Come one come all to protest against hate, and support your neighbors!
This Sunday, the National Socialist Movement's Springfield unit is arranging to protest the 2009 Gay Pride Fest.
The gay pride fest is a small festival for GLBT individuals, their families, and their friends to mingle freely without fear of discrimination, once a year. Loaded with costumes, friendship, acceptance, and neat crafts and products, I myself have participated as a face painter, and found it to be a safe and joyous place to take my children.
This isn't about what you think or feel about homosexuality, this is about what you think of hate and violence against innocent people and children.
"National Socialist Party" is the newest fasionable name for neo-nazis, skinheads, hammerskins, white supremacists, and other hate groups.
The man who murdered others recently at the Holocaust Museum In Washington D.C. was affiliated with groups like the one in our town.
These types of groups generally do not seem to think that the brutal and senseless murder of "lesser beings" such as GLBT individuals, Jews, Native Americans, Pagans, Mexicans, Muslims, African Americans, or anyone else different from themselves is wrong. They think of it as a purification, a cleansing; some sort of positive force that makes communities "safer" for "true Americans". They mean, of course, only people and families of direct white european descent.
Do you want to keep our streets safe for all of the peopple in our diverse community, or do you want to sit idle and wait for them to come for your family once they've run out of other groups to victimize?
The NSM in the midwest are trying to make themselves look good by not getting caught breaking any laws, and adopting a street for litter cleanup, but they're still here, meeting regularly in our public libraries and spreading the toxic cancer of their malcontent troughout our community.
Here's what they say about their plans; "The Springfield Unit will be there along with other white nationalist and members of the community to let homosexuals know that they are not welcome in our town and we will not tolerate their "celebration"."
Erase the hate, silence the violence, and let peace blossom in the streets.
That's tomorrow, June 14th, from 1-9pm on Blane Street and Commercial next to the Glo Center. The address for MapQuest to the Springfield 2009 Gay Pride Fest is 518 E. Commercial Street, or click here for a Google map. The Nazis have not revealed the time they plan to come and form their wall of hatred against our GLBT neighbors, likely to prevent precisely what we are planning, but we will be there, en masse, all day long, and form a wall of loving acceptance for all of the members of our community in order to block the anger and intimidation they intend to aim at our neigbors.
To quote their own words; "Many complain about the NSM, but few are more active" They think they can do whatever they like, and fill our connunity with hate, making our streets dangerous for our children, and that we will not do anything to protect the safety of our homes and families except for saying a few pretty words.
Let's prove them wrong!
Let's get active and show them that Springfield is capable of enough comunity solidarity to drive out their hate!
Bring love and rainbows.
*"First they came…" is a poem attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller about the inactivity of Germans following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group.