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October 2, 2017
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Americas: Meeting Planning in the Age of Activism


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On September 11 Muslim Advocates, a legal advocacy organization, sent a letter to the president and CEO of Marriott International Inc., Arne Sorenson, asking him to cancel a conference at one of his hotels.

The ACTCON2017 conference is scheduled to take place October 2 and 3 at the Marriott Crystal Gateway, in Arlington, Va. The group organizing the conference is called ACT for America, and has been characterized as an extremist group and the largest anti-Muslim group in the United States by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The founder and leader of ACT for America is Brigitte Gabriel, who has previously been quoted as saying that anyone who believes in the teachings of the Koran, “cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States.”

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