Art Alexakis, lead singer for the Grammy-nominated band Everclear joined hands with And Then There Were Two, the non-profit of NBC’s Veronica De La Cruz in a push to stop the flood of fatherless homes.
Here are some troubling statistics regarding children growing up without a father:
- 1 out of every 3 children in the U.S. has no father in the home.
- 29 million children in the U.S. have no father in their lives.
Change.org posted the “Stand Up, Man Up!” petition on Father’s Day 2013, calling for responsible parenting along with tougher child support laws and for taking financial responsibility for the mother during the woman’s pregnancy. Current laws in most states place sole financial responsibility on the shoulders of the expectant mother until the baby is born. Only then is the father held responsible for any kind of financial support.
Fathers are NOT irrelevant and need to ‘step up to the plate in honor of their kids” is Alexakis’ message to fathers and fathers-to-be. In an exclusive interview with De La Cruz for Huffington Post, Alexakis stated, “Be a man. Act like a man…being responsible for the consequences of your own actions…be there, even if you don’t have a lot of money. Pay what you can and work hard. But, more importantly, be there for them.”
De La Cruz, a single mother herself, decided to join the effort after the father of her child walked away the day she revealed to him that she was pregnant. She talked about her very painful experience in “Without A Father on Father’s Day” on her Huffington Post blog.
Recently, De La Cruz launched her non-profit and its supporting website called And Then There Were Two as a way to deal with the pain of going through her pregnancy alone with no support. The non-profit and website are dedicated to single mothers who are left to play the roles of both mother and father for their children. The website offers resources, information and a community for single mothers.
The “Stand Up, Man Up!” petition and its Twitter hash tag #SUMU were created to raise awareness of the deep need for men to practice responsible fatherhood. This petition will continue to circulate throughout the summer months during Everclear’s Summertime Tour. Fellow alt-rockers Sponge, Filter & Live are also on the road with Everclear.
You can find the “Stand Up, Man Up!” petition online at www.StandUpManUp.com.
The social homes for #SUMU are at www.facebook.com/standupmanuppetition and www.twitter.com/sumupetition. Additionally, a #SUMU twibbon was created to add to Twitter users’ avatars; the link to make an avatar with a twibbon is http://twibbon.com/Support/stand-up-man-up-sumu.
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