Sunday, August 23, 2009
Recess Rallies Across the Country Saturday
Alexander was sick on Thursday and I have not been on top of up coming protests and rallies as I should be. The American Liberty Alliance set up Recess Rallies across America. The Recess Rallies "are a symbolic statement from We The People for those who we elect to REPRESENT us." Jim, the children and I attended a rally in Manchester on Saturday. Sorry I did not post a notice about the Rally before the event.
The follow story about the rallies appears in the Washington Post.
Spelling and grammar errors as well as typos are left as an exercise for my readers.
Tea Party Protest Organizers Target Health-Care Reform
By Kimberly Kindy
The organizers who brought the Tax Day Tea Party to cities around the nation this spring recruited thousands of protesters Saturday afternoon to anti-health care reform rallies staged in front of at least 100 Congressional district offices.
Attendance was spotty, but at some sites, hundreds of protesters marched for hours waving American flags, holding signs that said "Don't Stick Me With Your Health Care" and sending live Twitter feeds from their locations.
The event, called the National Recess Rally, was meant to counter efforts at town hall meetings held by members of Congress and by President Obama where lawmakers have tried to generate support for the reform during the summer recess.
"People just want government to stay out of their health care," said Eric Odom, executive director of American Liberty Alliance, one the groups that organized Saturday's rallies. "It was very little about the cost and more about government intrusion."
At many protest sites Saturday only a handful of people showed up or no one was in attendance, including the selected locations closest to the White House and the Capitol: The National Press Club and the district office for Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-Washington DC) on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
The largest crowds were in Obama's home state of Illinois, where organizers reported more than 1,000 people collectively showed up at two protest sites.
American Liberty Alliance is urging those opposed to health-care reform proposals -- particularly ones that offer a public option -- to send e-mail and letters to Republican senators over the next two weeks, asking them to vow to stop any government-lead efforts to change health care when they return from their summer break.
To read the rest of the story and about the counter protests visit the Washington Post.