While the number of protesters in each locale was small, the fact that the protests took place ACROSS America certainly is significant. You would think that to be news, but you saw none of it in your local or national TV news because of a media blackout. In the Amerika of Obama, if the media doesn’t report it, then it didn’t happen.
Here are photos of some of the protests.
Joyce Stockton, 71, from Chickasha, Oklahoma, came from 50 miles away to protest on an overpass at Interstate-240 and Pennsylvania Avenue in Oklahoma City. She said she plans to get some rest tonight and hit the streets again Saturday either in Oklahoma City or in Lawton, which is the home of Fort Sill and one of the temporary shelters taking in illegal immigrants.
“This is the first time I’ve been involved in something like this,” Stockton told WND. “I’ve been involved in the tea party for five years, but this is my first time at a protest like this, and I am just amazed at how much support is being shown.”
She said the crowd grew as some people who didn’t know anything about the protests came and joined in spontaneously. “People stopped and came up and said hello, and said, ‘I appreciate what you’re doing and I support you doing it and we’ll be back tomorrow.’ We’ve had a lot of honks. A lot of truckers honking, too,” Stockton said.
James Neighbors, founder and president of Overpasses for America, was also in Oklahoma City protesting Friday. “It’s just Americana out here. I mean it really is,” he said.
But it didn’t take long before Americana had an encounter with the “other side.”
“We had a group of counter-protesters come out; about half a dozen came from the apartment complex down the road, and I found out from one of the people who lives here that it’s a majority of illegal aliens who live there,” Neighbors said. “When they first showed up it was kind of heated, nothing nasty. But they were kinda hostile and we were kinda hostile back.”
Yet, as the two groups talked, they discovered they had more in common than not. “We ended up talking, and we agreed on every single issue. He was a self-described libertarian, and the only issue we disagreed on was illegal immigration,” Neighbors said. “That’s a lot of common ground to cover.”
He called the conversation “an eye opener, as it turned out to be pleasant to speak to him.” “He said he agreed with the Constitution, and if the people were able to bear arms in these countries where they’re coming from, we wouldn’t have this border mess, because they would have solved this problem already,” Neighbors said. “Maybe they need a 1776 moment. Maybe we should stop funding terrorists and start funding freedom fighters here in our own hemisphere.”
In Dallas, Texas, a large group of Americas protested before the office of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, an enthusiastic donor and supporter of Obama and Obamacare. In June, Jenkins hosted 4 White House officials and actually offered to help with aiding the Invasion of the Illegals.
William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration, said the first day of protests went about as well as could be expected for a first-time grassroots event that received very little publicity in the establishment media. “We’re still collecting information, but it looks like in a lot of places we had 30 to 50 people, some places a dozen or so, some just a handful,” Gheen said he received no reports of run-ins with police.
ALIPAC is looking for more information on an unverified report that some protesters in Michigan were confronted by belligerent illegal-alien supporters, which reportedly had to be apprehended by police.
In an email forwarded to WND from Gheen, a woman who described herself as a member of the Oath Keepers organization reported that a protest she attended started off with a “picnic atmosphere” with protesters holding a barbecue on a homeowner’s front lawn. They were putting up flags and signs that said “No Amnesty,” “Honk for America” and “Protect our Sovereignty.”
That’s when “the shtf [s— hit the fan] from outsiders/instigators from across the street,” Linda said in the email. “They literally stomped all over, screamed in our faces and tore up signs on the host’s private property/lawn. They had a bullhorn or two, and they stomped up and down her lawn yelling obscenities. Weaving their way across her front yard, bumping into a few of us standing on the grass. Screaming ‘racist, Nazi’’ you name it. Giving the finger.”
That one incident aside, Gheen said he’s hoping Saturday will go just as smoothly. “I would say from the looks of the photos I’m uploading here, I think things look really great. I’m seeing a lot of great people and good crowds from all over the place,” he said. “I’m seeing good-looking stuff in San Antonio, Texas, Corinth, Texas, a really good crowd in Richmond, Virginia, a good crowd of white and black Americans standing together in Birmingham, Alabama, and a good crowd on an overpass from Anaheim, California.”
Gheen said the protests were especially commendable given the media blackout from corporate giants like CNN, CBS, NBC and Fox News.
“We have done what we’ve done today without any mainstream media coverage. We had no coverage before the event from Fox or CNN and Fox has just mentioned us in the last half hour,” Gheen told WND about two hours after the protests had ended.
“On MSNBC, we received some disparaging comments on their website calling us anti-immigrant without saying anything about us or telling anyone how to find us or what we really stand for. So the only national coverage on major TV networks we received was getting bashed on MSNBC. I think that’s an important part of the story, while our participants may not be of the size of historic events of the tea parties of 2010, we’ve had good crowds and no coverage from Fox like those events had.”
The protests will continue today (July 19) on highway overpasses, in state capitals, Mexican consulates and facilities receiving the illegal aliens.
Find a city near you and join in the protest!
Dr. Eowyn’s post first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds.