Call to Action: Help Defend Free Speech June 10 at ACT for America March Against Sharia Events Nationwide

Oath Keepers (and all other American patriots),

ACT for America has asked Oath Keepers to assist with security on June 10, 2017 at all of their “March Against Sharia – March for Human Rights” events nationwide, and once again we are answering the call to defend free speech against those who would use terrorist violence or the threat of violence to shut it down.

ACT for America has a current total of 27 events (and counting) in 19 states.   You can find an updated list here, with links to Facebook pages for each event included.   Also, see below list.

Our New York chapter had already stepped up to help provide security for the New York City event on June 10, and then the national staff of ACT for America contacted Oath Keepers national leadership and asked us to do the same nationwide.   The ACT staff informed us that they had numerous speakers who feared for their safety because they had taken a hard stance against Sharia law and specifically against female genital mutilation, honor killings, persecution of homosexuals, etc.  Some of the speakers are moderate Muslims or are former Muslims (known as “apostates”), including at least one who was a victim of female genital mutilation.  Others are Christians who suffered persecution in Sharia dominated Muslim nations.

Because of their backgrounds and their current activism, these people are at great risk of terrorism from radical Islamacists who declare that they must be killed because of their acts of “blasphemy.”   And it goes without saying that the audience listening to their speeches will also be at risk.   Remember, in 2015 two radical Islamacists traveled all the way from Phoenix, AZ to Garland, Texas to commit a terrorist attack on a “Draw Mohamed” contest, pulling out assault rifles to kill attendees.   Thankfully an alert police officer reacted decisively and put a stop to their attack before it barely got started, and nobody was killed but the two terrorists.

Given the very real threat of terrorism at these events on June 10, it is critical that we answer the call to defend free speech. Therefore:

I call on the leadership of all Oath Keepers chapters with an ACT event in their state to step up strong, contact the event organizer, and help in every way possible with security, to include making these events a priority over any other activities in/by their local or state chapters, and encouraging as many of our well-trained police and military veterans as possible to assist with security (as well as the essential communications, intelligence, and medical personnel).   All chapters with organized CPT teams need to commit those teams to these events.   I also call on all Oath Keepers leaders to encourage their chapter members to attend, and to reach out to other local patriotic groups and invite them to participate as well. 

If there is not an event in your state, please do your best to assist at an event in a nearby state. 

Remember, nearly anyone can help in some way, regardless of your age or physical limitations.  Even if it is just watching the crowd for suspicious activity (extra eyes and ears on scene help make it harder for terrorists to infiltrate and carry out attacks), filming, or monitoring a radio, etc., we can find something for you to help with.

If you cannot make it to help us with security, please donate to help us cover the costs of this nationwide operation. 

DONATE HERE.

Please feel free to repost the above banner and link back to this page.  If you repost the ACT for America banner, be sure to link it to their site (and please consider a donation to them as well).

 

HOW TO VOLUNTEER:

If you are part of an established Oath Keepers chapter or CPT, contact your local or state leadership.   They should be on this.  If for any reason they are not, please let us know at actdefense@oathkeepers.org and we will take care of you.

If you are an individual without an active Oath Keepers chapter near you, or the leader of another group, that would like to volunteer to help Oath Keepers provide security at one of these ACT for America events on June 10 in a particular state, please send an email to the designated state chapter email for that state, such as az@oathkeepers.org, ca@oathkeepers.org, wa@oathkeepers.org, etc (just plug in the standard postal abbreviation for the state or pull it from this list).  Please put “VOLUNTEER FOR ACT JUNE 10 EVENT in [enter town], [enter state], such as “VOLUNTEER FOR ACT JUNE 10 EVENT in San Bernardino, CA.”

When you send that email, please also cc: actdefense@oathkeepers.org.

If for any reason you don’t get a response from a state leader or point of contact within a day, let us know at: actdefense@oathkeepers.org

Please let them/us know where you are from, whether you are an Oath Keepers member, and if so, your approximate join date.  Also please include links to your social media pages, and please understand that they will need to vet you to some degree (how detailed and involved that will be will depend on what you are offering to assist with/qualified to do).   Priority will be given to Oath Keepers members, but even if you are not a member they will do their best to find a job for you if possible.   Note that we do not accept assistance from convicted felons or from anyone who advocates the overthrow of the U.S. government or discrimination based on race, color, creed, or nation of origin (as our national bylaws Section 8.02 makes very clear).  We are looking for quiet professionals who are level headed, calm under pressure, and competent who understand that this mission is about protecting free speech, and supporting human rights.

The NY Oath Keepers chapter has specifically requested that volunteers who want to help at the NYC event contact NY Oath Keepers VP Frank Morganthaler at (914) 673-5220.  He also answers the ny@oathkeepers.org email.

For general questions about this operation, email us at:  actdefense@oathkeepers.org.  For media, please email us at: media@oathkeepers.org

In addition to Oath Keepers, Bikers for Trump, Two Million Bikers, American Civil Defense, various Three Percenter organizations, The Proud Boys, and other patriotic groups are also volunteering to help with security at these events, so expect to work with them as a “combined arms” effort, just as we have successfully done numerous times now at free speech rallies and marches across the nation, such as in Berkeley, CA (twice); Boston, MA; Harrisburg, PA; Portland, OR (Sunday, June 4), etc.

Because we have many very well trained police and military veterans, Oath Keepers has a particularly valuable role to play as LEO liaisons (with our police members helping to ensure coordination and clear communication with local and federal LEOs), critical event security advisors (we have now successfully defended multiple at-risk public events), personal security detail providers for high profile/at risk speakers, and security team leadership and coordination.  As advisors to event organizers/team leaders, we work very well with other groups and our track record shows that together, we can get it done right.

We are honored that ACT for America recognizes this and has asked for our help.  We we will do our utmost to keep everyone safe on June 10.

 

NOTE specific requests from ACT for America:

ACT for America encourages our well trained and vetted members/security teams to come armed wherever you can do so legally, but has specifically asked that volunteer security carry concealed rather than open-carry, even where open-carry is legal.  They prefer this so their events do not present too militaristic an image.  If there is a particular, serious need for open carry or for having long arms (such as shotguns) available, we will address it with ACT for America’s national staff and the local event organizer.  In more prohibitive environments, such as CA, Il, CT, NY, etc, our current and retired police officers will be all the more important given their ability to carry concealed under LEOSA and in-state privileges for LEOs.    If in doubt, check the state and local laws carefully and also coordinate with us first before carrying.

Likewise, they prefer you not wear camouflage clothing, and they are asking that you avoid wearing all black (which is what Antifa tends to wear), not wear masks, and also that you not wear brown shirts, to help avoid giving the leftist media an easy way to attack us all as somehow being fascists just because of the color of our clothing.

Oath Keepers members are encouraged to wear their Oath Keepers hats and shirts, with our standard being tan or olive pants, with one of our black with gold tab polo or T shirts, and/or an Oath Keepers hat (unless you are tasked with being more low-key to blend in with the crowd).   Please wear solid colors rather than cammo.   We will have additional ways of making it easy for police to identify our security teams, to be disclosed only to vetted team members on the day of the event.

We strongly advise you to wear body armor (as concealed or low profile as you can manage).

Because of the nature of these events, we consider the threat of deadly force attack to be greater on June 10 than what we have recently faced with Antifa/communists.   Such an attack could come in the form of an IED (suicide vest – as in Manchester -, vehicle born, or left in a backpack or purse, etc), active shooter(s), or using a vehicle as a ramming weapon.  We have seen all three methods used in recent attacks in Europe, and we have seen IEDs and numerous active shooter incidents in the U.S. by radical jihadists (Boston bombing, NYC and NJ, and shootings at Ft. Hood; Chateenooga, TN; Garland, TX; San Bernardino, CA; Orlando, FL, etc.).

Please take this very seriously and bring your “A” game.   We expect the local and federal LEOs to be extremely proactive and effective at these events, and our focus will be on backing them up and assisting in any way we can, while also providing close protection for speakers and staff, as well as helping to secure the audience.   We will be sure the police can easily identify our security team members (and those of other groups as well), so we don’t add to their problems.

Antifa/Black Block type groups will be targeting these events for their usual antics, so our standard advice on attending such events still applies (i.e. wearing a helmet, body armor (at least soft), bringing goggles, gloves, etc.   We will update with more details within the next few days.

 

 

March Locations (as of 6/2/2017):

ARIZONA

Phoenix
Paradise Valley Park
17642 N 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/301897253593376

ARKANSAS

Batesville
1850 Chaney Dr. Batesville, AR 72501
12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1703291056639977

CALIFORNIA

Roseville
Fountains at Roseville
1013 Galleria Boulevard, Roseville, CA 95678
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/286454171779912

San Bernardino
Inland Regional Center
1365 S Waterman Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92408
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1415608195162234

Santa Clara
Corner of Stevens Creek Blvd. and Winchester Ave.
Santa Clara, CA
https://www.facebook.com/events/134170567146851/

COLORADO

Denver
Colorado State Capitol
200 E Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203
3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/302611956846664

CONNECTICUT

Waterbury
235 Grand St. Waterbury, CT 06702
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1026614147478716/

FLORIDA

Orlando
Valencia College East Campus
701 N Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, FL 32825
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1919303175005708

GEORGIA

Atlanta
Piedmont Park
400 Park Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1978908155670921

ILLINOIS

Chicago
Washington Square Park
901 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1205295786260111

INDIANA

Indianapolis
Indianapolis State Capitol
200 W Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
10 a.m. – 2p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/771981546310196

KANSAS

Wichita
510 N Main Street, Wichita, KS 67203
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1343677679048901

MICHIGAN

Lansing
6200 S Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing, MI 48911
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/304647699969918

MINNESOTA

St. Paul
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1354831981270272

MISSOURI

St. Charles
Frontier Park, Louis & Clark Statue
500 S Riverside Dr, St Charles, MO 63301
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/434167793612772/

Kansas City
Washington Square Park
100 E Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/329414644127993

NEW YORK

New York City
Foley Square
111 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/310056609432143

Syracuse
100 S Clinton Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/269447743520469

NORTH CAROLINA

Raleigh
North Carolina State Capitol
1 E Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1364092590311114

PENNSYLVANIA

Harrisburg
Harrisburg State Capitol
501 N 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/308504286249002

TEXAS

Austin
Texas State Capitol
11th & Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/135208640357670

Dallas
NorthPark Center
8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/304500689987148

Houston
San Jacinto Battleground
3523 Independence Parkway, La Porte, TX 77571
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1447018595356598

VIRGINIA

Virginia Beach
Mount Trashmore Park
310 Edwin Drive, VA Beach, VA 23462
3 – 6 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/419112418463584

WASHINGTON

Seattle
Westlake Center
400 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1790430037952720

To get involved in a city near you, please contact Scott Presler at 202-601-4169 or info@actforamerica.us.

 

 

 

 

About Author

Stewart Rhodes

Stewart is the founder and National President of Oath Keepers. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. He is a former firearms instructor, former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.

Comments

  1. Chip 3 June, 2017, 09:36

    The Marxists and Islamists are the perfect example of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” conspiring against our Constitutional Republic. #ShariaNoGoZone!

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    • Deborah 3 June, 2017, 12:52

      In the bible they are cousins, blood related. Ishmael and Isaac brothers with different mothers of different cultures and Abraham their father. One goal, world domination.
      If any truth to it at all.

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      • Charlie BROWN 5 June, 2017, 17:11

        Deborah, I am sure you know the rest of the story.But it was all because of rebellion and disbelief that the human race has suffered this.And that only the return of the Lord Jesus Christ will finally bring this whole mess to an end. Only those who believe will enter in with God and those that do not believe to eternal damnation. I will not try to harm those of you that do not believe. On the contrary my job is only to tell you. God is the righteous judge, not me. I want peace. not death and destruction The Gospel is good news to those that will receive it. The judgement is up to God, not Muhammad .

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        • Stewart Rhodes Author 5 June, 2017, 21:45

          And meanwhile, we will protect free speech as well as lives, against very possible deadly terrorism that day. Please help.

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          • OVERTAXED 7 June, 2017, 22:36

            Do you need protective gear, shields, helmets, OK clothing? What are the “highest priority items” that you might need immediate help with?

            MN OATH KEEPER RICH, #LIFE1842
            “Silence in the face of tyranny, is your consent to that tyranny”.

          • Stewart Rhodes Author 8 June, 2017, 11:32

            Are asking what people should bring with them to these events, or are you offering help with items? See your email. I just sent you a message.

        • WGP 7 June, 2017, 22:16

          Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?

          And so it is that we have been so kind to and tolerant, yet a certain fig tree has not a contribution made beyond evil. How many centuries must pass, how many more lives slain under its banner?

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    • Cobbler 5 June, 2017, 08:44

      Chip is right. Ideological and methodical links.

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    • WGP 7 June, 2017, 22:02

      Yes, we, America and her allies defeated Nazi Germany, and the Imperial Japan expansion. And yes, we must defeat jihad and the Muhammad political cult. There is no place for it on the planet. And it certainly is without debate a direct threat to anything civilized and especially our republic under our constitution. I have no reservation to eliminate its’ existence, just as we did Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. So far, the jihad based cult has not felt the wrath of our hand, yet they have murdered millions since it’s inception. Stinging them does not get the message across. And yes, I know fine people who are Muslim and they are unfortunately tolerant of the jihad born out of what they believe. Just as Germans who were against Nazism felt helpless to act or just looked the other way. Same in Japan. There in lies a big problem. The scourge of Islam is just that.

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  2. Vinny 4 June, 2017, 11:27

    99.9% of the violence and carnage that occurs daily all around the world, has ONE common denominator…….Islam ! ……Basic common sense should tell us that this “political cult” is a terminal cancer and must be controlled, or better yet, eliminated. Assimilation is not possible, so simply do the math ! Our Sovereign, Constitutional Republic must remain as such, regardless of the “cost”……God Bless America.

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  3. William F. Reynolds 5 June, 2017, 12:58

    Sharia law was Outlawed in 1952 by Congress, so to March on this issue should to see the Law Enforced!

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  4. Deborah 5 June, 2017, 15:01

    Islam Sharia has Atlanta circled like wagon out west. Piedmont is a park the left hang out a lot.
    Even a Dekalb county sheriff was just arrested there very late at night. I hope the day will be a safe one.

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    • Stewart Rhodes Author 5 June, 2017, 22:00

      Thank you for the info. Please email me and I will put you in touch with our team leaders for that one.

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  5. Green Giant 5 June, 2017, 15:06

    I am unaware of Oathkeeper’s policy on this.
    But I do encourage every who can legally do so to be fully armed with LOTS of ammunition. Don’t get sucker punched by the violent who WILL be armed.

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    • Stewart Rhodes Author 5 June, 2017, 21:59

      I am in agreement, in general, but when we help events organized by others we have to work with them and within their preferences (within reason), and also have to deal with the local police who often also want to constrain the use of firearms by patriots, in the misguided view that this somehow makes the event safer. We are trying to minimize the risk of our volunteers going to jail, while also not leaving them sitting ducks. And that is where our current serving and retired cops come in. Even in Berkeley, a bastion of anti-gun lefist nuttery, our cops carried concealed under their national concealed carry privileges per LEOSA (Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act) meant to fight terrorism – and it does! It helps us fight terrorism all over the nation by preventing anti-gun zealots at the local level from being able to disarm our police. And the Berkeley police, to their credit, didn’t bat an eye at our Oath Keepers cops carrying. Well done! So, there, we had a mix of very capable, strong veterans and patriots who were very effective with their hands, and then armed cops and retired cops providing a last resort lethal force defense in case of a deadly force terrorist attack. Worked out very well.

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  6. Cobbler 6 June, 2017, 08:19

    A possibility of a “propaganda of the deed” situation should be kept in mind and taken seriously. There may be a probability of this at one of these events. Keep a look out.

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    • OVERTAXED 8 June, 2017, 06:14

      “Propaganda of the deed”, is a “concept promoting physical violence against ones political enemies”.

      “Propaganda of the deed” is pre-meditated, preorganized unlawful violence and looting used exclusively by leftist progressives or communists, perpetrated onto innocents and their property, outside of lawful boundaries “”for the purpose of political intimidation”” and for the purpose of instilling fear into political opponents to their Left-wing Marxist or communist agendas.

      “Propaganda of the deed” is usually inefficiently abated, and often intentionally or very poorly challenged by leftist mayors and leftist community leaders that traditionally restrict, draw back, threaten or seriously impede local law enforcement, until after the fires, violence, killings, property destruction, and looting have already occurred..

      “Propaganda of the deed”, also refers to the use of “Symbolic Acts of Violence” against structural targets such as police cars, store windows, school or government buildings, monuments, museums, or churches, for the purpose of “”Political Opponent and Law Enforcement Intimidation”” by the very predictably violent left-wing communists.

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      • Cobbler 14 June, 2017, 08:28

        We may have just had one this morning (6-14-17). This likely is a Symbolic Act of Violence brought on by an aggregation of misinformed — and ill intended — grievances. IE propaganda. The “clusterfukation” continues.

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