The Castle Coalition, a national grassroots property rights group working on eminent domain issues, came to Clarksville Thursday to participate in a rally prior to the city’s public forum on the redevelopment plan held in the Burt School cafeteria on Thursday.
The rally featured Christina Walsh , Clarksville Property Rights Coalition Spokesman John Summers, Dan Brown of the Tennessee Preservation Trust and others. They addressed plan opponents and members of the press on the issues they perceive in the current version of Clarksville’s Redevelopment Plan. Summers and Brown have been frequent speakers at CPRC meetings.A video used to be embedded here but the service that it was hosted on has shut down.
After the rally, the public forum began in the Burt School Cafeteria. with Mayor Piper making the first statement. The program continued with a presentation by Knoxville’s KCDC President Alvin Nance, followed by Downtown District Partnership board member and recent appointee to the Clarksville Housing Authority Frank Lott. The presentation given was identical to the KCDC video on the “Our view: The updated redevelopment plan still has major flaws” article; watching that video provided all the same information as last night’s forum.
Laws mean exactly what they say on paper; it does not matter what those who created it intended for it to say. What counts is in the actual letter of the law. Members of the City Council do not see any issues with the plan they approved, even though a common sense reading shows that this plan is faulty, open to major abuse, and was clearly intended to make it easier for developers to take private property from its owner and then profit from it. Mayor Piper and the council have denied that, but that is exactly how the currently plan reads.
Counting heads, the Fire Marshall allowed only 180 people inside the hall for the meeting, with another estimated 150 people turned away. [Editor’s note: At the Train Station meeting in December, more than 300 people turned out to oppose this plan.] CPRC members provided a list of the names and addresses of people who were denied access to this public forum: page after page was full of names and addresses. «Read the rest of this article»
In the waning days of this administration’s tenure, President Bush’s lack of interest in opinions contrary to his own is as striking as ever. Most recently in New Mexico, a group of peaceful demonstrators was removed from the president’s sight, continuing the administration’s long-held tradition that dissenters should be neither seen nor heard. Sound undemocratic? Indeed.
Last August, President Bush attended an exclusive, high-priced fundraiser for New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici. Local activists opposed to the president’s policies were, of course, not invited. To let the president know that not everyone agreed with him, they planned to stand along his motorcade route holding up signs expressing their views, especially their opposition to the war in Iraq.
The peaceful demonstrators’ attempt at free speech was quickly squashed when police officers forced them to stay at least 150 yards away from the motorcade route, walling them off by placing numerous police cars and officers on horseback between the protesters and the president. Meanwhile, a group of Bush supporters was allowed to stand right along the motorcade route, where their “God Bless George Bush! We pray for you!” sign was in plain view of both Bush and the journalists accompanying him. «Read the rest of this article»
A Peace rally is being held this Friday, Oct 19th from 1:00 – 2:00 by the APSU chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).
SDS meets each week on Wednesdays at 4:00pm in the AP Bowl outside Harned Hall. Anyone who wishes to learn more about this organization is welcome attend any of their meetings. Peace!
I received an irate e-mail for my views on September 11, the war in Iraq and Bush’s America as a whole. I was called unpatriotic for not flag-waving Bush’s war. I was told to “grow up.” Sorry, but I did that the first time I buried a friend killed in Vietnam. He was 19.
But Iraq is not about Vietnam, and not really about September 11th; that was just the excuse that triggered a rush to war in oil-rich country.
Here’s the letter:
Join Nashville Progressives in Two Anti-Bush Rallies!! President George W. Bush Jr. will be in Nashville Thursday, July 19, 2007. Let’s get together and make some noise! He’ll be here to talk about his economic agenda. He’ll be going to the Nashville Bun Company at around 11:00 a.m. (2975 Armory Drive, Nashville, TN 37204) until 11:20 or 11:30 a.m., likely to show support for small business.
We imagine that this will be a media event with lots of press — a golden opportunity for progressives to get our unified message out about CUTTING THE MILITARY BUDGET and SPENDING ON EDUCATION, JOBS, etc. FOR OUR FUTURE. Please join us in protest of Bush and his war agenda at 10:30 a.m. at the Nashville Bun Company. We will convene as close to the entrance as possible (looks for our signs). «Read the rest of this article»
Peace and justice groups, anti-war websites and thousands of individuals are banding together on my space for a 4th of July “CyberRally for Peace.” FreeThinkers for Peace and Civil Liberties will have the peace candle prominently displayed on their new myspace website for several days before returning to the current image of candles at downtown Clarksville’s Eternal Flame.
The equivalent of major peace march, the rally is a cyberspace version of traditional social action and participation is simple. Organizers from a dozen myspace sites are asking individuals and organizations with my space or other sites that have “default” photos to switch out those photos for peace signs and peace candles for July 4th. «Read the rest of this article»
Remember the infamous Iraq deck of cards that once grew in popularity around the world? Well, lo-and-behold, there has been another release of cards. But this time around, there hasn’t been any national media hype. Any press releases or statements on this particular deck of cards were quietly ignored. To the delight of those who have been critical of the war in Iraq, a card series entitled “War Profiteers” has been released.
These cards contain the faces of big shots from all over the world who are capitalizing on the wars and conflicts all over the world. Underneath their photo is a brief bio of each greedy fool and their company, organization or special group affiliation.
“Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism.”
“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” ~~ Billy Graham, Evangelist
Peace and anti-war activists gathered at Patriot’s Park on Fort Campbell Boulevard Sunday afternoon for a multi-faceted event honoring the fallen soldiers and voicing support for our troops and their families while decrying Bush administration policies regarding the Iraq War.
Pacifists and Activists at Patriot’s Park. Bill Larson Photo
The peaceful Memorial Day weekend event was designed to acknowledge the growing numbers of American dead in Iraq (Sunday’s numbers for American dead in Iraq was 3,452), to say nothing of the devastating injuries (mental and physical) endured by our troops and the horrific number of civilian casualties among the Iraqi people. The statistics from the war were displayed on 4′ X 8′ signs on both sides of the park. The program acknowledged and honored those whose lives have been sacrificed to the country. «Read the rest of this article»
Protest George Bush’s visit to Nashville!
Dear NPJC (Nashville Peace and Justice Coalition) Community,
President George W. Bush is coming to Nashville as an appearance for GOP Senatorial candidate Bob Corker. This $2,100-per-person fundraiser at the Leows Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel will be held on August 30th. The honorary chairs for the event are Senate Majority leader Bill Frist, Sen. Lamar Alexander, and former Senators Howard Baker, Fred, Thompson, and Bill Brock. «Read the rest of this article»
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