Aug. 20, 2019
PEACEFUL PROTEST TO BE HELD IN OPPOSITION TO AUG. 31 CONFERENCE IN PITMAN, NJ ORGANIZED AND FEATURING ‘ALT-RIGHT’ FIGURES; CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS SPREAD DANGEROUS MISINFORMATION ABOUT PROTEST
PITTMAN, NJ – On Aug. 31, a conference titled “Ending Racism Violence and Authoritarianism” is to be held somewhere in the Pittman/Philadelphia area. Despite its title, the conference boasts several writers, bloggers and so-called “alt-right” figures that have been known to promote the racism and bigotry that has seen a resurgence in today’s society over the past two years. To that end, a protest against the conference is being organized should the event continue as planned to voice concern that such elements are allowed to proliferate, threatening the freedoms and human rights we have long enjoyed in this society.
The conference was originally to be held at the Broadway Theatre, but reportedly the venue closed its doors to the event after concerned calls to the theatre drew attention to what kind of event was being held there. If this in fact happened, it is believed that the organizers will seek another venue, organizer Tim Pool stating that they intend to stay in the area. Possible area venue locations such as hotels and halls are being encouraged to scrutinize all requests to use their space on Aug. 31, to avoid being unknowingly used to host the conference. There is an afterparty for the conference at the Human Village Brewing Co., also in Pittman.
In the wake of this development, conference organizers have made wild accusations against those opposing the event, saying, among other things, that there had been threats to burn down the theatre should the conference be held there. While it is not uncommon for those circles to make such unfounded and ridiculous assertions, it must be stressed that any protests will be peaceful and in the spirit of the free speech rights conference organizers ironically are attempting to circumvent by suggesting such charges. There is also at least one account received of Pool reportedly calling one individual who had promoted the protest asking them to apologize for doing so.
No Hate in NJ is a coalition of organizations and individuals that are focused on an effective opposition to hatred and bigotry in New Jersey. They include Cooper River Indivisible, Collingswood Borough Democratic Committee, New Jersey Revolution Radio. One People’s Project, NJ-DSA (North, South, and Central chapters), and South Jersey Women For Progressive Change. Other groups will be included shortly.
More information about this conference can be found at https://tockify.com/idavox/detail/19/1567263600000 .