Terri Hall of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) said the
march on Austin against the Trans-Texas Corridor will continue despite
recent announcements saying the mammoth transportation project eating
up more land than Michael Chertoff was on the ropes.
Hall says she won't believe it until laws start being repealed
— preferably signed in blood.
Listen to our a.m. conversation with Hall:
the TURF press release that went out this morning…
Ogden says TTC-69 scrapped, elected officials discourage
East Texas, April
2, 2008 – Yesterday, Senate Finance
Committee Chairman Senator Steve Ogden told Walker County Commissioner,
B.J. Gaines, that the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) I-69 project is over,
scrapped, finito. The word is spreading like wildfire among elected
officials in the path of TTC-69, including the Mayor of Kendleton, just
in time to tell constituents: "There's no need to attend that rally in
Austin this weekend since the TTC-69 project is over."
Texans Uniting for
Reform and Freedom (TURF) is organizing a march up
Congress Avenue and rally on the South Capitol steps Saturday, April 5
from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM, and they're crying foul for what appears to be
an effort to suppress grassroots turnout. TURF has been getting calls
from panicked supporters who are hearing some residents now believe the
TTC-69 has been stopped.
"At this juncture, it's naïve to believe word one from
politicians or TxDOT, an agency run amok, that is misusing our taxpayer
money to lobby in favor of the Trans Texas Corridor and prone to $1
billion accounting errors! The TTC-69 public comment period isn't even
completed yet, and the environmental hearings were completed only weeks
ago, and now they're trying to convince taxpayers the project is dead?
Who are they kidding?" notes Terri Hall, Founder of TURF.
"You'd think the
first call they'd make is to grassroots groups like
ours to call off the dogs. The fact that they haven't called, tells us
this claim is an attempt to suppress turnout at what could be a
thousands-strong march to the shame of many Texas politicians, and yet
another example of our own government lobbying against the people,"
"The claim the
TTC-69 project is over is an underhanded eleventh hour
dirty trick to sabotage the people's right to protest this project, and
we're asking for every state law, every Transportation Commission
Minute Order, every local Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and
tolling authority plan authorizing the Trans Texas Corridor be
immediately revoked IN WRITING. Until that's done, we're pressing
ahead. It's clear we can't trust a word that comes out of the mouths of
TxDOT or politicians," says Hank Gilbert, TURF Board member and Rally
The Don't Mess with
Texas TURF, Stop the TTC & Tolls Rally will
have a host of national, state, and local speakers including the
Teamsters, Eagle Forum, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Oklahoma
Senator Randy Brogdon (who passed legislation to stop the Trans Texas
Corridor from coming through Oklahoma), Texas State Legislators and
local leaders like the Chair of the first Sub-regional Planning
Commission putting a roadblock in the way of TTC-35.
CNN's Lou Dobbs
couldn't believe Texans would allow Rick Perry and the
Texas Legislature to steal our land and allow the TTC to be built.
"What happened to 'Don't Mess With Texas?'" Texans
through TURF plan to show Lou Dobbs and our politicians who are
discouraging attendance at the rally…don't mess with Texas
WHAT: STOP the TTC & Tolls Across Texas RALLY,
with a march up
Congress Avenue then rally on the south Capitol steps in Austin
farmers, ranchers, and ordinary citizens from all over
Texas. Also, entertainment by The Texicans (singers/songwriters of
Trans Texas Corridor Blues) and Jack Motley (featured in Truth Be
March begins - 12:15 pm
(the staging area for the march will be at the parking lots at the
corner of Cesar Chavez St. & Red River St.)