Texas mask organizer dies of COVID-19

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Caleb Wallace, co-founder of San Angelo Freedom Advocates and state coordinator for the West Texas Minutemen, died of COVID-19-related causes, according to a gofundme update from his wife, Jessica Wallace.

“Caleb has broadcast peacefully. It will live forever in our hearts and minds❤️ “, reads the latest update of the campaign that was created to help Wallace’s three children and his wife, a mother who stays at home and expects a fourth child in late September.

“This money will also go to Calebs’ medical bills as they start coming in,” says an update to the campaign description. the bear”. I have to pray for the best and prepare for the worst. “

Although Wallace had become a semi-regular feature of local news through his conservative activism, it was his battle with COVID-19 that gained national focus after his family’s struggle surfaced. in an article published in the San Angelo Standard Times on Sunday, August. 22, 2021.

His organization of the “Freedom Rally,” a protest against state and local mask requirements during the summer of 2020, made him a figure of some importance among community members who opposed mask mandates.

This opposition to coronavirus mitigation measures, such as mask warrants, led Wallace to found San Angelo’s freedom advocates with a related local, Coco Simpson. Freedom advocates held local rallies such as the San Angelo Freedom Parade in July 2020 and the October 2020 Rally to end the COVID-19 Tyrrany.

“It’s pacifying the 1.2% who speak loudest and leave us the rest,” Simpson said in an interview about Governor Greg Abbott’s July 2020 term: “If you want to wear a mask, feel free to do so. I don’t choose and I shouldn’t wear any to make you feel better. “

According to reports, Wallace believed that vaccination warrants also violated people’s constitutional rights. In an article published in the New York Times on Friday, August 27, 2020, Wallace’s father testified to his son’s stance against vaccine and mask requirements, saying, “After seeing all the government’s efforts here , he decided he wanted to do something about it “

“I can’t tell if I’m free to breathe outdoors or breathe behind … sucking air behind this thing,” Wallace said as he spoke to local officials at a COVID-19 update held by San Angelo City Council on November 13, 2020.

“My health has nothing to do with you. As harsh as it sounds, but our fundamental constitutional rights protect it. Nothing more, “Wallace said.

“I’m sorry if this is blunt and I don’t care. Yes I care. I care more about freedom than your personal health. ”

Wallace’s most recent public action took the form of an open letter, published locally on April 10, 2021, addressed to the San Angelo Independent School District, where the school board was asked to “immediately terminate ALL policies. related to COVID “.