Follow-up on organizing a PATRIOT Act burn party

I want to continue yesterday’s thread (please read first), and want to call on my brothers and sisters here to get a PLAN of ACTION. I am willing to be the lightning rod and do this here in Cleveland, but as I’m sure you guys are aware, we have to alert the media if the pro-liberty message implicit in BURNING THE PATRIOT ACT is going to have any effect or reach.

Here’s my list of things that need to be completed:

  1. Pick the date… 9/11 has come and gone, but the issue of Koran burning is still fresh and begging for rape with a logical argument (THE SOONER THE BETTER)
  2. Pick a place… There is a federal courthouse downtown, and we also have a Federal Reserve… but I don’t want to confuse any issues, obviously
  3. Notify local & national media… after this is hammered out, please help in sending email and placing phone calls (THIS PART IS CRITICAL)
  4. Get people to attend… this is actually rather optional, but I don’t think there will be a lack of people/press showing up once the word is out there
  5. Print the PATRIOT Act and make a sign (Burn the PATRIOT Act)… I need someone local with access to a printer, Staples price to print is ridiculous ($117, WTF)

I promise I will do everything in my power, but I’m asking you guys to help make this happen (I am an organized person, but feel that I am severely lacking in the ability to organize people, especially libertarians). Any questions or opinions (think this is win/fail), please bring them up in the comments.

UPDATE: If you guys don’t want to rise to the occasion, I’ll just perform an ad hoc PATRIOT Act burning like this guy and just do it in my back yard, sans media… but with photos instead of video.

11 Comments
  1. Since we’re a network of people, we should try to organize more than one event. Let’s do several. I could set something up here in Portland… there’s a lot of fellow-travellers here on the issue of the USA PATRIOT Act.

    And unless someone can come up with a better date, November 5th is an all-encompassing pro-liberty date that would work with this. That gives us a little over two months. Otherwise, when was the act initially passed? When was it renewed, each time? Hopefully there’ll be a late September/early October date in there.

    1. wikipedia: The USA PATRIOT Act (commonly known as the “Patriot Act”) is an Act of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001.

        1. Yeah, I was looking at this date as well, it gives people time to tell their friends. Also, people can wear Halloween masks to hide their identities. :)

      1. A better date if time is of the essence, but it might confuse our message because a lot of anti-Patriot Act people still support the Afghan War. We’re getting together to push one single issue; we don’t want to splinter our support.

  2. Pick a place… There is a federal courthouse downtown, and we also have a Federal Reserve… but I don’t want to confuse any issues, obviously

    Federal courthouse or federal building would make sense, but you may want to see about the “legalities”…or not.

    Cleveland State, or whatever that is called down a few blocks from Greyhound, would be good as well.

  3. Notify local & national media… after this is hammered out, please help in sending email and placing phone calls (THIS PART IS CRITICAL)

    Will do what I can on this.

    1. I’m down with this, much less waste of paper and ink and will still get the point across WITH FLAMES!

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