(Toledo, OH) I have debated how to proceed with this post, and I have decided to just print this letter verbatim. I will not add any commentary or analysis in this post.
The letter is from a group that has chosen the name "Type A Collective." I have verified that it is legitimate, and sources within the city know about it. A source in the anti-racist coalition also knows of the letter, but was quick to add that the letter "does not speak for the entire coalition."
I should point out that, while there is an anti-Nazi "coalition," there is by no means any consensus on strategy. Most members of the anti-Nazi coalition have pledged a peaceful, non-violent protest.
Other anti-Nazi elements in the coalition are keeping their options open.
I would like readers of the letter to use the comments section to tell me (and the world) what it means.
Here, then, is the text of the letter (the first part of the letter is addressed to me, and the second part to Mayor Ford):
As individuals strongly opposed to racism and fascism we feel it necessary to prevent the planned return of the National Socialist Movement to our city. The NSM is a group with a violent record and a political platform that advocates genocide. History has proven that ignoring groups such as this is a dangerous mistake. Should the city not prevent their return, and instead offer these bigots police protection, there is a significant chance of events similar to those of October 15th taking place. We love and care deeply about our city and will do whatever must be done to
protect it. Below is a letter that was sent to Mayor Ford in the hopes of preventing a potentially disastrous situation on December 10th.
[second part addressed to mayor begins here]
Greetings Mayor ford. [non-capitalization of Ford's name in original]
We are writing to you in regards to the planned return of the National Socialist Movement on December 10th. While we certainly understand the desire to keep the city's planned response a secret, the lack of any strong message about blocking this event is somewhat worrisome. The purpose of this message is to convey that in no uncertain terms will this group be allowed to return to Toledo unopposed. As people who genuinely love and care about our city we think it important that you be aware of the possible ramifications of allowing these fascists to return.
If the Nazi rally is allowed to proceed there is a significant chance of a repeat of what happened October 15th, or possibly something even greater. This is something that this city cannot afford either fiscally or, in the case of many elected officials, politically. It is important that you immediately issue a public notice that the city of Toledo will not tolerate this group returning, and if they do, that
they will not be provided police protection. If no such notice is made, it could potentially have a devastating effect on our fine city.
Respectfully, The type A collective
Anxiously awaiting to hear what readers think of this letter.