Anti-Racist Action in Pikeville, KY
$5,320 of $6,000 goal
White Nationalists are holding an event in Pikeville, KY in late April. The National Front, The National Socialist Movement, and The Traditionalist Worker's Party are hosting a conference, as well as a rally downtown Pikeville.
They are planning to "Unite the Alt-Right." As Kentuckians, and as anti-racists, we must take a stand against hate. In order to do that, we need to raise money for transportation, minimal housing (camping), supplies, banners, and other money that may be needed.
This can be found on our Facebook page, but it is our direct response to their conference, as well as a promise to the people of Pikeville:
Louisville ARA Communique in support of the brave & the belligerent resisting fascism from the hollers of Eastern KY to the seats of power in D.C.: This is an embrace.
Communique from Louisville Anti-Racist Action in opposition to the Traditionalist Workers Party, National Socialist Movement, and National Front: We will see you at your party.
Make no mistake, these groups are not, have not, and will never be allied with the legitimate aspirations of working class people. It has come to our attention that these nazi organizations have collaborated to host one of the biggest white nationalist conventions to date in Pikeville, Kentucky, at Jenny Wiley State Park on April 28-29, 2017.
Contrary to their rhetoric, they are not fighting to make the lives of working-class folks better, or to protect the rights of blue-collar workers. The current administration they so vehemently advocate as good for workers and their families, has only consolidated power and money for the very rich. All the while they are defunding social programs, voting against benefits for veterans, undermining unions with "right to work", defunding women's health clinics, dismantling public education, gagging state and federal regulatory bodies, criminalizing leftist social movements and stripping immigrants of their rights as American citizens.
These white nationalists are actively working to make our communities unsafe for women, people of color, Islamic people, Jewish people, LGBTQIA folks, laborers and anyone actively resisting their call for white separatism and racially motivated violence. They are only interested in supporting white citizens, to further divide people, bending the narrative to promote their fascistic platform and climb higher on the political ladder. The greatest lie ever imposed on America's working class; that white workers do not have affinity with workers of other creeds or nationalities. We will not remain silent while these opportunists attempt to hijack our history of working class solidarity.
Pike County is the home place of Smilin' Sid Hatfield, of black, white, and Italian miners who fought the coal company's hired thugs and the might of the federal government to protect their rights and build a dignified life for their families. Those of us from that area lay claim to our culture, to the red bandana, to the sacrifices made by our ancestors on Blair Mountain. As Louisville ARA, we stand against nazis, whenever and wherever they show their faces or spew their hate. We will be present at this conference and everywhere else they go. We stand in solidarity with the residents of Pikeville, and with anyone else who stands up against fascism. We invite you to do the same. The rising tide of white supremacy must be dismantled.
Their ideas don’t keep our people safe. For this reason, they are not safe. Not in Appalachia, not in Kentucky, and not anywhere else. We will be there, and we will not be alone.
Love and Solidarity,
Louisville Anti-Racist Action
"Don't scab for the bosses,
Don't listen to their lies
Us poor folks haven't got a chance,
Unless we organize
Which side are you on? Which side are you on?"
Florence Reece, Harlan County, KY 1931
You can find out more information on the groups who are coming here:
This is a video about them talking about why they want to come to Pikeville. Note: We have been to Pikeville, they are NOT currently working with the community there.
The National Socialist Movement is hosting their annual banquet and meeting at the event in Pikeville, so we can expect higher numbers than orignially anticipated.
Here is where you can read about 7 anti-facists getting stabbed by white nationalist in Sacra.mento, CA last summer. And then the Golden Gate Skins posted about it in their forum at whitenationalist.org .
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Thank you again for everything!