It’s Up to Us to Stop White Supremacist Rallies Throughout America

Charlottesville demonstrated that the growth in white supremacist rallies in the United States is something for everyone to be gravely worried about. When racist organizers overrun the streets with their message of hate, it sends a symbol to people of color, Jews, and other underrepresented groups, and it can turn fatal.

That’s why we’re calling upon you to mobilize your communities to get white supremacists out, because community resistance works. Organizers successfully shut down a rally in Colorado Springs, another at Texas A&M, and one in Richmond to protest the removal of Confederate monuments. The “peaceful” March on Google, organized by white supremacists in nine different cities, following the firing of James Damore has also been canceled!

Below, you’ll find a list of upcoming white supremacist rallies in the United States. Add your name to petitions calling for permit denials — and if there isn’t a petition yet, start one! Join us in saying good night to the self-described “alt-right“!

A note about free speech: Some argue that such rallies are defensible because of free speech rights, and that denying permits to meet on government land could be a violation of both the freedom to assemble and the freedom to speak your mind. Free speech is an important American value — but in fact, there’s a legal precedent here, known as the Brandenberg test.

If speech includes a direct incitement to violence — as for example if a rally is expressly organized to promote violence against antifa or other counterprotesters — it may not be protected under the law. Unlike nations like France and Germany, where the display of Nazi symbols is outlawed and municipalities may exercise more discretion in event permitting, the U.S. theoretically must permit even vile racist hate speech, but only up to a point.

August 19 - Boston: Free Speech Rally on Boston Common

The City of Boston issued a permit allowing a rally of up to 100 people, with restrictions on carrying sticks, backpacks, and weapons. The rally itself will take place between noon and two, with three hours scheduled for setup and breakdown. Boston’s mayor, among many others, spoke out in opposition to the event. Counterprotesters, including a Racial Justice March, are expected.

Sign our petition: No White Supremacist Rally in Boston!

August 20 - Laguna Beach: America First

With a tagline like: “Stand with patriots against left-wing bullies,” you know this march is set up to be adversarial from the start. While it was scheduled before violence broke out in Charlottesville, there are concerns that the rally may be much larger, and more aggressive, than similar events in the past.

August 22 - Phoenix: Trump Campaign Rally

While this event hasn’t been expressly organized as a white supremacist event, Donald Trump is a noted supporter of white supremacist ideology and this week made it clear that he doesn’t support sanctions on groups involved in the movement. During his campaign, rallies turned violent on multiple occasions, with supporters turning out in force. The mayor of Phoenix has asked that the administration consider rescheduling, given current tensions.

August 26 - San Francisco: Patriot Prayer at Crissy Field

While this event is scheduled for San Francisco, it’s important to note that Crissy Field is actually under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service — one reason it may have been chosen as a location, as organizers may have feared their permit application would be rejected. The City of San Francisco has spoken out against the rally, asking the NPS to reconsider.

August 27 - Berkeley: No Marxism in America

Berkeley landed in the news after protests of an event featuring infamous provocateur Milo Yiannopolis turned violent, and white supremacists are back for more with another deliberately inflammatory march. Berkeley’s mayor has indicated that he’s pursuing several options for revoking the march permit, given concerns about the risk of violence. Counterprotesters are expected.

September 9 – Various Cities: America First

Act for America is planning “America First” rallies in cities across the U.S., including Boston, Phoenix, Houston, Upland, Kansas City, Las Vegas, on September 9. According the the Southern Poverty Law Center, Act for America is “the largest anti-Muslim group in the United States.” The city of Syracuse has already denied a permit for the rally planned there. Let’s keep the pressure on and get more of these rallies canceled.

TBD – Lexington: Confederate Monument Removal Protest

White nationalists are planning a rally in Lexington, Ky. to protest the removal of two Confederate monuments at the former Fayette County Courthouse. No date has been set yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start protesting now.

Sign our petition: Stop White Nationalists and Neo-Nazis From Marching in Lexington, KY

Take Action

The time to speak out against hate in your hometown is now. If you live in a city where a white supremacist rally is scheduled to take place, start a Care2 petition to have it canceled or sign an existing one today.

 

Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue

77 comments

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill27 days ago

What about their freedom of speech? This is a slippery slope we are on. If we want to continue to be a free society, we have to allow offensive speech. If you start denying one group, it will be easier to deny another!

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Paulo Reeson
Paulo R2 months ago

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Margie FOURIE
Margie F2 months ago

Thank you

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Jaime J
Jaime J2 months ago

Thank you!!

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William C
William C2 months ago

Thank you.

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Joan E
Joan E2 months ago

Outnumber them. Out-shout them. Out-think them. Scare the racist creeps away.

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Carl R
Carl R2 months ago

Thanks!!!!

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Ch Bradley
Ch Bradley2 months ago

Are you proud of what we are becoming? Cold and lacking compassion? People including that set of politicians who want power over anything else, racists, and cowardly religious bigots have used fear to promote something that is evil and un-American. For those of you that purport to be Christians, yet you hate and you let fear and intolerance dominate your decisions, Matthew 25:40 "And the King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’" Hate is not a family value. The poor, immigrants, LGBTQ people, and people of differing religious beliefs are not what causes societal issues - lack of compassion for and fear of people who are different is causing it.

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