The Boston Globe reports that anti-racist gadflies failed in their attempt to shut down a White power rally in New England this weekend. After being frozen out of their original location in Boston, the White activists moved their rally from Boston to Loudon, New Hampshire, where it took place successfully on Saturday April 11th, 2009.
The event, titled Patriot Action, was organized by East Coast White Unity (ECWU) and Volksfront. Initially scheduled for the VFW hall on Ellery Street in South Boston on Saturday, hall organizers pulled the plug on the gathering under anti-racist pressure. The VFW announced its cancellation on Tuesday April 7th, explaining that the White pride rally conflicted with the ideals and values of VFW Post 6536. But according to Billy Roper, the Chairman of White Revolution, they anticipated this possibility and reserved another hall in advance, adding that White activist groups often double-book their events, anticipating protests. "We always have several venues because we know there are a lot of people in America . . . who want to take away our right to free speech", Roper said. And so they moved on to American Legion Post 88 on South Village Road in Loudon, New Hampshire.
Billy Roper also spoke at the rally, attended by more than 200 people. When reached by phone during the event, Roper said, "Everyone who is [scheduled to speak] is speaking, the bands are about to go on, and everything's going fine". He then called out, "Hey boys, are we having a good time?" A chorus of voices on the other end shouted enthusiastic agreement. Roper has since posted a report on the White Revolution blog. Another activist who was present posted the following brief report on Stormfront (and on VNN Forum as well):
Despite the best efforts of the antis the event went on!
70-80 people were there, 50 or so from New England, New York, and New Jersey plus 20-30 who traveled from every corner of the country.
Billy Roper gave a good talk, followed by Mike from VF, then an intermission. Dave from American Front gave a few words, followed by our keynote speaker Paul Fromm, who gave an excellent talk as usual, touching on the current status of white North America and how we arrived here, including discussion of the recent financial crisis.
After the speakers, the bands played for a couple hours, Slavia from New York City followed by Whitewash from Texas. The antis knew where we were but didn't dare show their faces! Thanks to all who came out, we look forward to hosting more such events in the future!
The last time Roper came to Boston was in 2005, to protest a service at Faneuil Hall commemorating the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. Two of his 20 White Revolution supporters were arrested during fighting with demonstrators outside the memorial.
John Dyment, a member of Post 88 in Loudon, said the hall had been unwittingly rented out to the white activists, although he did not know who took the order. He said he called the police when he found out about the event. "We know about it, the cops have been notified and I hope it's being taken care of," Dyment said. "When we found out the telephones were coming off the hook". A Loudon Police Department officer who would not give his name said police did not know the event was scheduled at the American Legion.
The Boston Anti-Racist Coalition, which was organized this year in response to the scheduled VFW event, informed the Globe of the event last night. A coalition spokesman who said his name was Ian Curtis said the group relied on anonymous tipsters, who confirmed where the rally was being held. "We had some boots on the ground who got us visual confirmation about the [white supremacist rally]", Curtis said. "We've been encouraging [Post 88] to try to shut it down." Other anti-racist reaction is documented on Chrisy58's blog and on One Primate's Project.
Note on the poster shown on top that $5 of every ticket sold was to be allocated to POW support. The term "POW" refers to White activists who have been incarcerated for activities relating to political activism. Though some of their crimes would also be crimes in a White society, they are still considered POWs because of their activism. A list of White nationalist POWs can be found HERE. Another site, FreeTheOrder, is devoted to those POWs who were members of The Order, led by Robert Matthews.
Afternote: Hilarious how all the antis and the media thought the event was cancelled after the VFW got cold feet. They forgot who they were dealing with. Billy Roper and Scott Clarke weren't exactly born yesterday. They had tricks up their sleeve and played them at the right time. And the antis are pissed - which is a good thing!