On the evening of September 13, hundreds gathered at Godspeak Calvary Chapel church in Newbury Park for a town hall-style emergency meeting to address newly imposed COVID-19 vaccine mandates impacting California state workers and students in the Los Angeles public school system.
The mandates seek to force firefighters, police officers and healthcare workers to get the shot by September 30 or risk termination. Students who play sports, ages 12 and up, are being told to be fully vaccinated by the end of October; all others by the end of January.
At the emergency meeting, an informed panel of speakers, including doctors, lawyers and a firefighter weighed in with ideas about how to move forward. A highlight was Dr. Peterson Pierre, who received a standing ovation as he closed out the evening. His candid, inspiring speech began with the reminder that “the day of us being comfortable, it’s over. There’s going to be pain, there’s going to be sacrifice, but it’s for a worthy cause.”
Directing his statements to the present — many say illegitimate — administration, Dr. Pierre said, “Mr. President, we heard your patience is growing thin … Well, the freedom fighters are not going to go silently into the night…. The inalienable rights you are trying to remove were never given to us by you…. We will never bow down.”
The physician noted that, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the “vaccinated” can still contract and spread the virus and that healthy children have a 99.997 percent chance of a full recovery.
“Do we have to accept that these vaccines are good enough for the American people but not good enough for Congress?” he asked.
“Now we have a duty to stand up and fight! Freedom is not going to fall on our watch.”
Calling on teachers, healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines, right and left, Pierre declared, “I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees. Justice and liberty for all!”
Pledging to fight the mandates tooth and nail, Newbury Park native and UCLA anesthesiologist Dr. Chris Rake said, “This is about people control. They want us to fight among ourselves instead of against them. You have to stand up.”
Rake, who strongly opposes exemptions as a workaround to the mandates, told the rapt audience, “Do you think these people will honor any religious exemption? These people are liars and thieves. The only real path out is sacrifice.”
He compared those in the battle for medical choice with Civil War Union General Joshua Chamberlain, who led his vastly outnumbered soldiers to victory in the hugely consequential Battle of Gettysburg.
“We’re running down the hill, and we’re saying, ‘Charge, charge!’” Rake said. “If you don’t have courage for this, okay, we just need a few people who have the courage and are willing to stand with us and say, no! …We will not stop until we get full and complete annulment of the mandate.”
Cheers erupted again as John Knox, a 21-year veteran of the Los Angeles City Fire Department and founder of Firefighters 4 Freedom, asked if anyone in the room valued liberty and freedom.
“All people, by nature, are free and independent and have inalienable rights,” said Knox, quoting the California State Constitution.
Knox made national headlines after he announced he was filing a major lawsuit against Los Angeles City and County, alleging that the vaccine requirements are unconstitutional and violate Americans’ privacy and freedoms. His team of lawyers includes attorneys Kevin McBride and John F. Kennedy Jr., who represent his foundation, Firefighters 4 Freedom.
“This isn’t about my job. This is way bigger than that,” said Knox. “This is about the liberty and freedom in our country…. We’re willing to be terminated…. I ask all of you to do the same thing; stand up and do peaceful, civil disobedience.”
Dr. Jeffrey Barke, one of America’s Frontline Doctors and creator of the podcast Informed Dissent, similarly encouraged people to rise and fight.
“If we don’t sacrifice now, what will we be sacrificing under a Marxist regime?” he said. “It’s not about the science; it’s about the politics. They’re setting us up for that fear wave for what’s next if there is not full compliance.”
Barke explored the motivations behind both the “vaccines” and the mandates, noting that no long-term safety data is available about the “vaccines.” He also called out major corporations such as Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Sav-on for refusing to dispense life-saving drugs, such as hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and ivermectin, which have shown to be effective in early treatment of COVID-19. He recommended MyFreeDoctor.com as a resource for HCQ and ivermectin prescriptions.
In mid-September, more than 16,000 adverse effects of the vaccines had been reported to the government-run VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting System) database.
“We’re being lied to about the efficacy of the vaccines,” explained the doctor, citing an Israeli study which says that the “vaccine” is only 35 percent effective, and warning that the vaccines could be introducing new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 strain.
“People should evaluate their own risks and make an informed decision,” concluded Barke. “At no point ever should the government mandate a vaccine to people. We must stand up.”
Idaho-based attorney Colton Boyles opened with prayer, then chastised his state’s leader, Governor Brad Little, for “needle-raping” and oppressing his citizens. Boyles believes that peer pressure is the number one driver of decisions Americans make today. Boyles took a deep dive into the $10 billion propaganda machine working to build vaccine uptake, comprised of inter-department agencies such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other groups touted as public health organizations.
“This is a lot of nasty coercion here,” said Boyles, pointing out the faith leaders on a list of organizations receiving taxpayer dollars to push vaccines. “We don’t yet know who all the faith leaders are or how they are getting money from the government to push a political agenda…. This new war will be fought in economics and politics.”
To win, concluded Boyles, Americans will have “to take back the power and create their own care. They will have to build their own institutions; their own hospitals, newspapers, and schools. … It’s all on the line.”
Dr. Shannon Kroner focused on making medical and religious exemptions available through her organization, Freedom of Religion — United Solutions (FOR-US), described as “a multi-faith coalition of religious leaders who stand together in unity against religious discrimination, and who proudly protect the religious rights to opt out of a liability-free, pharmaceutical product.”
The mother and activist seeks to educate people on the significance of the First Amendment for religious freedom.
“I live and breathe this fight for freedom,” she said. “Learn your rights and fight for them.”