Synopsis of this post:
- Rep. Fortenberry to conduct town halls today in Lincoln
- Request for input regarding LEA’s Health Care Rally at the Capitol
- CONFERENCE CALL FOR ENTIRE GROUP IN LIEU OF MEETING
- Advice on receiving timely information
Send emails to lincolnteaparty AT gmail DOT com
Thanks to Wendy for passing along the fact that Rep. Jeff Fortenberry will be conducting town hall meetings in Lincoln today.
As Wendy noted, the capacity at Lincoln Southwest is approximately 350 people. In the event there may be a large turnout, it would be advised to arrive early.
Note that at both the Sen. Nelson townhall and LEA rally, there were buses of people brought in from outside of Lincoln to enlarge the number of “pro-reform supporters”.
No signs are allowed at the People’s City Mission as it is private property, but there are signs allowed at the high school.
If you would like to have a sign, but don’t have time to make one, Wendy had a local artist make about a dozen of them and is more than happy to lend them out during an event, please just be sure to return them. She will be at the evening event…just look for the nice gal with a lot of signs that are pro-freedom and anti-socialized medicine.
Fortenberry Town Hall Meetings
Thursday, August 27, 2009
People’s City Mission Town Hall Meeting
People’s City Mission
110 Q St., Lincoln
Lincoln Southwest High School Town Hall Meeting
Lincoln Southwest High School
7001 S 14th St., Lincoln
REQUEST FOR INPUT REGARDING LEA’S HEALTH CARE RALLY AT THE CAPITOL
Anyone who read the email alerts this week are aware that the Lincoln Education Association held a rally at the Capitol in support of “health care reform”.
If you didn’t read the email that was sent, please read THIS POST on the Grassroots in Nebraska public blog.
As noted, I made an effort to let people in our group and on our email list know this event was going to take place despite how short of notice there was. About twenty people who’d been contacted gathered together.
Because I am working on the film project and host a radio show every Tuesday evening, I realized I couldn’t attend myself, so I communicated with Linda Rohman regarding the efforts and communications and asked her to coordinate things to whatever extent seemed necessary.
From multiple independent accounts, the “pro-reformers” at the rally, including those who had been bused in, were determined to cause trouble with the group in opposition although they were simply quietly and respectfully listening to the speakers.
To be blunt, the behavior of many in attendance was disgraceful. Linda will be writing up a report, but in the meantime, it is likely best to listen to her report given immediately following the rally on my weekly radio show. Myself and my co-host talked to Linda for about twenty-five minutes after the opening monologue and then again for about thirty minutes after we had another guest.
Link to Constitutional Liberty Coalition radio show
Raw link to radio show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/GrizzlyGroundswell/2009/08/26/The-Constitutional-Liberty-Coalition-gets-Grizzly-with-Stubborn-Facts
In addition to the behavior of those in attendance, I believe the TV news reports on the event were….less than accurate.
I saw most of the Omaha Ch. 3 and part of the Ch. 10/11 KOLN reports. By all accounts, the headline should have been how poorly the “pro” attendees conducted themselves, about the number of scuffles that occurred, and how adults treated a twelve year old boy. This was not how the story was reported. Both channels I saw played up how many people attended, showing footage of Capitol Police placing cones in the street and commenting, “The crowd was so large, police had to shut down one lane of the street.”
On Ch. 10 / 11, the reporter noted that there was anger at her from “one side” because she was covering the “other”.
Perhaps most outrageously, the Lincoln Journal Star noted at the bottom of a photo, “the mostly calm Vote Yes rally was disrupted”.
I have no idea as of yet how many people attended, but based on footage I saw and noting the attendance in the same location in April, it appears like a fairly accurate count by the Journal Star, which was noted as 600.
I couldn’t find a full article or report on the event, and perhaps I’ve overlooked it. If the comments under the photos noted are any indicator, however, I can fill in the blanks on what the story may have been like.
The Journal Star seems to have selective accuracy “issues”. To review, there was confirmed attendance of 400 at our April 11 event, and 300 – 325 at our July 4 event. LJS reported 250 and 150 respectively.
**Information and opinions requested**
Of course, I am not surprised at the media bias that was employed here.
What I would like is:
- Anyone who was in attendance, if they have the time, send me a few sentences to a paragraph of their perspective on what occurred, how many people they think were in attendance, and / or any opinions regarding news coverage they saw
- Opinions on what should be done in this instance or any like it in the future
PLEASE help me to gather these emails by using the following subject line: LEA RALLY & MEDIA COVERAGE
I have not as of yet had the opportunity to visit with Linda since the radio show, but intend to do so today regarding her thoughts on the subject.
**CONFERENCE CALL FOR ALL INTERESTED PARTIES IN LIEU OF A MEETING – PLEASE RSVP**
Because of all of the traveling I’ve done recently and more to come in less than a week, I simply do not have the time to do what is required to convene a physical meeting for the month of August.
Although that is a fact, I would like to bring the group together to communicate about what has occurred since the last meeting and to discuss future activities.
The best compromise I can find is to conduct a conference call for that purpose.
Date and Time for Call: Monday, August 31, 7:00pm
I have conducted conference calls with 30 – 40 people on the line several times this summer to discuss the Cap & Trade bill and have found they can be done in an orderly and productive manner, IF particular procedures are followed and an agenda adhered to. The capacity for the conference line I use is actually capable of handling 150 participants.
If you are interested in participating in the call, please RSVP with a subject line of “AUG 31 CONFERENCE CALL – YES” and I will send you the call in number and access code. I don’t believe it is a good idea to broadcast the number to the entire mailing list.
The tentative agenda for the call would be as follows:
- Review of Tenth Amendment movement by Nebraska Senators
- Brief round up of local health care town halls and LEA rally
- Report on results of Lincoln City Budget effort
- Report from TV Group on activities and future plans
- Potential for tv and radio advertising
- Call for additional volunteers to handle particular activities
- Status of our upcoming town hall event
- Discussion of potential rally
ADVICE ON RECEIVING INFORMATION QUICKLY
Sending out email to the entire list is a time consuming task. I continue to pursue easier solutions and have found a temporary workable solution. Although I will never post some information on a public site, some information, such as these recent town halls and rallies, can be communicated very quickly through our public blog:
Grassroots in Nebraska blog
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