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July 19 – Chicago: R.E.A.L. Pro-Freedom Protest to Challenge Hizb ut-Tahrir America Conference

Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) will be protesting Hizb ut-Tahrir America’s conference in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn, Illinois on July 19.    As referenced on our blog, the religious extremist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir America (HTA) has moved its public conference to the Oak Lawn, Illinois Hilton Hotel on Sunday, July 19.  HTA’s conference is scheduled to run from 11 AM to 5 PM Central Time at the Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom 9333 South Cicero Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 (View Larger Map).

If you can join us or support us, please contact us at before July 18.

Extremist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir's logo for its public conference on July 19 in Oak Lawn Hilton Hotel in Chicago, IL suburb

Organization Hizb ut-Tahrir's logo for its public conference on July 19 in Oak Lawn Hilton Hotel in Chicago, IL suburb

Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.)’s Jeffrey Imm will also be staying at the Oak Lawn Hilton Hotel on Saturday night July 18, and will have a shirt with the message “Hizb ut-Tahrir is Against Freedom.” On Sunday, July 19, R.E.A.L. invites those concerned about HTA’s anti-democracy, anti-freedom, and anti-equality message that calls for the replacement of governments with a supremacist caliphate, to join us in protest outside the Oak Lawn Hilton Hotel.

Our plans are to protest across the street from the Oak Lawn Hilton Hotel on the public sidewalks of West 94th Street and South Cicero Avenue.  We expect to move between that corner and slightly down the block, which is across the street from the Oak Lawn Hilton Hotel.

In the morning, we plan to be directly across the street from the entrance to the Oak Lawn Hilton Hotel on the sidewalk near the Charter One Bank (closed on Sunday) on West 94th Street in the morning from about 9 to 11 AM to stand defiant to those HTA supporters driving to the conference (appx. at 4755-4761 West 94th Street area.)  After the 11 AM start of the HTA conference, we will move to the corner of West 94th Street and South Cicero Avenue to address more of the traffic in the area.   The corner of West 94th Street and South Cicero Avenue is at the front of the Charter One Bank public sidewalk area.  It’s address is 9401 S. Cicero Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL 60453; we also plan to be on the side of bank area public sidewalk as well.

We have discussed our specific protest plans with the Oak Lawn Police Department and they have no problem with the exercise of our First Amendment rights to protest against Hizb ut-Tahrir’s conference across the street from the Oak Lawn Hilton Hotel.   We have also advised the Oak Lawn Police Department of the nature and ideology of the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, in the event there are any confrontations.  We have also advised the Oak Lawn Police Department of our plans to use R.E.A.L.’s small amplified sound system, and they have no problem with that.   In addition, we discussed our plans with Oak Lawn Police Department Commander Tom Simon, who is also fine with our plans.    The Code also defines general standards of conduct for “parades” that might generally apply to a First Amendment protest.

We urge those in the Chicago area, and those with the means to travel to Chicago for the day (as Oak Lawn is a 10 minute shuttle ride from Chicago’s Midway Airport), to join us on July 19 so that this first major public event by the extremist Hizb ut-Tahrir is publicly opposed by those of who believe in democracy and who are Responsible for Equality And Liberty.

As the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization is the ideological equivalent of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan, we don’t believe that Americans should be publicly silent about this conference by a religious extremist organization opposed to freedom, democracy, equality, and liberty.

Our forefathers and foremothers have made great sacrifices for the Democracy, Equality, and Liberty that we enjoy today.  Many have died for such human rights and freedoms.  When the international supremacist Hizb ut-Tahrir organization publicly announces its plans to attack democracy and humanity’s universal human rights, surely we can make the sacrifice to send a message to them that says NO – that they will have to get past us first – and that there is a consensus that will remain unreservedly and fearlessly Responsible for Equality And Liberty.

We Fear No Evil.


Update July 16:

Hizb ut-Tahrir Announces Oak Lawn Press Conference for July 19
— Abdul Bin-Asad: “All media outlets are invited to attend the press conference. The press conference will take place after the event on Sunday, July 19th 2009 from 5:30pm – 6:00pm.”

Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s Video Announcement of Its Planned Chicago Area Conference on July 19


Related Articles on Hizb-ut-Tahrir

June 18, 2009: Hizb ut-Tahrir America Enters Public Stage – by Madeleine Gruen

Hizb ut-Tahrir: Islam’s Political Insurgency, by Zeyno Baran

Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s Activities in the United States — by Madeleine Gruen
—- “Its membership has swelled, putting on track its objective of persuading the global ummah that the establishment of a caliphate”

Hizb ut-Tahrir in North America – by Andrew Cochran

“Hizb-ut-Tahrir wants worldwide Sharia law”

Hizb ut Tahrir London meeting: an eyewitness report

At massive rally, Hizb ut-Tahrir calls for a global Muslim state

Thousands call for Caliphate at Indonesian meet

Islamists launch PR ‘war’ against Western values — Hizb ut-Tahrir

“I know how these terrorists are inspired” — about Hizb ut-Tahrir

BBC: Hizb ut Tahrir
— “Hizb Ut Tahrir or HT is an Islamic splinter group, which is banned in many countries around the world. It operates freely in Britain.”
— “But Newsnight has discovered that its website promotes racism and anti-Semitic hatred, calls suicide bombers martyrs, and urges Muslims to kill Jewish people.”
— “The party has expressed support of suicide bombings in Israel. It denounces Western governments and what it sees as their lackey regimes in the Middle East.”
— “In Denmark, HT’s spokesman has been found guilty of distributing racist propaganda.”

BBC Video Report on Hizb ut-Tahrir

April 2008 – Daily Telegraph: “Islamists ‘urge young Muslims to use violence'”
— “Hizb ut Tahrir, which wants to overthrow democracy and establish a worldwide Islamic theocracy, distributed leaflets to young Muslims inciting them to resist the occupation of Islamic lands, according to a TV documentary by a former group member.”
— “One leaflet read: ‘Your forefathers destroyed the first crusader campaigns. Should you not proceed like them and destroy the new crusaders?'”
— “‘Let the armies move to help the Muslims in Iraq, for they seek your help.’ Another leaflet, handed out last August, pours scorn on the UN and tells followers to embark on a Violent Extemism, or ‘holy war’.”
— “The Panorama documentary contains the first testimony indicating it has advocated the use of force. The group has been accused of fuelling terrorism in the past, but has always denied involvement in any form of violent activity.”
— “Omar Shariff, the first UK suicide bomber, who blew himself up in a Tel Aviv bar in 2003, is alleged to have been radicalised by Hizb ut Tahrir.”
— “Panorama has also uncovered a speech made in August last year by Ata Abu-Rishta, the global leader of Hizb ut Tahrir, when he called for the “destruction” of Hindus living in Kashmir, Russians in Chechnya and Jews in Israel.”
— “‘The Caliphate (global Islamic government) will liberate the countries and the people from the influence of the Kafer (non-believer) and its allies and the tyranny of its men and followers,’ he said.”
— “Rishta also spoke recently at its annual conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, where, as video footage in the Panorama expose shows, he whipped the 100,000-strong crowd into a frenzy by calling for a war on Jews. Saleem Atchia, a senior member of Hizb ut Tahrir UK, later made a firebrand speech from the same platform.”
— “Maher, a former friend of the bombers who tried to blow up Glasgow Airport in June and the organisation’s north-east ‘director’ until he left in 2005, claims its aims are the same the world over.”
— “He says its British disciples believe they will eventually fight on these shores.”
— “‘Hizb ut Tahrir despises democracy and believes Shariah law must be imposed over the whole world, by force if necessary,’ he said.”
— “‘I think unless we challenge this we are sleepwalking into a very dangerous future.'”

Wikipedia on Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Position on Terrorism

UK Guardian: “leaflets handed out by Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters in Copenhagen which claimed suicide bombings in Israel were ‘legitimate’ acts of ‘martyrdom'”

U.S. Government position on Hizb ut-Tahrir