Dec 6, 2005

Local Activists Announce Peaceful Anti-Nazi Protest

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Left: Protesters at the aborted October 15 NSM rally; photo by historymike

(Toledo, OH) A coalition of anti-Nazi activists gathered at the Sanger Branch Library to call for a peaceful, non-violent protest of Saturday's National Socialist Movement rally.

Calling itself TUAR (Toledo United Against Racism), the umbrella group contains members of the ISO, Interfaith Justice and Peace Center (IJPC), League of Pissed Off Voters, National Organization for Women (NOW), the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition (NWOPC), the UT Arab Student Union, Jobs with Justice (JwJ), and UT Anti-War. A number of individual Toledoans also signed the endorsement document (I will avoid posting their names here to prevent them from being subject to the sort of cyber-harassment that these rallies seem to inspire).

This group plans to meet outside of COSI-Toledo at noon on Saturday December 10. The assembled protesters will then march to the designated area as specified by Toledo Police for the rally.

Left: TUAR addresses the members of the press not engaged in the media "blockade"

Joining the Toledo coalition will be a number of regional groups, including the National Women's Rights Organizing Coalition (NWROC), members of the Worker's World Party, and members of the Revolutionary Workers' League (RWL).

Keith Sadler of the ISO outlined the group's goals, and then spoke of the unifying reason for the combined protest.

"Simply put, we are here to protest the Nazis, a terrorist organization," he said. "Our peaceful, non-violent gathering is to stand up against the racist philosophies of this group."

Not in attendance were members of the Type A Collective, a group which will be announcing its plans on the day of the rally.

12 comments:

Lisa Renee said...

I didn't realize the NSM were a "terrorist" group.

sigh...man that word gets tossed about too often anymore.

Anonymous said...

The antifa are the real terrorists. They want to deny freedom of speech through their terror tactics.

Mr. Schwartz said...

Mother Nature must hate nazi's also. They are calling for a high of 30 with a good chance of snow.

Anonymous,
The nazi's don't want free speech for the Jews. Talk about your hypocrisy!!!!

historymike said...

Lisa: That may be a rhetorical stretch, but many people feel threatened by the Nazis.

Anonymous: Anyone who stands up for the Nazis as some type of free speech protectors is both a blithering fool and someone who needs to study history.

Harry: Let's hope this cold snap we are experiencing holds through Saturday. It's supposed to be in the single digits in Toledo tonight.

Lisa Renee said...

Mike, I realize that but I still take issue with it.

It's more of the "oh look it's bad when it's them" but "okay when it's Us' mentality.

Not from you but from these groups. Frankly I see no benefit to either side, they are both extreme and both evoke hatred as their theme whether that is their intention or not.

Neither solves anything, neither does anything productive and both? Contribute to violence/destruction. It doesn't matter how "honorable" someone tries to promote their cause as to me, it's the end result.

historymike said...

I, too, wish that we all could get along better, Lisa.

Perhaps we are witnessing the last gasp of the racist right.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

The antifa are the real terrorists. They want to deny freedom of speech through their terror tactics.
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Funny, that is what the Nazis did in Nazi Germany 70 rears ago through the SA. When they came to power they removed freedom of speech from the constitution

A Midwest Antifa said...

Lisa Renee said... I didn't realize the NSM were a "terrorist" group.

I imagine that you have never been the victim of racial intimidation or violence which is why you can dismiss neo-nazi organizing as not being worth noticing? I may be wrong but some how I doubt it.

A nice photo recently surfaced with Jeffrey Schoep (nsm commander) and his good friend Aryan Nation's member Scott Belk. Belk and his wife were recently picked up last week after being on the run. He allegedly killed his mother.

ajax saith said...

as an alternative to attending this rally being subjected to some pre-winter weather discomfort and vicious hate from the enemy i would prefer to stay within the comfort of my room resting my body in my recliner under the warmth of my comforter blanket as i enjoy watching the fuhrer adolf hitler give some of his memorable speeches and watch the nazi might in action from the numerous documentary footage i have downloaded from bit torrent websites

yes i know of course the nazi regime crashed and burned itself into dust and it has become very popular to hate it, but the imagery of nazi might continues to inspire and live within the minds of many as they rediscover the third reich and the power and might and fear and dread they spread wherever it was their boot tread

Do said...

Lisa, the reference to 'terrorist' may have some relevance (I agree it is used too often!)...from dictionary.com:

terrorist

adj : characteristic of someone who employs terrorism (especially as a political weapon); "terrorist activity"; "terrorist state" n : a radical who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in small cells; often uses religion as a cover for terrorist activities

NOT defending NSM, but several groups could fall under that definition.

And Ajax - it's odd that you refer to staying "within the comfort of my room" as your vantage point for Saturday's activities. I'm wondering if perhaps you don't have a home of your own versus a 'room'? And if sitting around watching videos of short guys exercise their false bravado, then enjoy yourself, but all means.

Hooda Thunkit said...

Regardless of these group's desire to show the nazis their displeasure, I sincerely wish they would focus on"what works," and give the nazis no audience.

Silly me, what was I thinking...?

ajax saith said...

to do(lt):
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"And Ajax - it's odd that you refer to staying "within the comfort of my room" as your vantage point for Saturday's activities. I'm wondering if perhaps you don't have a home of your own versus a 'room'? And if sitting around watching videos of short guys exercise their false bravado, then enjoy yourself, but all means.'
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room as in bedroom or study that area of habitation that becomes the sanctuary for relaxation and personal meditative reflection

'short guys', 'false bravado'hmmmm would that be your reference to the fuhrer adolf hitler?

adolf hitler was without question without comment without debate the greatest political figure in the 20th century, his name is so special even if infamous none since him dare to apply it to themself, the power, the might, the passion hitler evoked from his speeches are without peer since his passing, one would have to go back 100 years before hitler's assendency to napoleon to find any historical figure in any way comparable to him

while his name and memory have become evil in the eyes and mind of most there is no denying the specialness that hitler was

to almost single handedly rise from obscure origins and ignite a revolution in a nation hungry for leadership, to grasp the heart of his countrymen and play on their sentiments and emotions stroking their heartstrings as if a master harpist

one of the things i greatly respect and admire in adolf hitler is the fact that this man was completely self immersed in total passion for his cause and beliefs

and as far as 'false bravado' the german people are probably the most heroic and highest examples of masculine strength and virtue that the white nation tribes have within their family

to ridicule to disrespect and be haughtily dismissive toward your enemy is a very effective tool in countering that which you oppose, but to be stupidly ignorant of historical truth is to present yourself to be in possession of inferior and intellectually dishonest mental abilities