WELL HERE'S YOUR CHANCE!!!
The unions, socialist and communist groups, and special interests are getting together to have a nationwide rally to support Obama's vision* of single payer health care on May 30th. Unlike all the years prior to this date, we are finally organized enough to make a stand against them! This is why we gathered email addresses at the Tea Parties! So please join us, on May 30th, 2009, to stand against socialized medicine, and attend the Funeral for Health Care. (Facebook users click here)
2. Aim to show up around 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. across from Westlake Park which is at 4th and Pine in downtown Seattle. They plan to show up around 3:00 p.m. but will probably have people there much earlier.
3. Please make sure to stand across Pine St., on the side of the mall, Westlake Center. As our ranks grow, we will extend northeasterly towards Macy's.
4. If you would like to dress up to fit in with our theme, please wear funeral type clothing (dark, formal), or dress as a doctor/nurse/patient with handcuffs, chains, etc. You do not have to dress up!! Some people love this idea, some people hate it. As we are believers in individual rights, please dress in whatever manner you deem appropriate.
5. Bring signs! I'll post some ideas for signs in the next few days, but here are a couple to whet your appepite:
"Health care reform: Yes! Government run: No!" or my personal favorite so far, "Single Payer is Single Worst Solution!"
6. Pick up some flyers from our organizers (you will know who they are when you see them) that have positive, free market alternatives for health care and hand them out if you are interested.
7. Learn the words to Amazing Grace, or bring them on a sheet of paper. You can find the lyrics here.
Tips for handling the opposition if they try to harass or incite you:
1. Simply smile, hand them a flyer, and start singing or humming Amazing Grace.
2. If you hear someone singing Amazing Grace, JOIN IN! The other person is probably trying to avoid a confrontation with an opposing protestor.
3. Find one of our organizers.
4. Find a police officer. I am in constant contact with the police and I feel that the event will go down smoothly and safely. They are aware of our plans and are in control.
We are not the permited event and do not want to disrupt them!! We are there to peacefully make our viewpoint known, so that they do not get to shout to the world that there is no opposition to single payer health care.
Do not give in to any of their provocations. We are better than that.
A word about transportation:**
They are so well organized and highly funded (ahem, astroturf anyone?) that they are bussing in people from all across the state - especially elderly and disabled people to sit in the front rows, to exploit the vulnerable in order to be more "telegenic."
We are not funded at all. If you can, carpool and caravan, take public transportation, etc. Otherwise, there are parking lots all around this area downtown where you will be able to park your car, or you may be able to find street parking.
NOTE: Their rally starts at Pratt Park and follows a marching route through downtown. They will go 18th Ave. to Jackson, Jackson to 4th, and 4th to Westlake Park. They have received permission to close this route to cars, so keep this in mind as you plan your travels.
SPREAD THE WORD!!!
*At an AFL-CIO rally during the campaign, Obama made this statement, "A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. And as all of you know, we may not get there immediately."
**If you are interested in this information, here are their bus routes being used to bus in people from around the state. Why not hitch a ride with them if you live in another county? SNAP.