April 16, 2022
What a gorgeous day for a rally! Of course, that also made it a gorgeous day for Easter Egg hunts, family and neighborhood gatherings, boating, golf, and a myriad of other events. So, while the turnout outside Robarts Arena wasn’t huge, it was enthusiastic.
As usual, the beloved Capt. Matt Bruce was our emcee. Ken Nyhus gave a heartfelt invocation, Monica Satcher performed a stunning a capella rendition of the National Anthem, and adorable Kara Young led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
A few of our scheduled speakers couldn’t make it due to various reasons, but Lee Williams, Tommy Gregory, James Satcher, Phil Dann, and Martin Hyde were awesome. We even had an impromptu appearances from Manatee County Commissioner candidate Amanda Ballard and the author of Get Trump, Gus Mollasis. And before we said our thank yous and goodbyes, we let a few attendees publicly say their piece.
It was a great morning in the company of patriots. Check out the Photos section below, and stay free!
April 14, 2022
Well, we’re making final preparations now. We look forward to seeing you at Robarts Arena (in the parking lot out front – look for the HUGE flag) this Saturday, April 16, 2022. We’ll start promptly at 10:00 and we should be done by noon-ish.
March 24, 2022
We’re still working on lining up speakers. Unfortunately, in today’s “cancel culture” environment, sometimes everyone who attends or speaks at a political demonstration/rally gets painted with the same brush by the ill-informed. So we want to make it clear that some of the speakers were invited and others asked to speak. We believe in freedom of political speech, so we welcomed anyone who shares our belief in limited government and individual rights. Neither the organizers, the speakers, nor the performers should be assumed to endorse any particular person or politician merely by showing up or speaking at this event. Each speaker’s opinions and views are his or her own.
March 11, 2022
We’re working on getting everything squared away. We have some great speakers lined up and we’ll continue to add more over the next few weeks!
February 26, 2022
VENUE CHANGE!!! We decided that the construction situation at the Gulfstream Avenue roundabout made having the rally at Bayfront Park very undesirable. So, we’re moving it to one of the parking lots at Robarts Arena in Sarasota. It’s a great location – easy to get to, easy to park. We’ll miss the opportunity to march over the Ringling Bridge, but we can still create an awesome sea of red, white, and blue along Fruitville Road.
February 9, 2022
It’s official – we’re having another rally! Save the date for Rally For Our Rights III on Saturday, April 16, 2022 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Bayfront Park in Sarasota, Florida.
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 III
Pro-2nd Amendment, Pro-Freedom
Demonstration & March
Robarts Arena Parking Lot, Sarasota, Florida
April 16, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Peaceful • Positive • Patriotic
Our 2018 rallies were a success, so we’re going to do it again!
Now, more than ever, 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 American have died defending.
Let’s create a sea of red, white, and blue along Fruitville Road. 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 other patriotic ball caps and t-shirts.
Bring your signs with Pro-Second Amendment and Pro-Freedom messages – keep them positive and factual. Please – no profanity, no personal attacks, and nothing that could be construed by a reasonable person as “hate speech”.
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 in front of Robarts Arena, in one of the parking lots adjacent to Fruitville Road, by 10:00 am.
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 individual rights, the Second Amendment, and freedom from government overreach, and have agreed to help and/or speak at the event.
Some of these people were invited, and some asked to speak. We believe in freedom of political speech, so we welcomed anyone who shares our belief in limited government and individual rights. Neither the organizers, the speakers, nor the performers endorse any particular person or politician merely by showing up or speaking at this event. Each speaker’s opinions and views are his/her own.Stay tuned as we announce other guests…
CAPTAIN MATT BRUCE
The Captain, our emcee, is a retired NYC firefighter, disabled Vietnam veteran, USCCA spokesman, and conservative host of The Captain’s America Radio Show, heard locally on AM 860.
Martin is running for election to the U.S. House to represent Florida’s 16th Congressional District. He’s hoping to oust 16-year career-Congressman and 3rd wealthiest member of Congress (2018), Vern Buchanan. Martin is a former professional soccer player, a local business owner, and the father of four boys. He has lived in Sarasota for 20+ years after relocating from his homeland in the U.K. .Martin understands the impact of limiting God-given rights and government overreach. Martin will defend the constitution as a divine document, including our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
James is a Manatee County Commissioner for District One. He’s a devoted husband, father of six, and a minister. His nonprofit has helped the homeless and drug addicted become strong members of society. James and his wife are active in the fight against sex trafficking and have rescued several women out of modern-day slavery. James is a strong supporter of the freedom to exercise our First and Second Amendments as well as our God-given individual rights.
Lee, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” cofounded Armed American News with Mark Walters (of Armed American Radio). Lee is also the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project, and serves on the board of Florida Carry, Inc. Lee was an investigative reporter before becoming an editor for a daily Florida newspaper. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter and is not afraid to call out government tyranny when he sees it.
Christian is a Sarasota County Commissioner. In 2019, Christian presented a resolution to the Commission which, if it had passed, would have designated Sarasota County as a Second Amendment Sanctuary. Unfortunately, only 2 of the 5 Republicans on the Commission voted to support the resolution. Christian’s a business owner, husband, father, 2nd Amendment supporter, and was a 2016 Republican Convention Delegate and Elector. He was one of just 304 members of the Electoral College who officially cast votes to make Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States. In January 2019, Ziegler was elected as the Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.
Jim is running for election for Commissioner of Agriculture. He worked in the transportation field for 20 years, has owned several businesses. and owns a composting farm. He’s a no-nonsense individual who’ll protect your rights when it comes to your daily life. Jim believes that farmers don’t need useless restrictions, consumers need a good product at a fair price, and gun owners can never be forced to disarm or compromise.
Jason Bearden is running for the District 6 At large Manatee County Commission seat. Jason is a Marine Corps veteran and also has an Executive MBA from the University of South Florida. He’s a businessman, a husband, and the father of two children. He also started a national Christian business organization. Jason wants to ensure that our children and grandchildren enjoy the same freedoms we do in this country we love.
Phil hosts The Morning Road Show with the Adorable Deplorables on Bradenton’s 1490 WWPR. Phil hails from South Boston where he was a political consultant for over 25 years. He has served on various boards involving foster children and substance abuse. Phil and his wife Kathleen have been married for over 20 years and they recently have made the suncoast their permanent home.
Tommy is a Florida native and military veteran running for re-election the Florida House of Representatives District 72. He’s running again for his sons – he wants to ensure that they can pursue their dreams without the heavy hand of big government and a liberal, progressive agenda getting in their way.
Tawnya lives in Bradenton with her husband and 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.