Our Grassroots has really stepped up to the plate and showed
we are not just rebels shouting in a field. We need to realize that May 21 was
a target date – not just a rally. We worked hard for a month prior to the date –
it was a mission of many actions and tasks which I am very happy to report was
a huge and total success – thanks to
all the wonderful people who “read between the lines” and showed real courage to march on Albany. The
1000 to 1500 was an incredible number of people who showed up to do the work
necessary to complete the march on Albany.
Those that had expectations of huge numbers to see a show were not fully
informed of the mission – I apologize to those who were not fully informed. I
assure you no one – not one out of our 100,000 or so people were intentionally
left uniformed (some failed to fully review all our updates). NOTE: our efforts
are a work in progress – not perfected – there is no book of directions to
follow – we are writing a new book – hope we all are beginning to understand. United
we MUST stand.
The march on Albany really
began on April 27in Elmira
where we announced Steve Katz bill #5955 was the real FULL repeal and
Grassroots would begin real action. We introduced the Demand Petition
Post Card which put “teeth” in our loud voice. This action proves our movement
is 100s of thousands strong and growing. You see – it aint the numbers in a
field – it’s what we are all doing in all corners of the state “behind the
Leading up to May 21 we took many actions: With the petition
drive put aside: We also found and signed up10 co-sponsors to #5955 (and we now
have at least 4 more) / we caused a partial BOYCOTT of the $1000 a plate
NYC GOP fund raiser / we began understanding how a BOYCOTT of donations takes
away their money and creates power in Grassroots / we diminish status-quo
efforts to divide us (never forget: They are the masters of trickery) / we
awakened many lawmakers and convinced them we will NOT quit – will NOT back
down / We advanced our organizing to Repeal the Safe Act beyond what anyone
thought possible. (MORE)….
On May 21 we began acting on the results of ALL our work in
earnest. Yes – we finished the work that 30,000 people helped achieve – thanks to
all. It began in East
Park at 10am. We set up
tables showing the hard work and dedication of our Grassroots. Over 400,000
individually signed demand petitions were placed on those tables in 1000 per
bag bundles – well over 213 bags. Along side the tables were big full garbage
bags of more signed petitions. This showed our strength and real numbers. There
has never been such a showing – it was a magnificent sight to see. Believe me –
the lawmakers saw it and realized what a statement it is.
As our people arrived even more signed cards rolled in.
Another 7 full big boxes of containing many 10s of thousands each were brought in from all
corners of the state. Beginning at 10:30am our troops began delivering bags of
1000 signed cards to each office of every lawmaker. This action was continuous
through the entire event. Each of the 213 lawmakers received one bag of 1000
and many received 2 and 3 bags. In addition Skelos / Silver / and several others
received those 7 full boxes of 10s of thousand signed cards. (you see – the crowd
was larger than the 1500 recorded).
At noon over 500 Grassroots troops joined together and
entered the capitol carrying 30 to 40 big garbage bags of signed cards. This
was an additional minimum of 100,000 signed cards. We marched through the hallways
up the Assembly chambers where we made a demand to be heard and seen on the
chamber floor. A delegation of 10 were admitted to the chamber and were
announced and were loudly applauded by others in the visitor’s galley. We did
deliver 1 addressed demand card to each of them in the chamber. We gave a bag
of 213 to Steve Katz right on the floor of the Assembly, which he pledged to
We were then escorted to the Assembly clerk, the finance
clerk office and the Senate clerk with garbage bags full of signed demand cards.
We demanded that each clerk deliver the cards to all lawmakers and all finance
committees. MISSION COMPLETE – TOTAL SUCCESS. It was a historic day.
Note; the march on Albany
was not just a rally on May 21. We never thought this was to be a show huge numbers
of people. We did not seek famous people as a draw. We were amazed at the large
number of people who courageously people who showed up to finish the work of
all our Grassroots efforts. Ye know – it aint easy to visit the lawmakers in
the belly of the beast in the face of possible confrontation. Every one of our
Grassroots did their part from beginning to end – better and larger than anyone
could expect. Yes- this exceeded all expectations when you see the complexities
of the entire effort.
I, Al Belardinelli, am very proud of every one of our
coalition. I am honored to be a part of this great New York movement. I am inspired. I know
through all trials and tribulations we hold the power to achieve great things.
From the bottom of my heart – I thank you and do appreciate
every one of you.
Keep Fighting – Repeal – FULL Repeal of the Safe Act is now
MUCH more of a possibility
The harder WE work the greater the possibility.
Oh – since 10am on May 21 many positive developments have
occurred – soon new developments will be confirmed and reveled – stay tuned.
We are currently
evaluating all options.
We will be taking
We will keep YOU
Please Stay tuned.
We are true action oriented Grassroots citizens connected
only by our will and determination to restore our rights. We are a loose knit,
Grassroots, Team from all over NYS and beyond that oppose the status-quo and
especially status-quo politicians that are removing our Freedom and Liberty. There is no one
set organization nor is there one set leader. We are just plain folks and
everyday people like you, fed up and determined to be seen and heard. Most of
all, we are the ones that know what hard work is and know what it means to
protect and defend our families, friends and country. We are members of clubs
and groups that range across the spectrum of outdoor and indoor activities. We also consist of the constitutional military and people who keep our oath. We seek to
work with any organization that knows the value of working as a “coalition” and
is willing to share responsibility and credit. Our goal is to gather “We the
People” together to fight the insane way our state and country is being run. It
is now self-evident that the people know and the “authorities” don’t – we must
lead not follow. Together we CAN and WILL fight “City Hall”.
The “Next Step” Is In
The Planning Right Now – Stay Connected – We Need Everyone’s Help.
We will not quit
until our Rights are restored. Keep in Touch – look for details Coming Soon.
We are now over 30,000 strong connected people and
growing - YOU can help us gain more supporters - make sure all like minded get
connected - together Grassroots WILL make a difference !
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