Freedom ~ Las Vegas Tea Party

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Dear LVTP members and event participants;

LVTP has noted that a recent fad amongst patriots is to display the flag of the United States of America upside down, or as US flag etiquette code describes, "union down". This display of the flag upside down is said to depict "nation in distress".

It is the position of LVTP that this display of our nation's flag is inappropriate for our events. The US flag etiquette is clear in section 8(a), "The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property."

As our nation is not in immediate peril, there is nobody to whom this display would beseech for assistance, and our events do not result in any participants being in immediate danger, we feel displaying the flag union down is not necessary, and highly inappropriate for the people involved, time and place. Additionally, we feel it is disrespectful to those veterans who fought for our freedoms, who never had occasion to display the flag upside down. We must also take into consideration that it is currently a common practice for enemies of the United States of America to display our flag upside down as a show of contempt. To the average person outside the political community witnessing this display, it is perceived as a disrespectful and hostile act towards the USA.

It is understood the many patriots feel our nation is in such dire straits that displaying the flag upside is warranted. LVTP must respectfully disagree.. Participants in our events are asked to refrain from displaying the flag in anything less than a proud, strong, and free manner that represents the American Spirit, or in any way that might be perceived as dishonorable. It is regrettable if this request is seen as suppression of freedom of speech, but out of respect for our beloved veterans, and our country, this will remain the position of LVTP.

Below are excerpts from the US flag etiquette code for reference.

Thank you, patriots, for all you do for our country.

Karen Steelmon
LVTP President
702.238.5134

§ 5. Display and use of flag by civilians; codification of rules and customs; definition

The following codification of existing rules and customs pertaining to the display and use of the flag of the United States of America is established for the use of such civilians or civilian groups or organizations as may not be required to conform with regulations promulgated by one or more executive departments of the Government of the United States. The flag of the United States for the purpose of this chapter shall be defined according to sections 1 and 2 of this title and Executive Order 10834 issued pursuant thereto.

§ 8. Respect for flag

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

(j) ...The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.

LVTP has received reports that some local law enforcement officials have been inquiring as to whether LVTP has obtained "Temporary Occupancy" permits to demonstrate in certain State Rights of Way.  The I-15 overpass at Tropicana is the location most frequented by LVTP demonstrators, and is a State owned highway.  It being an overpass of I-15 makes it a federal issue as well.

For our law enforcement officials who might not be aware, local and federal laws relating to demonstrating, picketing, gathering, sign waving, or any other label that might be attached to the activities of LVTP are listed here for your convenience.

Members of LVTP are most respectful of all laws, and law enforcement officers.  That is, indeed, what drove the Tea Party into existence...adherance to the US Constitution, and laws.  All of our members strive to uphold all pertinent laws while expressing our opinions, and we deeply appreciate the protection our law enforcement officers bring to us during our activities.

While striving to act withing the bounds of the laws, we also insist on exercising our rights, the same rights that are afforded to other groups who also use public spaces to voice their views.  On May 5, 2013, over 2000 people marched north up Las Vegas Boulevard from I 215 to the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign, walking across the Boulevard to meet at the sign in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard. There were water stations and speaking areas set up at the sign location, and the #3 lane of Las Vegas Boulevard south bound was closed by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department - all without ANY permits of any kind. On several occasions, but most specifically on May 1, 2013, Las Vegas Boulevard was again closed down, in the north bound lanes, by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, to accommodate an estimated 500 pro amnesty marchers. Again, without a permit of any kind. Lastly, it has become common to see "labor protests" on sidewalks all over Las Vegas, on State highways as well as City streets, often with large banners on poles, and people seated with umbrellas, for days or weeks, even months, all without a permit.

LVTP conducts relatively small demonstrations, and is always mindful of the laws and public convenience. That our group might be unfairly discriminated against and targeted for scrutiny only fuels our drive for justice. We ask only for our rights, and we are well versed on what those rights are.

Karen Steelmon
LVTP


Rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America -
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html
US Constitution

Amendment I
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.

http://constitution.findlaw.com/amendment1/annotation20.html#1
First Amendment Annotation

Thus, by the nature of the use to which the property is put or by tradition, some sites are simply not as open for expression as streets and parks are. 90 But if government does open non-traditional forums for expressive activities, it may not discriminate on the basis of content or viewpoint in according access. - See more at: http://constitution.findlaw.com/amendment1/annotation20.html#1


State requirements for occupancy of Right of Way -
http://www.nevadadot.com/Doing_Business/Permits/Temporary_Occupancy_Permits.asp

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) grants permits for temporary use of State roadway. These temporary occupancy permits must be secured before using State roadway or adjoining State right-of-way for all organized activities and events, including:

  • Hazardous Clean-up
  • Parades
  • Vehicle rallies/races
  • Special Events
  • Photography/filming
  • Temporary construction access/traffic control
  • All other special, temporary uses


Nevada Revised Statues defining and regulating "temporary" and "events" -
NRS 484A.800  Sponsor of special event to provide for control of vehicular traffic.
      1.  Any person or governmental agency sponsoring a special event shall ensure that adequate provision is made for the control of vehicular traffic related to or affected by the event.
      2.  As used in this section, “special event” means any scheduled activity or event:
      (a) That is attended or observed by more than 500 persons; or
      (b) That substantially increases or disrupts the normal flow of traffic on any street or highway.
      (Added to NRS by 1989, 667)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.900)


Local, State, and Federal laws regulating the use of signs on Federal, State, and local streets and highways -
NRS 410.220 Declaration of legislative intent.

NRS 410.230
Definitions
NRS 410.250
“Information centers”
NRS 410.270
“Outdoor advertising,”
NRS 410.320
Outdoor advertising adjacent to highway prohibited;
NRS 405.030 Unlawful placement of certain outdoor advertisements

NAC CHAPTER 410 - BEAUTIFICATION OF HIGHWAYS, OUTDOOR ADVERTISING
NAC 410.220
  Off-premise advertising signs
NAC 410.200
  On-premise advertising signs. (NRS 410.400)

City of Las Vegas Municipal Code
17.12.010 Permit required

Clark County Code of Ordinances

Non-commercial speech is permitted in conjunction with any type of sign allowed under Title 30
30.72.010 Purpose
30.72.040 Requirements of General Applicability



The above information is abbreviated.  For a more comprehensive look at these codes, click here.

Las Vegas Tea Party is now combing banner/sign waving events with the local Overpasses.org chapter. Overpasses.org is an organization dedicated to encouraging public involvement in the removal of Barrack Hussein Obama from the office of the Presidency of the United States of America. They do this by using our Constitutional right to peaceably assemble, and take to the streets and overpasses to display signs bearing this message.

All events will be announced on this website,
the Las Vegas Tea Party Face book page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/139839716224322/#!/pages/Las-Vegas-Tea-Party/151093974970457) ,
the Overpasses Las Vegas Facebook page
(https://www.facebook.com/groups
/139839716224322/
),
and the Las Vegas Tea Party mailing list (to join the mailing list http://lasvegasteaparty.org/contact-us.php) .

To find out more about Overpasses.org, find a chapter, or volunteer, please visit their website at:


http://overpasses.org

The blog below has been discontinued as use for tracking events, but has been left in place to record LVTP past events. 

Browsing Archive: July, 2011

September 17th, 9AM

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Saturday, July 30, 2011, In : Rally 
Pickett Across America

After being ignored by our government, and told we don't exist by the media, We The People are going to rally together in solidarity. Bring your sign telling the government how what you think. Stand with your community, and Pickett Across America!! The theme is "Can You Hear Us Now".

Sept. 17, 9am

Sunset Park, Eastern Ave. entrance




Hi Patriots. Please meet Tina Sims, a true patriot living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Tina wrote me the following note.

I started PI...


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July 28

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Thursday, July 28, 2011, In : Town Hall Meeting 
Public Information Meeting

VMT Fee Study - Invasion of Privacy and Wasteful Spending - NDOT

Please attend this hearing tomorrow:

INVASION OF OUR PRIVACY:

http://www.meetup.com/US-Patriots/events/27270361/


NDOT Proposed Tax Increase based on the following study:

For Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Fee Study – Phase 2

PURPOSE OF MEETING:

Nevada is at a crossroads when it comes to funding much-needed transportation projects. Fuel taxes are not keeping pace as a viable mechanism for funding tr...


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August 11

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Thursday, July 28, 2011,

LV – Aug. 11 – Iowa Debate Viewing Party

Announcing a new Meetup for Las Vegas Liberty Club!

What: Ames Iowa Debate
Viewing Party

When: Thursday, August 11, 2011 5:00
PM

Where: Sierra Gold
Sierra Gold 6515 S. Jones Road (Near
the 215) , Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV

The RonPaul2012 meet up has a private room at both East and West locations,
with comfy seating and flat panel tv’s to watch Ron Paul debate in Ames before
the straw poll. Come join us and experience the new beverage w...


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July 28 & 30

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Thursday, July 28, 2011, In : Rally 

Walk for Mark Amodei

By Clark County Republican Party

Tim Williams, political director of the Clark County Republican Party, urges you to get out the vote by walking for Mark Amodei.
WALK FOR OUR CANDIDATE, MARK AMODEI! CD2 SPECIAL ELECTION!






Thursday, July 28 @ 4PM

Meetup Location – Starbucks in Sun City Anthem
2810 Bicentennial Pkwy Ste 100
Henderson, NV 89044
Contact Tim Williams – 702-427-7807





Saturday, July 30 @ 9AM

Meetup Location – Starbucks in Sun City Anthem
2810 Bicentennial Pkw...


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August 1 - Mark Amodei Recption

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Monday, July 25, 2011, In : Networking Event: Business/Pleasure 

Reception

For

Mark Amodei

August 1, 2011

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Bootlegger Vegas Room

7700 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89123

Come meet Mark -

show him your support in his bid for the CD2 seat

Active Republican Women of Las Vegas

Boulder City Republican Women

Mesquite Republican Women

Republican Women of Las Vegas

Spring Mountain Republican Women

Southern Hills Republican Women

Republican Men's Club

UNLV College Republicans

...


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Veterans In Politics Talk Show

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Friday, July 22, 2011,
July 23: Vegas All Net Radio
www.vegasallnetradio.com

LIVE from 2-3PM Pacific Time Call In-702 998-7532 our guest will be:

Helmuth Lehmann Independent Candidate for Nevada’s Congressional District 2 Special Election and Jacques Maye former Democrat Candidate for Nevada’s Congressional District 2 Special Election


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Patriot Picnic

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Wednesday, July 20, 2011,
Bring a lunch and meet your fellow patriots at Mission Hills Park in Henderson.

Sunday, July 24, 2011  10:00 AM

 

Mission Hills Park

551 Mission Dr, Henderson, NV

Discuss upcoming events, directions, and politics.

Relax, enjoy some fresh air, and nework with like-minded patriots.

This park has a splash pad water feature. Bring your kids! Plenty of shaded picnic tables.

It's a bit far for some people, but it's conveniently right off the free-way. Look for the flags :)

Park Amenities

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Anti-Illegal Immigration Protest/Rally

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Monday, July 18, 2011, In : Rally 
Area citizens are mobilizing anti-illegal immigration rallies in approximately 2 weeks (July 30, tentatively)

Details will be given less than 24 hours in advance.

Stay alert.......
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July 7, Herman Cain Fund Raiser

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Thursday, July 7, 2011,

Friends of Herman Cain,

Elicia Huffaker, Nevada State Director

Elicia Afton <elicia.afton@hermancain.com>

& Maxine Clark, Republican Volunteer,


invite you to a Fundraising Event in support of

Mr. Herman Cain

Thursday, July 7th

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Petra Greek Taverna

Tivoli Village - Redrock/Summerlin

440 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas

Cain Club $2500 • Visionary $1000 • Patriot $500

Minimum Suggested Contribution $50

Kindly RSVP by email to RSVP@HermanCain.com

(Include your...


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July 10, New World Order Explained

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Monday, July 4, 2011,
New World Order Explained


Monday, July 11, 2011
5:30 PM



Have you been wondering what the New World Order is and how it operates?

Would you like to know what can be done to secure our inalienable rights for generations to come?

If so, then you need to come out and hear this presentation.

Three presenters will describe What the New World Order is and how it operates. Each presenter is accomplished in their fields.

Brooklyn Billy is a successful small businessman here in Las Vegas....


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July 10 Erik Scott Vigil

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Monday, July 4, 2011,
Vigil for Erik Scott will be held on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 7pm
Costco
801 S Pavilion Center Dr
Las Vegas, NV
89144
There will be someone at the entrance directing you to the vigil.
Selected By: Jim Duensing

On July 10th, 2010, Erik Scott was shot 7 times by Metro Officers – killing him within arms distance of his fiance.
The videotape of the shooting was erased by agents for Metro in cooperation with Costco employees who lied on the 911 call that preceded the shooting.
We will gathe...


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 Veterans In Politics

http://veteransinpolitics.org
Every Saturday from 2-3PM

http://www.vegasallnetradio.com/Shows/VeteransInPolitics.html

www.vegasallnetradio.com

UPCOMING GUESTS:



June 22
Lilly Babcock - Co Host
Jennifer Elliot Clark County District Court Judge Family Division Department L


June 29
Andre Haynes & Lilly Babcock - Co Host
Vincent Ochoa Clark County District Court Judge Family Division Department S

July 6
Lilly Babcock - Co Host
Nancy L. Allf Clark County District Court Judge Department XXVII

July 13
Cindy Lake Clark County Republican Chairwoman