I have received some very consistent feedback from folks regarding the first message I sent: it was written for people who would already be opposed to the bill. While the message may reinforced what you already think, what I hear you saying is that you want information you can use to distribute to others who may not understand the bill or its potential impact.
It’s exciting to see so many people clearly wanting to active in getting information out as widely as possible, and I will move forward with that in mind.
In the meantime, I want let you know about an event that will be taking place here in Lincoln on Wednesday regarding H.R. 676. Americans For Prosperity, under the project name “Patients United Now”, is sponsoring:
Date: Wednesday, June 3rd
Location/Venue: Antelope Park, off of 30th and A streets
**Note that there is a discrepancy regarding the time of the event. The website stated 5:00PM, but it is confirmed through the organizers that 5:30PM is the correct time (you may have heard a radio ad with 5:30PM)
Confirmed Speakers: State Senator Tony Fulton, Lincoln City Councilman Adam Hornung, State Board of Education Member Bob Evnen
I want to be very clear about why I am passing this information along.
Keeping in mind the Grassroots in Nebraska mission statement:
Our mission is to promote a return to Constitutional government as originally intended by the Founders, as the most effective avenue to encourage public policy that promotes personal responsibility, individual liberty, limited government, and free markets.
In keeping with the principles upon which the United States was founded, we think this mission is best fulfilled through efforts from the bottom up, not the top-down. Therefore, we offer support to all in the state of Nebraska who wish to collaborate openly with others to meet our stated mission. We will not endorse or support any group whose agenda and / or use of funds is not clearly stated, or is in conflict with our mission.
Based on my own experiences and observations coupled with information from others around the country, Grassroots in Nebraska cannot endorse this group. I do not want anyone to think that I am doing so by providing this event information.
If anyone from our group plans to attend on Wednesday evening, I ask you to do so with the following goals in mind:
1) We can all make connections with local people of like-minds and invite them to join with us in our efforts here in Nebraska.
I still have 25 – 50 pocket Constitutions left from April 11 to which could be applied a sticker with Grassroots in Nebraska information and distributed. You could share our mission and give some examples of what we’ve begun working on to give people an idea of how they can make an impact.
Some suggestions of examples to share:
· Investigation of the City of Lincoln budget and the process being used to get it passed
· Exploring possible support of Kent Bernbeck’s efforts to increase citizen access to the ballot initiative process
· Researching, making connections regarding a Tenth Amendment resolution or bill
· Upcoming projects include a group to make regular visits to the Capitol to make contacts with staff and Senators.
Please find me at the event and I will give you some pocket Constitutions to hand out, if you wish.
2) We can show visible opposition to H.R. 676, which is important. There are two rallies in Lincoln to show support FOR the bill this coming Saturday, June 6. (There are rallies across the country organized by several groups, including Organizers for America, and Health Care Now
3) Few elected officials, unfortunately, are speaking out against H.R. 676, so when they do, it is a good idea to let them know that you who support them. If we are able to hear directly from Sen. Fulton, Councilman Hornung, and Board Member Evnen say on the subject, we will know what their positions clearly.
4) If “Patients United Now” / Americans for Prosperity is circulating clipboards or has a sign-up table, please be advised that your signing is likely to add you to the “membership rolls” of AFP. You will receive requests for donations, and most likely, your name will be added to the list of those people they cite as supporting this and future actions, some of which you may or may not agree with, without your endorsement.