Bay Area Tea Party activists are planning a big pow-wow in Mill Valley, Ca. on March 7th and that has a former Associated Press reporter and Mill Valley resident Deborah Phelan sucking lemons.
It seems that Ms. Phelan wants to SILENCE the Tea Party activists and other Marin County conservatives by shutting them out of the Mill Valley Community Center.
That's right. Phelan wants to deny this group of individuals our constitutionally protected rights to free speech and assembly.
Typical. Liberal. Dopes.
From the Mill Valley Times:
"..Tea Party activists and conservative fellow travelers will converge on the Mill Valley Community Center on March 7 for what¹s being billed as the largest gathering of conservatives in the Bay Area.²
While liberal-leaning Mill Valley may be for an unlikely spot for a regional Tea Party get-together, the political group known as the Bay Area Patriots is nonetheless sounding the rallying cry for Tea Party groups, 9-12 groups, any grassroots organization with conservative principles, taxpayer associations and conservative think tanks, according to its website.
The ticket-only four-hour afternoon session will focus on issues like political networking and strategizing, and give conservative candidates for the House of Representatives and the state Assembly a chance to meet potential supporters.
The Bay Area Patriots describe the Mill Valley session as a chance to expose Bay Area conservatives to the diverse organizations in the region, offering them a glimpse into each groups mission, and to bring groups and individuals under one roof to enhance your organization¹s recruitment and outreach efforts and allow individuals to shop around for a good fit.
Attendees are encouraged to prepare a 10- to 15-second statement to be videotapes and posted on YouTube as part of what the group is calling its ³March Missive to Congress.²
Bay Area Patriots founder Sally Zelikovsky said more than 25 conservative organizations and candidates have purchased tables for the event, and she¹s expecting more than 150 people to attend.
Zelikovsky said the meeting was open to conservative groups of all persuasions. There are lots of different folks on the spectrum getting tables,² she said.
The Bay Area Patriots¹ core principles, according to Zelikovsky:
Limited government, individual rights, free markets and lower taxes.
Asked why her group chose a liberal bastion like Mill Valley for a conservative pow-wow, Zelikovsky, a San Rafael resident, provided entirely practical reasons. With attendees coming from across the Bay Area, she said the group needed a place that was centrally located and could accommodate the size of the crowd at a reasonable rate.
The Mill Valley Community Center is clean, it¹s nice, it¹s well run, Zelikovsky said. Of course, with anyplace in Marin there is irony.
It¹s an irony that doesn¹t sit well with local resident Deborah Phelan, a former AP reporter who now works in public relations.
Infuriated by the images and rhetoric employed by Tea Party groups across the nation, Phelan said city property should not play host to a right-wing get-together.
"We have young kids going there to swim, to go to classes, Phelan said. Do you want your kid to walk by a picture of the president of the U.S. with the horrible things they say about him?"
Phelan has appealed to city officials to cancel the event, but that appears unlikely. Parks and Recreation Director Christine Sansom said the Community Center can¹t discriminate against groups who want to rent the center based on politics. "We can¹t say,We don¹t like what you¹re organization does,¹" Sansom said. "We don¹t evaluate who¹s going to use our facilities."
Zelikovsky said fears like those voiced by Phelan are based on misconceptions. ³This is a very tame crowd of people,² she said.
³These are people who are your neighbors and fellow church-goers ‹ they go to school with your kids. I haven¹t had one incidence of violence at one of our protests, nor property damage afterward.²
Nor will radical, inflammatory images be condoned, Zelikovsky said, adding that only once in all the gatherings she has organized did somebody show up with a sign connecting fascist images to the current administration. ³We asked that person to leave,² she said. ³In our group I haven¹t met anybody who shares those kinds of views.²
Phelan nonetheless says she¹ll keep seeking ways to stop the gathering from taking place in Mill Valley. ³I feel our local government has to make a stand against this movement, which I view as seditious,² she said.