On February 3, 2018, the Holiday Inn Portland-Airport (I-205) will be hosting a “Freedom Rally” organized by the Oregon Liberty Alliance. The event will feature two NRA leaders, former Wisconsin County Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. and national spokesperson Dana Loesch, who are infamous for promoting violence against Americans they disagree with politically.
As recently as this month, Clarke was suspended from Twitter and forced to delete messages that called for violence against journalists. One tweet read, “When LYING LIB MEDIA makes up FAKE NEWS to smear me, the ANTIDOTE is to go right at them. Punch them in the nose & MAKE THEM TASTE THEIR OWN BLOOD.” Clarke is also set to go on trial this month for illegally detaining, and later threatening, a man who shook his head at the then-sheriff on an airplane last year. Finally, it is well-known that Clarke allowed four Americans to die in his custody when he was sheriff, including a newborn baby and 38 year-old man with mental health issues.
Loesch is best known as the narrator of a series of 2017 videos that encouraged NRA supporters to engage in armed violence against journalists and Americans who have protested the Trump administration.
Holiday Inn is a property of the Intercontinental Hotels Group, which owns over 5,000 hotels in nearly 100 countries. On its website, IHG brags, “A commitment to operating our business responsibly underpins our entire strategy. We bring this commitment to life through our culture and by embedding it in all aspects of our work.” Furthermore, in its 2016 Responsible Business Summary Report, IHG lists “human rights” as an area where the company is “driving positive change.”
Please contact IHG through one of the channels below and give them the following message (personalized as you like):
I am outraged to learn that the Holiday Inn—Portland Airport (I-205) will be hosting speakers David A. Clarke and Dana Loesch on February 3, 2018 during a “Freedom Rally” being sponsored by the Oregon Liberty Alliance. Both Clarke and Loesch are well-known for advocating violence against journalists and Americans who have protested the Trump administration. Clarke was recently suspended from Twitter for making three threats of this nature. Additionally, Clarke is well-known for having four Americans die in his custody when he served as Wisconsin County sheriff, including a newborn baby. Loesch is the unrepentant narrator of a series of extreme NRA videos that encourage gun owners to retaliate against Americans exercising their First Amendment rights. On the IHG website, you brag about your code of “responsibility” and how you are “driving positive change” on “human rights.” Hosting speakers who routinely promote violence is a clear violation of your stated principles. I call on you to cancel this “Freedom Rally” immediately, or at a minimum demand that the Oregon Liberty Alliance remove Clarke and Loesch from the speakers’ program. I will be watching your actions closely and making my future travel decisions based on them.
Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG)
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IHG is right to want to present a diverse range of viewpoints during the events that occur at their hotels. But when those voices call for violence, they directly violate IHG’s own code of “responsibility” and “human rights.” Thanks for letting them know.