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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

§ 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

Rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America -
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.
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:

State requirements for occupancy of Right of Way -

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
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 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 chapter. 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 (!/pages/Las-Vegas-Tea-Party/151093974970457) ,
the Overpasses Las Vegas Facebook page
and the Las Vegas Tea Party mailing list (to join the mailing list .

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

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

Browsing Archive: June, 2013

June 29, 2013

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Friday, June 28, 2013, In : Town Hall Meeting 
State Senator and State Assemblyman Community Chat

Community Chat
Saturday, June 29, 10AM
with NV State Sen. Justin Jones (D, 9)
NV State Assy. James Healey (D, 35)
At the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson
10900 Southern Highlands Pkwy Las Vegas, NV 89141
(702) 534-0504 Call ahead to confirm, as scheduling changes often occur.

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July 2, 2013

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Friday, June 28, 2013, In : Las Vegas Tea Party Meeting 
LVTP Meeting

LVTP Meeting, open to the public:
at Pure Health Foods
Tues., July 2, 5PM
7575 E. Washington (near Summerlin Prkwy/Buffalo)
NV State Assy. Ira Hansen
NV State Assy. Wesley Duncan
Fmr. US Senate Candidate and Current NV State Governor Candidate David Lory VanDerBeek

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July 4, 2013

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Friday, June 28, 2013, In : Rally 
2nd Amendment March

Start your Independence Day Celebration with a march to support your 2nd Amendment Rights!
2nd Amendment March
to support the 2nd Amendment
Thursday, July 4, 10Am
At the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign
on South Las Vegas Boulevard
Plan ahead for parking, there is limited space at the sign.
Bring your own sign, or one can be provided.

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July 6, 2013

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Friday, June 28, 2013, In : Rally 
Banner/Sign Waving

LVTP Banner/Sign Waving
To promote the Tea Party and isnpire to get people involved
Saturday, July 6, 9AM
I-15/Tropicana Overpass
Plan ahead for parking.
Bring your own sign, or one can be provided.

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July 6, 2013

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Friday, June 28, 2013, In : Gun Show 
Las Vegas Gun Show

LVTP at the Las Vegas Gun Show
LVTP will have a booth at the Las Vegas Gun Show
Saturday July 6, to Sunday July 7
9Am to 5PM Sat, and 9-4 on Sun
Sport Center of Las Vegas
121 W. Sunset Road/LV Blvd
Come get your arms before the Gov't takes them!

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June 21, 2013

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Thursday, June 20, 2013, In : Petition 
Petition Delivery
Meeting at Senator Heller's Office
Hosted by Diane Burnette of True the Vote
Friday, June 21, 4PM to 5PM
  • 4:00pm until 5:00pm
  • Senator Heller's Office 8930 W. Sunset Rd Ste 220 Las Vegas
  • Bring your letter of protest against the immigration bill.
    Just print it out (, sign it and bring it to put on his desk.

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    June 24, 2013

    Posted by Karen Steelmon on Thursday, June 20, 2013, In : Protest 
    Illegal Immigration Protest
    Anti-Illegal Immigration Counter-Protest
    Monday, June 24, 10AM
    When Liberals Attack!

    Liberal Pro-Illegal Immigration activists are planning to protest Congressman Joe Heck's office this Monday, June 24th at 10:00AM!

    Don't let their voice be the only voice heard!

    Don't let liberals continue to dominate the message on this issue!

    When: June 24, 2013, 10:00AM
    Where: Outside Rep. Joe Heck's office
    2480 E. Pebble Rd. (corner of East...

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    July 2, 2013

    Posted by Karen Steelmon on Saturday, June 8, 2013, In : Las Vegas Tea Party Meeting 
    Las Vegas Tea Party Meeting
    To be combined with the States Reclamation meeting
    Tuesday, July 2, 5 PM
    Pure Health Foods
    7575 W.
    Washington, Suite 129
    Las Vegas, NV 89128
    Scheduled Attendees:
    NV State Assemblyman Ira Hansen (Republican, District No. 32, Esmeralda, Humboldt, Lander, Mineral, Nye (part), Pershing, Washoe (part)),
    68 Amigo Court
    Sparks, NV 89441-6213
    NV State Assemblyman Wesley Duncan (Republican, District No. 37, Clark, Part)...

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    June 15, 2013

    Posted by Karen Steelmon on Friday, June 7, 2013, In : Rally 
    Banner/Sign Waving
    Harmon/US 95 Overpass
    Signs will be made available

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    June 8, 2013

    Posted by Karen Steelmon on Friday, June 7, 2013, In : Rally 

    Banner/Sign Waving
    Harmon/US 95 Overpass
    Signs will be made available

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