Alt-Right Frat Boys Descending on Oakland Tonight. Local Businesses Fighting Back.

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The Proud Boys, everybody’s favorite Alt-Right frat boys, have planned a meet-up in Uptown Oakland tonight. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center the Proud Boys are anti-muslim misogynists, and that “rank-and-file Proud Boys and leaders regularly spout white nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists.” Don’t they just sound lovely?

The businesses in Downtown Oakland are having none of this shit and have organized a counter event called the Pro-Oakland Movement”. The details are below and were posted on FB by the bar/restaurant Make Westing:

The Proud Boys, a group of white racist nationalists notorious for violent confrontations across the country, including the terrible events in Charlottesville, have decided to throw a meet up in our city. They declared an intention to host their event at Make Westing, an establishment whose values stand in direct opposition to this Alt-Right group.

Make Westing has decided to join with our neighbors and create a “Pro-Oakland Movement” event on this day. This will be a celebration of what we love about our community and show that our diversity and pride is our strength.

A variety of establishments in the neighborhood will all be simultaneously hosting fundraisers on Monday, July 23rd for organizations such as Black Lives Matter, The Transgender Law Center, ACLU, Planned Parenthood and others.

Those of us at Make Westing stand united with our community to say: Racists, Fascists, and the Alt-Right are NOT welcome in our establishment.

We are asking the community to come join our celebration of our city and each other. We strongly oppose the violence this group supports and all acts of violence in our place of business and in our communities.

Please watch out for each other next Monday night and join us in Uptown as we take a stand in Love and against hate.

Where: 1741 Telegraph Ave, Oakland Ca
Date: Monday July 23rd
Time: 4pm-2am
***21 AND OVER***


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