We had a tremendous crowd of more than 2,100 activists at our AFP Foundation's 3rd annual Defending the American Dream™ Summit this weekend, and I wanted to share just a few snapshots with you.
The best part of my role at Americans for Prosperity Foundation is meeting folks like you.
At our closing reception on Saturday evening, I met a Vietnam veteran who had been blinded in combat. He had come with his wife, daughter, son-in-law and his grandchild. He told me he'd never attended anything like this, but given all the threats to our nation, he and his wife decided it was time they took a new stand for freedom.
After the Saturday morning session, I met a mom who had brought at least half a dozen home-schooled children from Michigan down to the summit. She said, "I cannot think of a more important educational experience for these kids than coming to Washington, D.C. right now to hear these speakers and send a message to Congress."
And send a message they did.
After AFP's Town Hall Meeting at the Capitol on Friday, we broke up into state delegations to visit individual Senate and Congressional offices.
Jim Bratten (one of our great tea party friends from Evansville, Ind.) led a group of Indiana activists into the Senate buildings. They went to Sen. Evan Bayh's office and met his staff. Then they managed to find Senator Bayh himself in the hallway, where they told him respectfully but firmly, "Senator, we're here in D.C. with a simple message for you: keep your hands off our health care!"
Teri Adams and Angela Lash told me about leading a crew of Pennsylvania activists into Sen. Arlen Specter's office, where they delivered the same message. And Dallas Woodhouse led hundreds of fired-up North Carolina activists into Sen. Kay Hagan's office, where they delivered thousands of "Hands Off My Health Care" petitions.
The Summit they made so successful is making a difference beyond just this weekend. Already, thousands of new grassroots activists have joined Americans for Prosperity Foundation online.
Why? Well, C-SPAN filmed the Saturday morning session and is still playing the 3 hours in full. People are watching, seeing the activists' energy, hearing the message of leaders like Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Sen. Jim DeMint, Steve Moore and others. Then, they're going to our website and signing up!! One lady from Richmond, Virginia wrote, "Seeing all the passion in the room for our nation -- I had to get involved with a group of people like that."
To see pictures from the Town Hall Meeting, the Tribute to Reagan Dinner (Congressman Mike Pence was amazing), the General Session on Saturday and the break out sessions on Saturday afternoon CLICK here.
You can also find photos and video from people who attended the Defending the American Dream™ Summit on my Facebook page here.
Thank you for all you're doing for freedom. Let's keep it up, because if we keep fighting we will win.
PS: As North Carolina State Director Dallas Woodhouse said during Saturday's General Session, we need to multiply our voices for freedom by getting five of our friends to join AFP Foundation online right now. Forward this e-mail to five of your friends and let them know what AFP Foundation is all about and then ask them to get involved by clicking HERE.
Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFP) is the nation's premier grassroots organization committed to advancing every individual's right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP Foundation believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP Foundation educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth, and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP Foundation has more than 700,000 members, including members in all 50 states, and 25 state chapters.