Dear {{Mayor's Name}},

On Saturday, September 9th ACT for America is holding “America First” rallies across the United States and in our own community with a thinly-veiled goal to intimidate American Muslims days ahead of the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. 

ACT for America is led by Brigitte Gabriel, who has stated that a “practicing Muslim… cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America” and that Muslims are a “natural threat to civilized people of the world…” Correspondingly, ACT for America delegitimizes American Muslims as contributing members of our society and indeed as human beings. Because ACT for America vilifies innocent Americans simply because of their faith, it has been labeled a hate group. 

Earlier this year on June 10 ACT for America organized rallies in 28 cities across the country to coincide with Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims, titled “March Against Sharia.” Alarmingly, at least seven of the ACT for America events that day included white supremacist activists armed with handguns or rifles. In Richardson, TX, “Schoolchildren were coming to weekend school facing grown men in army fatigues with automatic assault rifles,” recounted lawyer Khalid Y. Hamideh. Violence was also reported in St. Paul, MN, and Seattle, WA.

While we understand the fundamental First Amendment rights central to peaceful political protest, there is no absolute First Amendment right for all speech directed by private individuals against other private individuals. Indeed, free expression must be balanced against a state’s interest in protecting its citizens. For this reason, “when a speaker incites a crowd to violence, his incitement does not receive constitutional protection.”[1] 

As such, in the interest of public safety, we request that your office denounce the hate and intimidation of ACT for America and their events. We also ask that you meet with local law enforcement to coordinate a plan to ensure public safety. As our Mayor, your leadership against hate can set an example for your constituents in labelling xenophobic bigotry as unacceptable in our community. We will also reach out to local law enforcement to make our concerns known and enquire about their plans for ensuring public safety during these potentially dangerous protests.  

We look forward to hearing from you.