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