-- Article - Membership in MCDC (05/24/2007)
The Official Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
Article - Membership in MCDC
Minuteman Civil Defense Corps Replaces Volunteer Administrators
The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC), the country's largest volunteer grassroots border security advocacy group with more than 350,000 volunteers and supporters has become the standard bearer for the secure borders movement. MCDC is the largest National Citizens Neighborhood Watch - Securing the American Border.
With our borders wide open and the Senate seeking to give away citizenship to illegal aliens, we find this letter a regrettable but necessary diversion to make you aware of actions recently taken by the MCDC Board that are essential for the continued health of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.
MCDC remains structurally and financially strong as the largest grassroots organization in America dedicated to securing the border. You are invited to review our financial statements for 2005 and IRS 990 filings publicly available since November 2006 that MCDC is required to submit to the federal government, and is pleased to make publicly available at http://www.minutemanhq.com/hq/article.php?sid=161
These documents represent not only our Form 990 but also independently audited disclosures that detail MCDC receipts and expenditures. The same level of public disclosure fully compliant with federal regulation of non-profit civic organizations for the calendar year 2006 will be filed and available in the fall of 2007 and will be posted in similar fashion to year 2005 on the front page of the website at www.minutemanhq.com/hq
MCDC donations have been used wisely and effectively, and have focused the nation on illegal immigration. The public disclosure by MCDC of the Form 990 and financial statements is a fulfillment of our promise and commitment to expend donations on working to solve the vital problem of border security.
Routinely, internal organizational matters are addressed by the MCDC Board and Executive Director on a regular basis, to answer questions and address concerns by loyal volunteers. These have always been welcome and are always answered fully. We cannot however accept responsibility for conspiratorial, disruptive, and inappropriate speculations about MCDC organizational process and finances, nor will we waste precious time or resources upon those who refuse to accept the IRS non-profit organization financial accountability standards.
The Board of Directors and volunteer leaders of MCDC are hard at work all across the nation fighting to stop the backroom deal for the Bush-Kennedy Instant Amnesty Bill being forced through the U.S. Senate this week. A powerful coalition combines MCDC border watch efforts, the building of the Minuteman Border Fence, MCDC PAC, MinutemanPAC, College Campus Forums, a network of local State Chapters and support from well-established, like-minded civic organizations such as the Declaration Alliance, RightMarch and other border security advocates.
MCDC Board Members and the Executive Director are doing countless media interviews and speaking all across the nation, as well as working in Washington, DC leading a team of Minutemen and going office to office speaking to Senators and urging them to vote NO to AMNESTY. This full-court press is coupled with the more than 70 local chapter efforts on-going in highly visible states like CA, AZ, WA, IA, GA, NM, TX and all the other states. This work is led by registered Minuteman volunteers, is supported and guided by resources from the national MCDC organization, and has made illegal immigration the most important domestic issue to conservatives according to recent polls.
The success of this 5-year effort that started with Chris Simcox and Carmen Mercer doing a local neighborhood watch in Tombstone, AZ is self evident, as even the mainstream national media is reporting about the debate over the negative effects of amnesty for illegal aliens in the U.S. Chris Simcox has been quoted, "It's been worth all the sacrifice and effort to bring this important issue to the forefront, to wake up the American public and start to get this government to do its job and secure the border."
Regrettably, in the last several days, after reports to national headquarters from state and chapter directors around the country it became clear that a very small group of volunteer administrators within the organization had become ambitious of power, ineffective and distracted from our primary mission, and were in fact determined to attempt to defame and oust the MCDC Board of Directors and Al Garza, MCDC Executive Director. Local leader reports, intercepted emails and phone calls revealed plans to attempt to install their own Board and to take over the organization that Chris and Carmen founded and have dedicated themselves to building.
Five principal "organizers" created an unauthorized "State Directors and National Leadership Ad Hoc Committee" and calling a "State Directors Meeting," they violated the official corporate By-Laws of MCDC, Inc. regarding legal authority for conducting business and affairs for the corporation. Further, such activity is a violation of the spirit and the letter of the MCDC Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
These and subsequent actions resulted in the termination or resignation of ten members of MCDC, five of whom served as national administrator volunteers. None were part of the national Board or executive leadership of MCDC.
We realize that some volunteers may have been misled by the intent of the "Ad Hoc Committee" and they may be offered by the Board a later opportunity to return in good standing as MCDC volunteers.
In respect to the service of those terminated or resigned, MCDC offers our sincere thanks for their past service, dedication and sacrifice to the goals and mission of MCDC. They have helped make the issue of the illegal alien invasion a national concern. We regret that they have chosen to end their MCDC affiliation as a volunteer and wish them well in the future.
As MCDC moves forward, unsolicited applications have already been presented and reviewed to fill the volunteer positions vacated at the national and state levels, and we are pleased to announce we are expanding our volunteer staff to include a national director position as Law Enforcement/DHS liaison and a national director of Community Service.
MCDC continues the Mission: To secure the United States borders and coastal boundaries against the unlawful and unauthorized entry of all individuals, contraband, and foreign military.
As always, we have only the best wishes for those no longer fighting with us side by side, and hope they will continue so seek to secure the border now and for our children and grandchildren in the future.
Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
Chris Simcox - President - MCDC Board Member
Carmen Mercer - Vice President - MCDC Board Member
John Acer - Secretary - MCDC Board Member
Al Garza - Executive Director
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