Volume 4 . Issue 5                  May 9, 2020

"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation, must begin by subduing the freedom of speech" - Benjamin Franklin


13 Signs of Liberty

1. We value the rights of Life, Liberty, and Property for ourselves and our posterity.

2. We believe in a republican form of government that will guarantee for us adequate representation by our elected officials.

3. We teach our children a code of moral ethics and train them in the practice of proper behavior.

4. We fearlessly practice our right to freedom of speech and do not hesitate to speak out against tyranny and threats to our liberty.

5. We are in frequent contact with our representatives at all levels of government to express our opinions on matters appearing before official bodies.

6. We own firearms, are well trained in their use, and give direct instruction to our children on the safe use of these weapons.

7. When necessary, we do not hesitate to petition our legislators, and eagerly assemble to show support for our rights.

8. We join or support our local militias in order to be prepared to maintain freedom for We the People.

9. We always demand our right to be secure in our persons and property against unreasonable actions taken by the government.

10. We stay informed on civic issues and use that information to make good decisions at the ballot box where we vote regularly.

11. We determine the best learning programs and opportunities for our children, and take personal responsibility for their educational development.

12. We run for public office and support our choice of candidates with our time, efforts, and monetary donations.

13. We take responsibility for the lives and well-being of ourselves and our families. We do not expect or welcome the intrusions of the government or its agencies into the decisions we make that are necessary to maintain a free people who base their liberty on the Constitution.

Janet Chandler

The Boston Tea Party

The American colonists were very unhappy at the British government for all these taxes they had to pay and no representation at all! This was the first major act of protest coming from the colonists but not the last.

Britain was in quite a bit of debt and the easiest thing to do was to tax those American colonists to help pay it off. After all, they felt it was the fault of the colonies that put them in that debt. The Stamp Act of 1765 created a tax on literally every piece of printed paper used: playing cards, documents, newspapers, etc. What about toilet paper? Joseph Gayetty was credited for inventing the first commercial toilet paper in 1857. So yes, if toilet paper were around as we know it today, it would have probably been taxed under the Stamp Act.

The next brain child of the British was the Townsend Act of 1767, to bring in more revenue. They thought it would be in their best interest financially to tax paint, glass, lead and tea.

March 5, 1770, brought on a more grisly event known as the Boston Massacre. The colonists were still not happy with having no representation in Parliament. Now there were British guards in their streets and also guarding the Boston Customs House. It was located near the waterfront and that is where the cargo from ships was inspected and maritime duties collected. Out of frustration, those pesky colonists threw snowballs at the guards. The guards called in reinforcements killing 5 colonists and wounding 6.

Britain decided to repeal the taxes they had imposed on the colonists except for the tea tax. Not the tea tax! The colonists consumed about 1.2 million pounds of tea a year and that would be a lot of lost revenue . This ushered in the Tea Act in May of 1773. Tea smuggling from Holland came into being due to the tax, which didn't sit well with the British, but it actually cost the colonists more to buy the smuggled tea than the taxed tea from the British East India Company. It was the principal of the thing.

The Sons of Liberty, colonial merchants and tradesmen, protested the arrival of the Dartsmouth from the British East India Company in the harbor. By December 16, it was joined by the sister ships, Beaver and Eleanor. On that morning, thousands of colonists refused to pay the tea tax or let the ships unload, store, sell or use the cargo. The Governor would not allow the ships to return to Britain and ordered the tea tariff to be paid. The colonists said no.

That night, a large group of men, many from the Sons of Liberty, dressed as Native Americans and boarded the ships. It took almost 3 hours for nearly 100 men to throw 342 chests of tea into the harbor. No one was hurt and the only destruction was to a padlock and the tea. They even swept the ships' decks before they left. The cost of the tea that was dumped in the harbor would be equivalent to about $1,000,000 today.

King George III and the Parliament were not pleased with what was done. So they passed the Coercive Acts, later known as the Intolerable Acts which included:

1. Closure of Boston Harbor until the tea lost in the Boston Tea Party was paid for.

2. End of the Massachusetts Constitution and end free elections of town officials.

3. Require colonists to quarter British troops on demand using their private homes if needed.

4. Extend freedom of worship to French-Canadian Catholics under British rule which angered the mostly Protestant colonists.

So the next time you sit down to enjoy your breakfast, you will remember why you are drinking coffee instead of tea. It is ironic though how we can see history repeat itself even today. Is any of this sounding familiar? More than ever, we need the State of Jefferson now.

Penny Garland

May Day! MayDay! Protest in Sacramento at theState Capitol
The welcoming committee practicing social distancing and
wearing masks.
This is after physically detaining 30 plus people for not practicing
social distancing.
Is this still about your health?
“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent
the government from wasting the labors of the people under
the pretense of taking care of them.”
― Thomas Jefferson
Events are happening all over Jefferson Counties, too many to list here. For more information, please check the website, Events and Meetings or copy & paste:

Modern Day
Boston Tea Party
Happy Mother's Day from 
the Jefferson Messenger Staff.
Click here for the archived broadcasts to keep up to date! To call into the live Jefferson radio show, the number is 530-605-4567.
Standing County
Committee Meetings

Subject to change without notice.
Coos County, OR
3rd Wednesday each month - 6PM
60 W Third St
Coquille, OR

Curry County, OR
2nd Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Panthers Den
29513 Ellensburg Ave
Gold Beach, OR

Douglas County, OR
2nd Tuesday each month - 6 PM
Republican Headquarters
506 SE Jackson St
Roseburg, OR

El Dorado County
2nd Tuesday each month -
6:30 PM
American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville
Doors open 5:30 to 6:30 PM, to socialize, ask questions and/or enjoy a meal.  The meeting time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Jackson County, OR
2nd Thursday each month -
6:30 PM
County Library
412 E Main St
Rogue River, OR

Josephine County, OR
1st Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
Elmer's Restaurant
GP Parkway and Foothill Blvd
Grants Pass, OR
3rd Thursday each month -
6:00 PM
Kerby Belt Building

Klamath County, OR
1st Tuesday each month -
6:00 PM
Sizzler's Meeting Room
2506 S Sixth St
Klamath Falls, OR

Mariposa County
4th Tuesday each month – 5:30 PM
Happy Burger Diner Meeting Room
5120 State Hwy 140 at 12
th St

Nevada & Placer Counties
3rd Wednesday each month - 6 PM
5:30 PM Social time
Mt. Vernon Guild Hall
3185 Bell Rd

Shasta County
Mondays at 5:30 PM
2570 S. Bonnyview Road

Shasta County Intermountain Patriots
2nd Tuesday each month - 6:30 PM
Burney Lions Hall
Main Street, Burney

4th Tuesday each month
Social time - 5 PM
The Ol Merc
Hwy 299, McArthur
Meeting time - 6:30 PM
McArthur Lions Hall,  Hwy 299

Stanisluas County
2nd & 4th Tuesday each month
Grizzly Rock Cafe
4905 North Golden State Blvd  

American Values SOJ
1st & 3rd Tuesday each month -
7 PM
Mountain Mike's Pizza
111 Maggs St, Oakdale

Sutter and Yuba Counties
 4th Monday each month - 6:30 PM
Church of Glad Tidings Building 500, Room 212
1179 Eager Road
Yuba City
Tehama County
 1st  & 3rd Friday each month -
7:00 PM
Westside Grange
20794 Walnut Street
Red Bluff

Trinity County
 2nd Thursday each month -
6:30 PM
Hayfork Community Church
7450 State Highway 3
3rd Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Round Table Pizza
120 Nugget Lane

Tuolumne County
2nd Tuesday each month -
6:00 PM
Willow Springs Club House
20522 Willow Springs Rd
Conference Calls
The conference calls have been put on hold for now and placed on an as needed basis. Please check back here to see if any have been scheduled.
A Huge Thank You to
Our Newsletter Staff

Ginny Rapini
Penny Garland
Sally Rapoza

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