Support A Single Mother

The US Army had Alexis Hutchinson thrown in jail and took her child from her because she took her role as a mother seriously, they have now filed four separate court martial charges against her. She was meant to deploy to Afghanistan but when her childcare arrangements fell through, she made the decision not to abandon her child. Clearly the Taliban are not the only military force in the conflict that victimises women.

Alexis and Kamani Hutchinson

Courage to Resist (go to link to sign) will print and mail this letter on your behalf. We will also CC President Obama and the commanding general of US Army FORSCOM

“I appeal to you to find a compassionate resolution to a difficult situation. Please drop the charges against Spc. Hutchinson.”

Dear Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Phillip,

I am shocked and disappointed that four separate court martial charges have been brought against Specialist Alexis Hutchinson, a single parent with a one-year old son, who missed deployment in early November 2009 when her childcare plan fell through at the last moment, due to circumstances beyond her control.

In anticipation of deployment in early October 2009, Spc Hutchinson did travel to California and left her son Kamani with her mother Angelique Hughes in Oakland, California, as per her Army family care plan.

After caring for Kamani for a week, Ms. Hughes realized that she was unable to care for the infant in addition to her other duties to a special-needs daughter, an ailing mother, and an ailing sister. Ms. Hughes immediately contacted her daughter and her Ft. Stewart chain of command to inform them that she was simply unable to care for Kamani as planned. Ms. Hughes returned Kamani to her mother at Ft. Stewart.

Alexis and Kamani Hutchinson
The Army initially allowed for an extension of time to find another option; however, the extension was revoked. Spc Hutchinson understood that that Kamani would be taken away from her and placed in the county foster care system. Facing the real risk of permanently loosing her parental rights, Spc Hutchinson admittedly was AWOL for approximately 24 hours and missed her unit’s deployment.

I appeal to you to find a compassionate resolution to a difficult situation. Please drop the charges against Spc. Hutchinson.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Phillip
Deputy Commanding General—Rear
3rd Infantry Division (M)
42 Wayne Place, Suite 200
Fort Stewart, GA 31314-5000

CC
General Charles Campbell
CG, US Army FORSCOM
1777 Hardee Avenue SW
Fort McPherson, GA 30330-1062

CC
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

20 Responses to “Support A Single Mother”

  1. earwicga Says:

    This absolutely stinks! Why they would expect any child to have no parent for a year anyway is beyond me.

  2. RickB Says:

    Well traditionally armies are not big on nurturing, they may have mothers serving but they do not fundamentally understand what that entails and perhaps they cannot in any profound way in order to function.

    • earwicga Says:

      I wouldn’t differentiate between serving mothers or fathers. One or the other should be available to look after the child. It is inhumane to expect a child to be without a parent at all for a year, when it can reasonably be avoided. With millitary service this void can reasonably be avoided.

  3. Jotman Says:

    I would have thought everyone saw this as a clear-cut case. That a mom should be with her baby. End of story. Army is acting really stupid.

    Yet, surfing some sites I see Hutchinson is has been attacked by some members of the public — people who will hold a single mothers to one standard but rich and powerful people to another (lower) standard.

    Interestingly, those who hold such a double standard aren’t necessarily themselves rich and powerful. Often they are not. Racism to be sure. Many who would condemn her, also some who have also enlisted, are direct victims of economic exploitation. So you have this social conflict happening to which the powerful are mere spectators.

  4. jim Says:

    hello, Jotman please could you present some examples to me of rich single mothers being treated differently to poor ones. Also give proof of racism, please.

    • earwicga Says:

      The Welfare Reform Act 2009 is an overt example of the differences between being a rich or poor single parent. Open your eyes Jim.

      As you wish an example – try comparing Liz Hurley with Christelle Pardo.

      • jim Says:

        Christelle Pardo’s and childs death were disgraceful and totally avoidable. A friend of mine has made the comment that Jim “why should I pay for your children.” Because through taxation I am am paying for your tax credits. If you cannot support them through your wage then don’t have them. And certainly don’t have any more.
        Leaving aside capitalism, the bankers, political expenses and so on I find this a difficult argument to beat.
        It seems that with the vast amounts of benefits that the state is hell bent on handing out child poverty should be a thing of the past. But of course, if the parent (s) are wasting it on drink/drugs, plasma televisions, (£600 alloy wheels on the car like across the road) then you can throw as much money as you want at the children and they will never see any of it. Personal responsibility-hell of a thing.

    • libhomo Says:

      Rich single mothers are pressured to stay home with their kids while poor single mothers face homelessness if they try to stay home with their kids, at least here in the US where the news story has taken place.

  5. Jotman Says:

    Jim, please could you present some examples to me of rich single mothers not being treated differently to poor ones? Also give proof as to why racism would not be a factor, please.

    • jim Says:

      I suppose its a difference of how our minds work. Perhaps I’m naive. I don’t expect racism to be a factor in anything and am shocked when I discover that it is. Your approach is that racism must be there, and if not why not?

  6. earwicga Says:

    Jim – you seriously take your views on single parents from Jeremy Kyle?!?!?

    #Ihavemetsomelosersinmytimebutthisonetakesthebiscuit

  7. jim Says:

    I bet you have met some losers. I always could wind you up like a top. But on a serious, substantive note, the state giving away `free money’, in my view is not a good thing and misses the real of issue of forcing employers to pay a proper living wage.

    • earwicga Says:

      It’s not free money. It is paid to people who are unable to work.

      And yes – a living wage is another important thing to think about – but it seperate from the welfare state.

      If you want to wind people up go visit some radfem sites – there is some seriously bad stuff on some of those. And what is it with alloy wheels – what purpose do they serve?

  8. jim Says:

    I love the way in which you try to divert me onto other sites. i’m not the brightest I admit, but the voice of reason needs to be heard. I will visit these “radfem sites” , perhaps you could point me in the right direction?
    Alloy wheels, in themselves, are said to aid car perfomance because they are lighter thus improving handling. But of course, its really about `looks.’ And that’s part of the point I’m making about `free money.`People are entitled to spend their own money how they choose. Child tax credit is paid to everyone with a child (including myself). A lot of this money is not being spent on children. It is being consumed by parents on everything else but their children. It is a vast subject but many on the left choose to bury their hands in the sand on this issue taking the easy escape route that all environments are good providing that the state supports it. I wish you well.

    • earwicga Says:

      Can you point me to the statistical evidence showing that parents spend Child Tax Credit on ‘everything else but their children’ as this seems to me that it is part of the propaganda war on single parents, and not based on any kind of fact.

      Jim – I make no judgement on your intellegence, except that if I thought you were a fuckwit I wouldn’t bother to reply to your comments. I do however see that you are commenting using gross stereotypes which are created to make us all fight within ourselves and divert our attention from those with power who are fucking us over. I wish you well also (unless you are my brother in disguise who can wind me up in a very similar way!!!).

      (thanks for info re alloy wheels, I’m off to get a social grant for some on Monday…)

  9. Jotman Says:

    Jim, you wrote:

    Perhaps I’m naive. I don’t expect racism to be a factor in anything and am shocked when I discover that it is. Your approach is that racism must be there, and if not why not?

    Point me to a case in which the military forcibly tries to separate a single white mother from her white baby by sending mom to a war-zone — where mom doesn’t want to go. How much support do you suppose the army Vs the mom will get from the public? How much outrage will be generated? How much media coverage? How quick does the military back down? You imagine the president would feel no heat?

    I would be very hesitant to rule out an element of racism in the reaction — on the part of the public, media, and the army — to this particular mother’s situation.

    • jim Says:

      My God, talk about being obsessed with race. Never the right and proper simply race. They have to mention colour: discraceful.


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