On February 16, 2019, citizens and patriots from across Western New York gathered together in Batavia, New York, in front of City Hall to hold a rally for life, liberty, and freedom.
Those with conservative liberty-minded values came together to voice their concerns over the current direction of New York State. Concerns included unconstitutional laws, attacks on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, high taxes, abortion and the recently passed Reproductive Health Act, attacks on faith, attacks on the free press, and globalism.
Bill Fox, one of the organizers and President of Genesee County SCOPE, Shooters Committee on Political Education, said the purpose of the rally is not that we are against government, but rather we are against too much government into every aspect of our lives. The rally was to remind people that we are all born with liberties, or freedoms, and how we morally and ethically live out those liberties defines us and the people we connect with. Our liberties are attacked everyday and to see different groups united at the rally reminds us that there is a possibility to unite to reach our main goal of freedom.
The rally also included a few speakers who spoke on various liberty-related topics. Speakers included Andrew Hollister the former Libertarian candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York State and CEO of Simple Tech Innovations. His message focused on staying and fighting for New York. The problems of New York will follow you even if you move out of the state.
Bruce Balduf of Calvary Baptist Church, Batavia, New York encouraged everyone to humble themselves and turn from their wicked ways in order to point others in the right direction.
Donna Naedele of My Father’s House Church in Elma, New York, spoke on the fight to abolish abortion.
Brian Krawczyk of Wyoming County SCOPE, Pastor Dom Secchioroli of Total Breakthrough in Buffalo, New York, and Ayesha Kreutz, former president of the Frederick Douglas Foundation, were also speakers at the rally.
Those who attended the rally also marched down to Planned Parenthood where they prayed that it would be shut down.
Rally attender, Nancie Naedele Orticelli, said about the event: “Even though people may say rallies and protests may not do any good, in my opinion it sends a clear message that we are here, we are united and we are not alone. It creates a sense of solidarity and motivation to take a stand. I will never be like the Jewish people during the holocaust. I will always have a way to defend myself and my children against a tyrannical government, wether it’s legal for me to or not.”
Daniel Crane, one of the organizers of the rally and founder of Christian Patriots Network, had these words to say: It’s time for Americans across the country to start holding rallies like this. Today American’s minds are focused on themselves. Americans are focused on entertainment, football, reality television, sex, drugs and money. We care more about the stuff that does not matter. Americans should be concerned about Personal Liberty and Natural Rights, programs like Agenda 21 which are meant to destroy any sovereignty we have. Americans should be concerned about Common Core, the Patriot Act, the NDAA and many other issues that will have devastating consequences if gone unchecked, which they have. I hope our children will be blessed to be free enough to want to know what we did to fight while our rights were being auctioned off by politicians. I know I want to have a very good answer for them!
“It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”Samuel Adams
Written by Daniel Crane