In just 14 months, ACT! for America has emerged as the pre-eminent grassroots organization in America committed to rolling back the threat of radical Islam.
Brigitte and the rest of us at the ACT! for America national office want to thank you for helping make this all possible. Together we are proving once again the truth of our informal motto: "When everyone does a little, together we accomplish a lot."
ACT for America
By Jamie Glazov
Frontpage Interview's guest today is Brigitte Gabriel, the author of the latest New York Times Best Seller They Must Be Stopped. She is President and CEO of ACT! For America.org. Visit the site at actforamerica.org.
FP: Brigitte Gabriel, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
Gabriel: Thank you Jamie.
FP: I would like to talk to you today about ACT for America. It has become the largest grass roots movement in the United States focused on national security. Tell us the history of this organization and why it was founded.
Gabriel: Jamie, I founded ACT! for America 15 months ago because I realized that there was a void that needed to be filled. I had founded our educational foundation American Congress for Truth (ACT) in 2003 and quickly found that due to its tax status a 501c3, the organization is limited in what it can do in areas like lobbying.
I knew that if we were to really make a difference in our struggle against Islamofascism that we needed a strong, organized grassroots component. We needed to mobilize the masses to begin applying pressure on their elected official as well as corporations and create a force from the bottom up to influence policy. So I founded ACT for America. We launched it in Sept 2007, and in just 14 months we've grown to nearly 50,000 members and 230 local chapters nationwide.
We are rallying people around the world to rise up in defense of our Western civilization and way of life. We have launched ACT! Australia, ACT! Canada, ACT! Nigeria and we are talking to different people in 5 other countries about launching chapters there: Britain, Israel, New Zealand, France and Spain.
FP: Wow, sounds like a powerful rising movement. What sets ACT for America apart from other organizations dealing with the same issue?
Gabriel: We're the only national organization dealing with the issue of national security and Islamic terrorism that is building a grassroots organization. There are many fine organizations that have been researching and publishing information on this, some for many years. And that education and information is essential to our long-term prospects for victory. But it's not sufficient. Education must be followed by organized action. I traveled the nation and abroad the last few years speaking about Islamic terrorism and realized that once people became educated, they were asking what can I do? Give me something to do because I want to make a difference.
I also knew that it doesn't take many to make a difference -- only a dedicated few. I wanted to organize the dedicated and create synergy by the passionate to rise up and become a loud voice in their community and in our nation. As one key member of Congress has told me, it's going to take a grassroots demand for public policy changes. This member said we cannot count on our government to act "courageously," especially in dealing with the threat of cultural jihad, without the grassroots rising up and demanding that it do so. This is the heart of the mission of ACT for America, and its summed up in our motto: Rising in defense of our safety, security and our values.
FP: Has ACT for America grassroots power already had an impact of some kind?
Gabriel: Yes indeed, and I could give you several examples. Here's a recent one: Tyson Foods in Tennessee had caved to Muslim employees demands through the union to replace Labor Day as a holiday by the Islamic holy day of Eid el-Fitr. We were outraged that an American corporation would cave to such a demand. Labor Day Holiday is a part of the fabric of America. We sent out an email action alert to our members explaining the situation and giving them the telephone number of Tyson's customer service department. Hundreds of people from around the country contacted Tyson. In few hours they shot down their phone lines.
We also have many producers of top TV news show who are subscribers to our action alerts. They aired the story to millions exposing Tyson's decision. Because of the massive pressure on Tyson, three days later the company announced it had renegotiated the contract, restored Labor Day, and removed Eid al-Fitr as a paid holiday for all employees after next year.
This is the power of an organized mass movement. We knew that this issue was very important because two major players were watching Tyson's reaction: The Islamic Lobby and other American corporations. We wanted to send a message that the American public is alive and well and ready to take action. Americans are not going to lay down and play dead.
Here's something else: In the past four months we've had 231,000 people use our "contact Congress" feature on our website. They have been contacting their members after visiting our site and reading our email action alerts. Our motto at ACT! for America is: "If our elected officials are not going to see the light we are going to make them feel the heat."
FP: How can people find out more or help ACT for America?
Gabriel: Go to our website, actforamerica.org. At a very minimum, sign up for our daily email alerts. I urge people to watch the video posted on the home page about "Islamic Sharia finance" or Jihad with money as we call it. The video details how Islamists are trying to introduce Sharia Islamic law into our country through our banking system.
Those who are concerned about the advancement of Islamic cultural Jihad in our society can sign up to join an ACT! for America chapter in their community. Some may want to be chapter leaders or help start a chapter. And of course, we need financial support to grow and rally the nation. You cannot fight a war without bullets in your gun.
We are truly fighting a war against the Islamic infiltration and influence in our western countries funded by the Saudis to the tune of millions. We cannot wait until we look like Eurabia (former Europe). We need to stand up now before it is too late. For the holiday season, anyone who makes a contribution of $50 to ACT! for America will receive an autographed copy of my latest New York Times Best Seller, They Must Be Stopped, Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It.
History reveals very clearly that the apathetic give way to the passionate and the complacent are subdued by the committed. This is the time for people to rise up and defend our freedoms. We will force elected representatives and corporations to choose: align themselves with the voice of grassroots America or the voice of political correctness.
FP: Brigitte Gabriel, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview. And thank you for being such a noble, courageous and valiant fighter for freedom.
Gabriel: Thank you Jamie.