The following is from an email I received from my friend Don:
Recently there was a rally at the State House organized by talk show hosts Matt Murphy in Birmingham and Dale Jackson in Huntsville in support of Senator Scott Beason's bill dealing with illegal immigrants (SB426) with around 80 to 100 people showing up, depending on who made the estimates.Later in the day several members of the committee hearing SB426 failed to show up so no vote on the bill could be taken because there was not a quorum present. That was likely by design and through the collusion of some committee members.The bill is due to be back in committee in about 2 weeks from now on Wednesday, March 26. Murphy and Jackson are organizing another rally that day, BUT ONLY IF many more citizens commit to being there because a similar sized crowd or a smaller one will indicate to the legislators that Alabamians aren't really very concerned about whether they pass legislation to deal with illegal immigrants or not, and the bill would probably fail to be approved at the committee level.Matt, on his afternoon program, and Dale, on his morning show are trying to gauge public sentiment among listeners to see how many people will commit to being there if the rally takes place. Matt says that he will soon have a place on his Matt Murphy Show website for people to sign up, committing to be there and he has said that a minimum of 300 people would be required to put on the rally. Dale, on his "Show Notes" page @ http://www.wvnn.com/dale.shtml#ShowNotes has link for people to sign up and he says at least 100 are needed.Both programs are streamed live over the internet: Matt on the WAPI website from 4 to 7pm M-F @ http://www.wapi1070.com/; Dale on the WVNN website from 6 to 9am M-F @ http://www.wvnn.com/.Toll free phone numbers for their shows are for Dale. for Matt andIf you're concerned about illegal immigrants in Alabama contact everyone you can and ask them to commit to being at this proposed rally. If you're not concerned, but you know someone who is, tell them about this opportunity to show our legislators that we want this problem dealt with NOW.
Matt now has the sign up page on his website. We must show our support if we expect our legislators to act. Please do what you can to make it to this rally. Let Matt and Dale know you will attend so this very important rally can go forward:
Sign up only if you can and WILL be attending a rally March 26th on the steps of the state house in Montgomery, Alabama. If enough participate, we'll caravan back to the capital! More info on www.murphyshow.com! Click "I'll be there" and sign up!
Matt and Dale cannot do this alone, nor should they have to. This legislation affects every citizen in the state of Alabama, including LEGAL immigrants.
Here is a link to the pdf for SB426.