[Fwd: Help support Coeur d'Alene anti-fascist protest]

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@idirect.com)
Tue, 22 Jun 1999 17:52:34 -0400


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Subject: san: Help support Coeur d'Alene anti-fascist protest
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 1999 13:22:37 -0700
From: Marcel Hatch <marcelh@portal.ca>
Reply-To: san-d@tao.ca
To: abc-mtl@tao.ca

21 June 1999  (please distribute widely)

Dear Anti-Fascist Friends,

On July 10, Aryan Nations and hooded Klansmen will once again march in
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. At last year's parade, there were 90 white
supremacists and nearly 1000 civil rights protesters.

This year, Anti-Racist Action (ARA) and United Front Against Fascism
(UFAF) are forming Coalition Against Nazis (CAN) to organize a large,
orderly, outspoken counter-protest to this parade. We are mobilizing
advocates of civil rights across the Northwest U.S. and Canada to make
sure the world knows Nazis can't hide in Idaho!

SOME THINK THE NAZIS SHOULD BE IGNORED
Aryan Nations feels at home in Idaho. That's because the official policy
of Coeur d'Alene business leaders, city officials and the Kootenai
County Task Force on Human Relations has been that Nazis are best
ignored.

Mayor Steve Judy is urging everyone to turn their backs on the
Hitlerites and "avoid the parade," as he did last year. The Kootenai
County Task Force on Human Relations, which in 1998 led civil rights
advocates
out-of-state for a rally while the Aryans took over one of their
streets, is hosting a human rights celebration on July 10, in Coeur
d'Alene, but far away from the fascists' march. This marks a steady,
slow movement over the years by the Task Force to locate its actions
closer to the scene of Nazi activity.

Those who have suffered violence by the bigots already know that the
place to be is at the site of the Aryan Nations parade.

Business leaders who are heavily dependent on tourism would just like
the publicity created by the civil rights protest to disappear. After
all, who wants to vacation in a state that is world famous for bigotry
and racist
violence?

TURN THE SPOTLIGHT ON ARYAN NATIONS
CAN believes that the extreme right cannot be ignored. White
supremacists multiply when they can convince their recruits that they
are "superior" because of their capacity for violence and frightening
people. The best antidote for their propaganda is community
mobilizations which show that the majority are not afraid and will stand
up for each other and for equality. That's why we urge the city's civic,
religious, and political
spokespeople to call for and participate in a civil rights protest at
the site of the Aryan Nations parade.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
* Share this letter with a friend.

* Attend the CAN counter-demonstration in Coeur d'Alene.

* Endorse CAN's demonstration. We want to show support from a broad
array of people of color, feminist, radical, Jewish, labor,
environmental, gay and youth organizations.

* Sign the pledge below and send it to Coeur d'Alene Mayor Judy.
Circulate it on the Internet. Urge others to sign and send one as well.

* Make a generous donation to help publicize our efforts. Checks can be
made out to UFAF/Idaho march and mailed to 5018 Rainier Ave. S.,
Seattle, WA 98118.

SEE YOU IN COEUR D'ALENE
This is a good year to take a stand against Aryan Nations. You'll be
standing up for Matthew Shepard, murdered by homophobes in Wyoming; for
James Byrd Jr., killed by the KKK in Texas; for ARA members Daniel
Shersty and Lin "Spit" Newborn, assassinated by Nazi boneheads in Las
Vegas; for your friends, your neighbors and yourself.

Be part of the multi-racial solution to the divide and conquer ideology
of the fascists and make history in Idaho this summer!

Sincerely,
Marcel Hatch
CAN Vancouver
<marcelh@portal.ca>


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PLEDGE TO PROTEST THE ARYAN NATIONS PARADE

Dear Mayor Steve Judy and City Council,

When the Aryan Nations march in Coeur d'Alene, I pledge to support those
who protest their hate-mongering and violence. I urge you to join the
advocates of equality and anti-fascism by calling for and participating
in
this counter-protest, and protecting the constitutional rights to free
speech of myself and others who believe in a multi-racial society
cleansed of all forms of bigotry.

__________________________________________________
name			city

Send to: City Hall, 710 E Mullan, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
fax (208)769-2284, email <cdaadmin@nidlink.com>

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ENDORSEMENT FORM

Coalition Against Nazis (CAN)
PO Box 8775, Moscow, Idaho 83843 (208) 992-9755
<cove@moscow.com>

Yes, I'll endorse CAN's civil rights protest of the Aryan Nations
in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, July 10, 1999*

__________________________________________________
Name

__________________________________________________
Address

__________________________________________________
City/state				Zip

__________________________________________________
Country

__________________________________________________
Phone(s)				e-mail

__________________________________________________
Organization/Title

____	This is an organizational endorsement.

____	This is an individual endorsement, affiliation
	listed for identification only.

____	I / We will help distribute the pledge to Coeur d'Alene
	Mayor Steve Judy.

____	I am interested in joining the UFAF car caravan to Idaho.

____	I can take passengers.

____	I need a ride.

____	Enclosed is a contribution to the Coalition Against Nazis for

	$___________.
	(Please make checks payable to organization/Idaho march.)

*Your or your organization's name will be used in future notices for
events to help build public support for the demonstration.

CAN CONTACTS:
CAN Vancouver, Rebel Centre, 2278 East 24th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5N
2V2
(604) 874-9048 tel/fax <fsp@wimsey.com> or <tony@tao.ca>

United Front Against Fascism: 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118,
USA
 (206)722-2453ph, (206)7237691 fax, <nicholuma@aol.com>

Anti-Racist Action Calgary: P.O. Box 23147, Connaught P.O., Calgary Ab,
T2S 3B1, Canada(403)221-0098 ext.111-0107, <aracalgary@hotmail.com>

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COALITION AGAINST NAZIS
Protest Against the Aryan Nations

ENDORSERS as of 6/19/99

AUSTRALIA
Progressive Labour Party (Victorian Division)

CANADA
BC New Democratic Party Socialist Caucus
Refugee Defense Committee
Supporter of Iranian People's Fedaian Guerrillas -- Vancouver
Socialism From Below Group

CALIFORNIA
National Radical Women

IDAHO
Friends of the Clearwater/Cove Mallard
Seeds of Peace

OREGON
Black Monday Committee
Labor Party, Columbia River/Willamette Valley Chapter

WASHINGTON
Jason Adams, Industrial Workers of the World*
African Community Development Association
Kaidi Al-Muntaqin Allah, target of racist terror
Black Dollar Days Task Force
Darryl Coaxum, Carpenters Local 131*
Helen Collier, African American writer
Jerry Cranci, IATSE Local 15*
Dyke Action
Dyke Community Activists
Freedom Socialist Party
Robert Gurtiza, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance E-Board*
Dr. Robert Jeffrey Sr., Pastor New Hope Baptist Church
Norma Kelsey, President OPEIU #8*
Labor Militant
Sarah Luthens, co-chair Outfront Labor Coalition/GLBT Pride at Work*
Emmett Murray, Newspaper Guild*
Labor Party
Nancy Rising, OPEIU 277*
Sarah Scanlon, SEIU Washington St. Council*
Seattle Displacement Coalition
Seattle Mumia Defense Committee
Omari Tahir, African American activist
Washington Fair Trade Campaign