(Annie Black) – As you know from this morning’s AnnieGram, I went on the floor of the Assembly Tuesday evening, took off my mask and called on the Legislature to follow the CDC’s revised guidelines and repeal its stupid “mask mandate” inside YOUR building.
The immediate response by Speaker Frierson was to threaten me with “consequences” if I refused to do as I was told; noting the possible punishment was being banned from voting on bills or speaking from the floor unless it was to apologize and agree to comply.
But I didn’t back down. Instead, I DOUBLED down!
At 1:52 pm this afternoon – before today’s floor session got started – I posted the following…
“I am so done with this #MaskerpieceTheater crud. Speaker @JasonFrierson is now saying it’s legislative staff, not him, forcing us to wear masks. Well, they work for you and me. WE’RE the employers! So I will NOT wear a mask in the #NVLeg. Let ’em come drag me out if they want.”
(BTW, if you’re not “following” me on Twitter, go to @realannieblack)
Well, get THIS!
At 2:34 pm I received an email saying the Legislative Counsel Bureau backed down and was going to not only drop their mask requirement in line with the CDC guidance, but starting tomorrow the building – THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE – will be re-opened to the public…
No reservations or appointments required!
WOW. What a win!
Now, can I be honest with you for a minute?
Taking this stand all alone – in public and on camera – scared the hell out of me.
The threat of being blocked from voting on bills on behalf of the constituents who elected me was a BIG concern.
But it was the principle that mattered.
But you know what mattered even more?
Knowing I had Annie’s Army behind me!
I knew you would be by my side.
I knew you had my back.
Your emails, texts and social media posts of support gave me the courage to stand up there, all alone, and fight for what was right.
So this wasn’t *my* win. This was YOUR win. I never could have done it without you.
Seriously, y’all have no idea how much your support has meant.
I’ve drawn on your collective strength to summon up the courage to fight the fight, rock the boat and challenge the “go along to get along” mentality of far too many of my colleagues.
So if anyone ever again tries to tell you that you can’t fight city hall and the little guy can’t make a difference…tell ‘em to stuff it. Because YOU did!
As Samuel Adams famously said…
“It does not take a majority to prevail…but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”
Thank you for helping me set some brushfires here in Carson City!
QUOTE OF THE AFTERNOON
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi