- 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
. 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