Everclear's Alexakis To Lobby For Child Support Laws

Mr. Alexakis is going to Washington.

The Everclear singer-songwriter will be in the nation's capital on Thursday, March 16 at 11:00 a.m. (ET) in order to testify in front of a House of Representatives sub-committee about proposed legislation for federally-enforced child support laws.

Alexakis, who is currently working on a pair of Everclear albums, will be lobbying Congress on behalf of the Association for Children for Enforcement of Support, Inc., an organization that aids children whose parents fail to meet the moral or legal obligations to make the needed financial support.

Alexakis will be heading to the Hill as Congress debates House Reform 1488, co-sponsored by Rep. Henry Hyde (R) and Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D), which would allow the IRS to annually collect outstanding child support payments from a person's income tax.

"This has nothing to do with party lines," Alexakis wrote in a statement announcing his trip to Washington. "This is about people

who need help and it's about people who are not responding to their responsibilities.

"Our society has accepted this for too long. If you're going to have sex with someone, you have to be prepared to be a parent. If you don't want to be a parent in person, fine, that's on your own conscience and soul, but the support is critical. It's just not acceptable to continue to abuse our own children emotionally and financially."

Alexakis sang about his own domestic troubles in the single "Father Of Mine" off of Everclear's 1997 LP, "So Much For The Afterglow," and has been involved in ACES for the last few years. In 1999, he received a Golden Heart Award from the organization during its fifteenth anniversary party.

In music-related Everclear news, the band still plans to release two records, "Songs From An American Movie Volume I/Learning How To Smile" and "Songs From An American Movie Volume II/Good Time For A Bad Attitude," later this year (see "Everclear

Names Dual New Albums For 2000").

For more information on of the Association for Children for Enforcement of Support, Inc., check out the organization's official Web site at www.childsupport-ACES.org.