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Saturday, September 19, 2009

I was #216

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So what did y’all do this morning!

Well, It was pouring down rain. I sat listening to the rain, warm and dry in my jammies drinking my coffee. I nearly convinced myself to stay at home. But my civic duty won out. I put on my husbands red shirt (red is the Save the Library campaign color) grabbed my red umbrella and headed out the door this morning to exercise my first amendment right.

You see the economy has taken a very sad toll on our community. The library board (in an unpublicized meeting and unscheduled vote) has voted to close our local library.

This library is less than three years old and is a beautiful multi-million dollar facility with-in walking distance of my house. It is centrally located between the middle school and the high school. The land for this facility was actually donated by two retired Gwinnett county school teachers who taught in the dacula schools to be use for the purpose of building a library for our city.

My DD is an avid reader so we are regular visitors to this facility as well. I can not remember ever pulling into the parking lot when it was not bustling with activity. This library is a well used by the community and a valuable resource as well.

To my surprise I was not alone.

To my shock the morning downpour did not deter. There were hundreds of people gathering to participate in the “Save The Dacula Library Rally”

We assembled at a local church and then peacefully marched in the pouring down rain to the community library.

The line of protestors stretched for the entire 1/2 mile of the route set out.

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As we rounded the corner and headed down to the gathering area across from the library there was a Rally organizer counting off each person. Y’all I was #216 out of over 500 in attendance.

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Some of the television news channels were there and I am sure there will be article in the local paper.  P1909090007  P1909090009 Well I returned home a little damp, a little hungry but feeling like I had really participated in something special.

I exercised my first amendment right today!

It was good!

It was GREAT and so is our country.

Y’all pray for the library board as they meet on this Tuesday to reconsider their decision.

 

So when was the last time you exercised your first amendment right?????

Shalom

Robin

 

Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note

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.

3 comments:

Terri Tiffany said...

I am so proud of you for doing this!! I know they are talking of cutting the hours at all our libraries here and like yours, they are always packed with people. Especially in this recession when people can't afford to buy books and need computers for job searchs. My husband got his first library card as an adult last year too:) I pray it will stay open!

skoots1mom said...

way 2 step up and out, girl!!
maybe they'll be creative and figure out a way to think outside their bureaucratic box...i don't want you to lose your library

Kim said...

Yeah for the citizens of Dacula! I pray your efforts will be rewarded by a reversal of the board's decision.

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