A California-based activist group is staging rallies across the United States next month to unify Americans behind the “common goal” of opposing terrorist-sponsoring Islamic extremism.
The United American Committee says its Feb. 1 rallies also will serve as platforms to encourage Americans to report to authorities suspected terrorist activities and to show support for U.S. troops serving abroad in the war against terror.
“The purpose of this rally is to unify all Americans behind a common goal and against an enemy that is seeking to destroy values we all hold dearly,” said Jesse Petrilla, head of the organization.
“This is not a rally to promote hate, but a rally to promote peace and tolerance and make clear what America stands for,” he said, noting Muslims are being encouraged to attend the rallies which, so far, are scheduled in 13 states.
“Republicans, Democrats, pacifists, all ethnicities are urged to march on the day of the event and show their true support for the United States of America,” he said.
The main rally will be held at Ground Zero in New York City, site where the twin towers of the World Trade Center fell after being struck by two hijacked airliners Sept. 11, 2001.
“We figured Ground Zero was the main rallying point, but this is an event for all who support America regardless of their faith, be it Christian, Jewish, Muslim or any other,” said Petrilla. “All are welcome to participate.”
UAC says part of the effort to protect the country involved “working to prevent illegal immigration and preventing funding for overseas groups that may ultimately go to helping terrorist movements.”
Besides New York, rallies are scheduled in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Florida, Texas, Utah and Virginia.