News

5 November 2013

The sixth session of the Southern National Congress was a smashing success!

We received an outstanding amount of press coverage in the two days leading up to it. The media was alerted to the Congress by a Marxist group called the Tennessee Anti-Racist Network. Their intent was to cause us grief, but they could not have done us a greater service.

One of the two speakers scheduled to speak quickly backed out and lied about various facts concerning his actions. We are happy to learn of Rep. Matheny's lack of integrity before we started to support him in the next legislative session.

On the other hand, Senator Frank Niceley appeared and presented his proposed legislation for the nomination of US Senators by the State's legislative caucuses. While the actual elections would be by vote of the citizens as called for by the 17th Amendment to the US Constitution, changing the nomination process would make the Senators more aware of their responsibility to represent the State rather than their deep-pocket contributors.

A Knoxville News Sentinal article on Monday (4 Nov), reported that Senator Niceley "said he found those on hand for the event to be 'a well-mannerd, well-read group of Southern historians.'" Likewise, the delegates to the SNC found Senator Niceley to be a relaxed, home-spun gentleman who is intellectually astute, well-read, and articulate.

The Congress passed four resolutions (full text on Actions in Congress page):

1) to promote Senator Niceley's legislation to all fourteen of our member States;

2) to encourage State legislatures to set aside reserves in gold and silver;

3) to encourage Southern families to get out of debt and set aside savings in gold and silver; and

4) to encourage Southern famlies to purchase firearms and ammunition for the protection of the selves and their communities.

The delegates also reviewed a proposed constitution which could be used as a blueprint for the formation of a new Southern Republic when that day comes.

While the delegates and observers put heart and soul into the work of the Congress, they also had several opportunities to relax and get to know each other better. We are all looking forward to the growth of the Congress and to further opportunities to represent our Southern neighbours.

 

27 September 2013

We are only five weeks away from the Sixth session of the Southern National Congress – 1-3 November 2013 at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee.

We are pleased to announce another guest – Tennessee State Senator Frank Niceley.

He will provide several proposals for legislation which Delegates can take back to their respective State legislatures. One of Senator Niceley’s proposals is to have the State legislature nominate US Senatorial candidates. This would change the electoral dynamics of the US Senate as the Senators would have to be more responsive to the States rather than that nebulous concept of “the people.”

Every attention will be given to ideas which promote the Sovereignty of the several Southern States.

The delegates to the Congress will have the opportunity to question and discuss the proposals of both Senator Nicely and Representative Judd Matheny before drafting specific models of the legislation.

Rep. Matheny’s actions and proposals were mentioned in our last newsletter and the information is on the News page on the SNC website. (www.theSNC.org/NEWS/)

The Congress will kick-off with fellowship – a Friday night “Chairman’s reception.”  The business sessions begin Saturday morning with Rep. Matheny and Sen. Nicely speaking during the day. Delegates will have time to visit with both during our noon break for dinner.

On Sunday, a devotional from our Chaplain Wade Rabun will be followed by a business session. Adjournment is expected no later than 3:00pm.

Your pre-registration is important. Whether as a Delegate or an Observer, those who are pre-registered (and only those pre-registered) will have a packet of information waiting for them at the SNC check-in desk.

Have you registered as a Delegate or an Observer?  If not, do so today!
The registration form is here.

REGISTER NOW !!

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13 September 2013

Are you ready to participate in an historic Congress?  The Sixth session of the Southern National Congress will convene Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, 1-3 November 2013 at Fall Creek Falls State Park about an hour south of Cookville, Tennessee. It's only seven weeks away!

Delegates will give attention to several possible pieces of legislation which will address the Sovereignty of the Several Southern States.

This news release had information on Representative Judd Matheny of Tennessee who had originally consented to speak to the SNC. He has since indicated he would be elsewhere on this weekend and has asked to have his information removed from our website.

Have you registered as a Delegate or an Observer?  Are you ready?

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21 September 2013

Only 10 Weeks til the Congress

23 August 2013 -- Tennessee's scenic Fall Creek Falls State Park will be the site for the Sixth session of the Southern National Congress which convenes Friday evening, 1 November and continues through Sunday afternoon, 3 November 2013.

The Congress will kick-off with fellowship -- a Friday night “Chairman’s reception.”  The business sessions begin Saturday morning.  Delegates will consider changing resolutions made by past Congresses into recommendations for our several State legislatures.

On Sunday, a devotional from our Chaplain Wade Rabun will be followed by a business session. Adjournment is expected no later than 3:00pm.

In keeping with an age-old Southern tradition, business and fellowship will be intertwined.

Please make your reservations now.
(see links in article below)

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15 July 2013

Annoucing Sixth Southern National Congress

The Sixth session of the Southern National Congress will convene Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, 1-3 November 2013 at Fall Creek Falls State Park, near Pikeville about one hour south of Cookville, Tennessee.

Delegates will revisit several resolutions made by past Congresses as well as consider several that speak for vital Southern interests in these increasingly troubled times.  The session plan includes a Friday night “Chairman’s reception” with business sessions on Saturday, then on Sunday, a devotional from our Chaplain Wade Rabun followed by a business session. Adjournment is expected no later than 3:00pm.

We chose Fall Creek Falls State Park for its approximate central location, in the hopes of making travel from the outlying States relatively easy.  Nashville has excellent air connections with the rest of the country.  The Tennessee SNC Delegation has kindly offered to arrange a shuttle service from the Nashville Airport for those in need of ground transportation after flight arrival. The Nashville airport is approximately two hours from the park. (Nashville Airport code is BNA)
 
Our options were limited, but the park has excellent meeting space. Its setting and ambiance will allow a relaxed setting for our business (and our fellowship).  The park is lovely, and the Inn overlooks a picturesque lake. The guest rooms have all the usual amenities and a beautiful view from the individual room balconies.  Based on double occupancy, rooms are $80.00 per night, including tax.  Meals in the on-site restaurant are quite good and reasonably priced.  
 
TWO RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY

Delegate/Observer: The delegate/observer reservation for the Congress is available here. Fee remains the same at $25 per person and $40 per couple. A completed form and check should be mailed to our Registrar Stephen Conn. (Address on the form)

Room: The colours of fall peak about a week earlier and the Inn would normally be booked solid. We have reserved a block of rooms, but do not relay in making your reservation with the park’s Inn at 800-250-8610. Let them know that you are with the Congress. Note: not all the rooms have good access to Wi-Fi, so let them know if you need it.

 

For more info on the park, go to: http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/parks/FallCreekFalls/

 

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Continuing the Advance

Fifth Southern National Congress

Wetumpka, Alabama, 15,16 March 2013 - The Fifth Session of the Southern National Congress met in Wetumpka, Alabama on 15 and 16 March 2013, hosted by the Alabama delegation. Although delayed from its standard fall meeting time, the Congress went smoothly, presided over by outgoing Chairman Mark Thomey.

Officers were elected to serve for the next two years/sessions of the Congress.

Our new Chairman is David O Jones of Tennessee who had most recently served as Vice-Chairman and also formerly as Parliamentarian of the Congress.  Mark Thomey of Alabama returned to serve as Vice-Chairman, a position he has held since the Congress began excepting his brief stint as Chairman. Stephen Conn of Tennessee asked not to be nominated to serve again as Parliamentarian because of hearing problems; Pat Hines of South Carolina was elected Parliamentarian. Bobby Johnston of Alabama was re-elected Treasurer.

A new promotional video was unveiled by its producer Deborah Razete of Florida. It was warmly received and a DVD copy was distributed to each State delegation.  The video is on the SNC website and individual copies are available for purchase.

The Foreign Relations Committee is continuing to establish contact with various independence movements across the globe.  Discussion continues on the possibility of hosting an international conference on secession either here in the South or possibly even in Europe.

The Safety Committee has established a private facebook page and thanks to Pat Hines of South Carolina, much information has been posted and thus available for our Delegates and supporters.

The report by the Constitution Committee generated a lot of discussion and debate. The purpose of the committee is to draft a proposed constitution for a future Southern Republic. Committee chairman Mark Thomey presented the legislative portion of the draft. Recognizing that both the United States and Confederate States constitutions had problems, the gentlemen of the committee decided to begin constructing one “from the ground up.” The next session of the Congress will discuss one or two more portions.

The Congress intends to make significant inroads into the workings of the several State legislatures. David Jones gave a brief presentation on what factors are important in developing a successful legislative agenda within the States.  He stressed developing relationships with the legislators and their assistants now, thus allowing easier access once the time for legislation arrives.

While no earth-shattering pronouncements came out of the Fifth Session, business was conducted in a manner which would make the authors of our liberty proud. We continue to advance the Cause of Liberty and Independence.

 

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Report on the Fourth Session of the Southern National Congress held at Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson, Tennessee on 18-19 November 2011.   (for report, click here)

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Report on the Third Session of the Southern National Congress held at Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson, Tennessee on 12-14 November 2010.   (for report, click here)

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Report on the Second Session of the Southern National Congress held at Cheaha State Park in Alabama on 11 thru 13 September 2009.  (for report, click here)

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Report on the First Session of the Southern National Congress held in Hendersonville, North Carolina on 5 thru 7 December 2008.  (for report, click here)

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Worth Quoting

The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans ae to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them.
--George Washington