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DC Family Preservation Festival 2008

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Starts Friday, August 15, 2008 at 2:00 PM for 2 days


Location: Upper Senate Park (Adjacent to Russell Senate Office Building)

This is about children and their right to be raised by their own parents. Simply put, we are bringing organizations with various advocacy missions together under one event so it can be seen just how similar they all are.

Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents, and other family members, organization leaders, legislators and concerned citizens are uniting in support of one’s natural and unalienable right to be a parent. 

We support organizations with goals that restrict the currently unbridled government authority over the family unless there is truly a proven need of intrusion or actual threat to children. We advocate for solutions that lessen the conflict that our family court system and government’s existing policies have brought to families.

We are encouraging the Federal, State, and local governments to support and implement public policies that promote familial preservation and reconciliation, hence civility, in all matters involving the family and all therein because that’s the best option for America.

(1) The main Festival Activities, including live music, most speakers, some of the ceremonies, will be held on center sound stage in Upper Senate Park, directly across Constitution Avenue. Be there on both August 15th and 16th 2008 if you are serious about parental rights and liberties of Americans.

(2) Scattered throughout Upper Senate Park during the event will be organizational booths/tables, face painting and balloons for the kids, at least three physical Festival Information Center locations setup inside the Park so that we can help direct you if you want to participate in some of the events.

(3) Other general Festival events include: WeThePeople will already be there on the National Mall, MediaRADAR is hitting up Congress over VAWA (Fix Vawa Now), Fathers-4-Justice is leading an all-org Justice March throughout Capitol Hill, NANCM is leading a Candlelight Vigil at the Lincoln Memorial, and there will surely be more added soon, including information for Leadership conferences.

(4) At least three Meeting Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill will include two dedicated Meeting Rooms for various training purposes, with seminars held every 60 or 90 minutes, all-day on both Friday and Saturday. An additional Room will be used for rotating purposes, including scheduled book signings (Dr. Baskerville, Dr. Baker, etc.), registered slots for people to sit with licensed Attorneys for free private legal consultations, periods for open organizational merchandising, and also showings of important videos, such as “A View For The Bench“, “Support: System Down“, “Jake’s Closet“, “A Father’s Right“, “Freedom to Fascism“, and so forth… A fourth (4th) Meeting Room may be added soon to increase overall availability, and for even more functionality. For especially the training seminars and video showings, printed “vouchers” or “tickets” will be available for pickup by interested people, at several different spots located within the Upper Senate Park festival area. This is to maintain the audience maximum limits per Meeting Room.


Organization: Lary Holland


North of the Capitol Building on Constitution Avenue between Delaware and New Jersey Ave. There is not parking at the event site. We are accessible from nearly everywhere in the city via the DC Metro/Transit Service. Come from your hotels, or follow the instructions below.


Union Station Directions Site

Mapquest Location to Union Station

Using the Metro to attend the DC Festival 2008 at Upper Senate Park:


Go South on Delaware Ave to Upper Senate Park (0.3 mile walk)


Coming out of Capitol South station, go north on 1st or 2nd St. NE
Go west on Constitution Ave, NW to Upper Senate Park (0.7 mile walk)

Take the Yellow/Green line to Archieves-Navy Memorial Station

Go east on Pennsylvania and Constitution Aves to Upper Senate Park (0.8 mile walk)

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has several maps and resources to help you get acquainted with Washington DC. Some of the maps are color coded to reflect the statements made above.

Clickable Rail Map

Metrorail Street Map with Google Overlay

We have PDF color and black-and-white versions optimized for printing of the bus and rail maps.

Download the Metrorail system map to your Apple iPod.

Maps for various surrounding jurisdictions: District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.


It is recommended that all vehicles park at RFK Stadium (2400 E. Capitol St., NE)

- Mapquest directions to RFK Stadium
- Directions on RFK Stadium website
- Printable map of RFK Stadium and vicinity
(PDF file)

Walk to the Stadium/Armory Metro Station (take E. Capitol St. and follow signs)

On the Metro, take the Blue/Orange line to Capitol South Station (3 stops)

Click for Metro map

Walk to rally site at Upper Senate Park (half mile walk)

Coming out of Capitol South station, go north on 1st or 2nd St. NE;
Go west on Constitution Ave, NW to Upper Senate Park

- Walking directions via Yahoo Maps

Contact Info: Lary Holland (laryholland@sbcglobal.net) 800-883-9619

(Registration Not Required)  


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Teri Stoddard is a nature loving, 50-something San Francisco Bay Area native, mom of 4 and grandma to two. After a career in foster and child day care, Teri continues her child advocacy by reporting on family rights and issues affecting San (more...)

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