Olympia, WA--On Monday, July 3rd 2006 in Olympia, concerned community members from the surrounding Puget Sound region will be rallying to oppose the presence of a neo-Nazi group called the National Socialist Movement in our community.
The rally will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Tivoli Fountain on the capitol campus, with plans to conclude at sometime after 4:00 p.m.—the NSM has a permit to occupy the steps of the capitol from 2-4 p.m.
The Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace has played a central role in spearheading the organizing necessary for conducting the rally and we strongly urge other organizations to join us in seizing this opportunity to demonstrate, with a fundamental goal of building a sustainable movement working for racial, economic, and social justice.
A broad cross-section of communities, including members of diverse ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and political persuasions will confront this group peaceably, utilizing various non-violent tactics, demonstrating that this type of behavior will not be tolerated, especially in our town. The counter-rally is one of numerous activities the Olympia community has participated in, including educational workshops, outreach, and community organizing that numerous individuals and organizations have played crucial roles in facilitating.
The direction and objectives of our demonstrations, as briefly mentioned earlier, are intended to affirm and celebrate diversity. We seek to use this unfortunate occurrence, the rallying of a neo-Nazi hate group in our town, to create a celebratory afternoon of community solidarity, drowning out the negative message promoted by the NSM, forming an atmosphere of unity and compassion.