“The most important thing I got from last year’s conference was a sense of just how much progress has been made in the past few years. Sheri and I still vividly remember the first conference in Boston. The thing was conducted in relative secrecy (or at least discretion) because nobody was sure what would happen if our presence became known to the general public. In those days, the focus seemed more on just letting people know they weren’t alone, because not much progress was being made in the courts or the legislatures. When I attended last year’s conference, I was stunned at the difference and at how much progress has been made thanks to the hard work and dedication of a lot of people. Last year’s conference was energizing in a way I did not expect.”
John and Sheri
This response from two of our members summarizes very well what has happened in seven years. From secrecy, furtiveness, and fear to openness, advertising, and publicity. From huddling together and sharing fears and misery to public protests and bravely marching forward to demand rights and humane treatment. From seeing defeat after defeat in the courts and the emergence of more and more restrictive legislation to seeing favorable court decisions in state after state and states and jurisdictions backing down on restrictions and ineffective laws. From enemy voices drowning out the voice of reason with myths and lies to many voices joining in the insistence to look at the research and the facts and evidence—and being listened to!
Yes, we have come a long way.
And we still have a long way to go.
RSOL Conference 2015, our 7th annual conference, will emphasize the collateral damages of public registration. In spite of the gains we have made, we still have many, many thousands who cannot live in places fit to raise their children, who cannot find a job to support their families, who cannot visit a public park or enroll in a university or be part of their children’s school lives and activities.
This year’s presenters will speak to those issues. They will share their research and their knowledge and their personal experiences. The breakout sessions will bring you into the discussions as together you share and explore what is being done and what you can do to help move away from a public registration scheme.
If you have not registered, time is getting closer. Both the discounted registration fee and the group rate for hotels have been extended through June 1. Do not wait any longer. You do not want to miss this conference June 25-27 in Dallas, Texas. All information is on the conference site. Act now and join your brothers and sisters in moving our advocacy further toward regaining our rights as American citizens.