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.
Alex Petroski Reporting Live From St. Petersburg, Florida
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Hi, good morning. Alex Petroski reporting. I am the Southeast Coordinator for We The People. Today is February 18. It's 9:30 in the morning. The temperature is 67 degrees. The sky is absolutely blue. We're about to depart to pick up Bob Schulz, the Chairman of We The People, who will be our featured guest speaker at one o'clock today at Imax Movie Theaters located on Channel Five Drive in downtown Tampa. The film will start shortly afterwards. Looking for all that would like to attend to arrive early to assure seating. Again this is Alex Petroski reporting from St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Good morning. Alex Petroski reporting. I am the Southeast Coordinator for the We The People Congress. Today is Saturday, February 18. I'm reporting from St. Petersburg, Florida. The temperature is 67 degrees. The sky is blue. We are preparing to leave to go to the one o'clock showing of the Aaron Russo film America....From Freedom To Facism. On our way we will picking up Bob Schulz who will be the guest speaker. We're looking forward to this event. Anyone wanting to attend still has time to arrive. We will begin at one o'clock sharp. Again, Alex Petroski reporting. This is a test for the We The People Blog site. Have a great day folks.
(This is only a test and demonstration of our video capabilities here at the blog. WTP Congress does not endorse the content of this video, it is only a test and demonstration of our video capabilities here at the blog. WTP Congress related videos will be forthcoming. Thank you for your support.)
Volunteers needed who can upload WTP video to YouTube.com so that we can post them here on the blog. I tried to upload the Mark Everson video but it failed. Said "wrong file type". Please reply in reader comments.
Also need volunteers to take video at upcoming WTP events for posting to the blog here.
Also see bloggingheads.tv. We need volunteers to help us figure out how we can do WTP bloggingheads here at this blog.
Submit your questions for the We The People Congress Blog in the reader comments and win the chance to have your question posted here on the blog.
We will try to get direct audioblog answers from the Directors.
We are looking for someone to become our main audioblog correspondent. Your job will be to call the We The People Congress Directors and ask them the questions that get posted to the blog. You will use the We The People Congress audioblog.com recorder account to record the conversation for posting of the audio to the blog here.
Or we could have them all answer the questions together as a team using FreeConfernce.com if we could get them all on the telephone at the same time. That would make it easier for our correspondent. Sort of a "Meet the Press" type of program. If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press.
Please leave your suggestions and feedback in the reader comments.
Or perhaps we will get a number of volunteers to be audio correspondents. The more the better. If we get two we could assign one to half of the Directors and one to the other half of the Directors.
Volunteer in the reader comments and we'll send you the call in numbers.
We are also looking for somebody to call in an audioblog report from Tampa Bay this weekend.
Introduction Letter From Southeast Regional Director Alex Petroski
From : WTPC-Region@GiveMeLiberty.org Sent : Wednesday, February 15, 2006 5:10 PM Subject : Introductions
For those who don't know me, my name is Alex Petroski. I am proud to be the Southeast Regional Coordinator of We The People, for your states.
Please feel free to contact me with questions and ideas to help spread the word of our mission; to educate and institutionalize vigilance, holding all govenment officials to the high ideals of the Constitution of the United States and to the Constitution of each individual state.
As most of you already know, there will be a special screening of the Aaron Russo Film, "America, from Freedom to Fascism" showing in Tampa this coming weekend. Bob Schulz will be there as well to tell us about the upcoming event in April in Washington D.C., "Hungering for Redress." We will also be seeing the DVD regarding the July kick off of the Right to Petition Lawsuit. Any of you who are able to attend, I will see you there. Saturday Feb. 18, 2006 from 1-5p.m.
The screening will also take place March 2, 2006 in Hollywood California, March 5th in Atlanta, GA, and next stop is Raleigh N. C. Please tell everyone you know and all those who are sympathetic to our mission.We will be back to you with more details as we get them.
I look forward to meeting all the State Coordinatorsand we will be scheduling conference calls on a regular basis within the next week. I will email you the reservation for the call soon.
Anyway, I am happy to be a part of the Organization, can't wait to get things ramped up, and together we can get this area to be one of the strongest in the nation.
Thanks for your help,
Alex Petroski Southeast Regional Director We The People Congress, Inc. 2458 Ridge Road, Queensbury, New York 12804 http://GiveMeLiberty.org
Hollywood Producer Aaron Russo Test Screens New Feature Film In Tampa Saturday February 18th
The producer of "Trading Places" and "The Rose" to screen "America. . .From Freedom To Fascism"
Screening is FREE and open to the public
Tampa Bay, Florida -- On Saturday, February 18 at 1 PM, accomplished Hollywood producer Aaron Russo will test screen his new feature film, "America. . .From Freedom To Fascism" at the CHANNELSIDE CINEMAS.
Russo's films, which include "Trading Places" (starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd) and "The Rose" (starring Bette Midler), have received six academy award nominations. Russo has personally won both an Emmy and a Tony award and his films have also won numerous Golden Globe awards.
This new film is a highly anticipated political documentary about freedoms in America. Mr. Russo stated that he is, "More proud of this movie than any other work (he) has ever done."
Russo, as writer, director and producer, is entering "America" in the upcoming May 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
The approximately 100-minute advance screening is FREE and open to the public. Mr. Russo will personally introduce the film and be available to answer questions following the showing.
The sponsor of the event, the We The People Foundation For Constitutional Education, is a nationally known non-partisan, not-for-profit 501(c)3 educational foundation committed to educating Americans about their fundamental rights, the Constitution and the essential principles of liberty.
The theaters are located at the Channelside Cinemas at 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa Bay, Florida 33603
Media Contacts wishing more info or to arrange interviews with Aaron Russo please call Vanessa Astrup, 631-728-0299
Bob Schulz (We The People) 518-656-3578
We The People Foundation For Constitutional Education, Inc. 2458 Ridge Road, Queensbury, NY 12804 Phone: (518) 656-3578 Fax: (518) 656-9724
UPDATE: WTP previously stated that Aaron Russo would be present and presenting his latest film, "America from Freedom to Fascism." Unfortunately due to a prior commitment he will be unable to attend. However the show must go on. The screening will take place and according to WTP, Mr. Russo will be available for telephone interviews. Those have to be arranged through WTP at the numbers provided on the press release. Is everyone as excited as I am????? See you all there Sat at 1:00 p.m. Alex
Message From Southeast Regional Director Alex Petroski
From : WTPSoutheast@aol.com Sent : Tuesday, February 14, 2006 8:36 PM Subject : a reminder about Saturday's event
This is another reminder for you to be at the Channelside 10 Cinemas for Bob Schulz and We the People Special Screening of the Right To Petition Lawsuit and the Aaron Russo Film featured below. It is very important that you be there for this special event, so please do your best to be there and bring all your friends and family who are interested in our Constitutional freedoms. Meeting begins at 1:00 pm and event is FREE!
We hope to see you all there. Please let everyone on your lists know about this important film. Feel free to cross post on all your yahoo groups, or other bulletin boards. Thanks again for your support.
Alex Petroski Tampa Bay, Florida 727-580-4247 WTPSoutheast@aol.com
Russo Rocks! His documentary is political dynamite!
"My staff and I had the good fortune to see a pre-screening of Aaron Russo's documentary yesterday afternoon. I was under the impression that it was a movie "about the IRS", but it is much, much, more than that. This 95-minute movie presents information about the IRS, Federal Reserve, election fraud, national ID cards, computer chips injected under the skin, and plain, old-fashioned police brutality in such a straightforward manner, that it will be nearly impossible for the average American to remain in denial, or to sustain their disbelief in government corruption any longer."
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.