Democrats Plan Protest Against Conservative Group and Gov. Perry
May 16, 2011

 Governor Rick Perry is scheduled to attend the grand opening of  the new King Street Patriots  headquarters today and some democrats are gearing up for a protest.
 
The King Street Patriots say their mission is to prevent voter fraud, however, some accused the group of using tactics that were along the lines of  voter intimidation and harassment  in November 2010.
 
Here’s the information below that was sent to me regarding tonight’s protest in Houston:
 
FIRST, THE PROTEST/RALLY IS ON!!! 
 
Try to be there by 6:30 p.m. on Monday (see map & address below). 
 
Please note that the location is INSIDE THE LOOP just off of Hempstead Highway.  That is a road that is different than Hwy 290.  The attached map makes it appear that the KSP Headquarters is right at the corner of Wynnwood and Hempstead Hwy, but it’s actually about a block down on Wynwood on the left in a nondescript warehouse/office complex.  Pretty drab setup, actually.
 
Bring FUNNY but NOT VULGAR SIGNS and PLEASE WEAR RED.
 
Please forward this to everyone on your email lists who would like to come.
 
We’re working with CID and HPD Sp Ops to make this go smoothly.
 
Let’s make some noise Harris County Dems!
 
 
 
 
ACTION REQUEST
 
The odious King Street Patriots are having the grand opening of their brand new headquarters up on 290 just south of I-610 ( 7232 Wynnwood Lane) on Monday, May 16, 2011.  It’s from 7-9 p.m. 
 
RICK PERRY is coming to the event.  We should welcome them and Gov. Goodhair with hundreds or thousands of protesters.  Here’s a map to the location:  MAP
 
 
Here’s a blog post about the opening.  http://www.kingstreetpatriots.org/ksp-grand-opening-celebration
I am writing to you and others to try to get this organized.  This would be a great show of strength for Harris County Democrats and their allies.  We need union members, hispanics (everyone who marched in Bellaire on May 1!), African-Americans, and all other Democrats to come out and protest this awful, discriminatory group, and the Governor who supports their goals.  We need signs and bullhorns!
 
What do you say?  Can we get an army of protestors out there?  I say, Yes we can!

Voter Integrity Issues Examined by King Street Patriots President
February 11, 2011

We heard a lot about King Street Patriots during the last election. The conservative group and some minority community members exchanged accusations of voter intimidation and harassment.

KSP will hold a National Summit on True the Vote in Houston next month.

In the meantime, King Street Patriots President, Catherine Engelbrecht, is taking part in the Conservative Political Action Conference.

(news release)

KSP PRESIDENT PANELIST AT CPAC TODAY, BRINGING INCREASED AWARENESS TO ELECTION INTEGRITY EFFORTS

HOUSTON, TX ˗ King Street Patriots (KSP) will once again bring national attention to its successful True the Vote program, an election integrity effort led by the volunteer citizen activists of KSP.  KSP and True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht will be a panelist participant today at the thirty-eighth annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) being held in Washington, D.C., February 10-12. Engelbrecht will, throughout the conference, also bring heightened awareness to True the Vote through the national media outlets and personalities assembled for the conference. 

 “True the Vote is a model conceived and practiced in Texas and intended to be exported to other regions and states across the country which face the challenge of election fraud at the ballot box,” Engelbrecht said. “We cannot sit idle this year.  We are using the lessons learned from the 2010 election, sharing those with groups who want to do something about the election fraud they see and preparing intensely for the 2012 presidential elections.”

 In addition to the groups’ voluminous base in Texas, there are currently approximately 600 activists in 45 other states who have expressed interest in bringing True the Vote to their area.  True the Vote will hold a National Summit in Houston, TX, March 25-26.

Local Groups Make Request For DOJ Election Monitors
October 28, 2010

Citing concerns about voter intimidation,  Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-18) and the conservative King Street Patriots have made separate requests to the Department of   Justice for election day poll monitors.

In a letter sent to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder early Thursday, Jackson Lee said she was seeking the monitors to ensure a safe and neutral voting environment during the November 2 election.

“Although there are usually a few isolated occurrences of  voter intimidation during the election season,  the incidents that took place at polling places earlier this week appeared  to be organized and systemic,” wrote Congresswoman Jackson-Lee.  “The group thought to be  behind these acts is known as the King Street Patriots, reportedly tied to some Tea Party activists.”

Not to be outdone, the King Street Patriots also sent a letter to the Department of  Justice asking for federal election monitors.

“We are so  concerned about these attacks against volunteer poll-watchers, most of  whom are stay-at-home moms or elderly, that we have asked the Justice Department to help and even attend True the Vote poll watcher trainings,” said Jonathon Saenz, an attorney with the Liberty Institute.

 The letters were sent on the same day that Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufman and County Attorney Vince Ryan held a news conference to discuss allegations of  voter intimidation.

Both officials confirmed that their offices have received about sixty complaints of  election code violations, however, none has been substantiated.

I’ve left a message with the Department of  Justice seeking a comment about the requests for monitors.