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September, The Month of Liberty! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Elliott   
Thursday, 15 September 2011 07:36
Iowans For Accountability (IFA) would like to remind folks that this month we celebrate four different, but very important days regarding our American heritage and history: Labor Day, Jury Rights Day, Patriot Day and Constitution Day. This year, two of the events, Labor Day and Jury Rights Day, happen to fall on the same day, and Constitution Day is technically proclaimed by law as an entire week instead of just a day. Patriot Day being the most recent addition of the four since the tragic attack on 9/11/2001. This IFA announcement includes both a brief historical summary and the local liberty movement's activities in respect to these special days in our American History.

Labor Day became a federal holiday back in 1894, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, a nationwide conflict between labor unions and railroads. This holiday falls on the first Monday of September which was the 5th of September this year, which happens to also be Jury Rights Day this year.

Jury Rights Day is in commemoration of the William Penn case in1670 which firmly established protection for the jury, and firmly established the right of the jurors to refuse to accept bad government laws. In celebration of both Jury Rights Day and Labor Day, the Illinois Liberty Alliance of walked in the East Moline Labor Day Parade last Monday promoting both Ron Paul for President in 2012 and The Fully Informed Jury Association.

Patriot Day occurs on September 11th of each year, designated in memory of the 2,977 killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the New York World Trade Center Twin Towers. In commemoration of Patriot Day, the Illinois Liberty Alliance (ILA) has adopted Veteran's Memorial Park in Moline on the north shore of the Rock River behind Blaine's Farm & Fleet off of 60th Street. There will be a sign in the park that ILA adopted the park along with the link. There will be a park cleanup and picnic on September 24th at 10am at this location.

And finally, Constitution Day, September 17, 2011 marks the two hundred and twenty-fourth anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention. In Fact, public law 915 guarantees the issuing of a proclamation each year by the President of the United States of America designating September 17 through 23 as constitution week.

Iowans For Accountability, in conjunction with the local tea party movement, plan to hold a, “Are You Hearing Us Now?” Constitutional Counties March, Rally and News Conference that day. People of all parties and affiliates are invited to walk from the Scott County Courthouse/Jail to the Rock Island County Courthouse/Jail in solidarity and as an expression of hope that our local law enforcement leadership and rank and file deputies and officers will reflect upon the times we all live in and how important it is they honor their oaths of office to uphold the federal and state constitutions.

Certified mailers with constitutional educational material, produced by former law enforcement leaders who won a historic Supreme Court case over state sovereignty and the duty of LEO to protect individual rights will have been sent to all local law enforcement personnel earlier that week.

IFA hopes that our local communities public servants and members of the communities will join us in our celebration of our Month of Liberty by participating in the various events. These historical events should never be lost or forgotten, and these are great opportunities for folks to learn more about their own history and serving their fellow Americans.

Rep. Morthland's statement on Gov. Quinn's facility closure plan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Morthland   
Thursday, 15 September 2011 07:23
Moline, IL...State Representative Rich Morthland (R-Cordova) released the following statement on Governor Quinn's facility closure and state layoffs plan:

"Governor Quinn is once again holding state employees hostage to put pressure on the General Assembly to approve his billion dollar borrowing plans. What we are seeing is a return to the budgeting methods of Rod Blagojevich. We are seeing more attempts to threaten the General Assembly into spending more money. If the Governor wants to work with us, he needs to stop the bullying and start participating in the budget negotiations."

"We need to have responsible financial accountability and continue the steps we started in May, when the General Assembly sent the Governor a budget $2 billion less than he had proposed spending. We cannot back down to the Governor's threats in this time of dire financial straits."

For more information call (309) 762-3008 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Labor, Juries, and Presidents, Oh My! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Elliott   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:08

East Moline's Labor Day Parade was a fun filled day for many folks on Monday, September the 5th. Among the many floats and walking groups in the parade, the Illinois Liberty Alliance of the group sponsored entry of the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential grassroots volunteers teamed up with the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) to also celebrate Jury Rights Day which happened to fall on the same day as Labor Day this year.

The Illinois Liberty Alliance entry rolled through the parade with 11 volunteers, A white Ron Paul 2012 decorated van playing Ron Paul supporting music, two FIJA banners which read, “Called for Jury Duty? Know your Rights. FIJA.ORG”, over 3,500 pieces of literature, and bags of candy and balloons. The literature included Ron Paul newspapers made by an Iowa grassroots group and Jury Rights Day cards created by the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA).


Nancy Brandt of Henry County was the coordinator of this event. “We spent 5 1/2 hours stamping the literature with "Illinois Liberty Alliance. Find us at:". We enjoyed walking with the banners, and we distributed 1600-1700 Jury Rights Day cards at East Moline, Illinois' Labor Day Parade. One man I gave a card to said, 'I better look at this. I've got jury duty coming up.' I told him to go to the FIJA website.”

Labor Day Overshadows Jury Rights Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Elliott   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 09:30

The first Monday of September is always Labor Day which happens to be September 5th this year. Well, September 5th also happens to be Jury Rights Day. in commemoration of the William Penn case in 1670 which firmly established protection for the jury, and firmly established the right of the jurors to refuse to accept bad government laws. Labor Day tends to be more commonly recognized by Americans than Jury Rights Day. Labor Day is so popular with Americans, that there is sure to be a parade in town somewhere celebrating the holiday.

Members of the local Ron Paul meetup and the local Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) are teaming up together to educate the large crowds that will be gathered together to watch East Moline's Labor Day parade this morning from 11AM – 1PM. The group will be both promoting Ron Paul for President and promoting Jury Rights Day via banners and signs. Although Labor Day overshadows Jury Rights Day, the groups believe this provides for a unique opportunity to promote the importance of jury rights in our system of government.

Rafe Thrasher, a Ron Paul supporter in Illinois said, “Ron Paul is a huge promoter and educator of jury rights, so it makes sense that we join forces with the local Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) and help them promote Jury Rights Day in a Labor Day parade.” The members of either group are brought together through the Illinois Liberty Alliance and can be contacted through the website.


Iowans For Accountability (IFA) is fighting to hold politicians accountable to we the people, and make sure government works for all of us, not just wealthy special interests and the well-connected. IFA is a Non-Party Political Organization (NPPO) that actively supports or opposes ballot issues or candidates, regardless of party affiliation and when necessary, IFA runs its own candidates. Michael D. Elliott is the IFA Chairman. Website:

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Written by HUD Public Affairs   
Thursday, 01 September 2011 07:43

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that it is charging John and Nancy Meany, owners of an apartment building in Traer, Iowa, with violating the Fair Housing Act for refusing to accommodate a request from a family with a child with cerebral palsy.  HUD brings the charge on behalf of the child and her mother, claiming the owners refused to allow the seven-year-old girl to have a medically-prescribed emotional support animal. Additionally, the owners allegedly told the mother that if she got the animal, she would have to either move or pay more money to stay.

The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful for landlords to refuse a reasonable accommodation in their rules, policies, practices, or services when needed to provide persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to use or enjoy a dwelling. It is also against the law to impose different rules and restrictions on those who make such request, including charging them extra.

“Threatening parents with eviction for requesting an emotional support animal for a child with disabilities or charging more for having one is against the law," said John Trasviña, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “HUD is committed to ensuring that landlords comply with fair housing laws and provide the accommodations that may be necessary for tenants with disabilities to have the same opportunities to enjoy their homes.”

According to HUD’s charge, the mother and her daughter were aware of the housing provider’s “no-pet policy” when they moved in and did not contest it at that time.  Later, recalling that the Labrador retriever who previously lived with them had alleviated stress for her daughter, the mother asked the owners to permit the daughter to have a dog live with them, and provided documentation of the need for the animal from the daughter’s pediatrician and therapist.  The owners denied the request, stating, “We are not intending to modify the ‘no pet policy’ on our property.” The owners further stated that if the mother insisted on bringing the dog in to help her daughter to better cope with her condition, they would collect a $200 deposit and charge an extra $25 per month more for rent.

The mother and child eventually moved out of the building to another apartment, which cost more and was much farther from the child’s school. 

HUD’s charge will be heard by a United States Administrative Law Judge unless any party to the charge elects to have the case heard in federal district court. If an administrative law judge finds after a hearing that discrimination has occurred, he may award damages to aggrieved persons for the discrimination.

The judge may also order injunctive relief and other equitable relief to deter further discrimination, as well as payment of attorney fees. In addition, the judge may impose fines in order to vindicate the public interest. If the matter is decided in federal court, the judge may also award punitive damages to aggrieved persons.

FHEO and its partners in the Fair Housing Assistance Program investigate more than 10,000 housing discrimination complaints annually. People who believe they are the victims of housing discrimination should contact HUD at 1-800-669-9777 (voice), (800) 927-9275 (TTY).


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