The Liberty State Gala, a fundraising event for the proposed creation of a 51st state called Liberty, was held last Thursday, but not without a rough start, reports the Spokesman. As the gala started, silent protestors stood next to armed security guards.
Liberty would be a conservative, Christian state, and is proposed to span parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.
The 200 gala attendees convened at the CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley. Supporters of the new state raised money by auctioning various desserts.
The gala’s speakers included Rep. Matt Shea, Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan, Spokane City Council candidate Tim Benn, and Loren Culp, the police chief in Republic, Washington.
Shea’s assistant, Rene’ Holaday, said that Liberty state supporters could all agree on one motto: “It’s either going to be bloodshed or Liberty State.”
The protestors included Jay Pounder and about eight other men, who entered the building and attemped to sit among the invited guests. They were blocked by event planners and the security team.
Rowe and Pounder are Shea’s ex-bodyguards, and they both denounce Shea’s views as dangerous fearmongering. About the protest, Pounder said:
“It affects me. It affects everyone in the state. And the idea is, people just need to be aware of what’s going on in their government. We have no ill intent towards Matt Shea. We just want to be aware of what’s going on. That’s it. We wanted people of all different walks and backgrounds to come and listen to their presentation.”