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.
I just wanted to alert those in the San Francisco Bay Area that Hollywood Producer Aaron Russo, who has received acclaim and awards including a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy and whose films have been nominated for six Academy Awards and seven Golden Globes, is bringing his masterpiece film, "America: From Freedom To Fascism", to the Bay Area for two pre-screenings, one in San Jose on April 7, 2006 and one in San Francisco on April 8, 2006.
I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Russo's film in a private screening a few days ago and, despite the fact that I am familiar with much of the subject matter of the film, I was literally on the edge of my seat from beginning to end - I know you will be too.
Mr. Russo plans a nationwide commercial release of the film this summer but in early April Bay Area residents will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience one of the most provocative films you will see in your lifetime, at no charge.
Our plan is to have a San Jose screening at 6:00 pm and another at 8:00 pm at San Jose City Hall. San Jose City Hall is located at 200 East Santa Clara Street (between 4th and 6th Streets), San Jose, California. The screening will take place in the "West Wing" of the complex. See pictures of the facility here.
Seating for the San Jose screening is very limited - there are only about 115 seats for the 6:00 pm screening and 115 seats for the 8:00 showing. Come early to claim your seat. Once the seats are taken, we have no choice but to close the doors and you will go away disappointed.
The film is about 1 hour and 45 minutes long and we will begin promptly at 6:00 pm and again at 8:00 pm. We must vacate the facility by 10:00 pm sharp so we will follow a tight schedule. It is important that those who are seated not be distracted by commotion at the door - the film requires the viewer's complete attention from the very start - so we will be very strict about getting people seated and starting promptly at the designated times. If you think you will have trouble getting to downtown San Jose by 5:45, plan on coming to the 8:00 pm screening - but be aware that this is a first come, first served event and demand may exceed seats available - if you are going to make the effort to attend, then COME EARLY. If you can't come early, perhaps you should consider attending the San Francisco screening where upwards of 500 seats are available (details below).
Working together, we can make sure the San Jose screening goes very smoothly. I look forward to seeing you there.
I am not involved in the coordination of the San Francisco screening, although I plan to try to attend the San Francisco event nonetheless. The screening will be held at the Victoria Theater located at 2961 16th Street, San Francisco, California 94103. The phone number for the Victoria Theater is (415) 863-7576. The theater seats 500 and I believe, BUT HAVE NOT CONFIRMED, that there is no need for a reservation. Additional information is available at www.givemeliberty.org and www.freedomtofascism.com.
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.