Monday, February 20, 2017

Corey Stewart To Hold "Rally To Preserve Our Heritage" at Charlottesville City Hall

Corey Stewart, Republican candidate for Governor in Virginia, will host a rally TOMORROW night, Tuesday, February 21st at Charlottesville City Hall.  Corey has taken a vocal, high profile stand against the destruction of our history and heritage, and the left, as well as some in the Republican establishment, is attacking him with a vengeance.  We need to show up STRONG tomorrow evening to support him.

Email forward below with details:
 


I recently visited Charlottesville to fight against the removal of the Gen. Robert E. Lee Statue.

Make no mistake: The left won't stop at erasing Virginia's history. They won't be satisfied until they put down all dissenting opinion, at all times, in all places.

We cannot allow them to erase our heritage.

That is why this Tuesday, February 21st, we're returning to Charlottesville, this time to rally at steps of City Hall.

Please come and stand with me to protest the removal of General Lee's statue and help us stop this madness in its tracks.

The Rally to Preserve our Heritage will begin at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, February 21,

The City Council meeting begins at 7:00 PM, where they'll continue their effort to erase the proud record of one of Virginia's greatest heroes.

Without a doubt, the liberal agitators will try and shut our rally down.

We can't let them silence the voices advocating for Virginia's heritage.

General Lee is our heritageHe is our history. Robert E. Lee was a great American and Virginian. After the Civil War, General Lee spent the rest of his life working to reconcile and heal the country. His legacy is antithetical to the radicals who aim to destroy and divide, and it must be protected.

Join me and hundreds of other Virginians to protect our heritage in Charlottesville on Tuesday, February 21st at the steps of City Hall

Rally to Preserve our Heritage
Charlottesville City Hall
605 E. Main St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
5:30 PM
RSVP here
For Virginia,

Corey Stewart

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Fight to Save Lee Statue Heats Up On All Fronts - Chaos Erupts as Charlottesville Braces for Costly Lawsuits and Protests



We have received numerous inquiries for updates on the legal proceedings and other plans for Charlottesville after the vote to attempt to remove the RE Lee statue and rename LEE Park.  We have some new information to share with you…

From a legal aspect, we promised Charlottesville that there would be a heavy price to pay and we intend to deliver on that promise.  Our friends at “Friends of C’Ville Monuments” have been busy preparing the first lawsuits, and we expect that they will be filed in the next few days.  In the meantime, our attorney sent a letter to the City Attorney and City Council outlining our plans to follow up with more litigation over the next few months, and requesting the City Attorney do his job and stop this nonsense. 
On his advice, we will be setting up a separate fund that will be used not only to fund whatever legal action we deem necessary over the next few months, but will be a general fund which can be used to fight any and all future attempts to remove monuments in the Commonwealth…and to erect new ones to add to the landscape. Stay tuned for more information on how you can help.

In the meantime, the Governor’s race in Virginia has heated up after the swift and strong reaction by two of the Republican candidates.  As detailed in an earlier email, Corey Stewart and Denver Riggelman make strong statements condemning the vote to remove the monument, and vowed to fight to end the PC whitewashing of our history and heritage.  Meanwhile, Fellow Republican candidate Ed Gillespie, a political strategist whom Stewart derides as “Establishment Ed,” said in a statement that he doesn’t support moving statues but that such decisions are...ready for this... "local issues". Gillespie is leading the Republican field in polling and campaign cash for the June primary. The fourth Republican candidate for governor, State Sen. Frank Wagner (Virginia Beach), says he opposes removing the statue, calling it “political correctness run amok.”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello, who represented Charlottesville in Congress from 2009 to 2011, supports the statue’s removal as part of creating a more inclusive environment. Lt. Gov Ralph Northam, the Democratic front-runner in the gubernatorial contest, has said local communities should make decisions about Confederate symbols, but held up Charlottesville as a model for creating a “welcoming community.”

Disappointing, but not surprising that the leading Republican in the race has decided to “play it safe” and side with Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who used the “local issue” excuse to veto legislation that would have closed a possible loophole in our veterans memorial statute.  Corey Stewart not only made a strong statement, he visited the RE Lee statue on Saturday, and was attacked by some of Charlottesville’s local social justice thugs.  Good video here… https://www.facebook.com/pg/CoreyStewartVA/videos/



Corey has also planned a follow up press conference in Charlottesville for NEXT Tuesday, February 21st, at 5:30 pm at Charlottesville City Hall.  We urge EVERYONE to make an effort to attend and support his efforts!  https://www.facebook.com/events/1255311257886567/

Finally, we have been very busy fielding calls, messages, and emails from concerned citizens in and around Charlottesville.  The result is the acquisition of land for THREE new Confederate Battle Flag Memorials to be erected in and around Charlottesville, one of which will be a massive one on Interstate 64.  We are finalizing details, but expect to move quickly to get these up and flying and need your help.  If you would like to help make this happen, please consider a gift to the Va Flaggers Memorial Battle Flag Projects Fund.  Make checks payable to “Va Flaggers” and mail to P.O. Box 547, Sandston, VA 23150, or contribute through PayPal here…   http://www.vaflaggers.com/i95flagdonate.html

We truly believe the tide is turning in the Commonwealth.  Efforts to remove the Confederate monument in Alexandria failed after local legislators refused City Council’s request that they petition the legislature for permission to move it.  Mayoral candidates in Richmond and Portsmouth who supported monument removal were defeated or removed from office, and a groundswell of anger against the PC attempt to whitewash our history and heritage is growing.  Even in Charlottesville, the fa├žade is crumbling.  Disgraced Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy, who was behind the push to remove the monument, faces a recall challenge in court, after volunteers collected enough signatures from registered voters to petition the court.  This after new vile tweets were found and released over the weekend, which use graphic language and slurs against homosexuals. http://www.jasonkessler.net/blog/new-anti-gay-bellamy-tweets-surface His partner in monument destruction, Kristin Szakos, has announced she will not seek re-election, and several pro monument Charlottesville citizens have stepped up to say they will run for office.

We are confident that not only will the Lee Monument be saved, but ALL monuments and memorials in Virginia will remain, but we are determined that this is, now more than ever, the time to push forward and not let up, even for a moment.

Stay tuned for more information and ways that you can join us!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Va GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Vow To Fight Lee Monument Removal, Protect ALL Veterans Memorials

On the heels of the Charlottesville City Council vote to attempt to violate Virginia State Law and remove the Robert E. Lee monument from LEE Park, two of Virginia's Republican candidates for Governor have released statements condemning the vote, and vowing to fight to protect the Lee monument and ALL of our veterans' memorials.
Statement from Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Denver Riggleman: 
(Afton, VA) - In response to the Charlottesville government voting to take down the Robert E Lee Statue and renaming Lee Park, Denver Riggleman released the following statement:
"This continued assault from Democrats on Virginia's history and heritage is unacceptable. As Governor, I will protect the monuments of our heritage, but not just of the Civil War mind you. As Governor, I would be willing to explore memorializing more of our history, not less. 
Instead of tearing down a statue of Robert E. Lee, which will cost residents over $300,000, why are they not looking to spend that money erecting a monument to Maggie L. Walker, a Virginian, an African American, and first female president of a bank in the United States?
Not only are they standing in conflict with a number of Virginia's laws, but they are spitting in the face of veterans of every conflict - no reminder of any sacrifice by any veteran of any conflict should be torn down by the liberal thought police.
And if Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer wants to keep poking the rest of Virginia in the eye with this sort of nonsense with our statues and making statements about Charlottesville being the "capital of resistance," he is going to wish that he would be allowed to make Charlottesville a sanctuary city, because I am coming. No more anarchy. No more lawlessness. No more of this nonsense. Virginians are tired of the tyranny of political correctness. So am I. It ends with a Riggleman administration."

Statement from Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Corey Stewart: 
Woodbridge, VA – Republican gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart delved into the controversy involving Charlottesville City Council's vote to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the city's central square.

"You cannot revise history. Only tyrants attempt to erase history. This is tantamount to denouncing your own heritage," Stewart said.

The Council voted to remove the statue on Monday. Stewart said that he is actively recruiting candidates to challenge the councilmen who supported the measure and that he will be supporting the lawsuit challenging the Council's actions.

"I will do whatever I need to, both now and as Governor, to stop this historical vandalism," Stewart said. "We must fight to protect Virginia's heritage."  
As of this writing, we have received no response from GOP candidate Ed Gillespie from our inquiry for his position.
 
Please take a moment to contact Riggleman and Stewart and THANK them for their bold stand and offer your support!  
http://denverforgovernor.com/
9520 Rockfish Valley HWY
Afton, VA 22920
Phone Number: 434-906-8982
http://www.coreystewart.com/
PO Box 2128, Woodbridge, VA 22195
spence@coreystewart.com
 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Charlottesville City Council Votes to Violate State Law - Will Attempt to Tear Down Lee Monument

Last night, in a city council meeting that once again resembled more of a circus than a representative form of government, Charlottesville City Council voted 3-2 to attempt to tear down the magnificent equestrian statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from its place in LEE Park.  Against the advice of its own City Attorney, its self-appointed Blue Ribbon Commission, and the wishes of the overwhelming majority of its citizens, they voted to violate state law in order to carry out their campaign of hate and bigotry.  Tensions were high and police had to escort several people out of the meeting when tempers boiled over into fighting, all a result of the divisive climate created by City Council.  A 10 year old girl who stood to address city council was actually booed loudly by the monument haters and others were the target of their jeers and taunts.

The majority of the speakers last night spoke eloquently and passionately for keeping the monuments.  Perhaps one of the most poignant moments was when Kenneth Jackson, an African-American and life-long member of the community got up and called Bellamy out for the chaos, hate, and division he and Szakos have caused in the community. He received thunderous applause and cheers for his comments, which included…

 “I can tell y’all, we didn’t have these issues. We grew up together. I used to walk through every neighborhood,” he said. “Don’t play black folks for a fool. This disgusts me — and you’re supposed to be our leaders? Our parents didn’t hate the statue.”
The few that spoke for removal, like the council members who voted to do the same, blamed the Robert E. Lee monument for everything from white supremacy…to Jim Crow…to President Trump.  It was obvious to anyone there that this entire process was a set up from the start.  Comments from council member Kristin Szakos, Wes Bellamy, and Bob Fenwick were so ridiculous that they brought outbursts of laughter from the council chambers… reflective of the fact that the entire county is laughing at them, as well.  The biggest rise came when Fenwick had the nerve to complain about the fact that Wes Bellamy had received messages that came from folks who were obviously “racist”.  Poor Wes was apparently so shook up that he spent the entire meeting staring at his laptop, even when citizens were speaking.  Apparently not much has changed since he tweeted “I really tune out when white people talk in community meetings” just a few short years ago…
The fate of the monument was decided by three people.  Councilman Kristin Szakos,  a leftist extremist who has called for the removal for years put forth the proposal.  The motion was seconded by disgraced Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy, who led the charge to tear down the monument last spring, and was forced to resign from both the State Board of Education AND his position as a teacher in Albermarle County Schools after numerous vulgar and vile racist, sexist and homophobic tweets were uncovered and published.  http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2016/11/wes-bellamy-charlottesville-twitter  The third and deciding vote came from Bob Fenwick, a spineless, career politician who flip flopped after voting no just two weeks ago.  One can only imagine what happened in the past two weeks to purchase that vote.  Mayor Mike Signer and Councilman Kathy Galvin voted to keep the statues, but they are no friends to us our any citizen who honors Confederate heritage.  In their comments, they both made it clear that they have also bought (hook, line and sinker) into the false white supremacy/racist/slavery narrative that has so permeated this entire process.  They basically apologized for voting no. 
For those of you who had not been following our ongoing war with Charlottesville City Council, the vote last night was not unexpected. We were prepared and if you had to sit through any of those meetings you understand why we are actually glad it finally happened and we no longer have to sit through meeting after meeting waiting for the shoe to drop. Our attorney will be sending a letter today, detailing what action is forthcoming, and we understand lawsuits and injunctions will be filed by others as soon as the courthouse doors open this morning.

The social justice activist extremists in Charlottesville have voted to violate state law and even bragged about it in their comments. Fenwick, in his comments, says he "welcomes lawsuits". Apparently, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars is no big deal when it's taxpayer money that is being wasted.

The statues aren't going anywhere. These people actually think things will quiet down now. They are mistaken. We have not yet begun to fight.  
We are well prepared for this next battle, but will need help and support. Poles are under construction as we type for new flag sites in and around Charlottesville, and we are working on several other surprises.  Please stay tuned for more information about how you can help.  It is our prayer that this action by Charlottesville City Council will have the effect that so many others have had...to awaken thousands more to action to defend our history, heritage, and the good name of the Confederate soldier.

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” ― George Orwell

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Chester I-95 Memorial Battle Flag is Back... Bigger and Better Than Ever!

New flag, new pole, and new, higher elevation for our very first flag site!
After months of site work and hundreds of phone calls, messages and letters from concerned citizens asking about when the flag would return, the Virginia Flaggers are pleased to announce that a new flag has been raised on a brand new pole, on the site of our very first roadside memorial battle flag on I-95 in Chester, Virginia.
The new higher elevation of the site mean greatly improved visibility for the 20x30 flag that was raised Saturday afternoon. As we worked this weekend, we were encouraged when a number of folks pulled over to thank us for getting the flag back up.  Thumbs up's and honks of approval were heard repeatedly.  
The Virginia Flaggers wish to offer sincere thanks to our friends at Dixiana Steel for their help in the fabrication and installation of the new pole, to all of our flaggers and supporters who have helped with the site work over the past few months, and to all of YOU, whose generous financial support makes these projects possible.

Friday, February 3, 2017

City in Chaos: Charlottesville City Councilman Kristen Szakos' False Claim Of "Klansmen" At Lee Monument Dedication Exposed


Following months of public outcry and heavy opposition to her monument destruction plan, Charlottesville City Councilman Kristen Szakos must be feeling the pressure, and is pulling out all the stops. She posted this photo of the dedication of the RE Lee monument dedication to her public social media account and is telling everyone that the line in white in the photo is the Klan in attendance and using it as (yet another) false narrative excuse for her monument destruction plans.

Local historians have pointed out to Ms Szakos and others that the bright white in the photo is actually the plumed white shakos of the Richmond Light Artillery, as seen  more clearly in this photo, courtesy of Getty Images...
Szakos knows this, and is apparently willing to intentionally perpetuate the myth in an attempt to incite misplaced hatred, cause further division in the community, and seek to justify the actions she, Bellamy, and Fenwick will reportedly take Monday night.  In fact, she has known that it was a myth AT LEAST as early as 2015, when  Margaret O’Bryant, librarian for the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society was quoted in an article...

"And while Szakos and others have speculated that a photo of the statue’s dedication that year shows Klansmen in full regalia in attendance, Margaret O’Bryant, librarian for the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society disputes the notion, explaining that the large number of billowy white objects in the crowd are not KKK robes, but are instead part of the tall caps called “shakos” worn by one of the Virginia state militia units in attendance: the Richmond Light Infantry Blues."

http://www.c-ville.com/monumental-questions-local-statues-lesson-history-source-controversy/#.WJStmVMrLDC

Charlottesville Daily Progress details who participated.
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To have a military unit perform at a dedication of a monument to a military hero is, of course, completely appropriate, but apprently does not fit Szakos' agenda.

This is just another example of the many false narratives that Szakos and Bellamy have been pushing, and which were repeated over and over in the Blue Ribbon Commission's "report"...myths fabricated in an attempt to justify their hateful and divisive actions.

"Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand." MIcah 2:1

Monday, January 30, 2017

City in Chaos – Charlottesville’s Kristen Szakos Now Claims General Lee Would Advocate for Removal of Veterans Memorial

The announcement last week by Bob Fenwick that he would change his vote and call for the removal of the magnificent Robert E. Lee monument in Lee Park in Charlottesville, has set the stage for a possible February 6 motion that will send the city of Charlottesville deep into litigation which, when finally resolved, will have cost the city a fortune and result in the monument remaining right where it is, according to state law designed to protect our veterans’ memorials.  Fenwick says he will join Wes Bellamy, the disgraced Vice-Mayor who was forced to resign from his teaching position and from the State Board of Ed, and Kristen Szakos, who has made it her personal crusade to tear down the memorial, in voting to violate state law and attempt to remove it.  Szakos first publicly mentioned her desire to remove the monument in 2011, and having just announced she will not seek re-election, is hell bent on pushing her agenda through quickly before she leaves office, and against the wishes of the majority of the citizens.

The backlash of this bigoted, hate-filled anti-Confederate crusade which has deeply divided the community, has been swift and strong, and has come from all walks of life.  In response, Ms. Szakos made a public FaceBook post over the weekend, which has since been removed, presumably due to the overwhelming and sensible comments received in opposition.  Our friend Connie Chastain has penned a response to the post, which we have shared below:
Kristin Szakos is a city council member in Charlottesville, Virginia who is from elsewhere, and is married to a community organizer. She's a flaming "progressive" who believes in "feel-good" causes (because she "thinks" with her emotions), but don't imagine for a minute that her lack of cogitation makes her harmless.

Szakos is on a mad crusade to remove the monument to Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, and rename Lee Park, where it currently stands. A recent post she made to Facebook gives some instructive insight into the destructive leftist mentality, and what motivates it.

She actually says Lee would agree with removing the statue of himself. She bases this on a few lines from an anti-Lee book published in 2015, right smack-dab in the middle of the Politically Correct Revisionism Era. She didn't even have to hold a seance to find out what Lee thought. A writer born in 1983 is her "medium" for her spiritual communication with the great general who died 147 years ago. .

Szakos's Facebook post uses the same language we've become so familiar since the left escalated its war on Confederate heritage following the Charleston tragedy. It's the same language a host of other leftist groups and individuals use in the same war. If progressives weren't such mental clones, weren't so tightly bound to each other and equally dedicated to the destruction of what they hate, somebody could sue for plagiarism...

That somebody could conceivably be the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has orchestrated a nationwide war on Confederate artifacts, particularly monuments, post-Roof. But, of course, Dees and Co. are happy to share their ammunition, and have others share it, as well, so there will be no plagiarism complaints from that quarter. In any case, I think we can safely assume that's where Szakos got her talking points.

You don't have to read Szakos for long to realize that what she really motivated by, and what she's trying to foment in others, is enmity for white Southerners. That's what motivates the SPLC, too, . Yes, the left attempts to inflame hatred of all whites -- in the USA, Europe, Australia and other European derived cultures. But here in the US of A, Southerners are given a special place, a unique status, in the leftist mentality.

Because, you know, slavery and racism.

Says Szakos, "It is no accident that this statue and others like it were erected long after Mr. Lee's death -- almost 60 years after the War -- at a time when Reconstruction backlash was being expressed in lynchings across the South and in laws like the Racial Purity Act, passed in Virginia that same year. It is not surprising that the Ku Klux Klan celebrated its dedication with a cross burning on Browns Mountain and a march through the city."

It's obvious to most normal people that just because two or more things happen at roughly the same time, that doesn't mean they are related. It would likely never occur to Szakos that monuments to Confederate heroes were erected when the people of the impoverished South finally had the funds to do so. Moreover, there is usually a delay before memorials to soldiers, leaders and other civic and national heroes are erected.  The Vietnam War ended April 30, 1975 but the Vietnam Memorial was not completed until 1982. The Lincoln Memorial was not erected and opened until 1922, and the Jefferson Memorial dates to 1943, 120 years after the great man's death.


But to social justice warriors, racism is the only thing that concerns contemporary Southerners, just a slavery was the only thing that concerned antebellum Southerners. Family? Nah. Community? Nope. Church? No way. Only slavery and racism ... or rather (since the term "racism" has been so ridiculously over used and misused) white supremacy.  And for progressives, that bizarre and untrue caricature is all the justification they need for hating Southerners, and fomenting the same antipathy for them among as many others as possible.

To Szakos, the only possible reason the people of Charlottesville could have had for erecting the memorial to Lee was to pay homage to white supremacy, as in her leftist mind, slavery was the only reason for the Confederacy to exist and to fight. She either doesn't know, or pretends to not know, that white supremacy was as prevalent in the north, that the northern army was not sent South to free slaves but to kill Southerners because they wished to leave the union, and that when push came to shove, the Confederates showed in various ways that they preferred political independence to keeping slavery.

Szakos's pathetic attempts at justifying the soviet-style cleansing of Southern heritage do not pass logical muster. They are totally emotion based, and the emotion is at best contempt and at worst, antipathy. Her attempts to remove the memorial of a man whose character dwarfs those possessed by most social justice warriors must be not only resisted, but defeated.

~Connie Chastain

Connie Chastain is a ninth-generation Southerner. Born in Georgia, she grew up a preacher's kid in Alabama, attended Alabama Christian College (now Faulkner University) and married a Louisiana boy. She currently resides with hdf husband of 30+ years in L.A., that is, Lower Alabama, aka the Florida Panhandle, which basks in the semi-tropical sun at the very top of the Gulf of Mexico -- America's Mediterranean.

She is a former staff writer for The Florida Sun, (renamed the Independent News), which was published in Pensacola, Florida starting in 1999 by former Congressman Joe Scarborough (now the star of "Morning Joe" on MS- NBC). Her articles ran the gamut from travel to current events and chemtrails to Bigfoot in Dixie. With four novels and two short stories published, she is also an Indie-publisher, editor, graphic artist, and video producer.

Don't look in the pages of her books for insulting stereotypical portrayals of Southerners. One reason she writes is to honor the good people of her region. Visit her at www.conniechastain.com