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REMINDER: "Nazis Not Welcome!" Gathering & Rally this Saturday (10/6) @ Lents Park

WHAT: Community gathering and rally: "Nazis Not Welcome! Unite Against Racism!"
WHO: Speakers and performers currently include Mic Crenshaw of Hungry Mob and Walidah Imarisha of Good Sista/Bad Sista. More TBA.
WHEN: Saturday, October 6, 1PM onwards.
WHERE: Lents Park, corner of SE 92nd & Holgate.
10/6 rally poster image
10/6 rally poster image
.pdf poster for 10/6 rally
.pdf poster for 10/6 rally
Spanish-language .pdf poster for 10/6 rally
Spanish-language .pdf poster for 10/6 rally
Ad-Hoc Committee Against Racism and Fascism

Contact: Ad-Hoc Committee Against Racism and Fascism,  fight_them_back@riseup.net, 971.285.4688 (voicemail).

Portlanders Will Rally Against the Neo-Nazi "Hammerskin Nation" Gang
Community Gathering Responds to White Supremacist Festival

Portland, Oregon - As white supremacists plan a three-day gathering to be held in the greater Portland area from October 5 - 7, community members and anti-racists throughout the Pacific Northwest will gather in response on what is scheduled to be Day Two of the "Hammerfest" hate festival. An anti-racist community gathering and rally will take place on October 6, starting at 1PM in Lents Park located on SE 92nd & Holgate. The rally intends to expose white supremacist groups in the Northwest, as well as to bring diverse communities together in a stand against fascist organizing and violence aimed at Jewish people and people of color, sexual minorities, and activists.

The October 5 - 7 "Hammerfest" event is being planned by the neo-Nazi "Hammerskin Nation" skinhead organization. The Hammerskins hope to bring hundreds of racist skinheads and "white power" revolutionists to its twentieth-anniversary celebration. The Hammerskins began their organized activity in 1987, when they were known as the Confederate Hammerskins, a violent and racist skinhead gang in Dallas, TX. The Hammerskins have now grown into a "Hammerskin Nation" with national and international affiliates. The Hammerskins combine thug tactics with recruitment through hate rock, to forward their Hitler-admiring agenda. The upcoming "Hammerfest" in Oregon was organized in conjunction with Volksfront, a Portland-led white supremacist group linked to two of the killers of Ethiopian immigrant Mulugeta Seraw in 1988. Similarly to the Hammerskins, Volksfront has chapters throughout North America and also on other continents.

Although still small, fascist groups have been growing in post-9/11 America. Small numbers may still have bigger influence, as Neo-Nazi sway is based on a willingness to use violence and to terrorize targets. Last week, a Virginia-based Neo-Nazi website made headlines after it published the personal information of Black high school students accused in the Louisiana "Jena Six" case, calling for their lynching. Just three days before the Portland "Hammerfest" starts, Hammerskin members in Florida will begin trial for the attempted assault of an anti-racist activist there. Those coming together for the Lents Park rally are determined that similar provocations do not take place here.

Details concerning the Saturday, October 6 anti-racist event are below.

WHAT: Community gathering and rally: "Nazis Not Welcome! Unite Against Racism!"
WHO: Speakers and performers currently include Mic Crenshaw of Hungry Mob and Walidah Imarisha of Good Sista/Bad Sista. More TBA.
WHEN: Saturday, October 6, 1PM onwards.
WHERE: Lents Park, corner of SE 92nd & Holgate.

The October 6 rally in opposition to "Hammerfest" has been called by the Ad-Hoc Committee Against Racism and Fascism. Founded this September, the Ad-Hoc Committee is dedicated to monitoring and opposing white supremacist groupings in Portland and beyond. As large neo-Nazi rallies have often been preceded by bigoted attacks, the Ad-Hoc Committee wishes to work with community groups and people of good conscience who want to respond to fascist mobilization.

To obtain a chronology of recent white supremacist activity in the Pacific Northwest, or for more information on anti-racist endeavors, please contact the Ad-Hoc Committee: 971.285.4688 or  fight_them_back@riseup.net

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REUNION DE LA COMUNIDAD:
NAZIS NO SON BIENVENIDOS!
UNETE CONTRA EL RACISMO!
SABADO 6 DE OCTUBRE, A LA 1PM EN LENTS PARK

Esquina de SE 92nd & Holgate. Locutores y ejecutantes de artes que se anunciaran.

La Nacion Hammerskin, una banda racista de skinhead, pretenden celebrar su ventiavo aniversario en una localidad en la mayor area de Portland , del 5 al 7 de Octubre de este ano. Los Hammerskins estan organizando su evento Junto a Volksfront, un equipo neo Nazi con base en Portland ligado a los 1988 asesinos de Mulugeta Seraw imigrante de Etiopia. Integrate a nosotros, asi podemos estar juntos y unidos contra esos TONTOS racistas, apredamos de cada uno de nosotros, y planiemos como acabar con esos fanaticos!

Para mas informacion de esta reunion o para reporter actividades racistas/facistas en tu area contacta:

Ad-Hoc Committee Against Racism & Fascism
voicemail: 971.285.4688  fight_them_back@riseup.net

phone: phone: 971.285.4688 (v.m.)


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why lents park? 05.Oct.2007 11:25

lents resident

is there any particular reason this rally is being held at lents park?just curious since i live only a few blocks from the site.

Nazi symbols in St. John's 05.Oct.2007 13:04

dEK

I don't know if this is related, but I've been noticing some nazi hate messeges scrawled on bustops in North Portland on Fesseden. They are definatley new this week! I wonder if this is in celebration of the upcoming hate convention. I contacted Trimet about this and they plan to clean up the hate graffiti. Just thought I might make you all aware that there may be trouble a-brewing.

counter protest still going on?? 05.Oct.2007 15:43

stinky

I just drove by the park were the hammer fest is supposed to be going on and I saw NO one. You would think they would be setting up? or Hanging out.Did someone check to see if they got a permit for this specific park?

Thanks

Hammerfest was not happening in Lents park 06.Oct.2007 20:46

Working Class Mama

The anti-racist rally happened there today. Hopefully you made it there, cuz it was a good time!