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Help Abused Families on Christmas Day
(Alert for 12/21/03)

Summary: If you are a victim, don't be alone on Christmas.  At 10 AM on Christmas Day, abused families and citizens will knock on the doors of unresponsive elected officials and reprimand them for refusing to take action to protect innocent Utah families. They will also flier their immediate neighborhoods to inform their neighbors that they have been derelict in their duty.

Who: Citizens of Utah, including DCFS victims. Children are also very welcome.

Date/Time: Christmas Day, 10 AM - Noon

Place: We will meet at 10 AM in the parking lot of the Colonial Square in Murray (111 East 5600 South, or just a block east of State Street, click here for a map). Look for the building with the clock tower that is reminiscent of Independence Hall. Please be on time so you will not be left behind.  If you get lost, call (801) 643-5686.

Special Instructions: Dress warm. Hot chocolate and donuts will be provided. For a ride or for more information, contact David Hansen at (801) 544-2744 or dahansen@symm.net

Innocent families will be separated from their parents and children on Christmas day ó and not by choice. Despite the repeated efforts of thousands of angry citizens, state officials refuse to audit and overhaul the Utah Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), the Guardian ad Litemís office, and General Mark Shurtleffís office. They also refuse to launch public hearings and investigations for families who have clearly been abused.

Most reading this message intend to enjoy Christmas with their family. Take a moment to imagine how your life would be (or would have been) if your children had been stolen from you. Imagine your empty house, and living with the knowledge that your children were going through hell in an alien home ó and there was nothing you could do to be with them or comfort them, not even at Christmas. Now imagine how this sacrifice could help to re-unite these families.

If you have been victimized by the state, donít sit at home and donít let elected officials enjoy, or forget, what they have stripped from you. Come and communicate your anger and frustration in a safe environment.

Above all, donít be alone.  Share Christmas with others who will fight with you, support you, and encourage you.  AU has chosen a list of officials who require a visit ó including those who have broken promises to innocent families, who have been open DCFS sympathizers, or who tout their involvement in community organizations for children or justice but have yet chosen to be silent on this issue. Show people like Gov. Walker that you will not sit still and allow them to abuse you and your children.

If you are fortunate enough to have thus far avoided a DCFS attack on your family, it is time for you to join the effort to make sure it stays that way. Let officials know that the pressure will only mount until these families are reunited and these abuses stop.

This promises to be one of the most memorable Christmases you will ever have as we introduce a new type of activism to turn the tide and finally restore some of the cherished rights that have been stolen from us. We are confident our sacrifice of a few hours on this holiday will not go unrewarded.

If you need a ride, or for more information, contact David Hansen at (801) 544-2744 or dahansen@symm.net.



For more information on this subject, see the Parental & Family Rights section of our Issues & Alerts page.

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