From: Virginia Flagger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu, Jun 23, 2016
Subject: Va Flaggers: GOOD NEWS! VICTORIES in Hampton, Virginia AND Washington, DC!
Confederate Victories in D.C. and Hampton, VA!
House drops Confederate Flag ban for veterans cemeteries
“A measure to bar confederate flags from cemeteries run by the Department of Veterans Affairs was removed from legislation passed by the House early Thursday. The flag ban was added to the VA funding bill in May by a vote of 265-159, with most Republicans voting against the ban. But Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) both supported the measure. Ryan was commended for allowing a vote on the controversial measure, but has since limited what amendments can be offered on the floor.
In negotiations to reconcile the House funding measure with the Senate bill, the confederate flag provision was dropped. The bill passed the House 239-171.
Of the eight House Republicans Ryan appointed to the conference committee that ultimately stripped the measure, four had voted against the ban on the floor.
A GOP aide declined to comment on the internal deliberations that led to the removal of the ban.
THANK YOU to each of you who contacted your Congressmen and Senators about this message. It looks like house Republicans finally got the message! Be sure and contact them again and THANK them for doing the right thing by standing up to the liberal bullies and standing FOR our veterans!
Hampton School Board votes against renaming two schools
“The Hampton School Board voted unanimously Wednesday not to move forward with renaming Jefferson Davis Middle School and The Campus at Lee.
Board members discussed public feedback and said that most of those they heard from opposed changing the schools’ names.
“Every person that I talked to did not support changing the names of the schools,” said board member Joe Kilgore.
Some residents at earlier public hearings said the community needs to remember the past, even the uncomfortable parts. Others argued the division has more important things to focus on.
In May, a civil rights group demanded that the schools be renamed.
“These two individuals represent hatred and bigotry and racial division,” said Andrew Shannon, President of the Peninsula Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, at a prior meeting.
Shannon made a final push before the board voted Wednesday.
“Stop the glorification of evil … Remove the name,” he said.
School board chair Martha Mugler said the board will not establish a committee to consider the request to rename the schools.
“If the community had come out resoundingly for us to move forward and do that, we would have impaneled a committee to consider names,” Mugler said. “That’s not what we heard from our citizens.”
Despite the unanimous vote against renaming, Shannon remained optimistic.
“I feel good because of the fact that we stirred the consciousness in the city of Hampton and we understand that justice may be delayed but not denied,” he said.
Shannon said the schools should be named after African-American Hampton Roads leaders like Dr. Mary Christian and Edna Davis.
According to an email obtained by 10 On Your Side, Hampton PTA members also voted not to rename the schools.”
These two MAJOR victories are proof of what we can achieve when we stand together and push back against those who would destroy every trace of our history and heritage. Let’s enjoy the victories for a moment, but not let our guard down or assume that either of these battles is over. There is NO DOUBT that these folks will not give up and will come back again and again, until they realize that we are not going anywhere and will no longer sit idly by while our veterans, their flags, and the monuments and memorials raised to honor them are attacked.
We have only just begun to fight!
Saturday, June 25th: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 25th: 25th Annual Descendants of Point Lookout Pilgrimage, Point Lookout Veterans Park, MD
Tuesday, June 28th: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 11th: Susan will be the guest speaker for the August meeting of the Lane-Armistead Camp #1772, SCV, Mathews, VA, 7:00 p.m. old Mathews County Courthouse.
Sunday, September 25th: SAVE THE DATE! Va Flaggers 5th Anniversary Picnic/Auction. 3:00 p.m. Mechanicsville Moose Lodge Picnic Pavilion. Details to follow
Friday, January 20th, 2017: Susan will be the guest speaker for the Lee-Jackson Banquet of the Lt. General Wade Hampton Camp #273, Columbia, SC.
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