The best news is that we in GOE countered
a protest in Charlotte, NC where Cindy Sheehan was supposed to speak. She arrived
to find us on the high ground, with numbers equal to the opposition. We had a sea of American flags, bull horns
and twice the enthusiasm. Cindy drove up and did not get out of the car; she simply drove away. The press
filmed us for a change. The Vets for Freedom got good press in DC today. They have endorsed our rally
in DC on 15 September. So has Move America Forward and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. We are turning up
the heat and will continue to do so. The war is not lost. You know it and I know it and soon we will make Congress
know it. Keep checking the website www.gatheringofeagles.org for updates on the 15 September counter protest . This is our chance to
BUY THE TROOPS SOME TIME TO WIN.
We needed support in March and we need it again in September. Let
all our troops know we are silent no more and we will not allow our guys to be treated with disrespect by anybody. Wake
the kids and phone the neighbors, patriotic Americans are coming to take back the streets.
Chris Hill http://gatheringofeagles.org/
National Director of Operations
Gathering of Eagles
AFTER CHARLOTTE ANTI-WAR RALLY
Sheehan criticizes Charlotte police
Blog: Officers allowed intimidation. Captain calls claim surprising.
CLEVE R. WOOTSON JR.
A blog written by anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan and posted on www.MichaelMoore.com criticizes Charlotte-Mecklenburg police for allowing counterprotesters to "try to intimidate us" during her anti-war
But in a memo to top police administrators, one captain said officers had no issues during the two-hour
event at Bryant Park and expressed surprise at the complaints.
In her blog, Sheehan said that there was a "police presence
that seemed to be there to foster violence."
She noted that the police, citing freedom of speech, refused to separate her
group and its opponents, a national group called the Gathering of Eagles.
"But the Eagles' freedom of speech has included
physical threats against me and actual physical force against kids and women. When the Charlotte police were told this, they
said that they couldn't keep them apart from our group until the Eagles actually did something."
Sheehan, one of the best-known
opponents of the war in Iraq, stayed in her car during the rally that drew about 125 people.
Instead of addressing the
crowd -- some of her supporters said there was concern about her safety -- Sheehan moved to Talley's Green Grocery in Dilworth.
a police memo dated July 19, Capt. Doug Gallant, who reviewed and evaluated the event in Bryant Park, said he was "quite frankly
surprised there have been complaints."
The police memo says the 14 officers on hand noticed no displays that violated N.C.
law. One protester began using profanity, the memo says, and an officer asked the person to stop cursing.
The memo also
says that police didn't have to bring in physical barriers, such as bike racks, to keep the groups away from each other. At
one point, Sheehan's security adviser said she had concerns about the Gathering of Eagles, and officers asked the group to
move back, creating a buffer of at least 25 feet.
Most people who attended the event said they didn't feel threatened or
intimidated. But Sheehan supporters fault police for allowing their message to be drowned out by counterprotesters.
on, I was saying this is the beauty of our democracy, how these groups can be there at the same time and be civil," said Jibril
Hough, a local anti-war activist. "But in the end, I was very disappointed."
An organizer for the counterprotesters said
there was never any threat of violence.
"We are loud and we are proud and we will counterprotest and exercise our First
Amendment rights at the top of our lungs," said George Samek, recruiter for the Gathering of Eagles.
Samek said he talked
with leaders from the other side before the protests started.
"I said we were very verbal and not to expect any leniency,
but I told them, `You have nothing to fear from us. We'll be screaming at you and calling you names ... but we had amputees
with us, we had children with us, we didn't want any violence.' "
Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046
Sheehan stages a Desecration of Arlington National Cemetary
Posted: 17 Jul 2007 11:36 PM CDT
The D.C. Chapter of FreeRepublic.com invites all Freepers and lurkers in good standing to join us Monday morning, July
23rd, at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery to stand up to Cindy Sheehan and her anti-American comrades as they attempt
to desecrate Arlington with a so-called antiwar protest.
Sheehan has called the terrorists in Iraq ‘freedom fighters’ and has
traveled the world supporting our
enemies. With the surge in Iraq
succeeding, Sheehan has come out of retirement to aid her ‘freedom
by urging the impeachment of the two men who have kept the terrorists at bay for almost six years: President Bush and Vice
When: 9:30 a.m., Monday, July 23, 2007.
Where: The sidewalk near the Metro entrance on Memorial Drive,
Arlington National Cemetery.
Bring: Flags and signs bearing messages supporting our troops, their
commander-in-chief and America’s victory
in the war on terror.
Metro/Parking: Take the Blue line to Arlington Cemetery/ Parking only at the pay lot just inside the entrance to Arlington
As always, the D.C. Chapter’s rules for demonstrating will be in
effect. Briefly, they are: No violence, no
profanity, no racism, no
provocations, obey the law and treat all law enforcement officers with
P.S. Cindy will be marching to the White House and then to Congress to hold a sit in at Rep. John Conyers’ office.
Please consider spending
the whole day with us as we have ‘fun’ with Cindy.
Here's an ANSWER march in Portland, Or.
Please don't let these anti-Americans show the terrorists of the world that Americans are all
ready to rollover and surrender to them...