It was a cloudy day yesterday as I attended an immigration rally
in Freeland, Pennsylvania put on by Voice of the People
. This would also be the first time that I made a public speech, so I was raring to go. Freeland
is an old mining town and hence the mining car below the sign for their public park. Freeland is located about 5-10 miles northeast of Hazleton, Pennsylvania
, the town that became a focal point when its Illegal Immigration Relief Act
passed to crack down on landlords and businesses who rent to and hire illegal aliens.
Click above for large panorama picture of beginning of the event
The day went well with, I'd estimate, 100-150 people in the crowd, some even watched from their house porches across the street. Police presence was adequate as there were no counter protesters and no incidents.
The atmosphere was actually quite festive as people from the town came out and let their voices be heard throughout the day.
Export the Import was on full display. A portion of sales goes to help the Small Town Defenders, the legal defense fund for Hazleton, Pennsylvania.
It was a good event and you could really sense the passion these people in this small community have at protecting it from an influx of illegal aliens.
Yes, I know you're just dying to see my first speech and watch me crash and burn. I have included it below in the order that it was given, so scroll down to the videos below and you'll find it.
Here are pictures of all the speakers.
Frank Scavo of Voice of the People
Freeland Mayor Tim Martin
Greg Griffin of Voice of the People
John Rucki of NJ Citizens for Immigration Reform
Arlene Thomas of Voice of the People
Renee Butts of Voice of the People
Dan "Digger" Amato. A crappy screen capture from the video
Ruth Miller of Illegal Protest
Andrew Woodring of Voice of the People
Dan Smeriglio of Voice of the People
The Voice of the People crew during closing events
Below are videos of all of the speeches at the event.
Frank Scavo of Voice of the People opening statements:
Speech by Mayor Tim Martin:
Speech by Greg Griffin of Voice of the People:
Speech by Arlene Thomas of Voice of the People:
Speech by John Rucki of New Jersey Citizens for Immigration Control
Speech by Renee Butts of Voice of the People:
Speech by Dan Amato, Digger of Diggers Realm.
Speech by Ruth Miller of Illegal Protest:
Speech by Andrew Woodring of Voice of the People:
Speech by Dan Smeriglio of Voice of the People
Closing Events, including a live call to a Congressman's office.