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FReepers UNITE! Support our Troops at Main and Oak, Anytown, USA on Mar 22-23! RALLY FOR AMERICA!
Free Republic Network ^ | 3-10-03 | Bob J

Posted on 03/10/2003 12:30:51 PM PST by Bob J

Edited on 03/11/2003 5:52:07 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Removing Saddam Hussein from power and eliminating his weapons of mass destruction is an important step in ensuring the safety and security of Americans and of freedom loving people everywhere. Doing this will also liberate Iraq from Saddam’s murderous regime.

According to a recent CBS News poll, 69% of Americans support the use of military action to remove Saddam. However, President Bush has been impeded in accomplishing this by the actions of a small number of activists who have used a sympathetic media to project an image of widespread opposition. Although some participants are sincere if misguided pacifists, their demonstrations have been organized and funded by international leftist groups who are militant in their hatred of America, free-market capitalism and the conservative values on which our country was founded. Their goal is to undermine the authority and effectiveness of the President and his Administration.

Their actions have weakened the resolve of our country, distracted members of our military as they prepare for war, and encouraged a vicious enemy dictator to believe that Americans lack the courage to end his evil schemes.

We need to demonstrate to our fellow citizens, our soldiers, our nation and the world that:

1) we support our troops,
2) we stand in opposition to terrorism and terrorists, and
3) we endorse swift military action in Iraq and the liberation of the Iraqi people.

Over the years, Free Republic has grown into a major force for conservatism and positive change. We have organized and participated in thousands of rallies across this country. Now it is time to join forces with other conservative organizations, combining our efforts to stage a major national event that will make our voices heard not only in America, but around the world. The Free Republic Network has joined with Young Americans for Freedom as national sponsors for this event, in addition to several other large national conservative organizations who will be coming on board early next week. In addition, we expect participation as co-sponsors or endorsers from several hundred other conservative groups who will be contacted in the next few days.

This will be the first time Free Republic has networked with multiple national conservative partners on a national drive and we will be coordinating our efforts and media plan for maximum benefit and return. During the election crisis of 2000, FR organized and participated in demonstrations in over 200 cities. Let's show America and the world what Free Republic is about, and make it our goal to double that benchmark by committing ourselves to a Rally for America in 400 cities and towns!

Here's how you can help:

1. If you are a member of a Free Republic Chapter, help plan a rally for the weekend of March 22-23. If you are not in a Chapter, start one. It doesn't matter if there are 5 or 500 at your location. The country, the world, and most important, our troops will hear your voices. Once you've made your plans, post your rally information at www.freeper.org.

2. Tell your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers and ask them to attend. Call your local newspapers, TV and radio stations and ask them to promote the event. Ask your Church to support the event. Call local organizations like the VFW, AMvets, Kiwanis and Lions Club and ask them to inform their members. Post flyers around your area.

Complete information about the Rally for America, event locations, and how to organize a rally in your area, complete with tools, resources and communication assistance can be found at "Rally for America" central;

Questions? Email rallyforamerica@freeper.org

www.freeper.org



TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Breaking News; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: frn; march22rallies; march22rally; march23rallies; march23rally; rfa; richmondva
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1 posted on 03/10/2003 12:30:51 PM PST by Bob J
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2 posted on 03/10/2003 12:32:53 PM PST by Bob J (Join the FR Network! Educate, Motivate, Activate!)
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To: GailA
To answer your question more fully, read the intro post on this thread and check out the link. Let me know if you have any questions.
3 posted on 03/10/2003 12:39:52 PM PST by FreeTheHostages (March 16th, Rally for America, Valley Forge Pennsylvania; see the US Flag Balloon!)
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To: Bob J; Registered
EXCELLENT graphic, REGISTERED!!!

And, WONDERFUL concept, Bob J!

Not sure that I understand the logistics of the FRN website - yet...
Shouldn't your post currently read:
Complete information about the Rally for America, event locations, and how to organize a rally in your area, complete with tools, resources and communication assistance can be found will SOON be posted at "Rally for America" central;

www.freeper.org
...or is the rally information that we seek hiding somewhere in there right now?
4 posted on 03/10/2003 12:48:26 PM PST by RonDog
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To: RonDog
It's pretty much up there, the flyer is being posted now and the petition copy is being created.
5 posted on 03/10/2003 12:50:20 PM PST by Bob J (Join the FR Network! Educate, Motivate, Activate!)
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To: RonDog
Oops, you;re right, I guess I was viewing a test page...heheh. Should be up soon!
6 posted on 03/10/2003 12:51:55 PM PST by Bob J (Join the FR Network! Educate, Motivate, Activate!)
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To: All
If anyone has specific questions about the Rally for America, you can contact diotima via her FReepmail or write to rallyforamerica@freeper.org.
7 posted on 03/10/2003 12:57:45 PM PST by Bob J (Join the FR Network! Educate, Motivate, Activate!)
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To: RonDog
:) Thanks -- I was thinking it was *me.* (It usually is.)
8 posted on 03/10/2003 1:00:48 PM PST by FreeTheHostages (March 16th, Rally for America, Valley Forge Pennsylvania; see the US Flag Balloon!)
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To: Bob J
Indiana Jerk Bush's Crop Signs to Hussein Support Our Troops - Poster Support Our Troops - Poster Support Our Troops - Poster DoughtyOne's Sign Bank - For Freeper Use


9 posted on 03/10/2003 1:23:30 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Are you going Freeps Ahoy! Don't miss the boat. Er ship...)
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To: FreeTheHostages
I just got off the phone with Ret. Col Tony Lopez. He's a Tipton Co GOP chair now. He's going to make some phone calls. Sounded interested. IF he can get involved we will have a VERY good rally. I would like him to be the Keynote speaker. Things are starting to jell.
10 posted on 03/10/2003 1:35:53 PM PST by GailA (THROW AWAY THE KEYS http://keasl5227.tripod.com/)
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To: FreeTheHostages
I just heard Sean Hannity say he was going to do some more Pro America Rallies. He mentioned Washington DC in the list.


11 posted on 03/10/2003 1:52:02 PM PST by W04Man (Bush2004 Grassroots Campaign aka BushBot www.w-04.com)
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To: W04Man; Angelwood; kristinn
I just heard Sean Hannity say he was going to do some more Pro America Rallies. He mentioned Washington DC in the list.

Thanks for the heads up
12 posted on 03/10/2003 1:53:18 PM PST by FreeTheHostages (March 16th, Rally for America, Valley Forge Pennsylvania; see the US Flag Balloon!)
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To: DoughtyOne
COOL Ron!
13 posted on 03/10/2003 1:56:16 PM PST by Bob J (Join the FR Network! Educate, Motivate, Activate!)
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To: GailA
That sounds good. For your part of the country, it seems that networking with veterans groups is a natural way to go.
14 posted on 03/10/2003 1:57:48 PM PST by FreeTheHostages (March 16th, Rally for America, Valley Forge Pennsylvania; see the US Flag Balloon!)
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To: W04Man
I have a question. Did he say when? Is he talking about this March 22nd weekend?
15 posted on 03/10/2003 2:02:05 PM PST by FreeTheHostages (March 16th, Rally for America, Valley Forge Pennsylvania; see the US Flag Balloon!)
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To: Bob J
Who is organizing the one in Houston and do you have any information on where they will be in New York, other than NYC? I have sent emails to everybody and am getting inquiries back but I need to know who to put them in touch with and where information will be posted as the planning comes together.
16 posted on 03/10/2003 2:05:01 PM PST by sweetliberty ("To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.")
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To: RonDog
It's UP! www.freeper.org!
17 posted on 03/10/2003 2:23:46 PM PST by Bob J (Join the FR Network! Educate, Motivate, Activate!)
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To: sweetliberty
For NYC try starfan or firebrand. For Houston, I suggest a search for a post. They had a recent rally.
18 posted on 03/10/2003 2:28:02 PM PST by Bob J (Join the FR Network! Educate, Motivate, Activate!)
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To: RonDog
Yah, I'm looking for a list of cities and places where the rallies are being held. Am I missing it? I'm a websurfin'nerd.

Thanks to anyone who can help. I'm trying to e-mail this out as soon as I get it. We have lots of family and friends who would attend if I could point them in the right direction.
19 posted on 03/10/2003 2:43:28 PM PST by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: Bob J; #1CTYankee; .303 Brit; AGBRUHN; always vigilant; Andonius_99; antienvironmentalist; ...
1st meeting tonight for a Central CT Rally, trying to keep the 22nd as a date
20 posted on 03/10/2003 3:17:23 PM PST by RaceBannon
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To: Vets_Husband_and_Wife
VH&W,

Our website should be active within 2 hours. Admittedly, only a dozen or so Rallies are listed just yet and it may take a few days to get people to get them up.
21 posted on 03/10/2003 3:21:02 PM PST by Bob J (Join the FR Network! Educate, Motivate, Activate!)
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To: RaceBannon
Great! Did they already have another day in mind?
22 posted on 03/10/2003 3:21:41 PM PST by Bob J (Join the FR Network! Educate, Motivate, Activate!)
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To: sweetliberty
If you're trying to contact people in Houston about a rally, try Flyer or Humblegunner: they're both active in Houston, I think.
23 posted on 03/10/2003 3:28:46 PM PST by FreeTheHostages (March 16th, Rally for America, Valley Forge Pennsylvania; see the US Flag Balloon!)
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To: FreeTheHostages
Okay. Thanks FTH.
24 posted on 03/10/2003 3:31:53 PM PST by sweetliberty ("To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.")
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To: FreeTheHostages
Other than moving the time up to account for the double header at the USA Stadium looks like things are looking up.
25 posted on 03/10/2003 3:51:14 PM PST by GailA (THROW AWAY THE KEYS http://keasl5227.tripod.com/)
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To: Bob J
Thanks for the info.. will keep checking in.

26 posted on 03/10/2003 3:53:18 PM PST by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: sweetliberty
We are trying to decide if we are going to have another rally so soon. A radio station sponsored one on March 1st that drew 10,000.
27 posted on 03/10/2003 3:59:32 PM PST by Flyer (|)(||)(||)(||)(||)(||)(|)
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To: Flyer
That's understandable Flyer. However, if Houston wants, you can make this one high speed and low drag. Just get a ten or so out on a street corner somewhere. The media requests are coming in fast and furious (fielded 5 in the last hour) and I'm sure we will hear from Houston area media soon.

Bob J
28 posted on 03/10/2003 4:03:35 PM PST by Bob J (Join the FR Network! Educate, Motivate, Activate!)
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To: Bob J
high speed and low drag

Laugh! The big one was downtown. I pondering one in the suburbs so folks don't have to dedicate 4 -5 hours to attend. (drive downtown, find parking attend the rally, de-park and drive home. . . whew!)

29 posted on 03/10/2003 4:11:05 PM PST by Flyer (|)(||)(||)(||)(||)(||)(|)
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To: Bob J
Warm-up Rally in Atlanta on March 15th
30 posted on 03/10/2003 4:24:24 PM PST by citizen
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To: RaceBannon
where?
31 posted on 03/10/2003 5:36:25 PM PST by Critter (Going back to sleep til the next revolution.)
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To: sweetliberty; GailA
It's so nice to have a pro-America rally!! Better than those leftists invading my town.

Seen at a DC Freep last weekend: a woman wearing a t-shirt that said, "We are all Palestinians."
32 posted on 03/10/2003 6:16:03 PM PST by FreeTheHostages (March 16th, Rally for America, Valley Forge Pennsylvania; see the US Flag Balloon!)
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To: GailA
GailA, this is great. When you have a rally set for sure, you just go to the freeper.org website and click on your area of the country to add yourself to the rally map. Freepmail BobJ if you have questions.
33 posted on 03/10/2003 6:17:10 PM PST by FreeTheHostages (March 16th, Rally for America, Valley Forge Pennsylvania; see the US Flag Balloon!)
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To: FreeTheHostages
Will do. Should know more tomorrow. Nailing down the time and musicians is the big thing at this point. The Col is doing most of the work. He just took it and ran with it. I was honest with him and said I didn't have any prior experience or particular skills. He's checking with Community TV to see if they will do some advertising and video tape it. I've got a tenative program outlined.

I'd like it video taped so I can send GW Bush 1 copy and a few copies to several different ships or units that are over there.

I'm fleshing out a program

Open program with a prayer by base Chaplain
America Legion presents and salutes the Colors
Star Spangled Banner
Pledge delivered by an Eagle Scout or Boy Scouts
Speeches by various people (Col Lopez as key note speaker)

Ragged Old Flag
Red Skelton's Pledge
God Bless America
God Bless the USA
America the Beautiful
Have You Forgotten (by Darryl Worley) IF we can find a copy
Proud to Be an American
Stars and Stripes Forever
She's a Grand Old Flag
Rally Round the Flag

Close with the base chaplain invoking a blessing on our troops as Amazing Grace is played softly in the background.
American Legion retires the Colors

Maybe some Yellow Ribbons can be handed out as they can be made CHEAP

34 posted on 03/10/2003 6:49:04 PM PST by GailA (THROW AWAY THE KEYS http://keasl5227.tripod.com/)
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BUMP
35 posted on 03/10/2003 6:57:20 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Bob J
We've already started a weekly rally in our area..So. Oregon, every Thursday. I don't think I can get these good folks to do another. Anyone interested in attending:

Noon to 2 PM EVERY THURSDAY, Corner of Main and Central, Vogel Plaza, Medford, Oregon.

36 posted on 03/10/2003 7:00:06 PM PST by AuntB (Saddam IS a WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION!!)
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To: GailA
Col is doing most of the work. He just took it and ran with it. I was honest with him and said I didn't have any prior experience or particular skills. He's checking with Community TV to see if they will do some advertising and video tape it. I've got a tenative program outlined.

*Especially* if the Col is doing most of the work, have him register it at www.freeper.org because the FRN people are going to send out a bunch of press releases. You can ride on what hopefully will be a little "national press" wave of publicity through a nationwide push. So have him register it early on and this will help you guys! SOUNDS GREAT
37 posted on 03/10/2003 7:08:17 PM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: GailA
"Speeches by various people (Col Lopez as key note speaker)"

Here's some advice -- you don't want a whole bunch of speakers. If you want the rally to last just 2 hours, say, you may want just 4 or so speakers. (Any chance there are any Iraqi Americans in exile in your part of the words that could talk about Saddam's brutality? Hmm, suppose not in that neck of the woods.)

People who speak take longer than they planned, LOL! For a smaller rally, 2 hours is a much better maximum time than 3 hours. With 3 hours, people come and go and then you never have your total crowd with you the whole time.
38 posted on 03/10/2003 7:12:56 PM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: GailA
Close with the base chaplain invoking a blessing on our troops as Amazing Grace is played softly in the background. American Legion retires the Colors

That's a pretty picture!
39 posted on 03/10/2003 7:13:55 PM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: Critter; Bob J; #1CTYankee; .303 Brit; AGBRUHN; always vigilant; Andonius_99; ...
unconfirmed location is the BERLIN AMERICAN LEGION, March 22, 2003
40 posted on 03/10/2003 7:20:05 PM PST by RaceBannon
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To: Bob J; kdf1; AMERIKA; Lancey Howard; MudPuppy; SMEDLEYBUTLER; opbuzz; Snow Bunny; gitmogrunt; ...
UNCONFIRMED location BERLIN CT AMERICAN LEGION, March 22, 2003
41 posted on 03/10/2003 7:21:50 PM PST by RaceBannon
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To: AuntB
Thursday is fine Aunt B! You should still list your rally on the freeper.org site so that when people go there looking for a rally in your area, they will know when and where you are!
42 posted on 03/10/2003 7:28:32 PM PST by Bob J (Join the FR Network! Educate, Motivate, Activate!)
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To: RaceBannon
Wow! That's a great idea Race! I bet many AmLeg's would be okay with having the rally on their premises!
43 posted on 03/10/2003 7:30:02 PM PST by Bob J (Join the FR Network! Educate, Motivate, Activate!)
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To: Bob J; comwatch
Bob J, hope it's OK, I posted the announcement of the Nationwide Rally plan at Glenn Beck's site with a URL back to this thread. Comwatch taught me to do this! A lot of people at that place are posting "help, I want to do a pro-America rally, who can help me?" kinda posts, so they're just crying out to work with us IMHO.
44 posted on 03/10/2003 7:31:43 PM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: RaceBannon
Wow, you guys are going 2 rallies in March too. LOL, I'm feeling less sorry for myself. Hang in there, bud.
45 posted on 03/10/2003 7:33:07 PM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: DoughtyOne
Doughty - I have a complaint...

Those are beautiful pictures, but they are so color intensive that printing 1,000 of them is out of the question... I don't know... Maybe my color inkjet can handle 5 of them, but what about the other 5,000 people I expect at my rally???

46 posted on 03/10/2003 7:36:17 PM PST by RedWing9 (We will vie for Lord Stanley... again!)
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To: RedWing9; DoughtyOne
Redwing, you print it out onto 8x11 paper, you take it to a kinkos and they enlarge it to posterboard size, you paste it on a poster board.

And then you have a poster.

Then 5000 people see it on the evening news.
47 posted on 03/10/2003 7:39:44 PM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: RedWing9
I suggest you convert to black and white or stick with the white backgrounds with large letters. I will be increasing the number of those letter only signs in the next couple of days. If you have other suggestions, let me have it!! ;)
48 posted on 03/10/2003 7:43:16 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Are you going Freeps Ahoy! Don't miss the boat. Er ship...)
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To: GailA
Gail, please keep me informed about West Tennessee rallies. I know lots of good folks in West Tenn and just 'cross the river in Arkansas who'd like to rally for America. If I can help with the organization and stuff I will too.
49 posted on 03/10/2003 8:10:34 PM PST by MarcoPolo
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To: FreeTheHostages
I have a buddy who works in the printing business... Full-color poster size prints are E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E... :o)
50 posted on 03/10/2003 8:16:28 PM PST by RedWing9 (We will vie for Lord Stanley... again!)
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