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In Closing; A letter from Stacey O'Connell
Minutemen and Volunteers:
With a chill in the air and rain clouds hovering overhead, Operation Block Watch came to a close Sunday October 29th at 9AM. Yes, another 30 Mission behind us, in fact our 4th operation of that type. There were 40 Minutemen on hand at the final briefing of the operations. Also in attendance were 2 US National Guard Soldiers (Lt and E-7) representing the North Carolina Guard Unit working just South of our locations, at the invitation of myself. I am proud to announce the attendance of 268 Minuteman representing 27 States coming to stand post with us during the month. Thank you all for your time, dedication and resources spent while helping to secure what is left of our borders.
This months operations netted 524 sightings and 173 apprehensions. These numbers are significantly slower than the 1500 sightings in April, that can only be attributed to the National Guard on our Southern flank working closely with US Border Patrol. Don't let the numbers fool you, the crossings of illegal aliens in the Alter Valley is still high, organized and well funded.
The Eagle Awards were awarded to 4 very dedicated and influential Minutemen. Larry Law of Washington State, serving his 3rd 30 Day Mission and a dedicated line leader. Mike Mothersead of the Phoenix Chapter, leading MCDC AZ as our Communications Director ensuring safe and secure comms. Tom Collinson of the Phoenix Chapter as our MCDC AZ State Training Director, ensuring a safe, well trained and informed Minuteman takes his post. Art Cerda of the Phoenix Chapter, a member of the Search and Rescue Teams/Team Leader, administrative worker in HQ and in the field. We thank them for their continued dedication to MCDC AZ.
I'd like to mention a few other Minutemen who without their help we would not succeed. Jim and Barb Werster, dedicated beyond belief. Let me tell you about dedication: Jim had to go home about a week into the operation due to health issues, he is of retirement age. Barb took him home to have him checked by a Doctor. In a matter of days, Jim was in the surgery room having a Pace-Maker put into his chest. And within days from that, Jim and Barb were back serving our Minutemen at the operations! That is going above and beyond the call of duty, we thank you both.
We have a 73 year old female, Sara Baxter from Alaska who joined us for her 2nd 30 Day Mission this year. Sara is a fisherman in Alaska and knows the outdoors better than the average bear. This rugged individual is determined. On the last shift of the operations, Sara spotted 9 coming across her post, lit them up and stood with 2 of the IAs that say down. This was her first time interacting with USBP as they loaded the IAs into the trucks. We are proud of her vigilance.
Effective at the last briefing of the month, I also resigned as Arizona State Chapter Director. In August I officially announced my campaign to run for Phoenix City Council District 1, for the upcoming 2007 local elections. It is my full intention to take our Cause into the very community in which I live and work towards local governments being able to enforce immigration laws. As we tell each of our Minuteman volunteers when they leave a border operation; 'take the Causes message home with you, spread the word to family, friends and coworkers, speak with your elected officials, make change in your community.' I am committed to making changes in Phoenix City Government and take away Sanctuary City Status from our charter. Our governments exist for the welfare, safety and security of our citizens; it will be done. I hope you will come to learn more about my campaign in the coming months and support my efforts. You can help by visiting www.oconnellccd1.com This is a work in progress and just getting started, so standby!
A replacement will be named by the end of the year. Meanwhile, we have two very effective Chapter Leaders, one in Tucson and Don Goldwater of Phoenix. They are there to help you in any way possible. Please join me in supporting them in all of their upcoming efforts. I look forward to attending future missions and protests, and taking a post with you.
It has truly been my pleasure working as a body of Minutemen with each and every one of you. I have come to know so many people that I now consider life-long friends. You have given so much to my personal growth, of which is priceless. It has been an honor.
"Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life".
-John F. Kennedy
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