We just finished our activities in Charlotte, North Carolina and I am now en route home. This is only a skeletal overview of the goings on over the past two days.
Two separate conferences took place in Charlotte this weekend. One was the “official” Amren conference, which was supposed to include a live stream of the various invited speakers. Due to technical difficulties, the live stream did not take place. Instead, there will be a high-definition video of the speeches available in the near future (maybe already available). The location of this conference was a carefully guarded secret and all we know is that it took place somewhere in Charlotte.
The second conference was a “shadow conference” and it was attended by some of those who were originally planning to attend the Amren conference as regular guests. Not speakers. This was coordinated by Matt Parrott and a young woman whose name I’m not sure she wants divulged. We greatly enjoyed each other’s company and we were thrilled when Paul Fromm showed up to join us, speak and conduct a few interviews. In addition to Fromm’s speeches, a few others also spoke; all these speeches will be available on YouTube in the near future. I was among those who spoke – but I was not the best speaker by a long shot.
After these two small conferences were held, some of us took to the streets and picketed the original hotel, which had cancelled the reservation. We took some photos of each other in front of the hotel and then at the nearby intersection. It was a lot of fun and we got some thumbs up from passers-by. These photos and videos will also be made available on YouTube in the near future.
For all the intelligent and insightful words we exchange on the internet, the actual goal is action on the street. If our movement remains strictly a virtual one, it will be irrelevant. So we feel that our street protest is the culmination of our efforts – and only the first of many others like it. Hopefully, the sight of us standing publicly for all to see, and proud of what we stand for, will serve as an inspiration for others to do likewise.