Saturday, September 19, 2009

Upcoming demonstrations for wild horses and burros

Most of you have heard about the main demonstration on the 29th (Tuesday) in DC. I have pasted the notification at the bottom if you have not seen it. If you live away from DC and can only get to one, that is the one to plan for. Additionally, however, we were informed by congressional staffers that the BLM is going all out to get them to their adoption event in Lorton, VA (about 10 miles south of the DC beltway) on Saturday the 26th. This is the BLM notice for the adoption event:

Wild Horse
Directions: >From Rt 1, take Gunston Rd(east), go 2.4 miles
past the BLM Meadowood entrance onto Harley Rd.1.
Friday Preview: 1 - 5 pm
Saturday Adoption: 8am - 5pm
First come, first served only. No oral bid process.
September 25 & 26
Lorton, Virginia
Meadowood Special Rec Mgmt Area
10406 Gunston Road , Lorton VA

We decided we could not pass up the opportunity, but we did not want to risk turning off adopters with BLM bashing. While the event of the 29th is the big show, some of you may not be able to get off work during the week and some may be able to get to both. Those who can join us on Saturday the 26th are urged to do so. Those coming from any distance may stay Friday night with us at:

Comfort Inn Gunston Corner

Phone: (703) 643-3100

8180 Silverbrook Rd , Lorton, VA, US, 22079

The rate is $79 and includes hot breakfast and 10% off on 8 local restaurants

Each person will need to make their own reservations. Ask for the EWA rate.

Those who can attend on Saturday should email either John or Maria.

We will meet in the lobby at 7:30 AM.

We will not be using posters or protesting, but simply displaying support for ROAM and the slaughter bills. To that end, we have had a T-shirt made specifically for the Adoption event. Anyone who shows up can have a shirt though I will be accepting donations to cover the cost ($13). We recommend you bring a light jacket.

Valerie Kennedy tells me there will be fancier T-shirts of Conquistador available at the event of the 29th.

John Holland

Here is the announcement for the main demonstration on the 29th:

Dear Mustang Advocate;

I would like to personally invite you to join us at the BLM Advisory Board Meeting on the 28th of September in Arlington, VA and also "Mustangs On The Hill" in Washington, DC on September 29th. Please click for more details on the BLM Meeting.

For Mustangs on the Hill, we will be gathering on the West Front Lawn of Capitol Hill on the 29th for 8:00AM to 4:00PM. We will leave from this location to meet with Senators on the Committee of Energy and Natural Resources to urge them to support the ROAM Act.

You may RSVP to Please join us and help preserve and protect our wild horses!

We are encouraging everyone to make appointments with their US Senators- call 202-224-3121 or click here. We are trying to focus on members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to get the ROAM Act out of committee... click here for names and contact information. Please call, fax, e-mail all and request that they support the ROAM Act.

Please invite everyone you can! There is a huge outcry for wild horses now, partly as a result of this disastrous round up of Cloud’s herd. Perhaps that will be the catalyst for real change.

Ginger Kathrens
Volunteer Executive Director
The Cloud Foundation, Inc.

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