Death of Democracy Funeral Procession and Protest

This Saturday From Noon to 1 p.m. - Wingfield Park, Downtown Reno 

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Voters for Sensible Growth (VSG) will hold a brief ceremony at noon this Saturday (June 24, 2006) in honor of the untimely passing of the carefully crafted Regional Master Plan, and along with it the voice of citizens, and democracy itself!

 A copy of the Regional Master Plan will be buried to signify our outrage that the voices of local citizens are being ignored by local officials set on catering to the whims of developers. 

 After these plans are put into final repose, we will march, carrying signs, to Reno City Hall at 12:20 p.m. and peacefully protest until 1 p.m. Please wear all black as a show of outrage (casual/light-weight clothes). To help make signs for the march, please arrive at 10 a.m. at Wingfield Park by the stage.

 This peaceful demonstration will call for:

 * The will of citizens to be heard in local government.

* The Proposed Amendments to be rolled into the 2007 Regional Master Plan Update.

* Support for Regional Planning Director Dave Ziegler and Regional Planning Commissioner Fred Lokken so they won't resign under the pressure to compromise their ethics. 

* The renewal of Dave Ziegler's contract.

* Ethics and strength of character to be brought back into our local government.

* An end to local good 'ol boy politics and political corruption.

 This event will shine the media spotlight on the unethical practices going on in local government and show citizen outrage over the resignations of Dave Ziegler and Fred Lokken.

 If you are not angry, please get angry and join your friends, neighbors and fellow citizens this Saturday at noon at Wingfield Park. Fight for your rights and the rights of your friends and neighbors! Call on local officials to right the wrongs!  

 "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead (1901 - 1978)

 "The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use - of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public." - Robert F. Kennedy

 This event will help to raise awareness of the unethical happenings in local government. It will remind local officials that they work for the people. It will show them that there are many concerned citizens who are now watching them closely. Even if we can't get Dave Ziegler and Fred Lokken back, it will show these brave men that they have support and are highly respected for taking the moral high road.

 Help us show local officials that we will no longer stand by while the good of our community is compromised and quality people are forced out of the system. Please get angry and let your voices be heard!! Please show that you will no longer tolerate greed and corruption from local officials, and most of all that you will not tolerate the poor treatment of officials who stand for ethics, honesty and integrity!!

 "Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things. "- Russell Baker

"Character is what you are in the dark." -American Proverb

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."  - Martin Luther King Jr.,

 "A man is judged by his deeds, not by his words." - Russian Proverb

"Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. "- Bill Vaughan

"I think that I shall never see
a billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I'll never see a tree at all. "

- Ogden Nash (1902 - 1971)

"It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power. " - David Brin (1950 - )

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