Community Alliance of Lane County is mobilizing with both Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect (SAfER, a CALC program) and Back to Back: Allies for Human Dignity (B2B), to counter recent hate activity and support neighbors along Centennial Boulevard in Springfield. From 4:30 to 6:30 pm Wednesday, April 18, activists will engage in counter-leafleting and distributing information about how to report and get involved in combating hate activity. Individuals wishing to help, as well as the media, are invited to a public press conference and kick-off at 4:30 pm Wednesday in the parking lot at Hamlin Middle School.
On Sunday, April 15, neighbors along Centennial woke to find flyers accredited to the Ku Klux Klan “spouting ugly racist comments” on their door step, according to a CALC press release. “Springfield residents and officials have been outraged by the spreading of these messages and want to send a clear message that hate activity and language will not be tolerated,” says CALC.
CALC is “committed to defending human rights and human dignity.” SAfER promotes human rights, responds when abuses occur and assists public institutions in addressing social justice issues. B2B “exposes and challenges overt bigotry and institutionalized oppression through education, cultural work, and activism,” and “works against racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism.”
Participants are encouraged to arrive at the Hamlin Middle School parking lot on Wednesday afternoon dressed for the weather and be willing to walk the neighborhood to help share anti-hate and anti-racism information.