Funding: Make a Tax deductible donation to support our work: (Certificates will be issued to all donors) The National Centre for Fathering in America operates on a $ 2.5 million annual budget with support from individuals,
foundation and corporate grants, and earned income from contracts and resource sales. We are launching in SA on the
30th and 31st July 2010 in Pretoria with budget requirements of R1 850 000. We would love to get to all the Provinces, however we will get to them as the funding allows, so we at Family LifeChange Centre would like to raise R370 000 towards this project. We are appealing to all our friends to open the attachment and forward all your details and donation to the bank details on the document.

I wonder if in the U.S. they would be culturally sensitive to, say, the Bill of Rights, or in South Africa to, say, the women? Or the nonPentecostal, non-fundamentalist, non-Christian worldviews.. Whaddaya think? The finances seem real organized (I deleted some of the active links. I told you someone was going to get to Zuma sooner or later in his country . . . .

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Back to the OTHER rabidly activist, anti-gay evangelistic group, a different one, in Uganda, and though getting US gov’t contracts, associating with the likes of this pastor Ssempa:

One of the chief supporters of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill has been Martin Ssempa, a pastor in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala and well-known among Western evangelicals. Rev. Ssempa this week has called for a “million man march which he hopes will bring large crowds out to support the harsh legislation. In addition, Ssempa has organized several news conferences in order to rally support among Ugandans for the bill.

Dr. Martin Ssempa, a pastor at Makerere Community Church, has received an award for his fight against homosexuality.

Ssempa and his wife Tracey received the plague from Apostle Alex Mitala, the overseer of the National Fellowship of Born Again Churches in Uganda.

This was during the “Great Marriage Celebration” organised by the National Association of Marriage Enhancement in conjunction with the National Fellowship of Born Again Pentecostal Churches in Uganda at Nakivubo Stadium over the weekend.

[Mitala] said homosexuality was one way of making the world extinct. …

Ssempa thanked the Christians for standing by him and said he was encouraged by their support to continue with his campaign.

He proposed the establishment of a national marriage alliance to counter homosexuality.

N.A.M.E. has ties to a very controlling church, the Assembly of God (my personal opinion) and through Godzich (in whose name the nonprofit is) to right-wing AZ GOP and (as I say on the front page post, “Read this First — REALLY” (title approximate) — to the Unification Church, or at least by association with Mark R. Anderson, reportedly an adherent, and who has abeen funneling funds to N.A.M.E. (who made political contributions as above,e tc.).

Now they have to CYA over Ssempa:

UNBELIEVABLE: And here’s another prominent megachurch REFUSING to cut its ties with Ssempa, on which basis the Las Vegas, South Nevada Health District severs its ties with the church over HIV testing. THis site has to be read to be believed . . . . . “The Box Turtle Bulletin”

Some evangelists and megachurch leaders are dodging for cover. Others aren’t. And some are in public but not in private. It seems Professor Throckmorton (you have to love such a name, sounds like it’s straight out of Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Or, Dickens….) has been doing his homework — they keep quoting him..

Nevada Health Officials Sever Ties with Megachurch Over Martin Ssempa

Jim Burroway

July 13th, 2010

Top: Canyon Ridge Community Church in Las Vegas Bottom: Canyon Ridge’s “dearly beloved family and friend” wants to kill you for being HIV-positive.

As we reported over the past month, Canyon Ridge Christian Church, the Las Vegas megachurch which has been providing financial support for Uganda’s “kill-the-gays bill” cheerleading pastor Martin Ssempa, was found to be simultaneously attempting an outreach program to Las Vegas’s LGBT and HIV/AIDS constituencies by being a test site for National HIV Testing Day on June 27.

In other words, the Las Vegas church that wanted to test you for HIV, is the same church whose strategic partner and “dearly beloved friend and family” wants to put you to death if you are HIV-positive. Despite widespread condemnation for their conflicting stance, Canyon Ridge defended Ssempa, saying they “do not believe Martin Ssempa to be the man the media and others have portrayed him to be.” We, who have been following Ssempa’s role closely through every twist and turn of Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, have countered by skipping how Ssempa was portrayed in the media, and instead reminded viewers of how Ssempa portrayed himself directly. That appears to have made no impression on Canyon Ridge’s leaders.

Southern Nevada Health District, which partnered with Canyon Ridge for National HIV Testing Day, however has announced that they are severing ties with Canyon Ridge

And more on this site – evangelists are splitting down th emiddle.

Willow Creek Association’s Ties To Martin Ssempa Revealed While Las Vegas Church Continues to Hold Its Ground

Jim Burroway

July 2nd, 2010

In an article appearing on Salon this morning, Dr. Warren Throckmorton explored the close working relationship between Las Vegas-based Canyon Ridge Christian Church and Ugandan “Kill-the-gays” Pastor Martin Ssempa. And in pulling on that thread, Throckmorton discovered a much larger relationship between the Willow Creek Association and their East African hero:

Just consider the case of the Willow Creek Association, which bills itself as “the most influential ministry to evangelical pastors in the U.S.” and boasts “more than 11,000 Member Churches in 35 countries,” is now distancing itself from Ssempa. (Canyon Ridge is part of the WCA network.)

WCA’s signature leadership training events are conducted in “more than 250 cities in 50 countries each year” — including Uganda, where the group partnered with Ssempa in November 2009. In other words, as [Saddleback Church pastor Rick] Warren was publicly severing his ties with Ssempa, the WCA was strengthening theirs. In 2007, for example, the WCA bestowed its award on Ssempa’s church for its work in AIDS prevention.

The Willow Creek Association is a huge group of 11,000 contemporary Evangelical churches in 35 countries that are affiliated with the pioneering namesake megachurch near Chicago. Throckmorton reports that as of Thursday, WCA had apparently just discovered that Ssempa has been openly advocating the killing of LGBT people in Uganda, and so they decided to quietly step back a little:

On Thursday, Steve Bell, the organization’s executive vice president, told me that Ssempa is no longer affiliated with their leadership summit in Uganda. Regarding the 2007 award, Bell wrote:

Willow Creek Association (WCA) was unaware of Martin Ssempa’s views regarding the criminalization of homosexuality when the honorable mention award was presented to him at the 2007 Global Leadership Summit. Had his views been known, particularly his prior support of the death penalty related to the AHB [Anti-Homosexuality Bill], he would not have been considered as a candidate for the award.

And yet, through WCA member Canyon Ridge Christian Church, WCA continues to maintain an arms-length relationship with Ssempa. Throckmorton reports that WCA has no plans to sever its ties with Canyon Ridge, despite the financial assistance Canyon Ridge pays to Ssempa to staff his church in Kampala. And as we learned yesterday, Canyon Ridge is not only standing by their man, but they are also abetting his cause by actively propagating Ssempa’s intentionally false description of what is actually in the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Canyon Ridge and Ssempa insist that the death penalty applies only to those who rape the handicapped and child molestation, but we conclusively demonstrated yesterday that the bill still includes the death penalty for LGBT people with AIDS, who have a consensual relationship with a disabled person, or who is a “serial offender” — a category which, on close examination, can include just about anyone.

This is an important point to keep in mind. Over the past year, we have seen the Evangelical world divide itself neatly into two camps: Those who vigorously oppose the bill and call it evil, and those who attempt to justify it and call it good. Ministries and leaders like Andrew Wommack, WorldNetDaily’s Molotov Mitchell, and Cliff Kincaid have staunchly defended the bill and have included this very same misrepresentation of the bill’s death penalty provision as part of their defense. Others, who see the bill as “unjust, extreme and un-Christian” include Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, televangelist Joyce Meyers and, belatedly, Exodus International president Alan Chambers, have clearly read the text of the bill itself and are shocked at its horror. Reading it creates a clear line in the sand: either you condemn the killing of gay people, or you are for it. There is no middle ground. Yet Willow Creek appears to be trying to have it both ways.

But Canyon Ridge, following the path of the former group, has decided to cling fast to their man.

WELL, here is the group in Arizona, the Godziches:

Our Mission:

NAME Centers are springing up all over the nation to fill this huge need created by broke[n] homes and generational vices. Churches implementing NAME Centers train couples to mentor other couples. This is done utilizing NAME’s unique training and certification system to prepare couples to biblically counsel other couples. These couples become the core of the local NAME Center.

{{actually, the pro forma certification for Biblical Training isn’t Biblical! There is — I hope — a difference between Avon, Amway, MLM and God…}}

Who We Are:

Leo Godzich is the founder and president of NAME (the National Association Marriage Enhancement), and the host of the International Marriage Conference as well as being a leading force in the Covenant Marriage Movement. NAME is a network of churches and couples committed to biblical marriage ministry. NAME is presently developing counseling centers in the U.S., Canada, Africa and Australia. Leo is Pastor of Special Projects at Phoenix First Assembly of God (Tommy Barnett, Pastor) in Phoenix, Arizona.

and..

Godzich is the president and executive director of NAME and chairman and founder of the Covenant Marriage Movement. Godzich and NAME’s work on the president’s Healthy Marriage Initiative were featured in a front page Sunday New York Times article earlier this year. “This mandate is not about government intrusion into the institution of marriage, but it is about supporting the dream of the Americans everywhere to have healthy marriages which benefit society, now and for future generations.”

Another Abstinence Group out of Colorado (million$ grants, losing money on them too — I looked at Guidestar — Heading out of Dodge City over Ssempa, too…)

“Welcome!

WAIT Training does not affiliate, endorse, associate or partner with anyone seeking to hurt or wound others. Our goals are to impart skills to help ALL individuals have healthy relationships, to LIVE WELL, LOVE WELL and if they choose, to MARRY WELL.

Recent developments in Uganda and around the world associated with Martin Ssempa have caused us to sever all former associations with him.

We have requested he remove all wording on his web site that references our organization. If there are any questions about this, please call Joneen Mackenzie RN, President / Founder of WAIT Training at 720 488 8888 ext 201″AND here is Rick Warren in 2009 (presumably he’s changed since) with a DISTURBING commentary on National Prayer Breakfasts, “The Family” (out of U.S.) and so forth. I would not trouble either myself or this blog with such topics, except that I THINK that this is a main push behind the fatherhood movement in the U.s., which is undermining our Constitution (and has). It’s a religion and it’s not a wise decision. We need to wake up!

What this has to do with a tortured 10 yr old in Quebec, and battered women losing custody in the U.S. — well, I think that we need to “cool the temperature” about being a man, or a woman, or married. The reactionism is simply breeding hate. Demonizing differences.

There are women supporting these movements, but they are not spearheading them. I think we need to think about another arrangement.

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/11/30/warren-uganda/

The author of the bill is Ugandan Parliamentarian David Bahati, who organizes the Ugandan National Prayer Breakfast and has been embraced by the far right in the United States. Journalist Jeff Sharlet, who has chronicled the secretive international fundamentalist Christian organization known as “The Family,” says that Bahati is “a core member” of the group, which has links to prominent U.S. politicians. In his book, Sharlet reveals the effects of some of The Family’s other work in Uganda (p. 328):

Uganda, which following the collapse of Siad Barre’s Somalia became the focus of the Family’s interests in the African Horn, has been the most tragic victim of their projection of American sexual anxieties. Following implementation of one of the continent’s only successful anti-AIDS program, President Yoweri Museveni, the Family’s key man in Africa, came under pressure from the United States to emphasize abstinence instead of condoms. … Meanwhile, Ugandan souls may be more “pure,” but their bodes are suffering; following the American intervention, the Ugandan AIDS rate, once dropping, nearly doubled.

Museveni has allowed Bahati’s bill parliamentary time and given homophobic speeches, warning Ugandan youths that “‘European homosexuals are recruiting in Africa,’ and saying gay relationships were against God’s will.”

Pastor Rick Warren — whom President Obama controversially chose to deliver the invocation at his inauguration — is now refusing to condemn Bahati’s bill, which has been endorsed by Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa. Ssempa has been welcomed by Warren’s family and made appearances at his church. Newsweek reports that although Warren has distanced himself from Ssempa’s views, he won’t come out against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill:

The fundamental dignity of every person, our right to be free, and the freedom to make moral choices are gifts endowed by God, our creator. However, it is not my personal calling as a pastor in America to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations.

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