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As white nationalist "Straight Pride" rally draws close in #Modesto, local #LGBTQIA center targeted by neo-Nazi posters promoting Daily Stormer, less than a month after local #Sikh temple + priest were attacked by man screaming, "Go back to your country!" itsgoingdown.org/neo-nazi-poste…
On August 24th, long-time anti-LGBTQ activist Don Grundmann will rally alongside Mylinda Mason, a local GOP organizer and head of California Republican Assembly - Stanislaus. In the past, Mylinda has run for a seat on the @Stanislaus_GOP Central Committee. itsgoingdown.org/modesto-straig…
@Stanislaus_GOP Grundmann and Mason's event, according to their website, promotes the "inherent superiority" of "whiteness," the "Caucasian" race, "Western Civilization," and attacks the LGBTQ community as "sodomites" that they are waging a "war" against.
@Stanislaus_GOP Grundmann made headlines around the world when he went before the #Modesto City Council to complain about not having insurance for his rally and yelled about being a "peaceful racist group."
@Stanislaus_GOP When speaking with @willsommer of the Daily Beast, Grundmann launched into a series of anti-Semitic tropes and was asked if he harbored hatred toward Jews. He replied, "You can figure it out." thedailybeast.com/far-right-grou…
@Stanislaus_GOP @willsommer Soon after the Straight Pride event was announced, a Sikh temple right outside of Modesto was attacked and vandalized, with the attacker also beating a priest that was on the grounds while screaming, "Go back to your country."
@Stanislaus_GOP @willsommer Grundmann spent weeks stating that the #ProudBoys would stand with him at his event, however a Facebook account claiming to represent the "Modesto Proud Boys" claims that they won't be in attendance. If this is true remains to be seen.
@Stanislaus_GOP @willsommer While Grundmann and Mason lack a permit for their rally, they say their event is still on and will announce their exact plans on their website on Saturday, while a counter-protest press conference is set for Thursday. modbee.com/news/local/art…
@Stanislaus_GOP @willsommer Last week, someone also targeted a local LGBTQ center in #Modesto, putting up posters promoting the neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer.
@Stanislaus_GOP @willsommer The #Modesto City Council has also recently passed a new ordinance against the wearing of masks at protests, carrying pepper-spray, and holding signs with sticks. Local activists see this mainly as an attempt to criminalize antifascist and anti-racist protesters.
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