The American Freedom Alliance stands strong in defense of Western Civilization and the values that give us the success, the strength, the achievements that we enjoy. Without freedom to create, to believe, to speak, to act, to own, human nature’s potential is stunted; but where these freedoms exist, we are able to soar. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness:” these words embody the fundamental needs of humankind. And it is only Western Civilization that embraces them – and it is AFA’s mission to find ways to ensure that that most fundamental need – that of freedom – is protected and maintained.
When our media and academic institutions align with those who fight against these freedoms, when the narrative they propagate is utterly antithetical to all that is good and true, when their goal is to foment hatred towards Western Civilization and advocate instead for its enemies, then it’s up to institutions such as the American Freedom Alliance to educate in parallel with our academic institutions, to inform in parallel with our media.
Events in 2017
Another is by holding Literary Cafes – informal, salon-like gatherings to discuss a newly published book with the author. These are always engaging, heartening and inspiring, not to mention extremely informative.
Our Literary Cafes in 2017 were:
March 5: Nonie Darwish’s latest book Wholly Different: Why I Chose Biblical Values over Islamic Values. Read about it here
April 13: Senior Editor of National Review and Fellow of the National Review Institute Jay Nordlinger spoke on his new book Digging In: Further Collected Writings
You can watch the video here:
May 7: Michael Medved’s The American Miracle: Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic.
Watch our conversation here:
Heroes of Conscience Dinner
Our 2017 Heroes of Conscience Dinner celebrated David Horowitz, and we presented our inaugural AMERICAN FREEDOM AWARD to Philip Haney. Geert Wilders, Hero of Conscience honoree in 2009, delivered the keynote address.
Read about it here.
Geert Wilders’ Keynote address:
Philip Haney’s acceptance speech is here
And the acceptance speech delivered by David Horowitz, our 2017 Hero of Conscience, is here:
Events in 2016
One way we do that is through conferences: click here for posts related to our August 2016 conference on Islam, here for photos and videos, and here for our youtube channel.
Our past cafes in 2016 were
June: Jesse Lee Peterson and his new book ANTIDOTE: Healing America from the poison of victimhood, hate and blame
July: John L. Hancock and his latest book Liberty and Prosperity: How the Saxons created the modern world
August: Howard Hyde and his newest book Escape From Berkeley: An EX-liberal progressive socialist embraces America (and doesn’t apologize)
HEROES OF CONSCIENCE AWARD DINNERS
We also host annual Heroes of Conscience Award dinners where we honor individuals who have suffered negative consequences as a result of their commitment to the truth. Our 2016 dinner honored Avi Davis, the founder and past president of AFA who passed away in December of 2015.
And just this year we held our first annual AFA Summer Picnic.
Some videos from this picnic are here:
September 23 – 7 PM – dinner with Phil Haney, DHS Whistleblower
AFA is delighted to host a dinner with Phil Haney. We are also encouraging our members to hear him speak at one of the local clubs. Details on the meetings and the dinner coming soon.
October 15: Cinema Gateway – 6:30 PM, 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant at Van Nuys Airport
Screening of Trevor Loudon’s THE ENEMIES WITHIN
October 29: LITERARY CAFE – 7PM, location TBD
Ghosts: Images of War – by artist Carrie Zeidman
Artist Carrie Zeidman’s book GHOSTS is an exciting departure from AFA’s usual selections. A book of truly stunning photographs, GHOSTS is a haunting work, one which evokes, page after page, key events in American and global history where freedom was fought for. From a review of GHOSTS:
The book includes images Zeidman shot of places with historical significance to the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and World Wars I and II, Zeidman has digitally added in images of soldiers, prisoners, and even scenes of death and destruction, to accurately reflect what happened at the site.
“The ‘Ghosts’ images, to me, are an interpretation of what I saw in my mind when I stood on the ground where these tragedies occurred,” Zeidman says. “There were battlefields where thousands of men lost their lives in a single day; tropical islands where young sailors woke up in paradise and by nightfall were forever entombed in their own ship; beaches where heroes overcame their fear and bravely did what needed to be done to save or bring freedom to people they would likely never know.”
Zeidman’s digital artistry background is evident in the book. In 2012, she was given that year’s Distinguished Artist award by the city of Cupertino.
Carrie’s knowledge about each of the sites, her deep and somehow spiritual connection to these sites and to those who gave their lives for freedom, and her commitment to honoring them are guaranteed to make this Literary Cafe a truly unique experience. The beauty of the photographs and the stories they tell will leave you feeling profoundly grateful for those who are now only ghosts.
Carrie Zeidman is a digital artist and photographer whose passions are photography, art, travel, and history, all of which are found in Ghosts. She is a tenth generation Californian and a fourteenth generation American. She has won several awards for her work, including being named Cupertino Distinguished Artist of the Year in 2012. Her work has been represented in galleries, and her painting Freedom Rises in the East is in the permanent collection of the Mauermuseum at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, Germany. She lives in Cupertino, California with her husband Bob, who is also an author of several books.
November 12: LITERARY CAFE – 7PM
Twilight Over Europe by Guy Millière
After publishing over 40 books in his native French, AFA Fellow Guy Millière has just published his first book in English, Twilight Over Europe: Europe’s submission to islam and to muslim anti-semitism. From the book:
Europe is heading towards an increasingly uncertain future. Debates on the impact and dangers of Islam are even less possible today than five years ago. Demographic trends are irrepressibly moving in a direction that is Muslim. Radical Islam in the Middle East and in Europe is rising ever more rapidly, with no one lifting a finger to stop it.
Coming so soon after our conference on Islam, we are very excited to continue the conversation on this critical topic. Guy was one of the speakers at the conference, and his talk about the loss of Europe and the role that America can and must play on the world stage as a bullwark against further loss of the West to islamic penetration was terrifying and accurate.
Watch it here:
Guy Millière is a Distinguished Senior Advisor to the Gatestone Institute, New York and a Fellow at the American Freedom Alliance. He was President of the Turgot Institute, a think tank based in Paris. He published more than forty books on the United States, Islam, the Middle East, Israel, and thousands of articles in French and in English. He was awarded the Classical Liberal Book Prize in 2004, and the Golden Menorah by B’nai B’rith France in 2012 for his fight against anti-Semitism and for human rights. He published his first book in English in 2016, Twilight Over Europe.
December – Donor Dinner – Luxe Hotel
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