This coming Saturday (June 11, 2005) the Knights of the White Camelia Ku Klux Klan will be holding an event in Tomball Tx (outside of Houston, by Conroe and the Woodlands). For those who do not know, this klan group is what is considered "the Vidor klan". They have roots throughout South and Eastern Texas as well as Western Louisiania. The men that dragged James Byrd to death a few years ago were said to have had affiliations with the White Camelia group.
The group is going to be having an event at the Tomball Community Center that they are dubbing as a "klan history" and the importance of white survival program. However it is actually meant to serve as a recruiting drive. Their event is open to the public (unless you are not white and not of european descent), so that leaves some room for people to go inside and bring along various shenanigans. We are not certain as to what the cop presence will be like as of yet, but the event is open to the public, so they have to allow people into the building without any sort of invitation or the like. One of the main points of bullshit that goes along with this event is that the city of Tomball knowingly RENTED their community center out to the Klan. They have tried to say that under the guise of first ammendment rights they had to rent the building. This is total and complete shit, as well as a lie. Usually the klan and other such groups hold rallies on the steps of courthouses, or in national parks, where unfortunately their "free speech rights" are guaranteed. This does not apply to a facility such as a civic center, in which a fee was paid to rent the building.
Anti-Racist Action chapters from across Texas will be converging upon Tomball on the morning of June 11th in protest of the Klan being there. It is the primary goal of A.R.A. to actually shut the event down, or to keep the majority of the participants out of the building and off the property all together. While tactics will not be discussed in an open environment like this one, we do believe that it will be possible to make this event a failure for the klan without having anyone get arrested, and without actually having to come to blows with either the klan members or the klan members in blue (the cops).
There are going to be other groups that have a more "passive"plan of action who will be taking part in a permitted demonstration across the street from the community center. This is mentioned for those who might not be interested in directly confronting those people who arrive at the community center with intentions of being a part of the klan event. So there will be a variety of ways to which you can plug yourself in to the days activities. Don't feel that if you don't want to directly confront the klan supporters that you have no place at the demonstration. You are needed in whatever capacity that you would like to come and contribute yourself in.
Please come out and support us and show the Klan that they have no place anywhere, especially in Texas.
The Cleveland, Texas-based White Camelia Knights of the KKK will have a “Lecture and Exhibit” at the
Beginning at 11 AM, a spirited protest against the Klan will be held in the open space at South Cherry Street and Market Street, across from the Community Center.
Sponsored by United Concerned Neighbors; endorsed by Progressive Workers Organizing Committee and International Socialist Organization; Anti-Racist Action will be there, too.
one of many websites: http://www.progressiveactionalliance.org/