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Huntsvillians Gather to Voice Their Concerns, Griffith's Office Almost Stormed [Jul. 17th, 2009|08:54 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
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Health Care Protest


Huntsville, AL - Instead of taking lunch at the noon hour, concerned citizens gather across from the Clinton Ave. Post Office to protest, voicing their concerns about HR 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 aka Healthcare for All Americans aka Obamacare. Early unofficial estimates put the number of people who attended or dropped off letters between 150 and 300.

Jan Nolin coordinated the event on behalf of the Huntsville Tea Party Movement. Protesters held their signs on the edge of the road displaying their disgust with HR 3200.

The center of activity was the collection point table where concerned citizens brought their letters of disapproval, urging Griffith to uphold his promise to vote against the bill. Also on the table was a postcard petition that took Griffith up on an amendment which he claimed to support. This amendment would require Congress to take the public option if the bill passed. Additionally, there was a postcard petition that urged Griffith to support the Fair Tax.

As the crowd waited out the lunch hour to march their letters to Giffith's office, activists took turns speaking encouragement to the group, reminding the attendees of freedoms lost and how those in Congress were no-reprepsenting representatives who wouldn't read the bills they voted on. On hand was a copy of Hr 3200--all 1018 pages of it!--held together with a bungee cord.

At the appointed time, Huntsville Police Officers directed traffic to allow the protesters to safely cross the street. The procession peacefully marched all the way up to the entrance of the door instead of stopping on the sidewalk. Channel 48 and 31 rolled tape hoping for conflict, but got none. No law enforcement officers were called to restrain the demonstrators. Rather, when Tea Party organizers who were leading from behind saw what was occurring, the procession was backed up to the sidewalk. From there, handfuls of personal letters and petition cards were delivered to Griffith's office.

The procession made the short march back to the site of the protest and disassembled peacefully.

Originally published at Alabama News Platoon
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-07-17 11:29 pm (UTC)
Well done!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-07-17 11:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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From: brutal_truth
2009-07-18 10:18 pm (UTC)
Until the main stream media covers the protests, it won't make a difference. A few million out of 300 million really doesn't make much more sound the a pebble on a mountain. Just wait though... once people can no longer get health care, have no rights to raise their children, and can be "aborted" until their 25... then we'll see some "change we can believe in" as the people march on Washington fully armed and ready for blood.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-07-19 01:15 am (UTC)
Funny you should talk about marching on Washington. We're planning to do that September 12th. Maybe you could drive down and join us.
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From: brutal_truth
2009-07-19 09:57 am (UTC)
I may just have to do that.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-07-19 11:18 am (UTC)
I must have been more tired last night than I thought when I wrote that last comment. I thought you were someone else.

Aren't you in Georgia? I think if whester and I go to DC, we're talking about driving ourselves, but we might be able to turn the event into a caravan. I haven't talked to them about it yet, but I know a couple that live in Georgia that would like to go. Ping me as we get closer to time.
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[User Picture]From: siempre_ame
2009-07-19 02:05 am (UTC)
There's something wrong with your messages and I can't PM you about this issue. Can you fix it so that I can message you?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-07-19 11:15 am (UTC)
It's probably because I've got too many messages in my LJ inbox. You can email me instead. professortom [at] gmail [dot] com.

What is it you want to message me about anyway? I'm curious.
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[User Picture]From: siempre_ame
2009-07-19 01:11 pm (UTC)
Ok i just sent you an email at that message.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-07-19 11:05 pm (UTC)
I emailed you back, but it took as long to type as it would have if I would have just directed you to the Constitution!

I'm responding to the other main point in your email now.
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