Florida hotel backs out of hosting FreedomWorks event

Glenn has been covering the Common Core curriculum for months now – exposing little known facts about the system that is seeks to amend the nation’s educational schema.

Based on the media attention the education system has garnered, it is should come as no surprise that many parents are up in arms. In Florida, parents are planning to protest a national Common Core conference that is supposed to be hosted later this month by The Center for College & Career Readiness. FreedomWorks, a non-profit organization, agreed to help these Florida parents by providing the resources for a grassroots-training program during their rally.

On radio this morning, Glenn spoke with the FreedomWorks director of grassroots initiatives, Whitney Neal, who explained that the Ritz Carlton in Orlando cancelled the conservative group’s reservations — after the group had already paid for and booked the space.

Neal explained FreedomWorks chose the Ritz Carlton because it is next to the J.W. Marriott that is hosting the Common Core conference. “We set this up with the hotel next door to where they're having the convention,” she said, “booked the contract, paid for everything, and yesterday we're asked to no longer host our event there.”

“We told them it was moms and dads and grandmas and concerned citizens who really just wanted to learn,” she continued. “This is a learning opportunity and we were giving them, you know, information and skills. It's a small group. You know, it's very small in comparison to the group they were having at the other hotel… I was explaining free speech also.”

The Ritz Carlton has since responded to Neal’s claims and provided TheBlaze their account of what happened.

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But the hotel says the decision to cancel was based on safety concerns. In a separate interview with TheBlaze, Michelle Valle, a representative for both hotels, explained that the Ritz and the JW Marriott have the same owners and that they are considered part of the same resort. Thus, issues pertaining to one campus would certainly impact the other.

And according to Valle, who handles PR for both venues, partisan angst wasn’t at the center of the cancellation. Instead, the spokeswoman notes that there was a serious crowd-control issue presented by the publication and advertisement of the protest on social media.

“So [the Ritz is] refunding your money now ten days out because they were so concerned about the J.W. Marriott and they seem to not really understand that, you know, you have a right to gather peacefully,” Glenn said to Neal. “They have a right to not accept your money and not sign a contract, but they were in a contract.”

With just over a week to go, the group has no place to hold their event. Glenn asked Neal to explain what kind of space FreedomWorks is looking for.

“Well, our original space was for about 100 activists to do training. You know, there are other activists that are coming in town to actually hold their rally, but for our training we were predicting about 100,” she said. “I don't know. There may be more now that this is getting some attention, but we would love to and welcome anyone who wants to learn about Common Core and, you know, get equipped to go educate their community.”

If there are any hotels in the area that have a space to accommodate the event, Neal asked that they contact her via the FreedomWorks office. “I would happily speak with them about this opportunity because we are 10 days out and we have people coming from multiple states. It wasn't just Florida,” Neal explained. “These were people who were planning to stay at this hotel and they're driving from Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee to attend.”

There are certainly two sides to every story, but, ultimately, Neal feels that FreedomWorks and this event were politically targeted. “We are seeing this happen around the country – the pro-Common Core group sees that citizens are aware and concerned about these standards and the surrounding requirements,” she told TheBlaze. “I feel that the large convention next door was concerned about our event.”

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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