Left: Two dozen members of the NSM rally in Toledo on October 15; photo by historymike
(Lansing, MI) In response to the planned National Socialist Movement (NSM) rally on the state capitol steps on April 22, Lansing Mayor Bernero is launching a community-wide effort to counter the neo-Nazi rally.
The mayor will be announcing the details of the "Win the Day-Stay Away" rally at a press conference tomorrow, March 15th at 1:00 PM in the lobby of Lansing city hall.
By holding a separate "Win the Day-Stay Away" rally, Mayor Bernero wants to encourage a positive, responsible reaction and reduce the possibility of violence from occurring.
Similar efforts in Toledo were unsuccessful on October 15, although placing the alternative rally less than a mile from the neo-Nazis was, in hindsight, probably a tactical error. It was a quick jog down Central Avenue to the rally-turned-riot zone.
Efforts to encourage people to stay away in December at the second Toledo rally - aided by a strictly-enforced court order - proved more fruitful. Counter-demonstrators, at least those not jailed, numbered about 100.