Injunction to STOP Newnan Nazi Rally

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Neo-Nazis, ANTIFA, and other counter protesters will converge on the small town of Newnan Georgia on Saturday April 21st, 2018 if the city does not take direct action.  The white supremacist and self-proclaimed Neo-Nazi organization, National Socialist Movement, has a history of violence and non-compliance with law enforcement.  NSM is currently in litigation for charges associated with the death of Heather Heyer and the mass injuries that resulted from the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virgina.  Please help us by signing our public petition calling on the city of Newnan to enact an Interlocutory Injunction siting the overwhelming risk irreparable harm to residents, business owners, and visitors.  

"On behalf of the citizens of the city of Newnan, GA, I formally request the court to comply with a public motion to establish a hearing and instate an Interlocutory Injunction to prevent irreputable harm to the community and local businesses effective April 21st, 2018 with a duration that extends to April 22nd, 2018.  The city of Newnan has permitted and intends to allow the federally defined hate group, National Socialist Movement (NSM), to host a rally at Greenville Street Park Saturday April 21st, 2018 without the consent of residents and business owners.  The petitioners feel an interlocutory injunction is the only way to provide complete public safety in leu of NSM’s rally.  Prior pleadings and accompanying evidentiary submissions were not used in the determination and granting of the permit for Greenville Street Park.  The citizens hereby find the city of Newnan and the Newnan Police Department negligent and unable to provide the mandatory safety requirements of hosting this dangerous and criminality convicted organization, National Socialist Movement.   The citizens intent of an interlocutory injunction is necessary and demonstrates a strong likelihood of success based on the merits defined below.

 Background Summary: National Socialist Movement

o   “The Largest Neo-Nazi group in the United States” – Southern Poverty Law Center

o   Detroit-based White Supremacist and self-proclaimed Neo-Nazi Political organization founded in 1974

o   The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies NSM as a Hate Group.

§  Hate Group: A social group that advocates and practices hatred, hostility, and/or violence towards members of a race, ethnicity, nation, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other designated sector of society.

§  The FBI defines the primary purpose of a Hate Group is to “promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons belonging to a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/natural origin which differs from that of the members of the organization.”

o   One of the organizing groups of the deadly Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as one of the largest groups in attendance.

o   Leader: Jeff Schoep (City Permit issued to Mr. Schoep)

o   A member of the United States Nationalist Front coalition of White supremacist, White Nationalist, Neo-Nazi, and Neo-Confederate groups.

 

Violence, Criminal Action/Intent and Litigation involving the National Socialist Movement

o   2017 Charlottesville, Virginia/Unite the Right Rally

·         2-Day rally that overwhelmed all law enforcement until a State of Emergency was declared on August 12th, 2017.

·         Rally/Riot resulted in the death of Heather Heyer, a nonviolent counter protester, at the hands of a known white supremist and NSM affiliate and sympathizer: James Alex Fields.  Two responding law enforcement officers were also killed when their helicopter crashed while performing overhead reconnaissance.

·         The event turned violent after protesters clashed with counter-protesters, leaving 3 dead and over 30 injured during the 2-day incident of civil unrest.

·         The Unite the Right rally, also known as the Charlottesville rally, was a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States, from August 11 to 12, 2017. Its stated goal was to oppose the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park.

·         Organizer, Nathan Damigo, said the rally was intended to unify the white nationalist movement in the United States. 

·         Protesters included the National Socialist Movement, Vanguard, white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, Klansmen, neo-Nazis, and various militias.

·         Marchers chanted racist and anti-Semitic slogans, carried semi-automatic rifles, swastikas, Confederate battle flags, and anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic banners.

·         The morning of August 12, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency, stating that public safety could not be safeguarded without additional powers.

§  Within an hour, the Virginia State Police declared the assembly to be unlawful and revoked the permit NSM and other alt-right groups had acquired from the city. 

§  At around 1:45 p.m., a known white-supremacist, plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) away from the rally site.  Killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19.  The driver and known NSM associate and sympathizer, James Alex Fields, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions described the attack as domestic terrorism, and authorities began a civil rights investigation to determine if the driver will be tried under hate crime statutes.

 

 o   Charlottesville Suit Against the National Socialist Movement
·         After the August riot and violence in Charlottesville two lawsuits targeting 21 racist “alt-right” and hate group leaders, including the NSM and leader Jeff Schoep, were filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia and another in Virginia Circuit Court.

·         Organizations named in both suits are the National Socialist Movement (NSM); Traditionalist Workers Party (TWP); League of the South (LOS), and Vanguard America, a two-year-old white supremacy group claiming 12 U.S. chapters. Two Ku Klux Klan groups, the Loyal White Knights and the East Coast Knights of the KKK, are named defendants in the federal suit.

·         The 96 page Federal Court filing accuses the white supremacists of violating the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 and other statutes and seeks compensation and punitive damages.

·         They also ask the courts to intervene with legal orders preventing a repeat of the deadly events that occurred in Charlottesville on August 11 and 12, and barring use of private militias at such events. Plaintiffs in the 96-page federal suit are described as “University of Virginia undergraduates, law students and staff, persons of faith, ministers, parents, doctors, and businesspersons - white, brown and black; Christian and Jewish; young and old.” The City of Charlottesville, along with several businesses and neighborhood associations, are plaintiffs in the 81-page state suit.

·         The lawsuits claim the rally in Charlottesville was planned for weeks, with its organizers making extensive use of social media.  The federal suit states “hundreds of neo-Nazis and white supremacists traveled from near and far to descend upon the college town in order to terrorize residents, commit acts of violence, and use the town as a backdrop to showcase for the media and the nation a neo-nationalist agenda.”

·         While the federal suit focuses on civil rights violations, the state suit targets what it describes as the illegality of using militia forces to “protect” alt-right and white nationalist demonstrations.

o   2005: NSM was responsible for leading the demonstration that sparked the Toledo Riot.

§  4 hour conflict between protesters, Toledo Police, NSM and other White Supremacist groups in attendance. 

§  NSM refused to obey orders from Toledo Police to vacant the city limits with a police escort.

§  12 people were seriously injured, 11 Police Officers had minor injuries, and more than 30 citizens were arrested.

§  Rioters targeted police, media, and emergency vehicles. 

§  Local Businesses suffered hundreds of dollars in property damage and looting.

§  Mayor Jack Ford declared a state of emergency and imposed an 8pm curfew on the entire city.  SWAT team members, local police and private security firms were employed to patrol Toledo that evening.

o   2006: NSM Rally at the capitol in Lansing, Michigan which resulted in violent street fighting and dozens of injuries.

o   2010: NSM demonstrated against illegal immigration at the Los Angeles City Hall, resulting in dozens of minor injuries from violent outbursts with counter protesters.

o   2012: Two NSM members were arrested, charged and sentenced to prison for drug trafficking, stockpiling weapons, plotting terrorism against the US Mexican Consulate.

o   2016: NSM and the Traditionalist Worker Party organized the rally that turned into the Sacramento Riot.

§  10 people were hospitalized with stabbing and laceration wounds.  9 of those hospitalized were counter protesters demonstrating against NSM and white supremacy.

§  6 of the stabbing victims were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and remained in critical condition in the days that followed.

§  In the weeks following the riot, NSM members sent an email threatening bodily harm to the students of a middle school in Berkley, California where a targeted counter protester worked.  

§  4 people were arrested and charged with crimes connected to the riot.

 



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