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Video of Clare Lopez speaking at the Americans First, Task Force, event

On Thursday, April 6, the Americans First, Task Force, hosted an event at the DEC in Aberdeen to address refugees in Aberdeen from a conservative viewpoint. The speaker at this event was Clare Lopez of the Center for Security Policy. Earlier I posted about the protesters of this event. This post will focus on the video I shot at this event. As with most of these events I record, I will post these videos unedited (mostly, more on that below) and without commentary. If I find time I will blog separately about what I agree/disagree with from the event.

I have the event split into three separate YouTube videos to make it easier for people to view the portions of the event they wish. I have also included a fourth video below, which is actually a playlist including all three videos playing back to back.

The first video is the opening of the meeting and some remarks from Amy Willson, Chapter leader for Act for America SD. This video is just under nineteen minutes long.

The second video is the main presentation from Clare Lopez. It is completely unedited. It is interesting to note that she brought some things about Aberdeen specifically into her presentation. This is something many out-of-town speakers often fail to do. The video is just under one hour and eight minutes long.

The third and final video is the question and answer session with Clare Lopez. The video is just over thirty-six minutes long. I had somewhat of a technical issue filming this portion of the event. During the middle of the Q&A session I lost the video feed due to a technical issue with my camera. As always I was also recording the audio; so the audio from that portion of the Q&A session has been inserted to make the recording complete. That is the only edit to this video; no portion of this was edited for content.

Finally I will include this playlist which includes all of the three videos.

Pictures of protesters at the Americans First, Task Force meeting, plus video of organizer

On Thursday, April 6, the Americans First, Task Force, held another event in Aberdeen revolving around the whole refugee issue. The speaker at this event was Clare Lopez of the Center for Security Policy. I will have a blog post up shortly with video I shot of her presentation. But for this post I want to focus on the protesters outside the event.

Up first is this video of a short interview with Briggs Tople. Tople is the Chair of the Aberdeen High School Democrats and spearheaded this protest effort. The video below allows Tople to explain in his own words why he felt this protest was necessary:

I think Tople should be commended for organizing this protest. Even people who do not agree with Tople should acknowledge that this young man is proactively doing something about an issue which resonates deeply.

I didn’t get a chance to get video interviews with other protesters; mostly because I wanted to get into the event and pick a good spot to record the meeting (it was a packed house). Over at Dakota Free Press there are a few videos of what other protesters had to say. I was able to get a few pictures of the protesters before the meeting started. Here are a few of those pictures:

Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.
Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.
Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.
Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.
Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.
Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.

Up next I’ll have the video footage I shot from within the event.

Video of Ron Branstner speaking about the Refugee Resettlement Program

On Thursday, August 11, 2016, the Americans First, Task Force of Aberdeen, held a public event dealing with the. The speaker at the event was a man from California named Ron Branstner. Earlier I posted some pictures from the event. In this post I will present some documents and links for videos that were shown before Branstner’s presentation. Then I will post the video I filmed of Branstner’s presentation; including an interesting question and answer session. I won’t try to editorialize at this time. This post is about getting information out there for the public. People can then decide for themselves whether Bransner adds value to the refugee resettlement debate.

Flier used to promote the event

This is the flier used to promote the event:

Refugee Resettlement Program flier for event in Aberdeen, SD, on August 11, 2016.
Refugee Resettlement Program flier for event in Aberdeen, SD, on August 11, 2016.

The flier doesn’t say much about who Ron Branstner is. Ron really didn’t go into what makes him uniquely qualified to go around the country speaking about refugee programs. But he did say a lot of his time is spent researching refugee programs and speaking with insiders. Branstner also noted he has no website; making it hard to research his research.

Prior to the presentation

Prior to the event Branstner played two YouTube videos. The first was one detailing Kamal Saleem. Saleem is somewhat famous in certain Christian circles for saying he is a former terrorist who turned his life over to Christ. I couldn’t find the particular video Branstner shared about Saleem. But YouTube has a lot of Saleem videos available for viewing.

The second video shown by Branstner prior to his presentation was a video from Alex Jones’ InfoWars. There again I couldn’t find the actual video shared by Branstner. But going to the InfoWars website there are a lot of videos which can be viewed dealing with refugees.

Video to kick off the presentation

When the event actually started Branstner showed the crowd another video. This video featured James Simpson, the man behind Red-Green Axis: Refugees, Immigration and the Agenda to Erase America. The video below is the video of Simpson shown by Branstner at the event:

Branstner’s presentation

With all of that out of the way I now present the video footage I shot of Branstner’s presentation in Aberdeen about the Refugee Resettlement Program. This is the complete presentation given by Branstner; nothing has been edited out.

(I apologize ahead of time for the few spots where the camera didn’t move when it should have, I was busy with my other camera at those times).

Possible future posts

In the future I may do more posts about this event (time permitting, this is election season and I focus mostly on state legislative races). I definitely plan to do a post about the interesting incident involving Cory Heidelberger, mostly because he happens to also be a District 3 State Senate candidate. Any posts beyond that are more likely to come if/when refugees get brought up by legislative candidates.