Tina Richards, Grassroots America, Feb. 20, 2008
Now is not the time to be silent. Now is the time for our voices to be heard. It grows across our land, these words of hate: From Jena LA to the doorstep of Sean Bell, racist acts destroy lives. But these acts don't happen in a vacuum. They are cultivated and raised through a social structure of hate and acceptance of ideas that preach violence against those that are different. Showing resistance, showing numbers, showing this is not the path our nation needs to go down gives opposition to those ideas. This event is too important to remain silent. Will your voice be heard?
Protest Neo-Nazi Conference This Saturday, February 23, at 10AM, Herndon VA (near Washington DC's Dulles Airport)
What: March and Protest against Neo-Nazi Conference
If you are not in the DC Metro area, Call or fax the Crowne Plaza Hotel Phone: (703) 471-6700
Fax: (703) 742-8965 to register your dissatisfaction.
Who: Resistance and Solidarity, Grassroots America, Hip Hop Caucus, UFPJ (United for Peace and Justice), A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), AfterDowningStreet.org, Activists from Maryland, DC, and Virginia
When: February 23, Saturday, 10:00 AM
Where: Chandon Park, 352 Juniper Ct. Herndon, VA, to Crowne Plaza Hotel
To get to Chandon Park using public transportation, take the Orange Line metro to the West Falls Church station. Then, take the Fairfax Connector Bus #950 towards Reston Town Center. Get off at Elden St and Herndon Parkway and walk left for about a quarter of a mile. The park will be on your right. The bus leaves West Falls Church Metro every half hour starting at 8am (8am, 8:31am, 9:03am, 9:33am, 10:01am, 10:25am, 11:01am...) and takes approximately 30 minutes.
Those promoting social justice will march from Chandon Park (352 Juniper Ct., Herndon, VA) to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. We will then converge at the hotel to protest the racist hate spouted by the AmRen National Conference.
"We will not allow these racists to promote their hate mongering and terror in our communities without a challenge," said Marco Del Fuego, of Resistance and Solidarity, a DC-based anti-racist group. "We want the public to know that this event is not welcome here because this organization supports criminal policies and violence towards blacks, Latin American immigrants and other minorities in the region and the country," he said.
"I support the right of racists and fascists to freely assemble and speak. And I encourage everyone else to assemble and speak against them, because their beliefs are not an unimportant distraction but a disease eating its way deeply into mainstream American culture," David Swanson, Co-Founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, said. "I graduated from Herndon High School in the town now playing host to a racist convention and now regularly torn apart by xenophobia directed at poor immigrant workers. That was 20 years ago, and in that time we have moved in the direction of accepting new forms of racist and religious hatred and new mergers of corporate and governmental power. I encourage the people of Herndon to turn out and speak up nonviolently on behalf of tolerance and understanding."
The AmRen conference organizers call for a white supremacist society and political order. American Renaissance (AmRen) editor Jared Taylor states: "If whites permit themselves to be displaced, it is not just the high culture of the West that could disappear but such things as representative government, rule of law and freedom of speech, which whites usually get right and everyone else usually gets wrong." Among past and present participants in this gathering are Klan member David Duke, Don Black, the operator of the white supremacist website Stormfront.org, former NY state prosecutor Michael Regan and Nick Griffin of the neo-fascist British National Party.
"There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part, you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop! And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!" - Mario Savio