On July 23, 2002, We The People posted an article that stated,
"All of our civil rights are under attack. No 'single issue' rights group has successfully restored any lost right or even stemmed the erosion or practical seizure of a right - including the venerable NRA. It is time for the members of these rights groups to understand the inherent limitations of 'single issue' skirmishes led by lobbying organizations."
"It is time for the People themselves to join forces and act collectively. Government, at all levels, must be forced back within the limits of the state and federal Constitutions."
We announced that we were going to develop the We The People Congress to become "the nationwide force that will institutionalize and organize citizen vigilance."
Thousands of people joined the Congress as Members. Hundreds signed on as voluntary County and State coordinators.
After two years of fits and starts and admittedly limited progress, the Congress has finally readied a bold and achievable business plan, based upon a fundamental redesign and reorganization of its core strategy and management structure. With the support of the membership, the Plan will enable the Congress to quickly "step up" and become the nationwide, organized force of Constitutional activists originally conceived.
To begin, it is time to recognize that the mission of the Congress will not, and cannot be achieved solely through volunteers -- no matter their level of commitment. Such is not in the natural order.
The battle for Freedom and Liberty with order is, in truth, an on-going struggle of major proportions, not unlike that of any war. It requires managers (i.e., "generals") and a professional organization of skilled, fully dedicated personnel to assemble and organize the available resources, plan the tactics, support the troops and execute the attacks. And as in war, the army and its operations must also be adequately financed -- ultimately by those who seek its protection.
We trust you will agree that the time has come for a significant step-change in the activities of We The People Congress, if it is to fulfill its Mission and become an instrument of the People to restore the Constitution to its rightful place of honor. With your help we will further the concept of assembling a critical mass of People, under a common, professionally managed organization, dedicated to repelling all acts that would weaken the Constitution, by institutionalizing civic education, monitoring of government, and organized resistance against unconstitutional and illegal behavior by government officials.
From The Desk of the Southeast Regional Director of WTP Congress
We just completed two major tasks after the showing of the Russo film here in Tampa. We helped arrange the Atlanta showing, and some of us participated at the Veteran's for Peace Rally in Tampa to get the message out about the importance of "redress of grievances" as one of our fundamental rights to keep an out of control government in check.
Although WTP Congress is non partisan, we made some great contacts with the political parties in Tampa. We also have some possibilities of getting Bob, Joe Bannister, and Aaron Russo on the Montel Williams Show.
A new member that we met last week came to her first meeting with us and made arrangements for us to go to USF (The University of South Florida) to pass out flyers and help get some of the students involved. We are planning to start a WTP Congress Chapter there. But we are not stopping there. Our goal is to start a WTP Congress chapter in every college and University across the South East. This is just the beginning.
We have had some of the members begin to help by committing to a few hours (2-3) each week. We have to keep reminding ourselves that when Dr. Martin Luther King began his movement, he didn't have cell phones, email, fax machines, computers, blogs, websites, printers.......well you get the point. He only had word of mouth, and those mad enough and motivated enough to get moving.
Are we mad enough yet to get motivated?
When I took the position of South East Regional Director for WTP, Donna and I made a descision that she would quit her job, I would work full time, and that with her help we could together put in 50-60 hours to get WTP up and running in the SE. We know not everyone is in the position to do that, nor do we expect you to, but 2-3 hours a week is great!
Also, back in November, Bob Schulz said that he was going on another hunger strike. I suggested that he not do that until he had an organization big enough to stand behind him. So it is time that we all start applying ourselves. Everyone in the organization has to help. It might appear we can't do it alone, but we will if necessary. Look what others have accomplished with less means. With a committment of 2-3 hours a week, you will be surprised what can be accomplished. It can be done during your lunch break, or after the kids go to bed. There is no lack of ideas to hold the government accountable. We can all do a little bit.
Last time we put out a call to action, we had so many people respond but we weren't prepared. We are ready this time! The SE chapter of WTP Congress has a very definite purpose and goal in mind. Please give us a call and tell us what committee you would like to be on, and then we will begin to work together as a well organized group. We have job descriptions for each committee. If you'd like a copy of them let us know. Someone will be contacting you to update your information and see where you stand as far as committees. But don't wait for them to call you. Call me, or Donna, or email us.
Alex Petroski Southeast Regional Director Tampa Bay, Florida 727-580-4247 WTPSoutheast@aol.com
Tyranny is when the people fear their government. Liberty is when the government fears the people.
On January 6th, the Post-Star, one of upstate New York's largest daily newspapers, published a story about Bob Schulz and We The People's battle for the First Amendment Right-to-Petition.
The story, which includes photographs, covers Schulz's ongoing, two-decade battle against Washington County for unlawfully imposing property taxes to repay bonds that were issued in violation of New York's state constitution.
In legal pleadings, the attorney for the County admitted, under oath, that the constitutionally mandated procedures for legally approving the project were not followed, thereby making the project unconstitutional.
Schulz contends that the County is legally barred from collecting and using tax money to make bond payments to finance a project that was initiated in patent violation of the law and the state Constitution.
For two years, Schulz has refused to pay his property taxes and instead, as an exercise of his Right-to-Petition, has deposited twelve thousand dollars into a trust account, naming the County as beneficiary, pending a decisive legal ruling by a state or federal court.
This past Tuesday, the County initiated foreclosure proceedings against Schulz, stating it intends to seize and auction off his unencumbered home and property to collect the unpaid taxes it claims Schulz owes.
The news story also makes significant mention of We The People's national activism, including the upcoming Right-to-Petition related "Hungering for Redress" protest hunger-strike this April in Washington, DC, which the story cites, "could be the nation's largest hunger strike ever."
In 2004, Schulz's legal fight against the trash plant project moved to the federal courts and has now reached the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan, which is considering the matter of Schulz's First Amendment Right-to-Petition and his Right to withhold taxes to secure redress, which is at the heart of Schulz's argument.
Schulz's case is only one of about a dozen such federal cases the We The People Foundation is currently litigating where the Right-to-Petition is the central issue before the court. Several of these cases are already under, or close to being appealed to their respective federal Circuit Courts. These lawsuits have already resulted in a focusing and clarification of the arguments being advanced in the primary Right-To-Petition lawsuit brought by over 1700 plaintiffs, and which itself, is currently being appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, DC.
More details about these Right-to-Petition related lawsuits and the compelling legal arguments being advanced, will be made available shortly, including electronic copies of the pleadings for review and use, as appropriate, by others who are acting in defense of the Constitution and the law by retaining their money until their grievances are Redressed.
Click Here to read the January 6th Post-Star story about Schulz.