Tuesday, February 22, 2011
White Power "postponed;" celebrate Black History Month!
So last night at the Arise board meeting, Holly got an email stating that the hate group New England White Power was having a public meeting at the Worcester Public Library tomorrow. Not only that, the NEWP meeting was taking place at virtually the same time and in a room right next door to a film series being sponsored in honor of Black History Month! Coincidence? I think NOT!
This morning I reached the woman running the film series. She had only just heard about NEWP's meeting the day before, and was waiting to hear back from the head librarian. She had heard that some folks from Clark University were planning to protest.
"What do you want people to do?" I asked.
"Well, I'm going ahead with showing the film-- The Souls of Black Girls."
"OK, I hope to see you there," I said.
So this is a dilemma-- so little time to organize, and what is the best strategy? I've heard of Nazis marching in cities where the residents stood on the streets and turned their backs on them. Then there's the Phoenix, AZ response:
A few minutes ago, the Worcester Public Library website announced that the WELP meeting has been "postponed."
But we know there will be a next time, and a next time.....so what will we do?