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    Thu, 29 Sep 2011 16:58:33

    Blue October Launch "Any Man in America" Site - Book mark it now, as it supports parental custody issues

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    Art-rock band Blue October's frontman Justin Furstenfeld is launching a new website in support of a cause that has become near and dear to his heart. AnyManInAmerica.com is a place for fathers, mothers and children who have dealt, or are dealing with, the issues of shared parenting and child custody to find their voice and speak their mind.

    The goal of the site is to provide a positive and uplifting platform and support group for anyone who has dealt with the life-altering act of divorce and losing the ability to be with your child or parent on a daily basis. The way the site works is simple in that it allows anyone to upload a photo of themselves or a message they wish to send to their loved one. The site uses LiveShare to stream the photos and allows members to interact and comment as well. The site also links to other resources for anyone who has questions or needs more info dealing with this terrible event. Furstenfeld knows this better than anyone because of his painful experience with his own ongoing divorce and struggle to remain an active part of his daughter's life, something that has become the topic of his band's latest release, Any Man in America.

    The idea for the site came to Furstenfeld after filming a very simple video for the song "The Feel Again (Stay)" from the latest release. In it, Furstenfeld sits in a chair singing the words while holding up paper messages for his daughter to read assuring her that the situation is not her fault. The video can be seen on AnyManInAmerica.com. The overwhelming response and comments to that video showed Furstenfeld that he was not alone. The stories touched him so much that he had to take action. Justin Furstenfeld and Blue October have always been known for their charity work and have teamed up with the likes up Post Secret, Pick Up The Phone, 1 800-Suicide and To Write Love On Her Arms to name a few. Justin teamed up with The American Coalition of Fathers And Children after seeing their moving documentary entitled Guilty Until Proven Innocent and speaking with Michael McCormack who runs the organization.

    Upon seeing the dedication of Furstenfeld and the band to the cause of shared parenting, Michael McCormack had this to say: "With the ‘Any Man in America' website and album, Justin Furstenfeld and Blue October have provided a very real window that highlights a major flaw in society. Family court practices, which separate over 4,000 children from a parent every day claiming ‘the best interest of the child', are barbaric. Justin is focused on a top domestic social policy concern for children and parents. All citizens have a stake in the outcome, show your support for Shared Parenting and tell your story at AnyManInAmerica.com."

    Justin and Blue October will be bringing representatives from the American Coalition of Fathers and Children on the road with them to educate fans about Family Breakdown, Divorce and Emotional Child Support during their current Any Man in America tour.

    Will you bookmark the AnyManInAmerica.com site?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    09.29.11



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