Announcing our first 30-day, 24/7 operation for 2007 in Arizona.
MCDC is requesting your presence during the month of March/April to stand the lines once again for a 30-day operation dubbed 'STAND YOUR GROUND'. Our efforts are to help Border Patrol and National Guard to stop the amnesty invasion of our sovereign nation.
Your patriotic spirit and dedication to country is the backbone of our operations as we mark the fifth anniversary of citizens standing watch and our second anniversary doing so in a mass scale as the Minuteman CDC. Over the course of the past two-years MCDC has observed and reported many thousands of illegal aliens coming across our lines, with several thousand detentions by US Border Patrol with your vigilant assistance.
Never has the border situation here in Arizona been so dangerous. National Guard has tipped its hand -they are not here to stop anyone -the drug cartels and human smugglers know that and are running rampant. Border Patrol agents are paralyzed by the imprisonment of Ramos/Compean, we also suspect they have orders to stand down so apprehensions seem lower.
Volunteers need to be keenly aware that the bad guys are emboldened -never has the chance of encountering violent criminals been higher.
We have developed new tactics, and have expanded our geographical area of operational observations -we have new sectors, new ranches and new operational tactics that will better utilize our volunteer resources. We have new equipment and other surprises that will ensure a better ratio of sightings that lead to apprehensions by Border Patrol.
DATES: Friday March 30, through Sunday, April 29, 2007
Kick -Off Rally - Opening Ceremonies - Cook Out Spectacular! Saturday, March 31, 11:00 am
LOCATION: Three Points Arizona, Pima County, King's Anvil Ranch
SECTOR CHIEF: Tucson Chapter Director
OPERATION SUPERVISORS: Gene Cafarelli, Larry Law, Carmen Mercer, David Jones
LINE AND SHIFT SUPERVISORS: To Be Announced
For equipment and supply lists -what to bring, etc. go to http://www.minutemanhq.com/hq/borderops.php
MCDC AZ Operational HQ will be at the Kings Anvil Ranch, We have a new administration/communication center. We have an improved commons area complete with a commons tent for social gathering, we have added basic shower facilities, we have a camp store with basic food supplies available for purchase at cost and we have a camp kitchen area for preparation of food. We will not provide cooked meals, however we will have a camp kitchen, with camp stoves, microwaves, pots, pans, basic cooking utensils for preparing your own food.
Our month-long operational area will encompass many parts of the Altar Valley in Pima County. Additional lines have been added from previous operations. This area is aprox 30 miles SW of Tucson Arizona.
Take Rt 86 (Ajo Hwy) West from Tucson to Three Points Arizona. From there, take RT 286 South to mile marker 38. Go past that mile marker about 300 yards and make a right hand turn onto a dirt road, this is the entrance to the King Anvil Ranch. Go aprox ½ mile to the main camping area. Do not park in the main house area, park in the open field that has been designated for parking. Please keep your speed down, this is a private road.
MCDC will run 3 eight-hour shifts per day. Operational lines will be on private and public land. Each volunteer is asked to come prepared to post with a personal two way radio, a cell phone, cooler with water/food, lawn chair, binoculars, dressed appropriately for the terrain and weather, night vision if you have it. You are asked to get an earpiece for your radio if you can. You are asked to come prepared to the shift briefing 1 hour prior to being posted. If your shift starts at 4PM, please be on site at 3PM.
Month long shift schedule as follows:
8AM-4PM Day Shift
4PM-Midnight Swing Shift
Midnight to 8AM Night Shift
HQ Admin Office will be open from 8AM-4PM Daily.
MCDC AZ Communications Center will be running 24/7. If you would like to volunteer for communications shifts and line leaders during your stay, please contact by email TucsonMM@msn.com
Registration will start at 8AM Saturday March 30th. The “Kick-Off” ceremonies will commence at 11AM. We will have speeches from prominent leaders, list to be announced in the coming weeks. Our first shift will start at 4PM Saturday.
National/State and International media is expected. Please speak freely and openly to all media. We want you talking about why you are there, your personal feelings on illegal immigration and how it affects you. If you do not want to be interviewed or photographed, please inform the reporter and they will back off. All Media is to check into the HQ Office upon arrival. You will be asked to sign the MCDC Media Forms and receive a Media Pass. Failure to do so will ensure that you are escorted off the property. Media will not use white-light on night time shifts.
MCDC allows side arms. All side arms are to be holstered at all times. Long arms are now permitted but must be kept in your vehicle. Concealed side arms require a CCW permit. Violations of this are grounds for dismissal. Please review your Training Manual and SOP about gun safety and handling while with MCDC. There is no excuse for improper gun handling. Carrying a sidearm is not required.
You will be able to camp at the base camp in tents or dry RV camping. There are no hook ups or electric provided. MCDC asks for a $1 per night, per person camp fee at base camp as a donation. You will pay that fee upon registration, cash only. We are operating on private property. You may bring a pet, however PETS MUST BE SECURED ON POST. Any pet brought will be on a leash at all times or in your tent/RV. Please clean up after your pet as well. Showers are now available at the base camp. Porta Potties will be provided, as usual. Remember, you are camping on private property and the land owners live there and operate the ranch daily. Please keep your site clean and free of trash. Do not leave food items out, critters run rampant there.
Camping with hook ups is available at the Tucson Rifle Club on Rt 86 in Three Points. Please contact them at 520-822-5189 for information on fees and reservations. They also have tent camping available and shower accommodations. MCDC volunteers Welcomed.
Camping is also available down the road from our base camp with hookups. It is an RV campground. “Caballo Loco Ranch”. Rates run $15 day full hook up, $10 per day no hook up. Please contact Clifford Rhoads at 520-449-0616 for reservations. This is located on Hwy 286 and has an 8 miles dirt road before getting to the campground, well graded. They are happy to accommodate MCDC volunteers.
Hotels are located in Tucson. Tucson is a 40 minute trip, one way. We highly recommend the La Quinta Hotel on Starr Pass Blvd at exit #259 off I-10. They charge aprox $53 + tax per night and it's aprox 25 minute drive from base camp. Contact them at 520-624-4455 for reservations. They provide a free continental breakfast from 6AM-9AM each morning.
Travelodge, 520-622-8089, $43 a night
Howard Johnson, 520-622-5871, $54 p/n
Motel 6, 520-624-2516, at your own risk
*Note: Rates may vary, please call your selected hotel for current rates and availability.
RSVP: No need to RSVP -just be there for any amount of time you can spare.
All new volunteers will fill out a registration form on site, go through a background check on site, be interviewed and attend the mandatory training class prior to being allowed to take a post. You must be 18 years old to become a Minuteman. There is a $50 registration fee, waived for any CCW Permit holder. If you are racist or a felon, please do not waste your time.
Will be held at 9AM and 2 PM daily. New Minutemen are required to take this class prior to going on the lines. There is no exception. Come to class prepared with paper/pen, a personal printed copy of the Standard Operating Procedures and Training Manual. You can get these items from www.minutemanhq.com free of charge.
will check into the HQ office upon arrival to sign-in, sign up for the shift of your choice, go through admins to update our database, and receive a temporary ID Card if you do not have your Permanent ID Card. You MUST sign-up for your shift every day you plan on operating.
April in Pima County is much like summer in most other areas of the country. You can expect cool to cold nights with temperatures down in the 20s and 30s. Daytime temps will range in the mid 80s to 100s some days. Typically we experience cloudless days with bright sunshine, please bring sun block. You can expect rain at some point during the month, be prepared with foul weather gear. You are advised to come prepared with layered clothing to keep you warm.
Thank you for being an MCDC Volunteer. You are a credit to your nation and a dedicated Patriot. We look forward to making this a successful event with you. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us via email and we will help you in any way we can. We appreciate your time and duty to attend and help send a message to our government and fellow Americans.
Please stay tuned for further developments and information.