Browne to Rally Colorado; Olivier Trip a Success
by Ari Armstrong
[The following article originally appeared in the September/October 2000 edition of Colorado Liberty.]
Libertarian Presidential Candidate Harry Browne will make a campaign stop in Colorado October 2 for a series of rallies.
Vice-Presidential Candidate Art Olivier's recent visit stirred the waters for Browne, as the VP campaigned across Colorado September 7-10 in Denver, Carbondale, and Grand Junction.
On October 2, Browne will keynote the "Constitution Monday" rally on the west steps of the State Capitol, scheduled from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Ralliers will celebrate constitutionally limited government and the entire bill of rights. Other civil rights advocates will join Browne to speak in support of the rights of civil arms, jury trials, and free speech. In part, the event is a reply to Janet Reno's call to protest against gun ownership that dayŃinstead Libertarians will rally for freedom.
Following the "Constitution Monday" rally, Browne will host a Libertarian community meeting and reception at the Denver Tech Center. The event will begin at 7:15, with speeches beginning at 7:45. The event is free and open to the public.
State Chair BetteRose Smith urged Colorado Libertarians to attend both events. "We need to go all-out on this one," she said. "We're fortunate to host Browne in our stateŃso let's bring out the crowds! You need to invite your friends, family, and neighbors. Let's set the record for bringing the most people out to support Harry Browne and the Libertarian Party!"
The location of the evening rally will be determined closer to that date and posted on the web page at www.lpcolorado.org. Those without internet service can call Smith at 303.639.5530.
A day-time rally is in the works that Browne may be able to attend. It would be a protest at a local prison to point out the high costs of filling our prisons with non-violent drug offenders.
Libertarians greeted Olivier with balloons and signs at the Denver airport September 7. The following morning, Olivier attended a Denver press conference with Colorado Candidates. From there, Olivier traveled to Carbondale to meet Congressional Candidate Drew Sakson for a barbecue.
On Saturday, Olivier met the Grand Junction press and attended the Informed Gun Owners Conference from 2 to 5 pm. Then he attended a candidates' social at Linn and Sharon Armstrong's house in the bookcliffs of Palisade.
On Sunday, Olivier attended an afternoon luncheon hosted by Michele Poague.
Olivier, former mayor of Bellflower, California, is running on the issues of eliminating federal interference with local communities, ending the violence of drug prohibition, and cutting taxes.