Threats of violence and fear mongering will not deter our protest of the Confederate monument in Orange, Texas today (see protest details here).
Yesterday, one of our protest organizers was threatened with violence by one of her co-workers.
Here’s what she wrote on her Facebook:
- A couple coworkers asked for the address and when I gave them the address one of my middle-aged white coworkers spoke out & said, “Good. This will make good for Target practice. I can use the practice.”
Locally based white supremacists have also been posting threatening messages like the one below on social media.
I have been in touch with local authorities and they have provided protection for our organizer (she is safe and secure and Tracie and I will be visiting with her later today).
And the same officials have also assured me that police will be present at today’s demonstration to keep the peace in case white supremacist agitators confront us.
A number of our fellow protesters have already told us that they don’t feel safe coming out today. We completely understand and support their decision not to stand with us.
Anyone who would like to contact me can reach me by phone at (917) 405-3426. Please be patient if I don’t answer immediately. I’ll get back to you asap.
Tracie and I will be there today from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please join us if you can. And please remember that everyone’s safety is more important than anything else.