April 19, 1994
What: A meeting of all citizens of the counties surrounding and
including Bexar County with an interest in organizing and training local militia
units in their areas. Under the U.S. Constitution, the Militia are all citizens
able to carry arms in defense of the State, who may be called to duty by the
President or the Governor of the State, together with such other citizens as may
wish to participate. Each member of the Militia is expected to provide his or
her own weapon and ammunition for it, and other equipment. During this century,
the implementation of the provisions of the U.S. Constitution which call for
Militia training have been neglected, and our purpose will be to revive this
tradition and fulfill the intent of the Framers.
Where: The present plan is to meet in San Antonio on the median of
the unfinished portion of Hwy 151 south of Westover Hills Road, near the
entrance to Sea World, on the southwest side of San Antonio. From there we may
go to the Bullet Hole, a shooting range. To get there take US 90 past Loop 1604.
Take the first right turn, which is Grosenbacher Road, and go about 2 miles. It
has a $5.00 charge. We will not be meeting in a city park as previously planned.
These sites are subject to change, however, so be alert to late announcements or
call the phone number shown below.
When: Beginning at 6:00 AM and continuing through late afternoon.
Try not to be later than 8:00 AM. If you have to work and can't stay all day, at
least be there from 6:00 to 8:00 AM.
Why April 19: On April 19, 1775, the American Revolution began with
the battle of Lexington and Concord, when local militias resisted the attempt by
British soldiers to seize their stocks of weapons. It is also the anniversary of
the Warsaw Ghetto uprising during World War II, and of the final assault on
Mount Carmel. It is also close to the anniversary of the battle of San Jacinto,
where on April 21, 1836, the Texas Militia defeated the Army of Mexico. We
commemorate these events, and seek to establish April 19 of each year as a
national holiday for persons reporting for militia duty.
Where to park: Along the roadway, clear of the pavement. If the
ground is wet, check it first to avoid getting stuck.
What to bring: One rifle or shotgun, with ammunition, but unloaded.
No handguns or other weapons than short knives, except for those used in
training demonstrations. Comfortable footwear and headgear. Knapsack to carry
lunch and gear, and to carry out trash. Canteen. U.S. and Texas flags. Relevant
books and training manuals. There will be no latrines, so plan accordingly.
Training topics: The morning will be devoted to organizing
participants into groups who will take turns studying and discussing various
topics: home and community defense, disaster prevention and recovery, safe use
and storage of weapons, weapons laws, constitutional law, jury rights and
duties, organizing local militia units, assistance to law enforcement, crime
prevention, citizen arrest powers and procedures, resistance to illegal
authority, field medicine, neighborhood patrols, neighborhood alert systems and
communications, working with troubled youth, investigating crime, uncovering
official corruption and election fraud, military drill and manual of arms, march
Especially needed: We have invited the Texas National Guard, Texas
Rangers, Bexar County Sheriff, and San Antonio Police to provide instructors in
some of the above areas, but they are busy during this period, so we need
persons with special expertise to lead the seminars and discussion groups and
provide training. We could use experts in constitutional law and history,
militia history, electronics and communications, surveillance technology, public
information, CPR and first aid, field medicine, improvised munitions, and
Extras needed: Portable public address system with batteries,
musical instruments suitable for marching (such as fife and drum), video cameras
with extra batteries and tapes, signs and signmaking materials, banners, voting
precinct maps, portable CB radios, ham radio equipment, portable computers,
sample election materials.
Things to read: U.S. and Texas Constitutions, Halbrook: That
Every Man Be Armed, Norval: The Militia in the 20th Century, Collier
& Collier: Votescam, Ayoob: The Truth About Self-Protection, In
the Gravest Extreme, StressFire, Gottlieb: The Rights of Gun Owners,
U.S. Army Manual of Drill and Manual of Arms. We will expect everyone to be able
to memorize the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 10th Amendments to the U.S.
Constitution, as well as the relevant provisions of Article I Section 8. Also,
bring any other relevant books, manuals, or articles that you think would
contribute to this event.
Discipline: All participants will be subject to Militia Discipline.
There is to be no alcohol and no littering. Participants are discouraged from
displaying paramilitary trappings where they may be seen by news media. Persons
who take any action that may endanger anyone or that may tend to discredit this
gathering will be ejected and in extreme cases may be subject to arrest.
Spread the word: Make copies of this announcement and try to get as
many people to come as you can. Try to get people of all kinds, from every
neighborhood and walk of life. Notify your local media. If you can, begin in
advance to organize a local militia and get them to come as a unit. We would
especially like to see women, older children, and members of minority groups.
Political Action: For those who wish to do so, the afternoon will be
devoted to political protests of violations of the U.S. and State Constitutions,
including visits to public officials and a march to demonstrate our commitment.
For information: This event is being called by the Texas Militia
Correspondence Committee and the Constitution Society, both at 6900 San Pedro
#147-230, San Antonio, TX 78216, 210/224-2868.
About the Constitution Society: It is a non- profit action
organization dedicated to making government conform to constitutional
principles, as embodied in the Constitution of the United States according to
the original intent of its Framers, and their writings and speeches. It is not
limited to the United States, but seeks to establish or restore constitutional
principles everywhere. It has no social or economic agenda, and is not for or
against any law or government program or activity except insofar as it conforms
to the Constitution of the nation and state. Dues are $50.00 per year.
About the Texas Militia Correspondence Committee: It is to
coordinate local independent militias throughout the State of Texas and assist
them in meeting and training, in the absence of legislation and direction at the
state or national level. If the Governor or President were to call up the
Militia, it would assist in complying with the callup. It also serves as a point
of contact with correspondence committees in other states. At present, members
are self-appointed, but it is planned that it will eventually be elected by
county militia commanders, who will in turn be elected by precinct militia
Remember: The Militia consists of all able- bodied citizens,
together with such others as wish to participate. It is not a private
association or some select subset of the people. The Militia has the
constitutional right to assemble bearing arms.