|March 16, 2006
Freedom Film Momentum Builds
475 see it at
Southern Oregon University
300 at the Clarke St. Theater in Portland
550 at the Garland Theatre in Spokane
RTP Lawsuit: Government Requests More Time
April DC Events Postponed
This past weekend, the We The People Foundation sponsored three more
screenings of “America…From
Freedom to Fascism,”
producer Aaron Russo’s compelling new documentary about the erosion of
freedom in America.
On Saturday afternoon, the film played to a standing-room-only gathering in
Ashland, Oregon on the SOU campus, where 450 chairs had been set up in the
ballroom in Britt Hall. On Sunday, another “SRO” crowd watched the film in
downtown Portland at the 289-seat Clinton Street Theatre (“the oldest
continuously operating theatre west of the Mississippi”). A Monday evening
screening in Spokane nearly filled the 650-seat Garland Theatre.
At each venue, the crowds gave enthusiastic standing ovations for the film,
which provides stark examples of how the government, international bankers
and large corporations are gnawing away at the roots of our Rights,
Liberties and Freedoms.
Portland -- full
house, lights down
Portland crowd wait Aaron Russo's movie at historic venue
Portland marquis at the Garland theater
Spokane Garland theater seating 650 awaits the film
The film screens next in
Chicago at two separate venues on Thursday and Saturday, one a large
independent book store in downtown, and the other at an historical
vaudeville theater seating approximately 1000 in the western suburb of St.
Charles. Russo will be at both Chicago events and has several other
screening-related engagements planned in Chicago, including a major radio
station interview and appearance at a large local night club where the
trailer of his film will be shown.
RTP Lawsuit: Government Asks For More Time
As previously announced, the landmark Right To Petition
lawsuit is before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia Circuit, and a briefing schedule was ordered as follows: our Brief
was due by February 22, the Government’s Response Brief was to be filed by
March 24, and our Reply Brief was to be filed by April 7.
With all the briefs filed by
April 7, 2006, oral arguments would then be heard by a
panel of three judges.
With this in mind, WTP
published an Operations Plan for 2006 that included both a “Give Me Liberty”
conference event and the “Hungering For Redress” hunger strike, scheduled
back-to-back in Washington, DC for April 24, 2006. The strategic purpose of
for these dual events was to bring a national spotlight to the
Right-to-Petition issue and the landmark Right-to-Petition lawsuit.
Our brief was filed on time. However, on March 14, the
Government filed a motion asking the Court for an extension in time in which
to file and serve its response to our Brief. Instead of March 24, the
Government has asked for permission to file its Brief on April 24, the same
day our DC events were to get underway. The Court is expected to grant the
Click here to read the WTP/Plaintiff's
WTP Postpones April DC Events
WTP has decided to postpone
the events planned for late April in Washington, DC. Not only will we need
the time to prepare our Reply Brief for the landmark Right-to-Petition
lawsuit, but the screening and early distribution of Aaron Russo’s film has
become a priority of the highest order for WTP.
Since the initial public screening in Tucson in January, there has been a
sustained and growing level of support and enthusiasm for the film and its
compelling message regarding the threats to Freedom. The film provides the
perfect backdrop for securing the attention of the nation (and the media) to
the work of the Foundation.
In short, the film’s compelling message is born of the artistic craft and
wit of writer, director and producer Aaron Russo. Employing humor and
emotion, it communicates vividly to audiences the grave problems our nation
faces from a government that is showing less and less respect for the
unalienable Rights and sovereignty of the People, as guaranteed by America’s
founding documents. The Foundation is using these events to further educate
the audiences about the profound, and non-violent Constitutional solution:
the First Amendment Right to Petition the government for Redress of
With a dozen successful screening events behind us, it now appears clear
that Russo’s movie has substantial potential to become the “breakthrough”
strategic communications vehicle that we have sought to secure the attention
of the Nation to both the raging attacks on Liberty inside America, and the
constitutional tools by which We the People can peacefully and rapidly
repair our ailing Republic.
With the Foundation having cemented a strong relationship with Russo,
including an essentially open-ended agreement to continue publicly screening
the film until further notice, as well as evolving developments that are
positioning the film for full, nationwide distribution this summer, the
Foundation has decided to temporarily postpone its planned April events
until later this summer.
By postponing the April events, we will be able to concentrate the
Foundation’s limited resources on directly leveraging the success of Russo’s
powerful film as an educational “segue” into the Foundation’s
Right-to-Petition work, including the landmark RTP lawsuit currently under
appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals in
We regret any inconveniences this shift in strategy has caused those that
have already made preparations to attend the April DC events. We are hopeful
that you will agree that despite this late turn of events, Russo’s movie, on
balance, presents a timely, powerful and compelling opportunity for the
Foundation that it cannot ignore in its quest to move forward and achieve
its strategic objectives of restoring Constitutional Order and reclaiming
As we wrote last week, of the several thousand that have already seen the
film, hopefully most would honestly attest that it is no exaggeration that
this movie holds within it the promise to end our national nightmare of
tyranny. This movie strikes at the root of despotism and the abuse of
power, exposing the tyranny to a citizenry largely ignorant of its own sad
It is with this strategic vision that we now embrace Russo’s work and
proclaim the commitment of the Foundation to bring this movie to theaters
and living rooms across
Distribution of Russo’s Film.
The leading question that comes from each audience that has just seen
Russo’s film is, “How soon will the movie be available in theaters, on DVD
and on the Internet?”
Aaron intends to submit the
film to the Cannes Film Festival in late May. He would then like to secure
distribution to theaters nationwide during the summer. Distribution of a
movie normally costs many hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars
for advertising in the dominant media.
Due to the subject matter, the major movie distribution companies may be
reluctant to promote the distribution of Aaron’s film. Additionally, as it
previously did in an effort to censor the Foundation's series of national
full-page ads in USA TODAY, it is entirely possible that the
government will quietly urge the movie distribution companies to refrain
from assisting with the distribution of the film.
In the end, it may
ultimately be up to the People, themselves, to get the film widely
distributed into theaters and to DVD outlets. Working together
cooperatively, we have within our reach an achievable, historic opportunity
to bring this provocative educational documentary to the American People and
forever alter the national consciousness regarding our potent battle to
With this in mind, we are now asking People to let us know if they would be
willing to be contacted (once a business plan, project budget, and
appropriate legal, financial and accounting controls are in place) about
contributing a tax-deductible
donation toward the cost of distribution.
Under a Foundation assisted distribution model, all monies donated for this
extraordinary, mass-education project will be exclusively reserved and
expended for media purchases, promotion of the film and other direct
distribution related expenses. We will provide additional information
as details as the film distribution project evolve over the near future.
PLEASE CONTACT ME. I may be interested in making a
tax-deductible financial contribution
toward the cost of distributing Aaron Russo’s film,
America…From Freedom to
Acta Non Verba.
Deeds, Not Words.
Click here to see the movie
The most recently confirmed WTP regional events will be held in:
-- Saturday, March 18
-- Sunday, March 19
(upstate), NY -- Saturday, March 25
Londonderry, New Hampshire -- Sunday March 26
Commack/Long Island, New York -- Saturday, April 1
Fairfield, Connecticut -- Sunday, April 2
San Francisco, California -- Saturday April 8
Others will be added soon….Click Here for the
latest schedule details including specific locations, times, directions
and printable flyers you can use locally to bring attention to these
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are using the new WTP DVD documentary about the Right-to-Petition
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substantial costs of prosecuting the RTP lawsuit through the federal
appeals process and execute the Foundation’s Operations Plan which
includes the ongoing slate of regional WTP meetings and the
April "Hungering For Redress" events
in Washington, DC.
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We urge all the 1700+ Plaintiffs in the history-making lawsuit, as well as
every other WTP supporter to consider making a significant financial
commitment so that we may conclude what our organization has begun: The
awakening of the soul of America and the reclamation of Freedom.
As Thomas Paine wrote in Common Sense: "We have it in our power to
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