Minnesota State Fair: Keep "You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International" out!
  • Petitioning Michael Chergosky

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Minnesota State Fair
Michael Chergosky
Minnesota State Senate
U.S. Senate
State Sen. Sandra Pappas
Rep. Keith Ellison
State Rep. Erin Murphy
State Sen. Richard Cohen
State Sen. D. Scott Dibble
Rep. Betty McCollum
State Rep. Karen Clark
State Rep. Paul Thissen
Sen. Al Franken
State Rep. Matt Dean
Gov. Mark Dayton
State Rep. Kurt Zellers
Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Minnesota State Fair: Keep "You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International" out!

    1. Michael Chergosky
    2. Petition by

      Michael Chergosky

      Saint Paul, United States

I was surprised to see a booth at the State Fair representing "You Can Run But You Cannot Hide Intl." It is a youth ministry based in Annandale that has received criticism from a number of different people, including state representatives Dean, Zellers, Clark, Morrow, and Dibble; Rachel Maddow; the Minnesota Catholic Conference; the Minnesota State College Republican Board; and the SPLC (which has designated it a hate group). It's hard to imagine all of those people agreeing on anything.

YCBRBYCHI has been criticized primarily for advocating violence against gays and lesbians, and for misrepresenting itself as a non-partisan educational group in order to proselytize in schools. The group hosts a talk show on the Patriot, which was suspended a few years ago after a "six-minute long spiel" mocking African-Americans.

The State Fair hosts many religious and political groups, and people aren't going to agree with all of them. That's democracy. However, YCRBYCHI crosses the line by advocating violence and deliberately misrepresenting itself.

The State Fair bills itself as "The Great Minnesota Get-Together", and I believe Minnesotans will agree that this embarrassing and divisive organization should be excluded from the guest list.

Michael Chergosky, Minnesota State Fair
Minnesota State Senate
U.S. Senate
State Sen. Sandra Pappas, Minnesota-065
Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota-05
State Rep. Erin Murphy, Minnesota-064A
State Sen. Richard Cohen, Minnesota-064
State Sen. D. Scott Dibble, Minnesota-061
Rep. Betty McCollum, Minnesota-04
State Rep. Karen Clark, Minnesota-062A
State Rep. Paul Thissen, Minnesota-061B
Sen. Al Franken, Minnesota
State Rep. Matt Dean, Minnesota-038B
Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota
State Rep. Kurt Zellers, Minnesota-034B
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota
There was a booth at the State Fair representing a divisive and violent hate group. So please, let's keep "You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International" out of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Wow...

      Michael Chergosky
      Petition Organizer

      I had actually forgotten that I started this petition. And now there are over 2000 signatures. Good job, people!

      The Fair has always welcomed a variety of political groups, but the appearance of YCRBYCHI (I'm pronouncing it "icker-bitchy") struck me as a big step in a horrible direction. And if we don't want this sort of nonsense at our Fair, it shouldn't be allowed.

      Keep up the good work; get as many people to sign as you can. I am confident we can defeat this thing.

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Gabriel Holl RICHFIELD, MN
      • 4 months ago

      There is no reason to let hate groups like Bradlee Dean's be represented at a family event in Minnesota.

    • David Roper HOLLAND, MI
      • 5 months ago

      Providing a platform for a group that exists for no other reason than to proselytize bigotry is simply unconscionable.

    • Jeanne Smith CRESTVIEW, FL
      • 5 months ago

      Allowing this group into the fair is not what Minnesota is about. This is not who Minnesotans are.

    • Giana Gelsey ST. PAUL, MN
      • 7 months ago

      Let's keep the MN State Fair about fried cheese curds, not about hate.

    • Teresa Trampe ST. PAUL, MN
      • 9 months ago

      The Great MN Get Together should mean dignity for all who attend


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