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Boston Venue Pulls the Plug on Hate Conference
06 Apr 2009
A call to the VFW by Turn It Down found that the event had already been canceled quickly and decisively. A management source at the South Boston VFW emphatically explained that the venue had no idea as to the nature of the event they were scheduled to host: “We want no part of that. It has no place here, and it ain’t welcome. We shut it down as soon as we knew.”
An article from Turn It Down about the VFW canceling the Volksfront show this weekend. We're not sure that Turn It Down is completely right that this cancellation signals the last we'll hear about this event so stay tuned for updates as the week goes on. A nice victory article.

There's also a public statement from the VFW hall where the show was supposed to happen.

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Boston Venue Cancels Hate Conference!

For all of our friends and supporters who've been following our efforts to shut down a white power conference scheduled for this weekend in Boston, here's the great news. Below you'll find our initial news writeup on the cancellation of Patriot Action by its previously unsuspecting Boston venue. More details to follow as we get them.


Boston Pulls the Plug on Hate Conference

Ever since the white nationalist group East Coast White Unity began promoting a conference in Boston, slated for April 11th, reaction from the community was strong. The Patriot Action Conference, which would have included speakers from various hate groups and several well-documented white power bands, advertised sponsorship by both ECWU and Volksfront. The location remained closely guarded and unknown to the many organizations and individuals seeking to protest the event – until today.


Boston Indymedia published a report by Anti-Racist Action and the North-East Anti-Fascists, detailing the location of the Patriot Action Conference as the South Boston VFW Hall. The report provided the hall’s phone number and encouraged readers to phone in their thoughts on the VFW’s plans to host a hate conference. A call to the VFW by Turn It Down found that the event had already been canceled quickly and decisively. A management source at the South Boston VFW emphatically explained that the venue had no idea as to the nature of the event they were scheduled to host: “We want no part of that. It has no place here, and it ain’t welcome. We shut it down as soon as we knew.”

The Turn It Down Campaign would like to congratulate Boston’s bands, music fans, anti-racist activists, and everyday citizens for taking such a strong stand against the efforts of hate groups to gather in their communities. Many people and organizations have been working against this event since it was announced. Its cancellation is proof that a community can keep hate out.

Here's the official response from the South Boston VFW:

Saturday, April 11th 2009 Cancellation Notice

The South Boston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6536 (VFW Post 6536)
has canceled the event slated for this Saturday, April 11th, 2009 and
refunded the deposit, originally paid by personal check, after
discovering the nature of the event, which conflicts with the ideals
and values of the VFW Post 6536. As Quartermaster, I have refused to
sign and validate the event approval form which is a requirement for
all VFW Post hall rentals. No reschedule will be set at this function
hall, so please, no inquiries.

Sincerely,

The Quartermaster

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Neo-Nazi Show in Boston 4/11: Shut it Down!
06 Apr 2009
THE SHOW MUST NOT GO ON!
NO NAZIS IN BOSTON!

This Saturday the racist white supremacist , neo nazi groups East Coast White Unity and Volksfront plan to try and gather fascist from far and wide for a concert at a VFW post in South Boston.


The boneheads plan to get together to jam out to some white power music, we will be gathering together to send them the message that they are not welcome in Boston!

Join together with members of the Boston and greater New England community to expose the fascists for what they are,

RALLY AGAINST RACISM

STOP THE NAZIS

Meet at the Columbus park in South Boston at 1pm on Saturday 4/11.


Down the street from Andrews T stop off the Red Line
Go left on Dorchester ave until you come to the park

CALL THE SOUTH BOSTON VFW
617 464 4301

Tell them that Saturdays show at 2pm is a neo nazi white power show ,
let them know how you feel about that.


~ Anti-Racist Action , North-East Anti-Fascists

Keep on the look out for more updates this week and a more complete
call to action!
Call to action against Nazi concert
06 Apr 2009
antinaziflyer.doc
antinaziflyer.doc (40 k)
Media Advisory

contact: AntiRacistBoston (at) gmail.com

April 6, 2009

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*Nazis coming to Boston*

This Saturday, April 11, 2009, a Nazi fundraising event featuring Neo-Nazi
leader Billy Roper will be held at the South Boston VFW hall (7 Ellery
St., South Boston 02127). The event, "Patriot Action," is scheduled to
kick-off at 2 PM. It will be hosted by East Coast White Unity (ECWU) and
will draw Nazis from all over the United States.

Members of the local community and media are encouraged to join the Boston
Anti-Racist Coalition (BARC) in a demonstration against racism at the
nearby Columbus Park at 1 PM. To voice outrage and concern, call the
South Boston VFW post at 617-293-6947.

BARC is a newly formed coalition of groups and individuals working
together to combat racism and fascism in the Greater Boston community and
surrounding areas.