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March for Justice - Sign in if you were there
Posted on 10/31/2001 1:51:17 AM PST by connectthedots
It's been exactly three years since the Free Republic March for Justice was held on the Mall in Washington D.C., an event that will never be forgotten by those who were there and was directly responsible for inspiring the House Judiciary Committee to start impeachment proceedings agains Bill Clinton.
If you were there, sign in here and let everyone know how much it meant to you and a favorite memory of that historic day in the life of FreeRepublic and the United States of America
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I carried the NJ flag in the review at start of the festivities, however I am from NC.
posted on 10/31/2001 1:59:07 AM PST
It was wonderful, no one thing stands out, all speakers were great, LD Brown, Gary Aldrich, Peterson, Luccianne, Klayman, Joyce from Houston, Alan Keys, Connie and many more especially Jim Rob who brought all of us together with the creation of this wonderful forum.
posted on 10/31/2001 2:11:34 AM PST
I drove from Maine. This was on the Capital steps and it was the first time and only time I have seen and met FReepers. Not near the crowd of the earlier gathering on the Mall.
The MFJ was one of the high points in my life. My sister gave me the tape of the event she recorded from C-Span. I love re-playing it. It was my first freep. It affected the rest of my life. The mood there was electric all day. Three years later, I still get that old feeling when I think of it! God bless JohnRob for providing the inspiration for all of us. God bless the USA!
posted on 10/31/2001 2:17:44 AM PST
It was absolutely incredible. It seemed like all 4,000 of us were in the lobby of the Premiere Hotel on Friday night.
It was the first time I ever met old friends for the first time, if you catch my drift.
Half the fun was the drive up from Florida and back. Seeking the Truth, Mustang, Bets, and I drove 18 hours non-stop to get there.
Definitely worth the trip.
Captain America and I came from Michigan and loved every minute of the March for Justice, especially meeting JimRob.
We'll always remember stopping at the White House at night (after attending the Freeper party) and seeing a transvestite dressed as Marilyn Monroe circling the White House in his high heels, hoping to catch Bubba's eye!
(For those of you who don't remember, the March for Justice was held on Halloween!)
I joined a small convoy coming from from New England and had a great trip to DC. We were met, and cheered, by Freepers when we got there, (after getting lost trying to find the hotel).
I remember people on the mall, making signs, and sharing supplies with anyone who needed them.
The March was wonderful. My fvorite speaker was Rev. Jesse Peterson, although all of the speakers were great.
posted on 10/31/2001 2:33:09 AM PST
I am signing in, too.
It was such a neat experience!!! My entire family went (drove the 12 hours - one-way - to DC to get there) - husband, 3 sons and myself. I remember that my youngest son - who was only 7 at the time - was a little upset because he was going to miss out on going trick-or-treating - but some of the folks who attended brought candy and passed it out at the pizza get together afterward.
I met SO MANY terrific folks that weekend. And, of course - getting to hear so many outstanding people speak.
I am so glad that I had the opportuntity to attend. It is an experience I will never forget.
posted on 10/31/2001 2:37:50 AM PST
I was there. We (hubby and I) drove from NC. I will always remember how proud I was and still am of freerepublic!
posted on 10/31/2001 2:44:56 AM PST
Came in from Michigan to carry my "Fire the Liar" sign. It was great to meet so many terrific people that I had exchanged thoughts with here. I can still hear the bagpipes, and get a lump in my throat when I remember the procession of Freepers carrying state flags from all over the country that kicked things off.
posted on 10/31/2001 2:47:47 AM PST
One of the most memorable events of the decade. I traveled with the New England convoy. The day of the MFJ was glorious, the speakers superb and the FReeper spirit contagious. We made a difference!
posted on 10/31/2001 2:49:33 AM PST
I know what you mean - the sound of the bagpipes and the image of the procession of freepers carrying the flags still chokes me up, too.
It's hard to believe that it's been 3 years now!! It was such a glorious day - one that I will never forget.
posted on 10/31/2001 2:51:44 AM PST
What a great day. Carried the flag that flies outside my house today. Quite a cast of characters--saw Bob Barr, Lucianne, Gary Aldrich, CaL, and other notables of the time before the festivities. Even had some fun eschoir-baiting. The March was a much-needed dose of truth during a dishonest administration.
posted on 10/31/2001 2:53:09 AM PST
I was there.
This was my first freeper event. I found a home with so many patriotic American's who belive in faith, family, and liberty.
posted on 10/31/2001 2:56:40 AM PST
I drove down from Massachusetts leading the "New England Convoy" with my wife and two sons (who got a day off from school for "educational reasons"). I don't remember all the people who drove down with us but Patriot76 and yikes were two of them. We picked up people all the way down I-95. In New Jersey, we met the late BCjohnson at a rest stop where he took pictures and handed out American flags, one of which has been riding my car antenna since the week of 9/11.
The day itself (October 31) was one of the best weather days I have ever seen. I think it was 72 degrees and totally clear in Washington D.C. I stayed at the rally all the way through the Pokerface show and then I remember walking along the mall to the Lincoln Memorial to meet up with my wife who had taken the kids sightseeing. The rally itself was something I'll never forget. I met Gary Aldrich and Matt Drudge in person among many other prominent Freepers, too many to mention.
My kids still give me grief about making them miss Halloween at home but when they get older, they will understand.
One of the great moments of my life. I came with the Raleigh delegation in two big vans.
What a long strange trip it's been.
posted on 10/31/2001 3:01:20 AM PST
by TC Rider
I was at the Supreme Court demonstration and was shown on FoxNews, arguing with some jerk liberal carrying a sign accusing Bush of snorting cocaine.
To this day, associates and acquaintances still ask, "was that you"? ;^)
Oh yeah...we wuz there! A whole bunch from CT...it was a glorious halloween that year!!!
posted on 10/31/2001 3:01:54 AM PST
Thanks for reminding me of BCJohnson...I remember that stop on the NJ Turnpike...we had flags sticking out all over my black Tahoe!!!
posted on 10/31/2001 3:04:08 AM PST
Cincinatus and I were there. It was a beautiful fall day filled with patriotism and wonderful homemade signs.
BTTT......(I wasn't there, but I watched the whole event on C-Span & taped it, and soon after became a FReeper!)
It made me feel sooooo proud to know there were folks like you all!
To: connectthedots; ATOMIC_PUNK; Dixie; Smartaleck; chesty_puller; Ms. AntiFeminazi; LurkerNoMore!
I was there. The Premier Lobby was the most amazing place to be. Meeting Drudge and Lucianne was neat...Smartaleck showed up in all my pictures with his hat.
Here is my favorite picture from the event and I still have my signs and orange and black ribbons.
Many CHADS have passed under the bridge since then, My Freeper Friends.
posted on 10/31/2001 3:43:17 AM PST
There. Two screennames ago.
There. One screen name, One Opus, and two bannings ago.
posted on 10/31/2001 3:46:07 AM PST
I took my two kids who were 11 and 14 and a good pubbie friend. it was wonderful, missed the saturday night, had to head back to florida. met trixie and son, gary aldrich-- will never forget the wistful look in his eye when he wondered if american people would ever catch on. badjoe bribed the hotel so that we could park. remember standing out and cheering as sam adams(think that is his name) made it with convoy from NE. all the freepers were great. it was wonderful. and i am so proud of my daughter, a very smart conservative 17 YO now, who doesn't hesitate to stand up in class to say that the rebel flag is not about racism and that the big bang theory tells the same scenario as the bible. And my 14 year old son who stood up in class spontaneously when students were whining about killing innocents in afghan, to say "they didn't care when they killed all those people in new york". college will have a hard time trying to liberalize my kids.
posted on 10/31/2001 3:49:12 AM PST
I was there with my daughter. I wish I could remember the signs we were carrying. There were many more of us than peace marchers who showed up in DC recently.
posted on 10/31/2001 3:50:02 AM PST
I was there.
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OK I was not there. was remembering the December gathering on the Steps. I did watch the October March on CSPAN the whole time,got a crush on CAL and went to DC in Dec just to see her!
Had the privilege of shaking hands with JimRob. Had to leave early because my daughter wasn't feeling to well. I felt really proud to be an American that day, too bad scumbag clinton has no pride or he would have resigned.
posted on 10/31/2001 4:09:59 AM PST
To: connectthedots; TC Rider
I was torn about participating at all, because my only prior experience with demonstrations was being on the receiving end as a VN vet. Nevertheless, my 10 year old son and I drove up from Richmond on Saturday morning. The day before, I bought a magnetic sheet, about 4"x30" and wrote "http:\FreeRepublic.com" (at that time, I was not very conversant with the the proper URL format) on it with magic marker and affixed it to the rear of car.
TCRider kindly offered to pick us up on their way north, but I declined, because the attention span of a 10 year old is very unpredictable.
Anyway, we went, and we met my oldest sister there and had a great time. My son, big and strong for his age, was chosen to push a disabled veteran in the parade. What an experience and honor for my son. Before and after the parade, we met many FReepers, including Jim Robinson. What a great guy!
I took a lot of video footage, which is around here somewhere. Someday I will transfer it to VHS format from 8MM, so we can relive the moment.
It was a great day for my son, my sister, and me, and one that we will never forget.
PS: TC-I don't know if you remember this, but I haven't. Thanks again for your offer.
posted on 10/31/2001 4:14:39 AM PST
Watching the Launch of FR was better than being at Cape Canaveral.
posted on 10/31/2001 4:20:31 AM PST
You bet I was there. And I was at the Octagon, too.
I brought a Tennessee flag and was amazed when Tennesseeans came to the flag. It was an unintended rally point.
The MFJ was a watershed event. It illustrated clearly the raw power of the internet to allow strangers organize and produce a major gathering in an amazingly short time.
At the gathering in the hotel lobby I met the finest group of people I could imagine.
I still have a collection of Post it notes left by Halloween Night Freepers on the Ft Marcy Park cannons. I found them the next morning on a guided tour of the Vince Foster site.
posted on 10/31/2001 4:24:53 AM PST
My wife and I were there. We were so proud to make what little bit of a show we could in support of our country's ideals. That was our first demonstration of any kind and one that we always said we would do if the opportunity presented itself. We have participated in several demonstrations since, particularly at "Chaney's House" last fall. Our adult children attended those also.
posted on 10/31/2001 4:25:47 AM PST
by Bill S
Hey Rooms. The Ft Marcy Tour was a real highlight of the weekend.
My wife and I still consider that day one of historic significance. It was the day that the American people along with the internet made the national news media obsolete! I had the honor of carrying the Louisiana state flag and was the closest "flag" to the podium. One of my brothers down in Louisiana was watching C-Span and caught a glimpse of someone who looked just like me waving the Louisiana state flag. He called my house and asked to speak to me only to have my son inform him that we had flown to D.C. for an impeachment rally! We still chuckle over that one.
We didn't know anyone there but knew everyone there. None of us knew who we were meeting and talking to until we exchanged our "freeper" names. It was almost like a family reunion of blind people. I even brought a present for Connie Hair that I knew she'd appreciate. An "L.S.U." hat with the letters L.S.U. blinking on and off. I even provided the battery! :-)
It was certainly one of the most beautiful events of our lives and it was a great honor to have met so many of our dear freeper friends.
I watched it on CSPAN. It is what inspired me to register instead of merely lurk.
Today's my 3rd anniversary as well.
To: Eagle Eye
Surely there are more than 40 who remember.
posted on 10/31/2001 4:55:59 AM PST
Yessir, I was there. Had my big sign:
To: connectthedots; Doctor Raoul; Jethro Tull
I rode in on the same bus as Doctor Raoul -- it was set up by Jethro Tull. My greatful thanks to JT, his brother for organizing the bus and the Robinson family for organizing this great resource -- Free Republic!
Can't fail to mention Don and Teri Adams, for whose troubles the March for Justice was established. Lynne Abraham, the DA who kowtowed to the thugs who beat them, the DA who actually prosecuted Don at one point -- she's still DA in Philadelphia.
Justice is still broke, still needs great efforts to repair.
posted on 10/31/2001 5:08:40 AM PST
My brother and I drove from Wisconsin...and I was honored to carry the Wis. flag in the opening ceremony. A great time was enjoyed by all ('cept maybe Eschoir).
posted on 10/31/2001 5:10:18 AM PST
been there, done that, bought the T-shirt
posted on 10/31/2001 5:13:59 AM PST
been there, done that, bought the T-shirt
posted on 10/31/2001 5:14:00 AM PST
Yes, my hubby and I were there. It was a wonderful, glorious day. Never had done anything like it before. Met Jim Rob and Ann Coulter autographed my copy of her book. We have wonderful pictures. After the births of my children and grandchildren this was one of the best days of my life. I will never forget the people we met -- it was like being with old friends. Met Sam Adams in the elevator of our hotel -- discovered we live about 7 miles from each other. The pizza party that nite was wonderful also. God Bless the Freepers!
I was there. It was a beautiful thing. A finer bunch of Americans I have never met.
My husband and I were there also! I remember that all the signs were "home made", a sure indication that these were not bussed-in professional protesters. They were so amusing! I remember a HUGE Ronald Reagan poster and dogs wearing protest signs. That morning I had finished off my own contibution - of clinton with a moveable "wagging finger" admonishing America from his lofty perch.
Doesn't that day seem like light years ago? SO MUCH has happened since then. We are in much better hands now, and the tide has turned at last.
Thank you Jim Robinson for bringing us all together!
God Bless the USA.
posted on 10/31/2001 5:20:04 AM PST
There...about >8,500 articles ago ;^).
MFJ lit a fire within me. I knew then that I was not alone. I was surrounded by thousands of patriotic kindred spirits.
Having Jim Robinson, Connie Hair, Ann Coulter even Trixie sign my signS...I was touched by angels ;^)
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