Pro-Cassini Rallies (fwd)

Tue, 23 Sep 1997 00:28:08 -0400 (EDT)

For those who are interested and able, here's something to do:

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Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 23:40:47 -0400
From: Greg Zsidisin <>

Dear Space Supporter:

The following is information on a pro-Cassini counter-demonstration in
Washington DC on Sunday, September 28.  Please show your support by 1)
coming and rallying with us, and/or 2) passing this message to other space

We are arranging carpools to drive down from NYC and other major cities
within driving distance.  Please contact me if you want to be a carpooler
or driver.

Thanks for your support!

Greg Zsidisin


Dear Space Supporter:

The National Space Society's New York Chapter had a great time last
Saturday showing the media and the anti-Cassini crowd that Cassini and
the future of space exploration have grassroots supporters willing to come
out and protest against those who would shut it all down.

We now need as many space activists as possible to come out to the White
House rally next Sunday (9/28) to make that point even more strongly. 
Our numbers for D.C. are building, but we need *everyone* to come out,
get energized, and show these people we mean business!

In New York, a dozen space activists set up a large banner reading
"Cassini is GO!" across the street from the anti-Cassini rally near the
United Nations.  We also passed out hundreds of flyers based on the
"talking points" on the NSS Web Page, and presented our side, from a
grassroots viewpoint, to attending media looking for our side of the

The "anti" rally numbered several hundred people.  The speakers at the
rally, and the literature being passed out, demonstrated the tremendous
disinformation being peddled by the anti-Cassini interests.  A number of
the "anti" speakers spoke urgently about the need to end space
exploration altogether, to applause from the crowd.

One of the best things we did was to speak with sincere protestors who
came to our side to ask why ordinary people like us would support
Cassini, why we thought it was safe, and why we needed to explore space.
 Many of these people were hearing the "pro" side in any depth for the
first time.

I'm very proud of the job dedicated space activists did at the U.N.  But
we can't get let up.  We need much larger numbers in D.C. to show that
NYC wasn't a fluke, but a movement -- that there are dedicated
individuals who feel Cassini and the future of space exploration are
worth showing up and standing up for.

Come join us, and spend a day being ENERGIZED and ACTIVATED with fellow
space supporters!  We're carpooling people down from New York and
elsewhere to join many others from the D.C. area.  Drop me a note saying
you'll come to the White House to defend Cassini!

Greg Zsidisin
Organizer, "Cassini is GO!" Rallies