AG/Gov Tell Over 200 Fed-Up Citizens: "Sorry, Nobody is Home!"
News Item 2 for 9/28/03
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On Friday, over 200 citizens and
organizations from all sides of the political spectrum
descended on the capitol lawn at noon to protest the heinous
injustices committed against Utah families by state officials.
Speakers included Bonnie Macri of JEDI for Women, Sandra Lucas of Citizens Commission
on Human Rights, DCFS victims Lisa Bierly and Stephanie Mair,
and Accountability Utah team members. Speeches called
for citizens, parents — particularly fathers — to wake
up and take tough political action. Gayle Ruzicka of the
Eagle Forum was also present, broadcasting her KTKK radio show
live from the capitol steps.
See video of the speeches.
Comparisons were drawn between
the war on terror in foreign lands and the war on Utah
families by our own government. Calls were made for the
resignation of AG Shurtleff, Governor Leavitt, and every other
elected official and bureaucrat who will not stand up and
fight vigorously for families. Elected officials were
put on notice that people are fed up.
After the speeches, most of the
crowd moved up the Capitol steps and into the offices of
General Shurtleff. The receptionist on hand slipped into
the offices and left the crowd. After some time had
elapsed, citizens knocked on the door and asked them to come
out and talk with a peaceful crowd.
After one knock and verbal
request, one crowd member stated, "This is the people. We have
a warrant." The absurdity of a vacant office that claims
to have an "open door policy" was not lost on crowd members or
Eventually, as the crowd was
about to leave, an assistant emerged and attempted to pass the
buck of responsibility to yet other unelected bureaucrats.
Her answers proved unsatisfactory and the crowd summarily
The crowd then moved to Governor
Leavitt's Office, where they were told that the Governor only
responds to appointments. Reacting without delay, the crowd passed around forms
to sign up for appointments. Before most of them had
left, Leavitt's spokesman Rich McKeown emerged much like a deer in
headlights. Crowd members told him they we were done
listening to excuses from bureaucrats and wanted to speak to
people they had elected.
One would have thought another
tornado had struck Salt Lake. Despite numerous camera
crews and microphones, salivating reporters on site excitedly
reported many conflicting details. Read some of their
for Parents' Rights Held at Capitol," John Daley, KSL 1160
jeers abound at parents rally," James Thalman, Deseret
rally backs rights of parents," Brooke Adams, Salt Lake
Supporters Storm Into Capitol Offices," KUTV Channel 2,
Ogden Standard Examiner
has, to its credit, already issued a retraction for one of its
errors in the Sunday paper, clarifying that AU Team member
Daniel Newby did not use foul language during the discussions
with bureaucrats. You will need to register in order to see
the stories in this paper.
This simple protest by citizens
marks the beginning of the end of unchallenged tyranny
against Utah families.
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and family rights:
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