Posted by Patricia Ullman (October 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm)
All photos by Robert Ludwig, God's World Photography
In Seattle, rain is ever-present. Our summer, for instance, may start the day AFTER 4th of July. This year, summer arrived in early August.
So Seattle rally organizers were not surprised by weather reports early last week threatening 60% chance of rain for Saturday. But come time for Saturday’s rally, temperatures were cold, but the skies revealed big patches of blue with no precipitation in sight and, this, just in time for over 200 people to step-off on the .8-mile, pre-rally protest march from St. James Cathedral to the steps of the US District Courthouse.
Those of us waiting on the steps of the US District Courthouse for marchers to arrive were awed as our marchers came into view rounding the last corner……escorted by 14 Seattle motorcycle police officers donning “white” helmets, lights on the motorcycles flashing “blue and red”. It was perfect symbolism for the rally mere moments away. [Continue reading ...]
Posted by Kelly Manley (October 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm)
Huntsville, Alabama Rally Captain Kelley Manley delivered an open letter to President Obama about the HHS Mandate at the start of their October 20 Rally.
As a woman, feminist, single mother, founder of Huntsville Right to Life, and a veteran, Kelley points out how the Affordable Care Act and the HHS Mandate aren’t just bad policy, they’re horribly bad for women!
Check out Kelley’s great letter in the video above or read it here [PDF].
Posted by Jenifer Bowen (October 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm)
After 2 dreary, rainy days in Iowa, the clouds parted and the sun came out, as if on cue, for the Stand Up for Freedom Rally in Des Moines on the steps of the Iowa State Capitol.
The crowd of about 120 were met with enthusiasm from pro-life student group speakers from Iowa State and Simpson colleges.
Jenifer Bowen, Iowa Right to Life, read a statement from Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds that they would always stand with us in protecting and promoting the religious freedoms of all people.
Stand Up for the unborn, for those living with regret, for the wounded, for the Truth!
Local candidates for both House and Senate addressed the crowd and urged everyone to exercise their freedom and vote their values.
The clarion call for those in attendance came from Monsignor Frank Chiodo who reminded us of our heritage and the cost for religious freedom.
Everyone enjoyed the weather and the speeches and most mingled around long after the rally talking with the speakers.
Posted by Virginia Douglas (October 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm)
Appreciative honks, waves, and thumbs from passers-by on Las Vegas Bouldevard birightened the smiles of people lining the street with the Stand Up For Relgious Freedom signs. Las Vegas is a city where it is very easy to find talented speakers and singers.
But it is difficult to find churches willing to support activist events. But 110 people, combined with the people on the street was a pure delight for God’s people. Our hour was packed with messages to inspire courage, perseverance, and commitment to ProLife troops. Our ProLifers are trained and experienced in cheerfulness, kindness, and cooperation. [Continue reading ...]
Posted by Sandie Weathers (October 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm)
More than 375 hardy souls rallied for their Religious Freedom at the Ann Arbor Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally, held on Saturday, Oct. 20th at Concordia University despite the cold temperature and the threat of more rain, as part of the nationwide rally which took place in over 140 communities in the United States. Following a pre-rally prayer service and short March to the Rally Site lead by the Knights of Columbus Color Corp, the enthusiastic crowd was welcomed by Professor Charles Schulz of Concordia University, who also serves as pastor of St Thomas Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor.
Emcee Kara Coulter, from Ave Maria Radio, honored the Veterans, Clergy and Religious, then Coulter read a statement from Bishop Earl Boyea, of the Catholic Diocese of Lansing, which reads, “Thanks for the invite but I will be at Cotton Prison that morning. Please know however of my prayers. Greet all there for me and tell them that I hope someone will visit me when I am in prison when the restrictions on religious freedom are simply too grave.”[Continue reading ...]
Posted by Marie Tasy (October 26, 2012 at 9:11 am)
10/20/12 Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally, State House, Trenton, NJ organized by New Jersey Right to Life
The third “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rally on the steps of the New Jersey Statehouse, took place on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Organized by Marie Tasy, the Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life, this gathering was one of hundreds simultaneously gathering in cities across the country.
The day began with Holy Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption at 10:30. Pastor Msgr. Joseph Roldan concelebrated Mass with Fr. Dan Swift, of St. Benedict Church in Holmdel, Fr. Van Hager, a Consolata Father who resides in Somerset, and Fr. Jay Bowden, who is retired of the Diocese of Trenton.
Msgr. Roldan spoke earnestly to those in attendance, welcoming and blessing the crowd on Bishop O’Connell’s behalf. “We gather for a very special reason, to defend our freedom of religion. We gather because we are under attack. Our government has declared war against its own people. Our society as we know it, and our future society, rest upon your actions today.” Roldan went further to say “Some in the military might describe this as friendly fire. But it is different. Friendly fire is accidental attack on its own, but once known about, it stops immediately and every effort is made to make things right.” [Continue reading ...]
Posted by Monica Migliorino Miller (October 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm)
A Reflection on the October 20th Stand Up Rally
Monica Miller addresses the crowd at the 10/20 Rally in Detroit
As I write these words—the most important election in American history will take place in just two weeks—an election that will decide the very future of our nation and so much is at stake.
For the first time since the pilgrims disembarked the Mayflower the issue of religious liberty is something that voters must take into consideration when they discern for whom they will cast their vote on Nov. 6th. This is the time in which we live!
Even with the election of Obama four short years ago (and for many it may seem like a lot longer) who would have predicted that religious liberty would be under attack through this president’s administration in the Health and Human Services Mandate? Even all those Catholics who voted for Obama—but for whom Obama’s support for legalized abortion should have been enough of a disincentive—never envisioned that this president would initiate and stand by a decree that so seriously compromises the consciences of people of faith. [Continue reading ...]
At corner of Victoria & Telephone High Noon 10-20-12
Great to be there today and out on the street with so many really fine Christian patriots! If all Americans were like them, we would have NO crisis. This was one of a series of rallies held to protest Obamacare and HHS regulations attempting to compel us to violate our religious beliefs.
A little rain didn’t even slow us down. This was our fourth such rally, so there was a bit of deja vu and preaching to the choir talk, but we had some new folks and revved up the existing base. A crowd of nearly a hundred people attended [Continue reading ...]
Posted by Eric Scheidler (October 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm)
Just like the March and June Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies, the October Stand Up Rally has garnered significant news coverage in markets large and small. Hundreds of stories show up on a search of Google News.
Here are a few examples that illustrate how our carefully crafted media strategy has played out both nationally and locally: