Oath Keepers Are Assisting With Security at Portland, OR Free Speech Rally on Sunday, June 4

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Oath Keepers will be assisting with security at tomorrow’s free speech rally in Portland, OR, on June 4.   That should come as no surprise, but I wanted to be sure you knew.   And yes, I will be there in person too.

INFO ON THE PORTLAND EVENT:

Patriots Prayer Free Speech Rally in Portland, OR this Sunday, June 4, 2-5pm Pacific

Terry D. Schrunk Plaza

364 SW Madison St., Portland, Oregon 97204
.   Event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1927691894133941/

You can click on a map at the event page.

Event Description:

PATRIOT PRAYER-JOEY GIBSON
Free Speech Rally with BASED STICKMAN, BASED SPARTAN, PATRIOT GIRL, WARRIORS FOR FREEDOM, AND MANY OTHERS IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND…one of the most liberal areas on the West Coast. There will be speakers exercising their free speech, live music, flags, and an uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom.
Thank you Trump for all you have done.

WHY WE ARE GOING:

The Patriots Prayer crew and their allies from OR and WA came down to Berkeley TWICE to help us with security there.   We need to do them a solid, in return, by going to help them this Sunday, in Portland.  Therefore, I put out a call to action to our OR, CA, and WA members, and we have Oath Keepers from all three states who will be there tomorrow to assist the event organizer with security for the venue, for the speakers, and for the audience.   The event organizer already has a very competent, squared away security team, and will also have a large number of patriots attending who are VERY capable of defending themselves, but we will also be there to lend our expertise and advice (in particular, our very well trained and experienced police and military veterans).   I am flying into Portland and will be there in person (I never ask anyone to do anything I am not willing to do myself).  We are also once again flying in some of our most experienced retired police officers, just as we did twice in Berkeley, CA, and then in Boston, MA, with spectacular success.

If you somehow missed the email to nearby states, asking for volunteers, it is still not too late to step up.   Just email us at:

Contact email for all volunteers:  portland@oathkeepers.org

And then show up.  Please let us know you are coming.  In addition to those who can provide effective security, we always welcome medical, communications, and intelligence personnel.   And if you are simply a concerned American, and want to come support free speech, by all means show up.

Some of our Berkeley security volunteers on April 27, 2017.  The event went so peacefully we didn’t get to use those shields.  But better to have them and not need them, than to need them and not have them.

We expect this event in Portland to go as well as the others, and our purpose, as always, is to lend a hand to be sure it does.  The best outcome is a repeat of the Berkeley, CA rally on April 27, 2017, where Berkeley PD stepped up with their “A” game and took care of business to the point that we didn’t have to lay a hand on anyone, and we just had a great day of speeches in the park, like a “normal” rally (as opposed to the ridiculous spectacle of people having to fend off masses of masked attackers just to get a chance to listen to speakers in a public park).

So long as the Portland PD and other state as well as federal LEOs step up strong and do their jobs tomorrow, the outcome should be like it was the last time we were in Berkeley.  However, as always, we will be ready, willing, and able to effectively defend the rights of all present if there is any failure of the police to do so.  We DO NOT expect that, but we are always prepared for anything, as is our duty.

Please wish us luck, and say a prayer for all involved.

Duty is ours.  Results are God’s.”  – John Quincy Adams

For the Republic,

Stewart Rhodes

 

PS – Sadly, some of our Oregon leaders got cold feet and were unwilling to do any security op in Portland.  Apparently they have given up on Portland and think it is OK to consider Portland a “no go” zone for security operations to protect life and liberty (free speech).  I strongly disagree.  Just like in Berkeley, CA, there can be no such thing as a Marxist dominated “NO free speech” zone in an entire city inside the U.S, akin to the Muslim extremist no-go zones in Europe, where non-Muslims dare not go on pain of death.   We, as Oath Keepers, have a duty to step up, as “sheepdogs” and defend people against assault as they exercise their rights of free speech and assembly.  Otherwise, what is the point of our motto of “Not on Our Watch!” and our byline of “Guardians of The Republic”?

To be clear, while rank and file members of Oath Keepers are encouraged to volunteer, I never demand that they must show up.   This is a voluntary association, and therefore I can only ask, strongly encourage, and then lead by my example.  However, those in a leadership position within a state chapter have the same duty that I do to step up and lead by their example.  That’s what leaders do.    They don’t get to just stay home when duty calls.  That’s the price of being a leader.

While concerns about what could happen to our volunteers are certainly understandable, Mission comes first (defending the Constitution and the rights of the people protected therein).  Then the men.  And then a leader’s concern for himself must come last.  Regardless of the justification, it is entirely wrong and unacceptable for a leader in this org to stand down and refuse to go into Portland to protect people who need our help, and request our help, against violent assault by communist and “anarchist” terrorist thugs who use violence or the threat of violence to shut down free speech.  Again, “Duty is ours.  Results are God’s.’  I believe some of them to be honorable men, who simply lost sight of the big picture obligation to put mission first, even in Portland, and I hope they realize their error and step up to defend the rights of the people of Oregon in every corner of their state, as is their duty.

Regardless, there are rank-and-file Oath Keepers members from Oregon who will be showing up tomorrow, along with the ones from California and Washington State, and out of those Oregon members who show up will come new leadership.

While violence is always possible, and we encourage you to be ready in case it does happen, we do think this will go well and we encourage you to go if you can.   It is good for the soul, it is good for establishing and strengthening bonds of brotherhood, it is good for our relations with police (showing them who the real enemy is, and who is really on their side), and it is good for our growth as an org, and our ability to shape what happens in OR as a whole.  We will be working alongside some very squared away men in the “Peace Keepers” group, and other patriot organizations and groups, and we will end up forming strong bonds and ties across groups that will bear great fruit in the future. I hope to see you there.

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. Sun Tzu 5 June, 2017, 13:32

    Dear Mr Rhodes,
    I have recently spoken with Nancy at OK about my experience with some of these characters in Portland. My obsevations while attending a local meeting are what prompted my decision to resign from Oath Keepers. Events have since proven that my decision was an error. I have since met and observed many OK’s who are decent honorable men. While I am very concerned about the goings on in my fair city, my own personal reconnaissance yesterday left me with no doubt as to which side I am on. I hope to find a way to be of some use to your fine organization whose real dedication to the letter of our founding ideals is one of the bright spots in national body politic.

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