Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Floyd Cochran - Going To Gettysburg
Often times I am asked by community activists, what they should do when a hate group/racist gang is planning on coming to their community?
My answer to the community is to turn a negative, into a positive - instead of playing into the hate group's hands, look for ways to counter their messages, use the opportunity to reach out to others in the community, find creative ways to blunt any impact the racists may have on a community.
From Project Lemonade to eduction, to offering community wide alternative events, take the ball out of the hands and hoods of the bigots.
Recently, I received such a call from people in the community of Gettysburg,Pennsylvania - the Ku Klux Klan has a permit to "rally" on the Gettysburg Battle field Saturday Sept. 2.
After speaking with residents and community activists in Gettysburg, offering ideas and suggestions, I later received a call back from them asking me if I would like to be part of their program. As a result, I will be in the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania area for six days, starting Aug. 28 thru Sept. 2 - speaking at local events, colleges, meeting with people, reaching out and helping the community of Gettysburg deal not just with the KKK and Hal Turner (racist from NJ ) but helping to put together long term goals that will deal with everyday bigotry and racism, not just when it comes with a hood and hateful rhetoric.
It is an honor to work and build relationships with the people from "Adams County Unity " who's creed is "Celebrate unity in our community" - the Adams county people have put together a whole week of activities and on the day of the KKK rally are offering alternative events that invite everyone who believes in unity, diversity and equality.
Declaring the following on the Adams County Unity web site:
"Here in Gettysburg, when others would seek to point out their reasons to spread hate, we prefer to unify in love and friendship as a gathered people living in the Adams County area.
"It does not matter the color of your skin or hair, your age or beauty, gender or sexual orientation, marital status or religion...all are welcome; all are friends!"
With that I ask all my friends Pennsylvania and elsewhere to join with the people of Adams county during the week of August 28 Thur Sept. 2 to help us build Unity in the community.
During the week of August 28 till Sept. 2,while I am in the Gettysburg area, I will keep you posted on the activities and happenings via our friends at citizens against hate web site:
Hope to see you all in Gettysburg - Floyd
One Peoples Radio and Citizens Against Hate
Posted by Nikki at 8/15/2006 08:30:00 PM