Mt. Airy "Bring It Beck!" Rally Sept. 5, 2011
‘Bring it Beck’ jobs rally planned
Example of Beck's charity clothing line.
Efforts encouraging Glenn Beck to locate a manufacturing operation in Mount Airy continue to gain momentum, including plans for a “Bring It Beck” jobs rally here on Labor Day.
“It will show the unity of the community in coming together for a ommon cause,” the event’s organizer, Velvet Shelton, explained Tuesday.
The jobs rally is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 5, featuring speakers, special music and other attractions. It will be held at the corner of
Independence Boulevard and Willow Street.
Shelton said she got the idea for the event after reading about a local
effort to persuade Beck, an outspoken television and radio host, to establish a plant here to manufacture a 1791 clothing line he envisions.
“To be honest with you, it actually did come about from reading the initial
article in The Mount Airy News,” said Shelton, who is being assisted in
the effort by other citizens as well as businesses.
That report focused on a campaign encouraging local citizens to write Beck
and urge him to select Mount Airy for his manufacturing venture that would offer people jobs to “restart America,” according to a July announcement by Beck.
But one part of the article in particular made an impression on Shelton as
well as Beck, which concerned an initial stance by the city board of
commissioners to not support the campaign publicly. “I felt politics played a
role in that,” Shelton said of the apparent reluctance among some local
officials to ally themselves with the ultra-conservative Beck.
Shelton, who frequently attends city and county commissioner meetings and describes herself as a concerned citizen “who just loves the community,” said she was motivated to respond. That led to plans for the upcoming rally. “I wanted to make lemonade out of what seemed to be lemons,” she said.
“It’s really to show him (Beck) what he would be missing out on by not giving us an opportunity … to show him what hardworking citizens will do for him in this town,” the rally organizer continued. “We just need jobs in our
A video will be made of the rally and edited into a documentary-type
production that will be sent to Beck, who interviewed Mount Airy Mayor Deborah Cochran on his nationally syndicated radio show after the first newspaper article surfaced.
Shelton also believes something is needed — “just anything at this point” —
to energize citizens and hopefully generate jobs, rather than simply doing
nothing to aid those devastated by textile industry layoffs. “I just feel this
is a great opportunity to help them out,” she said of the Beck campaign.
The scheduling of the Bring It Beck event on the holiday was not by accident. “What better day to have a jobs rally than on Labor Day?” Shelton said.
Officials To Speak
"There will be a stage set up,” Shelton said of the layout for the rally,
with plans also calling for some type of banner to displayed on the structure
which will highlight the spirit of the event.
Among the speakers will be Mayor Cochran, who will read a belated resolution the city commissioners approved last Thursday in support of Beck’s 1791 venture. That number refers to the year the U.S. Bill of Rights was adopted.
“It is an opportunity for the city to be seen and heard and let others know
what we’re going through,” Cochran said Tuesday of the rally. “There’s strength in numbers.”
Paul Johnson, the chairman of the Surry County Board of Commissioners, also will offer his observations about twice being displaced from the local textile industry as a result of plant shutdowns. Similar remarks will come from local businessman Greg Perkins.
“I hope to secure three other speakers,” Shelton said, and Cochran pointed
out that any city commissioner who wants to will have a chance to address the crowd.
Special music is to be provided by Rachel Johnson, who is originally from
Mount Airy and now lives in Nashville. “She will be flying in and performing at our event,” the organizer said.
T-shirts bearing a “Bring It Beck” logo — recently produced to show the
community’s support for the 1791 project — will be offered during the rally for $10. Proceeds from shirt sales are going to the United Fund of Surry County, which will be represented at the gathering for a check presentation.
Food also will be sold at the rally, which is expected to last about two
“I just really want to encourage the community to please come out,” Shelton
This is an opportunity to help our neighbors.
Downtown Mt. Airy
Mt. Airy has been devastated by the loss of businesses and manufacturing. This town, the inspiration for the fictional town of "Mayberry" on the old Andy Griffith TV Show, is hurting, and hurting badly.
The courageous mayor of Mt. Airy made a pitch for Glenn Beck to locate his new charity's clothing manufacturing site in the town, which has a long history of textile manufacturing with lots of experienced labor ready and able to do the work. And there are closed-down facilities which could begin production again if Beck's company elects to locate his manufacturing facility there.
Yes, the Mt. Airy Town Council, loaded with ideological Democrats initially voted to keep Glen Beck out. And Beck, responded that he would not go where he was not wanted, and would not fight against local government to run his charity company. Eventually, the Town Council relented and admitted that they had put their ideology above the best interests of the town, but the damage had been done.
Now the town, led by its Mayor and supported by a number of Tea Party organizations from across the state is rallying to help the town's residents to help themselves. We encourage Moore Tea Citizens members to rally to Mr. Airy on Monday, September 5, in support of this great cause. This is a wonderful opportunity to help our neighbors, to change hearts, and to change minds. Please go if you can!
Date: Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 ― Labor
Time: 6:00 P.M. ― 8:00 P.M.
Where: Vacant Parking Lot on the
corner of Independence Blvd.
and Willow St., Mt. Airy, NC
Admission: Free ― Everyone is
Register: Facebook Page (NOT
This is not an organized event for Moore Tea Citizens. Individual members are urged to support the event if their schedule, finances, and family permits travel to Mt. Airy. There will be no organized caravan, MTC booth, or MTC activities at the event. Other Tea Parties are supporting the event in this same way.
Mt. Airy is located approximately 134 miles and is a drive of approximately 2½ hours from the Southern Pines/Pinehurst area. Please drive safely. And, if you go, please bring us photos and a report on your experience there!