Besides raising money for monitoring and the lawsuits that could very well result, having a large base would extend We The People's political influence, Schulz added. He allowed that forming such a robust membership base is an ambitious goal, but he said he feels it's possible, especially with increased interest in the political process.
"Things are very unsettled," he said. "I think the Tea Party movement in general is an indication of the fact people are questioning what's going on in America."
Though some of what have now become the populist ideals of We The People bear resemblance to the beliefs espoused by the Tea Party movement, Schulz said the two shouldn't be confused.
"It's not a tea party, and we're not affiliated with any organization," he said.
Director Judith Whitmore emphasized that the group is for people of any political persuasion.
"The meeting is for them, the lobby is for them," said Whitmore. "Whoever they are, if they want to get back to the rule of law and the bounds around the government documents we have ... these meetings are for them to show them what their rights are."
We The People will be stopping at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Wednesday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m.; the Rotterdam Public Library on Thursday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m.; and at the Glenville Public Library on Saturday, July 23, at 3 p.m.
The group's website is wethepeopleofny.org.""