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Conservative Leaders: Justice, Not Chaos

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Over 100 conservative leaders representing millions of grassroots conservatives nationwide have released a “memo to the movement” decrying the violence in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and urging state, local and national authorities to respect peaceful protests while acting with alacrity to restore law and order when individuals and organizations turn to violence and use Mr. Floyd’s death to pursue an agenda of social conflict and destruction.

Full text of the “memo to the movement” follows, signers titles and organizations are included for identification purposes only.

June 12, 2020

Washington, DC

Conservatives are confronting a country at unrest. Peaceful demonstrations over the unjustified murder of George Floyd have turned violent, exploited by individuals and organizations using Floyd’s death to pursue their own agenda of social conflict and destruction.

Some of the videos of the unrest all over America during the last ten days clearly show some protesters breaking the law by looting, for their own gain and, apparently, their own great amusement. Are we to condemn all protesters because of the relatively few arsonists and looters?

One thing remains perfectly clear: The killing of George Floyd was undeserved, unwarranted, and horrific. The officer who perpetrated it, and those who stood aside and did nothing, are charged and under arrest. They should be held to account.

The treatment of George Floyd has raised deeper, more fundamental issues about the character of America and our institutions. America is not a racist country. But we are also not a perfect one.

In America’s story, black Americans and communities of color have dealt with pain and abuse, pain that makes it harder for some to trust the police. And, indeed, like all walks of life, there are bad actors who commit criminal acts.

But we reject the sweeping claim that all of law enforcement is racist. Rather, the majority of police officers – many of whom are black – are noble individuals protecting all the people in their communities.

The unalienable, equal rights of all Americans to life and liberty cannot be secured without the rule of law – and that requires a police force. Defunding the police, an outcome that many now seek, puts at risk those who need this protection most: low-income neighborhoods and those who live there.

The relationship between police and these communities can be strained and distrustful. But it is more vital now than ever that the police – and the communities they protect – engage in the dialogue and communication that builds trust.

Part of securing that trust comes from holding people accountable. President Trump should direct the Attorney General to use the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to vigorously investigate the actions of police and the ongoing riots and take action against anyone who violates federal law or rights protected by the U.S. Constitution.

America is not racist, and it is not evil. Rather, America, and the American character, are fundamentally good, founded on the radical idea that all men and women are created equal.

Americans continue to strive relentlessly to honor that principle, bettering themselves and their country in the face of obstacles and imperfections. It is this fierce belief in the dignity and equality of all that has made America the greatest barrier to racism and tyranny that the world has ever known.

As conservatives, we remain unceasing in our commitment to these principles, and in our striving to help America live up to these ideals.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)

Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President, Republic Book Publishers

Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
 
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc.

Ginni Thomas
President
Liberty Consulting, Inc.

Kathleen Patten
President & CEO
American Target Advertising

The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor
ConservativeHQ.com
 
The Honorable Kay Coles James
President
The Heritage Foundation
 
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute
 
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)
 
Herman Pirchner, Jr.
Founding President
American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC)
 
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Partner
Foley & Lardner LLP
 
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
 
The Honorable Tony Perkins
President
Family Research Council
 
Marjorie Dannenfelser
President
Susan B. Anthony List
 
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
President
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
 
Lisa B. Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
American Legislative Exchange Council
 
Michael Farris
President & CEO
Alliance Defending Freedom
 
David N. Bossie
President
Citizens United
 
The Honorable Scott Walker
President-Elect
Young America's Foundation
 
The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan, 1985-1989
 
Steve Berger
Pastor
Grace Chapel
 
Father Frank Pavone
National Director
Priests for Life
 
Art Ally
President
Timothy plan
 
Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property
 
Gerard Kassar
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party
 
Charlie Copeland
President
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
 
Kevin Freeman
Founder
NSIC Institute
 
Seton Motley
President
Less Government
 
Allen Hebert
Chairman
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
 
Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund
 
C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
 
Tom DeWeese
President
American Policy Center
 
Richard D. Hayes
Partner
Hayes Berry White & Vanzant LLP
 
James L. Martin
Founder/Chairman
60 Plus Association
 
Randy M. Long
Founder
Long Business Advisors, LLC
 
Lori Roman
President
American Constitutional Rights Union
 
Gary Marx
President
Madison Strategies LLC
 
Robert Keith Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
 
Kent Glesener
President
Paradigm Construction & Engineering Inc
 
Bridgett G. Wagner
Vice President, Policy Promotion
The Heritage Foundation
 
Ron Robinson
President
Young America's Foundation
 
William W. Pascoe, III
Board Member
Tea Party Patriots Action
 
Kielle C. Horton
President
The Lindsey Foundation
 
Joan Holt Lindsey
President
Lindsey Communications
 
Kay R. Daly
President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
 
Ralph Benko
Chairman
The Capitalist League
 
Austin Ruse
President
C-Fam
 
Rebecca Hagelin
CEO
United in Purpose
 
Jon Schweppe
Director of Policy
American Principles Project
 
Terry Schilling
Executive Director
American Principles Project
 
Melissa Kaye Ortiz
Blogger/Administrator
DC Belleon wheels
 
Steven Ertelt
Editor
LifeNews.com
 
Richard Manning
President
Americans for Limited Government
 
Amapola Hansberger
President
Legal Immigrants for America
 
Glenn P. Story
CoFounder & President
Patriot Mobile
 
Jay Mount
President
MDS Communications Corporation

William Haywood Shaker
Chief Executive Officer
Washington Marketing Group
 
Susan A. Carleson
Chairman/CEO
Carleson Center for Welfare Reform
 
Marlin Sharp
Field Director
STAND Foundation, Inc.
 
Dr. Seymour Fein
Managing Partner
CNF Pharma, LLC
 
J. Christian Adams
President
Public Interest Legal Foundation
 
Saulius "Saul" Anuzis
President
60 Plus Association
 
Susan Federer
VP
Amerisearch
 
Peter Thomas
Chairman
The Conservative Caucus
 
Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President
National Tax Limitation Committee
 
Gregory Quinlan
Founder & President
Center for Garden State Families
 
Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness
 
Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Trustee
Media Research Center
 
Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
President Reagan's Defense and Space Negotiator
& Former SDI Director
 
Michael J. Horowitz
CEO
21st Century Initiatives
 
Roxanne Phillips
Member, Executive Committee
Council for National Policy
 
Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer
Presidential Historian
 
Colonel Jack Jackson
Jackie Jackson Enterprise LLC
 
Dr. Paige Patterson
President
Sandy Creek Foundation
 
Robert D. Thompson
Former Administrator
The Weyrich Lunch (1999-2016)
 
Dr. Rick Scarborough
President
Recover America Now
 
Paavo Ensio
Chairman
Universal Minerals Group
 
Tim LeFever
Chairman
Capitol Resource Institute
 
Rob Gluskin
Managing Director
Gluskin Investment Partners
 
Charles H. "Chuck" Cunningham
Lifelong Conservative Leader and Activist
 
Grace-Marie Turner
President
Galen Institute
 
The Honorable Penny Pullen
President
Life Advocacy Resource Project

Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project & President, Conservative Partnership Institute
 
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
President
The Leadership Institute
 
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
 
Christopher Malagisi
Executive Director of Outreach
Hillsdale College
 
The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)
 
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
 
William L. Walton
President
Council for National Policy
 
Penny Y. Nance
President & CEO
Concerned Women for America
 
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
 
James C. Dobson, Ph.D.
Founder & President
Dr. James Dobson Family Institute
 
Marc Little
Chair
Center for Urban Renewal and Education
 
Matthew Tyrmand
Principal
Matthew Tyrmand LLC
 
Lee Beaman
CEO
Beaman Automotive Group
 
Richard Norman
Founder and President
The Richard Norman Company
 
Eric Georgatos
Executive Producer
America Can We Talk?
 
Bob Carlstrom
President
AMAC Action
 
Floyd Brown
Publisher
The Western Journal
 
Joseph A. Morris
Partner, Morris & De La Rosa
Assistant U.S. Attorney General (Reagan / Meese)
 
Jason Jones
President
HERO Inc.
 
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
President
American Values
 
Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
CorsiNation.com

William Haywood Shaker
Chief Executive Officer
Washington Marketing Group
 
Susan A. Carleson
Chairman/CEO
Carleson Center for Welfare Reform
 
Marlin Sharp
Field Director
STAND Foundation, Inc.
 
Dr. Seymour Fein
Managing Partner
CNF Pharma, LLC
 
J. Christian Adams
President
Public Interest Legal Foundation
 
Saulius "Saul" Anuzis
President
60 Plus Association
 
Susan Federer
VP
Amerisearch
 
Peter Thomas
Chairman
The Conservative Caucus
 
Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President
National Tax Limitation Committee
 
Gregory Quinlan
Founder & President
Center for Garden State Families
 
Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness
 
Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Trustee
Media Research Center
 
Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
President Reagan's Defense and Space Negotiator & Former SDI Director
 
Michael J. Horowitz
CEO
21st Century Initiatives
 
Roxanne Phillips
Member, Executive Committee
Council for National Policy
 
Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer
Presidential Historian
 
Colonel Jack Jackson
Jackie Jackson Enterprise LLC

Dr. Paige Patterson
President
Sandy Creek Foundation
 
Robert D. Thompson
Former Administrator
The Weyrich Lunch (1999-2016)
 
Dr. Rick Scarborough
President
Recover America Now
 
Paavo Ensio
Chairman
Universal Minerals Group
 
Tim LeFever
Chairman
Capitol Resource Institute
 
Rob Gluskin
Managing Director
Gluskin Investment Partners
 
Charles H. "Chuck" Cunningham
Lifelong Conservative Leader and Activist
 
Grace-Marie Turner
President
Galen Institute
 
The Honorable Penny Pullen
President
Life Advocacy Resource Project

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