Anti-Racism Rally in Caledonia, Sunday March 28th

Dear friends,

Anti-native activist Gary McHale has recently had his bail conditions altered to allow him to enter Caledonia, where he has organized numerous protests directed against the Six Nations reclamation. Last week, on March 21 (the International Day for the Elimination of Racism) over 60 non-native anti-racist activists mobilized on short notice to show up un-announced to McHale’s most recent “anti-racist” protest aimed at denouncing the OPP for not having arrested enough Six Nations land defenders. After standing alongside the road with signs saying “Anti-Racism = Anti-Colonialism”, “McHale is not an Anti-Racist”, “Negotiations Yes, Injunctions No!” the anti-racist activists began their rally alongside the nearly 100 people that came out McHale’s anti-native “anti-racist” rally.

Anti-racist speakers drew out the connections between anti-racist struggles and anti-colonial movements over their sound system and mingled with local residents that were there for McHale’s rally. Visibly worried that the speeches of the anti-racists and the intermingling of the crowds might be loosening his ideological grip on his followers, McHale abruptly canceled his planned rally and rushed his supporters back in their cars before they could be “contaminated” by the speeches coming over the anti-racist sound system. For further details please see http://6nsolidarity.wordpress.com/

The attendance of large numbers of anti-racist activists standing in solidarity with Indigenous rights was successful in creating dialogue with Caledonia residents and in showing the mainstream media that McHale does not speak for all non-natives. McHale is now planning to organize another rally on March 28 in Caledonia at 2pm. We call on all anti-racist activists and supporters of indigenous struggles to come to Caledonia to join us in building an anti-racist dialogue to help resolve the issue of Six Nations land rights, to peacefully show with our presence that Gary McHale does not speak for all non-natives, and to underline the fact McHale’s political program and political activities are most certainly not “anti-racist”.

Please join us again this Sunday, April 28th, outside of the Caledonia Lions Hall at 100 Haddington St, Caledonia where we will begin our protest at 1pm sharp.

For more information about the CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group please check out http://3903fnswg.wordpress.com/

If you have any questions about our counter rally or if you need a ride or can offer a ride to the protest please email 3903fnswg@gmail.com to arrange details. We would appreciate it if you could RSVP to our email address so we can get a sense of how many people will be joining us at the protest.

In solidarity and struggle,

The CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group.

We append below the text of our call-out for the March 21st Rally which provides further information and background about Gary McHale and his followers.

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Protest Gary McHale’s Anti-Native “Anti-Racism” rally in Caledonia, Sunday, March 21 at 1pm.

March 21st is the International Day for the Elimination of Racism — a day that grew out of anti-colonial resistance to South African apartheid. Increasingly, it is also becoming a day which neo-nazi groups are trying to co-opt by claiming it as “World Wide White Pride Day” http://www.stormfront.org/forum/showthread.php?p=1749334

Now Gary McHale, the noted anti-Native activist who has made a career for himself by stirring up tensions between people in Caledonia and Six Nations is getting in on the action. On March 21 he and his followers are organizing a so-called “Anti-Racist Rally” in Caledonia, claiming that white people in the town are the victims of ongoing “racism” at the hands of people from Six Nations and the provincial government. http://voiceofcanada.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/join-merlyn-kinrades-anti-racism-rally-in-caledonia-on-march-2110/

McHale’s followers are planning to gather for a “rally” outside the Lion’s Hall in Caledonia and then according to one of the organizers, they are considering trying to march onto the Six Nations controlled former Douglas Creek Estates in order to have a “potluck” – a move calculated to raise tensions and produce further conflict in the area. http://caledoniawakeupcall.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/plenty-of-reasons-to-rally/

As far as we know, Gary McHale has no formal connection with neo-Nazis, but his constant attempts to portray white people as ever present victims of “land claim terrorism,” his painting of activists from Six Nations as ‘violence prone thugs’, and his misrepresentation of the colonial reality that indigenous people face every day in Canada, lays the groundwork for openly racist groups and individuals to spread a message of hatred and fear in white communities surrounding Six Nations. There is documented video evidence that prominent Canadian neo-Nazi Paul Fromm has attended McHale’s rallies in the past, as have members of the neo-nazi Northern Alliance group http://6nsolidarity.wordpress.com/the-far-right/.

The CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group took the initiative to organize against McHale and his followers when he organized the “Caledonia Militia” group for the purpose of carrying out citizens’ arrests of Six Nations people defending their land rights last summer. http://3903fnswg.wordpress.com/2009/06/21/a-call-for-a-peaceful-protest-against-the-formation-of-an-anti-native-“militia”-in-caledonia/

Now that he is again organizing a public rally, we call on all anti-racist activists and supporters of indigenous struggles to stand in solidarity with Six Nations and show that Gary McHale does not speak for all non-natives, and that his political program and political activities are most certainly not “anti-racist”.

Please join us in gathering outside of the Caledonia Lions Hall at 100 Haddington St, Caledonia starting at 1pm.

The CUPE 3903 FNSWG.

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