For Immediate Release
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Apr 11, 2022- A Freedom Protest and Convoy / Motorcade Rally on April 30, 2022, will be assembling at the Lincoln statue in front of the Illinois Capitol Building, corner of S. 2ndStreet and E. Capitol Avenue in Springfield Illinois starting at 11 am.
A rally will begin at High Noon near the statue or nearby parking lot depending on space available.
For the convoy motorcade portion of the rally beginning at 11 am, participants are encouraged to display one or more American flags and signs of their choice conspicuously on or in their vehicle’s windows to identify participants to each other.
Participants will drive the streets surrounding the Capitol building and “follow the leader”, driving only on the streets that are closest to the Capitol complex, and joining together into an impromptu motorcade.
Any legally licensed roadworthy vehicle is encouraged to join: semi trucks with or without trailers, tractors and farm equipment with proper safety placarding and licensing, campers, RVs, pickups, automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, or mopeds. Also horses and/or horse drawn wagons and carriages with road safety placards are welcome.
Also pedestrians, joggers, wagons, strollers, wheelchairs, families, and legally operated drones, skateboards, hoverboards, Segways, kids battery powered vehicles, roller skaters, those with walkers or prosthetic, are all encouraged to safely participate and carry flags and signs and walk the sidewalks around the capital at the same time as the motorcade from 11 am to noon. Or simply bring your favorite chair to watch the event.
Then at 12 noon an assembly will form for a rally aimed at citizens airing dissatisfaction publicly on the loss of their rights and freedoms, and how the misuse of the Governor’s Emergency Orders and ever-changing rules have impacted the lives of them, their children and livelihood.
The motto for the Protest and Rally for April 30, according to the handout flyer, is to “remind the government that they work for us, and not the other way around”. Their handout also states that “Emergency Powers = Tyranny” and “STOP The Tyranny NOW!!”
“Every resident of Illinois is encouraged to join the protest” the organizers said. “Lord knows that our elected representatives in Springfield are passing impossible unfunded budgets, killing small businesses with their impossible regulations and taxes, caving to personal and special interests, spending money they don’t have, infringing on our free speech and medical privacy and trying to force us into submitting to their narratives of oppression and control.
Add to that the tyrannical and out of date Emergency Orders and tromped upon Constitutional Rights over the last two years, and their ever increasing laws and rules for increasing pay raises and benefits that pad their pockets and set themselves as a preferred status Citizen, and you have statewide frustration and distrust of our lawmakers and Governor.
The government we have before us is NOT a representational government OF the people and BY the people. This misbehavior by our elected and appointed officials must stop."
Bring megaphones, bells, whistles, sirens, noisemakers, pots and pans, cymbals, gongs and horns!”
Any disabled person that cannot walk or be present at the statue or walk around is encouraged to come and observe from their vehicle as close as they can get to the assembly and if possible bring a comfortable chair as near as they are able.
There are several parking lots that are used throughout the week but vacant now that most legislators have high tailed it out of Springfield for another vacation break.
Pets must be in control at all times and on a leash, and please pick up their excrement if that happens.
Licensed street food trucks and tents and merchandise vendors are encouraged to setup where and if they are legally authorized to sell around the capitol grounds.
Any person who wants to protest their dissatisfaction with the Government and to exert their First Amendment Constitutional rights is encouraged to come to the rally and tell how they’ve been affected by the lawlessness of government, its dictator-like mandates, the tyranny of lock downs and other unconstitutional edicts by the Governor and State health departments.
Speakers will have a maximum of 5 minutes each as time allows.
The First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The rally and motorcade is about our freedoms and dedication to the Constitution of the United States of America. It aims to bring attention our State and Federal governments' chipping away at our civil liberties and our freedoms.
We strive to bring an end to tyrannical mandates by the president, the wayward states' governors, illegal health department controls, and unconstitutional large and small business' firings of employees throughout our country.
It's not about political parties nor radical agenda, but more about the rights of the citizens and future of Americans now and forward.
Our government elected officials and those that work under them have forgotten their place and has fallen into the habit of routinely disregarding what our founding fathers have instructed us in the Constitution.
The purpose is also to give We the People a venue to come together for God and Country. No one is going to save us but ourselves.
We must act now or continue to be subject to the whims of our increasingly restrictive and un-American representatives, senators, judges and president who are dividing its peoples with their hatred and divisiveness and ruining the American way.
We do not represent any political party, any race, any gender, any religion. We are not a professional group.
We are Americans and will always remain "Of the people, for the people, by the people."
Any speaker at the event will be given their chance to speak as long as it is not hate or vulgar speech. We are people who care and are trying to help each other fight the tyranny of communism and socialism.
In case of rain the organizers state that they will hold still have the motorcade and rally.
“Anyone who wants to Rally in the Rain is welcome to do so” Barth said. “In any case, it’s rain or shine.”