Straight Up with Sherri

Friday, April 29, 2005


Via email from Olive Branch Press


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Attend Rally (do everything you can to be there)

Rally Info

Purpose: To send the message that we will NOT allow this to happen again and that we will hold accountable those who are responsible for Terri's murder

When: Monday May 2nd

Where: 2 locations
Tallahassee Capital Building
Washington DC at the Supreme Court Building

Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Please do all that you can to attend. Bring your own RESPECTFUL signs to convey these messages.

email/write AND call your representatives

Respectfully tell them:
You want those who are responsible for the murder of Terri to be held accountable You want laws passed in your state that will respect life and that will ensure that this travesty will not happen again

Write letters to the editor of your local newspapers we must keep this fight alive, and not allow it to be swept under the carpet

for action updates daily keep us informed of any activities in your area

and most importantly


  • I am not sure this is a good idea unless well-organized. It is my belief from a small and unscientific sample of relatives, friends, and acquaintances who all volunteered that the appearance of the demonstrators at the hospice was repulsive. (They actually used more courteous words with me, but you could tell that they thought that those demonstrators were extremely ill-behaved people.)

    I didn't watch the tv coverage; so I can't say that the visceral dislike wasn't caused by biased coverage. But when I talk to people, their body language of opposition to the demonstrators is much stronger than the words. BTW, generally these people supported Terri. This might just be a NYC thing, but these people are not a part of NYC's monbat left.

    By Blogger levi from queens, at 4:18 PM  

  • levi

    You bring up some good points.. VERY GOOD ONES..

    Let me just share this....

    When I went down to Florida- I was kinda torn on my role. Part of me was there to Support Terri- but part of me was also there to "cover the story." This was so awkward for me. I wanted to be there to pray. I wanted to be there to support the family. I wanted to be there to talk to people about the FACTS that I knew on this case.

    I also wanted to keep you all informed on inside information and bring you the experience. When I talked to the people (just casual talk with other supporters) about the FACTS- I would cite the things like "On November 19, 1993 Michael Schiavo stated in court..... (blah blah blah)."

    It was amazing to watch. There were some in the media that came looking for me after my conversation- asking me for an inteview. They "overheard" my conversation. Who were they? They were mostly radio or small print orgs. Then the others would avoid me like the plague. I was sensible and articulate and factual. The TV cameras didn't want this.

    The images people saw on TV were NOTHING like what was really going on. MOst of us were just down there to support Terri. PERIOD! When you see the HUGE demonstrations on TV -the ones that get the coverage are RADICALS! In fact- If you look back at the TV coverage- you see few people really. Because some people were running around saying- "The cameras are on. Come over here and hold this sign." People were like, "HUH? Who cares. I am not here for the cameras." Others just did as they were told- just wanting to know WHAT to do....

    Most of the people were sharing meals, blankets, praying, singing, etc. Others were manuvering themselves ANYWHERE a camera was. The TV media was very apt in deciding who to cover. This is what they do. I avoided the cameras- and they avoided me. The cameras chased the NUTS. ANd the whole time- the REAL CIRCUS (until the dern juggler showed up- a very special shout out to that moron) WAS THE MEDIA!

    Most of us came and went quietly. Most of us prayed and gathered around for information when Gibbs or Randall came out to fill us in on Terri's situation. Yet some sought out attention- knowing their "passion" would be what "made the news."

    I learned a LOT there. When I was there- I would never picture myself carrying a blood-spattered sign. This was about Terri. Nothing else.- at least not to me. Don't get me wrong- I know there is a much bigger thing here- the euthanasia movement, etc. But THAT fight needs to be done in a different way- a different battlefield- the field of ideas and thought. FIghting for TERRI was about Terri. Being down there was about TERRI. Not politics.

    The line may seem very blurred and thinned. But Terri was personal to me. She was real- not a political football. As with most of us. Many believe in the cause behind Terri- but it is Terri's story- her family- her whole ordeal that inspired our passion. Now that the cameras have gone away- who is still fighting the fight? The ones that were there- FOR TERRI. The ones that drew Terri and her family near to their hearts.

    The ones that thought Terri was about politics have gone back to their lives. A battle lost. If Terri had lived- If she had been SAVED in the 11th hour- the politicos on pro-life would still be touting the win. Just as some in the media continue to use her name in the headline- just to catch the eye of people. But those that fought for Terri- would now be going back to their lives- of worship and raising families, etc. (NOT IN ALL CASES OR ON ALL LEVELS- but we would have derived a sense of security in the fact that America had done the right thing in the end and all was well.)

    But instead- it is much like the story of Jesus. His death brought the strength of true believers to take notice and look around. His resurrection brought them the movement to spread the word. If he had lived- spared in the 11th hour- haw many would have said, "psssst, Jesus. Look- I like what you are doing here- but that was a real close call. Hanging out with you is just a little too risky these days. I got a wife and kids to think about. Wish ya the best- glad God spared ya- but I better get back to my "real life"- and.... uh.. keep in touch! Send me a post card from Damascus...."

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 5:45 PM  

  • Sherri,
    you should post this on BFT. I can later if you don't get to it, but no one else has posted it there yet and I need to get off the internet.

    By Blogger Beautiful Belgian Babe, at 7:09 PM  

  • Thank you Sherri, That was the report which I had wished to hear. It makes me feel better. It underlines my point that demonstrations have limited value and require careful control so that the message does not come from the animals. Note that the MSM does not show the same people that Zombie does from the MOveon demos.

    Fundamentally, demonstrations are fairly boring to be in (unless it degenerates into a riot, which may be a little bit too exciting). They really only carry moral force if the demonstrators cannot vote like the Civil Rights Marchers of the 50s and 60s or the Antiwar Marchers of the 60s. Today, demonstrating carries only the idea that the demonstrator's voice should carry extra weight because the demonstrator is impassioned. The truth of that last sentence may be small -- it may just be that the demonstrator has fewer responsibilities and less to do. This is where I see the value of your blog where the truth is disseminated widely and discussed and hashed over (and you get clumsy mashnotes from anon)and people send off messages to elected officials and judges. In short, I believe that virtual reality may be more real than demonstrated reality.

    By Blogger levi from queens, at 7:38 PM  

  • boy -- doesn't anybody want to argue with me? I throw out some ideas which I believe, which are far from widely- held, and nobody wants to beat me up?

    By Blogger levi from queens, at 10:06 PM  

  • levi

    That was the report which I had wished to hear. It makes me feel better

    Gosh, I am so sorry. I know that so many of you expected me to return with profound words... or stories...I just couldn't find the words... I couldn't find a way....

    SO many times, I sat down, turned off the monitor and just wrote from the gut...attempting to share what it was like down there.... waht happened... but it was so personal... so real... And yet I couldn't reach it....

    Every time- I ended up talking political points... But now I guess it is time...

    I have reached a place where I can share some of it.. just touch the tip of the iceburg... hence- my next post...

    Thank you for helping me reach the point where I could the right time...

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 10:08 PM  

  • levi



    okay- that doesn't fit-- let's see..uhmmmm....


    How's that??

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 10:12 PM  

  • There's one accout about how the media handled the hospice "situation" I'll personally never forget.

    Joshua, one of the residents at the Pinellas Park hospice, watches the commotion from his wheelchair. He's crying. Not for Terri, but for himself. He feels slighted.
    "Yesterday a tv reporter came to visit me, but she didn't come for me. She was looking for a scoop. I'd hoped for some human warmth and compassion."
    Eventually he had to notify the police to escort her out when she kept pressing him - even offering some money - for permission to take some camera shots.

    By Anonymous Vanessa, at 7:36 AM  

  • It seems as if you are missing the entire point regarding the Schiavo case. You have concluded that what has happened in that case resulted in murder, dispite rulings of the court system.

    Is it your argument that we should be a system of emotions and not of laws?

    Frankly, although the emotions in the Schiavo system ran high on both sides, and I felt much sorrow for all involved, it was a relief to me to see that our judiciary still has some meaning in this country. I mean, Congress trying to step in and pass a law to override a court decision! Come on. How can Bush, on the one hand, say that he is for freedom in Iraq, and on the other, try to restrict it here at home by denying the laws of our country!

    By Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia, at 2:38 PM  

  • Barbara,
    Actually, we are a system of Constitutions, not laws. The Constitution states plainly that a jury must be arbiter of fact, not a judge. For other courts, when ordered to review the facts according to the Constitution, refuse, then it is an abrogation of their Constitutional duty - and they are guilty of malfeasance. It's not a tough concept to grasp. And it is not an emotional issue, but a Constitutional one.
    Except for the Supreme Court of the United States, all other courts serve at the pleasure and direction of Congress. It's in the Constitution. The Congress did not pass a law to override a court decision. They cannot override a finding of fact by a jury. They can, however, order the courts to do their job. This is all they did. Just as Jeb Bush is required, by the Constitution of the State of Florida, to intervene to investigate the charges of fraud, malfeasance, and corruption that led to the death of Terri Schiavo (of which he did a terrible job). All that President George Bush did was sign legislation that was passed by Democrats and Republicans in the Senate (unanimously) and in the House of Representatives (overwhelmingly). That is the will of the people. Life in America is as sacred as life in Iraq. We must defend the purging of innocent life no matter where it exists.
    By freedom. do you imply the freedom to murder a spouse that you no longer need, because you're busy pumping out children with a new paramour?

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 4:40 PM  

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