Riverwalk Litigation Imminent, by J. A. Davis
Shortly you will be learning of the news regarding
litigation with the Georgia Heritage Council as plaintiff
versus the City of Augusta, Georgia.
The impending legal action results from months of
discussions with members of the City Council and Mayor Bob
Young which have led to no satisfactory resolution to the
violation of Georgia law via the removal of flags and
obscuring memorial markers at the Augusta Riverwalk.
A letter of intent to litigate has been sent to the members
of the City Council and Mayor Young. The letter urges a last
opportunity for a satisfactory resolution. Failing that, it is
the intention of the GHC to file suit under Georgia Code Ann.
50-3-1, and other provisions of state law.
We are being represented by noted Constitutional attorney
Steve Boynton of Washington, D. C. area and veteran Georgia
attorney, Don Donaldson of Savannah.
Loyal supporters of heritage and history from throughout
the U. S. have made generous contributions to pursue legal
remedies to the arbitrary abuse of authority by Mayor Young in
ordering the flags removed and the memorials obstructed.
contributions are needed to see this case through the first
phase. Contributions can be sent
to the "Steve Boynton Flag Fund" at PO Box 581, Evans,
GA 30809, or
online via PayPal (please indicate 'Riverwalk' in the
PAYPAL note field.
This case has
the opportunity to be a landmark case in the desecration,
removal and obstruction of Confederate symbols in public
areas. It is the intention of GHC to prevail in showing that
the Augusta Riverwalk was originally dedicated to all the
military heroes throughout Augusta's history. The removal of
memorials relating to the Confederacy represent discrimination
against loyal Georgia soldiers of the Augusta area as well as
all of Georgia.
Confederate military service is recognized by the U. S.
Congress as equivalent to U. S. military service and is
subject to the same benefits and honors from the U. S.
Department of Veterans Affairs. Consequently, we view this
Riverwalk violation as a slap in the face to ALL U.S.
This case presents a tremendous opportunity for Southern
Heritage supporters to participate in a positive public
relations campaign, whether in Georgia or elsewhere. Consider
The mayor ordered the Second National Confederate flags
removed and the stone marker memorials associated with them
obscured without consultation or approval with the city
council or commissioners.
Mayor Young took it upon himself (despite denials to the
contrary) to order the removal and obstruction of the
memorials after a request from the South Carolina NAACP which
scheduled a meeting at a hotel near The Riverwalk in Augusta.
The SC NAACP refuses to meet in their home state where they
continue an ill-begotten boycott over Confederate flags on the
Capitol grounds at Columbia.
The organization inducing the decision to violate Georgia
law is also on record in support of the legalization of same
sex marriages (they call it a 'civil rights issue'), amnesty
for illegal aliens, open borders for all and removal of all
Confederate symbols and monuments from public view----the
NAACP's version of cultural cleansing---which we note
is at odds with U.S. law with respect to veterans. The NAACP
is under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service. It is
surprising to see any city officials kow tow to an
organization with such disregard for the rule of law.
There is a trend taking place in America today where
certain organizations, business lobbyists and the government
itself are actively defying the law of the land and
encouraging others to do so. The violations at the Riverwalk
follow the same defiance of the law as do the enablers of
illegal immigration or illicit homosexual marriage. If these
lawbreakers succeed in these areas, what will be the next
assault on law and order?
The only memorials removed from Riverwalk were American
Confederate flags and monuments. Flags and monuments of
foreign nations involved in Augusta history still remain
including those representing former enemies in war with the
This issue is not just a Southern issue. It involves the
liberty of all Americans. Are you ready to make your stand? We
at GHC are and we believe Augusta represents "high ground" we
want to occupy. Please support us and Constitutional freedom
by whatever you can contribute.
We will do our best to keep you informed of the
developments in this case. Thank you, one and all, who are
standing with us and the loyal citizen soldiers and sailors of
the Confederacy. We pledge our best efforts to restore the
symbols and historic memorial of these honorable men to their
rightful place, and thereby restore Augusta's Riverwalk
monument to its original inclusive splendor.
Jeff Davis is a retired radio-TV journalist living in
Gainesville, GA. Active in civic and political affairs, he is
past president of the Georgia Jaycees, former vice president
of the US and the world Jaycees, former campaign chairman of
the Georgia Republican party. He voluntarily serves as
chairman of the Georgia Heritage Council. He is a collateral
descendant of President Jefferson Davis.
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