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STOP HATE STOP MATT HALE January 11th in Lewiston, Maine (english)
17 Dec 2002
Modified: 21 Dec 2002
I've grown up in Maine. I love Maine. I'm not going to let
a leader of a white supremacist group spread racist propaganda unanswered.

This is a call to action from East Coast Anti-Racist Action (ECARA) for all to converge on the city of Lewiston, Maine, on Saturday, January 11th, to shut down the World Church of the Creator’s (WCOTC) speaker presentation featuring Matt Hale, the white supremacist leader of the group.

STOP THE WORLD CHURCH OF THE CREATOR, NATIONAL ALLIANCE, AND MAYOR LARRY RAYMOND!

NO TO FASCISM IN LEWISTON, MAINE!

This is a call to action from East Coast Anti-Racist Action (ECARA) for all to converge on the city of Lewiston, Maine, on Saturday, January 11th, to shut down the World Church of the Creator’s (WCOTC) speaker presentation featuring Matt Hale, the white supremacist leader of the group.

STOP THE WORLD CHURCH OF THE CREATOR, NATIONAL ALLIANCE, AND MAYOR LARRY RAYMOND!

NO TO FASCISM IN LEWISTON, MAINE!

This is a call to action from East Coast Anti-Racist Action (ECARA) for all to converge on the city of Lewiston, Maine, on Saturday, January 11th, to shut down the World Church of the Creator’s (WCOTC) speaker presentation featuring Matt Hale, the white supremacist leader of the group. This is also a mobilization against the National Alliance’s (NA) racist campaigns to divide the working class of Lewiston through advocating an anti-immigrant agenda. Furthermore, it is imperative that we do not forget the gross violation of security dealt to the Somali community in Lewiston by Mayor Larry Raymond, with his racist requests to the group, and his apathy towards burgeoning xenophobic and anti-immigrant hysteria in the city.

The WCOTC has been linked to dozens of violent hate crimes, including a shooting spree by one of its members, Benjamin Nathaniel Smith, which resulted in 2 deaths, 8 injuries, and the taking of said members life. The group’s pseudo-religion preaches that biracial children have no souls, and that Jews are the spawn of Satan. The mass deportation of all nonwhites from the United States is advocated by Matt Hale’s teachings, and the group uses the same eugenic theories used in nazi Germany to convey their beliefs on the supposed ‘superiority of the white race’.
“When we come to power, we will execute all race traitors.” - Matt Hale, 12/12/02

The National Alliance is currently the largest and most active neo-nazi organization in the United States, with an ever-increasing Canadian presence. Since the group’s birth a plague of dozens of violent crimes, including murders, bombings and robberies, have been linked to NA members or have been inspired by the group's propaganda, such as the Oklahoma City bombing. At the same time, the organization has experienced major membership growth, with its numbers more than doubling since 1992.
“Let's face it, to the Jews all of America is just too darn White. Too darn GENTILE. They don't feel comfy. Jews seem to think that our purpose in life is to make them feel as comfortable as possible. It isn't. Just say no to the Jews.”- National Alliance

Since his October 1st, 2002 letter to Lewiston’s Somali community, Mayor Larry Raymond’s racist sentiments have fueled prejudice and encouraged the covert campaign of racial hatred being carried out by the NA. His lack of concern for the well being of all Lewiston residents, and his inactivity in combatting organized racism in the city, has resulted in a tragic manifestation of racism in Maine, which has not been seen since the massive Ku Klux Klan presence in the state during the 1920’s.
“This large number of new arrivals cannot continue without negative results for all. The Somali community must exercise some discipline and reduce the stress on our limited finances and our generosity. …We have been overwhelmed and have responded valiantly. Now we need breathing room. Our city is maxed-out financially, physically and emotionally.” -Letter to the Somali elders from Mayor Larry Raymond

The fact that fascist scum such as this believe that they can exploit the current racial tensions in Lewiston to further their own racist agenda is disgusting. Lewiston has better concerns to deal with, without having to combat a racist Mayor Larry Raymond, Matt Hale, the NA and their parade of white supremacists marching through proclaiming their ‘racial purity’, while casting slurs and prompting violent attacks on innocent Lewiston residents of all backgrounds.

We are calling upon all anti-fascists, those in solidarity with the struggle for the rights of immigrant communities, students, labor activists, human rights advocates, and in general, all working class people of Lewiston and abroad, to band together on January 11th, and from that day forward, in order to stop any intended racist organizing and intimidation within Lewiston, on the part of the WCOTC, NA, municipal government, and all other bigoted groups and individuals.

We ask that those who support and heed this call respect a diversity of tactics approach by any who are in attendance on the 11th. Through this method, we believe that maximum success can be reached in our goal of halting any activity by the WCOTC through promoting community self-defense with the empowerment of the people. If our range of opposition techniques will be at its highest point of diversity under an umbrella of anti-racist ideological unity, there are no limits to what we can accomplish on January 11th, or anytime else in the future.

THEY SHALL NOT PASS!

ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE IN OPPOSING THE WORLD CHURCH OF THE CREATOR, THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE AND RACIST MUNICIPAL POLICIES!

Hitler was ignored during the rise of the Third Reich. History ignored is history repeated.

For more information, please contact ECARA at: eastcoastara (at) canada.com

www.antiracistaction.ca/eastcoast/
See also:
www.antiracistaction.ca/eastcoast
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Rides from Boston? (english)
20 Dec 2002
Is anyone planning on going to this from Boston? Getting a group together? Sharing rides?
In touch with Somali community? (english)
20 Dec 2002
Is anyone in touch with the Somali community in Lewiston, the main target of Hale's attack? Or are people just bursting in as a vanguard that knows what's best for the people they claim to be defending?
Going to Maine (english)
21 Dec 2002
We are working closely with the Somali community in Maine. A local collective has been holding biweekly meetings were up to 60 members of the Somali community have showed up at one time. Our actions are going to be cordinated with local actions.

Steph-people will be organizing a caravan from Boston to head up. Check indymedia for future posts on the topic.

see you in Maine!