The Second Southern National Congress (SNC) will convene in Cheaha State Park in Delta, Alabama from September 11 to 13. The SNC, an assembly of citizens of fourteen Southern States, provides an alternative, legitimate forum to express grievances and advance interests in a way that is no longer possible through today’s political process or major political parties.  It is not an academic symposium or conference of speakers but an active session in which Delegates actually debate and approve measures that:
 
• remonstrate, a form of protest aimed at righting wrongs by re-affirming principles that have been violated and calling for a return to their observance; and
 
• petition for a redress of grievances, as provided for in the U.S. Constitution.
 
The First Southern National Congress, composed of over one hundred Southern men and women from all walks of life, gathered near Hendersonville, North Carolina December 5 through 7, 2008.  That Congress passed a number of remonstrances petitioning the Federal Government to cease its abuses, usurpations, and unlawful acts in the following areas:
 
• Failure to secure the borders and promoting of mass immigration that threatens to overwhelm our communities;
 
• Just law, protection of liberty, and the threat of rogue government;
 
• Just war and lawful defense, including proper (Constitutional) declaration of war;
 
• Southern agriculture and the rights of smallholders vs. corporate agribusiness;
 
• Sound money, economic policy, and Government crimes against our livelihoods;
 
• States’ sovereignty over their natural resources, especially along the Gulf Coast;
 
• The individual citizen’s unalienable right of armed self-defense.
 
These remonstrances may be found at http://www.southernnationalcongress.org/resolutionsindex.shtml
 
The proven model for the SNC comes from America’s own history – the First and Second Continental Congresses, meeting in 1774 and 1775.  The Crown-authorised governors and colonial assemblies were the “legal” governments at the time.  But these institutions represented the exploitative interests of the British ruling class, not the interests of the American people.  Our colonial forefathers created their own alternative, legitimate forum to represent their interests and collectively voice their grievances.  The SNC goal is similar, to bring into being an independent forum with moral authority because it reflects the true interests of the Southern people – the preservation of their liberty, prosperity, and unique culture and identity.
 
The Second Congress will continue the work of deliberating and remonstrating for the Southern people, including a resolution on the Obama Administration’s proposal for nationalized health care.  The SNC will also consider a new measure, the Southern National Covenant, by which signers will pledge themselves to the mutual defense of liberty and justice for the Southern States and People against encroaching Federal tyranny.
 
For more information on the SNC, contact Jonathan Ingram by e-mail at jonathaningram@southernnationalcongress.org.