Terri Hall of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) said the march on Austin against the Trans-Texas Corridor will continue despite recent announcements saying the mammoth transportation project eating up more land than Michael Chertoff was on the ropes.
Hall says she won't believe it until laws start being repealed — preferably signed in blood.
Listen to our a.m. conversation with Hall:
Here's the TURF press release that went out this morning…
Ogden says TTC-69 scrapped, elected officials discourage attendance at TURF rally
East Texas, April 2, 2008 – Yesterday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Senator Steve Ogden told Walker County Commissioner, B.J. Gaines, that the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) I-69 project is over, scrapped, finito. The word is spreading like wildfire among elected officials in the path of TTC-69, including the Mayor of Kendleton, just in time to tell constituents: "There's no need to attend that rally in Austin this weekend since the TTC-69 project is over."
Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) is organizing a march up Congress Avenue and rally on the South Capitol steps Saturday, April 5 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM, and they're crying foul for what appears to be an effort to suppress grassroots turnout. TURF has been getting calls from panicked supporters who are hearing some residents now believe the TTC-69 has been stopped.
"At this juncture, it's naïve to believe word one from politicians or TxDOT, an agency run amok, that is misusing our taxpayer money to lobby in favor of the Trans Texas Corridor and prone to $1 billion accounting errors! The TTC-69 public comment period isn't even completed yet, and the environmental hearings were completed only weeks ago, and now they're trying to convince taxpayers the project is dead? Who are they kidding?" notes Terri Hall, Founder of TURF.
"You'd think the first call they'd make is to grassroots groups like ours to call off the dogs. The fact that they haven't called, tells us this claim is an attempt to suppress turnout at what could be a thousands-strong march to the shame of many Texas politicians, and yet another example of our own government lobbying against the people," Hall believes.
"The claim the TTC-69 project is over is an underhanded eleventh hour dirty trick to sabotage the people's right to protest this project, and we're asking for every state law, every Transportation Commission Minute Order, every local Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and tolling authority plan authorizing the Trans Texas Corridor be immediately revoked IN WRITING. Until that's done, we're pressing ahead. It's clear we can't trust a word that comes out of the mouths of TxDOT or politicians," says Hank Gilbert, TURF Board member and Rally Coordinator.
The Don't Mess with Texas TURF, Stop the TTC & Tolls Rally will have a host of national, state, and local speakers including the Teamsters, Eagle Forum, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Oklahoma Senator Randy Brogdon (who passed legislation to stop the Trans Texas Corridor from coming through Oklahoma), Texas State Legislators and local leaders like the Chair of the first Sub-regional Planning Commission putting a roadblock in the way of TTC-35.
CNN's Lou Dobbs couldn't believe Texans would allow Rick Perry and the Texas Legislature to steal our land and allow the TTC to be built. "What happened to 'Don't Mess With Texas?'" Texans through TURF plan to show Lou Dobbs and our politicians who are discouraging attendance at the rally…don't mess with Texas TURF!
WHAT: STOP the TTC & Tolls Across Texas RALLY, with a march up Congress Avenue then rally on the south Capitol steps in Austin
WHO: Texas farmers, ranchers, and ordinary citizens from all over Texas. Also, entertainment by The Texicans (singers/songwriters of Trans Texas Corridor Blues) and Jack Motley (featured in Truth Be Tolled movie)
WHEN: Saturday, April 5
March begins - 12:15 pm (the staging area for the march will be at the parking lots at the corner of Cesar Chavez St. & Red River St.)