Debra Schmidt's custody case leads the concerns in this week's Public Notice, jam packed will all sorts of benefits and the like..
The story of little Elian Gonzalez, the boy caught in the middle of a big Push-Me-Pull-You game between the U.S. and Cuba, is at its heart a custody saga, not unlike the thousands of traumatic custody struggles that happen everyday in this country. The reason we know Elian by name, however, has more to do with political posturing than it does concern for a child's welfare. What are the names of Debra Schmidt's kids? Do you know? We don't. And the case involving their well-being is a doozy. Here's a reprint from a press release for the Benefit Concert for Debra Schmidt & Her Children, happening this Sun, Apr 16, 6pm, at Babe's Stageside, 208 E. Sixth:
You Think Elian's Got it Bad?
On Wed, Mar 1, Debra ended a three-week incarceration at Del Valle Correctional Facility, even though she is charged with no crime. She was sentenced under a coercive contempt citation after refusing to divulge to a state district judge, her two children's whereabouts. Those children were brought to court as Debra was released. A California court has awarded custody of the kids to Debra's ex-husband, an alcoholic and convicted sex offender. Debra fled California after she was ordered to allow him visitation with the children. In her absence, a judge there awarded custody of the children to her former husband. He has [since] been ordered deported to his home in Chile, but in the meantime, the California judge is demanding the children be returned to their father. Debra's children are in foster care in Texas awaiting resolution of the case. Her jail stay has exhausted her personal finances. All money earned at this show will be used to benefit the children's physical, emotional, and social needs. It will not be used for attorney's fees.
The lineup includes Ginger Mackenzie, Trish Murphy, Leeann Atherton, the HeadHunters, Sexy Finger Champs, Julieann Banks, Mystery Date, Dreamtyrbe, and Penny Jo Pullus. An Auction is also slated for the evening. For those wanting more details about the case, check out the Press Conference on Fri, Apr 14, 2pm, Babe's Grillside. Oh, and watch out for Benefit Concert #2, which will take the stage at B.B. Rovers Cafe & Pub, Sat, Apr 29. 473-2262.
Those strapping lads and lassies you'll see at 41 traffic intersections over Thu-Sat, Apr 13-15, are from the Austin Fire Department offering you their boots and and an opportunity to donate $$ to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), in their (46th!) annual Fill the Boot event. 345-3800.
Boots're Made for Giving
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