Issues Behind the Message of Equal Parents' Week
Joint Statement by Participants in Equal Parents' Week
Sign Up: Candlelight Vigils, Purple Ribbon Activities,
Sign Up: Individuals Who Will Hold Home Vigils
Quotes in Support of Equal Parents' Week
The Children's Rights Council and its Chapters
Roll Call: Statistics of Denied Access
Links to Other Organizations
About Shared Parenting
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 message
of Equal Parents' Week, "The Best Parent Is Both Parents" an international
OF EQUAL PARENTS' WEEK
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PURPLE RIBBON ACTIVITIES
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WHAT IS EQUAL PARENTS' WEEK?
Equal Parents' Week is a movement which sends the message that parental
rights and responsibilities must be shared equally by both parents. The purple
ribbon is the symbol which sends this message. People are urged to send this
message by wearing purple ribbons and tying them everywhere they can be seen.
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 justice.
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' Week.
"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 they
play in not only raising their children, but the future leaders of our nation."
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 children"
cannot be met unless we maximize the ability of both parents to raise and
nurture their children and afford children the maximum parenting effort
and involvement each parent is willing and able to contribute in raising
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 protected
by our laws and by every component of our local and national governments
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 custody.
INTERNATIONAL EVENT OF SOLIDARITY
A Moment in our Hearts,
TO SEND OUR MESSAGE
A Moment of Solidarity.
INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC & HOME CANDLELIGHT VIGILS
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 p.m
Please contact the International Coordinator to let us know you
will be holding a public candlelight vigil. Please use the link to the left
(Sign Up: Candlelight Vigils, Purple Ribbon Activities, Etc.) to sign up
via email . Please be sure to provide ALL the information requested
in the link when signing up in order for your candelight vigil to be counted.
We are urging all people who cannot attend a public candlelight
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 same
date and time as the public candelight vigils will be taking place.
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, so
please invite as many of your family and friends as you like! Encourage
your family and friends to participate in your Home Vigil,
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 to be
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
tie purple ribbons and hold candlelight
vigils to send this message
Organize a public candlight vigil or hold
your own home vigil
Organize any other public activity with
purple ribbons, i.e., picnics, gatherings,
Network with other organizations to
encourage their participation with
ribbon activities and candelight
....YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL EQUAL
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' Week
ongoing movement of solidarity advocating parental equality and advocating
protection of the civil rights of all family members by all levels of our
government and justice systems.
For Further Information, Please Contact:
Patti Diroff, International Coordinator for
Equal Parents' Week, Children's Rights Council
Telephone: (909) 591-3689
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHILDREN'S RIGHTS COUNCIL
Children's Rights Council, International
Or a Local Chapter of the Children's
Rights Council Nearest You