Monday, January 25, 2010
National Socialist Movement Denver Unit Gets Widespread Local Publicity For Adopt-A-Highway Litter Patrol In Brighton, Colorado
For the first time since signing up to maintain a stretch of U.S. 85 in Brighton, Colorado as part of the Adopt-A-Highway Program, the National Socialist Movement's Denver Unit will deploy to fulfill their periodic commitment, and this has attracted significant interest from local media outlets. Media stories published by the Denver Post, the Longmont Times-Call, the Loveland Reporter-Herald, KCNC Channel 4, and KDVR Channel 31. Discussion on the Denver Post Forums and Stormfront.
The seven members of the Denver Unit will showed up to police their designated one-mile stretch of U.S. 85 south of Bromley Lane in Brighton on Saturday January 30th, 2010. Unit leader Cpl. Neal Land explained, “We want to get the word out that we’re not bad people”. Not only do NSM members want to show that they're good American citizens, but also want to use this tactic as another opportunity to engage the public. “I wanted people to see we are here in this state, that we are active in this state and that we are out there doing things,” Land said.
Land also stated that the NSM Denver Unit has six active members. But since enrolling his unit in the Adopt-a-Highway program and putting the sign up, Land has received inquiries from like-minded people, and a couple of them have joined his group on a probationary basis. Land is a 43-year-old Colorado native and resident of Lochbuie who is a manager at a large retail outlet he declined to name, though he said his colleagues are aware of his political views. Watch KDVR news video embedded below:
When NSM Denver first applied to join the program, Colorado Department of Transportation officials intended to turn them down. But after Land got backing from NSM National Headquarters for a prospective lawsuit, DOT officials changed their mind. The legal precedent was set by a 2005 Supreme Court ruling supported the Ku Klux Klan’s right to adopt a highway in Missouri after they were first turned down by that state.
One of the usual suspects cried the blues, though. Heather Draper, spokeswoman for the Denver-based gay support organization GLBT Community Center of Colorado, said in a statement last week, “The GLBT Community Center of Colorado is saddened to hear that the state has posted signage along the highway — using taxpayers’ money — that lists any organization that discriminates based on race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.”
Another naysayer was Elmwood Baptist Church, which is located along that stretch of roadway and has its own section of the highway that's adopted right next to the supremacists. The church community says the racist group's message being so close by is unfortunate. "This is an alarming vision to have two groups working on the same highway that obviously espouse different views," Dr. Gary Randall said. "We have various different races that are included in our membership and in our ministry. We are totally opposed to any kind of ideology that would be deemed racist."
The NSM Springfield (MO) Unit was the first NSM unit to participate in an Adopt-A-Highway program.