Friday, April 06, 2018

Call to action ASAP - CANCELLED

  UPDATE: The group holding the event has cancelled because they do not have the insurance required by the venue. So tonight's protest is cancelled. 

But this was a good test of the network AND possibly points to a community discussion we should have about the First Amendment, hate speech, etc. I hope that one or more community groups might consider putting together something like this. It's a very complicated issue. Government censorship has been used in the past against those advocating for peach, justice, and progress. Where is the line? Who decides?

An anti-Muslim hate group is planning an event at the Omni Center tonight. SURJ requests our immediate action. See link for details. 

UPDATE: The city will not cancel the event (no standards that a bona fide hate group would violate, I guess) so Shoulder to Shoulder La Crosse asks us to
  • Show up at the event at the Onalaska Omni Center at 6:00 p.m. (wear WHITE if you can to symbolize peace, they say) 
  • Bring peace promoting signs (some will be there)
Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that. 
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that. 
Hate multiplies hate,
violence multiplies violence, 
and toughness multiplies toughness 
in a descending spiral of destruction.... 
The chain reaction of evil -- 
hate begetting hate, 
wars producing more wars -- 
must be broken, 
or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. 
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength To Love, 1963

1 comment:

cathy said...

I think Simon Balto's Time Mag opnion piece complements this call to action.