On Saturday, the Florida chapter of the popular veteran-owned Uncle Sam's Misguided Children will be hosting a "meet and greet" at 3 p.m. Eastern time at the VFW post located at 4444 Edgewater Drive in Orlando, Fla., owner Rick Ferran told Examiner.com late Tuesday.
"The Mission for this event is for Patriots to talk about issues affecting our State and our Country and network together using all of our assets and time to take back America," the Facebook event says. According to the event, food and drinks will be available.
Ferran also said the event is designed to give supporters and like-minded people a chance to meet each other and "find real solutions to the problems affecting our state and our country." Another goal is to find ways supporters can work together and communicate without using Facebook.
Last July, the group's Facebook page was unpublished for questionable reasons. The page, supported by over 600,000 users, was never restored despite promises made by the social media giant. The page was briefly restored last September but was deleted after only a few hours, angering a number of those who "liked" the page.
Despite the sudden loss of income and supporters, Ferran, a Marine veteran who emigrated from Cuba as a young man, pressed on. He started a new page as well as a group that now has over 61,000 members.
“Marines don’t know how to spell the word defeat," he said. "We adapt, overcome and improvise to the ever changing landscape of social media, blog news, and networking."
Ferran says he is using a model similar to the Chamber of Commerce, where business owners can gather and brainstorm, instead of relying on Facebook. Recently, the social media giant implemented a new algorithm that effectively cuts page reach to a tiny fraction of those who like the page. Additionally, Facebook appears to have ramped up its practice of blocking users for little to no reason, making it a very unreliable platform for people to gather and communicate.
He also wants to network with other groups like Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment and local Tea Party groups. The idea, he added, is to help provide a more unified front for conservatives concerned about attacks on the Constitution.
"Half of our members are already involved in something,' he added.
This is not the first such meeting the organization has held. Recently, he said, the organization held a similar event in Texas. One woman drove 14 hours to attend, and, he added, others drove from North Dakota. Ferran said those he spoke to said they wanted to be more active.
"That's why I'm doing this," he said.