New Group to Elevate Personal Liberty Over Politics

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A national consortium of grassroots advocates debuted today, announcing its “Grass On The Hill Day 2010.” The group is OAK which stands for “Organizations Associating for the Kind of Change America Really Needs.” “We are intent on preserving personal rights that were inalienable until lobbyists and special interest groups bought or scared enough public officials to hijack America” explains Paula Michaud who serves on OAK’s Board of Managers.

A national consortium of grassroots advocates debuted today, announcing its “Grass On The Hill Day 2010.” The group is OAK which stands for “Organizations Associating for the Kind of Change America Really Needs.” “We are intent on preserving personal rights that were inalienable until lobbyists and special interest groups bought or scared enough public officials to hijack America” explains Paula Michaud who serves on OAK’s Board of Managers.

“Political liberty is the freedom to set national agendas; call the shots -- whereas personal liberty is a check on government power” says Dr. Andrew D. Jackson, one of five executive officers for a new group of grassroots advocates.

The group is OAK which stands for “Organizations Associating for the Kind of Change America Really Needs.” It is a national consortium of grassroots advocates spanning several social justice areas, i.e. housing, health, education, legal system, and work issues.

“We are intent on preserving personal rights that were inalienable until lobbyists and special interest groups bought or scared enough public officials to hijack America” explains Paula Michaud who serves with Jackson on OAK’s Board of Managers.

OAK’s national spokesperson, Laurie Singh who also serves on the group’s Board of Managers, interjects “when corruption is firmly entrenched and well-financed, only a broad based organization committed to reform affords hope for many Americans.”

Singh notes that “OAK was created to assemble a wide spectrum of grassroots advocates; help them transcend obvious differences to harness their critical similarities; otherwise help maximize their efficiency and effectiveness; and gear them to function much like a large voting bloc.”

Rodney Logal, President of OAK’s Board of Directors adds “OAK generally avoids political agendas though politically, our members hail from the left, right, and center. So the one size fits all label appropriate for OAK is pro-U.S. Constitution or anti-corruption.”

“In fact OAK is premised on the dire need for average Americans to unite and work strategically against corruption undermining all pillars of our society” explains Douglas K. Kinan, Vice President of OAK’s Board of Directors. Kinan personally attests to prosecutorial and judicial misconduct that he calls “a dangerous and worsening trend.” He chides, “when the last line of defense and remedy to injustice is a rigged court process, justice is dead on arrival.”

Another OAK member, Dr. Janet Parker, is the founder of Medical Whistleblower, an advocacy network for those who report patient abuse, patient neglect, medical fraud and human rights violations.

OAK announces its “Grass On The Hill Day 2010,” the day in April 2010 that OAK will be introduced to members of Congress.

Laurie Singh explains, “we are planning for district and D.C. meetings, during and after Congress’ Spring break.” She continues, “participating OAK members will meet and greet Senators, Representatives, and/or their staffs on behalf of OAK; share an overview of our members’ federal legislative concerns; and seek guidance on follow-up strategies.”

“Many OAK members have met their Senators and Representatives in Congress on critical matters to no avail” notes Rodney Logal. “And others similarly situated cannot get an audience with these officials” Logal adds.

“I help lead a large and growing coalition of family rights advocates, but relish being part of OAK’s super-broad consortium” says Josie Perez, Secretary and Treasurer for OAK’s Board of Directors. C. Lynnette Thomas, a member of OAK’s Board of Managers, echoes Perez’s sentiments.

Thomas describes herself as a woman whose aspirations were to be a Christian mother and freelance artist. Now like Perez, other OAK board members, and the group’s general membership, Thomas finds herself a staunch advocate for reform. She is a “strong voice” for women and children.

Zena Crenshaw-Logal, wife of OAK director Rodney Logal and a member of OAK’s Board of Managers, is a long-time legal and judicial reform activist. Both Logals and Dr. Jackson of OAK co-founded OAK’s sponsor, National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law Project, Inc. (NJCDLP).

Crenshaw-Logal notes that “legal system issues impact many OAK members, even when they advocate in other substantive areas.” For example, OAK member and NJCDLP director Betsy Combier is an education and legal reform advocate, having founded ParentsAdvocate.org of New York, New York.

Combier comments, “people who are involved in getting medical treatments or coverage; housing; good / appropriate education; or whatever, seek help at every step of the way, and then almost always end up in a courtroom, where their days/weeks/months/years stop, often without a favorable solution.”

According to Singh, “OAK's uniqueness and strength come from its diversity and it being a management tool more than an activist.” Jackson remarks, “we seek guidance from our Anchor Members, a growing list of distinguished NGOs including the Government Accountability Project, National Forum On Judicial Accountability, and National Whistleblowers Center.”

To learn more about OAK and its “Grass On The Hill Day 2010,” visit http://oak4change.ning.com/

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