I attended the festivities today with the intent of witnessing and also of assisting with any peacekeeping that might be needed.
We had heard that the NSM planned to march from the east side to Sylvester Park around noon. Quite a few people gathered in preparation about a block down from The Risen Faith church. I noticed a woman standing alone in front of the church so I went to stand with her, we were there for about 45 minutes. I'm glad I did so, we had a great conversation. We were present to encourage folks to keep any protest away from the church and to keep the peace as needed. Several members of the church came out to meet us, wonderful interaction.
Eventually most of us at our various places on the east side decided to move down to Sylvester Park and join with those already there. Shortly after we arrived we learned that the NSM folks had appeared outside The Olympian and that a loud verbal conflict was under way.
I'm tired, so my sense of humor is most likely strange, but I must say, these guys have no fashion sense. No complete uniforms, shirts untucked, boots unpolished. They did have swastika armbands and flags, which got their point across.
More later once I get some rest.
Later addition: The title for this comes from the signs that were printed and offered to all we protesters. "Olympia says: NO to Nazis. 'Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.'-Martin Luther King, Jr."
Head on over to The Rambling Taoist, where Trey makes a good point about the NSM march in Olympia:
The Nazis are coming! The Nazis are coming! This is the call that is ringing out throughout the Olympia Peace Community. It seems the National Socialist Party (Nazis) are holding a rally and march today in Olympia, WA. The newspaper reports the organizers expect a contingent of only 15 or so.
Olympians for Peace plan a counter rally -- one that will drown out the Nazi message and will send the following message, "No Nazis in Olympia".
As a self-defined radical left winger, you might think I welcome such a counter rally and plan to be at the head of the procession. And, if you think this, you're wrong.
Do I agree with the Nazi message? Hell NO! I find it reprehensible, hateful and downright disgusting. BUT I also agree with the right of free speech and free assembly. Consequently, while I abhor all the Nazis stand for, I defend their right of free speech.
This makes sense to me. If the NSM were banned from marching, many of us would be outraged, and would protest to protect their right to exercise free speech.
Morris Dees, founder and chief trial counsel of the civil rights group Southern Poverty Law Center, came out to TESC a few years back and spoke to a packed house. Excellent speech from someone who has been in the trenches for quite awhile.
Floyd Cochrane, the ex-director of propaganda for the Aryan Nation, now educates people about white supremacist organizations. He left the Aryan Nations when:
In 1992 when his son was born with a cleft palate, Mr. Cochrane’s fellow members reminded him that all people with genetic defects would have to be killed in accordance with their beliefs. It was at that point that he left the group and began to reevaluate his beliefs.
There is an interesting anaylsis of the current political situation within the religious right at Online Journal. It relates to Rev. Hutcherson, who threatened to boycott Microsoft over its position on civil rights for homosexuals [exerpted from Blustering boycotts: The business of theopolitics By Mel Seesholtz, Ph.D.]:
Robert L. Jamieson, Jr., Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist, noted that “Hutcherson is Dobson’s Mini-me and just as overzealous.
I did a little snooping on the web and found the following press release on Overthrow.com:
National Socialist Movement To March Through Crime-Ridden Non-White Neighborhoods In Seattle, Orlando
January And February Demonstrations Against Black And Hispanic Crime Set
1/20/2006 8:38:15 AM
NSM Press Releases
Seattle, Washington; Orlando, Florida -- ANNOUNCEMENT #1:
NSM Northwest Regional Protest:
Patriots Against White Genocide!
NSM Northwest is sponsoring a protest Janurary 22, 2006.
All NSM Northwest members/supporters and other White Patriots are invited to this public event in the Seattle Area!
Please contact Jim Ramm Via email@example.com or phone Justin # 206-391- 0649 NSM Seattle for final directions.
White Support keeps pouring in.
Then there's this update on nukeisrael.com:
NSM Event: Patriots Against White Genocide
We are marching to protest government policies that promote a very real Holocaust that is murdering White People. Jews love to speak of Hitler's alledged "Holocaust" while they plot and scheme real genocide to destroy white race.
Every Mexican invader you see is another nail in coffin of the white race.
Join With the patriots Sunday January 22 in the Seattle Area and send the hooked-nosed virus a strong message of white unity!
contact Jim or Justin: 206 824 2762 for more infomation.
Jim Ramm: firstname.lastname@example.org
1/21 - We receive death threats via phone and email.
On 1/20/05 The Filthy Nigger Animal running the hatesite: One Primate Project called NSM Seattle Leader Justin Boyer and threatened violence if we protest in Seattle Jan 22! An army of police are going to be at the rally. We hope the chimps try something: it will give the cops a reason to shoot groids. We would prefer the police didn't get involved since our security staff would really enjoy wiping the streets clean of rioting subhuman blackies. But we must follow the law so we will let the cops deal with the niggers and other commie filth.
I have the feeling that, if these are folks that are heading for Olympia tomorrow, it will be difficult for counter-protesters to stand by in silent witness. I urge people who go to prepare yourself to see and hear things that you haven't ever seen before. Only in this way will you be able to exhibit restraint in the face of some pretty nasty types. Otherwise, I fear there is the potential for real ugliness.
A SPLC project -Tolerance.org , this particular link direct to Washington state hate group info, including Olympia
What is the National Socialist Movement?
Rally on Capitol steps at noon with Seattle Men's and Women's Choruses.