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    Texas Patriots -

    It has been just over a month since the Minnesota Rally for the Republic, but few of us have had time to catch our breath. We all know that the Fed's web of debt and pretend money has begun unraveling in earnest, as we all said it would, and our fine Congress has responded in typical fashion by marching even more quickly into the pit of socialism. They are nearly tripping over each other in their rush to shred what little remains of our liberties, while trying to point blame at each other for the things they all did together.

    Meanwhile, many of us across the state are doing what we can to keep liberty alive against these odds via education, local political campaigns, legal efforts, and other activism. Part of that is figuring out together how to continue some of the things we started during the convention process, and how we might fit in with the new national Campaign for Liberty.

    Many of you are aware that a group from Texas--one from each Congressional District, plus two at-large--attended a CFL Grassroots Summit while in Minnesota. While there we also met to discuss the future of a statewide organization in Texas. We know that local and regional groups will always know best what their areas need and how to achieve those things, but many are looking for an ongoing statewide effort for at least ongoing communication and statewide cooperation where beneficial. The future holds more conventions, statewide elections and issue votes, etc.

    At that meeting, the Summit group agreed on the following:

    * That while every effort had been made to make that group representative for the Summit given the time available, we had no authority to continue beyond the Summit or form a state organization ourselves.

    * That Texas should instead hold conventions that provide opportunity for all activists across the state to discuss and vote on the purpose, role, structure, officers, etc. of a statewide organization.

    * That these conventions be called at the lowest level as mass meetings as defined in and under the parliamentary authority of RONR, in order to allow for maximum participation and to best determine the will of the body.

    * That these conventions should occur by March 1st, 2009.

    That at these conventions any votes with statewide impact would be proportional votes, with each Senate District having a strength based on the portion of the statewide vote for Ron Paul in the 2008 Presidential Primary provided by that Senate District.

    While the Summit group did not have or claim authority to simply dictate what happens next, we believe it was representative enough to set a goal that the rest of the volunteers in the state can look at and agree with. The focus of these conventions will absolutely be to include as many people as possible and to determine the will of the full majority in Texas, with respect for minority opinions. If others disagree they are of course free to take personal responsibility to do something else, but we hope people will at least first try to come together and help us deliberate and seek consensus.

    Four individuals were given responsibility for organizing and issuing the call for these conventions: Jeremy Blosser, Debra Medina, Robert McDonald, and Don Zimmerman. The four of us met recently and determined that the best option is to hold a series of SD conventions in January, followed by a state convention in February. The SD conventions will be called as open mass meetings, with a primary purpose of determining representation from each SDs to the state convention. The state convention will consist of the delegates elected from each SD and will set its own agenda and scope. We will have someone present at each SD convention to assist as needed and will provide suggested agendas and rules and other information, but acceptance and use of those will be entirely up to the voting individuals present. Each convention will be called to order by an appropriate temporary chair and will proceed immediately to the election of a permanent chair and other organization, then will conduct its business.

    We are initially suggesting the following schedule:

    Jan 10, D/FW: SDs 2, 8, 9, 10, 12, 16, 23, 30
    Jan 10, Waco: SDs 1, 3, 5, 22
    Jan 17, San Antonio: SDs 14, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26
    Jan 17, Harlingen: SDs 20, 27
    Jan 24, Houston: SDs 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18
    Jan 24, El Paso: SD 29
    Jan 31, Lubbock: SDs 28, 31

    February, Austin: State Convention

    However, as our goal is maximizing participation, we are certainly open to suggestions for alternate locations. We are also researching methods for allowing large SDs to meet in multiple physical locations via video conference. Please LET US KNOW if you are interested in attending, REGARDLESS of the date and location listed for your SD. If the listed date or location would prevent you from attending, suggest a reasonable alternative. Final dates and locations need to be determined soon, so please forward any suggestions or concerns that you have promptly.

    Please also note that the focus here is specifically on determining what Texas wants for itself. While it is assumed that whatever organization comes out of these conventions will seek charter as the Texas Campaign for Liberty, that will be up to the conventions themselves. We hope to have a list of the CFL's requirements for state organizations by the time we meet so we can review them and decide together if we want to base our organization on those requirements, but if Texas chooses to vote to do something else, that is what we will do. There is no requirement that you be a member of the CFL to attend these meetings, though if we do decide to seek a state charter in the CFL they will require that the individuals involved in that process be CFL precinct leaders.

    Please send your comments, question, and initial RSVP to convention@ocati.org as soon as possible. RSVPs will not be required to attend but having them will enable us to choose the best locations for maximum participation.

    We hope to see all of you there as Texas again makes history.

    For Liberty, Prosperity, and Peace,

    Jeremy Blosser, 469-212-7090
    Debra Medina, 979-253-0220
    Robert McDonald, 512-658-1723
    Don Zimmerman, 512-577-8842



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    Jan 17 it is. I'll contact our Meetup leaders in Cameron and Hildago counties.

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    Thanks Jeremy, all sounds great. Austin seems like the best place for the state convention.

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    Bump... please make sure you RSVP to convention@ocati.org and indicate if the listed time/place works for you in your SD so we can make arrangements (final decisions of time and place, booking facilities, figure out what funds we need, etc.)

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    These dates are now fixed, with the target times being 9~9:30am registration, ~9:30am start, 12-1:30pm lunch, 1:30-??? finish.

    The State Convention will be the weekend of Feb 28, though the exact duration is not yet know.
    Last edited by jblosser; 11-16-2008 at 09:00 AM.

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    I will be there. Jan10th DFW

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    Jeremy,

    Going to miss you guys...tell Read to give a double pitch in effort...

    Tyler



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    Unofficial site providing more information and discussion areas regarding what we want:

    http://convention.ocati.org/

    Talking about it here is fine too of course but I haven't seen as many of the active Texans here of late.

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    bump. I don't think I can make my SD meeting, but I will talk to my extended family.

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    Arrow Texas C4L Regional Conventions - RSVP - CAMPAIGNforTEXAS.COM

    Jan 10 - Dallas/FtWorth: SDs 2, 8, 9, 10, 12, 16, 23, 30 http://tinyurl.com/Jan10RSVP
    Jan 10 - Waco: SDs 1, 3, 5, 22 http://tinyurl.com/WacoJan10RSVP
    Jan 17 - San Antonio: SDs 14, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26 http://tinyurl.com/Jan17RSVP
    Jan 17 - Harlingen: SDs 20, 27 http://tinyurl.com/HarlJan17RSVP
    Jan 24 - Houston: SDs 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18 http://tinyurl.com/Jan24RSVP
    Jan 24 - El Paso: SD 29
    Jan 31 - Lubbock: SDs 28, 31 http://tinyurl.com/Jan31RSVP

    Feb 26-27 - C4L @ CPAC http://tinyurl.com/C4LCPAC
    Feb 28 - Texas C4L State Convention (Austin) Ron Paul Attending

    Questions?
    Robert Abraham 210-386-0720
    http://CAMPAIGNforTEXAS.COM
    gunjin22@yahoo.com
    Last edited by gunjin22; 01-09-2009 at 09:08 AM. Reason: Update

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    http://www.meetup.com/Houston-Libert...&action=detail

    According to this link, the meetup no longer has an organizer and will close in 13 days.



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