California Publisher Assembles Team to Cover Family Court Issues for Boston Globe's Spotlight Fellowship
SPOTLIGHT ON FAMILY COURTS WOULD CHANGE EVERYTHING
In 2002 the Boston Globe changed the world of reporting forever when it defied what many in mainstream media would not do; Exposed the Sex Abuse of Children Locked in the Secrecy and Sanctimony of the Catholic Church, forever changing how the world saw the church and demonstrating the importance of a Free Press.
A California Publisher is hoping the Globe, along with Spotlight Fellowship supporters OpenRoad, FirstLook and Participant Media will defy the status quo once again and wade into the murky waters of America's Modern Family Courts.
The Spotlight Fellowship was started to address issues of public importance. What could be of greater importance than the courts that address deeply personal and emotional issues related to custody, property and income for 50% of married Americans who find themselves in divorce or probate courts?
With permission Q obtained a copy of the redacted proposal letter submitted on behalf of the team anxious to bring family court issues to the greater public's attention. The team includes highly experienced lawyers , custody experts, activists, researchers and investigative reporters, whose names were redacted for privacy and security purposes.
Each year hundreds of thousands of family court victims reach out to reporters in communities across America ,desperately seeking to have their stories told, and hoping the press will provide transparency for family court issues. Shrinking budgets, consolidated news organizations and underfunded reporters have left few qualified members in the press interested in, or able to cover, the deeply personal and messy issues surrounding family court cases.
Public records and media requests related to family law cases are virtually non existent and a lack of transparency has allowed complete system failure in the monopolistic family court environment.
Over the past 10 years family court reform activistists have been forced online to anonymous emails and blogs to address what mainstream media would not. This shift has led to an underground movement intent on exposing the injustices modern courts inflict on innocent citizens.
In 2016 the Boston Globe's staff writers Nestor Ramos and Evan Allen did a remarkable investigative piece tackling some of the complex issues contained in the secrecy of family courts. But it was not enough. The story got over 466,000 Facebook likes and 86 comments, a great feat for print story.
Few other mainstream media outlets will touch family law issues. The San Jose Mercury has an informal policy that it won't cover family law cases, until children are drugged raped and die, or are found to be being drugged while in foster care programs. And judges will not react unless the press keeps a bright light on what the judiciary is doing in family courts.
A Free Press is needed to shine a bright light on the family court issues facing every community across the nation, Some news outlets are trying to cover the issue, but few have the staff or resources to do the hours of research and interviews family court issues demand.
Please join the underground movement to bring these issues to mainstream media- sign the petition to the Boston Globe and email : Caljohnqpublic@gmail.com to join the movement and stop the madness more commonly known as Modern Family Court Justice.