Skip to comments.March for Justice II After Action Report and Photo Thread
Posted on 04/09/2005 9:59:39 AM PDT by kristinn
First, I want to thank all the FReepers who were able to attend and to all who contributed to the March for Justice II. It wouldn't have happened without you. I also want to thank our cosponsor, the Coalition for a Fair Judiciary. Our speakers were excellent and I thank them for standing with us. Most of all, thanks to Jim Robinson for all he does.
The March for Justice II was a success, even though we didn't accomplish our goal for attendance. We thought 100 to 200 people would attend, in fact there were between 40 and 50--almost all of them FReepers.
The purpose of the rally was to urge the Senate to employ the constitutional option with regard to the filibusters of judicial nominees and to call on the judiciary to respect the Constitution.
We had four goals for the day: hold a modest sized rally on Capitol Hill on a work day, get other like-minded conservative leaders and groups involved, lobby senators to support the constitutional option and to get media coverage of our efforts.
We had varying degrees of success for each goal. As I said, we wish more people were able to attend but we don't have the financial resources to bus people in like the left. However, everyone I spoke to afterward who attended was very enthusiastic about the day.
The Coalition for a Fair Judiciary helped with getting other like-minded conservative groups to send speakers. Most of our speakers came through their efforts. Hopefully we can build on relationships founded and renewed to help with our efforts on the judiciary and other areas where we have common ground.
All of our announced speakers appeared at the rally, except for Roy Innis who was unable to attend due to illness.
The speakers all gave great speeches. The prepared text of Congressman Billybob's speech was posted on FR Thursday night. Most of the other speakers, if I recall correctly, spoke extemporaneously.
After the rally, Niger Innis led a delegation to three senators' offices to lobby in support of the constitutional option. The offices were those of Sen. Warner, Sen. McCain and Sen. Allen.
FReepers also visited their home state senators' offices. At least one was able to speak to a senator in person as they walked down a hallway. I stayed behind at the rally site to supervise the loadout of equipment, so I hope those FReepers will tell the stories of their adventures.
The response from the media was modest, but we did as well as could be expected. There were four news cameras and one documentary crew that covered the rally (Fox News, WBAL-TV and a West Virginia station); one domestic print reporter (Roll Call); and one reporter from the Ukraine were present. A reporter for Family News in Focus called to get information on the rally and ran a story mentioning it.
I did two radio interviews that afternoon. One was Blanquita Cullum's show on Radio America where the main subject was the rally. The other was on WWRL-AM 1600 in New York City on a different topic where I got in a mention of the rally.
An unintended bonus for us was that the liberals were so scared about our little gathering they sent a group of counter-protesters over to march and chant on the perimeter of the rally. The counter-protesters outnumbered us by a few dozen, but we weren't bothered. We were standing up for the Constitution while they were supporting rule by judicial fiat.
I'll close by thanking and listing the speakers who gave impassioned and very informative speeches at the rally. In order of scheduled appearance, they were:
Ken Connor, Chairman, Center for a Just Society
The Honorable Tom Parker, Justice, Alabama Supreme Court
Gary Marx, Executive Director, Judicial Confirmation Network
Dr. Gary Cass, Center for Reclaiming America
Manuel Miranda, National Coalition to End Judicial Filibusters
Jeff Ballabon, Center for Jewish Values
William Greene, Founder and President, RightMarch.com
John Armor, Esq.
George Landrith, President, Frontiers of Freedom
Kay Daly, President, Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Niger Innis, National Spokesman, Congress of Racial Equality
Roy Innis, National Chairman and CEO, Congress of Racial Equality (canceled due to illness)
Rep. Steve King (Iowa)
Thank you, Jim Robinson and everyone else for going!
I wish I could of been there...perhaps next time...:)
Thanks for getting the posters and markers for the rally.
I watched a broadcast on CSPAN on the topic of judicial activism in the past couple of days. It was OUTSTANDING and very exciting! One of the participants at your event was Tom Parker. He is also involved in the group which aired on the CSPAN program.
I urge everyone to go to their web site www.stopactivistjudges.org. Look at their executive board. It is full of some very high quality people. Among others, the executive committe includes:
Rev. Jerry Falwell
Alveda King (King for America)
Rabbi Daniel Lapin (Toward Tradition)
Dave Meyer (Joyce Meyer Ministries)
Fr. Frank Pavone (Priests for Life)
Dr. Rick Scarborough (Vision America Interim Chairman, Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration)
Phyllis Schlafly (Eagle Forum)
There are links to bios for the executive board members on the site.
I wish to thank EVERYONE, kristinn, who was involved in this March for Justice. You are all heros to me. Thank you for holding the torch of Freedom high!
Santorum is no problem, good guy.
But we MUST get our demands to Specter.
Nice job Kristinn and all the other Freepers that worked so hard to put this together.
NY Ping and Bump!
Thank for the bump, AG!! and here's a volleybump back atcha!
"Those were serious times, with a president who had no respect for the rights of Republicans."
True, and now we have Marxist-Democratic Senators and Judges who have not respect for the Constitution or Americans.
We've ALL gotta do everything we can do ....
"What clearly is not conjecture is her extremely large butt. I'd never noticed or heard about that feature, but she must be extremely comfortable sitting down."
Could it be a variation on The Picture of Dorian Gray? Hillary's butt gets bigger the more she tries to appear innocent and Moderate?
Hey Doug, there's GOT to be a song in here somewhere....
I've been waiting for two days to hear anything about this event. I think what you were able to accomplish was great! I wish I could have been there. You all are heroes in my mind for taking the time to attend and to put pressure on our Senate to do the right thing. Bravo!
Yes, it is true...the HildaBeast has an extremely ample derriere...MUD
Thank you for a job well done.
Mae Magouirk safe for now. See Tekgnosis for further details.
Tell the Media to report the REAL Schiavo polls!
My account, etc. of Terri Schindler's Funeral Mass:
Thanks to all of you for all you did.
Granted the Left has a web of financial resources, but where are the conservatives? I'm sure they aren't all poor like me lol
Surely there's a way to get some concentrated support to be able to make more high-profile appearances and protests.
Perhaps the problem is alot of small groups who are not coordinating finances and effort for specific events to make a better impact, especially in the media.
Can't we have, or is there one that could take the reins, an over-arching organization that can make better use of people power and whatever finances are available? We've got some logistical and organizational hurdles we need to get over to make some better progress.
Taxman Bravo Zulu!
Wish I could have joined you.