September 24, 2018
We’ve added some photos of the Sept. 2018 rally to our Photos gallery below. The photos from the most recent rally are first, ending with the beautiful Sarasota sunset photo.
September 22, 2018
Well, it was a great rally today! Attendance wasn’t as good as the first one, but we realize people like us have work and family obligations. It was also VERY hot! We’ve also heard that many people thought the red tide would be an issue since we were at the Marina. It wasn’t. Unfortunately, it was so hot that we decided not to do the march over the Bridge. Disappointing, but we Floridians know when to bow to Mother Nature.
Of course, Capt. Matt Bruce was emcee extraordinaire, and having the Vietnam Brotherhood serve as Color Guard, Tawnya Miller sing the national anthem, and Gold Star Father Kris Hager give the Invocation and lead the Pledge was a wonderful way to start the rally.
Our scheduled speakers: Christian Ziegler, Greg Steube, James Satcher, Kris Hager, Kevin Sona, George Buck and Martin Hyde were great. And then we opened the mic to people in the crowd! That was fun!
We’ll have some photos up soon.
August 29, 2018
The primaries are over, so we’re contacting Second Amendment supporters and inviting them to speak at the rally. We’ll add their names to the website as they’re confirmed!
May 16, 2018
Save the Date for Rally For Our Rights Manasota II…Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Bayfront Park and Ringling Bridge in Sarasota!
May 6, 2018
Well, the May 5, 2018 Rally For Our Rights Manasota was a success! About 400 people took time out of their busy lives to make their way down to sarasota’s Bayfront Park to support a cause that so important to all of us. It truly was a sea of red, white, and blue. And gold. Flags were everywhere!!
Capt. Matt Bruce was our emcee, and Gold Star Father Kris Hager gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Our DJ and co-emcee was Ken Nyhus. Speakers included private citizens Julie Bales, Martin Hyde, Jeff Young, and Cindy Clark. And our pro-Second Amendment politician speakers included Senator Greg Steube, Representative Julio Gonzalez, Col. Mike McCalister, Melissa Howard, Tommy Gregory, James Satcher, and Christian Ziegler.
It was a great day to be an American!
The response was so good that we’re already talking about doing another one.
So, enjoy the video and photos below, and click here for email updates to stay in the loop.
Rally for Our Rights Manasota II
Pro-Second Amendment Demonstration & March
Sarasota Bayfront Park
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Peaceful • Positive • Patriotic
Our first rally and march on May 5th was a success, so we’re going to do it again!
It’s time to stand up. To be seen and heard. To let people see us as we REALLY are – men and women of all races and backgrounds who love their children, grandchildren, and their country, and who cherish the rights so many have died defending.
Let’s once again create a sea of red, white, and blue all along Bayfront. Bring your large U.S. flags and Gadsden flags. Bring your children (free small flags available while they last). Proudly wear your veteran, 2nd Amendment, and NRA ball caps and t-shirts.
Bring your signs with Pro-Second Amendment messages – keep them positive and factual. Please – no profanity, no personal attacks. Police your trash – take it with you when you leave. No open carry.
Don’t be “that guy” that will make all of us look like extremists, haters, or crazies. Keep calm, smile, and carry on.
We’ll gather near the Unconditional Surrender (Kissing) statue by 10:00 am, and an optional march across Ringling Bridge to Bird Key and back will start at 11:30 am for those who want to do the 2-mile roundtrip walk. No police escort – we must follow traffic laws.
Let’s once again have dozens, if not hundreds, of American flags going across our beautiful Ringling Bridge…
Please click the “I’ll be there!” link below to RSVP for yourself and up to 9 friends. We promise we won’t keep or use the info for any reason (we’re just private individuals like you!) – we’d just like to get a rough headcount.Spread the word – here’s the link to the Facebook page so you can share the event. Bring your friends!
We’re pleased to announce that these special guests support the Second Amendment and have agreed to help and/or speak at the event.Stay tuned as we announce other guests…
CAPTAIN MATT BRUCE
The Captain, our emcee, is a retired firefighter, disabled Vietnam veteran, USCCA spokesman, and conservative host of The Captain’s America Radio Show, heard locally on AM 860.
The Vietnam Brotherhood, an in-country, fraternal association of Vietnam Veterans located in Sarasota, FL, will be providing Color Guard services.
Kris and Wendy’s son, SSG Joshua Ryan Hager (Army Ranger), gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom on February 22, 2007 in Iraq. Kris will deliver the invocation and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Greg is an outspoken pro-2nd Amendment Republican member of the Florida Senate, representing Sarasota County and western Charlotte County. He is running against Democrat April Freeman in November for U.S. House of Representatives, FL District 17.
George is a veteran, life-long first responder, and pro-Second Amendment, pro-business conservative Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives. He’s running against Democrat Charlie Crist in FL District 13.
Christian is a Republican candidate for Sarasota County Commissioner. He’s a business owner, 2nd Amendment supporter, State Committeeman for the Sarasota Republican Party and was a 2016 Republican Convention Delegate and Elector.
James is a minister and a member of the Manatee County Republican Executive Committee. He chairs the Coalition Against Human Trafficking for Manatee, Sarasota, and Desoto counties, and was a pro-2nd Amendment candidate in the recent primary election for Manatee County Commissioner.
Martin is a Sarasota businessman, small-government conservative, supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and potential future candidate for City Commissioner.
Kevin is a life member of Florida Carry, a nonprofit, grassroots pro-gun rights organization. As Florida Carry’s Region 5 Senior Lead, he has organized over two dozen open-carry events.
Tawnya lives in Bradenton with her husband and two children, and studied music at Morehead State University. Tawnya will be singing our National Anthem.
Who’s Organizing This Event?
This is being organized by a grassroots all-volunteer group of Floridians who happen to be members of several local Second Amendment-related groups. While chatting online, these individuals decided to get off social media and actually do something.
Some parking may be available in the Bayfront Park/Marina Jack’s parking lot if you get there early enough. Otherwise, look for on-street parking on the side roads, or use one of the many fine public parking garages in the downtown area.
The State Street and Palm Ave garages are closest, and generally are free to enter and park for up to 3 hours except on the ground level. However, the city can shoose to charge a $5 entry fee at any time.
Please remember to obey all parking laws.
Click the link below for a downtown Sarasota parking map.Downtown Parking Map