Greetings, all family rights. This is an open call for recruiting volunteer leadership of the several required committees as designated below to complete the goals of this year's Parents Day enhanced DC Festival 2009, as well as the prior Rally and in-between activities. To summarize the basics, there are THREE (3) "Phases" of this entire NINE (9) DAY affair:
Phase 1 - Sat/Sun, July 18/19, DC Rally 2009: speakers, live entertainment, and etc., at the Lincoln Memorial steps, same place as 2007. See this link [ ] for photos and memories of that great success in 2007.
Phase 2 - Mon/Tue/Wed, July 20/21/22, locals and activists in town for both weekends (Rally+Festival), or arriving early for Festival, or staying after Rally, etc., to do concentrated, busy lobbying activities with Congress on various family rights issues, as well as blitzing local city, state and federal officials in the area for issuance of their own Parents Day Proclamations. There are currently *no plans* for any kind of "Rally"/"Festival" speakers, music, or etc., during these three days, Mon through Wed, but we are focusing on actual grass roots efforts (i.e., "shoes hitting the pavement") to produce significant political successes in large measure, with the various lobbying, getting bunches of Proclamations, and making other similar types of local DC area church & government & nonprofit connections initiated and/or established, in person.
Phase 3 - Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun, July 23/24/25/26, DC Festival 2009: speakers, live entertainment, seminars, and various fun activities, including the Parents March, commence from Upper Senate Park and nearby hotels, with mini-events happening in the surrounding area. See this link [ ] for photos and memories of that great success in 2008.
ALSO, however, on the exact same weekend as the Festival, there are expected to be local-government-paid "activities" happening all over the Nation for celebration of Parents Day, since that is the essence of the clear and simple federal statute. This means that there will be numerous local events happening everywhere, and we will arrange "simulcast" video feeds in between DC and other major event locations, so there will also be unity in Spirit across the country that weekend.
Committees / Teams / Squads:
Again, there are three distinct Phases to this nine-day affair, and the majority of the following committees/teams/squads are planned specifically for doing the Festival on the longer Parents Day weekend, while certain of them can be, and are also expected to be, 'multi-phase' groups, helping on things that will be shared as "overhead" to this entire "Parentstock" event.. Most of the needed links to various resources were already identified and brought together on this main collections page last year [ ], a couple of other links collections pages are already available, too, and most of the Committees below need only to take the portions of information that are relevant to their objectives, and run with it, by reviewing and updating if needed, so as to present fellow leadership and the general public with true information that is helpful and actually distributed and used, increasing the participation and results, and thereby accomplishing their goals. Other teams will be intelligently blazing some new grounds to achieve their own successes.
Awards Committee -- This entire thing is volunteerism based, and therefore, the activists and organizations that do the most work, pull off the biggest successes, and etc., should be well rewarded for the merits they have earned, and in public grand style. To do that, this team will keep watch of the movement at large, and take notes of who is doing what the best out there, not only for building the DC event, but in various other important successes around the country. While a simple budget for merely printing fancy color certificates should be a snap, we will certainly plan for much nicer awards this time, including multiple signatures affixed, probably like at least also laminating, maybe some of them framed, and possibly trophies as we can afford it. This team will strive to be the watchful eyes and ears of the entire family rights movement, in order to give good credit where credit is due. Include nice awards for corporate sponsorships. Also, include several "State" awards for most this/that/per-State, etc.. Most of the various awards will be publicly presented on Parents Day during the designated ceremony for all, while a select few might be presented upon earlier occasions.
Hot Rod Squad -- There are certain known people that have custom-painted vehicles regarding family rights. While the beautiful CRISPE Bus is the most notable example, Ken K out of Connecticut has a great-looking Jeep all dressed up for getting the word out on the streets, I have seen a few simple examples of "stencil" painting across pickup truck sidewalls and stepvan panels, plus F4J and others have used those mobile advertising units at some events, etc... This Squad will strive to (1) locate all such known vehicles having custom painting for family rights, (2) pull together resources to help able others get their own vehicles painted similarly in time, (3) help connect different event hosters and these vehicles together, by leapfrogging per-event fundraisings to get those vehicular attractions around to our events better, and (4) making sure that all these vehicles make it to the DC extravaganza in late July, for street parading and whatever else. Also, this Squad will connect with the DC Fire Department Chief (who was VERY anxious to help last year, with TWO trucks!) in early July, to make the necessary arrangements, and will look for other DC-local custom vehicles to recruit and come join our fun.
Books & Movies Club -- This team of people handles recruitment of professionals/experts within the family rights world that have produced friendly movies or have authored friendly books, to come this year (again?). See last year's Master Schedule [ ] for several great examples of both types of needs. This Club will seek to recruit more of the same kind of *motivated* notable people to come present their media this year, plus remind them to also bring plenty of copies to sell to the general public, since we cannot provide expenses or fees, nor allow any charging of admission to hear them speak on their subjects, or, in the case of movies, to view the movies, etc. As a reminder, there are several excellent family-rights-friendly movies made over the years, that could be used as needed for filler, since the plan again includes a generous allotment of conference room time for having movies and book signings.
Lobbying Committee -- See "Phase 2 - Mon/Tue/Wed, July 20/21/22", at the top, for full details of this goal's need for strong leadership and excellent coordination skills, as the Committee in overall charge of these intense human efforts.
Grievances Committee -- On the Friday of the Festival weekend, we want to file some sort of formal public complaints with and at each: The United States Supreme Court; The U.S. Department of Justice; and, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These represent, respectively: (1) the loss of parental rights and failure to uphold them; (2) the outright fraud and other crimes being perpetrated by family courts, cps agencies, and related units; and, (3) the absolutely failed policies, total mismanagement, reckless financial waste, etc., of the government in regards to preserving the traditional American nuclear Family unit. The individual "submissions" of each of these three complaints (although they could actually also be structured as one larger legal complaint, etc.), are to each have its own timeslot and supporting rally of people for whatever presentation of "serving" the three can be determined and leveraged for video recording and so forth.
Sleepover Squad -- Handling the hotels, motels, hostels, campgrounds, stay with local residents, weekly rental houses, and etc. in the DC local area for all incoming activists to sleepover at.. Most of these kinds of different links are already gathered and available for immediate use. Plan on using something online to manage groups/sharings/nights... As part of hotels, this Squad will also negotiate with the five (5) hotels nearest Upper Senate Park for the best overall deal with a large block of guest rooms plus four (4) conference rooms, larger than those used last year, using open competition between the hotels as needed, since the hotel offering the best overall deal will automatically become "headquarters", and so most of our incoming visitors will want to be at that same hotel, too... Squad should eventually designate 2-3 of 'our' known visitors staying at each of the different "main hotels", both at the adjacent five and also others around town, as 'communications officers', in order to relay important news out to groups of our own guests staying at the different hotels, at the campgrounds, etc., including posting each morning's update on all DC activities status. This Squad may work with the members of Team America on DC-regional sleepover stays, as they can. To keep it fair all around, no one should expect to get free hotel room nights just for working on this Squad and being part of the direct hotel negotiations, please.. Instead, let the best deal "margin" go totally into achieving the largest possible four conference rooms, as the priority. Hint: with a big enough block of total "room-nights" reserved/agreed, conference rooms become greatly discounted, or even free.
Team America -- Using something like this color-coded US interstate map as a starting point, this Team will help DC Rally/Festival/Parentstock visitors from all over the U.S. coordinate their ridesharings/caravans, also matching up residential activists for sleepovers of travelers coming through their way, as much as possible. As if not enough challenge, consideration must be given to the fact that there are literally two (2) waves of travelers coming and going during the entire Parentstock event of nine days, with to/from regarding both weekends, and the additional fact that some people will want to come for the Rally, but not return until after the Festival. This still equates to four (4) "ranges" of main traveling, surrounding each of the two weekends. Finding the right technology will be KEY to fundamental attendance sizes at this year's DC events, since large audiences simply cannot be humanly/manually handled. "Have seat"/"Need seat" must be combined with "To/From" and the relevant departure/arrival dates desired, to bring together a fully automatic system capable of handling large numbers of people successfully. Also, don't forget what "The Call" did to bring many thousands to DC last year a few blocks away from us, and look into other systems that organizations have used to handle large numbers of people, too. There are three main goals of this Team: (1) dramatically assisting the coordination of sharing/cutting traveling costs; (2) collecting stuffed animals [new in the box/bag, only, must be sterile/new] for public-ceremony donation in DC to the nearby Children's Hospital; and, (3) leveraging our numbers of people coming through plus the appeal of requesting stuffed animals for donation to children, to create mini-events in the twenty-plus major cities that are the best-by-far "stopover" points for caravans coming thru (colored city dots on map above), further inviting each local city media, ahead of time, to put out the word for stuffed animal donations collection at that stopover point. It does work.. Remember - there will be TWO major "waves" of people coming through each major city on the way to DC, for each of the two weekends of activities at our overall Parentstock. So, each local media gets two main/big chances to help us on the way thru. lol.
Parents March -- Even bolder than the famous "Justice March" last year, F4J will lead all other orgs and activists on a new march route this year that also takes us through the busy shops and people! While not technically one of the overall Festival's 'committees', please contact F4J directly for further info on this coming wake-up call for the DC newscast area.
Midnight Bright -- At approx 11:55pm on Saturday night, July 25th, we want to "ring in" the arrival of Parents Day, by lighting candles in celebration and memory, perhaps some quiet speakings and/or readings, and keep those lights burning until at least 5 mins after the hour. Exact downtown DC location to be determined yet. Indeed, the same thing should be planned as part of other such Parents Day events locally held around the country. For DC, though, we need to plan on using those battery operated candles, since most of the grounds locations within downtown DC are a 'no-no' for open flame of any sort... This team will also help coordinate a uniform theme being used at all such candlelight events, nationwide.
Food Committee -- Believe it or not, our visitors would very much appreciate local food information all summarized and mapped, so as to know what and where to get some quick eats during all of these Parentstock activities. In addition, this team may well be able to arrange little lunch and dinner group food events, so as to get good per-person discounts, too. Remember, this year the Festival will still have simultaneous tracks of activities, but we are uniformly pausing all of those activity tracks, so as to provide designated lunch and dinner break-stop time periods, for all to mingle and share better.
Live Entertainment Committee -- You know, the singers, bands, and other performers, whether coming from out of town, or recruited from there in the DC local area. Many online resources/links are already available from last year. This team will also handle putting together the actual stage, itself, plus microphones, sound and other public address equipment, and also making sure we have plenty of audio power this year to rock out downtown DC, including portable generators and such if needed, if there isn't enough built-in power already near the edge of the grass/sidewalk on the "front" side of the fountain at Upper Senate Park - i.e., we will be facing Constitution Avenue and the White House this year. We are looking to fill 30 min and 45 min slots of variously-different live entertainment, especially slanted towards recognizing The Family as possible, with totals per day at: Thu-23rd (~1.5 hrs), Fri-24th (~2 hrs), Sat-25th (~3 hrs), and Sun-26th (~1.5 hrs). The Live Entertainment Committee may work with Main Grounds on setting up any special effects outside the stage, or etc.
Main Grounds -- This team will handle getting the permit(s), as more than one may be required this year, and coordinating and managing all other things "main grounds", such as booths-tables-chairs for organizations, providing folding chairs and such other for the general audience in the main grounds around the outdoor stage, maybe some decorations around the grounds area, for certain a few "info center" printed billboards on poles or something in a few corners of the Park, etc., as well as also arranging any facepainters, mimes, balloons for kids, and such things to be happening in the Park for the appeal to the general public, and for general enjoyment by all. Make it fun, please, because it's for the kids, too. This team should plan on touching bases with Live Entertainment and the Hot Rod Squad from time to time.
Corporate Relations -- Not that "we" are acting corporate, but that this leadership team will focus on gaining sponsorship, endorsements, and things like that, specifically from the largest corporate entities out there. Creative examples include seeking supporting displays on the semi-truck trailers of top interstate carriers around the country, our messages used as temporary "filler" on "vacant" billboards along the highways, and etc.. The members of this group will work often with the Multimedia Moguls, and must also be highly skilled in writing, and very professional in verbal communications, appearance, negotiations, and all relevant etc.
Multimedia Moguls -- This is one of the most fun and creative groups, i.e., the Journalism type people, who will all be the geniuses behind teamwork production of both individual and "themed" sets of multimedia distributions regarding the DC events -- making the appealing flyers in PDF and other formats for distribution, the mesmerizing videos on YouTube and in other ways to spead the word visually, brilliant "grab your attention" graphic images, and creating catchy single-line blurbs. Try to always remember about Time Zones, when and where appropriate for event messaging detail, if the flyer, video, image, or etc. will be distributed online across the entire Nation... This creative team will use writing, graphics, audio and video to inspire America to participate in our supporting events, especially focusing on the coming DC extravaganza and for Parents Day, also using press releases, creating short radio/audio promos, or any other useful media device to quickly capture a reader's attention and follow through. The goal is to produce and release newly-enhanced sets of their various multimedia messages by the end of each month leading up to the DC events, which can then be distributed out by the Shout Out Squad to activists all over cyberspace, and by activists making local public connections, thru rallies, or etc.
Shout Out Squad -- Already rather established as "ECOMM" on various networks, this team of people is unlike most of the other teams, in that it should keep growing as many numerous members as it can, and there really is but a single, large task - simply spreading the Multimedia Moguls' various messaging products all over creation, by plastering across every conceivable angle on the big social networks (Facebook, MySpace, Ning, LinkedIn, Yahoo!, Tagged, Twitter, etc., etc., etc.), by adding "comments" on all relevant big newspaper articles online, by posting on the messaging boards for all the biggest sports collections online (i.e., in the Nascar Network public boards, in MLB's same, etc.), and all sorts of ways to broadcast bigger and bigger, faster and faster. The actual leadership of this team should essentially coordinate the various many "saturation" efforts of the different types of ways to broadcast our messages out to the public everywhere.
Celebrity Crew -- Just like it sounds, the mission of this team is purposefully to break through the various kinds of communications hurdles to get through to celebrities directly, or at least their managers/agencies, to try and recruit as many as we can get to come to the DC events.. call it "Parentstock" and these negotiations might get an easier boost.. We would certainly, of course, love to have a few or even several true-blue public celebrities come and celebrate the Parents Day weekend with us. The more the merrier, by using fan sites, the performers' own sites, and anything else.
Ambassador Club -- Having already received more than one overseas inquiry about coming to DC to attend the Festival, I am confident we should now actively recruit "ambassadors" from around the world to come join our historic occasion, and even invite them to speak briefly on the status of things regarding government and family in their own countries. I would personally appreciate the members of this team in achieving at least several recruitment/attendance successes coming from several different English-speaking countries overseas, as well as from Canada and Mexico, etc.  We can also setup one of the conference rooms for an "International" event, sometime on either/both that Saturday and/or Sunday.
Ground Zero Gang -- A forerunner to some of the things happening as part of "Phase 2" (see top), this team will strive to know about every other event occurring in the downtown DC area at the same time as our nine days, especially the two weekends, and will make inquiries with the relevant other event organizers on maybe sharing/trading/etc., and stuff like that. Also, this team will make initial connections with all sorts of church, nonprofit, and local/state/fed government in the nearby area, to help setup for Phase 2 later on, and also including invitations for their speaking at our major event, and/or to give friendly-relevant seminars or presentations in one of our conference rooms, and other ways to connect "us" together with "them" for activity, endorsement, etc., long prior to the DC events eventually happening in late July of this year.
Festival Scheduling -- Some of the committees/teams/squads above will have need to sporadically coordinate with overall scheduling of the designated activities happening everywhere on the long Festival weekend.  Frankly, I personally handled that entire role last year, apparently did well enough with the best such tool to be featured online, and I will take care that a nice, flowing multi-track schedule develops again, so that people with different "family rights" interests may focus on particular "tracks" while at the Festival, if they want, or switch tracks, etc.  However, this year, I will provide editing access to individual leaders of certain committees/teams/squads that will facilitate the overall scheduling. This will be done on a case-by-case basis, to ensure the highest security and a continually-congenial work environment.
Speakers & Seminars -- Just like it sounds, but not as easy as it sounds, I can promise you that. One of the busiest teams, by sheer amount of communications, this leadership group will arrange and coordinate requests and invitations for individuals and other entities to either speak on the main stage in Upper Senate Park, and/or to hold seminars or other kinds of family friendly presentations within one of the available conference rooms. Because the overall event *must* be balanced regarding our different plights and issues of the modern American Family, the leaders here, who will work often with (and may also be dual-time as) Festival Scheduling, will likewise be confirmed on an individual case-by-case basis.
Conference Calls & General Notes:
If you are interested in volunteering your leadership for this truly historic event, please ensure that you are joined into one of the supporting monthly event "Causes" on Facebook, Ning, MySpace and/or Yahoo! -- all of which are listed and linked on this page together [ ] -- where you will obtain the further details including conference call information and such, or you may also simply indicate one to three of the above committees that you would like to help lead in teamwork, by emailing me directly at with those selections listed, and I will then direct you onward to the right place(s).
Last year, we quickly organized the Festival, starting from scratch nothing, with only 3 core leaders plus a dozen or more main floating task assistants, in only roughly 60 days.. This year, the plan includes the above 20 committees, teams, squads, and clubs, each with its own group of perhaps 5-10 activists working together, with pretty much all of the needed information already available from last year, and with still 135+ days left to go until 'show time'...
And, thanks yet again, for your excitement in building up the world's largest "block party" for Parents.
It is with YOUR true help, that we shall succeed this coming July, big-timelike never before seen.

Sincerest Regards,
Mr. Torm L. Howse
Co-Founder, National Board Director, Instructor,
United Civil Rights Councils of America
Co-Founder, National Board Director, Trustee,
Parental Alienation Awareness Organization - US
Founder, Owner, President,
The FIDO Network
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