Skip to comments.DAY 9: Minuteman Caravan to D.C. - 7:00pm rally tonight in Richmond at the Capitol
Posted on 05/11/2006 9:34:48 AM PDT by doug from upland
Tonight's Rally -- 7:00pm Thurs, State Capitol, Richmond, VA
There was a great deal of confusion last night about getting a proper permit in Greensboro. For awhile, everyone thought the rally was cancelled.
According to Lyman, talk show host Alan Handelman came to the rescue. On 101.1 FM he put out the word that the patriots had been denied a public venue because of a permit problem. Then, a furniture store owner changed his mind and would not allow them to hold the rally in his parking lot. The lines were jammed with good citizens offering their place of business for a rally.
After a great deal of public pressure, the furniture store owner relented and said it was okay. The patriots actually set up across the street, because the young, airheaded, tattooed, pierced Marxists were already set up on the corner by the furniture store.
The press came over to the good guys' side and interviewed Jim Gilchrist, Minuteman leader. They also spent considerable time with Lyman and his Spirit of Allegiance pace car. A Detroit Christian station finally heard about the caravan and requested an interview with Gilchrist.
Tommorow they roll into D.C. If you are anywhere in the area, please join the Minuteman Caravan and try to make a difference. If we don't do something about this invasion, what kind of country are we leaving to our kids?
Thanks for the UPdate!
Proposed ordinance roils immigration debate
10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, May 10, 2006
By CHRIS RICHARD and SHARON McNARY
Activists on both sides of the nation's immigration debate say a proposed San Bernardino law will galvanize their local supporters and offers a chance to publicize their views.
The San Bernardino City Council on Monday will consider the City of San Bernardino Illegal Immigration Relief Act Ordinance, a measure submitted by a resident that would prohibit the city from operating day-laborer centers and require private centers to ensure that day laborers are authorized to work in the United States. It also would empower police to seize the vehicles of employers soliciting illegal immigrants for day labor.
On May 4, the county registrar of voters verified that 2,217 registered city voters had signed petitions supporting the Relief Act. The San Bernardino city charter gives the council 20 days from that date to enact it as law or submit it for a referendum.
That schedule fits the political needs of immigration-rights activists, said Armando Navarro, a UCR professor and coordinator of the National Alliance for Human Rights.
"Between now and November, we're going to have to do battle in San Bernardino," Navarro said.
Immigration-rights activists held a series of demonstrations this spring, including May 1 rallies attended by at least 1 million people nationwide.
Since then, public attention has shifted to the congressional debate, Navarro said.
"We are losing the momentum that has been created in the last few weeks and months. We're at a standstill, especially with what's going on in Washington, D.C.," Navarro said. "It's important that we show our power."
At a meeting Tuesday, Alliance members called on opponents of the proposed San Bernardino law to attend Monday's 3 p.m. City Council meeting to speak out -- preferably in Spanish -- against the proposal.
Joseph Turner, who wrote the San Bernardino measure, also hopes it will galvanize residents who want tougher enforcement of immigration laws.
"At the federal level, we have very little traction," Turner said. "It's easy to feel that these decisions are out of our hands. But I'm trying to sell an idea here, that individuals can have an effect at the local level. If we do that, we'll lead and Congress will have to follow."
Turner said he hopes publicity over the San Bernardino law will lead others to emulate it. He said an official at another city has inquired about writing a similar law for his community.
Turner said he doesn't know how many supporters he'll draw at Monday's council meeting.
"The people who support what I'm doing have already spoken, when they signed the petitions," he said.
Rubidoux resident Robert Dennis said he plans to attend. He said he feels federal officials have ignored his demands for tougher immigration laws.
Members of the March 25 Coalition Against HR 4437, the group that put on two recent large pro-amnesty marches in Los Angeles and helped coordinate a national boycott May 1, said they would help oppose the San Bernardino measure.
Coalition spokesman Jesse Diaz said Wednesday that his group would urge people from outside San Bernardino to go there to demonstrate against the measure. A date for such action had not yet been determined.
"Hopefully, on the national level, we can eliminate all of these racist-motivated flare-ups in the local communities," Diaz said.
Jim Morris, chief of staff to Mayor Patrick J. Morris, said city officials do not plan to alter their meeting schedule or location to anticipate large crowds. The last council meeting fell on May 1, coinciding with immigration-rights demonstrations.
But while some city officials feared that demonstrators would disrupt the council meeting, everything went smoothly, Jim Morris said. He said he expects any demonstrations on Monday would be orderly as well.
Reach Chris Richard at (909) 806-3076 or crichard@PE.com
Reach Sharon McNary at (951) 368-9458 or smcnary@PE.com
I heard on the local news here in Richmond, this morning, that the Capitol Police down at the state capitol say that the Minutemen do NOT have a permit (as of 9:00 am) and thus will not be allowed to hold their rally tonight. I'm not sure if that situation has changed or not.
BTW, bring an umbrella if you go. Rain and thunderstorms tonight, possibly severe.
Thanks for the update, and BTTT
at least the border patrol can't do them any harm in D.C. : )
LOL!!!! At least we hope not!
I just spoke with Sandi Gilchrist. They understand that, as long as they stay on the sidewalk, it will be okay. That is the word they had yesterday. The guy I need to speak with in the Richmond Police is out for about another hour or so, so I don't have word from the police.
Excellent! I will not be able to make it down due to a four-month-old at home, I just wanted to pass on what I heard this morning to any Richmond-area FReepers who were thinking about going down there.
UPDATE FROM SANDI GILCHRIST ---
Police Sgt. Martha Robinson told them they can have a rally on the sidewalk. They can use a megaphone, but not a microphone, and they cannot block traffic.
Congressman Virgil Goode has offered his support and assistance but cannot attend tonight.
Adding a mini-report from The Spirit of Allegiance.
The Minutemen are carrying with them a petition and gathering signatures along the way.
Lyman is taking lots of photos as the Caravan progresses and will put up a photo thread on FR some time after the Caravan finishes their trek.
Currently, the Caravan consists of 15 vehicles. They have a time of prayer each day, often more than once.
Please try to call back. Otherwise more bears will die needlessly...
Ooops. Sorry, wrong thread.
WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND THE SECURING OF AMERICA NOW!
WE THE PEOPLE petition Congress, Senate and the President of the United States of America to secure our homeland now. We further petition that all efforts be made to secure the borders and ports of entry immediately by the use of military resources.
WE THE PEOPLE petition for a 500 percent increase of funding for the Border Patrol personnel and a 200 percent increase of funding for the purchase of the latest technology that would aid in the efficiency of the Border Patrol.
WE THE PEOPLE request that a business, upon conviction of having hired illegal aliens, shall be fined a minimum of fifty thousand dollars for each illegal alien that was hired by the convicted business.
WE THE PEOPLE petition the immediate deployment of reserve military units and the National Guard to aid local police and Border Patrol in the securing of our borders and neighborhoods against criminal illegal aliens, human cargo smugglers, illegal alien sweatshops and international illegal drug operations.
WE THE PEOPLE petition that the Corps of Engineers be employed to design and build a fence that would span the entire southern border from west to east and to be no less than 15 feet tall in height and have a durable life of no less than 50 years.
WE THE PEOPLE petition that the Federal Government recognize the Minuteman Project, Inc. as a volunteer action group and furthermore designate the Minuteman Project, Inc. as a civilian model for a government effort to regain our national borders.
WE THE PEOPLE petition for the passing of the U.S. House of Representatives Bill HR 4437 known as the Sensenbrenner-King Bill which will provide for training of local police forces and the building of a wall on the southern border of the United States of America.
WE THE PEOPLE petition that the cost of illegal aliens incurred by the States of the United States of America be reimbursed by the Federal Government for years of lax enforcement of immigration law by the Federal Government.
We The People Demand The Securing Of America Now! © 2006 - Minuteman Project, Inc. -
Link to downloadable petition (pdf file):
ONE DAY TO WASHINGTON, D.C.!!!!!
Thanks for the donation, amigo!!