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.
By Order of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Bob Schulz, representing himself, and Mark Lane, attorney for the other 1700 named Plaintiffs, have been directed to file their legal Briefs by February 22, 2006.
Interview With Montana State Coordinator Stan Jones
Listen below to telephone interview with WTP Montana State Coordinator Stan Jones.
This interview with WTP Montana State Coordinator Stan Jones was recorded using the Odeo audio recording system. Then I used the audioblogger.com player button to hotlink to the audio file. You can also listen to the interview on the Odeo flash player here. Notice that we did get almost 12 minutes of uninterupted audio recording. I imagine that we may have been able to go on for maybe 20 or 30 minutes or maybe even longer without any problem. I'm still experimenting with the Odeo recorder and testing out its reliability. The Odeo recorder is free which is always a good thing. Maybe we'll be able to get some use out of it. The one drawback that I see with it is that it does not automatically post to the blog. We'll keep at it and see how things go. Thanks for listening. Stay tuned for more.
If anybody has contact information, telephone number and email address, for any of the Regional Directors listed in the left hand column of this blog please leave that information in the reader comments for us. Need Dan Anderson, Matthew Phillips, Alex Petroski, and Greg Post. Thank you.
The capability of long feed, reliable, remote posting audioblogging is essential to having a good, informative, and useful blog.
To date we have experimented with audioblogger.com which gives us the remote posting capability but not the long feed or the reliability.
We have also experimented with Odeo which gives us the long feed but not the remote posting capability, and the reliability is still in question.
Both of the above mentioned services are free.
The best audioblogging solution, however, that I am aware of at this time comes from audioblog.com. This service has been proven to be a very reliable long feed remote posting audioblog service as seen at triallogs.blogspot.com. The only real drawback to this service is the cost of $4.95 per month.
I would submit that by incorporating the audioblog.com service we could greatly improve the quality of the WTP Congress blog.
I sent the following email to National Director Tim Randolph.
From : Doug Kenline email@example.com Sent : Friday, January 20, 2006 9:59 PM To : firstname.lastname@example.org CC : FKSmart@aol.com Subject : WTP Blog audio solution.
Audioblog.com has the best audioblogging solution on the market at this time.
Ok, that was a pretty good test. I got the hang of setting up a free teleconference bridge and recording it with the Odeo recorder.
I think the Odeo recorder quit recording though about half way through. It may have the same problem as the audioblogger system that always stops recording after awhile causing you to lose a lot of recording time when you thought you were recording but when in fact the system has stopped recording.
We'll keep at it and see how it goes. We may have to go with the $5 per month audioblog.com system which seems to be very reliable at least.
Here are the audio recordings from the test tonight. It's just me talking and listening to hold music from the conference bridge that noboby joined. We'll try it again and see if we have better luck then.
Also the Odeo Audio Flashplayer doesn't seem to be showing up at this time. They may have some problems with that too. Odeo may not yet be ready for prime time. We'll keep testing and see how it goes.
Volunteers With Digital Cameras Needed In Tucson, Arizona January 28
If you will be attending the event in Tucson, Arizona on January 28 and have a digital camera and would be willing to take pictures of the event for the blog here please leave your name and contact information in reader comments or send email to email@example.com. Thank you very much.
Bob Schulz and Former IRS Special Agent Speaking In Southern California March '06?
From Joe Banister - [Bob Schulz and] I will be speaking at the 2006 Health and Freedom Conference in Irvine, California, which will be held Friday March 10th through Sunday March 12th, 2006. Barring any unforeseen scheduling difficulties, one or more members of my legal team are also planning to attend and may be given an opportunity to speak to the gathering. I will be joining many other speakers that weekend, some of whom you may be familiar with and some not. For more information go to www.livefreenow.org and click on "2006 Health and Freedom Conference" or call Freedom law School at (760) 868-4271 for a color brochure.
WTP Congress is looking for somebody to take digital pictures at the January 28 event in Tucson, Arizona who could then email the pictures into the blog here for everybody to see. We need lots of pictures from Tucson, Arizona January 28 event here at the blog. Leave your name and contact information in the reader comments please. Thank you very much. Also if somebody has a digital video camera I think we could post video here using YouTube.com or any number of free video hosting services. - WTP Blog Team
Saturday January 28: Tucson, Arizona Saturday February 4: Colorado Springs, Colorado Saturday February 11: Austin, Texas Saturday February 18: Florida Saturday February 25: California Saturday March 4: North Carolina Sunday March 5: South Carolina Saturday March 11: Washington State Sunday March 12: Oregon Saturday March 18: Illinois Saturday March 25: New Hampshire Sunday March 26: Vermont Saturday April 1: New York Sunday April 2: New Jersey Saturday April 8: Virginia
Friday, April 21 - Sunday, April 23 Give Me Liberty 2006 National Conference, Washington, DC
Monday, April 24 - Sunday, May 7 "Hungering for Redress" WTP protest event Washington, DC.
Below is an audio interview with WTP Congress National Director Tim Randolph. Thanks for your time Tim. If you have anything else to add or want to make any clarifications feel free to jump on the blog and do so at anytime.
We'll try to have daily reports for the members of the Congress here at the blog as we build towards the National Conference and Hunger Strike in April. Stay tuned.
Below is an open audioblog message to the members of We The People Congress. In the audio message Doug Kenline talks about the need to get the blog going now, the plan to get the blog going right away, and the capabilities that a good blog needs to have to be effective.
Doug specifically addresses the need for a good blog to have audioblogging capabilities. He talks about how here at this blog we now have unlimited 5 minute segments of audio for free. He talks about the cost of having free unlimited audioblogging capabilities as provided by www.odeo.com.
I have reserved this domain name as well in case the members of the Congress might like it better. givemeliberty.blogspot.com was my first choice but that was already taken. I had bobschulz.blogspot.com already set up so I just decided to use that one. Then while working on that one I thought of wtpcongress.blogspot.com which was available so I have reserved that domain here at this time.
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.