December 31, 2006
Year-End News And Report
GML2007 Conference Hotel Info
The end of the year is rapidly approaching, which means you
have just hours left to make a 2006 tax-deductible donation
to the We The People Foundation for Constitutional
This year has been an extremely important
February and early March,
we succeeded in getting America buzzing about “America:
Freedom to Fascism” by screening the movie in commercial
theaters in twenty-four cities, from one end of the country
to the other. WTP inspired Aaron to produce the movie, which
prominently features the work of the Foundation.
At Aaron’s request, WTP leased the theaters,
purchased the equipment necessary to show the movie in those
theaters not equipped with digital projection equipment and
we did what we could to advertise the screenings.
Each weekend, Bob Schulz traveled from his home in upstate
New York to greet each audience and introduce the film. We
could not have been more pleased with the results, from
witnessing the packed theaters and standing ovations to
being asked by Aaron to prepare a comprehensive business
plan to build on that momentum. Our proposed business
plan was to attract equity investors and donors alike to
raise the several million dollars required to advertise and
open the film in the top twenty-five US markets. Although
Aaron declined our proposal, the movie was eventually
released and has now been seen by hundreds of thousands of
DVD and for
free on Google.
WTP’s role in assisting Aaron Russo with the
making of the movie, and WTP’s success in getting the
publicity about the movie off to such a good start would not
have been possible without the financial support from you,
the People. We have no big financial angels. What we have is
a passion for Liberty, courage of our convictions,
commitment to civic education and civic action, and
Faith that the People will support effective leadership –
i.e., an organization with a vision that is making things
happen and getting things done, intelligently, rationally
July and August
we succeeded in demonstrating our ability to communicate our
message, live, to a potential audience of millions of People
– anyone with a computer and able to connect through the
Internet to “The Liberty Hour”– and, to do it with remote
feeds, from the road, away from the home office. We
purchased all the equipment and trained ourselves to operate
it, weaning ourselves off of our previous reliance upon
costly video production contractors.
Our “on-the-job” video production and live web cast training
started with last summer’s Right to Petition tour with a
grueling schedule that began in Concord, Mass., just yards
from where the first violent confrontation against the
British occurred. Because of this experience and your
generous financial support, our plan to broadcast a weekly
“Liberty Hour” is one step closer to reality.
October and November
were largely devoted to stepped up activities related to
what has become our primary focus - protecting, preserving
and enhancing the People’s Right to hold the Government
accountable to the Constitution by constitutional means,
including claiming and exercising our constitutional Rights
under the Petition Clause of the First Amendment and by
testing the attitude of the Judiciary.
In October, before a three-judge panel of the
United States Court of Appeals in Washington DC we
argued the People’s Rights and the Government’s Obligations
under the Petition Clause of the First Amendment. The only
questions before the Court are whether the Government is
obligated to respond with specific, formal answers to our
four Petitions for Redress and if the People have the Right
to withdraw their financial support from the Government if
the Government refuses to respond.
In November, we succeeded in bringing more of
the public’s attention to the issue by taking a page out of
the movie “V for Vendetta.” A lone person, wearing the mask
and costume of “V” with a videographer in tow, appeared at
the security checkpoints at the White House, the main
Building, the main Justice Building and the
See the video:
250k high speed
His mission was to see that our four Petitions for Redress
of Grievances (regarding the Government’s violation of the
tax, war powers, privacy and money clauses of the
Constitution) were once again served on the Government in a
public, recorded fashion, and to notify the Government that
in eight days, up to 100 “Vs” would assemble at those
locations to await a response to the Petitions.
On November 14th, sixty or more “Vs” assembled,
to await a response from the Government. Once again, the
government refused to respond. Our repeated petitions
continue to be met with repeated injuries.
Again, our efforts this year would not have been possible
without your ongoing support and participation.
to be another important year
A judicial resolution of the “capstone” issue
for the American People is near – popular sovereignty and
the People's ability to hold the government accountable to
unalienable, individual, natural Rights as guaranteed by the
Constitution. The United States Court of Appeals for the DC
Circuit should issue its decision soon, certainly before the
date of GML 2007, our conference to be held in DC on March
29, 30 and 31. After that the United States Supreme Court
will have an opportunity to weigh in on the matter.
What is so remarkable is the fact that our
case, titled, “We The People v United States” marks
the very first time in the entire history of America that a
court of law will have declared the meaning of the fifth of
the five Freedoms that are guaranteed by the First Amendment
– the Right of the People to Petition the Government for
Redress of Grievances and constitutional torts. Truly
amazing and long, long overdue.
Regardless of how the court rules,
and although we believe the Court has little choice but to fully
support our positions regarding this crucial Right protected
by the First Amendment,
our efforts will have resulted in a landmark decision that
either affirms the essential principles of our Constitution
or informs the People that our form of self-government
predicated upon Popular Sovereignty and individual Rights
Our forthright and aggressive defense of our
Rights under the Petition Clause, including the ability to
hire renowned civil rights attorney Mark Lane, would not
have been possible without the support of you, the People.
The 2007 Give Me Liberty conference, GML 2007, will be held
March 29-31 at the Hilton
Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia (not the Crystal City
Marriott as indicated on the draft agenda we posted earlier
this month). The hotel is a well-equipped resort and
conference facility that should make our event a grand
success and your stay a relaxing pleasure.
After carefully considering proposals from and negotiated
concessions by three fine area hotels we settled on the
Hilton primarily because of the significant savings in the
rates for the guest hotel rooms and the fact that the Hilton
has guaranteed that each of the rooms we have reserved will
be a double (i.e., two full beds). The hotel contract
for guest rooms and conference facilities has been signed
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
To better facilitate our planned en masse “V for
Vendetta” Right-to-Petition activist event at the White
House as part of the GML 2007 conference, we will be hiring
buses to transport the costumed “Vs” from the conference
venue to Lafayette
Park, located across from the White House.
The main hotel conference room will be set up class-room
style, giving everyone a desk to sit at. We will have a
working lunch each of the three days with speakers (box
lunches available for everyone). There will be two dinner
banquets, with a reception preceding each.
We have also negotiated a flat parking rate of $4.00/day,
including taxes and gratuity. The hotel runs a shuttle van
that leaves every half-hour for the Pentagon and Regan
National Airport Metro stations, which are three miles from
In order to make it possible for everyone to
come to the conference, WTP is working closely with the
Hilton to accommodate shared rooms.
If people want a roommate to share the cost
of a room, we have made it possible to reserve a shared room
at half the cost using our online reservation system.
If we need to reserve additional guest rooms at the
excellent daily room rate that we have negotiated ($159 plus
taxes & fees), we will have to do so soon. The demand for
booking hotel rooms in the DC is increasing quickly now, due
not only to the usual agenda of “city-wide” events but also
because of the two-week Cherry Blossom Festival which begins
on April 1, 2007, the day after our event ends.
The only way WTP will know that we need to
block off additional discounted rooms will be the pace at
which the current block of reserved discounted rooms sell
out. Therefore, we ask everyone to
make their room reservations without delay.
to learn more about the hotel and to reserve a full
hotel room or reserve a shared room for the
GML2007 is Thu-Sat, March 29-31
We have also hired a Washington DC based
consultant, with extensive contacts with constitutional
scholars and organizations to help us bring the good news
about the power of the Right to Petition to the attention of
DC-based constitutional scholars and liberty-oriented
organizations, to help prepare additional Petitions for
Redress for the benefit of these other groups, and to
increase the level of participation at GML 2007 and the “V”
Right-to-Petition en masse demonstration planned for
Friday, March 30th.
revised draft agenda
for GML has been completed. We are hearing from those people
we have invited to be speakers. Soon, we will announce the
speakers who have accepted our invitation to speak at this
important Freedom event.
Additional information will be released soon regarding
conference registration, meals, entertainment, etc.
Your support ensures that we
will continue to have a smart, courageous, committed
advocate organization for constitutional governance carried
out in decency and good order. Don't wait -- 2007 is almost
Please make your tax-deductible donation today.
Remember, regardless of when mailed, donations dated before
January 1 are tax-deductible for 2006.
We wish everyone a peaceful and successful
Be well and stay vigilant.
With the warmest of regards,
to reserve a full hotel room or
reserve a shared room for the GML2007 Conference.