NavyJack – WARNING! Counter-Protest to Oppose the “March for Life” May Include Violent “Anarchists”
[NOTE: Please forward this on to anyone who will be attending the March for Life Rally in Washington D.C. on January 27. And feel free to repost it as you wish].
Tomorrow, Friday January 27, 2017, is the Annual March for Life. The March for Life Rally will take place at noon on the grounds of the Washington Monument, near the corner of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue. Following the Rally, the March will begin on Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets at approximately 1:00 pm. The March for Life was founded in 1973, when a group of pro-life leaders gathered at Nellie Gray’s home in Washington, D.C. to express concern that the first Anniversary of Roe v. Wade would come and go with no recognition. On January 22, 1974 the first March for Life was held on the steps of the Capitol. Pro-lifers have been Marching for Life every year since.
The organizers of the march are aware of plans to block and impede the event and have issued the following advisories:
“Participants should be aware that due to heightened security concerns, all will be required to go through airport-type screening to reach the rally site. The screening stations will be on the Washington Monument grounds directly north of the Monument near 16th Street. Screening will begin at 9:00 AM. Please allow extra time to get to the rally site.”
“Do not engage with counter-protesters. Once again, please be respectful of all people and stay focused on the cause of promoting and celebrating life, lovingly, prayerfully, and graciously.”
A Prohibited Items List that will be screened is available here. Surrendered items will not be returned.
A Counter-Protest to Oppose the March for Life has been organized by RefuseFascism, the NYC Revolution Club, Stop Patriarchy and other organizations. They announced the counter-protest and their goal to “not let this march go through DC without resistance “via social media here.
“Friday, January 27 at 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM EST – Oppose the so-called ‘March for Life’ which should be called the March for Female Enslavement & Forced Motherhood. Join with members of RefuseFascism.org, NYC Revolution Club, Stop Patriarchy… as we gather in front of the steps of the Supreme Court with banners, signs, chants…to not let this march go through DC without resistance.”
Oath Keepers suggests that March for Life participants be aware of their surroundings, especially considering the recent violent protests during the Presidential Inauguration only 6 days ago. While the riots that occurred during the Inauguration Parade were not instigated by the same groups promoting the counter-protest, the groups involved with those riots are still hostile and still present in Washington, DC. Movement in groups is highly recommended.
If you are concerned about your own safety or you observe activities that appear threatening, inform a Washington DC Police Officer immediately. The Washington DC Police have been stretched thin for over a week with a never-ending series of protests. Please do not assume that they will take action unless asked. They cannot be everywhere and have been working very long hours for over a week. They are professional and will assist you if you ask for their assistance. The key is to not hesitate to ask.
Individuals dressed in all black with face coverings, like those pictured above, are most likely intent on more aggressive actions than simply blocking or impeding the march. Should you encounter these individuals, we suggest you not engage with or debate them and immediately move away and inform police. The Washington DC Police have arrested more than 230 of these “Black-bloc” anarchists over the past week for rioting and other offenses.
Please be safe and have a great March for Life!
Additional advice from Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers:
The standard tactic of the Black Block/Anti-Fascist anarchists is to try to surround an individual and then sucker punch them from the side or the rear. Accordingly, march participants should organize themselves into groups of at least four to eight. A group of a dozen is even better, with all in that group committed to staying together, and looking after each other. The more able-bodied males should pair up into buddy teams and assign themselves as the protectors of the less able bodied and vulnerable participants in their group. During our recent deployment of volunteer Oath Keepers security teams at the Inauguration, we advised those who were going to assume the duty of being “sheepdogs” to work in teams of four to eight, if possible, and to blend in with the crowd. If you can arrange that, all the better, but if not, at least go in teams of two able bodied males who will look after an assigned group of marchers. In the context of a march, it would be a good idea to have any such volunteer security teams dispersed throughout the march procession, and to position themselves between march participants and any potentially violent “counter-protesters.” If you have dual band HAM radios, or FRS radios, bring them, so you can easily communicate if separated.
Be sure you know the location of the nearest police officers at all times, so you know where to go if you need help, or where to move toward if under attack. Most of the “anarchists” are young punks who like to sucker punch people when they are not looking, rather than looking for a stand up, face-to-face fight with able bodied men. Keep that in mind. They all dress alike, in black, so they can step out of the mass of black clothed rioters, commit a crime, and then blend back into the mass.
As Navy Jack said, don’t engage them in arguments, but keep your eye on them, and especially be aware of distance. Don’t let them get close enough to hit you without you turning to face them, with your hands up in front of you, palms out with your hands extended out half way to full extension, just below your chin level (commonly known as a “fence.”). That is a neutral, non-aggressive position for your hands that also places your hands between the dirtbag and you, so you can more easily defend yourself if needed, and it also helps to keep the proper distance. You want them to have to take a step forward, and come through that “fence” of your hands, to try to hit you (see below videos). If someone you are with is singled out for harassment and possible attack, or if one of your security buddies steps up to protect someone, place yourself to their left or right, and a half step back from parallel with them, and facing out at a 45 degree or 90 degree angle to cover their flank (and that is why it is best to be in teams of at least four, so you can watch each others flanks and rear).
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If attacked, stay on your feet at all costs, and avoid ground fighting, and if you do get knocked down, get back up as fast as possible to avoid being stomped. Criminal dirtbags love to stomp and kick people who are on the ground, and that is where many people have been killed, from kicks and stomps to the head, as well as being stabbed while immobilized. If someone you are with goes down, you will need to fight hard to get them back to their feet immediately. Do NOT let the dirtbags surround them and kick them as a group. Again, this is why teams of four to eight are best, but at minimum, this is why you must be in buddy pairs to be effective protectors.
From police defensive tactics instructor, John Karriman:
Hands up, palms open, elbows in says- “I don’t want any trouble,” but is deceptive in that hands are already up to deflect or deliver blows. This position makes unwitting witnesses of anyone with a camera. You come off looking non-confrontational, but are in a position to bring the thunder. Slaps to ears after you use a digging badger defense to pull their attacking limbs down is effective.
I’m a big fan of industrial size OC (mace) for crowds. It creates a wide birth to allow you to retreat to safety. If you can’t keep moving, chances are you’ll get surrounded and blindsided. [keep in mind that won’t be an option in this event, because of the stringent restrictions on “prohibited items” for the march, but may be in future events].
On stance: never square off. Blade your body, minimizing your vitals as targets. This stance/posture allows rapid transition from front to rear, simply by shifting. – John Karriman
It is disgusting that, in America, we have to worry about gangs of thugs attacking people who are simply trying to exercise their constitutionally protected rights of free speech and assembly, just because those thugs don’t like their political or social views, but that is the reality we have to deal with. Let those who have the ability step up and be the protectors, and hopefully that will keep things peaceful and safe in your march, along with the efforts of the D.C. police.
Founder and President of Oath Keepers