Sunday, May 3, 2009

This is important

I got this email a while ago and was meaning to spread the word, since I really don't have many email addresses! I know it is past for this year, but there is still something we can do for future years. Read on to find out how to solve the protesting problem we have during our Mesa Easter Pageant!

Here's the original letter I got in an email:

Dear Friends,
We greatly need your help. If any of you attended the Easter Pageant this year, particularly this past Thursday or Saturday nights, you are aware that the protestors' interference with the Pageant performances was extremely disruptive and disturbing, not only because of the constant shouting throughout the Pageant, but especially because of the many vulgar things that were yelled continually -- and with thousands of children present. This is a free event to the public, and as taxpayers, we should not have to worry about taking our families to a family-oriented production and having them exposed to such crude language and alarming protests. Many people from out-of-state came to Arizona this year to see the Pageant, and like all of us, they were extremely offended and distracted.This is a horrible representation of our City. We have met with attorneys and city officials, and are in the process of asking for a public hearing requesting that a "disturbing the peace ordinance" be enforced next year, or interpreted to apply to the Easter Pageant.However, the ONLY leverage we have is YOU. If any of you were in attendance this year during the nights the protestors were there, here is what we need you to do - so we can present this issue effectively to the City of Mesa - and appeal to them to take action:
Please write a brief letter (even a short paragraph), complaining about the protestors this year at the Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant. Tell briefly why they were offensive to you, and ask for the City of Mesa to take action. (We are already preparing for next year's production.)
Address the letter as follows: City Officials of Mesa, AZ, To Whom It May Concern:
Sign and date your letter, indicating your city and state.
Mail a hard copy of the letter to:

(or you can fax it to Wudel, Inc. 480-834-4271)
Nanci Wudel
1716 No. Almond Street
Mesa , AZ 85213
WE MUST HAVE PAPER LETTERS- NOT E-MAILS. When we receive these letters, we will forward them, en masse, to the appropriate officials and agencies.We need for you to do this as soon as possible...and please forward this to your friends, or anyone else you know who attended the pageant.There are too many people who come from all over the world to Mesa to see this pageant (the largest, annual, outdoor Easter Pageant in the world), to have their experience so rudely disrupted. In addition, it is unacceptable that, as citizens and taxpayers, we should have our families polluted by these vile protestors. It is inexcusable.The beautiful message we are telling through the Easter Pageant is for all ages, cultures, races, and religions - as evidenced by the more than 100,000 people we had in attendance this year. Each attendee's civil rights should be protected to be able to attend the production, hear it, and enjoy it without being stirred to anger, distracted from the presentation, or worse, sickened by the impact of these protestors on our families and children.PLEASE HELP US! After much investigation, meetings with city leaders, and legal counsel, as Easter Pageant leaders, our hands appear to be tied without a grassroots protest from the community and those who were in attendance or performing.Thank you, in advance, for taking a few minutes to make such a difference.
Much gratitude,
Nanci Wudel
Director, Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant

6 lovely comments:

Tony said... Reply To This Comment

Great blog connie. If anyone wants to help with this but doesn't want to write the letter leave your e-mail address and i will send you a pre-written letter. Just change a couple things, print it, sign it and then fax it or mail it. It's really simple and i think we all agree the Easter Pageant would be an even better experience without these people interfering.

Mom said... Reply To This Comment

Hey Tony, Here's your way too busy mother-in-law needing a prewritten letter. Send to 4607 28th Rd. S. #C, Arlington, VA. 22206! Can't wait to hear what you think of life in Oklahoma! Love, Momma Nelson

Nancy Face said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks for sharing this letter!

Mom said... Reply To This Comment

Connie, Tony, Still waiting for that pre-written letter thing! Do you have one with you or do you have to write it? Let me know! Love, Mom, Momma Nelson, Jeda Grandma

Connie (and Tony) said... Reply To This Comment

MOM- I'll email it to you now ok! {btw I hope people are ACTUALLY doing this!!!}

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

I know this is an old post, but weren't the protesters there for Prop 8? If so many members of the Mormon Church are so adamant about interfering in the lives of others (and blocking their basic civil liberties, afforded to everyone else in this country), don't they have that same right to interfere in your own lives? Seems very hypocritical to me.