Midwest Regional Director Attends Third Tobacco Summit in Chicago, Illinois
Please note the data about the event below has been e-mailed to
the Smokers Club and Forces Illinois. We would appreciate your attendance in
order to continue the fight for individual freedom of choice. We expect a
great program as you can see, with plans for coordinated follow up actions to
proceed after this confab. As Chicago, today, actually considers a smoking
ban in the City Council, we know that there is a need to circle the wagons
for liberty to protect the inalienable rights of tobacco users.
Could you provide another general notice to your membership.
Call me if you have any questions or suggestions on how we can maximize attendance for this event.
Ralph W. Conner
Public Affairs Director
The Heartland Institute
19 South LaSalle Street #903
Chicago, IL 60603
On Monday, July 11, 2005, The Heartland Institute, Chicagoland Chamber of
Commerce, and Midwest Public Affairs Group
are cohosting a meeting in
downtown Chicago to discuss why business and civic leaders should oppose
recent tax and legal actions against smokers and what can be done about it.
I'm writing to ask you to attend.
Following are the details:
The cohosts are Joseph Bast, The Heartland Institute; Scott McPherson,
Midwest Public Affairs Group; and Rob Nash, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
Approximately 100 civic and business leaders are being invited.
Brief presentations on why taxpayers, policymakers, and anyone
concerned by mandates on business and the erosion of private property rights
and the Rule of Law should speak out on this issue, followed by discussion
of action items and plans for an ongoing campaign.
Monday, July 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Chicagoland Chamber conference room, 330 North Wabash #2800, Chicago.
To create a stronger alliance of groups and individuals willing to
write letters and op-eds, make phone calls, debate anti-smoking activists,
and otherwise get actively involved in the public debate over tobacco
A one-page agenda for the meeting is attached in PDF.
Call Zwahy'yah McElrath at 312/377-4000 or send email to
firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your intention to attend.
Attendance is free. A buffet lunch will be served. Several experts will be
on hand to discuss the tax, health, and legal aspects of smoking and smoking
Among the activities we hope to encourage and support are:
* write letters to the editors and op-eds;
* write letters to elected officials;
* make phone calls to elected officials and reporters;
* get on talk radio discussing the issue;
* conduct background research to share with others;
* post comments, research, and links on Web sites or blogs;
* host events and attend events with experts on the subject;
* attend and/or testify at city, county, and state hearings; and
* distribute leaflets or flyers on college campuses, at hearings, in public
As public affairs director for The Heartland Institute, I will be on hand to
discuss how he will help support activities in the following ways:
* help submit op-eds electronically to media outlets in Illinois and
* track media hits using our clipping service and report back to the
* post essays on our Web site and add to PolicyBot, our online
* publish essays in Budget & Tax News, Environment & Climate News, and
* help bring in speakers from out of town, such as Jacob Sullum and Michael
* post a calendar of events on Heartland's Web site as part of the "Smokers'
If you have advice or suggestions, or if you want to invite other people to
attend, please contact me or one of the other cosponsors. We hope to see you
on Monday, July 11. --RWC
Welcome to the
Third Tobacco Summit!
Monday, July 11, 2005
Chicagoland. Chamber of Commerce
Midwest Public Affairs Group
The Heartland Institute
11:00 - 11:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Scott McPherson and Joseph Bast
11:15 - 11:30 Feedback & Preliminary Discussion
11:30 - 11:45 Smoking Bans / Issues of Property Rights
Maureen Martin, The Heartland Institute
11:45 - 12:00 Lunch (Self-service sandwiches, chips, cookies, and
12:00 - 12:15 How Evanston Beat The Ban
Jonathan Perman, Evanston Chamber of Commerce
12:15 - 12:30 Feedback & Discussion of Strategy
12:30 - 12:45 TBA (Illinois Restaurant Association)
12:45 - 1:00 Feedback & Discussion of Tactics
1:00 - 1:30 Discussion of Next Steps