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    Grass Roots North Carolina, P.O. Box 10684, Raleigh, NC 27605
    919-664-8565, http://www.grnc.org, GRNC Alert Hotline: (919) 562-4137

    GRNC Alert 05-24-10:
    GRNC campaign leads Marriott to say signs will be removed

    Grass Roots North Carolina began a "Don't Buy" campaign against Marriott International after its Charlotte hotel took money from and then made inadvertent criminals of hundreds of gun owners by posting "no firearms" signs *during* the weekend of the NRA convention and GRNC's "Gala for Gun Rights." Marriott confessed to a prohibition on firearms in all of its properties, many of which were posted.

    After GRNC began the effort and Gun Rights Examiners Paul Valone, Dave Workman and David Codrea and others ran it, the boycott immediately "went viral," appearing on forums across the country and generating untold numbers of contacts to Marriott - many of which were from Marriott's "Rewards" members who supported the boycott. On Sunday, the Marriott boycott made nationally-syndicated radio on Tom Gresham's "Gun Talk."

    Today, upper level Marriott executive Keith Thomas told GRNC board member Bill Krupicka that signs from the Charlotte property had already been removed, and that signs across the country will be removed promptly.

    Please bear in mind that this victory is conditional: Marriott has not yet confirmed its policy, and a public apology to the gun owners staying in and traversing the Marriott across the weekend of the NRA convention has not yet been issued. Accordingly, please do not relax pressure against Marriott International yet. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

    IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED

    * Keith Thomas: Reports directly to JW Marriott, Jr. himself. Thomas can be reached at Mr. Marriott's office at either keith.thomas@marriott.com or 800-621-0999.
    * Kathleen Matthews, Executive Vice President, Global Communications and Public Affairs: Kathleen.Matthews@marriott.com, 301-380-7770. Also include her assistant, Marilyn Cole at: marilyn.cole@marriott.com or 301-380-7525.
    * Chad Callaghan, Vice President of Loss Prevention: chad.callaghan@marriott.com. Also call his assistant Pat Murphy at 301-380-7814 and presuming he ignores your call, feel free to page him at: 800-313-9391.
    * Jim Diehl: Don't forget the General Manager (and reportedly regional executive) who started this mess:, jim.diehl@marriott.com, phone: 704-333-9000, fax (directly to his office): 704-358-6522.

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    You may find your NC representative by going here:
    http://www.grnc.org/contact_reps.htm

    You may write your federal congressman by going here:
    http://www.house.gov/writerep/

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    Support these PRO RKBA merchants who, as GRNC sponsors, are supporting your Second Amendment rights:

    Hyatt Coin & Gun Shop, 3332 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28208, 704-663-5656, http://www.hyattguns.com
    Duncan Gun & Pawn, 414 Second St., North Wilkesboro, NC 28659, 336-667-6303, http://www.duncangun.com
    Shooter's Express, 2 Caldwell Dr., Belmont, NC 28012, 800-358-GUNS, http://www.shootersexpress.com
    The Aisle Pawn Shop, 216 N. Main St., Mooresville, NC 28115, 704-663-5656
    Gunner's Alley, LLC, 203 N. Harrison Ave., Ste. 130, Cary, NC 27513, http://www.gunnersalley.com, 919-388-1991, contact: Ed Guerriero, ed@gunnersalley.com
    C & E Gun Shows, 4225 Fortress Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060; Phone 540-953-0016 or 888-715-0606; http://www.cegunshows.com/
    Ryan & Nina Leonard, Down South Ammo, Home of "SOUTHERN THUNDER" Exploding Targets, http://downsouthammo.com/


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    I am a Marriott's Reward Member. I just fired off an e-mail to Mr. Keith Thomas with my objections and a request to be removed as a member. I won't be staying at Marriott any more....

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    No response as of yet. Am I the only one not surprised?

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