It’s Time to Re-Open American Communities

Conservative Action Project — Thursday, April 23, 2020

Washington, DC
Signatures updated: 4/24/20

In response to public health guidance from the White House, governors in Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina, Alaska, and Tennessee have begun announcing phased re-openings of their states and communities, allowing people to choose to return to work, go shopping, purchase services, and attend religious services, and once again exercise their rights and judgments as citizens. We applaud the thoughtful leadership of these governors.

  • In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp has announced that some businesses, including gyms and hair salons, will be permitted to reopen, and elective surgeries can resume on April 24. Restaurants and theaters can re-open on April 27.
  • In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott re-opened state parks on April 20, and stores can begin offering “retail to go” starting April 24. Texas residents may also resume attending religious services.
  • In Mississippi, Gov. Tate Reeves has allowed nonessential businesses to do curbside pickup, delivery, and drive-through service, and is considering permitting businesses to re-open on April 27.
  • In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis opened beaches for walking, biking, hiking, fishing, and running in parts of the state on April 17, and will soon issue a plan to safely re-open the entire state.
  • In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster is permitting some beaches and retail stores to re-open, including department stores and bookstores.
  • In Alaska, Gov. Mike Dunleavy is permitting restaurants, retail stores, and non-essential businesses to re-open while following “rigorous health and safety standards.”
  • In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee said the “vast majority” of businesses may re-open on May 1.

Americans mobilized quickly in the face of the COVID19 outbreak, and through their efforts, prevented the spread of the disease and the overwhelming of hospital facilities. But now, it is time to allow the country to re-open, so that the public health response does not result in even more damage and fatalities from sustained financial ruin.

Public opinion polling also reflects this. According to polling done by Scott Rasmussen, Americans are increasingly ready for society to open back up again. Fifty percent of voters say that a top priority when the lockdown ends should be letting people gather in small groups at a friend’s house. Many voters polled also emphasized reopening churches and retail stores.

We echo the efforts of the House Freedom Caucus and other national leaders who are urging states to responsibly permit their citizens to return to work and reject the growing number of unconstitutional mandates that trample on civil liberties that remain essential, even in a crisis.

Americans have shown they are resilient and responsible. But as this pandemic comes to an end, they must be allowed to exercise their constitutional rights and return to daily life. We thank and support the states that are turning in this direction.


The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)
Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
President
The Leadership Institute
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Lisa B. Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
American Legislative Exchange Council
Thomas Fitton
President
Judicial Watch, Inc.
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute
The Honorable Tony Perkins
President
Family Research Council
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Partner
Foley & Lardner LLP
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President, Conservative Partnership Institute
Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
The Honorable David McIntosh
President
Club for Growth
Scott T. Parkinson
VP for Government Affairs
Club for Growth
Tom McClusky
President
March for Life Action
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
National Leadership Council
Save Our Country Coalition
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)
The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)
William L. Walton
President
Council for National Policy
David Bozell
President
ForAmerica
Noah Wall
Vice President of Advocacy
FreedomWorks
The Honorable Matt Schlapp
Chairman
American Conservative Union (ACU)
Christopher Malagisi
Executive Director of Outreach
Hillsdale College
Penny Y. Nance
President & CEO
Concerned Women for America
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan, 1985-1988
Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer
Presidential Historian
Ron Robinson
President
Young America’s Foundation
Trent England
Executive Director
Save Our States
Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel
The Honorable Donald J. Devine
Ronald Reagan Director of U.S. Office of Personnel Management
The Fund for American Studies
Joseph A. Morris
Attorney and Partner, Morris & De La Rosa
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General (Reagan / Meese)
Kevin Freeman
Founder
NSIC Institute
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
President
American Values
Dr. Rick Scarborough
President
Recover America Now
The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
Norman Singleton
President
Campaign for Liberty
Jim Backlin
Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Christian Coalition
Jay Mount
President
MDS Communications Corporation
Terry Schilling
Executive Director
American Principles Project
Richard Manning
President
Americans for Limited Government
Rob Chambers
Vice President
AFA Action
Amapola Hansberger
President
Legal Immigrants for America
Glenn Preston Story
President & Co-Founder
Patriot Mobile
Karen England
Executive Director
Capitol Resource Institute & Nevada Family Alliance
Eaton Hopkins
President
Liberty Surgical
Daniel McCarthy
Senate Candidate Arizona
MakeUp Eraser
Paavo Ensio
Chairman
Universal Minerals Group
Steve Berger
Pastor
Grace Chapel
Eric Georgatos
Executive Producer
America Can We Talk? americacanwetalk.org
Mark Stuhlreyer
President
Contingent Holdings, LLC
Michelle Easton
President
Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women
Chad Connelly
President
Faith Wins
Richard D. Hayes
Partner
Hayes Berry White & Vanzant LLP
Kirk Uhler
Executive Director
National Tax Limitation Committee
Seton Motley
President
Less Government
Gary Marx
President
The Concord Fund
Anne Schlafly Cori
Chairman
Eagle Forum
Lee Beaman
CEO
Beaman Automotive Group
Benjamin R. Case
CEO
FOF
Floyd Brown
Publisher
The Western Journal
Reverend Gregory Quinlan
President
The Center for Garden State Families
Kay R. Daly
President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
James L. Martin
Founder/Chairman
60 Plus Association
Martha Boneta
President
Vote America First
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
President
60 Plus Association
Anthony Saliba
CEO
Reagan.com
Sandy Rios
Director of Governmental Affairs
AFA
Marlin Sharp
Field Director
STAND Foundation, Inc.
Richard H. Wright
Owner
R & S
Tim LeFever
Chairman
Capitol Resource Institute
The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor
ConservativeHQ.com
Dr. Mark Smith
President
Columbia International University
The Honorable Penny Pullen
Former Illinois State Legislator
Illinois General Assembly
Ed Martin
President
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
Charlie Copeland
President
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Rebekah Gantner
Executive Director
Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund
Jeff Hunt
Director
Centennial Institute
Judson Phillips
Founder
Tea Party Nation
Bob Carlstrom
President
AMAC Action
Marc Little
Chairman
Center for Urban Renewal and Education
Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness
Richard Norman
Founder and President
The Richard Norman Company
William Shaker
CEO
Washington Marketing Group
William P. Mills, III
Member, Executive Member
Council for National Policy
Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
CorsiNation.com
Dr. Paige Patterson
President
Sandy Creek Foundation
Allen Hebert
Chairman
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
Melissa Ortiz
Admin/Blogger
DCBelleonWheels.com
Willes K. Lee
President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor
Law Offices of Jack Park
Peggy Dau
Representative
IranAliveMinistries.org
The Honorable Peter Thomas
Chairman
The Conservative Caucus
Gerard Kassar
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party
James C. Roberts
President
Radio America
Dr. Richard Lee
President
There’s Hope America Inc.
Robert D. Thompson
Former Administrator
The Weyrich Lunch (1999 – 2016)
C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property
Lee Troxler
Lee Troxler Companies

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