Accomplishments

ACT for America has grown to be the nation’s largest national security grassroots organization. We have amassed a multitude of accomplishments that make our nation safer and stronger: victories affecting the private sector; local communities; schools; as well as state and federal laws and policies. These accomplishments have paved the way for our reputation, recognized by both friends and adversaries, as a national security grassroots force with which to be reckoned.

Below we have listed a sample of our accomplishments over the years. We hope you enjoy them.

    2016
  • Mississippi Passes “See Something, Say Something” Law.
    April

    HB578 has been signed by Governor Bryant. This law will protect those who "See Something" and "Say Something" regarding potential terror plots, from frivolous lawsuits.

  • Effective Lobbying
    February

    New Bern, North Carolina ACT for America Chapter lobbies county commissioners for a 6-1 resolution designed to stop refugees from terrorist-controlled or terrorist-tied countries from coming to Craven County, North Carolina.

  • 2015
  • By year-end 2015, ACT for America had successfully helped pass 42 national security-related bills in 22 states in the last seven years.

  • Refugee Resettlement Working Group
    Summer

    ACT for America launched our Refugee Resettlement Working Group to help stop the Obama administration from bringing Syrian refugees into the country. Our primary focus has been to garner bill sponsors for Representative Brian Babin’s bill, H.R. 3314, in the U.S. House of Representatives that would severely restrict the flow of refugees into the U.S.

  • North Carolina Passes Andy's Law
    August

    Sponsored by Representative Chris Whitmire, North Carolina Passes Andy’s Law. The bill provides a key deterrent to terrorism by providing a civil cause of action specific to terrorism to go after perpetrators and those who enable terrorism and also contains an amendment that allows North Carolina National Guardsmen to carry firearms to protect themselves while on duty.

  • Special Benghazi Committee Announced
    May

    Speaker Boehner relents and announces the creation of Special Benghazi Committee. In what could arguably be ACT for America’s most strategic victory to date, Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) expressed his gratitude to our grassroots for the relentless 18 month effort that eventually garnered 82% of the House GOP Caucus for H. Res. 36.

  • Tennessee passes Andy’s Law
    April

    Andy's Law authorizes the seizure of a terrorist’s assets and empowers law enforcement to prevent terrorists or attempted terrorists from keeping their assets.

  • Mississippi Passes Iranian Divestment Bill
    April

    This bill is designed to stop any Mississippi investment into the terror state, given the illicit nuclear activities of the Government of Iran, combined with its development of unconventional weapons and ballistic missiles, and its support of international terrorism which represent a serious threat to the security of the United States, Israel and other allies of the United States in Europe, the Middle East and around the world.

  • Mississippi passes American Laws for America Courts.
    March

    A big thank you to Governor Phil Bryant and the MS Legislature for making Mississippi the 10th state to pass critical legislation protecting Constitutional rights over any imposition of foreign law.

  • Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Bill
    March

    South Dakota Passes Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Bill through the tenacity of our local Rapid City Chapter Leader, along with Representative Lynn DiSanto and Senator Jenna Haggar as co-sponsors, HB1089 was signed into law March 11, 2015.

  • 2014
  • American Laws for American Courts
    November

    Alabama Constitutional Amendment on ALAC passes overwhelmingly with 72% of the vote on the general election ballot. This is the first statewide vote on ALAC and it demonstrates decisively where the true will of the people lies.

  • Texas ACT volunteers achieve groundbreaking textbook reform victory.
    Fall

    Led by our San Antonio chapter leader Roy White, the Texas State Board of Education has undergone tremendous changes for the good in the textbook selection process. In the textbook arena, “as Texas goes so goes much of the nation”. This win directly affects 5 million Texas students with countless more children to be positively benefitting for years to come.

  • Lawsuit forces Tennessee school district to allow after-school speech critical of Sharia.
    October

    In February an ACT for America chapter in Knoxville, Tennessee, was wrongfully denied the use of public facilities for a counter-sharia event due to the improper actions of CAIR and local school district bureaucrats. Our ACT Chapter pursued litigation aggressively through the fine legal team from Freedom X and won a settlement in its suit against the school district.

  • Oklahoma Passes Andy’s Law
    June

    The bill passes with unanimous votes in the House (93-0) and Senate (40-0).

  • Louisiana Passes Bill that Restricts Gulen Schools from Illegal Hiring Practices
    June

    State Representative Valarie Hodges navigates HB1282 through the state legislature with ACT for America’s support. This bill prohibits charter schools, such as Gulen owned schools, from employment practices such as hiring primarily male Turkish instructors.

  • Florida Passes American Laws for American Courts.
    May

    After four years of an all-out effort, ALAC is finally law in Florida. This represents by far the most populous state to have reached this goal.

  • Education Reform in Florida
    May

    Florida passes law that reverses State Department of Education Control over selection of textbooks and returns that role to Florida’s 67 school districts and requires open public hearings on texts used in courses. Local control is invariably a large benefit to parents and students.

  • Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Passes in Arizona
    April

    Arizona Passes Bill prohibiting Female Genital Mutilation that includes a very rigorous penalty schedule, including 25 years in prison for first time offenders.

  • Kansas Passes Andy’s Law.
    March

    Sponsored by Representative Peggy Mast and signed by Governor Brownback on April 10, 2014. The law creates broad new powers to prosecute terrorists and those providing material support to terror plots.

  • Iran Investment Reporting Requirement
    February

    Tennessee Iran investment reporting requirement occurs as a result of a bill being proposed that would require the state pensions systems to give a full accounting of any investment in Iran. The state treasurer approved the concept and simply added this provision to his required reporting for the state pensions systems, meeting the demands of the bill. Thus, there is no need for legislation. But without the legislation effort, the required reporting would never have happened.

  • 2013
  • ACT in Austria
    December

    ACT Chapter Leader in Austria, meets with U.S. Congressional Delegation in Vienna. Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolf, at the request of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), was honored to meet with Representatives Bachmann (MN), Louie Gohmert (TX), Robert Pittenger (NC), and Steve King (IA) in support of Sabaditsch-Wolf’s ongoing battles for free speech.

  • Divestment
    August

    Rhode Island passes legislation divesting state pension systems from foreign companies doing business in Iran’s energy sector, the latest state to move to cut off corporate life support for the Ayatollahs.

  • ALAC passes in North Carolina
    June

    American Laws for American Courts, sponsored by Rep. Chris Whitmire, passes the North Carolina state legislature and becomes law.

  • ALAC Passes in Alabama
    May

    After a 3-year battle, American Laws for American Courts, sponsored by Senator Gerald Allen, passes the Alabama state legislature and heads to the ballot as a statewide referendum in November 2014.

  • Local ACT Chapter Takes Action
    May

    Local ACT chapter in Connecticut works to pull the application from a Gulen School affiliate from the State Board of Education’s docket.

  • Washington Passes ALAC
    May

    American Laws for American Courts language passes as an amendment offered by Rep. Matt Shea as part of new specialty courts established in the state of Washington.

  • Free Speech Defense Act
    May

    The Free Speech Defense Act, formerly known as “Rachel’s Law,” passes the Oklahoma legislature and is signed into law by the governor. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Dan Fisher.

  • Polygamy and Female Genital Mutilation
    May

    Legislation signed into law in Louisiana places the crimes of polygamy and female genital mutilation under the state’s powerful RICO statutes, opening up perpetrators of such crimes to sterner sentences and greater civil liability.

  • Andy's Law Passes in Arkansas
    April

    Andy’s Law, inspired by the events documented in the movie Losing Our Sons, passes the Arkansas legislature and is signed into law by the governor. Daris Long, father of Private Andy Long, slain by Jihadist Abdulakim Mohammed, was given a standing ovation by the members of the Arkansas legislature when the bill passed the House of Representatives.

  • ALAC comes to Oklahoma
    April

    Oklahoma Governor Signs American Laws for American Courts Bill into Law. Sponsored by Rep Sally Kern, this effort culminated three years of road blocks, frustration, and hard work.

  • Female Genital Mutilation
    April

    Kansas passes law prohibiting Female Genital Mutilation sponsored by Representative Peggy Mast.

  • Free Speech Defense Act Comes to South Dakota
    March

    Free Speech Defense Act Signed by Governor of South Dakota protecting authors and publishers from intimidation lawsuits filed in foreign countries.

  • ACT for America Backs Down CAIR
    March

    In Washington State after Mary Janda, a public school teacher in Concrete, Washington, was falsely accused of anti-Muslim bigotry because she told her students (correctly) that terrorist organizations like Hamas and the Taliban engage in “bullying” tactics. Concerned citizens reached out to ACT for America, asking for help in fighting back against this bogus charge. ACT for America then mobilized local, state and even national support for Mary.

  • Education Reform
    February

    Flawed, inaccurate textbook removed from a Washington State school as a result of the hard work of a local chapter. This represents one of the first such wins on the textbook front that ACT has continued to produce.

  • Education Reform
    February

    Loudoun County School Board, Virginia, voted 8-1 to deny a Gulen School application as a result of the hard work of our local chapter there.

  • 2012
  • Malala Yousafzai wins Time Magazine’s Person of the Year Runner-up
    December

    ACT for America helped Malala Yousafzai win Time Magazine’s Person of the Year Runner-up through our “Vote Malala” campaign using email alerts, our website, and all social media channels.

  • American Laws for American Courts
    August

    ACT for America led a successful grassroots fight to get ALAC placed onto the National GOP Platform.

  • American Laws for American Courts
    May

    ALAC becomes law in Kansas, sponsored by State Rep Peggy Mast.

  • Confronting Terrorism
    May

    Legislation signed into law in Louisiana places the crimes of terrorism and aiding others in terrorism under the state’s powerful RICO statutes, opening up perpetrators of such crimes to sterner sentences and greater civil liability.

  • ACT for America releases national textbook study
    Spring

    Entitled, “Education or Indoctrination?” the Executive Summary was mailed to over 70,000 school board members nationwide. This action has led to positive changes for millions of public school students across the nation.

  • 2011
  • Tennessee passes Refugee Resettlement Legislation
    May

    This legislation gives local municipalities more say in limiting refugee placement in their communities.

  • Arizona passes ALAC
    May

    Arizona passes American Laws for American Courts navigated by the efforts of a local Chapter Leader.

  • 2010
  • Oklahoma SQ755 passes by landslide vote.
    November

    After ACT launched a media campaign running a message of support for the effort, voters overwhelmingly supported it with 70% approval. The bill prohibited Oklahoma courts from deciding cases using Sharia Law. ALAC has now permanently replaced this effort.

  • ACT for America delivers a crushing blow to the Ground Zero Mosque
    Spring

    ACT for America delivers a crushing blow to the Ground Zero Mosque effort in New York City by launching a national media campaign, doing over 200 radio and TV interviews raising national awareness and resistance. ACT For America held a press conference in NY and delivered 126,000 opposition signatures to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office. Plans for the mosque have long since been abandoned as a result.

  • Hizb ut-Tahrir conference cancelled
    July

    After hundreds of calls from ACT members, the Marriott Hotel in Illinois canceled the conference and never rescheduled. This effort was described as a “conveyor belt” for jihadist terror by the Islamist movement.

  • Free Speech Defense Act
    June

    Free Speech Defense Act, formerly known as “Rachel’s Law,” signed into law in Louisiana by Governor Jindal. The FSDA protects the 1st amendment rights of US authors, speakers and journalists against foreign judgments that run counter to the U.S. constitution.

  • Missile Defense budget cut rebuffed
    May

    Obama's missile defense budget cut successfully rebuffed by ACT for America’s members lobbying the House Armed Services Committee. This action actually led to increasing funding for missile defense.

  • Tennessee passes Rachel’s Law
    May

    Now called the Free Speech Defense Act, Rachel’s Law protects authors and publishers from intimidation lawsuits filed in countries outside the U.S.

  • Tennessee passes ALAC
    April

    Tennessee passes American Laws for American Courts which prohibits state courts from using foreign law in judging cases when doing so conflicts with the Constitution.

  • Minnesota cancels facilitating Islamic/Shariah compliant mortgages.
    April

    ACT’s members inundated the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Staff and lobbied during board meetings. Political analyst Dick Morris recognized the effort of ACT for America on this effort.

  • Divesting state pension system
    March

    South Dakota passes legislation sponsored by Rep. Dan Lederman divesting state pension systems from foreign companies doing business in Iran’s energy sector.

  • 2009
  • Guantanamo Bay Detainees prevented from being moved
    September

    ACT Members and Chapter Leaders actively lobbied the Standish City Council and the public outcry ultimately forced the Obama administration to look elsewhere for dismantling Guantanamo’s world class facility.

  • Islamic School backs out of hosting pro-Sharia Conference
    June

    ACT for America pressures the Aqsa Islamic school in Chicago to back out of hosting a pro-Sharia conference after thousands of our members contacted the school.

  • Divesting state pension system
    May

    Indiana passes legislation divesting state pension systems from foreign companies doing business in Iran and Syria, thus establishing one of the broadest divestment bills in America.

  • Kyl/Lieberman Amendmen passes
    April

    Iran’s Energy Sector suffers setback after the U.S. Senate is barraged with phone calls from ACT for America’s grassroots by aiding the Kyl/Lieberman Amendment, which passed on the Senate floor. The amendment denies taxpayer money to any company doing business with Iran’s energy sector.

  • 2008
  • September

    Rachel’s Law, now known as the Free Speech Defense Act, signed by Governor of New York.

  • Tyson workers get Labor Day back
    August

    ACT for America helps workers at Tennessee Tyson Foods plant get Labor Day back after it was replaced with Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr. Plant officials succumbed to pressure of thousands of complaints stating we were about to take our business elsewhere.

  • Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy shut down
    March

    Tax funded academy, Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), was shut down after our members called for removing all taxpayer aid to the school after it appeared to be engaging in impermissible promotion of Islam at its taxpayer-funded charter school.

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