the Message of Equal Parents' Week
by Participants in Equal Parents' Week
SIGN UP: Organizations Holding Public Activities, i.e., Candlelight Vigils, Purple Ribbon Activities, etc.
Individuals Who Will Hold Home Vigils
Support of Equal Parents' Week
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Links to Other
The message each purple ribbon sends is a
message of equality, responsibility, and values. The message behind the
message is one of civil rights, conscience and love.
JOIN IN SENDING THE MESSAGE
The Children's Rights Council, as International Sponsor, invites family
members throughout the world to unite their voices in making the
of Equal Parents' Week, "The Best Parent Is Both Parents" an
OF EQUAL PARENTS' WEEK
Equal Parents' Week is a civil rights movement and a
human rights movement. Equal Parents' Week advocates that equality
is not just a legal concept. The right of both parents to function as a
parent, the right of children to be raised and nurtured by both
parents, and the right of familes to exist and function as a family,
are rights inherent and inalienable to all families. The Equal Parents'
Week mandate for equal parent status is a mandate for the time it takes
to love, nurture, and teach our children our values the only way we
can...a mandate for the ability to be a parent...and a mandate for
The Children's Rights Council encourages everyone to
support National Parents Day in recognition of its important mission to
strengthen the role parents play in children's lives and advocating
family values, objectives shared by the focus of Equal Parents'
"Parents' Day serves as a catalyst for
creating awareness, programs, events and activities to support parents,
strengthen families and
build communities...to make [parents] aware of the important role that
play in not only raising their children, but the future leaders of our
We all need to care about what happens to parents and children when
they walk into court We as a society all share the responsibility for
creating a system which makes the principle "the best parent is both
parents" a reality by embracing the civil rights that protect unmarried
parents and their children individually, as well as their right to
exist and function as a family.
It is long overdue that we recognize that "the best interests of
cannot be met unless we maximize the ability of both parents to raise
nurture their children and afford children the maximum parenting effort
and involvement each parent is willing and able to contribute in
Parenting Coalition International
Equality imputes values: civil rights, conscience, and
responsibility. We all have a responsibility to keep families together
by promoting a system that values and protects both parents Families
will be in crisis until the unconditional love and sacrifice, the need
for both parents and for families to continue to function as families,
individual self-respect and respect
among all family members, are lived by each of us, and promoted and
by our laws and by every component of our local and national
and justice systems.
NOTE TO ALL ORGANIZATIONS: All
organizations are required to endorse the "Joint Statement by
Participants in Equal Parents' Week"
(see link on left) which sets forth fundamental principles of Equal
Parents' Week, including the principles of equal sharing of parental
rights and responsibilities by both parents and joint
INTERNATIONAL EVENT OF SOLIDARITY
A Moment in our
TO SEND OUR MESSAGE
A Moment of
INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC & HOME
Thursday, September 29, 2005 7:30 pm
PUBLIC CANDLELIGHT VIGILS
As an international event, we are asking all
organizations to join in "A Moment in our Hearts, A
Moment of Solidarity" by holding as many public
candelight vigils as possible throughout the world.
All candelight vigils will be held on the same date and
at the same time: Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 7:30
Please contact the International Coordinator to let us
will be holding a public candlelight vigil. Please use the link to the
(Sign Up: Candlelight Vigils, Purple Ribbon Activities, Etc.) to sign
via email . Please be sure to provide ALL the information
in the link when signing up in order for your candelight vigil to be
We are urging all people who cannot attend a public
vigil or who do not have one taking place near them to share in "A
Moment in our Hearts, A Moment of Solidarity"
by holding their
own "Home Vigil" and light a
candle in their home for
at least 15 minutes, on Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 7:30 pm, the
date and time as the public candelight vigils will be taking
A Home Vigil can be held by
anyone, it can be held by a single
person living alone, and include as few or as many people as you wish,
please invite as many of your family and friends as you like! Encourage
your family and friends to participate in your Home
or to get involved by holding their own Home Vigil.
Please contact the International Coordinator to let us know if you will
be holding a Home Vigil, and use
the link to the left to sign up. Please be sure to
provide ALL the information requested in
the link when signing up in order for your Home Vigil
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Tie as many purple ribbons as you can
everywhere they can be seen
Spread the word to your friends and families to
purple ribbons and hold candlelight
vigils to send this message
Organize a public candlight vigil or hold
own home vigil
Organize any other public activity with
ribbons, i.e., picnics, gatherings,
Network with other organizations to
encourage their participation with purple
ribbon activities and candelight vigils
....YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL EQUAL
PARENTS' WEEK TO TIE YOUR PURPLE RIBBON!
....KEEP A PURPLE RIBBON TIED OUTSIDE YOUR
TO SEND A MESSAGE EVERY DAY!
ADD A PURPLE RIBBON
TO YOUR WEB PAGE
Join in sending the message of Equal Parents'
Week, and in sending the ongoing "Message" and "Message Behind the
Message" that each purple
ribbon sends. The purple ribbon is our symbol of the Equal Parents'
ongoing movement of solidarity advocating parental equality and
protection of the civil rights of all family members by all levels of
government and justice systems.
For Further Information, Please
Patti Diroff, International Coordinator for
Equal Parents' Week, Children's Rights Council
Telephone: (909) 591-3689
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHILDREN'S
Council, International Office
Or a Local Chapter
of the Children's Rights Council Nearest You