Saturday, October 15, 2005
Illegal immigration protest
It was a little bit wet in Salem but the OFIR protest was great. It's always nice to have a good group of like-minded Americans meet to discuss the problem and possible solutions. We had great speakers including several Minutemen who have been or are going to the border, Victoria Taft, Richard Sturm, Ruth Bendl, Rick Hickey, and myself. (pictured above)
While folks from the media of the people, talk radio and blogs, showed up, there was no sign of any of the mainstream press. I'd like to thank Victoria for being there (860KPAM 6-9pm) as well as bloggers Allen (Allen of Salem) and Nick (the Cheezer) and website operators Michael and Elaine of Citizen Caucus and Cherrill of Oregon Conservative and the Oregon Republican Assembly.
It was nice to hear and see proof of talk radio and blogs getting the word out, helping people network, and encouraging people to become active in issues they care about. Clearly this issue is one at the forefront of a lot of people's minds.
The counter-protest that I was promised (in Spanish, in comments on my blog) never really materialized except for these four. With the usual "no human is illegal" signs I'm sure that they had the support of Kelley Wirth. In all fairness, they did not yell or make a scene and two of them came to talk to me afterwards and they were polite. My wife did say she saw them take my picture (had I known I could have given them a smile) so we'll see where that ends up. I'll even post a picture below for you libs who want to doctor it and put it up on Craig's List along with scurilous lies. Just keep in mind that I have had people kicked off that site for libel before and if you want to put up falsehoods about me then you will be banned as well.
I also had a lot of people come up to me who had never met me in person. If you see me around, whether at a political gathering or not, feel free to come up and say hi. I'm the bald guy who won't shut up.
Posted by Daniel at 4:12 PM