The Meeting That Never Happened in John Day Oregon
by Shari Dovale
Patriots from most of the Western States gathered in John Day, Oregon this weekend to celebrate the life and message of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.
It was said that the room capacity was close to 900 and it was full. People from Montana to Arizona, Idaho to Colorado poured in to hear Jeanette Finicum and many other speakers.
Radio personality Kate Dalley spoke on Truth in Media. Dalley was well versed in her topic and had great response from the audience. The exception to be expected was the main stream media in the room. Looking for a story on right-wing extremists, they only found people questioning the spin that the Left-leaning media typically presents.
Young attorney Garret Smith did a good presentation on the importance of the Constitutional Sheriff. Discussing the controversial arguments of the ‘Constitutional Sheriff’, Smith reminded the audience that they will not find this title spelled out in the US Constitution any more than they will find the ‘Federal Reserve’ or the ‘Bureau of Land Management’. Yet, the Sheriff is still the highest law enforcement officer within his jurisdiction.
Bundy attorney Morgan Philpot gave updates on the upcoming trials in Portland and Las Vegas. Author Bill Norton, from the Center for Self-Governance, spoke on property rights.
The audience was hushed and waiting when Trent Loos introduced Jeanette Finicum. Jeanette is the widow of Lavoy Finicum who was traveling with protesters from the Malheur Refuge to this same town a year ago when he was ambushed by Federal agents, though the FBI likes to call it a “traffic stop”.
Finicum was shot and killed during this ambush. Jeanette gave an update on the civil suit the family intends to press against the principles in that ambush.
The Finicum family was represented by many of LaVoy’s children and grandchildren, as well as his siblings and parents. The Bundy Family was also present with the wives of Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy taking part in the evening.
Malheur defendants Jeff Banta, Shawna Cox, Kenneth Medenbach and Neil Wampler were present, sharing the message and praying for the next round of defendants preparing for trial.
The Keynote speaker was KrisAnne Hall, a Constitutional Attorney and teacher. She gave a shortened version of her class on State Sovereignty. Hall is an energetic speaker that engages a crowd and this was no exception.
The crowd had multiple questions on a variety of topics when the speakers were finished. They made time for a question and answer period, you can view here.
Several fundraisers were held throughout the evening, with one in particular going for 7th and 8th grade students in John Day raising money to travel to Washington DC. Their intent is to meet President Donald Trump and present him with a letter requesting the pardon of local ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond.