Hey everyone...Wow....what can I say....I'm excited and exhausted...sorry I couldn't write earlier....I got home and fell asleep. Truly one of the most MOVING things I have ever done in my life. Natalee I felt was watching over us and every time I looked at her face on the banners I felt she was smiling at us and thanking us. The people at the Sheraton called the police on us the first day...They were very understanding just asked us not to block the driveway so as not to cause an accident. Needless to say it felt like it was 90 degrees and we sweated...another reason no pictures of us...hahahaha. No seriously, it was a wonderful expression of love to do this for Natalee and her Mom and Dad. The people going into the show were blowing there horns giving us the thumbs up sign and saying very sympathetic things to us. The walkers wore their buttons into the show. A lot said they would never go to Aruba....all in all one of the best things I have ever done in my life.
I got some really nasty looks when I was handing out fliers...I think I handed out at least 200 of them as people were driving in. 100 on the first day before the cops came and told us to stop blocking the entrance. and then the next day, I just didn't care if the cops came back to ask us to leave....which they didn't. But Sunday was very slow for the show so I was able to hand them out with out blocking the driveway. and I gave a lot out to people who were leaving. Also a van stopped in front of me while I was sitting on the bench holding a sign that said BETH and NATALEE are here in SPIRIT and the window rolls down and a woman takes a picture of me. I believe I recognized a loyal Aruban in the van driving. Then it took off. weird....
You cant describe what a blessing you feel doing this for someone. I think everyone should have the same opportunity to do volunteer work for a great cause....Its very humbling. It is not about US who attended, it's about Natalee ONLY! If just because you attend a peaceful protest, does not mean you must have your picture taken then posted, that is not me.
Being there and standing up for what I believe in, is what I am all about!
For the love of Natalee is why I am here!
Following the schedule for the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association, the protesters would now focus on the next travel show being held in New Orleans, June 28 - July 1, 2007. They were planning on taking all of the signs and banners previously made up, and would begin to plan who all would be attending and which loyalist would be in charge of the protest. This would require lots of advance planning, getting permits to protest, and finding out the local laws in this regard. There would be much discussion on both Blogs for Natalee and Scared Monkeys while plans were being made.
By Richard--Aruban Boycott Contributor
This weekend the New Orleans protest starts. From June 27 to July 1, the Aruba Tourism Authority will be in New Orleans trying to sell a bunch of travel agents on the wonders and splendor of Aruba. "No justice for Natalee ... no tourists for Aruba."
As you might expect, they will be confronted by protesters just as they were at Boston and at Miami.
The ATA must see this as a very important event, because travel agents are in a position to steer people to Aruba. How many people, before Natalee vanished, ever thought of Aruba at all? And if their travel agents smiled and said "Oh, aren't you lucky! It's a wonderful little island!" how many people would have doubted their word?
No longer. Now tragedy has exposed to the world what Aruba is really like, and brought to light other horrors that were suppressed. The people showing up in New Orleans will not let the ATA ignore Natalee's case.
Any questions or comments, etc., can be addressed to VolunteersforNatalee@gmail.com and will be forwarded to the person in charge of things.
Beth has said outright that she continues to support the boycott. We will NEVER let Natalee's case be forgotten!
No justice for Natalee ... no tourists for Aruba.