If You are driving up or want to car pool send me a message and I may be able to connect you to someone else who is heading up that way.
Friday, August 28
9:00 AM-5:00 PM: Meet Birmingham: Guests of the event tour local history museums and sites such as 16th St. Baptist Church, Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, etc.
7:00 PM-9:00 PM: Community Rally at Guiding Light Church. Speakers include Glenn Beck and Bishop Jim Lowe.*
*Note: Tickets for the Friday community rally at Guiding Light Church are separate from the March and Restoring Unity Speaking Event on Saturday 8/29. Tickets for the Saturday Restoring Unity Events will be on sale soon.
8:00 AM- 9:00 AM: LINE UP FOR MARCH at 7th Ave and 16th St
9:00 AM: March Begins
12:00 PM-3:00 PM: Restoring Unity Event Begins: Glenn Beck, Bishop Lowe, and more!
On March 13th, 2014, The 9/12 Project will mark the 5th anniversary of its national rollout on Fox News.
The leaders of our own South Florida 9/12 group have met recently to share thoughts of where we have been, what difference we have made, and where to direct our efforts in the year ahead. Interestingly, other 9/12 leaders around the country have been leading similar discussions… including no less than the one conservative commentator who drew so many of us together in the first place.
A couple weeks ago, on short notice, my wife Shannon and I were delighted and truly humbled to receive an unexpected invitation to be studio guests of The Glenn Beck Program. (How could we say “no”…?!)
The staff of The Blaze made quick accomodations to ensure we were able to join Glenn on-the-air in Dallas, Texas to mark the 5th Anniversary of “3/13” – the hour of television in 2009 that inspired the grassroots movement that changed so many lives around the country… including mine, and perhaps yours.
Our own local meetup group in South Florida began simply, in response to Glenn’s Fox News segments titled “WE SURROUND THEM” – a series of televised shows urging Americans with traditional values to bond together, to restore the principles and values of our nation’s Founding Fathers back to the halls of government. These nightly glimpses into the past crossroads of America’s history profoundly impacted my family.
Glenn Beck felt the weight of this time in our history bring him to literal tears on-the-air that special night on March 13th, and after a substantial hour of reflection on American exceptionalism, the news program came to an end. Suddenly – that crowd of several hundred emotional (and inspired!) citizens in a suburban Lake Worth restaurant pressed my wife and I eagerly, and with heartfelt urgently – “NOW WHAT?”… “WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?”… “WHAT’S NEXT?”
Shannon and I *HAD* no ‘masterplan’ for “*BEYOND* 3/13″… we were just a family working hard, trying to love and support one another, and raise our children to become principled adults one day. And yet, we felt as all of you did “after Glenn”. We all felt compelled by our OWN tears, our OWN observation of unthinkable government bailouts, our OWN marginalization by the media and our contemporary culture…
“The South Florida 9/12 Project” was born that day. We didn’t know ‘how’, ‘where’, ‘what’, ‘when’… but we knew ‘WHY’.
Glenn told us on the air that the purpose of this project he envisioned was “to bring us all back to the place we were on September 12th, 2001″ (the day after the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on 9/11)… we were not obsessed with red states, blue states, or political parties. We were united as *AMERICANS* – standing together to protect the values and principles of the greatest nation ever created.”
And so it began. “Grassroots organizing.”
My wife, my partner, and my best friend – “all-in-one”! – Shannon (the hardest typing and picture-posting and email responding fingers to blaze the movement!) also believed in the “WHY” – and tried to make a difference from a laptop on our kitchen table (nightly!). Thanks to Glenn’s show helping to partner us up with some REALLY good people to get the heavy lifting done – we turned frustration, into seed… and seed into fruit. (And all while keeping full-time jobs, AND raising children, AND staying plugged in to church – whew!) It WAS hard, it WAS painful… yet it equally was joyful, and it was uplifting – to know that WE WERE NOT ALONE.
I didn’t KNOW what to expect after that first meetup; did any of us?
But what I certainly NEVER expected (and was blessed to witness), was no less than the spiritual and patriotic renewal of every member of my family. As “Nana” Hazel Kaye, my own sweet grandmother (rest in peace, Nana!) used to smile and tell me: “IF GOD IS ‘FOR’ US – WHO CAN BE ‘AGAINST’ US?”
Without God, there would be no “South Florida 9/12” left after 5 years. It has swollen, it has shrunk, it has expanded, and it has rested – but somehow, God always brings us back into the ring when we hear the bell chime!
For *EACH* of you who supported the South Florida 9/12 group, or any one of the causes we have rallied behind, over the last 5 years – THANK YOU.
I sincerely believe that a moment like this invitation to The Glenn Beck Program only came because of the steadfast and repeated support, hard work, and encouragement of people like *YOU*.
“Shannon and Doug Armstrong” would be a lonely proposition, if it were just the two of us. But when our numbers coalesce together – what an IMPACT you can make in your town, in your county, even in your home state of Florida, and believe it or not – in our very COUNTRY, yes.
Glenn Beck invited the two of us to come to Dallas to celebrate the 5-year existence of “The 9/12 Project”, really, to represent the tireless work and the beliefs of individuals like *YOU* (and you surely know who you are), who “MADE” the South Florida 9/12 a valid vehicle for community involvement – even in the ill-reputed “Corruption County.”
(REMEMBER: It was only in the year 2000, that the media of the ***WORLD*** descended upon Palm Beach County, Florida to observe the tense outcome of an entire PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION… as it literally hinged upon every single one of our votes. People do NOTICE what happens in elections down here…!)
FAST-FORWARD: Dallas, Texas – last Thursday morning. As Shannon and I prepare to depart our hotel, I crack open the Gideon’s Bible for a random thought… Philippians 4:6: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
A quick drive later leads us through a *massive*, sprawling complex of film studio buildings labelled Mercury Studios. Finally, our destination! Inside the lobby of The Blaze network, the lobby makes an immediate impression: A large “graffiti art”-styled newspaper mural on the wall depicts a massive “mainstream media” suited figure (with a collage of words for a body, and a head comprised of “The New York Times” script), with a raised leg and shoe – preparing to stomp down upon a considerably smaller suited figure, with the red logo of “The Blaze” for a head – but grasping an outstretched slingshot upward at the opposition. Nearby, looms this bold statement: “David slew GOLIATH with five smooth stones.”
Indeed!!! What a marvelous first impression of the network’s facilities.
Friendly staff usher Shannon and me to the bowels of this film studio – and it is fun. My wife spots a cart of wardrobe clothing, featuring several of Glenn’s well-known pairs of Converse “Chuck Taylor” All-Stars footwear. A large display of film-history knick-knackery is displayed in a nearby audience area: A red carpet… a movie marquee… a lifesize gold Oscar statuette… the full helmet and costume from Disney’s THE ROCKETEER… a silver mold of the carbonite-encased likeness of Han Solo from STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.
The effect of this breaks me into a giant smile. The minds behind this upstart network clearly keep a serious sense of purpose, yet lay comfortably in bed beside the nostalgic sense of cultural fun and awe that makes American life so satisfying.
A few minutes taken in the wardrobe & makeup room, and the guests are ready for the lights. Microphones are outfitted. Time to go…
The producers lead us past a large robot prop from Glenn’s ambitious “Man In The Moon” production staged in Salt Lake City, Utah last July… and into Studio “B”. As we take our seats, about 10 feet in front of us, a lone wooden desk in an industrial steampunk motif has the letters “GB” easily visible – with a black suited man leaning over it (back towards us) with a familiar silver hairline…
It is Glenn Beck. For easily 10 minutes or so, we hardly see the suit wrinkle – the commentator studiously purveys his notes, hand-writes changes, and whispers to an assistant who comes and goes from his side.
Suddenly, Glenn turns around with a relaxed demeanor and disarming smile, and greets each of his invited guests with a handshake.
To my left, a large teleprompter correctly forecasts the first words to be spoken on-the-air this afternoon: “Hello America. Welcome to The Glenn Beck Program, and The Blaze…”
It was an incredible honor, and a memorable experience. The rest is history… tune into the blaze in the archives and watch the special for Thursday March 6th 912 Anniversary Special and around minute 42 you get to hear Shannon talk and view me with my glasses right to behind her and to the side.
South Florida 912 was honored that day. Thank you all for the hardwork and dedication to the Principles and Values that this group was founded on.
May we continue to live it out in all we do. Being a 912 person is not just a meeting or a club, its a way we treat our neighbor, its how we vote, pray, and love each other. Wether you still attend meetings or we only see you at the polls when we vote, or at church when we pray,
stand a little taller and know that you are a part of something historic.
- At the Studio
- Shannon and Glenn
- Let's Get this Party Started!
Congrats to the South Florida 912, for all its hard work and efforts for the last 5 years. It has been in the works behind the scene for the last month or so….but now it is official and the HUGE announcement is the South Florida 912 has been selected by the BLAZE to be recognized for all its hard work in the last five years.
It really takes me a moment of pause to sit back and review all that has happened in the last 5 years. Our group, made up of activist who wanted to stand up, get educated about issues, support principled candidates, and take action all began officially March 13th 2009. Our event had over 315 people who came out to a standing room only event. We gathered together to meet others who were heeding the call to get more involved in our communities and to find others who were also concerned and did not know where to start. That fateful day, Glenn Beck rolled out the 912 concept and it all made sense to us.
We quickly ran with the idea getting behind the idea of wanting to be a 9/12 type of person. Treating others the way we treated each other the day after 9/11/01. Principles and Values resonated with the South Florida 912 and we were able to take these concepts to heart. Our first venture was to assist a local commissioner in saving our community over 67 million in participating with getting a land swap approved over a purchase of land for 67 million on property that was only appraised for at 15 million. In the end with all the public scrutiny, the land swap was a negotiated, and 912 was there, rallying together to make others aware of the proposal and educating anyone who listened. It was my first opportunity to stand up and speak in front of the dais and I remember looking at all these elected officials and feeling so nervous and shaking so badly, however I knew in my heart this was a waste of tax payer dollars and I knew that it was right to make sure people could hear the facts. That day I was so proud to see so many 912 activist speaking up, just as nervous as I was. The victory that day was ours and the 912 began its push ahead to so many other endeavors. We have marched on Washington DC together, loaded planes to Haiti with food and clothes, fed the homeless, delivered toys and balloons at the hospital. 912 has stood on street corners with signs, attended County Commission meetings and spoken out. 912 has held public forums for candidates to talk about the issues and to help educate the local voters about the differences in each candidate. Our group has really stood on “Principles Not Parties” theme and along the way angered people that found themselves party affiliated at times. Our group has used “leaders picks” to help support candidates and we have endorsed candidates on both sides of the aisle using our groups principles and values as our base line for everything. South Florida 912 can be proud as we have supported issues like the Inspector General in Palm Beach County, and candidates that varied like Allen West ( R) to Jess Santamaria (D) both of whom won.
There has been struggles along the way with split passions and differing agendas but the principles and values of the 912 was the glue the kept us moving ahead. We had such a great core of leaders in the beginning and that helped strengthen the group for the long haul. My husband Doug was also my rock with many a late night talking about 912 and sometimes crying with frustration too. We both care so much for our children, our community and our country. Sometimes it will feel like its not enough. It still doesn’t at times. However we realize that in the past 5 years we have done our very best. God has provided us with the energy and the passion to get us thru. In the past 5 years we have personally experienced so much change. Our spiritual growth has grown exponentially, I have been a believer basically my whole life however never felt the need for a public baptism. My faith was growing stronger everyday and eventually I felt convicted and to my utter joy my children also took that step with me. It was a proud day for my husband to be there with us with all our church family and friends. I also lost my job, our home, we were audited by the IRS and we watched our best friend and one of leaders of our 912 group fight brain cancer and eventually pass away. Our daughter was diagnosed with type one diabetes, plus enduring the normal antics of having 3 teenage children. However thru it all we have only grown stronger in our faith and each day we strive to make it a better one. Living as a 912 person resonates so profoundly to my family and our group. I am glad to say that I have a new job thru Gods grace and every day we as a 912 group strive to be that 912 kind of person. Recognition from the BLAZE is like icing on a cake or a cherry on the top of a sundae. We as a group have never taking our “marching orders” from Glenn as the critics say, and we don’t “hate” we just want what a founding fathers established for all of us to be handed down to our children intact. We want others to be involved in the community and to be accountable for the decision they make both good and bad. We want people to reach out of their insular world and see a person hurting and help. We want people to take the time to care about each other and our community and be willing to actually work and do something about it.
We are honored to be selected by the Blaze and look forward to the airing of the show on the BLAZE on that anniversary day… tentative date MARCH 13th at 5pm more details coming soon.
Thank you with complete honesty and love,
Shannon and Doug Armstrong
Glenn Beck’s recent shows about Common Core over the last couple months have alerted many of us to the insidiousness of the Common Core program that will affect all our children, whether they are in public or private school or homeschooled.
He will be doing another show about Common Core with the leaders fighting against it for the full hour on this Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program on TheBlaze TV. Watch at 5:00 pm or on-demand on TheBlaze TV.
To kick off the New Year, Glenn Beck is unveiling the much hinted at American Dream Labs, a project Glenn has been cultivating since The Restoring Honor Rally nearly 3 years ago. The less political, more inspirational shows on his 5pm program this week on TheBlaze TV introduce his vision for the next year and what he wants to see happen with the network you are building.
Monday night Glenn highlighted Walt Disney and how his creativity and bold dreams tie into the American Dream Labs.
Tuesday night Glenn revealed his plans to reinvent the media with a groundbreaking technology called Second Screen that allows viewers to interact with the show. He also announced a new show coming soon to the network called For the Record, which will be a 60 Minutes style show with investigative reporting.
Wednesday’s show will look at the projects Glenn and his team are working on around the globe.
Thursday, Glenn will showcase some of the amazing innovations happening in food, energy, education, TV and more.
Friday, you can be a part of the show by submitting questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them using #AskGlenn. Glenn wants to know your thoughts and questions for him.
Tune in the rest of this week at 5pm or on demand for more of a glimpse into the American Dream Labs on TheBlaze TV.
TheBlaze TV Celebrates One-Year Anniversary With Beck’s Return to Traditional TV and DISH Network Launch
In case you haven’t heard the exciting news about Glenn Beck and TheBlaze TV returing to traditional TV, here are the details from TheBlaze.com…
Continuing on an upward trajectory, Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of TheBlazeTV– formerly GBTV — with a significant expansion into the world of satellite television. Partnering with DISH Network, Glenn Beck’s online 24-hour news, information and entertainment network will now be available on television exclusively on DISH, joining a host of channels including MSNBC, BBC America, CNN, Current, Comedy Central and FOX News.
After launching exactly one year ago, TheBlazeTV rapidly grew into one of the world’s most subscribed-to online streaming networks. TheBlazeTV will be available to DISH viewers on channel 212 as part of DISH’s America’s Top 250 package or a la carte for $5 a month. The channel launches on Wednesday, September 12, at 5 p.m. EDT.
TheBlaze and its host of established and emerging talent including Andrew Wilkow, S.E. Cupp, Buck Sexton and Will Cain, will offer its programming as a free preview for all DISH customers through Sept. 26.
Of course, TheBlazeTV will continue to be available online at TheBlaze.com, where on-demand programs can be accessed with the click of a mouse.
“After being phenomenally successful with his online streaming network, we’re pleased to host Glenn Beck’s return to broadcast TV, especially during this exciting and important political season,” said DISH CEO and President Joseph Clayton in an official press release. “With Glenn’s return, DISH is truly the one stop for news, opinion and perspective across the full political spectrum.”
Excited for the future, Beck added, “TheBlaze has helped revolutionize television over the Internet and now we are excited to bring the revolution back to traditional television.”
“TheBlaze will be home to news, information and entertainment programming with the facts and stories people care about most and we look forward to kicking things off with DISH.”
Christopher Balfe, CEO of TheBlaze also weighed in, stating that the goal of the company was to “deliver TV over the Internet, not Internet TV.”
“Twelve months later, we’ve succeeded beyond our wildest imagination with content that built one of the world’s largest subscription streaming networks,” he added.
The line-up of programs will continue to grow, as well as feature all of the familiar faces people from around the world have come to know — from The Glenn Beck Program to Liberty TreeHouse, Real News From TheBlaze, to a brand new program hosted by Andrew Wilkow.
What’s more, TheBlaze.com concluded August with its best month ever, hosting over 9 million unique visitors and is led by a formidable team of media veterans including: President and CCO Joel Cheatwood, formerly a Senior Vice President at FoxNews and CNN, President and Chief Revenue Officer Kraig Kitchin who co-founded Premiere Radio Networks, and Betsy Morgan, President & Chief Strategy Officer who formerly served as CEO of The Huffington Post and as a Senior Vice President at CBS News.
TheBlazeTV can now be found on DISH channel 212
This week marks the one year anniversary of the network you are building, TheBlaze TV (formerly GBTV). Glenn Beck’s vision and network has grown tremendously over the last 12 months. It not only boasts more paid subscribers than viewers of CNN, the programming selection has grown too. Shows like Liberty Treehouse, B. S. of A. and Real News have flourished and supplemented Beck’s weekday three hour morning radio program and nightly show at 5:00pm.
This week, as part of its new fall lineup, TheBlaze TV is launching a new show called Wilkow! Conservative Libertarian, Andrew Wilkow, will bring wit and lots of common sense to today’s most important issues. Wilkow!, the new weeknight program, premieres tonight, Sept. 10, at 7:00pm.
Returning fan-favorites such as the B.S. of A., and Independence USA are also premiering this week. Tune in to Brian Sack and the crew for the B.S. of A. Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10:00pm and for Independence USA this Sunday, Sept. 16 at 8:00pm.
Also, the hilarious 4th Hour is now aptly named Pat and Stu and on for two full hours after the Glenn Beck Radio Program starting at noon weekdays.
Catch the exciting new fall lineup on TheBlaze TV.
After being out sick for the last couple days, Glenn Beck is back today on radio and at 5:00pm to give his take on the Republican National Convention so far. Tune into his insightful opinions on all the speeches and commentary at the RNC. Also, be sure to watch TheBlaze TV (formerly GBTV) at 7:00pm for live coverage and analysis from the RNC anchored by E.D. Hill.
For more information, visit TheBlaze TV.
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Monday, July 23rd
Restoring Honor: 8/28 The Documentary
When:Documentary begins at 7pm ET on GBTV.
What: It all began on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with Restoring Honor two years ago, where hundreds of thousands of people came together to show the world that we weren’t looking to Washington, DC for answers, but to one another and to God. Our cameras were rolling from the time Glenn arrived in Washington until the time he took the stage. Relive the magic that was 8/28 with Restoring Honor: 8/28 The Documentary.
Tuesday, July 24th
Restoring Courage: The Documentary
When:Documentary begins at 7pm ET on GBTV.
What: The journey continued last summer in Jerusalem with Restoring Courage, where we declared that no matter what our leaders say, “We the People” will never abandon our allies in a time of crisis. Watch Glenn as he travels to Israel to stand up for freedom, faith and love. Don’t miss this exclusive documentary.
Wednesday, July 25th
The Road to Restoring Love
When:Live coverage begins at 7pm ET on GBTV Plus.
What: Join Glenn & Erick Stakelbeck as they revisit the messages & memories behind Restoring Honor and Restoring Courage.
Thursday, July 26th
Freedom Works: Restoring Freedom
When:Live coverage begins at 7pm ET on GBTV Plus
What: Join grassroots activists from around the world in their fight for freedom & democracy. With speeches from Glenn Beck, Dick Armey, Matt Kibbe, Richard Mourdock, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and many more this event is not to be missed!.
Friday, July 27th
Religious Leadership Conference – Under God: Indivisible
When:Live coverage begins at 7pm ET on GBTV Plus.
What: Join Erick Stakelbeck & CL Bryant for their coverage of the Religious Leadership Conference – Under God: Indivisible. This call for spiritual awaking features inspirational speeches from Kenneth Copeland, Tony Evans, John Hagee, Robert Morris, James Robison just to name a few.
Saturday, July 28th
Restoring Love – Live from Dallas Cowboys Stadium
Pre-show: The pre-show begins at 8pm ET on GBTV Plus.
Live Event:The main event begins at 9pm ET on GBTV Plus.
What: Over the past two years, Glenn has traveled the world promoting messages of faith, freedom, honor and love. Join Glenn as he brings the global movement for good home to Dallas, Texas. This epic event will feature a host of musical performances and an empowering speech by Glenn himself. Don’t miss this historic event!
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