Target: Dean Remington, rally organizer
Goal: Cancel hateful anti-Islam rally planned outside mosque.
Armed militia members are going to be rallying outside a mosque they believe to be a covert “indoctrination center for jihad” in Tuscon, Arizona in the near future. This continued harassment against Muslim Americans has got to stop. Demand that this dangerous rally be cancelled at once.
Self-described “retired veteran, family man, Christian, and patriot” Dean Remington was so inspired by the recent wave of anti-Islam hate activism in the United States that he apparently decided to get in on the action himself. He has planned what he calls a “freedom rally” outside the Tucson Islamic Center to bring attention to the fact that “Islam is not a religion of peace” and “the mosques in America are indoctrination centers for Jihad.”
On the event’s Facebook page, he calls on all “true Americans”—patriots, militias, and motorcycle clubs, amongst others—to exercise their right to openly carry firearms and gather outside the mosque, which he identified as “the first cell of Al Qaeda in the United States.” Referring to Muslims by derogatory slurs like “Muzzie” and “Hadjis,” Remington explains that the rally will be “to defend our country against your ISIS as you cower in your MiddleEast [sic] countries and run to America.”
Needless to say, this rally is based on right-wing lies, is exceptionally dangerous, and puts every Muslim at that mosque at great risk of violence. Sign the petition below to demand that Remington cancel this obscene rally at once.
Dear Mr. Remington,
I am writing you today regarding your planned “Let Freedom Ring Free Speech Rally” outside the Tucson Islamic Center on July 18. This event is seriously misguided and is nothing but a powder keg of potential violence.
Despite what you have heard on Fox News, Muslims in the United States are just like the rest of us. They want to live their lives in peace and be able to practice their religion without having to experience harassment. Unfortunately, they are too often prevented from doing this by bigots who threaten them with violence—and indeed, sometimes carry it out against them.
This is exactly what you are doing. Rallying a bunch of people with guns outside a mosque that they have been propagandized to hate by right-wing media figures and politicians is a recipe for disaster. If one of the people who attends your rally and exercises their right to carry a firearm ends up shooting anyone who is a part of that mosque’s congregation, their blood will be on your hands.
Your rally is irresponsible, willfully ignorant, and intentionally provocative. It pains me to say this but if no violence occurs, it will be profoundly surprising. I demand that you do the responsible, sensible thing and cancel this event at once.
[Your Name Here]
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