Anti-mandate rally attracts hundreds

Guest speakers rallied for freedom and against government’s abuse of powers

The organizer for Saturday’s rally against mask and vaccination mandates said he is not anti-vax. 

Instead, Rob Anderson is pro-freedom. 

He and many, many more seem to agree.

Hundreds of people took part in a no vaccination mandate rally at Faith Center Church on Saturday before lining up at intersections along Highway 503. Photo by Paul Valencia
Hundreds of people took part in a no vaccination mandate rally at Faith Center Church on Saturday before lining up at intersections along Highway 503. Photo by Paul Valencia

Hundreds of folks rallied first outside at Faith Center Church, listening to guest speakers for more than an hour. Then they spread out on the sidewalks near busy intersections on Highway 503, holding signs and asking motorists to honk in support. 

Organizers also had several spots along the highway for people to stop and sign the petition against mandating the vaccine for children.

“We are not anti-vaccine. We are not anti-COVID, as in COVID doesn’t exist. What we are is anti-discrimination and anti-tyranny,” Anderson said. “That’s at the heart of what is happening in our state. When you lay off teachers and healthcare workers … there is something at the heart of this that is really un-American.”

The rally featured talks from politicians, moms, a student, a physician’s assistant, among others. They shared what they have gone through during the pandemic.

Tim Hawkins, who is running for a school board position in the Hockinson School District, introduced three Hockinson women who have either lost their jobs or could lose their jobs with the school district because of the mandates. 

Representative Vicki Kraft (Republican, 17th District) described the people in attendance as the tip of the spear in this battle. She said she was honored to be with them, standing for freedom. She said if the people are loud enough, eventually the ones who are abusing their powers will stop. 

Rep. Vicki Kraft speaks at the event. Photo by Andi Schwartz
Rep. Vicki Kraft speaks at the event. Photo by Andi Schwartz

“We will stand up. I will continue standing for your children, and your grandchildren, and you and your rights. Together, we will push them back,” Kraft said.

The Washougal Moms spoke about the importance of holding school boards accountable.

Heidi St. John, a candidate for Congress in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, fired up the crowd, as well.

“Welcome to 18 months of two weeks to flatten the curve,” St. John said in her opening remarks. “How many of you guys knew this was a lie from the get-go?”

She said she does not recognize her nation anymore, but things can improve.

“We are a free people. And if you want to remain free, you need to act like free people. That means you stop wearing that face diaper, which is doing nothing for you,” St. John said.

She implored business owners to stop kicking people out of their stores for not wearing a mask.

“How many of you are ready to say, ‘I’m going to step up?’”

Rob Anderson, who organized a No Vax Mandate rally on Saturday, said he is not anti-vax, but he is pro-freedom. Photo by Paul Valencia
Rob Anderson, who organized a No Vax Mandate rally on Saturday, said he is not anti-vax, but he is pro-freedom. Photo by Paul Valencia

Melanie Gabriel, a student at Skyview High School, spoke about feeling discriminated against because of a mental health condition that is exacerbated by wearing a mask. She refuses to wear a mask. Because of this, she said, the school put her in a remedial class. She was an advanced student.

“It’s really frustrating when you build a robot one day and do first-grade math the next day,” she said.

She said that she rates how her day went by whether or not she was harassed by anyone at school.

Anderson noted the irony that schools hold anti-bullying days but Gabriel is bullied often at school.

Organizers asked that the rally remain peaceful and lawful on Saturday. Photo by Paul Valencia
Organizers asked that the rally remain peaceful and lawful on Saturday. Photo by Paul Valencia

Scott Miller, a physician’s assistant who had his license suspended recently, also was asked to say a few words. Miller has been encouraging patients to advocate for themselves. 

“Show me the data,” he said more than once, wondering why children would need vaccination against COVID, why children need to wear masks, why “useless” tests are determining whether a school stays open.

The end of the speeches meant the beginning of the more public rally, with hundreds heading out to Highway 503.

Anderson reminded all in attendance that it should be a lawful, peaceful rally. Spread the word. Tell folks where to sign the petition. 

All for freedom, he said.

Photo by Andi Schwartz
Photo by Andi Schwartz
Photo by Andi Schwartz
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Headshot
Headshot
9 months ago

I really like the picture of the woman holding the sign with the misspelled word. It says a lot about the woman holding the sign and a lot more about those around her for letting her publicly display such ignorance.

Hikinggm
Hikinggm
9 months ago
Reply to  Headshot

Seriously? A personal attack. That’s deep. How about talking about the data regarding masking children…or COVID. the issues surrounding a government mandate forcing a medical treatment?

Headshot
Headshot
9 months ago
Reply to  Hikinggm

If your ability to spell correctly is suspect, your ability to count doubtful, and if you need Vick Kraft to validate your cause, then the data that you present is questionable as well.

Barbara Witt
Barbara Witt
9 months ago
Reply to  Headshot

I’m wondering whether you’re unable to see or purposely ignoring the spelling correction on her sign? Either way your baseless personal attack says much more about you than it does the sign-waving woman.

Terry Busch
Terry Busch
9 months ago
Reply to  Headshot

Fauchi has now been exposed as a liar and accomplice in the gain of function research and the manufacture of this deadly Bio-Weapon virus.

Let’s try and keep our facts straight here shall we.
The NIH released data showing that Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin extremely effective when administered early in new covid patients. The Democrats and the media LIED TO AMERICANS CONSTANTLY! Thousands of people died that could have been saved.
Millions live in fear today because the LIES ARE REAL!

Get over yourself we are all being abused by our goverment.

Open up the flood gates!
We Are FREE AMERICANS!

HARLYN
HARLYN
9 months ago

WHERE THERE IS RISK THERE MUST BE CHOICE! PARENTS HAVE FINAL SAY! Every adult should have the FREEDOM to sayYES or No! This is about respecting YOUR CHOICE! NOT INSULTING anyone elses CHOICE. ❤️🙏🏼🇺🇸. FREEDOM

Scott Hooper
Scott Hooper
9 months ago
Reply to  HARLYN

Absolutely agree!

As a parent and a member of the North County community, I “choose” to not send my child to a school where others may get them sick with a virus they may then spread into other parts of the community. It is proven (for real, from studies, not like ‘cuz the news told me’) that the measures have saved and are saving lives.

People who are anti-vax can simply find work where they aren’t putting others at risk. Nudists have the same sort of problem, but it’s theirs to solve.

People who don’t like wearing masks can stay out of our common spaces, or use curb-side or delivery.

Kids in schools… that’s the only hard one I see. I know there are people who really do [mistakenly] believe masks harm their children, and even I admit they’re not good for their social development. But I think some of that down-side can be balanced by helping them understand the total social value of the masks–the grandma’s, grandpa’s, mom’s and dad’s who won’t die because of a little convenience.

I have no argument for a parent who thinks the masks are dangerous in anyway.

The Recovering Pastor
9 months ago

Thank you to all that came out. Courage is spreading and fully vaccinated & unvaccinated are coming together to stop this.
http://www.clarkcountygroup.com

Kristin Nelson
Kristin Nelson
9 months ago

Rights & Freedoms? They come with obligations & responsibilities to others in your community. You can choose to not be vaxxed, not to wear a mask, but then you shouldn’t be outraged that there are consequences for making those choices. Adults understand this. To flaunt oppositional defiance disorder is the behavior of an immature adolescent. Ironic that y’all use the ‘my body, my choice’ sign. Hope you remember that next time a woman wants to make her own choice about her reproductive health & family planning. You people are nothing if not hypocritical.

Emma
Emma
9 months ago
Reply to  Kristin Nelson

Oh you mean murder her child?? We can all play word games. Reproductive health huh. How about immunological independence. That’s what I’m calling it. I have antibodies in spades but I didn’t sit in a line to get them like you. If a lady can kill her baby cause she feels like it. I can certainly skip a vaccine for the same reason and better. I don’t identify as vaccinated, Walgreens isn’t a safe space, white people developed and produced the vaccine, the vaccine has economic, racist and colonizing undertones, are those excuses not good enough? Then ask your party why they’ve used them ad nauseom for the last 4 years..

Rubicon
Rubicon
9 months ago
Reply to  Kristin Nelson

We would suggest that you read Karl Schwab’s (now) infamous book called The Great Reset. He, Bill Gates and a number of other multi-billionaires (The Davos Group, Oligarchs in the US/throughout Europe who have sponsored Schwab’s main thesis which includes a big population reduction (Eugenics) and the impoverishment of millions of US/Europeans.

The central thrust is to eliminate “the useless eaters”- such as yourself; enabling them to bring forth a grand new world all for the benefit of all these Oligarchs.
What better way to “de-populate societies than to brainwash them being vaxxed with thousands dying or left severely disabled via their made-to-order pathogenic vaccine.

Get a real platform
Get a real platform
9 months ago

Why would Clark County Today give these people a platform? Indeed, this is the U.S. and we do enjoy great freedoms. Sadly, we are free to hurt others, make others sick and even take the lives of others with our negligent actions. But these actions should have consequences, because when we hurt, spread disease to and murder others, we are infringing on THEIR freedom to live and work in healthy and safe environments. This disease has taken many freedoms away from not only Americans but people all over the world. What’s worse? Losing the freedom to choose whether to be vaccinated or losing the freedom to live and work in environments that are free (or relatively free) of a deadly disease? Let’s wake up and realize that it’s a virus that has robbed us of our freedoms, and a small portion of the right are using vaccination mandates as a strawman to reinvigorate their party.

Emma
Emma
9 months ago

Deadly disease? 99% survival rate. Why don’t you do yourself a favor and look up the second leading cause of death in the us… medical malpractice , 250,000 deaths last year , right after heart disease. So I’ll trust the ones who are the second leading cause of death in the us to save me from the 10th leading cause of death right now?? I’ll take my 99.% plus chance of survival. Statistically I’m safer in my house than at a hospital.

Scott Hooper
Scott Hooper
9 months ago
Reply to  Emma

From today’s numbers, the survival rate is 98.4% in the U.S. However, studies show the death toll might be as high as double, yet the actual infection rate might be double as well, so let’s just use the ‘known’ numbers.

Also, as many as 23% of COVID survivors report long-term symptoms, some severe enough to qualify as a disability.

Oh, and you’re right about the medical community causing a lot of death, but a large portion of that is drug reactions or others. Nonetheless, the best way to become a victim of a medical goof these days is to get COVID. Now there’s some irony for you! LOL

Headshot
Headshot
9 months ago

I agree on several levels. The headline is somewhat misleading. I passed several of their demonstration areas and did not see anything approaching “hundreds.” If one does a headcount from the pictures, and takes away the disinterested children who were dragged to this event by their parents (ie.the ones looking bored, staring at the ground, or off into space), the count actually ranges from about 125 to 150. This article, and the excessive number of photographs, seems bent on inflating the crowd size and the importance of this rally. If Clark Country Today paid for the verbiage and the photographs, they got snookered. If the material was given gratis, at the very least a photo editor should have weeded out many of the pictures so it did not look like the sad puff piece it appears to be.

LeeMo
LeeMo
9 months ago
Reply to  Headshot

If you were there, you might of seen the numbers for your self instead of looking at just the pictures. There was many at this peaceful protest that didn’t stand listening to the talking politician and went right to the street hold signs.

LMNOP
LMNOP
9 months ago

It’s called freedom of speech,and it’s about time that the media covers ALL sides of an issue. No more censorship.

A sandy
A sandy
9 months ago

The virus didn’t rob us of our freedoms. Our leaders in government did it!

LeeMo
LeeMo
9 months ago

In my mind of the word “Vaccine” is to prevent getting a virus. The CIVID-19 vaccine is not to prevent getting anyone from getting it or from spreading it. All it does is reduces the effect of the virus.
The CDC changed the definition of the word “vaccine” to fit our POTUS demands, same as the term “Gain in function” What was your definition of “Vaccine” in 2019?

Hikinggm
Hikinggm
9 months ago

The Government does not have the right to force, demand, and use ‘strong arm’ tactical measures to coerce anyone to get a ‘medical’ treatment of any sort. The deprivation of employment, education, and inclusion for those who decide to NOT get the vaccine is the definition of ‘discrimination’, and is anti American. This rally was NOT anti vaccine. COVID can be a serious illness…just like the flu. We never forced Flu shots or masks, with serious seasons of the flu. The data does NOT support masking our children or forcing a vaccine…COVID has a 99.9% survival rate. This is about choice. Get the jab if you want. Wear a mask IF you want. However, the Government does not have the right to force me do the same. #FJB

Rubicon
Rubicon
9 months ago
Reply to  Hikinggm

A perfectly logical explanation. However, what most average Americans do not understand is that the US Financial World has taken over the Federal Govt. and in it’s place we have Big Pharma, Big Banks, Wall Streeters & super wealth Oligarchs who long ago, bought off every politician in D.C. and throughout the nation. Accordingly, our Rights and “freedom” have been stripped from us. What they dictate, goes for millions of American citizens.

Paula
Paula
9 months ago

Outstanding brave Patriots!

Headshot
Headshot
9 months ago
Reply to  Paula

Running into a burning house to save its occupants is brave, confronting an armed robber is brave, standing on a sidewalk and waving around a scrap of color cardboard is merely dedicated.

Scott Hooper
Scott Hooper
9 months ago
Reply to  Paula

I don’t see anything brave in protesting–unless you’re protesting fascism, in which case people show up with guns and try to start fights.

But, I strongly support the protests. I don’t agree with their stance–and even if I wanted to, their are just too many factual inaccuracies in all their arguments–but protesting is a good thing!

Margaret
Margaret
9 months ago

Dr. Martin Kulldorff, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, a biostatistician and epidemiologist, said last week in an interview with the Epoch Times: “I don’t think children should be vaccinated for COVID.”
Some might find other information in Dr. Kulldorff shared in his interview quite surprising, such as:

  • While COVID-19 vaccines do protect particularly older adults from death by the disease, they don’t prevent transmission of the disease. [A new study out of London just showed transmission happens 25% from vaccinated people and 38% from unvaccinated, but that doesn’t take into account how vaccination efficacy drops greatly in a just a few months after injection.]
  • “It takes 2-3 years to understand the full spectrum of the safety profile of a vaccine … so we really still don’t know the negative consequences of the vaccine.”
  • Lockdowns don’t work but push the spread of COVID-19 into the future. And they actually have far greater collateral damage in a variety of health and other familial problems. Studies now show lockdowns increased non-COVID related deaths.
  • “Very strange” how the power of natural immunity has been ignored. Natural immunity from COVID-19 is 27 times “stronger and longer-lasting” than the vaccines, but pandemic officials and politicians don’t seem to ever share that critical information.
  • “Mandates are bad” because they completely overlook natural immunity. It doesn’t matter what one’s vocation. “[Mandates] must be something political because from a public health point of view, [they] make no sense at all.”
  • Hospitals and nursing homes should hire nurses and other staff with natural immunity, who have already had COVID-19, as “they are the ones who are least likely to infect the residents. [Yet] we’re doing the opposite. They’re being fired.” See full article:

Harvard epidemiologist: Children should NOT be vaccinated or wear masks

Scott Hooper
Scott Hooper
9 months ago
Reply to  Margaret

There is no such thing as “natural immunity.” But what you’re referring to we might call “natural vaccination” (having had the virus).

I completely agree; people who can show they tested positive beyond two weeks ago and within something like 6 months should be considered vaccinated.

However, the effectiveness of ‘natural vaccination’ is unknown. There have been many studies; some said it lasts longer, some shorter; some said it protects better, some less. I think much of this back and forth is partly because of variants: for e.g., having ‘wild type’ probably doesn’t protect as well as long against Delta as having had Delta itself, etc.

And, I’ve never once seen anything like your “27 times” claim. It’s usually a number like 10% better/worse/shorter/longer.

And yes, it was discovered that while vaccinated people are far less likely to have severe disease and die, they can and do still get the virus, albeit at a lower rate, and they are contagious for a shorter time. The vaccine is not a ‘cure,’ but a safety net.

By the way, I have seen the media cover just about every study about ‘natural vaccination’ as they’ve come out. Maybe you’re watching the wrong media (I mostly read and don’t watch, but you know what I mean).

K.J. Hinton
9 months ago

So… Is St John or any of these other people going to pay the fines for businesses that don’t comply? I missed that offer, but she’s rich enough to pay them.

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