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Hello 3MA Community,

 

Let's please share our experiences of the day. I know many many many people contributed to the success on the capitol steps of Lansing and it would be great if we could share some positive stories and experiences of the Rally. What did it mean to you?

 

To me it was a day I knew would be blessed and I feel so honored to be a part of something so beautiful, thankyou to everyone who helped with the event because it truly took us the MM Community united fighting together for Patients to have safe, affordable, and reliable access to their medicine, NOW! WHo's House? Our House? Who Cares? WE CARE!!

 

Look forward to the sharing of all the positive stories and experiences of the day.

 

~SweetLeafBri

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Thanks to all you folks who worked so hard to make it a success!!

 

We had a nice drive down to Lansing, forgot a few things (my sign, camp chair & husband's wallet) but otherwise all was well except I was worried because Husband was having cramps in his chest, he says it's his MS. I kept sayinng, you want to go to ER? but he said no, it's MS.

 

We made it down at 11am, parked on Michigan Ave / Cedar. The rally was already started, not "officiallly" started but Blueberry was leading chants. Hundreds on the Capitol lawn & more arriving. Beautiful day! Cloudy, but the sun came out during the speeches. The wind was making the flags all wave, a perfect touch!

 

I kind of started tearing up a little, walking up, the energy of the crowd & the Capitol in the background. Really inspiring to be part of. W

e bought a couple MMMA pins. dThen a guy was handing out signs so we each took one - Thanks dude, whoever you are ;) The lawn was maybe half full, so we were standing at the base of that statue. I wish I had the presence of mind to look at the darn statue & get a picture of it, I don't even know who it is.

 

So we chanted & yelled & held up my sign, and when my husband couldn't hold his I put it on back of mine, facing backwards so I had two. He was taking video.

 

The energy was great! Like a festival or concert with a spirit of community, fired up, angry, but in a good way; like people were smiling & in a good mood. Hard for me to describe! I saw the lady passing through handing out water, and people with extra signs. Passing cars & semis honked at us, and that made the crowd cheer even louder.

 

We left about 1:30 - 2, I guess I had to pee & my back was killing me so I went to the truck & sat for a while, then made a brief trip to the loft looking for one guy & forgot to check if the other guy was there, husband couldn't go in & was still having the chest cramps so I didn't stick around.

 

The time I was sitting in the truck, a block + the whole capitol lawn away from the speakers, I could hear you guys speaking, cheering and the bell ringing loud & clear :thumbsu: .

 

So I'm glad I made it!! Wish I could've stayed longer & not forgot stuff but it was wonderful, and if we have to do it again, I'll be there !! Really sore today, that's for sure. Totally worth it though!!! :rock: :rock:

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i can say that this was my first rally.

i missed the one in May because i was working. i am so glad i didn't have to suffer that fate again..

sweet-leaf u and all the volunteers did an AMAZING job.. my hat is off to you.

it was an electric experience and when they announced the notice to bull shutte that the recall language is approved...

oh my lord the crowd lit up with a cheerful energy unlike anything i have felt so far...

 

tons of fun..

 

make the calls

flood their phones..

this is day 1 of our

R E V O L U T I O N ! !

 

it went from being chilly... to suns out and warm with energy.. what an amazing experience..

THANKS EVERYONE WHO MADE IT HAPPEN !

 

i think we even shut down Michigan ave for a while with the foot traffic.

i know one thing.. Joe got started and by time Micheal was done speaking i turned around and almost couldn't believe my eyes... so many people... so much energy.. then the plane.. boss.... boss.... the plane..... the plane..... LOL LOVED IT !

i think i had the best spot possible **Smile**

great people

great event

great message..

 

fight for it or die without it....

 

peace....

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OMG!! What a day!!!!

Just a very cool day and ended just as good.... Very sore and can hardly talk... yelled so much yesterday, Man that crowd was fired up and shaking signs and everyone was so friendly and sweet! This was my first but will not be my last... I'm ready for the next one already! I just Loved it!!

then after many of us went to the LOFT what fun there!! You can medicate upstairs and they(police) leave you totally alone...It was so cool being right down the street from the Capital!!!

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Hello everyone! Yesterday my girlfriend and I went to the rally at the front steps of our capitol to let our voices be heard.

 

I have been to several concerts such as Disturbed, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Korn and Johnny Cash. But NOTHING compared to the intensity of being at that rally with you all! I felt "at-home" in a place I was accepted and belonged by so many of you! I met alot of cool people, heard some cool, some sad stories of how Medical Marijuana works for them; as it does work for my chronic lower back pain, arthritis and inflammed disks in my lower back. I have been given the run around by northern Michigan doctors now since 1995 saying they are muscle pulls. I have had EMGs, MRIs, CT scans and XRays showing the severity of my "muscle pulls". I was laughed at by a doctor when he asked what pain level (1-10)I was in, as I hobbled in on crutches. I told him a 9 as I was about in tears with pain. As he chuckled he said if I was in a "9", Id be giving birth. SERIOUSLY?!

 

But now after being dished out Vicodins, Norcos, Embeda, Ultram, Aleve.....I have found none of these take my pain level down as much as when I hit some AK-47 a couple times! My pain is decreased so much I can actually be active and bend down without wondering if I will slip a darn disc. This pain level decrease usually lasts up to 4 hours. I am so grateful I have been able to find something to ease my pain! And without my loving supportive gf who tells me to "buy it if it helps you hunny", that means alot to me whether she knows it or not.

 

I hope to see more on the MMMA page as I will stay in touch often! I have alot of pix/vids of the rally if anyone wants to see on Facebook. My email is geemaledotkom @ gmail . com

 

See you all later :rock:

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Wow, what can I say....after finishing up some township business I went to our van to change clothes (in an attempt to disguise myself) and could hear the chants. I was so thrilled to see the numbers of supporters,who came out and the speakers. SilverBlue did a great job and her song told our story. What a day!!!!! You did it, you got their attention! When I was in ______ office they all commented on the crowd.

 

What a great day!

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Being a N. Lansing resident, attending the rally was quite easy and pleasurable for me as a older disabled man. I regret that my Canadian wife could not attend the rally with me. Unfortunatley she had to stay home and 'gaurd' something of great value to us a MM card holders posses. See, we have to worry about police or vandle's confiscating this 'thing' of great value.

 

Anyhow, I ventured into the day on my old M. bike and as I wheeled up to the steps,,I got alot of goose bumps. I knew we were gonna be rockin the message to these GOP tea party reps, exactly what our cause message would be. "We the People" voted for a MM law, by 63% of the vote. You are gonna tell us,,mr. Congressman, that some of that 63% vote were not neo-conservative? Just how in the hell can that be Mr. Jones? 'We the people demand FAIR interpretation of OUR LAW!!!!!!

 

I wheeled that bike all through that lawn,,what gathering~! I'd been to the hash bash a few times but, what classier rally than I have ever seen.

 

Very organized. Very clear. Don't take our rights to use alternative medicine i.e. marijuana?

 

Can it get any cleared than that Mr.Shutte? Is that really a crime we need to focus on/spend money on in this economy?

 

I enjoyed that rally. I really fealy priveledged to gather with brothers and sisters young and old to get our resounding message to these Neo-Con puppets of big business here in Mich.

 

LEAVE MM LAWS<< ALONE!!!!! :goodjob:

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Thanks " SweetLeafBri "

 

Sorry i could'nt remember your name ...

 

I was meeting So Many People ,

that my brain could'nt keep up ...

 

But i think it had ALOT to do w/ " Bubba Kush "

 

Thank - You to All those the Help make this

Rally one of the most Amazing things

my eyes have ever seen .... :goodjob:

 

As i stood on the steps of the Capital ,

 

I was Emotionally touched and Thankful to God

for Allowing the Experience to be there ....

 

I see Alot of Compassion ... People helping People ...

 

Compassion Club Leaders giving Money where Money was needed .... :goodjob:

 

People making Sure People had water ... food ...

 

The Airplane that flew over Us was a Great touch of Class ....

 

I was So Honor by the Vision of this Rally ...

 

It will be something I will Never Forget ....

 

Everyone that was there should be Prowd ...

 

and for those that could'nt make it , But

Called and wrote letters and did what they could do ...

 

Many People had Jobs that could be there ,

People that were just too sick to travel ,

 

Were there in Spirit .... :thumbsu:

 

They said that we All Look Healthy ...

 

But they did'nt see what i could see ...

 

I seen Many People Hurting ...

But were Given FREE MEDIBLES to help

them w/ their Pain .....

 

I feel like a Very Blessed Man to have witness

w/ my own eyes the Compassion i seen ...

 

As i stared over the Crowd , It looked like a

Huge Family Reunion ....

 

It Was Amazing ...

 

It was Unbelieveable ....

 

and I Thank Every Single person that took the time

to Support our Movement together ...

 

I just Pray that we Stay Strong ... Start forming

Stronger Compassion Clubs and helping each other out ...

 

and ESPECIALLY ...

 

THANK YOU for All the Huggs i got ... :bighug:

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What a proud day for our community.

My personal highlight came while contemplating a speakers call for peaceful resistance - for us to stand up, and push back. I was thinking about MLK's lessons on civil disobedience - that sometimes true justice and equality are above man's law. At that second I looked at the ground and saw a plaque by the tree we were under that read "this tree dedicated to Dr. MLK Jr. from the people of Michigan for the humanity, dignity, and liberty that guided his life." I thought to myself about the sick who stood around me and how they were being denied those very things. DIGNITY. LIBERTY. HUMANITY. These are the most basic of human rights, yet we have a government that is fighting tooth and nail to strip us of this foundation. It was a deeply introspective moment that set the activist in me ablaze.

Great victory party at the loft afterwards! Made some new friends, medicated heartily, and totally munched down on all the goodies! Thank you MMMA for everything!

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WOW,wOw,WoW,WOw,woW..... no matter how you say it just WOW. I truly love you all.

It may sound weird to hear for some but I do LOVE you ALL. You beautiful people

did us all proud yesterday. Every speaker spoke with love in their heart and resolve

in their voices. In return they got the same from all of us. I am so glad and blessed

to see so many of you come together for each other. The crowd was big. The atmosphere

was right. And the love was free. Joe Casias really took our hearts and cemented them

to stand strong. Thank you all for being there and thank you all for sharing these

great moments with me.......

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Yesterday we all hit it out of the park,our letters,our phone calls,our SHOWING up meant something,we were heard and you know what I was praying for? the police,I prayed they heard every word that was spoken,every chant,and took us home last night in their mind and that we grow on them,maybe just maybe we will touch even one cop,after all isnt that WJWD? We saved two ppl from getting a ticket yesterday as their meter expired and the police lady was getting her pad and pencil out and put some coins in a few more,tht was priceless,we got one of the singers to do a private song on the street corner for us,she sang like an angel,and some guy crossing the busy street to the loft stopped traffic he was like Moses parting the Sea it was awesome,thankyou again,haha,goodtimes!!

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WWWOOOWWW WHAT AN EVENT! I took avery long ride to get there but it was something else. Although I was very tired and sore, your energies kept me going. It was such a thrill, the biggest protest I mayve ever attended. I was honored to sing for you all at the end, cep't I GOOFED up the song in front of about 3,000 people :blush: so I posted the words I WISH I would've sang. Your response to me was so heart-warming. As I sang, I heard such silence as I never expected; then a thunderous reaction to the part about compassion, It really surprised me and warned my heart deeply. Most my life I spend as an outsider to society, but you have all embraced me like FAMILY! I will do all I can to fight for you. My card will expire soon, I'm not renewing but I'M THERE WITH YOU ALL FOREVER!

 

Thanks Brianna for spending the day with me. I had 2 gifts I made to give to 2 people and I forgot to give to them, almost asked you if you could hold onto them and deliver when you saw them.

 

While I was almost there, our bus pulling in about 20 mins late, someone commented on the plane, I never saw it, have to find the pics, they told me what the signs said. We were parked very close to the rally, could hear voices and heard very loud responses, the energy made me choke up, so much love and anger and compassion and peaceful energy, totally focused, we were ALL ONE VOICE. I had predicted 2,000 people and was told it could've been 3,000 or 4,000; when i hugged Bb I was crying happy tears and said, "We did it!" The bell was a nice touch, but got annoying at the end. The sound system was fantastic, the speakers were WONDERFUL. If I hadn't been so tired, also knowing we were running out of time, subconsciously I shortened the song but realized it later. While I waited for someone to help me with my things, people came up to me, I got hugged, I gave hugs, I was so happy to meet more of you.

 

I didn't see any of any visuals at the rally, though I did see lots of Great signs. I went around telling people to hold them up high so the everyone could see. I have to watch the part I missed.

 

Bb, Pb, and Michael were fantastic. They always look exhausted when I see them. Pb was in pain, visibly, but helped me out and made sure I found my suitcase that was on the bus I came in on, which I wasn't leaving on but didn't wanna drag that around with all my other stuff during the rally. Then Brianna, her friend, Fran, and others, helped me get into the Loft. Oh the Loft, it was shut down for awhile, was filled to capacity, then I was gonna go check into the room I paid for a few blocks away, and come back. I ended up going to the Loft after getting my suitcase. I talked to a few people in the med room, and got some food, felt well enough to sing for about 45 minutes, played my song again complete with the words I blanked out on at the rally.

 

I stayed till about 8:30 or so then went to my room. The next day I spent with Bri, her son, and Robin. Earlier in the day I discovered someone from the site was staying at the same place as me, he recognized my voice from the radio show, when I came out in the morning, though he thought he heard me that night before, too; I went straight to my room without looking to see who else was there, I barely noticed him. The next morning, we took turns playmy guitar for them during breakfast, it was awesome! I sang a few songs and then he played for a bit, we talked with other guests, had a great time, couldn't talk about MM though but that was ok.

 

I'd love to move closer so i can be more directly involved in this community. During the winter, I wanna seriously look into it, get to know people better and see where I can fit in, if I can contribute anything to the cause, with my abilities, on a more personal level, meaning, not just through the site from so far away.

 

Like I've said many times, I'm like a "creative consultant." I see a need and offer ideas on how to help. Although I don't have much formal training I know I can be of value to this cause, not just from afar. My thoughts were not clear enough to express all my ideas to the people I was with, after the rally, getting a day to recover and unwind before taking the long trip back home. There's so much I wish I could do for this community. Whenever we gather together, I see and feel the energy, the pain, the love, the kindness.

 

I may be sore and tired, but I am HAPPY. I found the Family I've wished for, I've found the love, compassion and acceptance, I've found where I am needed and wanted. I feel like I have finally found a Home. :wub: THANK YOU ALL!

 

Sincerely, Sb

 

 

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WWWOOOWWW WHAT AN EVENT! I took avery long ride to get there but it was something else. Although I was very tired and sore, your energies kept me going. It was such a thrill, the biggest protest I mayve ever attended. I was honored to sing for you all at the end, cep't I GOOFED up the song in front of about 3,000 people :blush: so I posted the words I WISH I would've sang. Your response to me was so heart-warming. As I sang, I heard such silence as I never expected; then a thunderous reaction to the part about compassion, It really surprised me and warned my heart deeply. Most my life I spend as an outsider to society, but you have all embraced me like FAMILY! I will do all I can to fight for you. My card will expire soon, I'm not renewing but I'M THERE WITH YOU ALL FOREVER!

 

Thanks Brianna for spending the day with me. I had 2 gifts I made to give to 2 people and I forgot to give to them, almost asked you if you could hold onto them and deliver when you saw them.

 

While I was almost there, our bus pulling in about 20 mins late, someone commented on the plane, I never saw it, have to find the pics, they told me what the signs said. We were parked very close to the rally, could hear voices and heard very loud responses, the energy made me choke up, so much love and anger and compassion and peaceful energy, totally focused, we were ALL ONE VOICE. I had predicted 2,000 people and was told it could've been 3,000 or 4,000; when i hugged Bb I was crying happy tears and said, "We did it!" The bell was a nice touch, but got annoying at the end. The sound system was fantastic, the speakers were WONDERFUL. If I hadn't been so tired, also knowing we were running out of time, subconsciously I shortened the song but realized it later. While I waited for someone to help me with my things, people came up to me, I got hugged, I gave hugs, I was so happy to meet more of you.

 

I didn't see any of any visuals at the rally, though I did see lots of Great signs. I went around telling people to hold them up high so the everyone could see. I have to watch the part I missed.

 

Bb, Pb, and Michael were fantastic. They always look exhausted when I see them. Pb was in pain, visibly, but helped me out and made sure I found my suitcase that was on the bus I came in on, which I wasn't leaving on but didn't wanna drag that around with all my other stuff during the rally. Then Brianna, her friend, Fran, and others, helped me get into the Loft. Oh the Loft, it was shut down for awhile, was filled to capacity, then I was gonna go check into the room I paid for a few blocks away, and come back. I ended up going to the Loft after getting my suitcase. I talked to a few people in the med room, and got some food, felt well enough to sing for about 45 minutes, played my song again complete with the words I blanked out on at the rally.

 

I stayed till about 8:30 or so then went to my room. The next day I spent with Bri, her son, and Robin. Earlier in the day I discovered someone from the site was staying at the same place as me, he recognized my voice from the radio show, when I came out in the morning, though he thought he heard me that night before, too; I went straight to my room without looking to see who else was there, I barely noticed him. The next morning, we took turns playmy guitar for them during breakfast, it was awesome! I sang a few songs and then he played for a bit, we talked with other guests, had a great time, couldn't talk about MM though but that was ok.

 

I'd love to move closer so i can be more directly involved in this community. During the winter, I wanna seriously look into it, get to know people better and see where I can fit in, if I can contribute anything to the cause, with my abilities, on a more personal level, meaning, not just through the site from so far away.

 

Like I've said many times, I'm like a "creative consultant." I see a need and offer ideas on how to help. Although I don't have much formal training I know I can be of value to this cause, not just from afar. My thoughts were not clear enough to express all my ideas to the people I was with, after the rally, getting a day to recover and unwind before taking the long trip back home. There's so much I wish I could do for this community. Whenever we gather together, I see and feel the energy, the pain, the love, the kindness.

 

I may be sore and tired, but I am HAPPY. I found the Family I've wished for, I've found the love, compassion and acceptance, I've found where I am needed and wanted. I feel like I have finally found a Home. :wub: THANK YOU ALL!

 

Sincerely, Sb

 

 

 

No doubt about it SB you are good people.

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