We just returned from the big rally to support Andrew Tamooressi and wanted to share these pictures with you! It was a great event with an estimated 150 – 200 attendees. We had reporters from all across Northern California and as far away as Los Angeles. With the signs, chants, and press coverage, we are sending a strong message to President Obama, Governor Brown, and Mexican President Nieto.
Now that we’ve had a chance to sort through all the pictures from the rally, we’ve got some great photos to show you of the results! Great job everyone who showed up and thank you for taking time out of your day to stand up for Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi!
If you are not familiar with the facts, Andrew Tahmooressi served two combat tours in Afghanistan with the US Marine Corps before he was honorably discharged in 2012 and returned to the US. On March 31, 2014, he was on his way to meet some friends in the town of San Ysidro, California, a town very close to the Mexican border. He made one unlucky wrong turn and found himself on a one way road into Mexico with no way of turning around or getting off the highway.
After accidentally crossing the border, he informed Mexican border agents that he had loaded firearms in his vehicle and just wanted to turn around. Instead of being allowed to simply turn back, he was arrested and held for 8 hours before being charged with possession of illegal weapons (Mexico have very strict gun control laws). Ever since, it has been a battle to try to bring Sgt. Tahmooressi home. He’s been held in Mexico for 149 days now.
President Obama has done nothing to bring our Marine home. He hasn’t asked or negotiated with Nieto. Obama is willing to negotiate with the Taliban to free 5 Terrorists at GITMO, but he won’t lift a finger to negotiate with Mexico to get our Marine home. It’s shameful. Not only that, but considering that Mexico lives under the safety umbrella that the United States provides for North America via the sacrifice and courage of military men and women like Andrew, this is no way for the Mexican government to treat an American hero!
We are still taking donations to try to recoup the cost of organizing this rally and also help us spearhead the upcoming petition drive! Please DONATE HERE and help us make it happen!
Patriotic Rally to Bring Home Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi
Rally DATE and TIME
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Leland Stanford Museum
800 N St. Sacramento, CA (Near Capitol)
STAG ARMS Aims to Support Troops Overseas
DONATES RIFLE TO HELP RAISE OVER $300,000 ON TROOPATHON
Sacramento, Calif. – Move America Forward (MAF), the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization announced the winner of a huge giveaway from STAG ARMS to help promote Troopathon 7, a star-studded effort to send care packages to troops in Afghanistan. At the end of the fundraiser MAF collected $301,626 thanks, in part, to the generous support of STAG ARMS.
To help support TROOPATHON and send more care packages to the troops, Firearms Manufacturer STAG ARMS partnered with MAF to give away a FREE AR-15 rifle, valued at over $900. The winner, Wayne Dupree, an 8 year Air Force veteran who lives in Maryland, can choose any one of three available STAG ARMS models in left-handed or right-handed configuration.
“Winning this Stag Arms Rifle during Troopathon 2014 was the cake on the table for me but the icing was gathering social media together and giving them a way to make donations to my military brothers and sisters in the way of care packages.” said Mr. Dupree
“I was in the military for eight years and I know first hand what a care package will do especially in times when you are lonely or homesick. It was a great honor to have helped them and win this rifle. While in the USAF I was expert with the M-16 and .38 so this is something I will treasure always.” said Dupree, after being notified that he was the winner of the STAG ARMS AR-15 giveaway.
“Stag Arms has always been a supporter of the troops not just with discounts on purchases for our servicemen but in donations to pro-troop initiatives like Troopathon. We were honored to have their support and because of their generosity more troops overseas will receive support through care packages this Summer.” said Scott Raab, Operations Director in charge of coordinating care package shipments overseas. “Without wonderful sponsors like STAG ARMS we wouldn’t have been able to raise over $300,000 to support our troops.”
“Troopathon 7 – Care Packages for Our Heroes” was the 7th annual Troopathon event, an 8-hour long fundraiser bringing together pro-troop movie stars, TV personalities, elected officials, professional athletes, musicians, talk radio hosts and many other supporters to encourage viewers to sponsor care packages for the troops serving overseas through the group’s website (www.troopathon.org) or by phone at (866) 866-6372.
To arrange an interview with Melanie Morgan or another Troopathon spokesperson, contact Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926-6189 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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